Days of Iron Kindle Edition
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There were a few very improbable details. Obviously the author has never known a redhead. He has her sunbathing in a bikini and getting a tan. Redheads have very pale and sensative skin; they don't tan, they burn. On top of that, she grew up and lived in a spaceship for 35 years. Anyone who did that would be super sensitive to the sun.
Also, afrer Maddie came out of a muddy swamp and exchanged her totally ruined clothes for a borrowed pair of men's overalls, where did she get a handkerchief to cover her nose?
And where did the Helot child come from when the race cannot breed?
It's an ok read. Just not great. I think the writer has potential.
Mr Proctor's novel is set in a futuristic galactic time and the central character Maddy is like any flawed hero who has to struggle to survive. She has her own past to deal with which I hope to read more about in future novels. Suffice to say, this book has left me wanting more. I whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone who likes a story that can entice you any many levels - moreover, it is just a damn good read.
The story was unpredictable and full of surprising twists and adventures, not too soppy either.
Clear writing, unique story and great entertainment.
First and foremost let me say that the futuristic science fiction/mystery/thriller aspect of this novel had my vote from the very beginning because I am at heart a science fiction nut and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the blend of modern realism, with the social injustices with which we live on a daily basis but no one wants to talk about, and futuristic overtones because it's set in a time when one would think that those same social injustices and difficulties are things which we would've surpassed.
I also love the way that the author weaves a tale of intrigue and suspense while interlacing real world facts in regards to the daily struggle of life with things like space travel and colonization, water rationing and air recycling and the like. This is not a novel in which all problems are solved with just the push of a button or the adaptation of current technology to suit the given situation, the characters are forced into a creative approach to problem solving and I like that. The characters are more relatable and tend to be three dimensional and they came alive for me instead of being just a name on a piece of paper as they were by turn apathetic, angry, happy and scared and thoroughly believable.
I will admit that the ending was not at all what I expected, it wasn't all falling stars and fool's gold and not everything worked out perfectly and according to plan for all the characters involved which is yet another example of an aspect that snagged my interest. I'm not the type of person that enjoys an exclusively happy ending in all written works. I've always enjoyed a bit of a twist because it frankly keeps me guessing and keeps me wrapped up in a story.
All in all, I loved Days of Iron and wish to heartily congratulate Russell Proctor on a job incredibly well done and an intensely enjoyable tale and I whole heartedly recommend it to anyone who loves to curl up on the couch with a good book and get lost in a story as this is the kind of novel that fits the bill.
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