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- File Size : 8256 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 427 pages
- Publication Date : December 13, 2013
- Publisher : DeadPixel Publications (December 13, 2013)
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B00C8TJIAE
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #876,101 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A head's up. Like Marvel movies, which always tack an easter egg at the end of the credits, be sure to finish 100% of the book. I mean ALL of it... :)
Howard is working in the mine when he and his fellow inmates uncover a strange artifact and soon being on a prison island isn't the worst thing that's ever happened to Howard.
I'm glad I got this book as a trilogy and was able to read all three books. I bought the book because of the Antarctica connection - I love books about freezing climes for some reason. The Antarctica aspect was skimmed over, however, so I was disappointed about that.
This is a fast read with quite a few characters. The only one that was really fleshed out was Howard. But I still enjoyed the books and recommend it to people that like to read about pandemics and alien lifeforms.
Anyway, to the book. Both and alien invasion (movie Alien like monsters) and a death star ship plague. The story telling is both simple and straight forward, the author doesn't try any fancy writing tricks (maybe an early writing attempt??) and some of the characters aren't well 'fleshed out' but the story moves along from the frigid prison to the ship discovery and plague. Some of the story gets a bit lost in Howard's transfer and it is never explained why some people were immune (to the plague, not the monsters - they killed on contact), but this parts get a pass from me because the author keeps the pressure on.
Finally the Epilog deserves a special mention...when will they ever learn!!!!
Good book - time well spent reading.
Good reading and very good writing Robert Brumm - uh Jr.
The protagonist of "Desolate," is Howard Bell, an ordinary man who does some very stupid things and winds up being sent to a horrible Antarctic prison camp. There, he and his fellow inmates discover a wrecked alien spaceship that has two very unwelcome passengers. First, a pesky virus that soon infects the camp and winds up killing most of the prisoners and guards in an agonizing fashion, and, second, a very nasty monster with sharp claws that likes ripping people apart and eating them.
Somehow Howard survives but winds up spreading the disease and the result is a worldwide pandemic. Howard himself winds up in Jamaica, when a plane which was trying to take him to the CDC crashes. There he joins a small band of decent people trying to stay alive despite being menaced by some nasty human predators trying to take advantage of the anarchistic surroundings. To make matters worse, it turns out the alien implanted some eggs inside Howard, and when they hatch, there's a whole lot of alien predators, who are much worse that the human predators, on the loose.
Despite the wild plot elements and the geographic spread of the novel, the book doesn't feel like a disaster epic, but, rather, a small scale struggle of humans, primarily Howard, trying to survive. Almost everything in the book is seen through the eyes of Howard and those closest to him, who have only a small idea of what must be a massive worldwide calamity. Brumm's approach works. The action scenes are quite well done, and Howard's character builds as the novel goes along.
Although the early parts of the book for the most part contain characters who are somewhat briefly sketched before exiting (usually in a most permanent manner), in the last part of the book, when Howard and a few others try to defend themselves, we have learned quite a bit about some of them, and the deaths that occur from then on have a significant emotional impact. In addition, Howard winds up romantically involved with a woman who can accept him for his flaws. The result is that by the end of the book, we are dramatically invested in the characters and can empathize with their plight.
"Desolate" was originally written as three separate books (and each book is separately available on Amazon). As three books sold separately, the book had some flaws because the last two parts didn't quite work on their own. Read as an entire book, "Desolate" is much more effective (and a much better buy than getting the three books separately). The three parts don't fit together perfectly, but reasonably well, and the progression of Howard's character is quite effective. The word "original" is bandied about quite a lot in literature when it's not warranted. Here however, Brumm takes some very familiar plot elements and combines them in a way that is truly original and highly exciting.
Afterword: Just as this review contains this addendum, so too does the book. As often happens at the end of Amazon books, the last few pages are a plug by the author to review his book and a description of how he came to write the book and why he made some of the plot choices he did. You may be tempted (as I was) to stop reading right there. Don't. Instead, keep going. There's more to the book at the very end, a third epilogue that's about as well hidden as any Easter egg in the closing credits of a movie might be. It's one clever last twist and a fitting conclusion to the story.
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Book is a good read. I do recommend it to people to try this one out.
Nun ich muss sagen, ohne es je gehört oder gelesen zu, das dieses Werk vom Robert, ein wahres Meisterwerk ist "ENTE" und man diesen Herren (oder heute vielleicht auch schon Dame) sofort zum König von Europasistan machen sollten! Warum? Keine "ENTE", äh, Ahnung, einfach nur so! Vielen dank für Ihre Aufmerksamkeit und einen schönen ruhigen, letzten Tag vor der Apokalypse auf Erden wünsch ich Ihnen, ach und vergessen sie nicht die Wäsche im Trockner, denn es gibt nichts wichtigeres als saubere Wäsche zu Apokalypse zu tragen!
ENTE, ENTE, ENTE, ENTE, ENTE, ENTE...... ;)