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This book deserves a five star review in my opinion. I love books that you can learn from as you are whisked away on an awesome adventure and this one is definitely one of those. Honestly I was pretty put off by the idea of reading another meteor hits the earth story but Mr. White’s concept and story development techniques breathe new life into an old topic. The characters were all independently introduced and created in a way that is believable and relatable. Although there are always pluses and minuses to every novel, The Dying Time: Impact did not disappoint.
Personally I enjoy books that have a great story but also teach you valuable information as you journey along with the characters. Some of the information in this book had me reaching for my notebook so I could record the details and go learn more about it later. One downside to this detailed description was at times some of the brand names and suggested websites felt a little forced and made the story commercialized. It was kind of similar to watching an old Flintstone cartoon with a Winston commercial smack dab in the middle. However the genuine information and great storyline more than compensated for this hint of product pushing. I also found the military tactics of both the villains and the heroes well thought out and exciting. It was nice to be surprised at times by the course the action took rather than already assuming what would happen next.
It was not just another meteor impact story. Most of the stories take you up to impact (or last minute diversion) with details of all the chaos the idea of a meteor impact would create or the story starts up thirteen years after the disaster with you wondering how anyone survived the immediate damage. Mr. White takes his readers right through the nitty gritty of the disaster. The pre-impact details are briefly discussed and debated by governmental agencies. Then the impact and the resulting conditions are vividly displayed with an attention to the finer details but with a global focus. The post impact existences of people is where the story really takes off as far as action sequences go and this book becomes a major page turner. I also liked the inclusion of the astronauts on the space station and the reality they would be facing without being able to return to the planet on a long term scale. It was an interesting twist.
The characters were well crafted and relatable. The only issue I had here was that sometimes I felt overwhelmed by the amount of characters being introduced and the multitude of side stories that came with each one. It almost lost my attention in the beginning because it all seemed jumbled but I followed along and eventually delighted in connecting the pieces of the puzzle they were creating together in my mind. The leading male characters introduced were not over the top heroes or villains. I really enjoyed the fact that there was genuine understanding of why they were doing what they were doing, although I did find the messages from higher powers’ a little far-fetched. The female characters were very realistic and not just included to be fluff and sex objects which I found very respectable of the author.
Great job Mr. White. The Dying Time: Impact was an entertaining learning experience.
This author has obviously done his research and the facts presented are truth based and informative. Sometimes a bit too technical for my liking but not overwhelming. There are passages, scenes that are not for the weak of heart, quite graphic and violent. However this is not by far the whole of his story. My personal preference is for a more optimistic read and this is the only reason for my four star and not five rating. This is a novel for those who enjoy a meaty, detailed read. Action and post apocalyptic fans, dive right in and you won't be disappointed.
Raymond Dean White writes a smashing book. His characters are real, well thought out, and the dialog is to die for. This book has been responsible for me suffering sleep deprivation the past week but I loved it.
I’ve always been a fan of a writer whose characters sort of drift into the store through no fault of their own and have to fight to live. This was a technique used by Robert Heinlein and White has the technique down to a fine science. Characters are briefly mentioned and then move on. Three chapters later they pop up again and are up to their eyeballs in S#&T.
I also loved the way this book ended, not so much as a cliff hanger for the next in the series but enough to where the book can stand on its own and at the same time leaving you wanting more. I have to believe that books two and three will be equally as good.
Now for full disclosure, I’m an Amazon Kindle author with six books. The only think I can find wrong with White’s book is that I didn’t write it.
The story is good and it keeps up a good pace. I do wish we had just a little longer to get to know some of them before the asteroid hit but you learn as you go. There is a very diverse group of people that make this world go around and you grow to care for them in their fight for survival. I think it's one of the better books of this kind. So give it a chance and you will not be disappointed.
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