EXODUS (The Dead Planet Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is the background for the main plot, which is that the machinery which had been in place for several millennia, which supplies breathable air, is breaking down because of a lack of maintenance. The only real solution is for an exodus (hence the title) back to Earth, which has done some vague but serious deterioration of its own. There’s only so much room on the “arks” to transport the citizenry, so that, of course, the wealthiest are first in line. The rest are in a “lottery,” which of course means that many people will be left to die on Mars. (Brings to mind the 1950’s movie, “When Worlds Collide,, only in that one the exodus is FROM Earth) Will Serus be able to go? How about Kate? And how about Laurel, Serus’s old squeeze that he left when he went to be a Policeman? Who put out the hits on Serus and Kate’s parents, and on Kate? These questions are answered, partially through Pontiff White, titular head of the regime, a more complex person than he initially appears.
I did indeed like this story, with characters I cared about and a good deal of action. Nonetheless, there were a good many misspellings and grammatical errors, which detracted from my enjoyment of the book. Recent missives from Mr. Avera have indicated that this series is now out on audiobook, which I would hope means that the mistakes have been cleaned up in subsequent “printings.” Hire an editor, Mr. Avera! Thus, while I would give the story line four stars, the poor editing would take it down to a three. All that aside, I’m looking forward to reading the next two in the series (“Verity,” also a freebie,’ and “Endgame.”)
With that being said this is the authors first book so I'm hoping that it was just from inexperience and not just being lazy.
I liked the idea behind the book and am hoping that the books he puts out after this one are better written.
And that’s about it. This is a simplistic story of a one-dimensional character who kills his way through society to save his blubbering sister. She is being threatened by the mob who is letting Mars die so they can return to an empty Earth to build a bigger empire. If you are wondering why ruthless, megalomaniacal mobsters would destroy an entire developed, industrialized world to rebuild on one they previously abandoned, keep wondering; because you will not find the answer in this book. If you are wondering how a former hit-man can be threatened, tortured and captured multiple times, but always escape because his enemies neglect to take away his weapon, keep wondering.
Exodus reads like an outline of a story, without detail or texture. The buildings are “tall,” and night is “dark,” people get information from “media devices.” Of course this technique can give a sense of strangeness to a story, unworldliness, unfortunately in this case, the listener is simply given no soil for his imagination to grow. Mars and its inhabitants sound like a wire drawing done on a CAD program.
Al Kessel narrates Exodus and does a generally competent job. He seems to be trying hard to put excitement into the words that aren’t carrying it.
This reviewer knows the effort that goes into writing a book and respects that. Unfortunately, all that effort results in a book that is extremely difficult to listen to. If you are a fan of futuristic Sci-Fi mobster stories, you might give it a test run, but others should look elsewhere.
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