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The Eden Plague: A Biological and Political Technothriller (Plague Wars Series Book 0) Kindle Edition
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Book 1 is about a small group of former spec ops soldiers who put their training to good use and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Book 2 really shifts gears to get more into the global politics in a rapidly changing world. I didn't mind the change in tone but I resented the stunning amount of deus ex machina he uses to get there. Here are some examples (minor spoilers!) of silly things that spring to mind: Plague carriers require massive amounts of food until lots of people are infected ("ummm, we fixed that"), the main character basically becomes the most powerful leader in the world, the former explosives expert is suddenly a nanotech expert, people continue to be religious after it is revealed that an alien created the god myth to influence humanity (well, middle eastern humans anyway). These and many other problems interfere with my enjoyment but the skillful prose with an authentic military perspective has kept me reading these books.
The author sets the stage for a sequel and I am ready to start book #2 in the series. I originally picked this up for free vs. its normal Kindle price of 99 cents - I certainly received a lot more than 99 cents worth of entertainment value out of this one. If you enjoy a good thriller with a little bit of a science fiction twist, I'd recommend it.
the premise of the book is good; a unique twist on the good zombie (for lack of a better term)/military genre. But, the principle people in the story are still flat. Mr. Vandyke needs an editor (like the majority of the ebook authors) to help punch the book up in certain places, tone down excessiveness, and point out basic writing style flaws.
Example: the first scene is great, a new approach to the "suit" recruits ex military. then everything becomes too easy, of course he falls for the girl, of course he builds a crack-shot dirty dozen in a couple of weeks, etc.
To put it another way the author falls into the classic "show me don't tell me" beginning author trap. Mr. Vandyke shows promise but he needs to work on showing grit, details beyond weapons, and better character conflicts (internal or external)
The Eden Plague: Book 1 (Plague Wars) is something like a science fiction allegory of this journey "back" to paradise. Instead of working within the confines of a religious paradigm, the story is set within the paradigm of science.
A virus of unknown origin is smuggled out of a biological weapons complex in the former Soviet Union. It can cure cancer and heal the body of all kinds of wounds. The Pentagon loves it as they're hoping to use it to make "super soldiers" with it; soldiers who can remain in a combat zone indefinitely as the fighting men / women will be able to rejuvenate from major wounds within hours and go right back to taking the fight to the enemy. The virus does not make a person invulnerable as a bullet to the brain or a puncture to a vital organ still equals death. However, it is the next best thing to producing an army of Achilles type warriors.
Of course, there is one major drawback. A side effect of the virus is its so-called "virtue effect." People who are infected become less enthusiastic about killing people & running the machinery of war.Read more ›
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I love this book. I really love it. Particularly now in these days of political uncertainty which we face in our nation today, this book makes me think there might be people out... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Ruth Jackson
While I liked the concept of the story and its effects, I do have some difficulty with aspects of the story and the author's tendency to use deus ex machina to get him out of... Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Kathi
I enjoyed the book very, very much. I just wonder what the reason was for killing Zeke. Other than that it was wonderful.Published 1 day ago by Lucille4u I enjoy the clock very much.
Until you finish reading it. Well written, character development and a unexpected twist throw in at the end! Looking forward to the next book!Published 3 days ago by Christine M Petitt
This is a present-day, some sci-fi element, dystopian novel with a clear path of hope. It's Book 0 of a 9 (10) book series so don't expect to have everything wrapped up in a bow... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Bill Redmond
Good story. Provides the basis of the story arc. There are only a couple of typos, which is better than the typical book. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Carla Winters
Yes there is military action as in all of the books but basically the series is about a utopian vision that destroys the world as we know it. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I didn't know how I was going to enjoy a story that appeared to be a little far out. However, I've been bitten, I can't wait to get into the next in the Plague series. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Ken C
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