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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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This book isn’t written quite as well as the next, Reaper’s Run. It reads less smoothly and is a little confusing at first reading, probably because the author was a beginner... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Lotta Bangs
I downloaded the trilogy. I just finished book one, The Eden Plague.
A lot of thought when into this book.Good storytelling and a good premise. Read more
Just finished this; the third one I've read and I love the series. I find it written so that I can see/feel the exact situation happening. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Treebeard
This is unique bio war fare novel. Well developed characters with no editing errors. Seems like a plausible plot. Enjoy.Published 4 days ago by Kathy
An excellent story with an original premise and and engaging characters.Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
Good story that will make you think about the possibility. Enjoy it yourself.Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
Made me wish Kindle still allowed me to report mechanical flaws lol and there are some less entertaining parts but it may be i will have to find more of these to read. Read morePublished 8 days ago by C. Vargas
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