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Endworld: Doomsday by David Robbins, (Endworld Series Prequel) from Books In Motion.com Audio CD – June 1, 2009
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Another is the supposedly brilliant Indian computer expert who whines about not being able to stop by his apartment to pick up a few things while nukes whistle down upon New York City. The fact that he survives the blast seems inconsequential to him, he just throws another hissy fit because he couldn't say "Bye-bye" to Mommy and Dad.
These are just two of the many glaring potholes on the road to a radioactive nowhere. Sorry, but there are much better uses of your time... like peeling the skin off your face with a sharp rock.
1 star = abysmal; some books deserve to be forgotten
2 star = poor; a total waste of time
3 star = good; worth the effort
4 star = very good; what writing should be
5 star = fantastic; must own it and share it with others
Wow! This wasn't what I expected from the front cover or the blurb on the back for two reasons. No one ever gets killed by a guy with a rifle like the front cover denotes. And the back cover totes that the refugees are beset upon by all kinds of enemies when they come out of their bunker. . .uh, not true.
I'm not familiar with the original 27 book series that this prequel ties into, so I didn't know what to expect when I sat down to read this 220page pocket fiction. But I let my co-worker read this first and he hated it. His feedback actually helped me because I would have gone into this book with the same expectations as him and have been greatly disappointed.
Why? What's this book about?
The first 2/3rds of the book introduces WWIII and about a half-dozen characters who are in different parts of the world all trying to get to a refugee camp set up in a mid-western state.
Every chapter seemed to leave one of our characters in a mortal danger situation. These cliff hangers were intended to pull the reader forward. . .and it did. The problem is this kept focus on each character's individual situation in a rushed sort of way, so we have to jump ahead in time directly after a cliff hanger. If memory serves some of the cliff hangers were never explained how the characters saved themselves from mortal danger, they simply were now at the refugee camp.
The first part of the book required a large suspension of belief, but this suspension is taken to new levels in that last 1/3 of the book.
At first there seems to be no one main character in this story. . .till the last 1/3 of the book. It was at this point in the reading that I realized why my co-worker hated this book. . .
The last part of the book our refugees come out of the safety of the bunkers and realize a prize piece of equipment must be found and returned to the safety of the bunkers. Now begins the formation of a team with code names (Sound Familiar? Can anyone say "comic book characters?!?")
What was disappointing with the last part of the book is we find several of the characters highlighted in the first part fall way into the background and are basically non-existent to the rest of the story. But one of the characters stands out from the rest by basically resolving every bit of conflict through unexpected and "unrealistic" means. Without spoiling too much, he calls himself Thor! (nuff said)
It was just too improbable how one character basically saves everyone else in a corny, "Die Hard 4" / "Shoot `Em Up movie kind of way.
But this is where this type of book will meet a niche market!
In a book with little or no character development occurs, you will be hard pressed to guess the story as you read. When I stopped comparing it to works of King, Koontz, James Rollins or the like, it can be a fun B-movie type of read. But you need to know that going into it or you'll be really disappointed like we were.
This is a 'set-your-brain-aside' read and enjoy some crazy action, with unbelievable heroes. This is a man's testosterone read. It's short, quick and fun. Not bad, just not what either of us expected or were mentally ready to shut-off our brains and read.
Afterward I browsed the descriptions of the original series in order to get an idea if it was just this book or if the entire series is like this. Apparently you are a fan of the original series or you wind up liking this book, you'll probably want to get your hands the original books, which are being released with updated covers soon.
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