Escape To Challenge (The Moondark Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I think the writing was strong enough that I would have purchased the next book if the cliffhanger hadn't been thrown in. As it is, I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading this, but I did think the writing was strong enough to end the book on what was already there, even if no conclusions were reached, without having to throw in more to hook readers.
If the next books end in a different style, please leave a comment and let me know. My dislike of this one plot device is really the only reason for a review of only three stars, and my decision not to purchase the next book in the series.
Several unique elements send this series beyond your usual apocalyptic/dystopian fantasy:
The writing is superb on several levels: very tight management of tension with suspenseful scenes driving the story; deep character development (more on this in a minute); physical and sensory details; and exploration of technology in the context of social life.
The deep character development occurs on a couple of levels: creation of compelling, realistic characters in an imagined subsistence society, and evocative psychological development of personalities awaking from our time into a strange and alien world. A special element comes in McQuinn’s deft description and development of the nature of leadership— individuals in two different worlds watch and learn how people become leaders and how small societies organize themselves in the face of adversity.
I’m returning to re-read in Kindle, after having read the print version when it was first published. The story is as alive and fresh as I remember from my original reading. Do not miss this exciting exploration of human society — even if you think you don’t like “science fiction,” you’ll find something very different and compelling.
This book sets a number of different plot threads into motion, but does not attempt to wrap them all up by the end. Indeed, this is but the opening of what can only be called an epic tale of a dystopian future. McQuinn's military background and knowledge of the Pacific Northwest are well utilized in the care and attention he has taken in writing this book, especially when a plot turn involving the forgotten residents of a hidden cave is introduced to the reader.
This book sets the stage for what I think will be a thrilling and thoughtful journey for the characters and the reader alike. Book two, here I come....
A girl-child is snatched from a simple village during burning, rape, and pillage.
Next we are with the night-watch boy and his dogs outside a home encampment not unlike a native American village. Many adjectives describe the cold ground, the dogs behavior, the stranger riding in and the enemies secretly following the stranger and the fight with the lone night-watch boy and his dogs. So far good for young adult readers. The action switches to talk about religion, conflict, healers, spying, war and leadership. A scene with unknown thing lurking in a cave with much rustling and heavy breathing suggesting a devil or dark creature without resolving. Muddled plot with side trips which don't advance the plot. I don't know what happens to the snatched girl child after 8 chapters, connections lost. Enter a space ship, with modern metals...wait a minute...how did we get there?..Must read on...maybe it isn t so bad after all
Most Recent Customer Reviews
DM has written a SyFy novel about the future after the collapse of known society. The Indian survivors return to their heyday. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A group of Americans awake from hibernation to a new, post apocalyptic "savage" society where they must learn to survive with the assistance of new friends. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Jones
If you like great authors in the sci-fi / fantasy Genre like Robin Hobb and Orson Scott Card you will love this series: I read the first book and I was hooked.Published 19 months ago by John B.
An engaging start to an amazing science fantasy saga. The story of Gan Moondark of the Dog People deserves to be widely read. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Owen Wiseman
Great story telling by mixing future with the past. Leads you between the two with wonderful word pictures of what the Northwest could become. Read morePublished on August 22, 2014 by John C. Erdman
This book has a good story line. It is a bit choppy at the beginning but it smooths out and the flow goes nicely. Good descriptive writing that begs for more from this reader. Read morePublished on July 16, 2014 by Bydnmytime
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