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"Pure energy in print form, whether the characters are being pursued or simply talking; Fleming has proven himself a craftsman." KIRKUS REVIEWS
"As with all of Preston Fleming's previous books, EXILE HUNTER weaves together the harsh realities of personal betrayal, physical torment, emotional pain, and a spiritual quest with astute intelligence." BOOKPLEASURES.COM
From the Author
I wrote Dynamite Fishermen and Bride of a Bygone War to clear my head after eleven years of government service in places like Beirut, Cairo, Tunis, Jeddah, and Amman.I had already decided to writenovels at age fourteen, during my first year as a boarding student at Exeter.My English instructor, a World War II combat veteran, advised those of us who wanted to follow the path of Melville, Conrad and Hemingway to first go out and live some adventures so that we would have stories that people might want to read. My adventures started in the Middle East and continued in Washington, Europe, the Russian Far East, Maui, Utah, New York and Boston.Particularly in the Middle East and Russia, I saw failed states and failed societies but was often surprised at how much their people had in common with Americans.This made me think about whether America might someday suffer its own breed of failure. During the 1930's, Americans watched Germany, Italy and Russia and asked, "Could it happen here?" Today, one might look around and ask the same.After writing Forty Days at Kamas and Star Chamber Brotherhood, my greatest concern has been that the novels gain attention before the events they describe become reality.
Exile Hunter is the third book of the Kamas Trilogy - however, it can be read as a stand alone book. I did not read the other two books in the series and based on the descriptions of the other two books, the story lines are autonomous and the characters do not cross. What does seem similar is the theme of rising up against the odds through sheer personal strength, optimism, and fortunate opportunity. Another similarity is the time period (2024-2029) during a very turbulent time. The US is not the same as it is today.
This book took me forever to read. There are many long detailed passages describing global politics and the state of affairs. History of the current situation and current setting is explained in many different ways. The reader is given extensive history of the main character, though not in chronological order. I did appreciate that as it broke up the current story nicely (I could have used more of it in the middle during the long trek). There were times I didn't really feel like I understood what was going on and perhaps the other two books in the series would have provided me the proper context - not confident that this is a correct assumption.
Ultimately, the book is about seeking forgiveness, belief in self and others both worldly and spiritually, and determination to find a way when there is no way. At times, the story is quite predictable. There are too many coincidences and conveniences for my liking. I didn't really buy into the long lost love (it was technically from middle school - he really couldn't move on?). And the long trek felt like a long trek when I was reading it. I question that our future in 2024 still includes the USPS or some organization like that where we stamp and mail a letter and phone booths. We barely have phone booths in 2015! I was disappointed in the lack of creativity for technological advances. The author concentrated more on a potential political future for our country based on his experience with recent history.
A huge reading issue comes in about 50% of the book until the end with quotation errors. They are often missing, and it's hard to decipher if the text is speech or thought. It happens often enough to mention it.
What I do appreciate about the book is how well thought out it is. The author clearly knows about writing craft and building story. He has many details connected throughout the book and doesn't leave anything hanging. Though I didn't like the coincidences and convenient events, the author did use them appropriately to move the storyline ahead and create desperate or redeeming situations. The author does do a good job of portraying the main character's strength and determination, his resolve, and his intelligent thought process. People who enjoy well written and crafted inner strength stories should really enjoy this.
For me, the book was a little too long, a few too many details, a few unbelievable events and occurrences that all detracted from my complete enjoyment of the book.
Now, this was a great novel! It started a tad slow, but picked up pace quickly. The characters were believable, and the dialogue was natural. The conceit - the idea - of the novel was a post Civil War time in America. That idea might have been laughable 20 years ago, but the book sucked me in because it seemed so relevant. The book was so well-written that I kept trying to figure out who the good guys and who the bad guys were, but didn't find out until the end.
I picked up Mr Fleming's first book,"40 Days At Kamas" as an Amazon freebie. I became so engrossed in the story that even as I read the first one, I was already hoping there were more in the series! When I finished, I immediately purchased books 2, ( Star Chamber, The Brotherhood" and this book, ( hopefully NOT the last in this amazing series) The plots are very well thought out and the characters are life sized and real. I enjoy how he doesnt just rehash the original book in every sequel but expands on what we already learned in the first and second books. We get a quite scary and very possible look at our own future in America. These arent so much spy novels as they are survival stories in the near future. Please Mr Fleming, write more in the amazing series!!
This book is a possible look into our future if we do not wake up. Many of the locations are familiar to me, particularly the towns and cities of the Yukon which I traveled both as a teen and later as an adult part of which was with the U.S. Army. As I read I can feel the cold, mind numbing cold of the Artic Just imagining what it was like during the Gold Rush of the 1800,s. It is not difficult to picture such a time as detailed in this novel considering the current political thinking coming from the Progressive Left in addition to the self serving polititions currently sucking the life out of this great country that so many of us have fought and died to protect. Wake Up America
I love spy stories and murder mysteries. Exile Hunter is a little different but an excellent read. There's a long sad and trying portion for our hero, but he arises and plans a grand escape and then the big adventure begins. He experiences encounters of a spiritual nature which give him encouragement and peace to continue his long journey to completion. Interesting folks along the way help him and old enemies keep popping up.... read this interesting book for yourself to see how he deals with these difficulties. I'm looking forward to the next in this series.
One of the best post apocalyptic trilogies I have read. After having read numerous historical accounts of life in concentration camps and my father being a survivor, this trilogy captured the human spirit and awakens one to question the direction our country is headed.
I usually only rate books I think are very, very good or very bad. This is definately one of the good ones.
Firstly, I'm impressed by the author's knowledge and/or impecable research. I, also, have spent time in Cleveland, the Middle East, and Northern Alberta, and the author absolutely nailed the detailed descriptions of the regions. When I read an author that just makes up details that are easily researched, I usually just close the book.
Secondly, except for a few minor editing glitches in the final chapters, the writing was excellent.
Finally, this is a Darn Good Read! I haven't read the other books in this trilogy, but this book stands on its own.
Why only 4 stars? I've got to save the fifth for Hemingway :)