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- Publication Date: January 4, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B078TMP4SJ
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"Bloodcurdling mix of science fiction and horror..." -BookBub
"AMAZING! 10 Stars! This book is a kick in the stomach to the Military/Syfy/Horror genre. Imagine if the best traits of Jonathon Maberry and Nicholas Sansbury Smith were combined into one author to write a book combining the best of the Alien and Predator movies and that is what you get here!!" -Ross Clevenger
"Combining sci-fi, horror and military-grade action in the same book - and doing it well - is a tall an order for many authors, but Ryan W. Aslesen delivers an undeniable knock-out with Existential. Aslesen knows precisely how to keep readers on the edge of their seats with his brand of uniquely visceral descriptions and a vocabulary for gore that would make John Carpenter proud. With one gut-shot moment after another, Existential is a thrilling start to a bold and brutal new series." Self-Publishing Review
"Aslesen is a must read if you like action thrillers."-C. Aparicio
"Absolutely the most exciting sci-fi read... EVER!!! Highly recommended for it's fast pace and nearly non stop action scenes...Heart thumping read!" - Pennie Collins
"An amazing gory emotional rollercoaster." -Jessica Smith
"Mr. Aslesen has an honored past as a veteran and a bright future as a writer. I would recommend his work to anyone who enjoys reading. His knowledge of firearms and tactics is accurate and detailed by someone who knows his subject matter. Sci-Fi horror at it's finest..." -Mark Land
"It was really refreshing to read something that blended both sci-fi and horror so seamlessly. It doesn't feel like just one or the other, which I love. You get the best of both worlds. The creativeness to merge these genres, along with the ingenious storytelling, makes Ryan Aslesen a writer to keep your eye on in the future." -Tybud
"Tom Clancy style special forces meets John Carpenter's "The Thing". An incredible first book from Mr.Aslesen, Existential is an action-packed novel from beginning to end." - Allen Nash
"An Epic Tale, Wonderfully Told!" -Peyton
"I've always enjoyed both the story of modern warriors and science fiction. This book combined both, something I've never seen done much less done so well. I couldn't put this book down!"-Rich
From the Author
The Crucible Series
Intro Novella - Crucible
Book 1 - Existential
Book 2 - Undead
Book 3 - Apex
Book 4 - Nexus
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With that being said, I am not the kind who finds gore or graphic violence disturbing. I found this book to be thoroughly engrossing. It had me clinging to every page. A true sci-fi thriller, this novel will keep fans engaged. The characters themselves are very well developed and easy to relate to. The author masterfully describes the scenes, emotions, and dialogues in a way that make them easy to picture.
The author clearly uses the experiences he has as ex-military when writing about the adventures of his hero, Max Ahlgren. Not only does the book cater to the sci-fi community, but it also engages those who enjoy military reads with its thorough descriptions of equipment, tactics, and personal struggles of a combat-experienced service member.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thrilling, military-style sci-fi novel. I can’t wait to see what else Aslesen writes and look forward to more adventures from Max Ahlgren.
So much happens, the plot is super fast paced. I will warn this book is very very gory, and I do mean very gory... the author spares nothing in the details when describing the carnage. Also never get to attached to any certain character since many, well pretty much everyone in the story ends up brutally killed off. Yet, most killings, maybe not all, do serve a greater purpose in the story, which is not like other books with this much gore, it is there for a reason, its there to add to the drama shows just how dangerous the "creature" is and its ability since as the deaths pile up the people fighting it get smarter trying to discover ways to defeat it, but at the same time the "creature" also is learning.
The story is complex and so are the characters. You will also go through a rollercoaster of emotions, you will laugh out loud, be shocked, amazed, horrified, get pissed off, be heartbroken, and heck even feel a little lovey by the end of this book. It is not by any means a short book but the fast paced nature of the plot makes it feel like a short book. I highly recommend this book! Totally a 5 out of 5! The book is also left open for future installments, so there will be a slight cliffhanger but it is not a major one that will make you mad that more was not resolved.
This book is first and foremost just really good writing. I didn't expect a debut novel to be this expertly crafted. You'd think this author had been publishing for years.
A bunch of military guys running around with guns isn't normally the kind of story I would seek out, especially when i involves a lot of really gory deaths mixed in. But I was totally sucked in by the story line. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I was always anxious to see what was going to happen next.
By the end I will admit I was a little fatigued with all the constant, really gory disturbing deaths, especially of characters I'd become invested in, but the ending was a decent payoff.
There was a lot of military jargon and much discussion of various weapons. I'm definitely not well versed in this area so I can't tell you how realistic it is but it certainly felt genuine.
The author has a lot of faith in the reader. They lead you on an adventure, use some pretty impressive vocabulary, and drop hints that let you figure things out as you go. Overall I'm very glad I got the chance to read that and recommend that you pick it up.
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I would have given it 2 stars but I'll increase that to 3 out of respect for the author's attempt to portray the psychological issues suffered by serving military personnel.
NOW THEN! THIS IS MY FINAL BOOK REVIEW. Between Oct/2015 and May/2017, I rose from zero into the top 500 reviewers reaching #344. Still in the top 1,000 (#719), it's become rare to get even a single favorable vote per month and so after writing 443 reviews I'm hanging up my pen. I'm going to become a READER, not a WRITER, now that reviews seem to have become less than necessary to the consumer. While some 49 out of 50 of my reviews would be placed at the top of their respective review list, that doesn't mean they're being read I guess. I note too, that Amazon has placed every one of my last several reviews dead last in the listings - guess someone has a vendetta. These transcend any rationale to continue writing. And so, my friends, I bid you all ADIEU!! BUT....THANK YOU ONE AND ALL FOR YOUR PAST KIND CONSIDERATIONS!!
IT'S BEEN A SLICE!!!
In this case, the Greytech Company has found an immense alien spaceship embedded in a mountain, under a thick cover of ice.
Ryan W. Aslesan also has writing skills, coming up with a compelling plot, non-stop tension, horrific battle scenes, and somehow brings his individual characters to life, with their different perspectives, and in the case of the main characters, shows how a strong sense of duty can smooth out the rough edges of men who have confronted death before, and whose first loyalty is to always have the back of his fellow brothers, at all times.
There is a lot of violence – explosions, bloodshed, and lives snuffed out. I found one scene to be gratuitous violence in the way it is described, but having had a chance to pass that one on to the author, felt free to give this one the full five stars.
I have already purchased Crucible, another novel featuring the main character in Existential.
I don't usually like books of this genre where you need to have been at least a marine or soldier in the US to understand the weapons, the military signals, battle techniques and general military jargon - none of which I am familiar with. Nevertheless, despite that, I found the book interesting.
individually & Globally!
His military experience obvious, with accurate weapons & tactics, without annoying mistakes!
You’ll enjoy this book if you like a decent horror mixed with military & thriller aspects!
I’d like to thank the author for his service & all service members!!
I really enjoyed this book, this was the first sci fi horror book i have read and i have to say that im hooked! it has suspense, horror, gore everything!!
The characters were enjoyable to read and i felt myself starting to get really involved in them, to a point where i would mentally be yelling "RUUUUUUN!!!!" the only reason why this didnt get 5 stars is because with 1 character i cannot for the life of me work out what happened to him. i dont know if he is alive or dead.... apart from that i enjoyed it and highly recommend reading.
Was a real good read
From start to finish
An exciting writer
Good scifi about how you have to survive from aliens