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The Exodus Tower (Dire Earth Cycle) Paperback – August 30, 2013
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Praise for The Darwin Elevator
“A hell of a fun book.”—James S. A. Corey, New York Times bestselling author of Abaddon’s Gate
“[Jason M.] Hough’s first novel combines the rapid-fire action and memorable characters associated with Joss Whedon’s short-lived Firefly TV series with the accessibility and scientific acumen of [James S. A.] Corey’s ‘Expanse’ series.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“The best part about alien stories is their mystery, and Jason Hough understands that like no other. Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator delivers both despair and hope along with a gigantic dose of wonder. It’s a brilliant debut, and Hough can take my money whenever he writes anything from now on.”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
“Newcomer Hough displays a talent for imaginative plotting and realistic dialogue, and the brisk pacing and cliffhanger ending will keep readers enthralled and eagerly awaiting the next installment.”—Publishers Weekly
“Jason M. Hough does a great job with this huge story. The world of Darwin and the Elevator is deliciously complex and satisfying. Skyler, Tania, and all the other characters are delightfully drawn and fun to spend time with. . . . The story unfolds with just the right balance of high adventure, espionage, humor, and emotional truth. . . . As soon as you finish, you’ll want more.”—Analog
“A debut novel unlike any other . . . This is something special. Something iconic. The Darwin Elevator is full of majesty and wonder, mystery and mayhem, colorful characters and insidious schemes.”—SF Signal
“Fun, action-packed and entertaining . . . a sure contender for science fiction debut of the year!”—Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
“Claustrophobic, intense, and satisfying . . . I couldn’t put this book down. The Darwin Elevator depicts a terrifying world, suspends it from a delicate thread, and forces you to read with held breath as you anticipate the inevitable fall.”—Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool
“Hough writes with irresistible energy and gritty realism. His puts his characters through hell, blending a convincing plot with heart-stopping action and moments of raw terror as the world goes crazy in the shadow of unfathomable alien intentions.”—Sara Creasy, author of the Philip K. Dick Award–nominated Song of Scarabaeus
“A thrilling story right from the first page . . . This book plugs straight into the fight-or-flight part of your brain.”—Ted Kosmatka, author of The Games
“If you enjoy high adventure with a kick-ass crew, I suggest you take Hough’s Darwin Elevator for a ride.”—Warren Hammond, author of KOP Killer --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jason M. Hough is a software designer and former 3D artist and game designer, developing such titles as Metal Fatigue and Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction. The Darwin Elevator is his first novel. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two sons.
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Excellent storyline with very strong, believable characters with plenty of action and suspense will keep you reading and turning the pages. It's not too heavy on the science fiction wording and you can follow it easily as most sci fi writers use too much technical mumbo jumbo that you just can't understand and it bogs the story down. Not in this book.
The action is awesome and the suspense builds up through out the book and there is never a lull in the story. Just wish that there were some illustrations of the elevators and just not the map of Darwin and Camp Exodus at the beginning of the book.
A bit hard to envision but got a pretty good idea of what they looked like.
I will definitely will be recommending this series to others!
The story splits between the locations of the two space elevators. On the Darwin side, the Jacobites are actively taking over the city while Blackfield focuses on higher aspirations. On the Belem side, Skyler focuses on building a second colony and fighting off a band of other immunes intent on taking their city. The types of action are different and well-balanced, and I found myself excited to keep turning the pages.
It's gritty and real, and well worth the time. Loved the setting of the second elevator, and it offered lots of good character development, including the development of Grillo as a second major villain (and what an awesome one he was). This book sets up the series well for book 3, and is an exciting read!
Book 2 continues the saga, knowledge is increased by trial and error, religious fanatics try to take over but are unaware of a 2nd elevator the "Builders" just dropped in South America. With that new discoveries are made, more immunes are coming out of the jungles, and a system is beginning to be in place at both locations but safety is a ghost and now the race is on to catch the moving aura obelisks and find the 5 keys to put in the locks on the new "Builder" ship hovering in orbit. No one is sure if putting in those keys will help mankind or destroy whats left of Earth.