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**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**
1. For one thing - as another reviewer mentioned - ALL US politicians are portrayed as lecherous pigs. EVERY politician in the story, from Pres. on down, was lusting after other women and also fondly recalled previous affairs. (Even the alien, but that's for another gripe.)
2. For another, most characters seemed very stereotypical and not very realistic. They were gung-ho American men, helpless women, mindless sheep, or sleazy bad guys with no in-between.
3. The science behind the attack didn't seem believable. Tiny nano-bots were able to eat humans and even hardened metal with no problem. Granted they're from a higher intelligence, but I kept wondering, where did the stuff go? Supposedly they could create more of themselves by eating other stuff, but I just couldn't buy into it. Oh, and those same bots could also repair the human body, even rebuild arms and legs and internal organs. So where did they get the materials to do all that?
4. I already mentioned that all politicians were sex crazed, but guess what? So was the alien monster! Yes, to my amazement, every creature in the universe apparently lusts after our human women! I didn't see any rapes 'completed' by 78% of the way through, but there were two attempted rapes by the aliens in that time. I finally decided that the women in the story were only there for one purpose: to be alluring and to be used for sex with the male characters, whether it was from low-life American politicians or evil monster aliens. Call me a prude, but I found that disgusting and repulsive.
5. Time travel. I have no idea how the author kept all the time travel straight, but I couldn't. One guy was fighting bad bots and was about to die in a cave in the past when he was actually rescued by himself from the future, but he also 'died' while saving himself and the girl he'd left to die in the past because he'd felt so guilty for leaving her to die in the past. Also, the main bad guy in one place appeared to be someone totally different yet exactly the same person as the main bad guy in another place. And he was causing trouble and trying to rape a different woman in each place! (..are you confused yet..?)
6. For me, anyway, all the constant disasters and problems got extremely irritating, and actually boring if you can believe it. I still kind of wanted to find out who or what was behind the attacks so I kept reading, but after awhile I started skipping sentenses, then paragraphs, and then pages, and I finally started skipping entire chapters, and STILL the constant disasters kept coming. And then came the attempts at rape by the over-sexed alien and that's when I remembered that this book is continued in the next volume and more than likely I wouldn't find out anything in this book, so I just stopped. I decided I didn't really care how it ended, though I suspect the time travelers are able to reset the world before it happens somehow. But again, I just didn't care.
Now I'll admit I'm not really big on apocalypse type disaster stories, but I have read some that I've enjoyed. The main problem I had with this story is that it did not seem real at all, in characters, dialog, actions, or plot. On the other hand, it did have TONS of violence, so if all you want is non-stop killing and blood then this story might be worth a try. As for me, I cannot recommend it.
Let me explain. This is an apocalypse/time travel novel with a deadly virus that wiped practically the entire planet, so until we get far into the story, we don't know who is going to live or die, which, for the genre, is a good thing. It keeps you on your toes. At some point, I almost wondered if there would even be any survivors…
I admit I was not a fan of the 'big battle'. It's something that might work well in movies but felt rather strange in words; however, if you love time travel stories (as I do), you will find all the little twists that usually come with this type of story quite interesting and intriguing.
As some people already mentioned, this ends without us knowing the truth, but that's why it's the first in a series.
Character-wise, I think they could have been a bit stronger and their back-stories built up some. That said, I was happy with what was there for most of them. Even the main character has his own flaws; there are no real "super-characters" (best, brightest, most intuitive, uber-genius, etc), although there are a couple that are close, mostly on the "evil team", so to speak. There is at least one that we are not sure about at the end of the book, since he seemed to be for both sides depending on when things were happening.
Some people seemed to object to the many concepts brought into the book (time travel, alternate reality, aliens, etc). I thought they were handle fairly well; though it is one huge unanswered question at the end of the book. It is definitely part of a series, though the main story ties up well enough to leave the reader satisfied.
Either the author has repaired many of the grammatical mistkes, or some reviewers are very sensitive to them. There still enough to be mildly annoying, as it seems most of the free Amazon books have, but I did not find them to be particularly detrimental to enjoying the story. Overall, this is a very good read. I still have yet to check out the short stories (inter-book) that are freely available, but I plan to. This is a series that makes me want to keep reading; there are not a lot that do that to me.
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