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“This is a page-turning, apocalyptic thriller that manages to imbue some nice original twists… Conceptually, Extinction Point is fantastic… A recommended, fun, summer blockbuster-type of read.”


"Paul Jones has started a refreshingly unique Post-Apocalyptic series, unlike anything I have read in the genre... Paul Jones' ability to bring complex concepts to life through description and narrative is awe inspiring. Few authors could successfully create the world that emerges after the 'red rain.' Even fewer could relate the experience to readers in such vivid detail." – Steven Konkoly, Author of The Jakarta Pandemic and Black Flagged & Black Flagged Redux

"Think "Day of the Triffids" meets "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" meets "I am Legend" and you still won't have grasped the full scope of the apocalypse in Paul Jones' artfully crafted tale of extinction and survival."– David P. Forsyth, Author of the Voyage of the Dead series

"Holy red smoke! This book scared me. I like scary books but this book SCARED me... The strength of this story is the details and the believability. The author makes the reader truly believe the events in the book. I loved how every move Emily made was described and how the reader could go "NOOOO" when you watched Emily go somewhere where you knew trouble was waiting!" – Four out of Five Skulls, BadassBookReviews.com
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Product Details

  • Series: Extinction Point Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; Unabridged edition (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611097991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611097993
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,607 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Boynton on April 29, 2013
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"Karen read the book, turning the pages with her hand. She remembered how her grandmother had taught her how to read back on the farm. She had turned the pages with her hand, guiding Karen's young hand as it turned the pages. Thank god she'd shown her how to do it! Suddenly Karen realized she was hungry. She felt a gnawing sensation of hunger in her stomach. When had she last eaten? She needed to eat before she tried to write her book review. She went to the kitchen to make a sandwich because she was hungry, but on the way to the kitchen she tripped over the edge of a throw rug and fell to the floor. When she finally regained consciousness hours later, the pain was excruciating. The thick carpeting had done nothing to break her fall. Everything hurt. She felt like she'd been run over by a truck. Had she broken her arm? Ruptured her spleen? Did she have brain damage? Gingerly, she tried to move her shoulder. A wave of pain and nausea flooded over her, and she passed out again.
When she awoke, Karen realized she was still hungry. That sandwich wasn't going to make itself. Hobbling into the kitchen, she opened the refrigerator door and took out a package of sliced turkey that had been hidden in the back behind a jar of pickles. She rolled up one slice of turkey into a tube and took a bite. Then she took two slices of turkey and two slices of bread, spread some mayonnaise on the bread, cut some tomatoes into quarter-inch-thick slices, sprinkled on some pepper, and assembled it all into a sandwich. She ate the sandwich, now wondering how she was going to write her book review semiconscious with a bad shoulder and maybe a ruptured spleen and brain damage. She had never learned to type on her computer.
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I have no problem with a series. Book One? Okay, I'll try that. The problem I have is that this is not a full book. Well, it's as long as a book, but it doesn't have a full story arc. This reads like the first part of a book stretched out to make it long enough to call a book. But there is no resolution for the reader. The story just stops, and if the reader wants to know what happens next, they have to wait for the next book.
A properly constructed series of books has a complete story arc in each book, with a continuing story running through the series. Extinction Point starts a story, then leaves the reader hanging. This reader feels cheated.

What I liked about this book was the basic premise: the red rain and what starts to happen after that.

Unfortunately, a good premise isn't enough. There is a long list of other problems:
Emily is the ONLY person in all of NYC that survives? Why? We never find out.
Dragging a body down the hallway exhausts her to the point of near-collapse?
Biking to ALASKA seems more workable than teaching herself to drive? Seriously?

A magical backpack that holds 2 parkas, several sweaters, snow boots, 2 pairs of sneakers, tee shirts, trousers, underwear, socks, and a supply of canned goods. (My biggest suitcase wouldn't hold all that.)

Emily starts off cursing like a sailor and never quits. This did not endear her to me. I never really warmed to her. She makes odd decisions. She's accident prone. Her injuries are always more serious than seemed feasible. On her first foray out for food and supplies, she goes across the street to the store that she saw being looted from her apartment window. Everything in NY is hers for the taking, and she picks through the debris of a looted store. Really?
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Amazon really is going to have to put some work into how reviews are listed and judged as authentic because I find it impossible that this book is getting the good reviews it is. The book has a great and intriguing original premise and plot line but is quickly lost in mind numbing, endless dribble as you read every thought the main character has. "How many pairs of underwear should I pack for my flight of survival out of the city"- yep, this important fact is there. The main character is a grown woman who lives in New York City. Even though she grew up on a farm she doesn't know how to drive a car and therefore decides she has to ride her bike to Alaska to find the other surviors instead of trying to learn to drive on the endless open roads. LOL! Really? I think my 14 yeard old, whose never driven would figure it out- gas for go and brake for stop. Not like she has to worry about hitting someone- there all dead. Instead she goes shopping for the numerous supplies she needs (you see the entire list because it decribes every detail of every item right down to tampons- so much fun to go shopping)and then somehow she is able to load what has to be about 150 pounds of stuff on this bike.
The worst part for me was how early in the book she's in a dark office building where she's distracted by a scary something and then proceeds to trip over something and fall on a desk and then to the ground. Amazingly she feels like she's broken a rib that has punctured her lung as well as maybe dislocating her shoulder. She ends up with just a completely bruised face and terrible shoulder/arm pain where she can hardly lift her arm and we hear about for the next 50 pages. She even drops a knife when she falls and the tip of the knife is broken off!
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