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Extracted (Extracted Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 1, 2017
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RR Haywood is a long-standing and highly successful Amazon author. He is the creator of the bestselling series The Undead, a self-published British zombie horror series that has become a cult hit with a readership that defies generations and gender.
Living in an underground cave, away from the spy satellites and invisible drones sent to watch over us by the BBC, he works a full-time job, has four dogs and lots of tattoos. He is also a certified, badged and registered hypochondriac, for which he blames the invisible BBC drones.
Should you not have a drone to hand, you can find him at www.rrhaywood.com.
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I've not read any of this author's previous books, so I selected this as my Kindle First selection based solely on the fact that it was a genre that I like. I quickly discovered that the author is British and that the language, violence, and sexual themes made it an adult read. Even with the British slang, words, and locale, it soon grabbed my interest and I was hooked into the story. The writing is solid. I wish that the explanation of the time travel itself was more thorough, but then again I'm not a science or tech expert, so that didn't impact my enjoyment that much.
The ending leaves off in a decent place to set up the next book, and makes the reader crave more. Usually I hate any sort of a cliffhanger, but this one, for some reason, didn't feel like the usual cliff hanger; it didn't make me angry, it just left me wanting to continue the story. Which is another indication of a good book. I will download the next installment without hesitation.
Some of the good/bad
GOOD: This is a sci-fi book, but it’s not too focused on the sci-fi aspects that it overwhelming. Contrast it to “The Martian” by Andy Weir. IN some points of the book, “The Martian” went so deep into the science aspects of the activities that it seemed that the author forgot that we aren’t all math experts. Still a great book (smile). The Extracted doesn’t spend a lot of time explaining how the time machine works or ramifications of time travel – they have invented a time machine and yes, there are ramifications of time travel (most already explained to us all via Star Trek).
BAD: Yes, the novel could use additional editing. There is a section where it takes Ben an awfully long (long) time to get with the program. I noticed that many reviewers brought this up as an issue. While I agree with more editing, I’d also point out that it’s no longer commonplace to have a large publisher who signs a huge contract with authors and each novel undergoes 2-3 rounds of review and editing before publishing and printing thousands of copies of books for the bookstores.
GOOD/BAD: This novel is really (really) set up as a trilogy. The first novel sets up the overall plot about why we needed the main characters, but then spends no time on planning, strategy or talking about what they plan to do to “fix” the world. I assume that this will be tackled in book 2 or 3 of the trilogy. So those looking for plot advancement on these specific lines will be disappointed
BAD: The narration seems to jump from first person to third person. I’m not author. I thought you couldn’t do that but this is a book about time travel so…. For me, it didn’t harm the narration in anyway.
GOOD: There is a good amount of character development. While some reviewers mentioned that the characters were still thin, I really didn’t find it that way at all.
GOOD/BAD: The characters are all UK-English (smile). Have some tea with that one.
All in all, I really enjoyed the novel and expect many new readers will as well. I’m looking forward to the second novel in the trilogy to find out how Harry, Ben and Safa try to save the world.
The author does a great job with the fight scenes and action sequences. The writing feels cinematic and I found myself casting my way through the whole beginning.
The author struggles with dialogue and the SCIENCE part of fiction. To elaborate:
The dialogue between two of the main characters is abysmal. Why are there so many "err, umm, etc." Can you please trust the reader to interpret the pace of the conversation? You made your very smart lead sound like a moron. I also hated the treatment of the female lead with her dialogue. Why did she go from an intelligent, articulate, trained officer pre-extraction to a dumb, silly, "like, totally" incapable of complete sentences (albeit fit) person?!? Super disappointing.
The science part...well...the author refers a lot to the thing, the doohickey, the thingamabob...not in these exact words...but yeah.
I'd forgive the lack the of research if the dialogue and pacing were better. All in all...it's just OK.