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Farmers and Cannibals (EJO Book 1) by [James-Olson, Eric]
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  • File Size: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ6DONK
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By K. Rollins on July 25, 2016
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Farmers and Cannibals, by Eric James-Olsen is a multi-layered treat. It’s a sci-fi adventure, murder mystery, and interesting mirror on today. And it’s set up as an annotated version of an important story written four hundred years earlier. The two voices – that of the original authors, Victor Moody and Caleb Jeffries, writing as Eric James-Olsen, and the somewhat snooty literary voice of McCarthy Gables, pointing out verb tense problems and content errors – make a great counterpoint. Some parts of the commentary are delightfully overblown. (“In the previous two chapters we see one of the first notable shifts in social commentary. Although common in literature today, authors of the late 21st century were often afraid to make negative statements about the world they lived in… EJO, at least throughout the 2090’s, was the only author whose socially critical works squeezed by the censors. I find delightful irony in this.”)

The story begins with Cain arriving at his new post on one of the giant farm operations set up in Africa after taking the land from the indigenous people. On his way to the farm, Cain barely survives an explosion, which he’s told is the work of the “Cannibals” or “terrorists,” the natives.
Shortly afterwards, the chief is found dead of an apparent suicide, and one of the farmers is found killed. The hunt is on, then, for Cain to find out what’s really behind these events. And he has many suspects.

There are, of course, many parallels to current-day situations, including the legacy of colonialism, and the use of war as the ultimate propaganda tool. When certain parties want to make sure the drone warfare program is reinstated by the government, they know the easiest way to convince people is to scare them.
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Having read the first portions previously, this review is for chapter 25 to the end.

Farm Colony 984 was overrun by the Cannibals and it was reported there were no survivors. Imagine the surprise in the head quarters when they found out there were 3 men alive! And, one of them was Cain..

It is amazing what corporate greed can do to honest men. Lots of lies leading up to this ending - and the ending is fitting considering the circumstances. I do feel empathy for Abraham's loss when the promise made to him was never fulfilled.

Highly recommended.
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The title captured my attention right away. I was intrigued as to what this could possibly be about so I had to open it. It is well-written and kept my interest. I love reading books that are unpredictable and this one did not disappoint. This is a page turner most of the time and I found myself hoping for certain things to happen. Of course I was disappointed some and relieved others, but that's what I liked about the book. I read that someone else said it would make a great movie and I agree. The characters were painted so well that I could picture them and everything that was going on.
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There are a lot of satirical references between the dystopian world of these novels and the real world in which we live in, and Eric James-Olson delivers a real treat with this story. There are a lot of things that reflect society today and some of the problems we are facing, and it gives a grim view of where life could be heading if we don't turn things around sometime in the near future.

Cain is an interesting character, and the situations he's put into are fascinating and interesting. I found myself engrossed in the story and the writing was excellent.
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I picked up Farmers and Cannibals on a whim for an easy and quick beach read. The story is a unique take on the dangers of an unchecked expansion of government and big corporate business in America. This type of a story is different than what I am normally reading, but the concept of agra-business and government running amuck is a real, as are many of the social, political, moral and educational issues that the author exploits and dramamtisizes. The plot is akin to a more simple take of Orwell's classic 1984 with reminents of more modern classics like District 9 and Avitar.
The character descriptions and point of view are presented particularly well, with protagonist we are rooting for and antagonist, well sometimes we might be rooting for them too. The author uses a mix of biblical references, present day controversies and popular sci-fi themes to thicken the plot, advance the characters and keep the pages turning.
This being Eric James-Olson's first publised work there is no telling where he'll go from here. A prequel is slated to be released sometime next year and the door is left open for an ongoinig series. This reader will be checking back to see what comes next!
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I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it for others. It pulls you in within the first chapter and keeps you guessing throughout the whole book. Just when you think you have it all figured out, there is another twist or turn, which leads to an ending that I don’t think anyone could see coming. Mr. Olson’s writing style reads like a fast pace suspenseful Hollywood movie. If this is his first published book, I can’t wait to see what he writes next. I promise you, once pick up this book you won’t want to put it down. Do yourself a favor and read Famers and Cannibals. The only problem is you are going to have sit around and wait for the next installment like the rest of us.
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