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Gray Apocalypse Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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"Fast-paced tale of an alien-human conspiracy and the few humans who set out to counter it . . . should appeal to fans of UFO fiction and conspiracy theories." Library Journal
"For any aficionado of apocalyptic stories, this cinematic tale must be on their shelves." Geoff Nelder, coeditor, Escape Velocity magazine, and award-winning science fiction author, Escaping Reality and Exit, Pursued by a Bee
"Has few wasted words and moves along with magnificent pacing . . . a rollicking good roller-coaster of an adventure." Blogcritics.org
"Vivid, fast paced and imaginative." David Brin, Hugo and Nebula awardwinning author
About the Author
- Publisher : Demand Publications (April 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 350 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0966443098
- ISBN-13 : 978-0966443097
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
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In 1954, a collaboration between the United States and an alien species was struck. The two sides, would give each other things to either advance the technology or help understand humanity, but this was all done in secrecy. Little did the one's dealing know that the aliens would be Earth's downfall. It's up to Michael Kendon, a former assassin for the secret group, and the daughter of a scientist, Laura Meller, to prevent a global genocide. Before Laura's father's death, he told Kendon of a way to save humanity from "the Breeders", and the key to the powerful weapon is with his daughter. During the duos attempt to save humanity, an astronomer, Eric Tepler discovers the asteriod that will cause Earth's doom and tries to warn everyone but is prevented by the secret group. During Tepler's warning, he finds out the the lighthouse that was converted to an observatory, is so much more than it seems.
1) Editing. There was just so many editing mistakes that were vastly overlooked. Paragraphs and sentences were suddenly split up for no apparent reason. Words were misspelled, it was just horrible.
2) Kendon/ Laura. Their "love interest" seemed really forced and I really had a hard time believing it was real. It was just silly and obvious that it was going to happen. But really? Love at first sight... Give me a break. Sure, it's alluded that Kendon pretty much is enamored with Laura from the first time he seen a photograph that her father showed him, but it just was silly. I just didn't really care for it.
3) Gullibility. Now, in the real world, I noticed that a little of people would be really skeptic of anything sort of government conspiracy theories and aliens. Heck, I don't believe any of that stuff. What I find unbelievable is most of the time, people in the story, when they are told this outlandish tale of aliens and conspiracies are almost instantly jumping on the bandwagon. I found it a little annoying.
1) Pacing. I really enjoyed how fast paced the book was. It really was hard to put down at times because the pacing was just so good. It really gave you the sense of urgency that the characters have and it really helped up the excitement. It is really one of those books that you could finish in a day when you have nothing else to do.
2) Story. Although it is a little overused, the whole government conspiracy on aliens, the plot was wonderfully done, mostly do to the pacing. It does seem like an old bag of tricks, with aliens threatening to destroy the world and how only the elite can survive, but it never really felt overdone. The pacing really helps this out with having you not really reflect to much on what just happened and having you want to know whats going to happen next. Plus, here and there, different things were thrown in to keep it a little different and engaging.
3) Excitement. Each chapter felt like a short story in a way. They almost all seemed to begin with something mundane happening and have a climatic moment at the end. It really kept the story exciting. It also helped that the scenes weren't suddenly split up and picked back up after another characters scene.
1) Tepler/ Gabriela. They had a really good love story going on, which was so much better than the whole Kendon/ Laura one. You could see how the threat of impending doom really brought the two characters together and it just seemed more tender.
2) Gravity Weapon. I thought that was really unique. I don't want to give it away, I just really liked the idea.
3) Cover Art. Generic. Simple. If I saw this, I'd probably never would have bothered picking it up. It really seems like a general book about aliens. I just think that maybe something else would have been better.
The story is fairly good. What really makes the book interesting is the fact that it's hard to put down. It's exciting and fast paced. The characters are a little bland and generic, and the love interest felt unneeded. But all in all, it's a fun, enjoyable read.
In James Murdoch's first novel, the Earth is being targeted for extinction by Roswell-type aliens -- the Grays familiar to anyone versed in the most basic sci-fi conspiracy theories. The "Breeders" are planning to kill off all but a handful of Earth's inhabitants and replace them with "hybrids". Only four people can prevent the asteroid strike: Kendon, a psychic soldier, formerly in thrall to the Breeders and now trying to save the planet he barely knows; Tepler, an astronomer stationed in a remote observatory that just might hold the key to mankind's salvation; and their respective love interests, a pediatric oncologist and a schoolteacher.
The action in "Gray Apocalypse" is reasonably intense. There are chases, escapes, explosions and assassinations, and that's just within the first 50 pages. The timetable for the deadly asteroid strike is only three days; as Kendon is pursued across Texas (mostly on foot) by Breeder troops, Earth's remaining seconds loudly tick away.
"Apocalypse" does suffer from first novel syndrome. There are dozens of plot contrivances -- the astronomer isn't just an astronomer, he's also a gifted hypnotherapist; Kendon, bred as an assassin, has mysterious psychic powers that unfold as the plot requires; the love interests also harbor suspiciously convenient connections to the Breeders. The dialogue is clunky: "Being healers has always been our purpose," says Kendon to his girlfriend, "you as a physician and me with my strange hands" (when he's not saying "Even before I met you I loved you"). The best sci-fi novelists manage to avoid these obstacles; Murdoch is clearly not there yet.
However, the doomsday scenario is pretty much a can't-miss deal, and Murdoch does keep the tension mounting and the pages turning. I look forward to seeing Murdoch's next novel.