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Homo Luminous Paperback – January 21, 2011
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From the Author
How far would you go to protect the ones you love?
Who would you be willing to die for?
Who would you kill for?
Those are just a few of the questions asked by Homo Luminous.
Homo Luminous is the story of two friends struggling to survive the end of their world, while coping with changes to themselves and the world that they don't understand.
Walk beside David and Chris as they struggle to survive.
About the Author
Mike Frost is a graduate of the University of Alabama with graduate studies in History and Library Sciences. He has eighteen years of experience working in the technology field. He spends his spare time writing, except in the fall, when you can find him in Tuscaloosa watching the Crimson Tide play.
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There are some recurring spell-check problems (i.e. 'site' instead of 'sight', etc.), however the story line and action were good enough to slide me right by those errors and keep on reading.
I highly recommend it, and will be looking for more from this author.
What begins as a normal day is turned upside down by unknown events and things will
never to be the same.
In the following chaos family, friends and strangers must band together to survive. This struggle for survival will reveal the strength and weakness of the individuals and the power to be found in people united in a common purpose.
Fast paced action intertwined with heartfelt emotions both devastating and uplifting.
A very satisfying post apocalyptic ride.
The end wasn't quite right, but maybe you'll feel different.
There are tragedies, losses, and the longing for the familiar in a cold, icy new world. Those whose fundamentalist beliefs clash with the new dreams for a kind and utopian civilization lead into an adventurous and deadly war to rescue the tortured and enslaved.
The descriptions in the novel are illuminating, skillful and beautiful. I highly recommend this wonderful novel.
The nature of the Luminous portion of this book doesn't appear until almost a third of the way through the volume. The exact explanation of the Luminous abilities of key characters sees the least amount of narrative and plays a secondary role. This is to be expected, since Homo Luminous is a bit more character driven. Still, the explanation provided struck me as a very broad and existential form of spirituality. The spiritual nature of Luminous really only plays a role in the motivations of a single character.
The book's main flaw lies with its villains. There is a single compromised and selfish individual that strikes me as plausible in the post-apocalyptic environment, up until the very end. The volume's key villain is meant to function as an embodiment of evil or the wrongness of human nature, but ultimately comes off as more of an amalgam of unpopular or outdated ideas. His cohorts and other nameless bad guys are thugs who engage in acts that make them very comfortable as enemies in the eyes of the reader, a feat normally reserved for cinema Nazis.
Frost has little trouble communicating his ideas to the reader. The early portion of the book is rather dominated by the detailed explanations of how each character manages to survive in a new era without electricity. It isn't until later when David, Chris and the rest of the book's traveling crew really play off each other that the text starts to take off. Again, the confrontation with the highly compromised villain kept me flipping the pages faster than any other part.
As an ebook, Homo Luminous does better than the average publication. The table of contents is a fully functional component of the Nook's touchscreen, which is a feature that many Smashwords conversions are missing. The cover is viewable in full screen, but the palette of blues and blacks doesn't quite show up well in the black-and-white conversion.