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- Print Length: 380 pages
- Publication Date: September 27, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015ELC31S
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Iron Mike: One boy and his dog at the end of the world. Kindle Edition
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Synopsis (from the author): NOTICE: This novel recommended for ages 16+ due to language and some sexual content.
When the black ships drop from the clouds, billions die. The weapons are silent, the effects, lethal. Nations fall. Humanity crumbles. Their mission is simple: seed the earth. Feed their creatures. Harvest the crops.
The war is over before it begins. Or is it?
From the ashes of our memory, heroes are forged. In the shell of a surviving outpost, one boy is asked to do the impossible. Rising to the challenge, Mike Sanderlin becomes a man, then a soldier, and finally, a hero. He’s more than a symbol and less than perfect, but to save his younger sister and fight for Earth, he’ll become Iron Mike.
With an alien ally, Iron Mike will hurl himself into the teeth of a war that can only have one winner.
Built to fight. Born to win.
Iron Mike is ready. Are you?
What I liked: The story grabbed me from the start. The alien extermination of the humans to allow for harvesting the planet was a great start. Mike becoming Iron Mike was a cool, but critical piece of the story, and the change in Kari (who started out as an unlikeable character to me) was well done. The adventures of Mike and Kari entertained me, but my favorite character of all was Hershey, the dog! I also enjoyed the efforts of the aliens to right the wrong they had perpetrated on humanity.
What I didn’t like: There were a couple of things that bothered me. It was never clear exactly why some humans survived the attack. Though it wasn’t all that important to the story, it did keep me wondering. The second criticism I had was the stereotypical bad guys who captured Mike and Kari during their mission. I thought that part could have been handled differently.
Overall impression: Iron Mike by Patricia Rose is a great story with excellent characters, plenty of action, sacrifice for loved ones, and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. I recommend this one for anyone 16+ who enjoys dystopian science fiction!
My rating: 5 Stars
I found the story rather unique in the genre. It wasn't your typical "evil alien" race invading, more one with a set of their own rules on when they can take over a world. The story on the alien side then covers their own internal dealing of those rules. Not wanting to give too many spoilers, but this rested on the humans being classified at a certain level of sentience and civilization. Some of the aliens believed they did meet this, and set about to prove it. I did like that one of the points of contention was around the Catholics and transubstantiation.
The book in itself was a complete story ending on a victory of sorts, fortunately not ending on a cliffhanger, but it does clearly leave it ready for a next novel. Which I'd be eager to listen to. I did get this audiobook as a free review copy.
Narration wise, I felt that the narrator had an excellent voice and clarity. However it did seem to me like he was introducing unnecessary pauses in sentences, like there were additional commas in sentences. I had purchased the kindle edition, and with the examples I checked, they weren't in the print.
In all a very impressive debut novel.
This is a winner. It seemed to be pulling me along, and I was a willing traveler. Backstory, setting, pace,character development, and all the boring but important binders to a novel, are handled as a function of the storytelling. All of those necessary components were infused into the tale, so I never noticed them happening, even though they were. In some books, even books I love, there are sections of the book that you slog through, kind of like eating your vegetables as a kid. Not so with this book, you just start reading, and keep on going because you want to know what is happening. I like how she writes, almost as much as what she writes.
I was disappointed that there were not more books by this author. Her Amazon author page shows her sitting at a book signing, smiling for the camera. Perhaps if she wrote more, and stopped messing about posing for photographs, she could have finished another book by now.
Top international reviews
You're drawn into the story immediately when Earth is attacked with devastating consequences. The impact is felt worldwide, but the story focuses on Mike, Kari and a small group of survivors. Mike has to grow up fast, look out for his younger sister, Jenn, and get a group of young children to a place of safety (and that's just the beginning.)
The pace of the story is maintained through the use of the POV of the main characters. Each takes turns to have their say. I found this way of presenting the story easy to follow and thought it helped character development. My favourite POV was Hershey the dog. He helps provide some lighter moments, and it made me smile that the author seems to know the inner workings of a dogs brain so well!
This book made me feel so many emotions. Laughter (because of Hershey,) anger (at how badly people can treat each other in times of crisis,) and sadness. It really takes a lot to make me upset as I read. Some of the things Mike experiences and has to do, no one should, especially someone so young. The way his thoughts and feelings were portrayed was excellently done.
I'll be recommending this book to everyone, and after such an intriguing ending, I hope there's going to be a sequel.
Iron Mike is an awesome story that starts with a widespread technological attack that takes out over 99% of the population. Left to look after his little sister, natural survivor Mike Sanderlin takes the reigns of chaos and struggles, with great difficultly, to tame the wild new world that threatens what little he has left. Teaming up with a host of other survivors, he learns that everything has changed, including himself.
Every character in this book is detailed and original. There are moments of bone-cracking action, sizzling emotion, and cinematic tension. It’s a typical end-of-the-world story but it’s been executed with a writing style so fresh and an imagination so sharp that it rises far above more mediocre stories in its genre.
I often end my book reviews with a critical point, suggesting something that I think could have been improved. Not this time. Quite simply, this is the best sci-fi novel I’ve read in a while. I was blown away. If a sequel appears – and I’m sure it will – I’ll be one of the first to buy it.
The genre is YA/ Sci-fi/ Dystopian but I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story. My fav genre is crime/thriller and I loved this book.
Highly imaginative, well constructed, thought provoking and inteligent I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I was initially intrigued by the opening chapters and I loved the way the story was concluded. If I was to be very picky I'd say there was a slight lull in the pace at about the third way point but overall this is a fast paced page turner.
The characters were well drawn and believable and the unusual way the author handled the aliens was quite inspired and an additional way this book stands head & shoulders above other books of this genre. Great as the human characters were Hershey the dog was a real scene stealer.
A great read, thoroughly deserving of the attention it is receiving.
Mike is a great character and the story is vivid and exciting, but using the POV of a dog, Hershey, makes this book extra special. The ending was not what I was expecting at all, though it works well and was a fitting conclusion.
I happily pass on the recommendation.
As dog and animal lover I was immediately taken in by the prologue and by a hunting scene at the beginning of the novel. Then suspense and action delivered the rest.
A gripping and entertaining read
Pretty good for a first book. Lost a star for some grammar and continuity issues.
Would benefit from a tighter edit.
Unfulfilling ending though, I expected more.
Patricia I hope you have lots more books in your brain because you have a lot of fans waiting........