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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.
Congratulations to Patricia Rose, who has published her first novel on her birthday!