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The Island (Fallen Earth Book 1) by [Stark, Michael]
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4.0 out of 5 stars 308 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in Fallen Earth (5 Book Series)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 749 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EGEOW2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,637 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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At this point I have read parts 1, 2, and 3 so some of my thoughts will include where he's went since the first part.

A little information first:
- You may not realize it (I certainly didn't) but this is a pretty short read - probably a bit less than 100 paperback pages. It's the first "episode" of this story. Every subsequent part is currently on sale for $.99.
- There is a bit more information about the author located at [...]
- The current expectation is that there will be at least 6 parts and he's trying to release a new part every 2 weeks.

On to the review. I thought this was a very entertaining read. The author, as he points out, can go a bit overboard with the descriptions of some things. While they are long-winded they are very well written and I think he gets better after book one. This book is really just an introduction to our protagonist and the writer's style. Note, there is *no* fantasy elements in part 1. I, personally, don't think this was a bad thing. Instead, think of this as an opportunity to get to see the author's ability to tell a story. I thought it was done very well, which is certainly not the norm for free books. The fantasy does start showing up in later parts.

With parts 2 and 3 the story is shaping up to be a very well told end-of-the-world yarn. For me, the main character he spent so much time introducing in part 1 has been the most engaging part. If you try this and enjoy his storytelling I imagine you will very much enjoy the subsequent parts.

This one stands out as one to try.
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"The Island" Part One, is a serialize thriller in the Fallen Earth series by author Michael Stark. This Kindle e-book was a 342 Kb download (approx. 88 printed pages) and was free (normally $0.99) at the time of writing this review.

Spoilers (general theme)

It was called 'The Fever' and it struck hard and fast, going from a few isolated cases to a world wide pandemic in a matter of weeks. There was no cure as the entity causing the infection mutated faster than vaccines could be developed.
William Hill, our hero, decides to take his boat to an island off the North Carolina coast with the hope of surviving as long as he could and maybe, just maybe still be alive if the disease ever burnt itself out.
But the island he chose turns out to be as deadly as the infection he was trying to escape.

End Spoilers.

Some thoughts on "The Island"...

1.) an intriguing story line.

2.) the author has an easy to read writing style and the quality of story telling is well above average.

3.) some interesting characters that will likely have an influence on future installments.

4.) this first episode spends a lot of time with background information, technical descriptions and introduction of characters... all at the expense of action.

5.) cover art which has no apparent connection to this particular episode.

Conclusion:
A well written and detailed first installment. Hopefully all this setup information will provide the reader with a more action orientated story in Part Two.

4 1/2 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
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For me, reading this book was like a long drive through Montana or Nebraska. Just a constant flow of the same scenery, over and over. When something of note does finally happen, you almost miss it.

The pace was slow. Too many descriptions were almost painfully detailed. And at times, the story seemed to veer off into some meandering thought of the main character, until it finally winds back to the story that was being told. I was almost scanning the pages to get back to the story.
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Firstly, my apologies to the author, because he does seem like a nice person from his forward and bio.

I read the first chapter (free) based on the great reviews. And in fact, I was entertained and thought it was a neat premise -- severe epidemic. But by the third book, I had a hard time finishing it (and couldn't do it without rolling my eyes--a lot), and only kept reading because I had already bought the rest of the books. I finally gave up about halfway through book 4. I can't imagine it will get better. The editing in the book goes downhill the farther you read. By book 3, there was a typo about every 2 pages. It felt more like I was reading a rough draft. Additionally, somewhere during book 2 or 3, the story takes a ridiculous turn. I love the fantasy genre of books, but this is laughable. I won't go into detail, but suffice it to say that it was the kind of story that a father might make up around the campfire to scare the kids at night. I would say it's somewhere between that and a really bad B movie -- complete with all the cliches. (A cross?? Really??)

I'm sure some of the great reviews were real, but I just finished reading a newspaper article where a self-published author on Amazon was caught writing his own glowing reviews (according to the journalist, that book also wasn't worth the few dollars you might have to pay for it). Just got me wondering. If I had bought each of these "books" at a bookstore, I'd be trying to return the last one unread for at least part of my money back. It's more the principle than the $2 I spent, but what a waste of time...
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