- Paperback: 194 pages
- Publisher: Skylab (January 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780981316802
- ISBN-13: 978-0981316802
- ASIN: 0981316808
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,189,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Judas Syndrome: Book one in The Judas Syndrome series Paperback – January 26, 2012
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Joel in the end is the personification of the apocalypse, and I thought this was beautifully done - JH Sked
The author has a clear and lucid style that takes the reader from one vivid situation to another. Zvi Zaks
I had trouble putting it down the first night and finished it in one day. That says a lot to me when I just can't let go of a story and finding out what is going to happen next. After finishing this book I couldn't get it out of my head and doubt I ever do. Jeanne Howard
"The Judas Syndrome" was one of those books I just couldn't put down. Todd Fonseca
.... this is a great find and you will not be disappointed. Albert Robbins III
From the Author
You must have an appitite for dark tales. Welcome. I spent the first year out of college writing this novel as I worked as a freelance illustrator and bartender. Once the book was complete it sat for many years before I handed it over to my editor and it became the book it did. After another round of edits I self published.
To my happy surprise, the book did very well, and encouraged by fan feedback I decided to continue the storyline. As a result the next two books have recieved even stronger reviews than the first.
I really enjoyed writing this series, but be warned; writing apocalyptic fiction may cause apocalyptic results in your own life...
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And in some ways, The Judas Syndrome is a perfect reflection of just how people would act in such circumstances, but there are a few parts of the book that I struggled with. Firstly, sure, these kids have had experience in the outdoors, but they also seem to know one hell of a lot about defending themselves and how to use weapons with deadly accuracy. There are also some passages of dialogue that don't particularly ring true (like the use of words such as 'pertaining' and 'vessel' to describe a body)- they sound far more mature and use far more complicated words than I would expect of a group of heavy-drinking, drug-smoking kids.
But about half-way through The Judas Syndrome I got really sucked in - as events inside and outside the house start to spiral out of control, emotions run high and shocking decisions are made. Suddenly the pace of the story picked up considerably, and like driving past a car crash, I just couldn't look away.
In short, the storyline itself is unique and interesting, but there are a few details in the execution that need a little more fine-tuning.
So we have a group of teenagers who decided to go camping on the perfect weekend to miss out on the big bang. But they return home to total chaos. This part was okay, even the three-legged skunk that makes an occasional appearance. At this point details start to get a bit sticky for me. I think it might have been different if the connection to the main character Joel could have been stronger, which is surprising when it comes to a first person narrative. Instead of living inside Joel's head I felt like I was being told what he was thinking, leaving me emotionally detached. His fear and confusion didn't jump across the pages to me. With no real connection to the main character there wasn't a lot of hope for more with the others. Jake was probably the only one I somewhat cared about and this was because I could relate to the flaws in his personality. He became real. The others did not. Each character should have had a specific place in the story, but all of them could easily have traded places and I wouldn't have known the difference.
Some of what these kids did came across as realistic, but unfortunately, a lot of it didn't. I felt fixes to problems were thrown in for convenience to make things easier for the author. A couple of examples: they just happen to walk into a barn and find everything they need there to grow their own food. After a nuclear war, growing food is going to be a problem, hunger a huge issue. It could have been used to add depth to the story, but instead they are handed an easy way out. Then, when they start to run out of fuel needed to keep the household and vehicles going, they just happen to run into a semi truck filled with the stuff. My reaction was, "Really, seriously." It sorely tested my ability to suspend disbelief.
But, even after all of these problem areas, and the months it took me to actually finish, I ended the first novel curious about where the second one would lead. I'd like to learn whether the remaining friends grow closer together or continue to fall apart. For that reason I'll give it a three star rating rather than the two I was leaning toward and hope for better in the second one. Bottom line--a so-so story, not great, but certainly not bad. The writing itself is fairly good and this probably helped me overlook some of the problems. I might not make a sprint toward the second one, but I will read it.
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author: Michael Poeltl
Format: Kindle, Paperback
After weeks of planning, Joel and his girlfriend Sara, along with their group of teenage friends travel hours away from their rural hometown for a weekend of camping and partying. Miles from civilization and off the grid, they enjoy their reprieve from everyday life. But once they begin their journey back, they find no cell service and the radio stations are nothing but static. As they arrive home, they realize the unimaginable has happened. Nuclear weapons have been unleashed on the world and life as they had known it is forever over.
Michael Poeltl's "The Judas Syndrome" is a look into what happens to a group of friends who must rely on each other for survival after the end of the world. This is a bit of a cross between "Mad Max" meets "Lord of the Flies". Poeltl does a masterful job of describing the conditions one might have to endure in such a horrible situation as well as the way each character degenerates as a result. This is a troubling novel that reminded me a little of Stephen Kind's "Under the Dome" in its character study. This first novel in the series focuses in many ways how the worst comes out in each of the characters. The next novel in the series - Rebirth - is almost the opposite bringing out the best in most (but that is another review). There are some supernatural elements that occasionally appear here which give the novel an extra dose of intrigue and amp up the creepy factor which enhance the mood. Unfortunately, these aren't resolved at the book's conclusion which was a bit frustrating but fortunately they return and evolve nicely in book 2.
"The Judas Syndrome" was one of those books I just couldn't put down. Told from Joel's first person perspective, Poeltl does a nice job conveying the complexities of all the characters which is occasionally challenging from this perspective. If you like book one like I did, you'll like book 2 even more. "The Judas Syndrome" is $2.99 on kindle.
Note: A complementary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.