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Product Details

  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (August 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606107003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606107003
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,908,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I tried to like this book and after about halfway through, decided that I couldn't take it anymore. The main characters all seemed to be the same person with different names and it was hard to distinguish one from another. There were characters named Baider, Paider and Kaider in the novel and that only added to my confusion.

The 2 main characters (Who could have been the same guy from all the lack of differentiation in their personalities/descriptions) spent all their time pondering their and their crewmate's relationships while fighting off aliens. Maybe its just me but if I am dodging aliens and running for my life, I am not wondering if one of my crew members is sleeping with the gorgeous doctor on board the ship...and thats another thing...everyone in the book seems to be extremely well built and drop dead handsome or Supermodel material...what, there are no ugly people in the future?
One guy seems to start out white then suddenly he's described as African-American and then the book later speaks of his pale complexion....what's that all about? All the women in the book spend their time crying over the smallest incident or completely breaking down and cracking under pressure so that the males in the book feel repeatedly obligated to comfort them, put their arms around them and tell them it will be alright.
The locals of the future apparently speak redneck and after reading several chapters of words written like they are spoken as in "Yuens folks git long now, ain't no cause fer alarm..." (I made that line up, but you get the picture), I just couldn't take it anymore.

Anyways, thats my 2 cents worth. Based on the other reviews, some people enjoyed it and at $0.99 it wasn't like I was angry for throwing away a ton of money on it, but I jist cain't see tossing money away fer no gosh darn good reason.....sorry, couldn't resist :)
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The idea of this story was interesting but I disliked the writer's style. The storyline was confusing to follow, all of the characters seemed similar, and the descriptions seemed very stilted and dry. Also, it was annoying that the author had one of the characters repeatedly pondering the relationship between two of his colleages but never seemed to come to a conclusion. Everytime, it came up in the storyline I was thinking, didn't he already go over this? Usually when I read great story I become so immersed in it that it's like watching a movie, this book was a struggle to get into. Sorry for the bad review but I just didn't enjoy.
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Mankind's Worst Fear--a SciFi gem. Quirky and pacifist scientific underwater exploration team meets by-the-book, military unit from Mars--three hundred years in Earth's future. These unlikely groups form an uneasy alliance, at the end of time, in a desperate search for a means to reverse the mistakes of the past.
With mankind's insatiable lust for knowledge and off-world expansionism, it was bound to happen. We dug too deep beneath Mars' mysterious red crust. Our curiosity and greed sets off an ancient burglar alarm, alerting the alien race that left it there, and triggers the near extermination of our planet. For, like humans, the aliens will not allow another race to gain enough knowledge and technology to threaten their dominance.
Mankind's Worst Fear is a joyride through future tech, and good, old-fashioned, human determination. The story tracks two separate but converging plot lines: the science teams' danger-filled journey inland through hostile tribes of humans; and the Mars teams' action-packed, space hijacking of an alien vessel on its way to finish off the last human life on Earth.
Mankind's Worst Fear celebrates man's strengths, while acknowledging the weaknesses that make us human. The tension of the twin plotlines holds the reader prisoner to turning the pages, even long after bedtime. And, when the two factions finally meet, an inferno of action chains you to the story until the very last word.
Remember to breathe.
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I would love to give this book at least a 4 star rating. However, there are a too many things wrong with it that cannot be overlooked. First of all it sometimes felt like it was written by two or more different people; one who writes well, one not so good, and a really bad one whose style is quite juvenile. The knowledge of the science is very good most of the time and some of the writing is sometimes so sophisticated it made me think that this was an experienced writer but then it would go downhill again.

There are a number of typos, misspellings, and wrong use of words, for example: their instead of they're, conger (an eel) where the word should have been conjure. One of the major characters from the Mars site named Clapton just disappears about half way through the story after the capture by the aliens - no I don't mean the aliens killed him or something else dire happened to him - the author just forgot him. Also it would seem to me that a nuclear winter lasting 300 or more years would not have resulted in just a colder climate in Oregon but an all out ice age.

I know writers (and obviously editors) tend to get lazy due to the use of spell checkers but for goodness sake, USE A GRAMMAR CHECKER as well.

Like I said, I would have given 4 stars due to the plot, action, and the interesting take on time travel but . . .
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