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Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions Paperback – June 1, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 178 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Bern Saga Series

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About the Author

Hugh Howey spent eight years living on boats and working as a yacht captain for the rich and famous. It wasn't until the love of his life carried him away from these vagabond ways that he began to pursue literary adventures, rather than literal ones. Hugh wrote and self-published his first adult novel, Wool, which won rave reviews and praise from readers. Dust is the final part of the trilogy. Hugh lives in Jupiter, Florida, with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982611927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982611920
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,046,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Aleksandra Royzen on July 17, 2012
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I'd like to begin a review on a very positive note. I'm very happy that I've discovered Hugh Howey. He is truly a very good writer. I think I like this author because of how easy his prose is. I'm not a native English speaker so for me reading sometimes doesn't come easy. And as I'm a fan of hard sci-fi, with those books I have to concentrate really hard to grasp everything, and sometimes because the story is so captivating it is very frustrating for me that I can't read it fast enough. This is not the case with Hugh Howey's writing. Most of his books are very fast and light reads. And I enjoy them immensely.

Blood of the Millions is the first book where Molly and Cole are not together. They each have their own story line. Molly is still on the planet Lok where Bern invasion has started. She is searching for her parents' friends who supposed to help her find special fusion fuel that will make it possible for her to jump to hyperspace and find Cole and her father. Cole is in hyperspace where he has to escape brutal captors and for the first time meets Mortimer, Molly's father. There is also a third story line involving Anlyn and Edison, who have adventure of their own and inadvertently become part of the Bern fleet.

I've reviewed previous two books in the series Parasona Rescue and Land Of Light. I rated them 5 stars. Unfortunately for this one I'll have to go with 4 stars. Over all it's still a great and exciting read. However there were three points that were very different from previous two books and just to be fair I had to lower my rating.

First off, in previous books the actions would start right off the bat. In Blood of the Millions however it didn't start up until a third into the book.
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Like many others, I read Mr. Howey's Wool books, and cast about for other things he had written while waiting for the next installment. And found Molly Fyde.

I believe these books we actually written for a slightly younger audience, but that didn't really detract from my enjoyment of them. They feature a young brave heroine, a love interest, a quest, and space flight, thereby meeting all of the requirements for a good classic space opera.

I really enjoyed this series, though it is very different than Wool, and am very happy to see that Mr. Howey's style of writing is just as entertaining and interesting outside of the silos.
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This is a good series of books and Howey is a great author. I enjoyed the first two. For some reason this book contains many graphically described scenes of gore, torture and violence. As you are reading them it all feels gratuitous. They are not required to push the plot forward dropping his literature to the standards of a bad movie. Hugh Howey is better than this. It would be nice if this book was revised to keep it more in line with the tone set earlier in the series.
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I probably really consider this a four star book but I like the series so much I wouldn't want to bring it down, and this is definitely not a two star book. This novel follows three stories throughout the entire book. The most time is spent following Molly and Cole which is good because their stories are the most interesting. I really liked the Cole story the best. The place he is in so bizarre it rides the line of being so fantastic that the suspension of disbelief fails, but stays just on the good side of that border. Molly's story is engaging but it is kind of disheartening what a rough time she has with no break in the death and tragedy she must endure.

As for as criticism, there are few things that could be improved. One is there are some misspellings and once the the wrong character's name appears in dialog, which is a very minor point and did not really detract from the book too much since the mistakes were few. In addition, the world seems a bit far fetched that their computing technology seems about the level of present day with talk of 'flash drives'. Nobody even has cellphones or other devices except Walter which seemed odd. The ship's computer has a keyboard. I also felt that there were a few places where pages that need to be shortened, like the wadi-thoughts parts. I tended to skim those to get onto the next part where something happens. I really didn't understand the point of Riggs except to add to the overall misery - maybe there will more about that later?

None of these criticisms mean that the book is not worth it - it certainly is and I've already purchased and downloaded the Fight for Peace and am looking forward to it. There are many series by very famous writers that I lost interest in, but no so with this one!
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As others have noted, there are two major faults with this book in the Bern Saga series.

Unlike the first two in the series, this book was exceptionally gory, bloody, and disturbing. Normally, this doesn't really bother me, but it was so out of character from the first two books, I had a hard time believing that this was written by the same author.

Secondly, the plot line is so disjointed, even three quarters through the book the reader has no idea what the heck is going on. I like a bit of mystery as much as the next guy, but this book goes way beyond this. I honestly don't know if I will complete reading this book - I've had to take a break from it twice already to read something else. It's simply become too painful to claw my way through it.

I don't know who wrote this book, but it wasn't the same person who wrote the first two.....
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