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New Megiddo Rising: An ‘Apostates’ Novella (The Apostates Book 0) Kindle Edition
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This book is intense and I'm not entirely sure what genre it would fit into. I guess if I had to label it, I'd say action- but it's so much more than a mere action story. The religious undertone and the philosophy behind the story that religion can be used for both good and bad intentions is a very interesting sub-tone. The book was well-written and the intensity of the plot grew at a good pace. It wasn't necessarily a fast-paced novel the entire way through, but the slow paces were well-placed and allowed you to truly build suspense in the storyline.
Although the story takes place in a situation far from my own home (Alaska), I felt completely transported into the scenery. I clearly found myself lost amidst the Texan landscape and the author did a magnificent job of taking me, as the reader, to an entirely different world and situation. I feel like often times books that take place in an era with some foreign kind of rule are hard to fully integrate yourself into. I had no trouble finding myself within the story of this book, though. Everything was brought to life in such clear detail that I couldn't help but totally fall into the story.
This is the kind of book that you want to rush to the end of, because the story offers so many unanswered questions. But at the same time the book is so well written that it's so easy to engross yourself in the story and merely sit back and read with pleasure. I can't compare this book to a single other book I've read. I'm not sure how to define it, but I definitely know it's worth five stars and recommending to anyone who's debating picking it up and reading it themselves.
For me, the necessary detailing of the ruling society drags on and on. I quickly developed a detestation for the scum who run the ‘church’ society. I was offended by the leader of the girl’s home who preys on the children he is supposed to be molding. That pervert needs a good axe in the head.
I was bothered by the detail of Ayane being bullied and brutalized by her ‘school mates’ but then, instead of detail of her murdering the ringleader, it was a fade to black and return. I would prefer less bullying detail and more detail of the bully being brutally murdered. That is just me. I absolutely loved the rebels attack on the deacon caravan in LA. That was the best writing I saw in the novella and re-read it several times. That alone makes me want to read book two.
My Rating: 4 stars
That all said, the characters are complex and round, the plot and subplots are engaging, the writing is professional, and the story flows in a smooth and innate manner. Just as important, the storyline is entertaining and the descriptive writing naturally stimulates the mind to summon the imagination. Two thumbs up!