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- Print Length: 201 pages
- Publisher: Fishtail Publishing (February 11, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 11, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IE0T608
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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On the character development - the main character is a 40-something softie. His wife apparently doesn't care he's having breakfast everyday with a beautiful, young teenage girl she's never met. I really kept expecting him to be a sex offender, but apparently, he's just a nice guy. The bad guy is very one dimensional, no feelings, just goes through the motions of being murderous. The girl, in spite of her entire family being dead is very perky and winning and smiles a lot.
On detail - at one point, he and the raven haired beauty he's traveled alone with but never touched in an unseemly way are living with a group of people, and he comes home achy and tired from a long, hard day of hydroponic farming. Why would he be so tired? I don't know anything about hydroponic farming, so some details would have been nice. The teenager falls in love with a boy she's forbidden to be with. The reader is continually told she's in love, but that's it. We just get told. There are huge jumps in time, but the author barely even notes it. A simple, "after 4 months of travel" would have helped a lot.
The worst part was, that I never really cared about any of the characters. Even the murderous bad guy was poorly written, and as bad guys go, they're often the most interesting. There was only one character, a doctor turned law keeper who held my interest, but he was featured only a short time. The rest of the characters were were just paper cutouts you were supposed to care about simply because the author said you should.
Even though I found much of the novel to be predictable, for some reason, I just kept reading, and I'm not sure why. Curiosity, I suppose, as to why it was called Nine Meals. That is something that should have been revealed much earlier. I was over halfway through the book when this came to light.
The first 2/3 of the book was compelling enough to keep me reading in spite of lack of character development and detail. That is where he should just have just stopped, but the last 1/3 of the book is from the raven haired beauty's point of view and is just flat out boring. Her goal has been to find Halcyon where her brother was, and I'd hoped it didn't exist just so the book would have a bit of surprise to it. I was disappointed there too.
Minor complaints aside, this is a well crafted EOTWAWKI tale; it has all the things you'd expect and number of things you wouldn't. It's not different-different, but it is different enough. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, it turns out you haven't. The author serves up a number of surprises and twists and very neatly reveals all the connections and ties up all the loose ends.
This tale provides a number of useful object lessons:
* Never tell anyone you have a shelter.
* Ensure that your shelter is constructed in such a manner as to preclude its compromise in the event of fire/explosion/destruction of the above ground structures.
* Store firearms and ammo IN the shelter.
* Be armed and situationally aware every time you leave the shelter.
* Bow and arrows - good. Bow and arrows AND hideout guns AND knives AND blackjacks AND brass knuckles - even better.
* Don't just wound 'em - kill 'em outright.
* Don't gloat; don't give an expositional statement of vengeance or revenge - kill your nemesis as expeditiously as possible.
Though this is a stand alone work, I would very much like to see more of this universe. A real good read - highly recommend.