- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: WolfSinger Publications (June 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936099659
- ISBN-13: 978-1936099658
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,243,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Strike Three Paperback – June 28, 2014
In ... Strike Three, Joy V. Smith introduces us to the aftermath of World War III, ... The survivors ... returned to find the world outside their caves, fallout shelters, missile silos and communication bunkers completely barren. ...
... the plot [moves] at lightning speed, the characters are real and interesting in the way they react to the situation they have inherited. For the science freak, there is enough detail about the devastation and recovery to keep you going. There is also adventure, a bit of action and even politics. ...
Midwest Book Review
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I did a lot of research for Strike Three, including buying survival manuals and tracking down info online about locations, the military, the government, bomb shelters, and civil defense. Uh, oh. What happened to our Civil Defense set up?!
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The premise caught my attention immediately. I’d never heard of a “hot virus” before and was quite curious to see how such a thing would affect not only human society but the plants and animals that were unlucky enough to be infected with it as well. One of the things I enjoy the most about the science fiction genre is how it can introduce complex topics to its readers in the middle of an engaging storyline. This book is no exception to that rule.
This story started out with a fast-paced plot that quickly skimmed over how and why the disaster happened so that it could focus on what happened next. I was intrigued by the idea of beginning with the social and economic recovery of a society instead of just focusing on how it all fell apart. With that being said, there were some pacing issues as everything progressed. So much time was spent on describing how the characters attempted to create a viable trade route that all of the other subplots weren’t given the attention they needed.
Most post-apocalyptic fiction assumes the worst of humanity. It was refreshing to read a tale from this genre that doesn’t take that approach to what life would be like in a world without any police officers or armies to protect the vulnerable. There is definitely something to be said for imagining a more positive approach to rebuilding society.
There was a fair amount of telling instead of showing. While certain sections definitely did need to be sped up in order to pack everything into such a short novel, I would have appreciated the chance to slow down and see certain sights from the perspectives of the characters who lived through them. For example, the idea of looking at what was once a thriving community and seeing nothing but death chills me to the bone. It would have been fascinating to hear more about how scenes like this one affected the main characters emotionally.
One of the most thought-provoking questions raised in this novel had to do with making incredibly difficult decisions. With extremely limited amounts of time and resources, how does one decide how to parcel them out? There’s no possible way to save everyone. Trying to do so will only kill off far more people than would have otherwise died. Everyone’s answer to this question is unique, but what Ms. Smith had to say about it is really interesting.
I’d recommend Strike Three to anyone who likes post-apocalyptic science fiction.
originally posted at long and short reviews
Those humans fortunate enough to seek shelter underground with sufficient supplies were able to survive the catastrophe. These folks are now charged with rebuilding a life above ground. They must plant trees, reintroduce animal life, and try to build a new society. In many ways, the novel is more concerned with the process of rebuilding than it is with the horror of destruction. However, the horror looms in the background as bodies are found in some cities and must be dealt with. Not everyone who survived is out to help others. In once case, the survivors must cope with a dangerous, but competent militia group.
One aspect I’ve often found interesting about post-apocalyptic novels is their intrinsic hopefulness. No matter how bad the disaster that befalls humankind, there are always those who fight and find a way to survive. Joy V. Smith’s Strike Three is a quick read that focuses on those positive aspects.
Strike Three is very different from what we usually read in post-apocalyptic books, and that is one thing to look out for while picking up this book. I absolutely loved the flow of the story in the initial 80 pages. It started off pretty well and had me absorbed immediately. One of the positive points, that I realized at the end of the book was, the last two pages were the most important in the book as they cleared most of the things, which otherwise would have left the reader in confusion (but again, except for the motive and extent of the destruction!)
After enjoying the first 80 pages, as I kept reading, the story got less-engaging and more uneventful and repetitious. More than half of the book was about trading, planting, finding new survivors and assigning jobs. It got really monotonous! A lot of things were not explained, which made it a bit difficult for me to connect with the characters.
The second thing that disturbed me was that as the book went in the second phase or to say in the "new government" phase, the leads were nowhere to be seen! I really missed Lea and Sheridan, specially towards the end.
There was no romance, though there was a lot of love! I adored the father-daughter bond of the Zanes and the Jensons. Lea Zane and her father Sheridan shared a very unique father-daughter bond, which served as the foundation of the book. I was really looking forward to seeing Lea (or any other character, for that matter) getting involved in a sweet romantic relation, but unfortunately, there was none.
I would have given Strike Three a four star rating, if it wouldn't have been for the monotonous flow of the 2nd half of the book or for so many unanswered questions. I strongly felt that the book is missing out on 'something' that would have otherwise turned the book into a superb read!
You'll enjoy reading Strike Three if you can ignore and be comfortable with some unexplained elements.
NOTE:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.