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The Survivors by [Harvell, Daniel]
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About the Author

You write one short story at the age of 10 about a pit on the moon laden with poisonous hamburgers, and suddenly you're an author. That's the way I saw it when "Murder on the Moon" became an instant hit with my fourth-grade classmates. I'd always been a voracious reader, but upon sharing my little yarn with my friends, I suddenly realized the freedom (and power!) of becoming the storyteller. Over the next few years, I would go on to write several short stories, mostly involving murder mysteries and my schoolmates. The thrill of whodunits subsided when I discovered the long and (theoretically) rewarding payoffs of the soap operatic style of telling tales, which was followed quickly by my unearthing of the superhero fiction genre (which is just soap operas in spandex).Fast-forward to my last semester at Florida State University, where I was starting to regret my decision to pursue a business management degree instead of something more literary. I had big stories in my head. Instead of second-guessing my educational path, I used my free time to pursue my passion. A few months later, my first novel had arrived in the world--and it wasn't pretty. Like all writers, though, I had to start somewhere. I went back to the drawing board with my ideas for The Survivors--a contemporary fantasy story about what would happen if real people found themselves empowered with superhuman abilities. But The Survivors wasn't so pretty either. The concept was fun but the execution was rough. It was temporarily shelved while I set out to learn how to be a better and publishable writer. And 10 years later, I think I may have learned a thing or two. I wrote another novel in the interim years (more on that soon!), but The Survivors will always be my baby. In many ways, the work of an artist is like his or her child. Now my little one's ready to play with the big kids. After the many years of edits and rewrites, I'm proud of the novel it's grown into.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2881 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Daniel Harvell; 1 edition (June 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A story about seven survivors of a plane crash which leaves them without a scratch and supernatural gifts to boot, this tale is a delightful combination of serious drama, tongue in cheek humor and mind bending plot twists.

The perspective seems to flow mainly from the point of Dakota Raintree, pryokinetic firefighting ex-stockbroker, but the depth and detail of the other characters provide excellent relationship dynamics that had me chuckling at their shared jokes and choked up with their grief. My personal favorite is an astral projector whose abrasive attitude seems to take the snark and sarcasm up a notch.

The writer also seems to have done a lot of research into what he puts into his world with amazing details and explanations given, about certain things that may have just been glossed over by others, adding that extra level of realism to an world revolving around telekinetics and Empaths.

So in conclusion if you enjoy stories with likeable characters, supernatural powers and a story with more twists and turns than a faulty GPS to keep you, as a reader, on your toes then this is definitely the book for you.
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I obtained a copy of The Survivors from the author. This review contains no spoilers.

The Survivors is a superhero thriller about the survivors of a horrific plane crash who discover that they possess mysterious powers and an even more mysterious connection. When one of them goes on a killing spree, the others can tell -- though not which one of them it is, and they all suspect one another.

It's an interesting set-up and a compelling story, particularly if you were a fan of shows such as Heroes or The 4400. Mr. Harvell has come up with a good read, fast-paced, that kept me turning pages. He develops the idea well, and the strength in his story is definitely the development of his plot.

That's not to say that The Survivors isn't without its problems. There aren't any glaring spelling or grammatical errors, but in places the prose is a little awkward, and the dialog tends towards the expository. I felt that much of what I was told I could have been shown.

None of that makes the Survivors a bad book. Trust me, I've read my share of bad indie books. I just feel like it could have been better. Mr. Harvell has the talent it takes to tell a good story, and I look forward to seeing what he can do when his technical skills catch up to it.
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Though this may not be a typical genre that I would read, I have to admit that I quite enjoyed The Survivors. The plot was fast-paced enough to make me turn pages and want to read another chapter before bed. Chapters moved fast, as well, so it was delightful to pick up when I had a few spare minutes.

Throughout the plot, you really are wondering along with the characters what is truly going on - and just when you think you have an idea, it turns out that you're wrong - and for good reason.

The author managed to think of several different "superpowers" that have a somewhat cohesive theme amongst them. They aren't superpowers in an X-men or Captain Planet sort of way, but in much more psychological ways that I found very enticing. He explores what having these powers has done to the characters, and how they have each used them to their own personal benefit (or demise). I enjoyed that aspect of the character depth and development very much, as it makes you actually care about them - well, at least the ones you are supposed to care for.

Laced throughout the book is quite a bit of good humor. There are some off-the-wall analogies and anecdotes which had me laughing out loud. Two characters provide some excellent comic relief, as well. The story and language is relevant to today, and as such I think it'd be a great book for a young adult to read.

Warning: This book is kind of terrifying to read on an airplane. Save it for after you land!

Sure, there are a few rough spots and repetitive parts here and there, but what book doesn't have that? The story is enjoyable, but its not super heady or mind-blowingly deep. But, sometimes that's exactly what you want on a nice relaxing summer day.

All in all, I was happy I spent the time learning Daniel Harvell's characters and story, and look forward to the sequel!
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This is a good book to read while on a flight (pun intended) or on those evenings where you don't have anywhere to go and nothing to watch on TV. I would say this is a middle grade or younger YA thriller of the paranormal variety. I was intrigued by the plot summary and the first couple of chapters that I discussed it with my family over dinner. My 10 y.o. son also got intrigued that he also ended up reading the book.

My impression: The entire book feels like a pitch for a summer teen thriller, complete with the usual personality flips, plot twists and last minute character introductions. The plot is formulaic, but it will do well for those type of movies. The story is a variation of Final Destination (Movie) and the characters have paranormal abilities reminiscent of the characters of Heroes and maybe Smallville-Season 1 (TV series). The story is brisk-paced, and engaging enough to keep you moving along. There are a number of unnecessary recaps within the story, shared as thoughts or narrated by the characters themselves. I found that odd, and in my opinion, can be eliminated. It kind of dumbs down the reader. Overall, the story could have been downsized further. Nevertheless, it was a fun read, not to be taken seriously.

A few other comments:
1) Cover - One of the best and most appropriate I've seen for self-published books! Gives the book a modern look - it can even be a movie poster.
2) Blurb - Well-written and spot on; I wouldn't be surprised if the Cover and Blurb (and first chapter) alone will make this book do well in the market
3) Characters - Cliched, but interesting enough to keep the reader connected
4) Story - Compelling and brisk paced
5) Style - Expository rather than intuitive.
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