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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.
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Survivors of a plane crash gain psychic powers and team up to fight a powerful villain. This novel vaguely resembles a comic series from the 1950s called Challengers of The Unknown... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ricky Kimsey
The author gave me this book with the request that if I liked it to leave a review. Yes I liked it. Who do it books aren't my favorite, but this book grabbed me and kept me up past... Read morePublished on November 19, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book was awesome. It kept you guessing until the very well. It was better than I thought it would be. A definite page turner. Yes, I would recommend this book.Published on October 22, 2014 by Candice Morton
The crash was over except for the after-work of dealing with still another catastrophe so horrendous that we don't know what to say or do... Read morePublished on October 8, 2014 by Glenda
I enjoyed this book a little too much, it was really interesting and fun. I would enjoy a sequel. the powers were fun as well.Published on July 27, 2014 by Kindle Customer
This should be movie. I felt like Stan Lee was standing in the corner telling the characters what to do. Easily this could be turned into a comic book. Read morePublished on May 25, 2014 by Momma Says Read
This book started a little rough, which made the fact that the ending was as intense and suspenseful as it was a great surprise. Stay with this book until the end.Published on May 14, 2014 by vmtennessee
A well-written story that keeps you guessing from start to finish! Mr. Harvell has done an excellent job of researching the psychic abilities of his characters and intertwining... Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by buzzz61
this has been a great read, I usually can not get into books like this but it has been an adventure I was very pleased to take. I hope this author has more to come.Published on December 27, 2013 by Jonathan Louis Melendez
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