- File Size: 760 KB
- Print Length: 331 pages
- Publisher: Samak Press (July 15, 2019)
- Publication Date: July 15, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07TRNYGST
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,151 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John currently resides in Sandy, Utah. Follow his author website, johncoon.net, for news and updates on upcoming novels and short stories. You can also connect with John on Twitter (@johncoonsports), Instagram (@jcoon312), and on Facebook (@jcoon).
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Girl's brother and his wife disappears on a drive east to take a new job in Albuquerque, so a month or so later she convinces her friends to take a road trip to Vegas, with the hidden agenda of finding them. West of Amarillo on I-40 they break down just by coincidence near the same town her brother happens to be holed up in. While this wouldn't be too bad if it were just Texas (there are precisely 2 towns with a double digit number of people or more between Amarillo and the New Mexico border), that's less than a quarter the distance to Albuquerque, and there are considerably more towns in New Mexico.
They find the town deserted except for something that attacks the trucker who gave them a lift into town. Of course, there's a barrier preventing exit and no cell phone or wireless or landline connectivity, and nobody has a radio that can reach so much as the trucker traffic on I-40, and nobody came to read the meters or deliver the groceries to the store the town has or anything else in all this time so the world outside is somehow clueless. Yes, my suspension of disbelief was getting tenuous.
The four millenials are so driven by social media that even in the midst of all this, they're still concentrating on that. My kids are social media millenials, and they'd change their priorities well before that point.
Then after they meet up with aliens who appear human and are on their way to be taken into custody, the clueless alien just happens to escort them past the stronghold of the last resistor in town and for some reason they decide to go in and ask him if he's got any Grey Poupon or something, and voila, it's the lost brother.
Brother has managed to hold out solo for six weeks or so despite being infected by alien DNA through using UV light to treat the infection, despite the fact UV light doesn't penetrate skin. Then of course there are the obligatory scenery chewing stupidities through which the author manipulates the plot. Well, so does any book, but when people won't consider obvious issues that any reasonable rational person would, that's
going too far.
The aliens aren't exactly all there in terms of their thinking either - and I'm going to leave it there because I don't want to go in-depth on all of that nonsense.
Basically, if you're looking for a mindless read, might be fun for you. If you expect some sort of intelligence on the part of the characters, not so much.
I'll give it five of ten - by Amazon standards, a three star book.
You're stuck. In the middle of nowhere. It's West Texas, so without a vehicle you might as well be on the surface of the moon. There's no easy way to get out. You're trapped from the word "Go". And that's before we get the intruders.
While reading it, I felt like Mr. Coons was creating an environment somewhere between H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" and "Independence Day". If that's your cup of tea, then you'll be all about this sucker.
As far as an action-adventure goes, Under a Fallen Sun moves fast and has enough unique twists that it makes for an enjoyable Summer read.
Though the premise is familiar, Mr. Coon puts his own spin on this story through his creation of character, the way he creates the backstory for our two main heroes and the way he causes us, on some level, to even sympathize with the alien race.
There were four things that didn't work for me but didn't necessarily kill the reading experience.
1) The flashbacks at times took me out of the action.
2) The use of rapid-fire rhetorical questions to express the concerns and fears of a character was distracting.
3) The college students were a little too quick to figure out what was going on.
4) Some things were described in the exact same way by two different characters.
But, like I said, these weren't deal breakers for me. I feel like the pacing in the last half of the book was spot on, while the pacing in the first half of the book could have used some more work. The four things I noted were mostly in the first half of the book, with the exception of number four.
Overall, this book was okay. I imagine future books from this author being much better in craft, structure, and character arc.
ending you didn't know that coming. Great read.
Waiting for the next book from John Coon.
From the beginning it was suspense you never knew what would happen next when you thought you had it figured out you did not until the end. I read his first book. I like they way he develops his character.
I also buy his book for my grandson he likes them as well. Waiting for the third book from John Coon