- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1470096633
- ISBN-13: 978-1470096632
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,639,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
H. Grant Llewellyn was the third son of illegitimate Welsh Baron, Carl von Carlson who fled the British Isles at the turn of the century to escape imprisonment for anti-deluvian activities. He moved around the country for many years doing odd jobs, but when there were no more odd jobs left, everyone having gotten an MBA, he decided to spend the last of his small fortune on three tabs of LSD. Since then, little has been heard.
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Sorry to see that so few others commented on the book.(Wonder if they just didn't want the rest of us to know that they read such dreadfully written books. Gosh who knows) If someone does not read history or about historical reality, then possibly the Authors two books seem like very poorly written SCFI but of course that is too bad and incorrect. I appreciate the effort put forth by the Author. I read the Sequel as if it were almost a page turner, surprisingly. Enjoyed the Metamorphosis of Albert and other characters, but of course Albert is really it.....there may be no one like Albert in reality, but I think that is probably incorrect. We just haven't met them or read about them very often. They are not politically correct, they do not fit...the norm nor do they make any effort to fit. Saying that Albert is an individualist and/or a throwback is akin to saying that a shark is a predator. If you did not recognize that early on, of course the reader missed the whole thing. I certainly hope that the Mr. Llewellyn will complete at least another Sequel, if not more. I am on the list to be notified, when and/or if it becomes available. Thank you Mr. Llewellyn.
Is this as good as As Wind?, maybe not quite - but it is close. I think it deserves the five stars. I am really surprised I am only the second reviewer, it makes me think both books are yet to be discovered - and once they are they will take off. I read a lot of PA fare and both novels run rings around most of their competition. Perhaps people are put off by the cover art - I was a little. Don't be.
A minor issue with this novel, that I didn't see in As Wind was there were a few typos. Not so many as to become annoying but not ideal, as soon as I notice them I am distracted from the story. Also when I downloaded to the kindle the formatting was a bit odd. Again - not a bit issue but something that should be corrected.
I hold out hope that this will be a trilogy - and I will be first in line for the final installment.
Completely off-grid and well stocked, Albert survives Book 1 (As Wind In Dry Grass) and it's severe trials and tribulations. America (and the rest of the world) suffers through a series of disasters that drives everything into brutal anarchy. In the end, Albert must flee his refuge....as overwhelming numbers (of bad guys) and high technology (helocopters with 50 cal machine guns) force him to run for his life.
Book 2 (Valley Of Dying Stars) finds ever reclusive Albert (with his food stocks and prepper supplies reclaimed) safely surviving in a remote south Indiana cave system. This place is completely unknown to anyone left alive and it's a perfect safe haven. From here comes numerous post apocalyptic adventures for infamous Albert and his young girlfriend as they try to re-enter what's left of society (after decades of decline). It's a strange, violent and ever less technical world that they must contend with out there.......but they are up to the task and always ready to deal-out righteous justice to any bad guys (or gals) who cross them.
If you like the PA genre, you'll probably really enjoy this book (as I did). It's one of those cases in which the sequel is a better story than the original book. I'd recommend reading them both (in sequence).
Kindle version is formatted into a narrow reading column, but it's not too distracting.
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I highly reccomend both books in this series.