- File Size: 839 KB
- Print Length: 313 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Imperial Guard Publishing, LLC (April 3, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 3, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CPXG1YS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Vulcan's Fury: The Dark Lands Kindle Edition
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Unfortunately, the best meal cannot over come the hunger that started immediately -- when can i get Volume Two?
Vulcan’s Fury did not immediately captivate me. The first few chapters were enjoyable and interesting, but I could put it down and attend to other necessary tasks. I came back to it the next day, kept reading, and suddenly realized I had been completely seduced without knowing when it went from ok, interesting to I can’t stop until the last page. Rome and Greece have always been fascinating parts of our history, along with the gods of those empires. The politics are comparable to what we see every day - we just call them by different names - and for me that is the first step in pulling me in to a science fiction story. I next found myself immersed in the characters as they face adversity and realize their strengths and bonds to each other. Then, suddenly, I realize my feet are firmly planted on the soil of the world Michael Hicks created in Vulcan’s Fury. Mr. Hicks excels at creating female heroines, be it on this earth or another world. I was disappointed when I had to resurface to my mundane world because I had reached the end of the book. I have no qualms about recommending Vulcan's Fury. My only disappointment is in wondering how long I will have to wait for the next book.
I want just enough story to know if it is the type I like to read; in the days of hard cover publishing releases it would have been the summary on the inside flap of the dustcover. I don’t want a detailed description of the story.
The first question I have in my mind when a book cover or title catches my eye: is it a story I want to read? Imagine a world where the Roman Empire and its culture is frozen into place because of a catastrophic event. As the world recovers from that event, the Romans retain their domination. How to explain those changes to the earth, plants, and animals - during the time of the Romans - the Gods. Some may describe Vulcan’s Fury as an alternate timeline. I can’t judge whether that is correct. To me it was a whole new world to explore but from within the mindset of the Roman rulers, soldiers, politicians, power hungry social climbers, and slaves.
The second question is: are the characters interesting? Michael Hicks excels at writing characters, especially strong female ones. The heroine of the story is the daughter of the emperor, whose attitude is a combination of being somewhat childish and yet fiercely independent and strong. The latter, as she is faced with adversity, grows in response to Princess Valeria’s perception of her people, their needs, and the code of honor with which she was raised. There is the handsome centurion who loves our heroine but who has been raised like a brother. There is the stranger, a slave from a distant land, who is the strong, silent type, raised in a different culture. Both are warriors and heroes. Vulcan’s Fury has the added bonus of a new form of furry kitty-cat that is our heroine’s pet and defender. Hercules is huge, strong, ferocious, loyal, and a hunter. This kitty-cat is a hexatiger and is a god to some people. Good guys and bad guys abound, as do assassinations and battles, as the Senate takes control of the armies, rising up against the emperor, to further line their pockets with profits and land.
The third question when reading science fiction: Is this a world that will interest me? A post-apocalyptic earth with Roman legions, strange new plants and animals, giants, and different landmasses makes the physical world exciting. Also, important to me is the political world. Part of my love for science fiction is how moral and political issues in an alien world setting can be so similar to our own past, present, and future.
The fourth question (which if the answer is negative ends my interest) is: Did the author take the time to write well and have the work proofread? Mr. Hicks has definitely done so. Deplorable grammar, misspellings, misuse of punctuation, and poor sentence structure are unacceptable. None of these are an issue in Vulcan’s Fury. Mr. Hicks is attentive to these details. His writing style has persuaded me to read all of his books, including genres that usually do not interest me.
Note: I pre-ordered and purchased this book and received an advance copy to review.
The characters are bold, well developed, yet are held accountable because they are Romans, honorable, ready to die for their Emperor and country.
Great tale reminding me of Ben Nova's works of the Orion series and Gilgamesh.
I was surprised by the ending and can only say, "Please sir, may I have some more? " This one is a complex stew, no hors d'oeuvres here, although, I won't be snacking on any of those meals in the book!
Great job, Mike! A real winner!
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