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Zero Hour - A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller: Omnibus Edition Kindle Edition
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That said, I can't give it 5 stars because let's face it, this isn't as good as a lot of the great sci-fi I've read in the past. That said, as a first book and one that is self-published at that, this is by far the best I've read in a long time. This book clearly had a good editor! The story is mostly done from the perspective of the protagonist. Lots of references to "you". It's an interesting ploy and one that works well- especially in the first few chapters as who you are is revealed through the story.
That said, the other characters are a bit shallow and while I had no problem seeing the world of Zero Hour in my mind's eye, it is not a big or very deep world. But that's ok, because what this is more of a longer short story or novelette then a full novel. The story is full of tight dialog, so don't expect flowery Shakespeare.
Honestly the first 1/4 to 1/3 is IMHO far the best of the book. That's not to say the later chapters are bad, but he trades off going deep with a few characters and instead pulls in a bunch of poorly developed characters later on that I just didn't connect with. They're not bad characters, just single dimensional. Also, and this is key- the bad guy in the book needs to be more fully flushed out. Nobody would say James Bond villains are well developed, but at least they have a reason (usually money) for their evil- in this case we just have that he's a bad guy because he's bad. Kinda weak.
So yeah, it's not Hyperion, Dune, Wool, The Martian Chronicles or Old Man's War. So no 5 stars. But for all it's flaws, it does execute the author's vision quite well I think so I'm going to give it 4. Another 100 pages might of flushed things out and made it 5 stars or might of turned it into a bloated pig worthy only 2 or 3.
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