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on December 3, 2011
This is an excellent tale of the invasion of earth. It's not what you expect at all. Its bad enough to get invaded, but here you get invaded by several alien races, their indigenous deadly creatures, and it all appears to be orchestrated by yet other higher beings. Nasties with ray guns are the least of your worries when there are bus sized critters looking to eat something, and people are now near the bottom of the food chain. Humanity is on the brink, and one man has been given 3 gifts to try and pull it back from the abyss.

I've read the 4 available books in the last 3 days. The 5th, with luck, will come out Feb 2012.

Book1 is the heroes background, the crash of humanity, awakening.
Book2 is getting things under control standing their ground, taking ground back, love, and sacrifice.
Book3 is about power, impossible dilemma's, political backstabbing.
Book4 is power, politics, collaborators, betrayal, revenge, and the larger picture.

The first 3 books are primarily action orientated. The story is consistently moving forward with new discoveries and characters that are fully developed people, people you care about. The 4th book was more political and spent too much time showing how conniving and corrupt they were. I knew that already and didn't care. Fortunately, you can quickly skip all that nonsense and miss nothing. In the end it was all worth it as the conclusion was way better than I expected, and it had me grinning from ear to ear. Book 5 cant come soon enough, where's the pre-order button?

Very well written dialog, exceptional detail, vivid imagery. Occasional typo, margins sometimes wonder, but the story is so engrossing you're not likely to be bothered by any of it.
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on May 12, 2017
An incredible ride! This book is the first in a five-part series and I've finished all five of them. In fact that's about all I did after the author hooked me right out of the gates with the first chapter. This is an epic adventure, filled with really good story telling, fantastic characters, really scary aliens, and twists and turns I never saw coming. Also loved the good-vs-bad vibe throughout the whole series, and in my opinion, the ending was PERFECT.
Well done Mr. DeCosmo, now I'm going to go read your other books.
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on April 17, 2012
I have always been a big fan of Armageddon stories and upon finding this, a well received book on the premise at a $.99 price, I didn't have to think too long before grabbing it up. Now, after buying and devouring the remaining four of the series, I have finally rested up enough to stop here and give this book and the remaining four sequels a hearty well done.

For the elitist readers that become apoplectic when they come across a spelling or grammatical error, you should probably skip this; the series suffers from the editing that is prevalent among many self published books. I am certainly glad that I don't have this affliction and can enjoy the story the way it is.

This book is not "reality" apocalypse, this is hard core science fiction. Earth awakes to an invasion by alien forces of many shapes and forms. Some are advanced, elite soldiers, some are mindless creatures that crush, rend, and devour the populace. I falls on one man, previously an unpretentious, quiet spoken car salesman that only dreams of a normal family life, to accept the gifts of a mysterious mentor and become the one that leads mankind from the edge of extinction to the verge of retaking back our world.

The many characters are diverse and interesting and most have their own wonderful stories of survival and redemption. The storyline continues to fly across all five books to a thundering and satisfying conclusion. Seldom did the pacing slow down and never did it fail. I have recommended this series to many friends and all of them have enjoyed.

I am not sure how well this would hold up if you don't want to commit to the entire series, these books read like a cliff-hanger serial of movies theaters past. But for anyone willing to take the time to read the whole story, I can assure you of a ride with the investment.
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on May 23, 2011
Cheap seat residents rejoice!

Terrific diversion with character depth, supernatural aspects, heroes, action galore and a handful of people you will cheer and more than a few you will want to choke... For a buck it's a helluva deal from an author with real promise. Has the usual editing issues at this price of admission, but delivers quite a show that leaves you wanting more.
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on October 23, 2012
That's a lie; I want to draw attention to how awesome this book is. Never encountered a premise quite like this one; it might be distantly related to a Mad-max-ish, Gamma World mutated world where monsters evolve out of animals, but this wasn't an apocalypse that can be blamed on any (apparent) human failing - the cosmos decided to stab us in the back for reasons unknown.

It's sci-fi, but I can't quite give it 5 stars, because not enough attention was paid to a scientific rationale for the massive faunal transmigration that shattered human civilization. (And I'd like to think it would be a little more difficult to exterminate the U.S. Army)

But it has it all; intense - nail-biting action, military research, and compelling, intriguing characters - definitely beyond the reach of an 'over-heated fifteen year old'. It deserves to be a series, and a hit. Anything similar? For other bizarre visions of Armageddon, It reminds me of Apocalypse Doll: Reboot, by Xavier Cecil.
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on April 25, 2012
I read the whole series. It's about an average guy who gets thrown into the middle of a global disaster and rises to the occasion with the help of a mysterious mentor, with lots of ordinary people joining him in what becomes an adventure of epic proportions, complete with heroes, love interests, tragedy, and humor.

I was personally intrigued because it starts, and even the global story remains centered, near where I grew up (Northeastern Pennsylvania's woodlands -- Harvey's Lake area -- I hail from Tunkhannock, just up the river a little and that's even mentioned in book 5).

Book one has a couple steamy scenes though not too graphic. There's a "marriage" that gets abandoned -- call me old fashioned, but that bothered me. But otherwise, this book (and series) has a lot of human interest, lots of adventure, epic heroic characters, some good sci-fi (as well as some segments of prolonged goofy sci-fi and wierd gooey creatures, etc -- sections I skimmed over because the story was good enough to be worth it). Oh, there's also some intriguing stuff about parallel universes, seeding life on planets, etc -- fun to crank your brain on when you have nothing better to do (even though I don't believe in that stuff!) -- but it never gets in the way of the story.

As for mechanics, it's typical for inexpensive Kindle books, so you can get used to that (paragraphs not always breaking properly, etc). But overall, I had a bunch of relaxing hours enjoying the series, and I highly recommend it for sci-fi adventure buffs!
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on March 18, 2012
I don't write too many reviews, but I wanted to do so regarding this book and author.

First - if you have any interest in this type of story line (armagedon and aliens), buy this series!

I am reading the fourth book now and I'm still just as interested as I was with the first. Mr. DeCosmo develops the characters and you take a sincere interest in who they are and what they do. Yes, you have to suspend belief for the story line, but this is science fiction, isn't that what it's all about? DeCosmo does a great job of mixing the different elements required for a good story (the human side; military story line; earth post armagedon; etc.). I have a hard time putting his books down and then look forward to getting back into them later. Usually I read when I can and not as frequent as I used to, but these books are different.

I hope DeCosmo starts up another series with a new story and characters, but keeps the same theme somehow or close to it. As for a reviewer or two talking about bad editing in the book; there is some of that but I'm not looking for a book to evaluate for it's editing and obviously I'm not an English major :) If the editing and gramatical errors were serious, I'd agree it would detract from the book and our ability to escape into the story line. I absolutely did not find that to be the case.

I was cautious in purchasing the first book, due to the cover art, believe it or not. Now I get a chuckle when I look at each books cover art and I hope that it doesn't detract from sales for the author. I wonder who does the art for him? I was asked to do cover art for a book once and my art would have looked similar to this (although the book was about elves and such) so I'm wondering if the author did the art or possibly a friend of his? It's not bad and I like it now that I've read the books, but it's not usually what prospective buyers are looking for.

Great series of books!!
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on December 18, 2011
The Beyond Armageddon series was quite a surprise. I highly recommend it. I almost skipped the first one due to the cheesy cover art, but I am very glad I gave it a try. You can read the other reviews to get the story line. I have read a LOT of Sci-Fi. From classics by Heinlein, Lester Del Rey, EE Doc Smith and Harry Harrison, to Pournell and Niven (never really liked Azimov), and new authors like John Ringo, David Weber, Larry Correia (Monster Hunter International), David Kratman and Travis S Taylor. These are all great authors with books that you don't want to put down. This series grabs you with a good storyline and is full of action. The books are good length (hard to really tell with Kindle books). I was up till 4am last night trying to finish book four which I did not get to do until this evening. I burned through all four in the series back to back and have my Brother in-law reading them now too (he was up late reading book two last night). Now I am disappointed that I will have to wait for book 5 to see how things wrap up for Trevor Stone. Yes there are some minor editing errors, but for $.99 or $1.99, get over it. Well worth it. I am very surprised that the Author has not been signed up by Baen or one of the other publishing houses. Each of these books should easily be a $8 paperback...
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on April 8, 2012
First off, the series is well worth the time it takes to read, although, some of the egregious misuse of language almost became to much for me. writing a series such as this is obviously a huge undertaking and I congratulate the author for finishing it but I can't understand how the same word misuses crop up in all five books. The author substitutes the phrase "hold up" in place of the correct term "holed up" too many times to count in all five books. "Then" and "than" are frequently substituted and I came across an instance where a character says that he would, "just assume come with" (in place of "just as soon"). I attributed this to lazy editing until I saw the same phrase used in a subsequent book.
Like I mentioned, the series is well worth reading but errors such as these reduce the authors credibility more than the simple grammatical errors that occur in most self published works. Please Mr DeCosmo and all the other up and coming self published authors out there, find someone to proof read your work. I would be more than willing to proofread manuscripts free of charge and I am sure there are a lot of others out there who feel the same way.
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on December 19, 2011
This author is one of the most professional and polished that I've encountered since I got my Kindle last January and entered the e-book universe. I like Military SciFi. I have read dozens of stories on my Kindle. Many are good, with only a few distractions due to writing errors like spelling, usage, and punctuation. Some are so obviously unedited that its hard to follow the story. I only found a couple of errors in the entire series thus far. Plus, the story is captivating and has a quite unique premise. I am not an English major, so my standards are closer to what a regular person would have. As such, I can't argue the technical details like plot , writing style or others. However, I am a little detail oriented so any errors jump out at me.

I highly recommend this author. He has reKindled my hope that there are more good authors self publishing.

I did have a moment of panic when I finished the 4th book and could not find the next one. I checked the copyright dates of the series and found they were all a few years old. I thought maybe he had pulled a Robert Jordan on me. I tracked down the FB page and discovered that the next book comes out next year (2012). Whew!

When the sad time comes and I finish this series, I will eagerly read anything else he writes.
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