After a life altering event, the Earth is transformed into an inhospitable host to every living thing on it. Some humans have survived in subterranean shelters, while others have been transformed by their unforgiving environment above ground. One group fosters the hope of optimism for a new and better future, the other looks no further than the daily harsh reality of survival. Can both groups co-exist? Or will fear of the unknown, distrust, and the necessity to work together foster the competitive spirit of men to once again adopt the attitude of dominating one another for the benefit of the few?
I was given this book to read & review and I must say even though not my normal Genre, I was blown away with the story and how well it was written.
This Author didn't write waffle bits in between, but a straight forward story that gripped me from beginning to end. Its starts off with a meteor passing by the sun and knocking the Earth of its axis, the cataclysmic events that happen because of this changes the world completely. The focus of this Story is about 2 different groups of survivors One that live under the Cheyenne Mountain and the other which are the survivors of an American and a Russian submarine, that live in a fertile valley protected from the radiation etc....
Keith Bishop is the main character, he is expelled from the mountain community for not conforming to some of their ideals, killing anything that isn't clean like them is just another one of the things he dislikes. Out in the much changed world, he encounters mutants of both human & animal kind, until he finds the valley where some other normal humans live.
One of the friends he makes is quite different and like him is alone in his uniqueness. The story flowed for me without much hipccup and I liked how the story was completed but left it with the hope for even more about the travels & tribulations of Keith Bishop and his unique companion, the Rock Wolf. They both feel the connection they have, like being in each others company, so hopefully this will come out in future books.
I didn't find the characters bland but felt their despair & pain and how some pulled through this horror and some just plodded on, not caring either way.
I do hope the Author as a Book 2 in the making, cant wait to read more. ~ shaz17
Earth is under attack...by a comet. Only a few know, but secret government installations world-wide have been constructed, supplied, and staffed with the best and brightest, the richest and the most powerful.
As for the general populace? Well, least said soonest mended, in this case fend for yourselves!
Conspiracy, revenge, rebirth, a new world, perhaps a new world order, genetic manipulation, altered species, altered senses, love, hate, rebuilding...Hey what's not to like?
This isn't hard science fiction but there's plenty of science to satisfy the `hard' buffs. There are enough characters to easily confuse and compel the various schemes within the plot. And the good tight weave of the writing carried me along like a river with rapids, eddies, ripples and undercurrents.
Please hurry with a sequel! ~ Kyllikki Andersson
Often science fiction is over complicated with new inventions and discoveries at the exclusion of the story. With this one the story is the main thing and although the main idea relies on evolution due to radiation proceeding at a remarkable rate it is a good easy reading story. Although there have been many science fiction stories based on survival after a natural disaster this one is slightly different as it has two distinct threads with one group of survivors in an underground shelter and one on the surface. Naturally these eventually come together. I liked the way everything was described with the characters being easy to visualise and relate to. When I got near the end of the book I thought that it was going to end in the to be continued mode but no everything was tied up nicely although leaving enough loose ends to continue the series. I particularly want to find out more about the "rock wolf". In fact the printed version is listed as "MuTerra 1" which no doubt means there are more to follow. If there are more I will certainly read them. ~ Bob
The plot of MuTerra revolves primarily around two groups and their survival on Earth post-apocalypse. One of the groups is located in a military facility underneath a mountain in Colorado. The other is a group of submariners and drifters who found refuge on a 'safe-zone' free of most of the world's destruction and settled there. Now the colony of the underground facility, having been underground for a very long time, want to go to the surface. The surface is dangerous however, as most of the land suffers from radiation, electrical storms, and mutated creatures known as "MuTerra". So through a discreet operation the head of the facility selects Keith, his son, former Green Beret, and your main character to undergo a genetically enhancing surgery that in short, makes him superhuman, so he can safely scout the surface.
A little twist occurs however, and a government conspiracy is uncovered that Keith will not simply ignore. This leads to his banishment in order to keep the conspiracy from reaching the public. With Keith no longer being their man, the military facility begins sending full teams out armed with protective suits, rifles, and semi-rational fear of all surface dwellers being MuTerra, to establish a foothold on the surface. Guess what their scouts set their eyes upon? It's the radiation free safe-zone now populated by hundreds, including the recently exiled Keith.
So there's your plot and setting. It has a lot of key elements including action, tragedy, mutation, and deception, The post apocalyptic environment is explained pretty thoroughly, and the author uses a lot of science to explain vital plot points such as Keith's surgery, the safe-zones, and even the apocalypse to make it a little more believable, giving you a true science-fiction story.
The character's, their traits, personalities, and development are all at a minimum. Even the physical descriptions of the characters are mostly left to the reader, but this book seems to be more focused on the plot, and most of the characters are simply vehicles set to explain it. The main character, Keith, is not one of those characters though. He has a very tough personality and with his surgery he seems overpowered, but isn't too Gung-ho about it. In fact, although he has a very driving motivation for vengeance against his sociopath of a father, and some justifiable reasons to take a moment and have some outburst of tears or anger, he stays relatively calm throughout the entire story. The other characters are either too insignificant for the reader to care for their emotions, or have even less emotion, like Keith's father. So like I said, aside from Keith, this story is not focused on the characters.
Overall, I found the story very interesting, especially for the short length of it, but the author doesn't let the story dwell on things, even at times it would be considered appropriate. The author explains many of the sequences in scientific detail, but without damaging his prose by using abstract words or exhausting the reader's patience. The characters are bland, but the book is more about plot than the actual characters, and lastly I feel that the climax and ending went a little too smoothly for my taste, but it's still worth reading. ~ Dexter M.