When special operations veteran DJ Markis finds armed invaders in his home and it all goes sideways, he turns to his brothers in arms to fight back. On the run from the shadowy Company, soon he finds himself in a war for possession of a genetic engineering secret that threatens the stability of the world.
But who is behind it all - and are they even human? Beginning in the world of today, Eden Plague is a futuristic thriller that launches the Plague Wars/Stellar Conquest series, eventually spanning hundreds of years of ground and space warfare, from hand-to-hand combat and covert actions, to Space Marines and interstellar battles.
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This was a very enjoyable listen. I bought the second installment. I look forward to the rest. Not any overt sex so if your in to that buy fantasy romance. An all round good listen packed with a lot of action. No Zombies were hurt in the making of this book. Ha! Ha! Gotta love that.
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I enjoyed the start of this series, until the end. An element of a science fiction is thrown in there are the end. I am glad it was at the end. Science fiction is really my bag of chips so we will see how long that I can stay with this series.
It has lots of action and a clear good guy versus bad guy. You are pulled into the story and impatient to see the outcome. These guys are really good. I mean they cannot find it within themselves to harm another person, even in defense of themselves. They have that 1960's hippy vibe about loving everyone and everyone should drink the kool-aid to feel good. When you carry a good vibe into a gun fight, guess who will win?
Markis (a very intelligent ex military guy) goes on these soliloquies about the wonders of the kool-aid and how everyone should drink it. Really Markis? You are running your butt off evading the bad guys, getting you butt whipped by the bad guys, and duck and dodging bullets. When are you going to have that epiphany and that military bad ass attitude that kicking asses have to be kicked for a good cause. Kicking assess does mean shooting with the intent to kill.
Suspend your belief of many things... how could ex military and civilians have money and connections to accomplish what they do? You have these little forces of ex military who wreak havoc upon cities all for the let's make peace not war. Like I said, suspend you belief a little.
Will I read the next book or complete the series? Yep until the little green men decided to land on earth. Yep, I want to see when Markis (who had a bad ass killer instinct) will reach the logical conclusion about making friends with the people who don't like the kool aid but they will defend your right to drink the kool-aid, with the intent to kill.
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This one was the most difficult book that I’ve read, or in this case listened to, in a long time. I felt so disconnected from the story. The good thing about a book is being able to go back in a paragraph or page if you’re not catching something, but with audio, it is much more difficult if you miss something.
That said, I feel like I missed an entire book. I did not resonate with any of it. I thought I would really enjoy it since it is dystopian but I did not connect with the characters. Had I purchased the book and not requested it I probably would have set it aside. Well, I did set it aside, multiple times, but kept going back to it so I could get the audio review done. Nothing worked for me other than the audio was perfect and the narration was great.
This is much more militaristic than I imagined. That may have been my first hiccup. The way the Eden Plague actually works was very interesting and did peak my curiosity for a while, but then I would lose my place and get mired in the lack of wanting to read it!
So, in short I chalk this up to this book just not being for me. I think someone that enjoys Sci fi with a militaristic view would love this. The ending was rushed a bit but overall it wound up okay.
Audiobook purchased for review by ABR.
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Mr VanDyke why do you use great performers like Roger Wayne for plague wars and Mark Boyett for stellar conquest for just the opener/first book of the series'?? Then drop standards and have Artie Sievers finish the rest of the aforementioned series' it spoils things greatly to drop audio standards by such a big amount. Please in future stick with Mark Boyett or Roger Wayne for the whole series'......
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