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Granny to 3 Boys
4.0 out of 5 starsENJOYED IT
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2014
This had a plot that reminded me of a Michael Crichton book I had read. It was an enjoyable read. However, I felt that the romance angle was unbelievable.
5.0 out of 5 starsSolid Horror (neat with a twist).
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2010
First the Disclaimer: I am acquainted with the author through a couple of Kindle message groups we both post to, but I have no reason to give him either a good review or a bad review other then the quality of his writing. -Don
Now the review: Robert W. Walker is one of a small group of established print authors who have decided that they can do a better job of marketing and distributing their e-books than the traditional print publishers can, and we as readers are better off for it. Not only is he self-publishing his new books, he is also going into his back-catalog of print books and is re-releasing them as e-books at a price much more appropriate for the media.
"Aftershock" is one of these and even though it is dated in some of the technology described (not a PC in sight, typewriters abound though), it does not affect the flow of the book (and really isn't noticeable unless you're a tech-head like me), which is a fast-moving horror novel. It would be hard for me to describe the antagonist that the fear and dread revolve around without giving a lot of it away. But suffice to say it is a rather unique combination of microbes and monsters whose origins and relation is slowly developed throughout the book. Mr. Walker is a master of revealing a little at a time as the plot develops instead of just dumping it on the reader all at once.
He does quite a decent job of characterization, especially for a genre where that talent is not particularly valued, but he keeps killing off the most interesting of them. That would be my one gripe, and it is a small one as that is the nature of the genre.
Possible Spoiler below:
I hope that he brings back the little creature (mentioned in the epilogue) that survived. A most interesting and unique creature that I hope is not done menacing mankind.
A stilted, poorly written book that really has no redeeming features that I can think of. Characters are wooden, the dialog is juvenile. Plotting is bizarre.
Examples? Two adult doctors, rivals upon meeting, are in bed, declaring undying love for one another 48 hours after their contentious introduction and enduring a major earthquake that has had them performing emergency medical services for that entire timespan. I would think that they would have other things on their minds.
A creature fully evolves from a human within that same 48 hour timespan and goes on a feeding frenzy. (Guess what it feeds on.)
Another point, that is probably not the author's doing. Scene and perspective changes are not delineated by a space break of any kind. On many occasions this leads to confusion as you suddenly shift from one character./location to another with any forwarning.
I've been trying to get a feel for what the self publishing/small press offerings were like on the Kindle. This is my second attempt to find an enjoyable read in that area and frankly I am giving up. There are too many good authors out there and the backlist is way too deep to waste time with slush pile rejects.