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This is a great story. Well written, suspenseful, logical, and when it's over, you're hoping there will be a sequel. There are many different interesting elements in the story that always keep your interest. The characters are interesting and the situations they are involved in are reasonable and not far-fetched. Highly recommended.
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I am a big Thomas Koloniar fan. I’ve been reading his Target America sniper novels for a few years now (Scott McEwen is credited before him on those, but reading CR, I have to wonder if Thomas Koloniar isn’t really the guy at t the wheel).
I don’t know what to say without a rote summary of the plot. I know nothing of the this genre. I hate apocalypse fiction that isn’t titled The Stand. Cannibal Reign doesn’t really try to be any of those things. It’s kind of a military book and a melodrama mixed with an action adventure story. Not to mention being either very well researched and/or deliriously well thought out.
How Thomas Koloniar isn’t a bigger star as an author is a bit weird to me. I wish he had other novels I could get into without Scott McEwen’s brand (again, reading this book, it’s hard to think that’s all McEwen contributes). Which I don’t mean as an insult to McEwen. Just speculation.
It’s a very frank book in terms of the horrors of what would probably happen after a comet impact with the earth. Obvious cannibalism. But also, perhaps more disturbing, women instantly become a commodity. That was hardest part for me. Though Thomas Koloniar does leave most of that to the imagination. My one quibble with the writing are scenes where one rape victim, a gay woman, makes flirty sexual jokes with her dude buddy very soon after being “saved.” That struck a VERY wrong note. I’m sure that many people will view some of the portrayal of gender roles as being somewhat sexist. But for the most part, I would argue otherwise. But that’s neither here nor there. That’s won’t sway you one way or the other to liking or disliking CR. You would or wouldn’t have liked it anyway.
Generally it’s a tense, fun, thrilling and a challenging piece of pop story telling.
Dig in! (Pun acknowledged.)
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