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I am always a little hesitant about diving into alien invasion novels, despite my love of the post-apocalypse and sci-fi genres. Thunder Wells blew my negative expectations totally out of the water. What a fantastically crafted story this turned out to be. Yes, there were aliens, but their presence didn't overtake or detract from other aspects of the story. Nothing about the plot was hokey or entirely unrealistic. (However, I must air my reservations about whether or not large groups of people would voluntarily agree to regularly eating dry dog/cat kibble when food resources are scarce.) The love interest of main character Jack is developed and portrayed in an organic, realistic manner. The survival and warfare techniques described by the author seem plausible. Even as the author describes the aliens' technology, it isn't so far-fetched it turns me off the story. (My fiction needs to bear at least some passing resemblance to non-fiction, I guess!) Overall, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Thunder Wells; with its well-written storyline, thoughtful ending, and superb narration. Do give this one a listen because it won't disappoint!
I was provided a free copy of this audiobook by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Thunder Wells didn't disappoint, Ervin keeps you in suspense and puts you in the battle for the human race.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Although a little dry i found this story very enjoyable.
The characters and action are very realistic to what you wouke expect in an invasion and we feel very quickly for the way of life and the choices forced upon the world because of it.
The slog through the desolate USA and the mentioned events remind me very much of that of the 2nd Mass Militia and their fight to stay alive and on mission from the popular TV series Falling Skies.
Narration was good but could maybe have served better if a little less gruff and dry, maybe the fault of the writing?.
Saying this I'd still give both the author and the narrator a try in future endeavours.
This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review and as such is my own opinion.
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First they knocked out our technology, then the aliens arrived. They manipulated the weather and millions drowned, poisoned crops and introduced a virulent flu virus to kill everyone else. This failed: humans were stronger than they thought. But the seeding of the world with man (and dog) eating monsters, the crawlers and the dozers, was far more successful as was the unfortunate predisposition for people to destroy each other in their desperate desire to survive.
Jack is a survivor. And this story is told, in the first person, from his point of view. Jonathan Waters becomes Jack very believably as he recounts the story of how he firstly forms a back watching partnership with Lucia, another formidable loner, then together they become part of an attempt to fight back against the alien invaders who want their home for themselves. Mr.Water's narration is clear, well paced and kept low key even in the midst of fighting. It seems right, somehow, fitting with the character he is portraying. And his voicing of the other characters, and in particular Lucia, is distinctive and appropriate.
There is an underlying feeling of loss and sorrow to this book so often not present in other survival stories. Although the fight scenes, and there are many, are vivid and very well written, it is this sense of the bleakness of what is left that I personally found most harrowing. My thanks to the rights holder of Thunder Wells for freely gifting me a copy, via Audiobook Boom. It was an enjoyable and worthwhile book which I can happily recommend to any reader with an enjoyment of science fiction, adventure or post apocalyptic stories with a human touch.