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Children of Destruction (Alpha Dreams #1)

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What’s the last man on Earth supposed to do with 4 attractive women and a boy? What is so special about them? Why did they survive when everyone else was suddenly and mysteriously destroyed? What caused this catastrophe?

The answers are revealed in a story of survival that spans over 200 years.

From their adopted farm in Washington to inter-species conflicts among the stars,
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ebook, 303 pages
Published 2011 by Faster Than Light press (first published 2009)
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Curt
Oct 08, 2012 Curt rated it really liked it
An engrossing read, that was almost two separate stories. The beginning was the step by step survival of the very few remaining humans after most had been destroyed immediately by an accident. Inbeteeen chapters. telling the tale of an alien race fleeing a planet about to die. These two tales make up almost a complete story in themselves. Then we jump toward 200 years to see the results of the survival of both groups and the clash as they colide with each other. Due to the way the book jumps it ...more
Lucy
Dec 29, 2012 Lucy rated it it was amazing
a very fresh approach to apocolypse/sci fi. a fun, fast read
Richard Winder
May 20, 2012 Richard Winder rated it liked it
We've all probably had this writing assignment in school at one time or another: What would you do if you were the last person on Earth? Children of Destruction by Al Philipson starts us on this familiar SF territory. Something horrible has happened, and now only a few survive to pick up the pieces of shattered civilization. The sudden onset of catastrophe brings to mind John Birmingham's Without Warning, but the struggle for survival that ensues is more like George R. Stewart's Earth Abides. As ...more
Al "Tank"
Apr 01, 2015 Al "Tank" rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults who like science fiction
Recommended to Al "Tank" by: The author
Okay, this is supposed to be a post-apocalyptic struggle for survival of the human race, but Philipson has taken what could have been an X-rated sex romp and turned it into not only a good science fiction saga, but an R-rated romance as well.

And the bad guys (aliens) aren't all that stereotypical either. Like any intelligent race, they have their problems and good points, but they do have a basic trait that makes them something to be avoided unless you're a lot tougher then they are. Their early
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Jeff Dawson
Dec 12, 2012 Jeff Dawson rated it liked it
This is a very interesting read. It is two books in one.

The first part is quite entertaining as we watch life on earth attempt to return to a level of normality after an experiment in Russia goes horribly wrong, resulting in the death of over 90% of the worlds population. At the same time we are taken to a race of beings preparing for their sun to super nova. In essence, both sides are preparing for a new start. The question is, will their paths meet or will each race find a way to start over a
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Sharon Michael
Sep 29, 2012 Sharon Michael rated it really liked it
I'm not a fan of the long, sweeping *epic* sci-fi trilogies in vogue now but oddly enough, that is my major complaint about this book. I think expansion of Part I and Part II into two separate books would have made for better reading.

Lots of things to like about this plot and storyline. It's difficult to find new themes and new science in the apocalyptic genre but this book found several interesting ways to twist the plot.

Ideally, I'd have liked to see the story about the human population survi
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Jim Sprague
Jan 01, 2014 Jim Sprague rated it really liked it
An engrossing read, that was almost two separate stories. The beginning was the step by step survival of the very few remaining humans after most had been destroyed immediately by an accident. Inbeteeen chapters. telling the tale of an alien race fleeing a planet about to die. These two tales make up almost a complete story in themselves. Then we jump toward 200 years to see the results of the survival of both groups and the clash as they colide with each other. Due to the way the book jumps it ...more
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Al Philipson was born somewhere around 1995 or later in the fevered imagination of a nerdish geek and sometimes technical writer who wants to remain anonymous when he writes fiction (including his tax return). Being a private person, he was afraid that his adoring fans (all three of them) would mob him both publicly and privately once his books caught on.

Unlike his nerdy creator, Philipson suffers
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