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The Sleep of the Gods
by James Sperl (Goodreads Author)
What would you do if you--and only you--learned the end of the world was about to occur? Unfortunately for Catherine Hayesly, she's about to find out. It had been six long years since Catherine Hayesly's last vacation. In another few weeks she and her family would finally commence their dream trip of a lifetime. But then came the call. The one her high-ranking military hus ...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published November 2nd 2009 by James E.\Sperl
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May 07, 2010 Patrick Gibson rated it 2 of 5 stars
For the first quarter of this book you don’t know what went wrong. (I can’t refer to pages any more since the Kindle denotes reading progress in percent). But, something happened. And neither you, nor the main characters are privy to this information. All we know: Catherine and her children had been planning for the end of the world for many years when her husband suddenly calls with the coded phrase telling her to get on the boat and go. She and her three children proceed to the middle of the A ...more
The world-building and ultimate big bad of this book is fantastically original. Human instincts are geared towards avoiding the dark and sticking in the light as much as possible; by turning daylight into the enemy, Sperl creates an imaginative and suspenseful dilemma for our heroes. I also loved the idea of a parasitic but sentient life form being the thing that ultimately took out humanity, the parallels to our own effect on the planet were obvious. It also gave the villains some damned chilli ...more
May 28, 2010 Renée rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I really didn't know what to expect but decided to download this to my kindle since it was virtually free! I really enjoyed this read. I love a doomsday, end-of-the-world, sci-fi book and this story really satisfied all these. Yes, there is a little cheesiness to parts and a few cliché type characters but for the most part it is right on the mark and a good read. If you have a kindle and love books you just can't pass up this deal.
Fantastic! I first read this book back when I purchased my first kindle four years ago. I still remember every detail of it. This story sticks with you. This author creates imagery so horrifying and emotional that I still imagine the main characters and their journey when I close my eyes. I predict a lot of endings to a lot of stories I read too but not this one. Good editing. Nice job Mr. Sperl.
A suburban mom who was planning the vacation of a lifetime, was suddenly thrown into a global nightmare. She and her three children had their endurance and their will to live tested and pushed to the max. Friendships and alliances were forged and enemies were identified and fought. The characters were developed in such a way that I grew to care about them. An exciting and suspenseful read!
The premise was intriguing - who doesn't enjoy a good apocalypse. But the writing seemed amateurish and there were some serious plot issues that were simply ignored. I found myself skimming quite a bit, skipping entire pages towards the end, because I wanted to know how the story would end, but didn't want to take the time to read through all the long, drawn-out action sequences.
Not totally awful, but of course there were parts where I wondered if someone might have slipped me powerful drugs. It does that thing where the author doesn't really understand guns or tactics, so neither do any of the characters, even though they ought to. Still, a good concept, pretty tightly written, and well developed characters for the genre.
This was a good book. I like books about survival and people overcoming adversity. The family in this story and is believable if not somewhat dysfunctional. The story is ok but**** spoiler alert*** I think that the zombie thing has been done to much lately. I will read more by this author.
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