This is not just a great read, but also an important book. Packed with emotion, and the ability to make you think, not just about your life, but otherThis is not just a great read, but also an important book. Packed with emotion, and the ability to make you think, not just about your life, but others as well, you will find yourself doing a lot of reflecting. The story is told through the eyes of a very real, and personable character who sees his near perfect life turned upside down. I really saw this as a modern aged Siddhartha, and a book I will share with friends and family because not only is it a great read, the underlying theme is important and often lost in today's culture. ...more
This is a shorty story based in the world of Altabef's prior two excellent novels - Shatter Point and The Fourteenth Colony. This story starts with aThis is a shorty story based in the world of Altabef's prior two excellent novels - Shatter Point and The Fourteenth Colony. This story starts with a bang, there is no messing around here, and continues full throttle to the satisfying end. It is very well written, with a few well timed moments of humor, especially liked the thrown back line used on the Hudson river escape. If you have read Altabef's other books, then you will want to read this. If you have not, this is a good teaser to see if the author's talents work for you.
I say jump in and enjoy the ride. Look forward to see where this series goes as this has me wanting more. ...more
Some really interesting short stories where it seems a lot happens in short order. Does not take eons for the author to draw you into her characters,Some really interesting short stories where it seems a lot happens in short order. Does not take eons for the author to draw you into her characters, their emotions and make you understand them. The stories are not jolly frolics, but rather for me at least, these are deeper delves into the human mind with tragic traces of melancholy. The stories are not downers by no means, but the kind that will draw you in, make you think and linger long after. ...more
I truly enjoyed this book. This is not my normal genre, but I got an advanced reading copy, and gave it a shot and I am glad I did.
I am not going toI truly enjoyed this book. This is not my normal genre, but I got an advanced reading copy, and gave it a shot and I am glad I did.
I am not going to summarize story or give spoilers, but what I will say is what I really liked about it.
First the characters are good esepcially, Juliet and her grandfather Sicheii. The interactions between them are realistic and often funny, you can really believe everything Juliet says and thinks in regards to her grandfather and his Indian ways.
I found the pace to be excellent, the story builds and builds and keeps your interest growing and wondering what is exactly going on in this Arizona town.
What I also liked was the story does not trespass on the many things I usually do not like about young adult books, love triangles, vampires, zombies, stuff that is so supersaturated that I just cannot read them anymore. This story seemed fresh and original.
Finally the writing is superb, great flow, great anaolgies, great dialouge.
If you like books like Harry Potter, Inkheard, Divergent, Twilight, and such, you will love this book!!!!!!!!! ...more
I had read the author's first book - The 14th Colony a year or so ago, and was curious where he would take the original future take with his next offeI had read the author's first book - The 14th Colony a year or so ago, and was curious where he would take the original future take with his next offering. Shatter Point, while a sequel, with some of the characters from book one, it really is a unique story that stands on it's own. Unlike most successor books, you could actually read this without having even reading to have read first book, which to me is a talent in itself.
Shatter Point is more of a psychological thriller with different sub plot elements that build and grow until they weave together with cohesive precision. You have the overarching take set on America's future, which set both book one and this book apart from most thrillers, and what I love most about what Altabef has created. His focus on the future is not gadget driven tech speak, but rather on the changes forced upon America's citizens and society, that I will not delve into as spoilers, but mention because it is brilliant.
Within this future world the story itself - with perhaps the most focus on a deranged character, who the author does a good job giving insights to a past that will come back to haunt the future, but the character grows until, well, he is someone more than you may expect. There is an experimental drug, that for me had two main angles, the creator of it and the controlling corporate structure in control and then the fate of a treasured character from book one. One that ties him, his brother and other central characters to what the is the 14th Colony, a resistance to the what America has become.
The character themselves, and there is decent sized cast,come to life on paper, some you will love, others you will loathe. The writing is clean and crisp - the kind of reading that is not a chore, but pleasure. Some books I love I say to myself - this would not make a good movie, while others I say this would be perfect for film, and with Shatter Point it was the later. I kept saying this is the perfect movie. I kept visualizing things, seeing an Aunt Jackie as some Ruth Gordon type from those Things are Tough all Over Clint Eastwood movies. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is, Shatter Point delivers on many levels.
I look forward to the next instalment in this series.