1.5 extra star for being very very addicting. I couldn't unglue myself from the pages and finished the whole thing in one evening. Slept only 2 hours1.5 extra star for being very very addicting. I couldn't unglue myself from the pages and finished the whole thing in one evening. Slept only 2 hours that night x.x
Please note that this book is ridiculous and too dumb to live. It's literally atrocious and the whole ending is a big pile of bullsh*t.
It started good enough - Gorgon released from ancient prison, turning people to stone. So many mysteries! How does it do that - not magic, because it can be transmitted *gasp* electronically. Why is it so resistant physically? What's up with (view spoiler)[sunlight, weeping, going to sleep when sang to (hide spoiler)]? Why did it stay put for centuries in a bronze urn even though it can tear through stone. (view spoiler)[My pet theory was that the sound emanating from it echoed from insides of the urn and kept it sleeping. (hide spoiler)]
NOTHING is explained.
Instead, we get (view spoiler)[f****** aliens again! Something straight from 2215. It. Was. Ridiculous. Total BS! I'd prefer if the Gorgons stayed magical / supernatural (and not transmit stoning via video - come on, if you introduce something like this, better explain it!) and not some super aliens that may invade Earth in unknown future. (hide spoiler)] The ending is non-resolution again. (view spoiler)[Am I supposed to believe the Gorgon won't dig itself up from 50 meters of loose stone? It was pretty close to the surface when charges went off. The spaceship? Those puny explosives might have only waken the other Gorgons up. This tech survived eons and was still working. It was somewhat dangerous to bury it without knowing when the Gorgons might wake from cryo-sleep. Sad thing is, Beck included foreshadowing with the whole bee hive analogy. A lone bee commits suicide after it returns to a dead hive. That would make a much better, closed ending that doesn't put Earth in peril. (hide spoiler)]
I liked that Alex couldn't take this thing head on. Even though he still could communicate with it telepathically... geez...
Summing up: so much BS! But it was like an action movie with insane pacing and explosions and I couldn't tear myself away. Just don't try to think while reading it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It started out OK - seemed to be a chupacabra (view spoiler)[from space. What is with Beck and aliens? (hide spoiler)] - supplemented by aSo much BS!!
It started out OK - seemed to be a chupacabra (view spoiler)[from space. What is with Beck and aliens? (hide spoiler)] - supplemented by a deadly disease dug up by scientists. The disease, I admit, was very creepy, mostly because it seemed plausible. Something like that could happen (view spoiler)[if science manages to get hands on one of those microbes floating in space... or enough permafreeze melts to release stuff that hasn't been present in our world for millennia (hide spoiler)]. The chupacabra was decent too, for the first half of the book. Everything went downhill in the second part.
For one, antagonist was way too powerful. The real problem (disease) got forgotten once Alex and his team entered the scene. Alex, the super powerful being, of course connects telepathically again with (view spoiler)[aliens!! (hide spoiler)]. Guns are for the weak (or ordinary), so he takes on his adversary head on! Reminds me of Superman blocking bullets with his chest. Enemy is super strong and rips people apart? Why then, let's wrestle! Not gonna shoot because rage and stuff.
As if unnecessary sparring wasn't cringeworthy, the ending is chock full of unresolved threads. This book needed full resolution, because the threat was too formidable to leave alone and not have something happen. (view spoiler)[The main thing, the microbes, are not neutralized, unless the nuke burns the growth under surface. The stuff Franks carried on her boots? I'd expect her to get infected, or for it to get washed into canalization and cause problems for the whole base, but - spoilers from the future! - nothing happens. Even the chupacabra lives. The church was on the edge of nuke's reach and would likely protect the creature. (hide spoiler)] That is NO ending.
Alex is impossible and I never felt he was in any danger, including right at the end. *shrug*["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Couldn't enjoy this one that much due to too much scientific BS. Man-made black holes? I could buy just a little tiny black hole, but (view spoiler)[nCouldn't enjoy this one that much due to too much scientific BS. Man-made black holes? I could buy just a little tiny black hole, but (view spoiler)[not the way stuff goes through it. I always thought the distortion would be reversed when coming out from the other end. How come the alien monster didn't get distorted? How did the one human who lived through that worked? He got stretched to crazy size. Did he weight the same as before? If not, where did the extra matter come from? If yes, what about that density? (hide spoiler)]
The second thing that killed the book for me was Alex Hunter and his new abilities. Somehow he's even stronger than before and, unbelievably, can now perceive life force and kinda telepathically glimpse others' state of mind etc. Including the freaking monster! (view spoiler)[This thing is literally an extraterrestrial, but somehow Alex can still see their world. (hide spoiler)] That's some grade A BS.
The book isn't as fast paced as the first one. I didn't like the setting that much, political jabs didn't do much for me. It picked up in the second half, but was more like pseudo-sf military movie with lots of fire and explosions. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more