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Asteroids: Bridge to Nowhere

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An asteroid storm is coming that will destroy Earth.

A mysterious group within the government led by Colonel Cruikshank knew the storm was coming. They took extreme measures to keep the storm secret while building underground cities to protect the few and the fortunate. Cruikshank’s goal is that after the storm, his survivors will emerge from the protected cities as a more perfect humanity. He will create his utopian society named Arcadia, no matter what it takes.

Rick Munday is a husband, father, and struggling Astrophysicist who needs his grant approved. When Cruikshank learns that Rick’s grant proposal predicts the asteroid storm, he is drugged, kidnapped, and taken to an underground city named New Arcadia.

On his quest to escape from the Arcadians and get home to his family, Rick and new friends use their high-tech skills to warn the world of the coming disaster and expose the underground cities. Captain Kobalt, Cruikshank’s enforcer chases Rick and his friends across America leading to a climactic conflict between Rick and Kobalt.

Can Rick find his family? to find out, he must cross the Bridge to Nowhere.

Asteroids–Bridge to Nowhere is a fast-paced near-future dystopian adventure.

512 pages, Kindle Edition

First published April 10, 2019

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Mike McCoy

3 books30 followers
Mike McCoy is a novelist. His debut novel ASTEROIDS–Bridge to Nowhere, received high praise from critics and was selected as a semifinalist for the 2020 Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize with a rating of 9.5 out of 10.
Because of the research Mike conducted for the novel, he has been a frequent guest on talk radio shows, including Coast to Coast AM with George Noory discussing asteroids and their risk to Earth.
Mike is an international businessman and a serial entrepreneur who has traveled extensively. Mike worked in the consumer electronics industry for thirty years. The company he founded developed a variety of innovative products which were sold in retail stores in over forty countries around the world. Many innovations Mike and his company developed were “first in the world” products.
Mike is also an accomplished athlete known for long distance events. He completed a full Ironman Triathlon in 2006. He thought running fifty miles would be a wonderful accomplishment, so for his fiftieth birthday, he ran a double Marathon (52.4 miles). In 2018, Mike celebrated his sixtieth birthday with a six-hundred-mile bike ride from Florence, Oregon, to San Francisco, California.
Somehow, he finds time to write.

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Profile Image for Alexios P.
32 reviews2 followers
April 20, 2023
A fast-paced sci-fi/political thriller and an excellent read. The author did a great work scientifically to be accurate , plausible and at the same time to keep its writing smooth and simple . Nice character building.

Thanks BookSirens and the author for the free copy.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
March 7, 2020
Great book. I was introduced to the author on Coast to AM.
The story is thought provoking, meticulously researched, and so realistic, it’s frightening. Looking forward to what’s next from this author.
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32 reviews4 followers
April 3, 2019
NOTE: I was given a copy of the ebook for an honest review.
One of the great reads of 2019. In the future the world is not that different from where we live today. Turmoil is rampart. The world is being hit with debris from the solar system but just why is it being covered up? Fast paced and cool characters. I highly recommend this book.
36 reviews
April 30, 2019
Asteroids: Escape from the Arcadians features a high stakes plot, and an unlikely hero who fights to save his loved ones from a terrifying natural disaster and the actions of a corrupt government. The protagonist of this book, Rick, is a highly intelligent academic who possesses a sophisticated understanding of asteroids. He also has a touchingly close relationship with his wife Courtney. Rick's relative Rob formerly worked in a similar academic role, but Rob’s dire scientific predictions were not taken seriously and now he dedicates himself to constructing a secret doomsday shelter in a mine fit to protect his loved ones when, not if, disaster strikes. Eager to gain funding for his research, Rick is excited when he is invited to present at a prestigious conference, seemingly out of the blue. But his excitement doesn’t last long when he discovers how the government plans to use him to address an imminent flurry of devastating asteroid attacks on Earth. The book also follows a selection of other characters with their own interests in the asteroids, with these characters coming into contact with each other in surprising ways as the plot progresses. Readers with a strong interest in doomsday prepping are likely to particularly enjoy the book’s depiction of Rob’s shelter and the author's representation of how people react differently to news of the coming attack. In terms of constructive criticism, I felt while reading the book that trimming the word count would have helped to increase the stakes and add a sense of greater urgency in places.
111 reviews4 followers
May 13, 2019
Overall, this is an interesting, thought-provoking story with generally likable narrators. There’s a lot going on in the beginning. Readers need to pay attention if they’re going to keep all the characters straight at first. On the other hand, that’s entirely typical of stories containing an overview of events that are simultaneously going on in different places.

However, I think the book needed a bit more editing prior to publication. There were minor errors sprinkled throughout the pages. The text in my Kindle edition also seemed greyish in places, although that may have just been my monitor. There some info dumps near the beginning as well.

Asteroids is predominately written in the present tense, which can be a bit confusing for readers since most novels are written in the past tense. In addition to those things, the tale seems to lack any well-developed female characters. Readers should likewise be aware that this book contains scenes involving child abuse.

On a more personal note, I find battle sequences boring so I would have rather read more about how the people in the hideaway were surviving than how Rick kept escaping his captors. I also found the ending to be somewhat incomplete. After all, it doesn’t describe what happens after the asteroid showers stop and there are still some lose ends left to tie up regarding minor characters. But Asteroids still manages to come to a reasonably satisfactory conclusion.
130 reviews11 followers
April 21, 2019
A fast-paced story of America, in some future time post The Four Wars, facing the complete devastation of the world with an incoming asteroid storm. This takes us on a depressingly realistic journey of how politics and power corrupt, the moral decisions that would need to be taken and of how true human compassion and resilience will come through. The government are desperate at all costs to conceal from the general population the impending catastrophe that is heading Earths way and take drastic measures to take control of the situation across the globe.

Reading through, I was questioning what my own response would be to such devastation. Would I be on the side of the Arcadian's, seeking to survive at any cost in the secret underground utopia of New Arcadia? It is impossible to know how you would react, but the book makes you consider all the many ways that people would be driven to preserve their own lives and also sacrifice themselves for the greater good.

An excellently written narrative with the perfect blend of science, strong characters and humour that left me gripped and turning the pages right till the very end.
Author 0 books3 followers
May 6, 2019
Asteroids: Escape from the Arcadians is a fast paced story that features an unlikely hero who fights to save his loved ones from a terrifying natural disaster and the actions of a corrupt government. Rick, unlike many sci-fi heroes, has a close emotional relationship with his wife. Rob is another character of interest with his doomsday shelter. The book almost reminded me of a cross between Independence day (with Rick being a Jeff Goldblum type character and Rob being the crazy ex-pilot who keeps talking about alien invasions). Actually, the book could be considered a cross between Independence Day and Armageddon. For me, this was a fun campy scifi. I think some of the prose could have been shortened and some areas felt like filler. The urgency of the impending attack could be played up more as it relates to each character, showing their individual urgencies, because at times the wording was too much that it severely slowed down the pace of the story.
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246 reviews10 followers
November 30, 2022
There were some great aspects to this story, that made me give it 4 stars.

However, I suggest that some serious editing take place to make the story flow better. There were some excellent observations about secrets and people fleeing and if you tell one about a safe place it will soon be flooded (The Rodriguez wives). Some of the side stories of the pastor and the revelations to the Brown guy submarine were either redundant or were not fleshed out enough.

The blood infusions were deeply scary and remind me of some of the really expensive SPA rejuvenation treatments that get mentioned in magazines……….. or even some of the stories of human organ harvesting.

The author has some great ideas and a good story-line it just needs some keen editing or developing into a more in depth novel.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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138 reviews5 followers
February 5, 2022
I really enjoyed this multi layered nonstop adventure story. I moved quickly and has many moving parts but at it core is a thrilling, fascinating, frightening story.
This book causes readers to stop and ask some important questions. How would the government react if they knew the world was going to be destroyed?
Would the government warn the world or try to save only themselves?
Have you created a Utopian environment if you force it on the population?
What happens when a small group of people have a secure place to live during the storm but adding more people will threaten the lives of everyone? Do you let more people ?
I highly recommend this book but don’t start it unless you are prepared to set everything else aside. It is that compelling.
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5,257 reviews297 followers
March 27, 2019
An exciting, fast-paced, but ultimately terrifying very near-future science fiction adventure, ASTEROIDS: ESCAPE FROM THE ARCADIANS will impel readers to watch the skies while simultaneously pondering: "What information is being withheld from us?" Readers will gain education about Space, the Solar System, and asteroids as well as discovering many instances in history of Asteroid impacts (including the mass extinction event that destroyed the dinosaurs). The writing style is smooth and the characters easily elicit our empathy.
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515 reviews1 follower
April 25, 2019
I received an ARC free from NetGalley for an honest review.
Terrifying yet plausible story about an asteroid storm threatening to destroy life on earth. A scientist has a theory about this happening so the government decides to kidnap him and keep everybody in the dark about what is happening. Of course, they pick and choose who will survive, but they didn't take into consideration the will to survive and protect. I really enjoyed the gamer aspect and the technology. A real humdinker of a story.
58 reviews2 followers
May 16, 2019
Asteroids: Escape from the Arcadians starts off slow, but the pace picks up as the reader reaches the middle of the story. The writing is crisp, but could have used a little more editing. The story focuses on a man who, along with his research, is being used as a pawn of the government as they seek to combat a series of asteroid attacks on earth. If you like doomsday and apocalyptic tales, there is plenty in the story to satisfy. I would have given the book four stars, but the pace of the story made me reluctant to do so.
68 reviews3 followers
May 22, 2019
Mike McCoy hit a home run with his first novel. This political thriller depicts what could possibly happen if we allow Big Brother too much leeway. McCoy satisfies with high octane action and suspense, keeping you reading long after your bedtime. While not my usual genre, I really enjoyed this book. I look forward to what McCoy comes up with next!!!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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844 reviews109 followers
December 19, 2020
I purchased this book because of the amazing reviews on Amazon and oh boy, they were all right. This book is fantastic, the story is so beautiful and full of emotions, Great sci-fi! I couldn't put this down until I ended. The characters are so real and so well written. you start to love and care for them. Amazing book!!! can´t wait to read more from Mike McCoy. I really enjoyed the gamer aspect and technology. I highly recommend this book
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April 18, 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a real page turner. Despite the size of the book, I finished it in just a few days because I just couldn’t put it down. The characters were well developed and kept my interest throughout. The action-packed storyline made me visualize the next block buster movie. I highly recommend this book.
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275 reviews21 followers
April 22, 2019
Great sci-fi!

Wow! This sure had a lot. First I loved the personality in the personality showed in this book. Lots of realistic, entertaining characters. This has a lot of detailed information too - the author knows what he is talking about! Once the plot gets going it really picks up speed. Also has humor throughout too and I liked that. If you are a sci-fi fan, read this one.
4 reviews
March 13, 2020
Different from what I usually read but good start to a series hopefully coming soon. It took me a little longer to read than usually as I’ve been sick but I would sit up in bed to read it while sick that’s how it grabbed me

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Profile Image for Dina Husseini.
Author 6 books42 followers
December 12, 2022
I wanted to enjoy this, but it was a bit too detailed for me. I actually was about to DNF but I wanted to know the ending. Loved the cover and blurb, that's what drew me in. The first 25 % of the book was brilliant, but the middle was too much detail. Maybe if this book was broken into 3 smaller books, because it's a lot to take in...
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1,856 reviews20 followers
December 9, 2022
This is very good! I really enjoyed it! I really liked the ideas for the story & the plot! Liked all the characters & was rooting for them through the story! Good pace & excitement, great fun read! I will look for more by this writer & I do recommend!
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1 review3 followers
March 23, 2019
I loved this book! If you like dystopian stories this is for you. I was invested in Rick and the book kept me engaged. I will be reading this book again.
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Author 3 books30 followers
October 18, 2019
IndieReader gives ASTEROIDS 4.3 STARS

ASTEROIDS: Escape from the Arcadians is an extremely immersive adventure with memorable characters, tons of high-tech flourishes, and, despite being a massive book, debut novelist Mike McCoy keeps things moving briskly.

Protagonist Rick Munday is an astrophysicist with a unique theory concerning asteroids. Unfortunately, his theories are all too true and the government is desperately trying to cover up the fact that a massive, civilization-crushing meteor storm is imminent. Essentially kidnapped by a government faction planning for its own survival in Utopian underground cities, Munday must escape, avoid the pursuit of a zealous military assassin, and travel across a disaster-ridden country to rejoin his family in California. While attempting this, he also does everything he can to expose the government’s plans and save as many people as possible.
Munday is a great hero, fully relatable with plenty of vulnerability, humanity, and resourcefulness. However, many of the secondary characters are just as vividly rendered. Particularly the egomaniac Colonel Cruikshank, who is the delightfully believable, but totally unhinged leader of the dystopian cities.

The fast-paced plot is a kaleidoscope of fun science fiction themes, beginning with the puzzle and reveal of the government conspiracy mixed with some well-handled astrophysics. Various doomsday prep scenarios are explored from the intricate details involved in creating a sustainable underground network of cities, to family-level shelters, down to individual cases. Also thrown into the mix is a vigorous online gaming virtual battle, political wrangling, high-risk space missions, multiple love stories, and some philosophical musings about who can and should be saved when helping too many could threaten the survival of everyone. Author Mike McCoy’s skill somehow keeps all these elements together in a compelling narrative.

The menace of the meteor strikes is starkly conveyed and the peril facing the various characters throughout feels real. This isn’t one of those books where millions die but improbably, all the characters we’re invested in miraculously survive. This allows the tension and suspense to remain high through most of the various plotlines.

ASTEROIDS: Escape from the Arcadians is a very good read, and especially impressive for a first-time novelist. Almost every aspect of the massive, multi-pronged plot held together very well, but I thought two of the somewhat minor plotlines could have benefited from more attention. The military assassin in pursuit of the hero story was compelling but the resolution seemed artificial. Likewise, the political betrayal that underpinned the secret cities narrative felt glossed over and too facile. Fortunately, these are minor flaws. In a book so loaded with fun, they are easy to overlook.
ASTEROIDS: Escape from the Arcadians is an extremely immersive adventure with memorable characters, tons of high-tech flourishes, and, despite being a massive book, debut novelist Mike McCoy keeps things moving briskly.

~J.V. Bolkan for IndieReader
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603 reviews5 followers
November 24, 2019
3.75 stars

I liked it but not as much as it may have deserved. I respect the amount of effort and dedication and I appreciate the research that went into writing this book, but it was just far too long. I think if this book had been trimmed a good 100 pages (at least), it would have worked better for me, but unfortunately the excessive length made it difficult for me to enjoy it to the extent I would have liked. Which is a shame.

It starts off as a very slow burn, which I actually didn't mind. Especially being a topic that interests me, I am a big fan of astronomy and that coupled with a doomsday scenario, is the reason I picked this book up. I read and enjoyed the first 2 parts of the book. I liked Rick's presentation and I loved the introduction to Arcadia and the dystopian angle. I also really enjoyed the politics game that was being played. Rob's cave was great & I loved the hacking part too.

I thought the build up with the introduction of the many characters was done very well, but was definitely over-written and needed to be edited down. I found myself getting quite weary by the half way point, knowing how much further I had left to go. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy the 2nd half as much, and ended up skimming through most of it just to get to the end. I wasn't really a fan of the cat and mouse game going on, it's just not what I wanted from the story but that's my personal preference.

I think it was really well written, so many great ideas, amazing premise, but I think in this case the author tried a little too hard.
122 reviews2 followers
October 31, 2019
When I first saw this book, I was intrigued by the title and the synopsis. I immediately wanted to read it and I was not disappointed at all! It tells the story of what would happen if asteroids fell on earth. The story was told through different perspectives, such as an astronomer and his family, people of Homeland Security, the president and the government, etc. Even in one scene, the story switched back and forth between the two or more characters. I liked this a lot because you then know everything that happens. There were many complot theories and it was fun and scary at the same time. It makes you wonder if these things could be true and what other things in the world we don't know. The story got bigger and bigger over time, but it still remains easy to follow. I think it's because the author is good at explaining things. For example, about the asteroids or how things work and why.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone with interest in asteroids, complot theories and science fiction.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
2,645 reviews14 followers
October 31, 2019
Asteroids - Bridge to Nowhere by Mike McCoy is a fast paced dystopian story of an asteroid storm predicted to hit the earth. Rick Munday is an astrophysicist who predicts the asteroid storm in a government grant submission, but, before he can communicate his prediction to the public he is kidnapped and taken to New Arcadia, a secret underground city. Rick finds there is a secret underground government movement, led by Colonel Cruikshank, to build a utopian society (Arcadia) consisting of many underground cities which will survive the asteroid storm. The people selected for Arcadia are only individuals believed to improve the human race.
Rick discovers new friends who alert the outside world of the impending asteroid and facilitate his escape with them. Colonel Cruikshank sends his enforcer, Captain Kobalt, after Rick and his friends as they search for their family members across the country. I recommend this action packed sci-fi read which is hard to put down.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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2,596 reviews27 followers
November 29, 2019
I do not think people realize how corrupt our government is (it is NOT just the other side that is corrupt - it is all corrupt) and this book is realistic in the matter than those in charge (which equals those with money including CEOs like Bill Gates, Hollywood and both aisles of politicians) not us the people! This makes this book a frighteningly realistic book. While it is not super fast-paced, the action and storyline are compelling and it is so difficult to put down. I am looking forward to more books by this author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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1,113 reviews1 follower
March 15, 2020
Terrific!! This is my first book by this author and I just loved it.
It only took a few pages to get into this story and it was so nice to read as a single decent length book that hadn't been chopped into 3 to cater to people with short attention spans!
A very believable, solid read with a well-written storyline, great characters and lots of action.
The only bad thing would be if this really happened!
I will definitely be looking for more books by this author.
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4,152 reviews28 followers
November 30, 2019
This is a new author and I think he’s done a smashing job with his first novel. The blurb drew me to this book and the I was not disappointed. It’s different to most other post-apocalyptic books that I’ve read. This story held my interest throughout, and I thought the characters were well developed. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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251 reviews3 followers
October 31, 2019
Excellent researching about asteroids!! The incredible way he tells about how those who know about the storm and do nothing but try to save the select few and those who try to do something and save everyone! A fabulous book and must read!!
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