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Human Trial II by Timothy N. Stelly Sr.
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Jun 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi
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Human Trial II: Adam’s War by Timothy N. Stelly, Sr. is a post-apocalyptic thriller continuing the adventures of a group of survivors, led by Daron Turner, as they seek other survivors to rebuild America, and keep mankind safe from an alien takeover. Daron wakes up one morning, and finds the members of his group in a catatonic state, but more alarming is that his infant son, Adam, is missing. Daron runs screaming into the woods hoping that he is not too late to save Adam, and encounters two aliens; one who is holding Adam. The aliens have assured Daron that they have not conducted any experiments on Adam, and that there is a larger group of survivors in the Midwest, and that their common future lies there with humans having another chance not to destroy mankind. After much debate, trepidation, and soul-searching, the group sets out for the Midwest seeking this unknown utopia, not knowing how they will survive this trip from California. The driving force to undertake this journey is one of the basic concepts of mankind – hope. But it seems like hope fades, as the inhabitants are not interested in the truth, and there can be only one winner between good, evil and power.

Human Trial II is more than a post-apocalyptic tale, as it is also a satirical commentary on how power can easily corrupt those entrusted to lead, and how leaders easily coerce people to their side using religious and racial divides and prejudices. Through a core group of characters, the author demonstrates the psychology of survival, group acceptance, and crowd mentality. While it was these aspects of the book that kept me interested, I would have liked to have known more about how the environment was faring after the thermal war, how after the devastating attack by the aliens so much of the modern technology survived, as it seemed like after the survivors arrived at The New Frontier the storyline became less of a post-apocalyptic story. I enjoyed the development of the main and secondary characters, and liked that diversity of characters reflected the faces of America. As there were several graphic violent scenes, I enjoyed the comic relief provided by two characters from the Las Vegas airport. Human Trials II is the second book in this trilogy, and while familiarity with the first book is not necessary, readers who want to fully grasp the entire aspect of the thermal war and the alien interactions may want to read it.

I recommend this book to not only fans of science fiction, but also to readers who enjoy storylines about the complexities of human nature, and leadership.

This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Reviewed by Beverly
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