Thursday, 2 August 2018

Book Review: The Hunt by Everette Morgan (Tomorrow's Past #1)

Marcus Rainwater was barely 13 when the N47Q virus struck. Everyone he knew or loved died within a two week span. He’s lived on his own and survived for the past five years. With the training he was taught by his parents, he has set up a small protected compound in the southern region of the Appalachian Mountains where he lives alone. For a person living alone, danger can come from anywhere and sharing his little slice of Appalachia with resurrected prehistoric creatures isn’t going to make it any easier.

My Review: 
Marcus has been alone in this new world for many years. It is a technologically advanced world where he lives inside a computer controlled protective barrier that surrounds his home and land, that prevents him from being detected by the animals or human predators that stalk the lands. Scientists had brought back dinosaurs to Earth from extinction and when the plague hit, the animals were released to roam free while the survivors gradually died at the hands of meat eating dinosaurs and the gangs of armed raiders that patrol the roads looking for people to kill or enslave.

Marcus survives because he only ventures out when he needs to stock up on supplies from nearby places that he loots or when he has a mission. Now he has discovered that a sabre toothed tiger is roaming the area, making it dangerous for Marcus to hunt or loot the new house he has found abandoned until he has dealt with it.

I quite liked this series. Marcus is one of the good guys who just wants to keep to himself and continue to survive. He has one friend in the world, the A.I. Jocelyn who controls all the computer functions on his home, vehicles and the protective shield that keeps him safe. I like Jocelyn as Marcus has been giving her personality and her humour is good. There are a lot of coincidences that are a bit too convenient at times and things that may stretch reality a bit, but overall I found it entertaining.  

The down side to this serial novel is the same with all serial novels in that each episode is obviously short and there seems to be no complete omnibus. This first part is 37 pages long and the other parts are of similar length. In the later adventures come the variety of dinosaurs you see in Jurassic Park which is fun, and run ins with the bad people! The one issue is that there is no sign yet of the final part and the previous installments were in 2014. That is a bit puzzling and I haven't yet found any information on where the final part is or if it is coming. There is no blog post or tweet after 2014 from the author though he did update Goodreads in 2016. My reviews of the rest of the series will appear only on Goodreads.

Read May 2018.
3 stars. 

10 comments:

  1. This sounds like another fun one! Too bad there isn't an omnibus.

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    1. It was a decent read overall. A bit too convenient plot wise and not one I'd buy but ok for entertainment.

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  2. Ooh this looks interesting. I love coming to your blog, I always find the best new books lol.

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    1. I liked the dinosaurs and the AI in this. Just hoping the final part will show up!

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  3. Hmm, I hope there's a conclusion. Maybe he's taking notes from GRRM on writing speed. KIDDING. Sorta. :) Anyway sounds good- I love the sound of him having an AI companion, and the resurrected dinosaurs. Sounds cool!

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    1. I'm glad I got this free as I'd have been mad if I bought each part of a serial novel and found the last one missing! That's why I prefer buying finished books! GRRM, jeez are we ever going to get these books???

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  4. Tales where people are isolated in a place or wrld make me anxious. I'm a social creature ;-)

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    1. I would have loved to live in his compound! I'm pretty anti-social!

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  5. This does sound like something I'd like. Stories like this are hard to find. I wonder what's up with authors not keeping up to date and leaving readers hanging???? It's a shame as they lose many that way. Thanks for the heads up.

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    1. It was a decent read overall and I just want to find that last episode! It's the one bad thing about Indie books-you're never sure that the series will get finished. Ada Adams is a prime example!

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