Title: Bad Radio (The Emergent Earth)
Author: Michael Langlois
Date of Release: August 21, 2011
Series: Yes. Book 1
Back of The Book:
Sixty years ago Abe Griffin saved the world and gained eternal youth.
Or so he thought.
Now, a man who Abe believed to be long dead is killing the surviving members of Abe’s old squad in order to reclaim the relics that they have kept hidden for decades.
The relics form an ancient beacon that must never be used, in a ritual that must never be completed. But the end of the world requires more than just activating the beacon.
It requires Abe.
With help from the granddaughter of his oldest friend, Abe must learn the truth about his immortal body, while at the same time trying to stop a horrifying series of supernatural opponents from sweeping away everything that he cares about.
In the opening scene of this book, the main character Abe is chunking 60-pound bales of hay out of his ancient blue pickup into the loft of his barn. He has been working on this farm for 80 years, but he doesn’t claim to be a farmer. Abe is in his 80s, but you would never be able to tell.
With the body of a thirty year old, and the mind of a much older man, Abe had to hide his age from the outside world. Abe has had to watch all of his friends that survived the war, get married, have children, grow old, and retire. He has buried most of his friends as well as his beloved wife, and spent the last 5 years closing everyone out of his life. Abe is ready for his eternal life to end.
Abe was in his favorite chair with his 1911 pistol under his chin when he heard a knock at his front door. Standing on his doorstep was the very pretty granddaughter of his war buddy Patty. She needs Abe to come with her to see Patty.
Abe and Patrick were in World War II together, they were in a secret unit, their unit was different, and they were special. They saw things that they never thought they would have to see again. They stood up against a maniac and with an accident ruined his plans. 60 years ago that special unit saved the World.
Now Abe, with the help of some old friends, as well as new friends, must set out to save the work again.
Point of View – Langlois writes this story from the point of view of Abe. This should give us an insight into the mind of the main character, but I don’t think he takes full advantage of that opportunity. We never really get to see the emotional side of Abe, although this might be by design. The character development happens in the beginning of the book but with fewer and fewer developments later.
My Reaction – Although I really like the story, I didn’t get emotionally involved with any of the characters or the story itself for that matter. This is a nice book if you are in need of some reading material but don’t expect to fall in love with it. This book has some great action scenes that make the story move along, but they kind of run together.
Final Words - Buy this book for the sake of a good read. Don't buy this book if you are expecting a emotional connection with the story or the characters.
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