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The Plague Forge af Jason M. Hough
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The Plague Forge (udgave 2013)

af Jason M. Hough

Serier: Dire Earth Cycle (3)

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"The hunt is on for the mysterious keys left by the alien Builders. While Skyler's team of immune scavengers scatters around the disease-ravaged globe in search of the artifacts, Skyler himself finds much more than he expected in the African desert, where he stumbles upon surprising Builder relics-- and thousands of bloodthirsty subhumans. From the slums and fortresses of Darwin to the jungles of Brazil and beyond, Skyler and company are in for a wild ride, jam-packed with daunting challenges, run-and-gun adventure, and unexpected betrayals-- all in a race against time to finally answer the great questions that have plagued humanity for decades: Who are the Builders, and what do they want with Earth?" -- from publisher's web site.… (mere)
Medlem:gregandlarry
Titel:The Plague Forge
Forfattere:Jason M. Hough
Info:eBook Titan Books, December 2009
Samlinger:eBooks, Dit bibliotek, SF Library
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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This is the conclusion of the Dire Earth Cycle; or is it? It seems to me that there could be a continuation. I see from Hough's website that he has finished the first draft of a new book but I couldn't tell if it is the same world as this or something altogether different. I would read more of his work either way.

In this book the breakaway group that went to the second elevator in Belem Brazil have to try to get the remaining 3 keys. Tania Sharma and Vanessa and Pablo head in the northern direction towards Central America while Skyler and Ana head East towards Africa. Skyler decides to take Richard Blackfield with him because after Africa they are heading on to Darwin to get the key that Grillo had taken from Samantha. Sam, Prumble and Skadz are detailed to get the key and rendezvous with Skyler outside of the Darwin Aura. The story skips from place to place and often leaves one group on the edge of some major development while we catch up with one of the other groups. This certainly builds tension.

I found it hard to envision some of the places the teams end up. The Builders have constructed buldings and ships that frequently change shape dramatically. There seemed to be a little too much of this in this book and I stopped even trying to make sense of it. That's my one major criticism of the book. Otherwise I thought it was well conceived and action-packed. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 4, 2014 |
The more I kept reading the book, the less and less I was rooting for anyone to finish getting the parts up the the Builder ship. And the last part of summing up who the Builders were and why they were doing it just felt like I read a 3 book prequel to a whole new series. If you like two fisted SF with a heavy dystopian feel then this is for you. But I think I am done here.


Digital review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
This is a great and satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

All in all, this trilogy was a lot of fun. Nothing profound, but very imaginative, internally consistent, and suspenseful. Great mind candy.

I listened to the audiobooks, and these are great in that format. ( )
  Gwendydd | Mar 30, 2014 |
Good conclusion to the series. ( )
  gregandlarry | Mar 29, 2014 |
I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!

(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“The hunt is on for the mysterious keys left by the alien Builders. While Skyler’s team of immune scavengers scatters around the disease-ravaged globe in search of the artifacts, Skyler himself finds much more than he expected in the African desert, where he stumbles upon surprising Builder relics—and thousands of bloodthirsty subhumans. From the slums and fortresses of Darwin to the jungles of Brazil and beyond, Skyler and company are in for a wild ride, jam-packed with daunting challenges, run-and-gun adventure, and unexpected betrayals—all in a race against time to finally answer the great questions that have plagued humanity for decades: Who are the Builders, and what do they want with Earth?”

It seems to me that as this trilogy has gone on, the author has turned his focus almost completely to action. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and in fact, I really enjoyed the fast pace and nearly non-stop action of this novel. There are certain points, though, at which the action either gets so frantic that it’s hard to follow, or the constant stream of things happening starts to bog down the narrative. I know, you wouldn’t think that action could cause a story to drag, but it occasionally does. The points at which things slow down temporarily provides some relief.

Part of the problem comes from the lengthy descriptions of the Builder structures that Skyler and company are investigating. While Hough has done an outstanding job at creating weird places that are obviously alien, I think he takes it a little too far. One of the places that Skyler visits actually changes its configuration fairly often, making it necessary to devote way too much page space to letting the reader know where the door has wandered off to this time.

That being said, I still found this book to be a fun read. All that action provides readers with plenty of neat alien technology and things blowing up and battles being fought. There’s a definite sense of urgency as the timeline of the Builder events draws to a conclusion. The characters are already well-established, so they’re free to throw themselves into the action without wasting a single second. It’s a big budget adventure film in print form, and if you take it for what it is, it’s bound to satisfy.

Any concluding volume of a series has a huge job to do: it has to wrap up all the action and plot development that has gone before and do so in a logical manner; it has to bring some closure to the characters and their arcs; and it has to answer at least a majority of the questions raised in the story. If you think about it, that’s a lot to get accomplished. And while The Plague Forge does hit these highlights, it didn’t do quite as good a job as it could have. It is, however, still a great book (and series) to get reluctant readers into science fiction.

This review originally appeared on Owlcat Mountain on November 20, 2013.
http://www.owlcatmountain.com/2013/11/20/the-plague-forge/
  shelfreflection | Dec 18, 2013 |
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"The hunt is on for the mysterious keys left by the alien Builders. While Skyler's team of immune scavengers scatters around the disease-ravaged globe in search of the artifacts, Skyler himself finds much more than he expected in the African desert, where he stumbles upon surprising Builder relics-- and thousands of bloodthirsty subhumans. From the slums and fortresses of Darwin to the jungles of Brazil and beyond, Skyler and company are in for a wild ride, jam-packed with daunting challenges, run-and-gun adventure, and unexpected betrayals-- all in a race against time to finally answer the great questions that have plagued humanity for decades: Who are the Builders, and what do they want with Earth?" -- from publisher's web site.

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