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Escape from Olympus (The Falken Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B072R233G3
- Publication date : June 13, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 875 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 278 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,157 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book can be read as a stand-alone, but the reader would miss out on what makes Falken 'tick'.
Lots of action, lots of tension, explosions, and meat eating dragons! Good stuff.
Science fiction, especially action adventure oriented science fiction, doesn't have to play by the same rules of physics and biology that govern our real world (as evidenced by the enormously successful "Star Wars" universe), and, truth be told, the authors of many space operas seem to make things up as they go along. Piers Platt is an exception, as the ecosystem he sets up in "Escape from Olympus" is quite detailed, consistent, and interesting to see unfold. Best of all, the world of Olympus that he creates allows for one heck of an exciting story.
"Escape from Olympus" is a follow-up to the author’s “Escape from Oz,” but, it stands on its own, other than a hook at the end leading into a third volume in the series. The title planet Olympus is somewhat earthlike and has attracted the attention of tourists from across the galaxy due to its primary life form, a giant flying reptile not surprisingly called a dragon. Dragons are intelligent, long-lived, very hostile, and deadly killers with long sharp claws, so, naturally, people want to see them. As a result, a couple of tour companies take tourists on a futuristic form of safari to the planet. The tourists themselves don’t land on the planet, but their consciousness is implanted into a form of cyborg that does land and move around on the planet’s surface and often becomes dragon chow if a person isn’t watchful enough.
As anyone who has ever seen any of the “Jurassic Park” movies or read the book can tell you, this type of operation, even with the cyborg safeguards, is a major accident just waiting to happen, and sure enough, it does, as one of the safari ships with a real live crew and tourists on board, crashes on the planet. The stranded passengers have to make their way before their air runs out to the only safety on the planet, a scientific research station that was built to be dragon-proof. And, as readers soon learn, there are some dangerous human forces at work on the planet as well.
“Escape from Olympus” is pretty much non-stop action the entire way. Of course, that comes to a certain extent at the cost of character development. The book’s hero, Sirio Falken, was also the protagonist of “Oz,” but the other characters here are new, and pretty much one-dimensional stereotypes. Indeed, one character introduces himself as a “business owner,” and that’s pretty much all that readers learn about him other than some stereotypical traits he later displays. Those who previously read “Oz” know a good bit about Falken from the earlier book, but “Olympus” reveals little more, other than the fact that he’s the right guy to have around when things get tough.
The lack of character depth won’t keep readers from enjoying “Escape from Olympus,” however. The book delivers on action from the first chapter on, and it’s not all man vs. beast survival. Indeed, there’s a quite complex and far flung criminal conspiracy at work here (another shout out to “Jurassic Park”) making life exceedingly difficult for Falken and his fellow passengers and making any rescue attempts far less likely. The author keeps the action moving from the ship’s surface to various space ships and planets and lets readers in on what the other characters are saying and doing (in books like this, it’s always fun to hear the bad guys scheming). Plus, the detailed description of the dragons and a couple of other species of indigenous fauna brings the planet—and Falken’s struggles to save his passengers—vividly to life for readers.
Although the author’s descriptions of the planet’s ecosystem make “Escape from Olympus” a bit thought provoking, for the most part, the book is exciting, old school, science fiction action from start to finish. The author has created some memorable antagonists in the dragons and thrown in a bunch of loathsome human bad guys as well. The author keeps the pace going so that readers will be strongly tempted to get through the book in a single night’s read. Those familiar with Platt’s other work, including “Escape from Oz” know that he delivers some powerhouse action sequences, and this book has good scenes in nearly every chapter. You’ll definitely want to escape to “Escape from Olympus.”
If you haven't read Piers Platt before you really need to. Seriously. His books are so. Much. Fun!! I love them and can't get enough.
Escape from Olympus is the second book in the Falken Chronicles but could be read as a standalone. You wouldn't have the backstory from the first book, but that is okay. You should read the first one anyways cause it is great, but I don't think you need to in order to enjoy this story.
Man this book was so much fun. I loved it. I couldn't put it down once I started, which my husband didn't appreciate since I started it on a short train ride when we were on vacation and all I wanted to do was read the rest of the day then until I finished! At least he knows me well enough to know I get like this sometimes...and doesn't mind too much.
In Escape from Olympus Falken is working on the planet Olympus. Or rather on a ship above the planet Olympus. The planet it inhabited by dragons that can very easily kill you in really terrible ways. You don't want to be stuck on the planet and try to survive them. He works for a tourism company where you can take a virtual reality tour around the planet and walk among the dragons. The goal is to see how long you can survive before they kill you. And you see and feel everything like you are really there. I can't imagine. That sound awesome! How crazy would it be to feel like you are really on this planet being hunted by these dragons? To feel like you are dying in terrible ways? Of course you can always come out of it whenever you want, but man. I so want to do that! I Want to see how long I would survive. In all honesty it probably wouldn't be long, but I would love every minute of it.
Now this is all fine and dandy, Falken loves his job, but of course there is more to the story. One of the things I love about this author's work is how he layers the characters. How you get the story from a few different points of view and it is not always obvious how each plays a role in what happens. How you sometimes have to wait until the end to see how it all ties together. All of the characters are so much fun, even the bad guys. I don't really know what the bad guys were thinking in this one cause it is intense, but so much fun to read. This second book is definitely more action packed than the first one. Everyone gets into some dicey situations and I couldn't put it down. I so enjoyed this story and the world this author created. I wanted to be a patron of Falken's business. Even if it meant I had to fly into outer space, which is probably my biggest fear, I wanted to be in this world. I wanted to experience this! Well maybe not everything that happens in this story, but Olympus Safari? Sign me up!
Overall this is a great read. Lots of action and adventure, lots of cool ideas, and dragons! Who doesn't love dragons? Go read this book. You won't be sorry you did.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland