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Lost Hope (The Bridge Sequence Book Three) Paperback – July 5, 2021
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Rex Walker has returned to Earth only to discover it under attack. Time has run out. With the assistance of his new allies, Rex and his friends race to prevent a widespread invasion. Not to mention save his sister and best friend Marcus from the ultimate sacrifice.
Dirk is on Rimia and finds himself working with someone from his past. A man he thought was dead. Rex must team with the Freedom Earthers and Special Agent Evan Young to stop the Believers from destroying civilization once and for all. When everything else is gone, sometimes hope is all you have.
Lost Hope is the gripping conclusion to The Bridge Sequence.
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- ASIN : B098GYTCGH
- Publisher : Independently published (July 5, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 330 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8532230484
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.83 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,713,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It starts with Rex and the crew having returned with a small force of Rodax warriors, having successfully returned from their trip across the bridge in Book 2 to find some help. The Rodax have a plan that they think will stop the Believers and the unknown, those aliens that are coming on the objects that they call the ‘Zalt’.
However, they have returned to an Earth that is already under attack, the Zalt have begun their attack, the ‘attuning’ as they call it, in which they attempt to inhabit the mind of another being. Unfortunately, unless that being, Humans in this case, has been prepared for this intrusion, they cannot cope with the Zalt entering their mind, and they die a rather gruesome death. As Rex and his group return to Earth, they find the results of this in several areas, with thousands dead. As they make a dash across the planet to a secret store of Rodax weapons that might be able to help, they find that the Zalt have unleashed the Umir, deadly robots, sent to cull those who do not comply with the wishes of there new masters, but also to cut down the population.
Rex has a desperate mission, he has to not only stop the Zalt, he has to find an ancient book, one that will have the answers on how to stop these mind invasions and allow him to send them back to their ships. It is also up to him and his group to stop the Believers, led by none other than his Boss, Jessica Carver, “The Sovereign”.
This final book is just incredible, with so many different storylines wrapped into one, as there are so many different aspects of the story that have to be covered.
There are multiple factions and characters, with Rex and his group, including Veronica, Tripp, Marcus and then Rex’s Sister Beverley and her kids, Evan Young the FBI agent who went missing. There is also the enigmatic and ever incredible Saul, who seems to survive consistently to always be there to help. Rex’s Father is on Rimia, with Opor, although Opor is not who she seems to be, and this particular story is fascinating in itself.
Then there are the Freedom Earthers, led by Roger, who is not the crazy man everyone assumes, but is actually a very level headed leader, with clear goals, and may well be one of the only hope’s that Earth has. Roger has some allies, one being the brilliant radio personality Bill McCreary, who is just such an amazing character in this final book.
Of course, one of the most important Factions in this story are the Believers, a massive cult following that believes the ‘Unknowns’ are coming to be ‘with them’, and have spent their whole lives preparing for this moment. Led by the incredibly devious, intelligent, and powerful, Jessica Carver, the Sovereign and leader of the Believers, she is an exceptional character, one that is so incredibly well done, and that even in the final pages of the book, you really don’t know what to think of her, or her motives.
This is true of several characters, Hystad is such an outstanding Character Author that you are not only totally drawn to some of the characters, for example Rex and Veronica become quick favourites, but there are others (I’m not going to say who so there are no spoilers), but others in which you just have no idea of which side they are truly on, or how things are going to play out.
The other thing that makes this book truly extraordinary is the world building, quite literally. Hystad takes us to several different worlds through the bridge, Rimia, and to other places I won’t mention (again, no spoilers). What is common across all of these worlds is just the intense depth, and the incredible detail that he uses to bring each of the locations to life. Even on Earth, the descriptive work is stunning, you really feel like you are in each of the locations as he tells the story, he provides such rich mental images, you can see everything as it plays out, it is masterfully done, and makes these books just brilliant.
Lost Hope is a thrilling finale to what has been an enthralling and utterly fascinating series. Hystad is brilliant in that he creates these stories that are clever, creative, and a wonderfully unique look at the ‘Alien Invasion’ storyline.
Hystad’s story is compelling, and has a brutal realism to it, in that the main characters are not superheroes that can survive anything, they die, so don’t get attached.
This is easily one of the best Sci-Fi series I have read this year, and is an absolute must read for anyone who loves a good Sci-Fi story, whether it be Mil Sci-Fi, Alien Invasion, Space Opera or something else, you will not be disappointed by this series, or this finale, as the final is brilliant, and Hystad does a wonderful job of wrapping everything up so as to not leave any lose ends. Exceptional End to an Exceptional Series!!
But not THREE books good. I could not finish this book. I just do not care what happens next.
One star for publishers/authors stretching stories ad nauseam in order to make a larger profit. It discredits the author and the art of storytelling. Write one great book and then move on. Not everything needs a trilogy. I am losing faith in writers and will not buy another story from this author. I cannot endure the tedious continuation. A loss because skill is present but filled with monotonous additions.
Do better. You obviously can.
An incredible story, amazing characters shifting sides like sand in a windstorm, surprise revelations on every other page! How many times can a man die, only to be resurrected in another body or turn up unhurt or healing? I got lost trying to keep track. A brilliant conclusion to a most interesting alien incursion! Kept my attention through it all!
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A fantastic finale to the bridge sequence. Nathan Hystad is a masterful story writer and continues the Bridge sequence with further plot twists and suspense with a satisfying end.
You need to read the previous two, so I will regale none of the story here; as if you have got this far I only have to say yes, you will want to read this third book in the series, it is brilliant, intriguing and as with all of Nathan's story's full of human emotion.
I so enjoy his style of writing and ability to so quickly draw me into the world he weaves, the characters and the journey they travel. SO good!
If you haven't already, do go and read Mr Hystad's other fantastic series, you won't be disappointed!