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Maelstrom Paperback – June 26, 2017
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 26, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 278 pages
- ISBN-10 : 154833362X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1548333621
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.63 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,294,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reading anything from Peter Cawdron is almost a guarantee, for a very solid, enjoyable read. Cawdron is like the Freddie Mercury of writing, his repertoire is broad and he appears equally at home, whether the subject being space, aliens, zombies, crime, love or humor.
It's clear from reading Cawdron's work, that he genuinely loves science. He seems to suck up new concepts and ideas like a Dyson, and isn't afraid to venture into quite a bit of research to come up with plausible and enjoyable new takes on almost any subject. On top of that the majority of his plots reveals a very reflected approach to all things about being human in different society structures, as well as to the risks/rewards of several technological and behavioral trends we face both as individuals and as a (human) race.
One notable feature of Cawdron's artfully crafted books, is, that there's no common denominator in plot development, or at least none I recognize. Some authors seems to build their plots from a template, that after three or four books, makes you sigh 'here we go again, boriiiing...', right before terminating your reader relationship. The unpredictable plot structure of Cawdron's worth, even after having read about fifteen of his books, deserves high praise.
Cawdron has easily joined the exclusive club of my all time favorite authors, being in good company with people such as Alastair Reynolds, Ramez Naam, Iain Banks, Cixin Liu, Richard Morgan, JRR Tolkien, Neal Stephenson, Ann Leckie, and several others.
The first story – Collide was, as with all Cawdron books, well thought out and shocking when it comes to the finale. It was short (definitely the lead in/hook you early) story. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with the first few chapters but not too long after I thought that Cawdron had me hooked.
In Collide we learn a little about the set up of the entire book, what’s causing the change, and what could possibly come from the issue that’s created (notice my vagueness – I know if I get much deeper it’ll give it all away).
The second book – Impact is where the real meat and potatoes live. We find out that things aren’t what they seem. Animals from others times and places are now all of a sudden in the middle of the city and attacking people. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one but I was already hooked. I had a hard time getting into the “this animal is here” belief – though after a while (and meeting the old man) I started to really come to. The introduction of the paramedic and police officer (and their continued proximity) was well thought out and written.
The final story – Maelstrom – is where we start to find out what is going on, how they think they’re going to fix it, and if they actually do. This was fascinating. There were parts of this that I couldn’t wrap my head around (time travel/alternate reality books get confusing if there is more than one version of a person or reality existing at the same time). But it was enjoyable none-the-less.
Overall, I thought that Maelstrom was an interesting look at different paradoxes and realities. I enjoyed the way it was written and the character development. I found myself scratching my head at a few parts but I think Cawdron did some of that on purpose.
Slight spoiler: there was a scene late in the book where someone keeps seeing different versions of themselves – all I could think of was the “Hello John” scene from Jurassic Park when they cloned him and made numerous versions for the intro video about Dino DNA.
Top reviews from other countries
Central Park, New York and somewhere in the deserts of China are the settings.
Another 'blinder' from Peter & this time the beginning of a possibly very big adventure!
I got to hand it to Peter Cawdron, he's one of a great of elite indie authors who keeps on astonishing me with each new work. Well guess what? Collision is exciting stuff, predominantly based on scientific facts and the first of an all new series!
Book 2: Impact
A shockingly excellent continuation of the tale from Peter Cawdron, whose quality standards seem to somehow ignore his immense output! I believe this is his fifth release this year, not counting short story compilations.
So, back to the story -> Impact is the sequel to Collision, part of the Colliding Worlds Series which is being created for a future movie/ tv release. I don't know about you folks, but I can't wait!
No spoilers here......What we have here is possibly the most exciting, fast 'n' furious science fiction triller that I have had the privilege to read. Even better, 'tis really cool to be just at the beginning of this great adventure, where alternative worlds messing up the grand scheme of things.
Essential reading indeed.
Book 3: Maelstrom is an excellent and 'edge-of-your-seat' grand finale to Peter Cawdron's COLLIDING WORLDS science fiction series.
All the bits come together, as our heroes from book two Mark and Vicky, join up with the adventurous Dr. Callie, the off-worlders and Ax the very brave Neanderthal!!!! The one-way ticket mission is to save the Worlds (yes, all of them), no matter what cost!
Great fun folks!