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Ruins of the Earth (Ruins of the Earth Series Book 1) Hardcover – October 28, 2020
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A secret buried in the Antarctic.
A puzzle unsolved for thousands of years.
And a Brooklyn-born Master Gunnery Sergeant who's royally pissed that he has to babysit the researchers sent to figure it all out.
Patrick "Wic" Finnegan's last op as a Marine Raider before retirement sends him to the frozen Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands. The only reason he's here?
He owes a favor to an old friend-but that doesn't mean he has to like it.
When Wic finally sees what the team has uncovered, he can't believe his eyes, nor is he prepared for the violence to come.
Soon, the portal opens and unleashes a storm of unbridled fury upon humanity.
From the Antarctic tundra to the streets of Manhattan, Wic and his team will be pushed to their limits as they fight to hold back Earth's ultimate threat.
The odds are against them. Governments are toppling. And the Earth is falling into ruin.
Join bestselling authors Christopher Hopper and J.N. Chaney on what readers call a "non-stop, break-neck thrill ride into metaspace." For fans of District 9, Expeditionary Force, and Galaxy's Edge, this is one military sci-fi thriller you won't be able to put down, and the official prequel to the hit series Ruins of the Galaxy.
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- Publisher : Variant Publications (October 28, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 648 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1087918758
- ISBN-13 : 978-1087918754
- Item Weight : 2.46 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.56 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #779,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is written in a way that keeps the suspense high. It is gritty at times and has an incredibly “realistic feel” for it being sci-fi.
The characters are done very well. They are interesting, realistic, quirky, flawed, and entertaining. Each one seems unique, has depth, and we already see some character development in book one. Many sci-fi books focus on story rather than character development but this book equally places importance on both.
A fun start to a new series!
With a new batch of characters, and very authentic action scenes, mixed with humor and twists and turns, this book will keep you on edge from start until finish.
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The many ironic references to popular culture, Stargate etc., are cringeworthy and don't so much pull you out of your suspension of disbelief as they do yank you out by the hair before allowing a bunch of baboons to teabag your naked face.
The story would be 100 times better if it were written in the third person instead of the first person, but even at 100 times better, it would still be close to unreadable.
I can't remember ever feeling angry before at having spent money on a book, not even Fifty Shades of Grey which I contemplated using to line my cat's litter tray, so this is a new experience for me.
* Not a better love story than Twilight
* Stop using yut as a word
Actually, if you love your military sci-fi you will love this.
Great character build up, great story.
Well thought out.
What an excellent, original and phenomenal start to a new series! An action-packed military sci-fi thriller.The tempo building from the beginning rises up notches, bit by bit, ending with a resounding crescendo, dragging you with it, pulling you in, with a loud and strepitous vibration of tensión, nail biting moments throughout the whole premise. It Got my heart beating like a drum! The Discovery is in itself imindblowing. It is character driven, with a great world building, with stupendous characters, I already love Wic, the main protagonist.
We take the soldiers for granted to take care we sleep soundly at night, while they sacrifice their lives for us, not only lives but the mental disruptions so many go through when they come back from the front lines, sometimes so mentally disabled, their psyches can't react to confront the daily life when they retire. My upmost respect, admiration and gratitude to them.
The comparisons made with films and shows from our present Day by the MC and his team while talking is funny and entertaining, bringing bits of humour to otherwise dire situations. If not for these moments it would have been grittier, grim and dark. A quasi post apocalyptic scenario.
Although I don’t have any knowledge of miitary ordnance,military tech, or military tactics, jargon..which sometimes just goes above my head or results in it being strenous, in this case the authors have made it all very comprehensive and easy to grasp, even entertaining, and for that I am grateful because it was a pleasure to read this story.
Chapeau to Christopher Hopper and JN Chaney! A fabulous beginning to a fantastic series! A hard to put down book. Looking forward to reading Gods and Men #2! Needless to say, I highly recommend this installment.