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The Scourge of God (Emberverse Book 5) Kindle Edition
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Rudi Mackenzie—son and heir of the High Priestess Juniper Mackenzie and the Bear Lord Michael Havel—continues his trek across the land that was once the United States of America. His destination: Nantucket, where he hopes to learn the truth behind the Change, which rendered technology across the globe inoperable.
During his travels, Rudi forges ties with new allies in the continuing war against the Prophet. Presiding over his flock, the Prophet teaches his followers that God has punished humanity by destroying technological civilization, and that they must continue to destroy any technology they come across—along with those who dare use it.
But one fanatical officer in the Sword of the Prophet has an even greater mission: to stop Rudi from reaching Nantucket by any means necessary.
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- ASIN : B001650UNA
- Publisher : Ace (August 28, 2008)
- Publication date : August 28, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 1277 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 474 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #262,278 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Warning: after reading the series you will feel very ill-equipped to face the world. You may feel an urge to play mad catch-up by teaching yourself archery, horsemanship, martial arts, and farming.
Apparently, aside from the changes to technology, the Change also made people insufferably affected and one-dimensional. Immediately. (Because this book occurs less than 25 years after the Change.) After so little time, everybody is now a caricature of something - Scots/Irish highlander, medieval feudal stereotype, Tolkein character, cowboy, indian, wild-eyed cult member. And they are either completely good - meaning utterly without flaw - or completely bad.
The main character, Rudi Mackenzie, is so perfect that it's honestly jarring when he alludes to the fact that he actually has bodily functions. I am dead serious - as I read that part, I actually thought, "Huh? Oh, yeah, he's supposed to be a normal human." I mean, please - the buffalo escape? COME ON. There's suspending disbelief and then there is farce.
This kind of hero quest story only works when you love and care about the hero. Rudi Mackenzie is impossible to care about because a.) everyone (including him) loves him passionately, b.) he is a cardboard cut-out, and c.) he is a selfish idiot. He gleefully puts everyone around him (friends, strangers, entire civilizations) in danger and lets them die for him (without a qualm by him or them, mind you) rather than use a little forethought (duh - you decide to take a little vacation, you think the people chasing you will take one?) and a little bit of discretion.
I struggled through this book hoping it would get better. I don't see that happening. I wanted to stay with this out of respect for the greatness of the first 3 books. But I might very well pretend the Change series ended there.