They came, but not in peace. They came to destroy us. Our cities crumbled. Our people died by the billions. Their weapons were sophisticated beyond our worst nightmare. In this chaos, a teenage boy must get his sister to safety and, in doing so, become a man.
Iron Mike is a light science-fiction story. Yes, aliens invade, but they're more the background. It's a heavily character-driven book. It begins with Mike trying to get his younger sister to safety, to get her "behind a line of soldiers at Fort Knox" to keep her safe from potential looters and rapists. Along the way, Mike picks up strays, so his responsibilities increase exponentially. Hard decisions are made, as in any apocalyptic tale, and consequences are accepted.
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"Patricia Rose's post-apocalyptic coming of age science fiction novel, Iron Mike, is fast-paced, exciting, and thought-provoking…Rose's vision is grim and dark at times, but her heroes grow stronger, more self-reliant and competent with each challenge they face. This is a well-written and absorbing story that will prove to be a pleasant surprise for readers who have grown somewhat weary of the ubiquitous zombie and plague apocalypse tales so prevalent in recent years…It’s an impressive debut novel that is highly recommended." (Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite)
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"a little too much bad language."
I loved the story and listened to the whole thing but the overuse (for me) of the f word and an awful, then dismissed rape scene, made me give it just 3 stars overall.
"Excellent story, so-so narration"
For what seems to be a first book, this is terrific. The pacing is good. The story is split into segments, each dealing with a different character, or set of characters, but there is sufficient detail in each for it not to feel as though the story jumps around. There are a few 'cliff-hangers', but nothing is left hanging too long.
The main characters grow and develop from brats to responsible adults who learn to make difficult decisions with maturity. There are some very funny moments, and some equally heart-rending ones too. Some scenes definitely stay with you long after you have finished listening. The aliens too, are rather different to the norm in this type of book.
All in all, a very satisfying book, with the potential for a follow-up.
The narration is a different story altogether. He has a pleasant voice, well-pitched without any of the irritating squeakiness when depicting a woman or a child. It is easy to identify which character is speaking. So far so good. However.
He has the strangest pronunciation of some words I have ever heard. This is not down to the difference between UK and US pronunciation - I am used to that, this is just odd. He also places emphasis on the wrong part of a word, so that you stop and think 'What'? and miss the rest of the sentence. He speaks slowly and clearly, but his pacing ... is often . . very . . jerky. Some of this can be down to editing - a decent editor would have picked up on these issues and at least pointed them out.
It wasn't bad enough to make me stop listening, by any means, but it didn't enhance the story. I found myself becoming more and more irritated as the book progressed,wishing I could edit it so that it flowed more smoothly. It's a shame, because potentially, if these issues can be ironed out, I think he could be up there with the best.
"Wow! Iron Mike Was an Awesome Story!"
Iron Mike was an awesome story. It's full of intense drama, action, humor, and even some romance.
The character development was great, and the story was told from multiple POV's. There was even mental dialogue from a dog named Hershey who was lovable, loyal, protective, and one of my favorite characters. He's thoughts had me laughing. There's a lot to be said about man's best friend! Mike and Kari were my other two favorite characters. Mike for his determination, and how he became a hero, and Kari who was not only tough, but a fighter as well.
The story is mainly centered around Mike, who is 17; however, the contents of the story is for adults.
Aliens have come to harvest the earth, and their initial attack has wiped out the majority of humanity. These aliens believe humans are not sentient beings; therefore, have been targeted for extermination.
After the aliens initial attack, Mike sets out to get his sister to safety, and soon picks up women named Kari, and a group of children. During their trip to Fort Knox, they are attacked by aliens, and Mike endures the first of many challenges. Along the way, Mike receives aid from an unlikely source.
This story had several twist and turns, and the ending was not what I expected, but I don't want to spoiler any of these events for anyone. If you are a fan of dystopian Sci-Fi, you will enjoy this story. I know I did!
The narration was great, and I was able to easily distinguish each character.
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I would totally recommend this book to a friend. This is not the type of book I normally listen to, but the character development is so great that you find yourself crying and laughing with the characters.
The performance starts out slowly, and some of the words are not pronounced correctly. However, it is not so distracting that you don't want to finish the book, and after the first few chapters he gets his "Stride" and it is much much better.
I laughed MANY times during this book, and found a few tears streaming down my face.
I totally recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next!!
"Like the story, but---"
I liked the story. Was drawn into the characters well. Character development was good; plot was good. The ending was a bit abrupt. It felt a bit like the author was just tired and finished.
But my main objection is with the narration. I don't mind a near raider that simply reads the text rather than acting it. But the mispronunciations became intrusive by about the 1st 3rd of the book. Someone should have edited the narration better.
That being said, I did keep listening; and I did enjoy the book overall. I just found the narration in need of editing, much like many digital texts need editing.
"Aliens and F-Bombs Had Me Stop Before End 😣"
This book makes one think about what would happen if we had "visitors" invading us here on earth. However, it could have been more thought provoking had there not been the strong language – almost nonstop F bombs. I was ready for it to be over.
The narration by Zachary Lichtenstein was above-average and I enjoyed listening to his performance.
Notes: strong language, violence (including rape)
Overall three stars
Narration for stars
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"Enjoyable from start to finish"
I wasn't expecting much from this. Now I'm eager for the sequel to come out!
Definitely. Loved this book, I flew through it. Was a perfect mix of scifi action humor and just plain sad at times.
The story was unexpected for me. I couldn't guess where it was going and the parts written from the dogs perspective were delightful.
The extremely weird pronunciation of some words can be off putting but once I got into the book it didn't matter.
Yes to both. I don't like spoilers in reviews so I won't give anything away but some parts are very sad. The parts from the dogs perspective were wonderful and funny.
As much as I absolutely loved this book I can't say enough how much I hated how it ended. It felt wrong and didn't work for me.
well written and not too unbelievable. I loved the sense of values held throughout. I think it could be shared with the family.
"Really unique. Stunningly visual"
Loved this story. Was on the edge of my seat the entire story. Fell in love with the characters. It was refreshing to find myself loving even their flaws. Although its hard to surprise me---this ending did. Hav recommended this book (by word of mouth) to everyone I've talked to---and will continue
"Excellent writing and excellent plot!"
You're drawn into the story immediately. Great character, brilliant pace and excitement throughout. A very, very good book.
I couldn’t stop reading, I finished this in one sitting! This end of the world epic book grabbed me and dragged me through a tale that had me laughing one minute, and crying the next. Amazing.
A great performance that perfectly compliments that characters and plot!!
We have everything in here. I laughed, I was moved, I was entertained. It was great!!
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"Great story stacked with original ideas."
Having a narrator who fits the character and the story is important to me, and prevents an immediate halt to my listening. Another pleasant side was the author's accurate use of profanity which to me clearly mirrored the situations. I don't usually read\listen to this genre of book but i was very impressed by the original concepts the author used. Great action, and some superb characters.
Mike. I was impressed with how his innocent persona hardened and cracked and evolved through the book.
How could Hershey not be the favourite? Zachary seemed to enjoy this character and the innocence shone through.
I listen to audiobooks when i drive. So i usually get to finish a typical 10hr book in 4 - 5 days.
"Original blockbuster waiting to happen,"
Yes as this book was recommended to myself, with high expectations I wasn't let down.
Faultless got me involved in the action in all areas making an already great book awsome
In areas I felt Mikes development from teen to leader
This was recommended by another author, so had high expectations, and was not disappointed. A true original look at earths the final hours. The personal development of Mike from teen to leader of men, I loved the addition of the dogs 1st person narration. And his integration to the whole story. The whole concept of the book I would only class as Awsome, the narration faultless the ending just right to end what could easily be a Hollywood blockbuster. Perhaps a different move for the Beiber
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