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on Dec. 08, 2012 :
I have to say that "Aftermath" is even better and more action packed than the first book, Worlds Without End: The Mission (Book 1). And that's saying a lot because I absolutely loved the first book. If I could give this book 6 stars, I would. In fact, I finished this book in just a couple of days. I couldn't put it down. I also love the way Shaun Messick incorporates LDS doctrine into the theme. And yet, at the same time, creates a story that is mind blowing and fascinating. Mr. Messick's second book is also well edited, I did not notice any spelling errors or typos, which is a marked improvement from the first book. In comparison, I have noticed errors in other best selling novels such as Harry Potter or the Twilight series, and I loved those books as well. But if your reading to find errors, in my opinion, you're not enjoying the journey on which a book can take you. Nonetheless, "Worlds Without End: Aftermath" is a fascinating read. I am recommending this book to my family and friends and have officially become one of Shaun F. Messick's biggest fans. I can't wait for the 3rd book in the series!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 29, 2012 :
Frankly I did not expect 'Aftermath' so soon - after all the criticism that the writer received last time, I did not expect second volume of 'Worlds Without End' for a while. But it is out and I am actually glad. Prose is slightly more polished, plot is uncomplicated but full of action, almost reminiscent of early sci-fi stories published in pulp magazines back in 1920s and 1930s.
I give this book 5 Stars not because this is a greatest book of all time but because it is different and, in my opinion, original. In the age of 'me toos', it is refreshing to see an author to write something that is completely congruent with his beliefs and worldview. Book utilizes doctrine of LDS Church and has strong religious overtones. Author is open about it and, learning a lesson from criticism he received last time, he includes a handy reference page that explains some of the more esoteric religious points that makes following the plot easier. Book is also unabashedly pro-American, and celebrates the American spirit. So, be warned :)
Overall, 'Aftermath' is a marked improvement over the first volume 'The Mission'. If you enjoyed the first volume or simply would like to read a different take on a sci-fi genre by a promising writer, while keeping an open mind, then give it a try.
Little side-note: publication is well formatted for Kindle, includes a click-able table of contents (always a plus) and well-edited.
(reviewed the day of purchase)