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on Sep. 22, 2012 :
First off, these aren't actually "books". The story has been divided into 3 parts to sucker us into paying twice. With that caveat in mind the next question would be, "is the story worth the price?"
While the first book was entertaining enough that I was willing to pony up for the next "book", the story veered away from the hapless, passive, proud New Yorker, detailing the fall of civilization, while being rescued at every turn of the page. Evidently our hero has a learning disorder when it comes to self-defense. Having little experience with guns and also handicapped with repugnance for violence, he seems unable to grasp the concept of "point and shoot"
This of course leads to multiple rescues by people who share his confusing pacifist ideals but are nevertheless able to "point and shoot". Our hero is unable to deal with a "snarling" "raging" pack of now feral but pedigreed dogs. Even though he is barricaded inside a six story building he is unable to reduce the pack one at a time despite a "classic" pistol and any number of improvised weapons that would be possible from six stories worth of wood, steel, iron, copper, and masonry.
Alas, one must be smarter than the dog eh?
So then, "book" 2 suddenly takes up the story of a poor, mistreated Indian girl and repeats the first story!
What a gyp!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Susanna C. Mahoney
on June 04, 2011 :
This book is book two of the “The Days and Months” trilogy. And from page one to the conclusion it was stylishly written with in depth and severe emotional complexity. It stimulated this reader's mind. Each event crept into this reader's soul. There were times when I laughed, there were times when I cried, it was a trip into the surreal. It was definitely a satisfying escape from the world's troubles for a while. Book 2 continues from the end of “The Days and Months We Were First Born, The Unraveling”. This one is “Family by Fate”. It starts with Martin suffering from shell shock when he realizes what happened to his beloved NY city. It was gone, no more, destroyed by a nuclear explosion. A laboratory experiment went wrong. Martin was shattered, yet he finds the strength to continue his fate to survive.
The events that he experienced sent chills down this reader's spine. Martin should’ve lost his life at least three times, yet in the last desperate darkness moment, guardian angels came to his rescue: a physician and his wife, who escaped some rebels, the bullies of the new chaotic world. They escaped within an inch of their lives. They rescued Martin and then rescued another survivor, an Indian female teenager and the characters bond together as a family by fate.
This book is written as if the reader is watching a 3-D movie, the action actually comes off the page and makes one relate with each character as they are experiencing a wide range of situations that would crush another in a moment, yet these heroes and heroines survive. Or do they? To find out, go to Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, and Barnes and Nobles to find this treasure that keeps the reader's senses tingling to the end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)