Al Philipson was born somewhere around 1995 or later in the fevered imagination of a nerdish geek and sometimes technical writer who wants to remain anonymous when he writes fiction (including his tax return). Being a private person, he was afraid that his adoring fans (all three of them) would mob him both publicly and privately once his books caught on.
Unlike his nerdy creator, Philipson suffers from none of the weaknesses of "ordinary" humans. His body puts Mr. Universe to shame. He can bench press a Kenworth, he's more intelligent than Einstein, and knock-down-gorgeous women find him irresistible.
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Children of Destruction
By Al Philipson
Published: February 12, 2011.
What’s the last man on Earth supposed to do with 4 attractive women and a boy? What is so special about them? Why did they survive when everyone else was suddenly and mysteriously destroyed? What caused this catastrophe?
The answers are revealed in a story of survival that spans over 200 years.
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Smashwords book reviews by Al Philipson
- Hero Wanted
on Nov. 12, 2012
Dan McGirt has created a most interesting reluctant hero. I also smell a bit of Kieth Laumer's influence in his writing, especially his place names.
I was quite entertained by Jason's journey when he's dragged from his beloved home in Lower Hicksnittle (featuring the Festering Wart tavern and yes the town is exactly like it sounds) through the Eleven Kingdoms to do battle with various dastards and other villains. The only problem is, Jason has no fighting skills; he's just a farmer and wood chopper.
The story is a combination of good laughs told tongue in cheek and high adventure.
What's not to like?
- Asteroid Outpost
on Aug. 19, 2013
Jul 10, 2013 Al Philipson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Nick's first assignment out of the Marshal's Academy. What could go wrong for this ex-Star Marine? Well, just about everything.
Our hero has to deal with bad guys, allies, the legal system, and the problem of not knowing which is which.
This is the strangest "space western" I've ever read -- and the most entertaining. It's all believable once you get past Nick's propensity to carry an antique slug-throwing weapon inside a pressure dome (not the brightest move anyone without a death wish could make).
Twists and turns abound in this action adventure. I loved the story and hated putting it down at the end of the day (I'm not a speed reader).
A great "first book" (chronologically) for the series (even though it was written after 2 others were published).
- Myk Prince of the Vends
on Aug. 19, 2013
The story starts out in a 2nd century, walled village located in the upper waters of the Vistula river, in what is now south Poland, near modern Kraków. The river wanders east and then west again and eventually empties into the Baltic Sea, almost exactly north of its headwaters. (I looked it up out of curiosity).
Myk, a teenager who is not quite considered a “man” by the standards of the tribe (a sub-group of the once great Celtic nation), is the son of the village chief — an elected position which he’s held for many years because of his skill as a leader who makes good decisions. Summer is coming to an end and the prosperous Vends are facing a possible incursion by hungry tribes from the east where a famine may be brewing.
The book is written in 5 major sections, plus an epilog. The first section introduces the Vend tribe and their not-so-friendly neighbors. The second section introduces the Romans, who are now involved in Germany and exploring out from there. Section three introduces a party of Mongol explorers, working for the Great Khan, who are mapping the country to the west of the vast Mongol empire, with an eye for eventual conquest.
The last 2 sections further develop the story as the three cultures collide in Vend territory.
I can’t tell you much more without spoiling the fun.
This is a huge book! 259,000 words (970 pages equivalent to a paperback), according to the ad on Amazon. But it reads fast. It’s one of those “I can’t put it down” stories that keeps you riveted to your chair, long after you should be doing something else. But, since I’m not a speed reader, I had to put it down if I wanted any sleep at night. Still, it didn’t take me many evenings to finish it, still wanting more (and sleepy when the alarm went off in the morning).
Most of the plot lines are neatly wrapped up by the end of the book (I’d have been horribly disappointed if they weren’t), but a couple were left open, probably with an eye for one or two sequels. However, I don’t feel cheated since the open threads don’t leave me with that “what the heck happened here?” feeling. It’s more like the feeling you get at the end of a classic western where the hero rides off on his horse, rather than settling down with the girl; another story is possible, but you won’t die if that’s all there is to the yarn.
At $4.95, given it’s size and high entertainment value, it’s a steal. Most ebooks of this stripe sell in the $7 - $10 range (well, 6.99 – 10.99 on Amazon if you want to quibble). It carries an “R” rating because, true to those times, sex is handled in a rather straightforward manner. I’d have given it a PG-13 rating myself, but the publisher seems to err on the side of caution in these matters.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure stories with a lot of action and drama. Even if you’re not hooked on “historical adventures”.
on Aug. 20, 2013
The main character is embarrassingly human (embarrassing for him ‘cause he has a low self-image). He’s born with some innate abilities that he’s unaware of. It takes a semi-mad scientist (okay, not so mad) and a hot chick to enable his latent abilities and send him down the road to super-human status.
Still, he’s not Superman. He can be hurt by flying objects (like bullets and knives), but he can leap tall bushes in a single bound, is faster than a roadrunner, and stronger than Mr. Universe on his best day (minus the bulging bisepts). No, he can’t fly, but he can jump far as well has high.
Zac matures as he becomes more comfortable in his roll as super good-guy and learns to take the lead on teams, even where more experienced soldiers are in his team (do all super-heroes suddenly become experts on tactics?).
The story had a few slow moments, noticeable only because there are so many action scenes. This book is packed with action and the villain and his gang are formidable.
A page turner.
- Sky Eyes
on Aug. 22, 2013
A gripping, true account of a child growing up with abusive parents. When I was done reading, I wanted to strangle her parents.
Stacy, who represents the author’s main identity, develops several alternate personalities to handle various problems she faces. One can find food, another can deal with rape, and so on. In other words, she develops dissociative identity disorder (D.I.D.), an unusual form of multiple personality disorder. The difference is that her personalities are aware of, and can communicate with, each other.
Most autobiographies are boring to me. The average individual can’t write about themselves without being boring and a bit narcissistic. Erickson, however, not only pulls this off, she does it extremely well. Her story reads like a fine novel as her viewpoint wanders from one personality to another as circumstances require.
This is an easy and enjoyable (if you can restrain your rage) way to learn about D.I.D. If you, or someone you know, has D.I.D., it can offer hope for a cure to the problem. I certainly learned a lot while being entertained by what masks as a good “yarn”.