A reasonably enjoyable and quick read, very reminiscent for older readers such as myself of the WWII adventures of Biggles. A few minor inaccuracies with the details of historical accuracy, but overall a fun read, especially for younger teens/older children which is the intended target audience I think. For them, maybe 3 1/2 out of 5.
I won't describe the plot - others have done so and it is in the book description - but like Biggles does stretch the credibility at times, but just go with the flow and you'll enjoy the romp.
Put together an incredibly inept and stupid hero, a brilliant and beautiful female supervillain, a neanderthal-like thug of a policeman in love with his wife Courtney, who is a shotgun, a villain dressed in a blue bunny suit and mix them together with an entire city turned into zombies with only an "intelligent" zombie and ever more expendable henchmen as allies and you get an incredibly silly but fun story. It is a bit violent at times, but it's cartoon violence, in the main tongue in cheek and very humourous.
There are also little jokes and references to other books and movies, which I think many readers might miss, but which I loved. For example when our heroes are confronted by pink dinosaurs, Captain Rescue says as an aside that he should have brought a glass of water as an early warning system, which must I think be a reference to the famous scene in "Jurassic Park".
It does slow down a little in the second half when the story becomes even sillier, with bigfoot, genies, evil dolphins, etc., but these are all presumably leading up to Book 2 in the series.
Overall, just go with the fast paced flow of the story and enjoy the thrills of the rollercoaster.
Written for teens, this book also has a lot to offer oldies like me too, especially if you think you'd like the humour of Compton MacKenzie's Highland novels told in a slapstick manner.
The plot itself is nothing new: heir moves back to ancestral home, finds something amiss - in this case it's falling down and ready to be demolished - but is determined to make it work, but can only overcome the machinations of the local "baddie" if he/she can get family and/or locals to back him/her.
The author here has made it fresh by injecting a lot of humour, much of it slapstick, into all the characters and their interactions. A good read, enhanced by the fact that at only 27,000 words it doesn't overstay its welcome.
Recommended, particularly for younger readers.
If you like conspiracy theories and short fast-moving stories with plenty of action, then this is the book for you.
Having said that, the plot is a little unbelievable - think Dan Brown on a budget - and I would have preferred a lot more detail about the history of the Ameristocracy itself and what it was doing before and since the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy to give them more weight in the story than just as a bunch of faceless "baddies". For example, what exactly is the "Renewed Society" program which is the catalyst for a full-blown assault on the Presidency?
Still, Paul Moxham writes his action scenes well. They are very visual and his style is very reminiscent of Matthew Reilly.
Ameristocracy is an enjoyable, quick read and if you were a younger (teen) reader I'd probably give it a rating of 3 1/2 rather than 3.
I obtained this book through LibraryThing's Member Giveaway in May but for various reasons only got around to reading it this week. Apologies, as I had intended to read and review it as soon as possible.
The initial couple of pages, describing the alien fleet approaching Earth, reminded me of "Doc" Smith's Lensmen series, but after that it settles down a bit to become an easily read and interesting "alien attack" genre book. I suspect it was written for older teens rather than adults, but either can read it and enjoy it. In a way it's a pity the style of the first two or so pages wasn't continued, but it does become more fun.
My one concern is how jarring it was - initially at least - to have a section concentrating on one of the major characters set in the present, and then a section immediately after it providing some of this character's backstory. I say "initially" because after the first couple of chapters not only was I used to it but I was looking forward to learning of each of the character's history as I grew more "attached" to them.
There is a twist at the end about the alien invaders, leading obviously towards a sequel, but it was easily guessed very early on in the novel.
I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys less-serious science fiction genre stories.
I received this eBook as a member giveaway through LibraryThing.
I had asked for this book as a giveaway on the strength of the title, as my partner has a fixation on Russia, speaks the language and twice had long trips there when younger, and I was hoping for a book which gave one a feel for the country.
I didn't, though, get any sense of the country, as it could be set almost anywhere. All you'd have to do is substitute any other country's local criminal gangs, police/army and characters' names for the ones here and it would read just as well with nothing added or lost.
Having said that it is a reasonably well plotted little romantic thriller, sort of what I'd imagine an up-market Mills and Boon to be like (not that I've ever actually read one). The characters are likeable, although the two main ones, especially Chelsea are far too talented to be entirely realistic and the plot device to make Chelsea want to escape London, broke after being defrauded of her fortune and framed for defrauding others at the same time so on the run from both the police and gangsters, doesn't ring entirely true for someone described as being so intelligent and independent.
But I suppose that's what most readers of this type of fiction are looking for, escapism rather than realism. There is also a totally unsurprising twist at the end, which I guessed less than a third of the way through the book.
Overall a pleasant enough way to waste some time, and if you like this sort of fiction add another half star or so to my review.