New Arbor Day

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
Agee Skyler thought the biggest problem on his roadtrip were the words he hadn't said to Caitlin Moss, but four cars piled like crumpled pop cans against a rolled semi is just the edge of an attack even a Marine wasn't ready for.

Meanwhile, time's running out for Caitlin in a darkened city under siege, as refugees grow more desperate while the buildings fall. More

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Words: 104,170
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465751102
About J.S. Clark

I was born in Alaska, then before I can remember, we moved to Washington where I grew up. Or started to. Later, I served in the Marine Corps stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina where I met my wife. In a long and dramatic turn of events, we ended up in Southern Ohio where we currently reside, and operate a small healthier fare to-go eatery known as the Happy Turtle in West Union.

These days, I spend most of my days working--which I am blessed to labor with my wife, or I'd hardly get to see her! After that, I get a small smidgen of time that divides between writing and learning self-sufficiency.

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Review by: Joseph Clark on Sep. 21, 2012 :
Enjoyable read. Mr. Clark creates a decently effective thriller with this first effort. New Arbor Day unfolds quickly, immediately confronting former Marine, Aegeus "Agee" Skyler, with a bizarre vehicle pileup that soon reveals itself as only the first sign of a far greater catastrophe.

Mr. Clark does a good job of maintaining a sense of urgency throughout the book. The nature of the disaster is revealed gradually, creating a healthy suspense in the early part of the book. The author keeps Agee and the other survivors who become caught up in his journey ever on the move from threats, human and otherwise, and the stakes keep mounting right up until the end. The action rarely lulls except for the occasional passage, which usually serves to flesh out the backstory of a character.

Regarding the characters, Agee makes for a believable protagonist. Though his military training conditions him better than most for a crisis, he is never completely on top of the situations he finds himself in (at least for 90% of the book) and he's the more likeable for it. The fear, courage, anger, cynicism, and hope he displays in the situations he finds himself in all feel realistically presented. The struggle of doubt and faith he experiences throughout the book also feels authentic, not heavy-handed. Likewise, the rest of the main characters, Caitlin, Cheyenne, Wynter, all receive healthy development and feel like genuine people.

There were several issues that kept New Arbor Day from being above three stars, however. One of them is that the prose can be awkward at times and can make imagining the events harder than it should be. Another is that, although the main characters were well-developed, some of the minor characters bordered on caricature, especially those of the "evil thug" variety. As well, the development of some of the characters' "abilities" (I'm trying to avoid spoilers) seemed abrupt.

Aside from these faults, New Arbor Day is really an enjoyable, thrilling, and thoughtful book, which leaves itself wide open for a sequel. Hopefully we'll see one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Rebecca Louise on Sep. 15, 2012 :
As a sci-fi enthusiast I really enjoyed this book. The writing style of the author is very descriptive allowing me to get fully immersed into the story. It was a riveting read that kept me guessing until the very end. Over all a good book that I would defiantly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Theressa Mangus on Sep. 15, 2012 :
I really enjoyed reading New Arbor Day. The action kicked in very quickly and kept drawing me in to read more. Mr. Clarks writing style successfully made the impossible seem very plausible. Well done.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Bekah Downing on March 27, 2012 :
This was a very different book. Christian fiction can be tired and have very predictable plots. This book was a truly intriguing blend of sci-fi with a spiritual edge. Very enjoyable and I am looking forward to more by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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