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Critical Dawn (The Critical Series Book 1) by [Wearmouth and Barnes, Wearmouth, Darren, Barnes, Colin F.]
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Some mysteries should stay buried.
A centuries old plan unfolds.

Archaeologists Pippa Quinn and Charlie Jackson find advanced technology in undisturbed 16th Century graves. A portent, the discovery precedes thousands of giant sinkholes opening up across the globe as extreme weather threatens the population. Charlie suspects the two are related.

Pippa, Charlie, and the rest of humanity will have to fight for survival, sacrificing the life they’ve known to protect Earth from an ancient and previously dormant enemy. Even that might not be enough as this new enemy exacts a plan that will change the course of humankind forever.

Critical Dawn is an apocalyptic ride to the very edge of human existence. Factions will battle for control of the Earth—if they can avoid the threat of extinction.

"Five stars! Epic sci-fi thriller with twists, scares, and non-stop action that'll have you up 'til dawn!" -- David W. Wright co-author of the Yesterday's Gone and WhiteSpace series.

"Critical Dawn will consume you and not let you go until the very end. This is War of the Worlds if the aliens did not get sick and die, and it's not just the aliens you have to worry about. Immensely Enjoyable." -- M L Banner, author of Stone Age.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1537 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vast Frontiers (27 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KMCHPP4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This was an action novel which kept me continuously interested. There was never a dull moment. I read for entertainment and this certainly satisfied me. I enjoy science fiction, especially new concepts and themes. The SF aspects were ok; the fast-moving story made up for what I felt was a little lacking here. More could have been done exploring and developing personalities, alien as well as human.
I was left thinking about issues I felt could have been dealt with better.
1. I guess Augustus told the post ice-age humans the aliens were called Croatoans since he spoke their language, but how did the Roanoke people know their name?
2. Why were the Roanoke Islanders implanted with beads? There were only a few of them and the Croatoans there went underground because the Earth was not at a suitable stage for reforming then.
3. How did this situation change in such a short time – a few hundred years? The geology of the Earth does not change that fast.
4. When the aliens bored the thirty foot wide, deep hole in Roanoke Is, where did the huge amount of soil go? There was no mention of huge piles of earth in the area.
5. Was it just coincidence that the emergence of the Croatoans at Roanoke coincided with Charlie and Pipa’s dig?
6. Since human gestation takes nine months, only a single offspring is produced and reproduction occurs only after they are more than say 13 years old, using them as a food source seems inefficient if not implausible. What percentage of the food supply did they represent? Would this generation rate help much in feeding the humans with enough left over to feed a large number of aliens? Were the aliens carnivores?
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Critical Dawn is one of the few books of late within this sub genre that has really got it. This is old school science fiction with a current day twist and it honestly is very good. The authors have really grasped what this genre has always been about and told a story that I think will be loved for years to come. It's fast paced. It's got twists and turns and it's a satisfying story with a conclusion (with the chance for a sequel I hope)

I'm not going to give away the plot because there are some really big twists throughout the book. I liked most of the characters but especially Charlie and Gregor. I think there is a good contrast between those two as the book progresses.

If you like good science fiction. If you like fast paced action and character's that feel real, then this is the book for you.

I highly recommend it.
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I was very confused when I started reading this. From the information on the book, I was expecting a story about Pippa and Charlie investigating strange happening around the world, that possibly lead to Alien Invasion (given the title of the book etc) However, the story started very strangely. It started with a chapter on Charlie, and a chapter on a group in, what we think, is a future ship. This was confusing to begin with, and I was wondering if the book (I was reading the e-book) had been downloaded incorrectly. But I stuck with it, and it eventually came together, sort of?
There were other strange things, Pippa was barely in the book, there was basically no archaeology at all (kind of alluded to in the summary. The summary gave a very different impression to what was going to occur.
However, having said that – it is worth sticking with the book. This is a cross between Independence Day, Falling Skies and a bit of the Spielberg ‘War of the Worlds’, were the aliens were buried below the Earth.
The dialogue is a bit weak at times, thus the reference to Independence Day. There is the over the top reference to the US saving the World or being the only main country in the World (Something like ‘Charlie Jackson, the last true American and Saviour of the World’ was one of the lines – hard to swallow at times).
The story had some other issues, the concept about where the aliens originally came from is a bit far-fetched, and some of the other dialogue and plot points in the book are a bit weak in points as well.
It did make me wonder at times whether it was worth continuing with the story, but I stuck with it.
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Most intense reading here . Highly addictive and hard to put down even when you know you should be sleeping.
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I think this book is mostly for teens. It has a low reading age, puerile plot development, stereotypical one-dimensional characters and a lot of square-jawed stomping about. If you like mindless action it might satisfy.
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