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The Darwin Elevator (Dire Earth Cycle) by [Hough, Jason M.]
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After aliens constructed an elevator from Darwin, Australia into space, humanity established orbital colonies along the elevator's cord. Years later, those outside of the machine's protective aura were wiped out by a mysterious plague. When the elevator's virus shield begins to break down, a scavenger and a scientist must unravel the mystery of the failing alien technology to save what's left of the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1782 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345537122
  • Publisher: Titan Books (19 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MLDKLDU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,933 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I came across this book after cyber stalking another favourite author's blog and this was a recommendation from him. I would not normally read this type of book, I am more an urban fantasy fan when it comes to fiction, but being a recommendation from Kevin Hearne I thought to give this a go. The story is grounded enough in real world that it is sort of an urban sci-fi (if that is a thing?).

This felt like a big book to me. Whether it was because I took some time adjusting to the genre, or because the author takes his time fleshing out his characters and the world, it may have felt like a big read but it was certainly not a tedious one.

Jason M. Hough is a genius in building his character arcs and pulling you in, you will either love or hate each of the characters, and some of them you will dislike to start and grow to love toward the end of the book.

All in all, this is a fantastic read filled with fantastical characters, from psychopaths to eccentric friends and mysterious aliens to scary zombie like creatures, this is a world I was desperate to keep reading and I can't wait to read the next chapter.

As an added bonus, these books were all released in quick succession so I am now off to buy the next one, and then probably the next.
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By Peter Eerden TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 March 2016
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The Darwin elevator is the first in a series, I have wanted to read for a long time. The trouble with reviewing books is that it gets in the way of reading the books you want rather than the books the publishers send.

Jason has a strong grasp of narrative prose and keeps the tension just so. I was a little disappointed in some of the character renderings that were a little shallow. My hope is that in the next in the series these will be fleshed out a little more so as to add additional depth to the storyline. All in all though I am glad I took a break from my list but will endeavour to get back to it as soon as I have finished books two and three in this series. A good read that promises more. I will keep you posted.
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By A Customer on 8 September 2016
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This is a genuinely well written book. A great play on the space elevator and being based in Australia it captures a sense of originality. If you are a sci fi fan, you will love it.
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great i am on 2nd book of the series even better so far
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 272 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars and this brought me back to being able to enjoy them (especially since they're not overdone 24 October 2015
By Jay - Published on Amazon.com
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Hough keeps you in constant suspense - the sheer volume of questions I wanted answered as I read this was a tick above pleasurable, and he answers them at the right times. The pace is quick, the characters lovable, and the scene set is fascinating. I was over zombies, and this brought me back to being able to enjoy them (especially since they're not overdone, but are a well-used plot device).

I don't need to say more than buy this book. The impetus to read it will overcome you within the first few pages.
4.0 out of 5 stars Politics, Zombie-Slaying, and an Outside Context Problem 15 September 2013
By Michael Burnam-fink - Published on Amazon.com
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First and foremost, The Darwin Elevator is classic-style action packed post-apocalyptic scifi, with teams of mercenary scavengers shooting it out with subhuman zombies, and various megalomaniac bad guys waging war for control of the last resources.

What puts The Darwin Elevator above the crowd is hints of Big Ideas, in the mysterious plan of The Builders, enigmatic aliens responsible for constructing a space elevator in Darwin, Australia and then releasing the SUBS plague which utterly destroyed human civilization five years prior to the events of the book. Definitely a great and mysterious Outside Context Problem.

This wasn't the best novel I've ever read, but it was good fun, and solid enough to make me want to check out the sequel.
4.0 out of 5 stars Action movie meets sci-fi 17 October 2015
By SudzReader - Published on Amazon.com
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The Darwin Elevator combines some very interesting genres into an exciting read. Firmly based as a sci-fi story, the author adds a heavy dose of action/thriller along with a zombie-like component. The action can sometimes drag on longer than needed to propel the story but otherwise the built up intrigue will keep you turning pages and immediately jumping into book two.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 28 October 2015
By Hannah - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a friend who says that it's slow (she hasn't read the whole book) it is not slow. The only thing I thought was cheese it that the main guys name is Skyler Luiken (Luke Skywalker). In the back it says the the writer has loved Star Wars since he was a kid, I have too but I haven't named my character something like that. Just saying. But it is a good story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 13 May 2017
By JR - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the action one of the best
A real page Turner
Good the very best he has come up with