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The Lost Colony Hardcover – 1 October 2020
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'This is apocalyptic sci-fi at its best. Plot and character are masterfully woven together and the action – which is anything but frozen – sling-shots from stage to stage like an intergalactic spaceship' Daily Mail.
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- Publisher : Head of Zeus (1 October 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1800241518
- ISBN-13 : 978-1800241510
- Dimensions : 23.6 x 3.9 x 15.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 446,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Okay, with that out of the way let’s look at THIS novel. Boring? Hell yes. He should have left it as novella. The “twist” is as ludicrous as the Alpha predator having no herds of herbivores to eat. Huge herds of “rexes” but no huge herds of anything for them to eat? Really? And don’t get me started on the “scorpions”.
The ending is a fizzer, and worst of all the link to the epilogue isn’t available yet. You have to signup to his email for that. Not cool, not cool at all.
I mostly really enjoyed this book, it actually drew me in & I read it every chance I got....but the twist...WTF??? I certainly did not see it coming & initially I was just lost, wondering what the hell was happening, especially when James says I know these aren’t my memories. I initially thought maybe they were Arthur’s with a twist to make James understand them better.
Anyway, I certainly enjoyed this book more than book 2 which was just boring & at times utterly ridiculous, but book 1 was definitely the best of the trilogy. I do recommend the trilogy & you do have to read book 2 to understand book 3 (sorry).
As a Chrisitan, one interesting thing to note is that Riddle can do all this and comes so very close to a complete realisation for the universe without once mentioning God, The Bible or religion.
Which is both a testament to the type of writing he produces but also a little sad. There is so much of the author's own ideas, wants longings and desires wrapped up in this book that it can be a little dissapointing that the ultimate realisation is, Black holes/time travel and the rebirth of time adnorsium.
The Lost Colony was pitched as a novella and the story seemingly ends about 50% of the way through before launching into a well thought out Matrix style denouncement of everything that has been going on. Riddle doesn't stop writing though until the full details and all the loose ends are tied up which is really the reward for sticking through it.
Parts of the book are circular on purpose, there are reparative parts to this book and again, the first 50% feels like padding from the 2nd book as people literally run in circles and it can get a bit tedious.
Gerry ultimately pitches 2 AI as "the angel and the demon" sitting on the shoulders of the universe arguing over the creation of humans and their right to exist. He uses a well-known self help philosophy book as a his "Bible" and even comes around to the foundations of what is essentially establishing the first Church.
If you liked the ending of Lost, Battlestar and you liked the quantum physics in Interstellar there is a LOT to chew on here. Classic Riddle, always pondering if our world is even real or not, I read this in a weekend and would recommend it to everyone.
Well written. Although we know it is book 3 it does not feel like the story is too dependant on the previous books.
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I finished this train-wreck of a book, swearing that I would never read anything else by this author, who alongside the pretentious David Brin is now on my banned list. You have been warned.
The characters are flat, stereotyped (gruff Russian space engineer, American space nerd astronaut, etc) and never developed. Many feel as if they've been forgotten and suddenly re-appear in quiet sections for page filler.
Book 3 involves a planet (no spoilers here) where the ecology is flat out impossible - what do those things eat normally? How those eat 100x their own body weight and not get any bigger?
The whole thing reads like it was written by a man who's worked out that if can sell a few million copies for a £4 a touch on Amazon then he can probably retire.
Thank you A.G. Riddle for a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable read. I am very appreciative of the writing quality. The standards of English and grammar were very high. Especially enjoyable was the flow of the story, without the jarring and thoroughly annoying typos and lazy description I have seen all to often in Kindle books.
In summary - you would be remiss not to follow Mr Riddle. In the same you would be remiss if you don't read more of his work. I'm following my own best advice, and have downloaded the two book series The Extinction Files, starting right now with Pandemic.
As I progressed through the book I really lost any interest in the characters, they could of all been killed and I wouldn't of cared, there was just no connection with anyone of them.
The scifi element was comical, perhaps if you had never picked up a scifi book and are aged five then it may be believable otherwise...
On a positive the trilogy was rather inexpensive, that's about all the positive things I can say about the 'saga'.
The Earth as we know it is being destroyed and plans are made to inhabit another planet - obviously the current lifeforms weren't too keen about that and fought back, so the travellers had to find ways out to escape various threats and a planet wide killer virus which began to infect them all.
Their escape efforts were assisted by an AI and I must admit to getting a bit lost in black holes, the Grid, spheres and time management - but luckily neither James nor Oscar did.
I hope that you enjoy this book, good escapist stuff