- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Leif Karl Schlemmer (1 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098761987X
- ISBN-13: 978-0987619877
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
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The Lost Ones: Nothing Is How It Seems Paperback – 1 Mar 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this excellent adventure novel. Author Carl Lakeland combines believable heroics with supernatural flair and a stylish dystopian world worthy of any Mad Max or Hunger Games fan’s attention. The style is very much for adult readers, though not extreme in its graphics, and the world in which Richard and his family try to survive is realistically grim. The full gamut of human emotion runs through the novel with well-paced peaks and troughs that lull readers one moment, then shock them again the next.
Lakeland depicts a stark and desperate view of post-apocalyptic Earth in this intriguing thriller. Danger is a constant in The Lost Ones, whether it comes from the threatening blackout of a polar winter or the cannibal group known as Takers. The narrative occasionally shifts between current events and the entries from the dead man’s journal. While this alternating narrative does slow the pacing somewhat, it adds to the story development and intrigue as the journal provides tantalizing hints of the dystopian Australian society . . .
--Caitlin Lyle Farley.
This book presents a strange dystopian world where things are not quite what they seem. The Lost Ones is a dark adventure, reminiscent of a Mad Max film, but with deep spiritual overtones. The violence in this new world order contrasts starkly with a rather complex ethereal story line which builds as the novel unfolds. Carl Lakeland writes an imaginative and futuristic thriller. I found the novel engaging and compelling. I liked the fact that there was hope for this rather corrupt and violent world our protagonist found himself living in.
The Lost Ones is the perfect book for adventure and supernatural fans. Despite the innumerable battles taking place throughout the novel, the sensation that something spiritual is weaving the story line - as one would expect from a plot-driven story - is always present, together with the sense of loss for a past that will never come back and for a future that may bring something worse. The divine intervention is at every turn of the tide, but that does not always mean a successful battle against the odds.
The author has a masterful skill in creating a story with intrigue and suspense from the first chapter. His characters jump out of the pages and their personality flaws make them even more realistic. The relationship between Ditch and his brother, and also the wonderful character of Captain Henry Bass was so endearing. The conflicts in the plot really keep you wondering what catastrophes await Ditch; the tension and excitement are endless, making this a novel hard to put down. The subplot involving Michael was equally as strong and captivating.
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The main character is something of a hero in the book and the main story revolves around the fact that, because the nuclear reactor on the ship is finally giving out, they need to find somewhere else to live--not exactly an easy prospect since the ship has been grounded in Antarctica for some time. Also, since the ship survivors have been separated from the rest of the world for so long, there's a lot of suspense over what they will find when they finally make it back to "civilization"--or even if there will be any civilization left to find.
The writing is good, the descriptions very good (if somewhat depressing) and it is certainly dystopian. The language gets a little coarse, and Australian in nature (nothing wrong with that) and the characters are well drawn. It is not a long book, but it has substance, and holds attention. The major criticism I have goes back to that "except . . .". The story really needed a structural edit. Going back to the " something quite extraordinary" there were the odd clue as it went on, but then that stream was simply discarded, as if the author had forgotten at the end what he introduced. There were a couple of other thoughts that also went nowhere, and there were some other "self-consistency"" issues for me. A ship comes up to a place on the coast, and get shelled by howitzer. How did it know where the ship would try to land stuff? The western coast of Australia is not exactly small, and since hardly anyone has any fuel left, how did they transport this howitzer? I am wondering if the author knows how awkward a howitzer is to move without proper vehicles. Then there is ammunition. Lugging around 200 year old shells would be at least interesting. Don't look too closely for plausibility, though, and this is an interesting read.
This is the third book in a series, I did not read the first two, but it did not detract from the story in this book. The author gave enough background on what happened to the world that I had no problems following the stories. Richard is a brave albeit a bit naive main character, he blindly accepts the stories that he was told/has read, but he was not a bad person. The characters and the world were well thought out and it showed in the writing. A grand adventure of survival and hope.