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The Lost Ones: Nothing Is How It Seems Paperback – 1 Mar 2019

4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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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. 

--Amanda Rofe.

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.

--Keyla Damaer.

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. 

--Lesley Jones.

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