Title: Code Name Atlas
Author: Tony Evans
Review: I had a hard time getting into this book because recently I have been reading and reviewing lots of books with a post apocalyptic world. I'm not sure if this is how people are feeling toward life or just a popular concept.
What I liked about the book is that the hero is just that a hero. He gives up everything for the greater good even though he is losing the one thing he loves and not matter how hard he fights with himself he can't help but help others in need. He runs towards the battlefield, not away in hopes of creating a better future.
The author created a character that everyone wishes or hopes to be when the world comes to an end. Atlas is the All American Hero only because no one else was willing to take charge without expecting something in return(the main problem with the entitled world we live in.) The author created very memorable characters but at the same time didn't flush out others. I enjoyed that the story was very grounded and the science fiction was there but it was very believable at the same time. The battle scenes didn't have as much gore as they could have had and I appreciate the author left something to the imagination. Some of the battle scenes and description of places reminded me of Gears of War the video game, but replace the bug with humans.
What I didn't like about the book is the direction he would take some of the lesser characters. When someone died there was no grief even though he was supposed to be close to that person. Also the author would mention characters but never really flush them out as if he was waiting to do that in his next book. One thing I dislike is being left hanging at the end of a book wondering why that person was even in the book or what purpose they severed. I love a cliff hanger as much as the next reader but not one that left me with more question than answer.
Several times though the book there were grammar errors that even for me was hard to look over. Also the synopsis on the back of the book doesn't really give you the correct idea of the book. Also you don’t know who knows what because in the end no one really knows what happened.
I would recommend this book to anyone into the video game Gear of War or even H.G. War of the World.
Thank you to our Guest Reviewer Heidi...thanks for your review.
Publisher: Published June 29th 2010 by Xlibris, Corp.
Quick Review: 3 Stars out of 5.
Why I Read it: The author sent the synopsis of this book and I decided to read and review it.
Where I Obtained the Book: Sent by the author.
Synopsis: A war hero attempting to live a normal life and leave the past behind him finds himself thrust into the middle of another war.
He must lead a group of enemy soldiers against their leader in an attempt to salvage the world they once knew. In the midst of global destruction by an unknown force he must save his wife and unborn child by taking on the responsibilities of the life he left behind.
He finds himself caught in the middle of raising an army, fighting a war, providing for a growing population and the needs of his wife who has already lost her child and is slowly realizing that she is losing her husband.
He eventually understands that his war is only a tiny piece of a much larger war that has been raging for hundreds of years and the life that he once knew will never exist again.
Fighting against a man named Gausett, a self proclaimed prophet and one of the few people left on Earth who know why the world was destroyed. Gausett will do anything to control the population and territory around him. He breeds corruption and confusion around him so that no one will have the power and cohesion to fight against him.
Author Biography: Tony Evans currently resides in Upland, CA with his wife and daughter. He was in the army for three years and did a tour in Iraq in support of Operatino Iraqi Freedom. He enjoys science fiction books from writers such as Isaac Asimov, David Weber, Orson Scott Card, and Joe Haldeman.