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The Eden Plague (Plague Wars Series Book 0) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

David VanDyke

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A Kindle Book Review 2013 Best Indie Award Winner semi-finalist.

When veteran combat lifesaver Daniel Markis finds a mystery woman with armed invaders in his home and it all goes sideways, he turns to his brothers in arms to fight back. On the run from the shadowy Company, soon he finds himself in a war for possession of a genetic engineering puzzle that threatens the stability of the world. But who is behind it all - and are they even human?

The Eden Plague is a free futuristic thriller that will grip the imagination of readers who relish high-energy adventure.

The Plague Wars apocalyptic thriller series begins in the world of today with a man and a woman twined together by circumstances, destined to change the world. It leads readers into an ever-darkening future of upheaval, struggle and war marked by the depths of evil and the heights of selfless sacrifice. Plagues, new technologies and extraterrestrial meddling provide the backdrop for heroes and villains to struggle for control of the destiny of humanity.

The Plague Wars series is suitable for adults and older teens, and generally corresponds to a PG-13 movie rating due to language, violence, and mature themes.

Plague Wars Series:
- The Eden Plague
- Reaper's Run
- Skull's Shadows
- Eden's Exodus (February 2015)
- The Demon Plagues
- The Reaper Plague
- The Orion Plague
- Cyborg Strike
- Comes the Destroyer

Stellar Conquest Series, a direct follow-on:
- First Conquest
- Desolator: Conquest
- Tactics of Conquest
- Conquest of Earth
- Conquest and Empire (February 2015)

Biographie de l'auteur

David VanDyke is a former US Army Airborne enlisted soldier and, later in life, a US Air Force officer. He served in and out of combat zones all over the world in the 1980s through the 2000s. He lives on the East Coast with his wife and three dogs.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2240 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 304 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 162626001X
  • Utilisation simultanée de l'appareil : Illimité
  • Editeur : Reaper Press; Édition : 6 (31 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I am almost done with the 3rd book- my opinion so far 7 juin 2013
Par Crab McNasty - Publié sur
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There are things I love and things I hate about this series but I guess the good outweighs the bad because I just bought book 4. Many former soldiers have the knowledge to write an interesting military story but their prose tends to be awkward and organized poorly. Mr. Vandyke is an exception to this rule. In fact, I believe he could make excellent use of his talents by ghost writing soldier's memoirs! His characters are interesting and I like a lot of the concepts he introduces. In my opinion, this author's strengths are in his ability to tell the details of the story. Unfortunately, this series has some pretty awful continuity problems on the grand scale and it is riddled with religious nonsense.

Book 1 is about a small group of former spec ops soldiers who put their training to good use and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Book 2 really shifts gears to get more into the global politics in a rapidly changing world. I didn't mind the change in tone but I resented the stunning amount of deus ex machina he uses to get there. Here are some examples (minor spoilers!) of silly things that spring to mind: Plague carriers require massive amounts of food until lots of people are infected ("ummm, we fixed that"), the main character basically becomes the most powerful leader in the world, the former explosives expert is suddenly a nanotech expert, people continue to be religious after it is revealed that an alien created the god myth to influence humanity (well, middle eastern humans anyway). These and many other problems interfere with my enjoyment but the skillful prose with an authentic military perspective has kept me reading these books.
18 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 good start for an ebook author 1 octobre 2013
Par burn face - Publié sur
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first and foremost I'm old. I remember the pulp books...these ebooks are the same. sometimes they allow an author room to grow and mature before hitting the main stream (kinda like the minors). That being said the review

the premise of the book is good; a unique twist on the good zombie (for lack of a better term)/military genre. But, the principle people in the story are still flat. Mr. Vandyke needs an editor (like the majority of the ebook authors) to help punch the book up in certain places, tone down excessiveness, and point out basic writing style flaws.
Example: the first scene is great, a new approach to the "suit" recruits ex military. then everything becomes too easy, of course he falls for the girl, of course he builds a crack-shot dirty dozen in a couple of weeks, etc.
To put it another way the author falls into the classic "show me don't tell me" beginning author trap. Mr. Vandyke shows promise but he needs to work on showing grit, details beyond weapons, and better character conflicts (internal or external)
23 internautes sur 30 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fast pacing and interesting theory 3 septembre 2012
Par Sharon - Publié sur
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I expected this action/adventure to be military/black ops action, which it presents very believably. I also anticipated a bit of an 'apocalypse' twist, which it is, in a way, though in more end of the world as we know it rather than end of the world.

Well developed characters, a new scientific discovery vaguely along the lines of Jurassic Park and others of that type, with nanobot technology, carried along by excellent presentation of the usual black ops/military type action. Good character development which included the changes in mindsets triggered by exposure to the Plague.

A definite twist at the end which leaves me wondering just where the author tends to go with the plotline, which could develop in an interesting way.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A human....paradise? 24 mai 2013
Par D. Roberts - Publié sur
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In The Divine Comedy, Part 2: Purgatory (Penguin Classics) (v. 2), Virgil leads Dante the Pilgrim back to the earthly paradise, set atop Mount Purgatory. It represents the utopia where Adam & Eve lived before the fall of man. It is a place where entropy has no deleterious effects on the frail human body, and where the knowledge of evil is foreign to the mind. This is as far as logic (as embodied by Virgil) can take the Pilgrim; the Roman poet can go no further.

The Eden Plague: Book 1 (Plague Wars) is something like a science fiction allegory of this journey "back" to paradise. Instead of working within the confines of a religious paradigm, the story is set within the paradigm of science.

A virus of unknown origin is smuggled out of a biological weapons complex in the former Soviet Union. It can cure cancer and heal the body of all kinds of wounds. The Pentagon loves it as they're hoping to use it to make "super soldiers" with it; soldiers who can remain in a combat zone indefinitely as the fighting men / women will be able to rejuvenate from major wounds within hours and go right back to taking the fight to the enemy. The virus does not make a person invulnerable as a bullet to the brain or a puncture to a vital organ still equals death. However, it is the next best thing to producing an army of Achilles type warriors.

Of course, there is one major drawback. A side effect of the virus is its so-called "virtue effect." People who are infected become less enthusiastic about killing people & running the machinery of war. Hence, the virus makes them docile, kind of like Adam & Eve < Eve bit the apple. In short, the phage takes people to a more "pure" state.

This is the central plotline of this book. The main character in the book, Daniel, was a member of one of the most elite but least heralded Special Forces groups: the Air Force Parajumpers. The Parajumpers are, for the most part, ignored by Hollywood due to that fact that they're not as "sexy" as Green Berets, Rangers or SEALs. Unlike these other operation groups, Parajumpers are not used for offensive missions. Rather, they're there to rescue downed pilots and medivac wounded soldiers.

Together with other former members of the Special Forces community, Daniel wants to use the virus to re-shape world order. His intentions are noble, but when the law-of-unintended-consequences come into play, it becomes ambiguous as to whether he is doing more harm than good.

Like other readers, I found the epilogue to be a big deus ex machina. I would have preferred for the book to end in the final chapter < the epilogue. That said, it's still a compelling read for people who like books about biological warfare and / or black ops adventures.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Really? 22 février 2014
Par Villmann - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
It was fairly entertaining until about halfway through the book the line comparing Mao, Hitler, Stalin...with Mccarthy and Cheney. The book had subtle undertones that way until then.

I mean seriously, comparing mass murderers with getting felt up at the airport.

The author needs to get her emotions in control and write to entertain and not educate to her point of view.
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