Monday, September 6, 2010

Book Review: "Target Earth" by Gary W. Babb

Target Earth
Author: Gary W. Babb
Publisher: Wandering Sage Publications
ISBN: 9781933300726
Genre: fiction, science fiction, fantasy

Synopsis (from author's website)
Target Earth is the continuing saga and greatly anticipated sequel of the award winning book, Earth is Ours, “Best” Fantasy/SciFi 2005 from the prestigious San Diego Book Awards Association. The beloved characters developed in the original story evolve and begin an exciting new adventure as they defy monstrous, invading aliens dedicated to the total destruction of the Human Race.

Amy is a self-aware female computer whose only connection to the outside world is through a telepathic link. Levi was a dying elderly Indian man who is rejuvenated through this telepathic connection with Amy. It is a story of this forced symbiotic relationship dictated by mutual needs for their survival in a world stripped of technology.

Although they have separate and individual minds, they must co-exist in Levi’s augmented body, sharing differing emotions and motivations, while simultaneously battling the enemy. Female brains and male brawn must unite as one in love and power to create a new entity to lead the fight against the aliens.

They are aided in this war by human armies and rescued alien slaves, but they are still vastly outnumbered in this conflict. These affable aliens will touch your heart with their loyalty and action, while the enemy will rouse your rage and fear. This is truly a Good versus Evil tale, but does good always win?

The male versus female conflict of minds, emotions and motivations remain a large portion of the story as it unfolds from both viewpoints. The struggle continues against formidable invaders led by an awe inspiring supreme leader. In this fast paced and compelling adventure, battles wage across the California and Arizona deserts. These unique characters, and the riveting story, are strong and their saga continues into the third book of this series Earth’s Warriors.

My Thoughts:

Mr. Babb has done it again! "Target Earth" is the second book of the Earth Series Trilogy with "Earth is Ours" being the first. (See my review here) Mr. Babb has written this book, so that one can pick it up and start reading mid-series without feeling like they've missed something. He starts the book out with a detailed summary of "Earth is Ours", refreshing the mind of the continuing reader, and nicely catching the new reader up. Although one can come into this series midway, I'd suggest that you start at the beginning. The first book really explains Amy and Levi's relationship as well as the other characters such as Moon and Jimmy. (I am coming from the standpoint of really enjoying the first book)

"Target Earth" nicely continues where "Earth is Ours" leaves off. It is a fast paced adventure where danger and the threat of Simians spills from the pages of the book. It is full of war and action keeping this a great book for guys, with enough romance to keep the female reader interested. I did feel that this book leaned a little more to the male audience than the last, but still no complaints here!!

I would have liked more of Moon's point of view because I loved him in the last book. Mr. Babb picks up the my need by introducing another character - one who I will not mention his name, because I think that would be a spoiler. Let me say one thing... this character will grab you and shake you up!

Don't miss the second book of the Earth Series Trilogy. (Actually - don't miss any of this trilogy!) Mr. Babb can really tell a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Recommended for older teens through adult. Contains adult material.

This book was sent to me to be reviewed by the author Gary W. Babb. Thank you, Gary, for allowing me the pleasure of reading and reviewing your work.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like my type of novel. Will have to read that first chapter when I get a few spare minutes. Enjoyed the review.



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