Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Orphans by Mike Evans

Source: Amazon

Bio chemist, Frank Fox, has been single since losing his first wife to cancer eight years ago.  There is a constant struggle between himself and his son Shaun, who blames him for not being home when his mother passed.  She passed while he was working on the cure to help soldiers.  He went home a broken man to care for a young child.  He misses what happens with the cure developed in the army. 

Now, eight years later, Frank finds new love but receives news that she is losing a battle to cancer. Frank takes the cure from the army not knowing what happened eight years ago with it. His cure is anything but that; it is hell unleashed.  The Orphans is an intense ride, suspenseful and emotionally charged!

Publisher: Self Published, June 2014
Print Length: 363 pages

I gave The Orphans 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon 
Purchased from Amazon in Kindle format

I have expressed this in past reviews, but I'm going to say it again-- the most important part of any story, to me, is character development. That means I get to know the characters well enough to form an emotional connection to them. Sometimes the connection is negative, sometimes it is positive.

The Orphans is a book that satisfies my desire to grow attached to the characters perfectly. The story starts out with a very brief introduction of two of the main characters in the midst of firing at a large group of zombies.  Then, Mike Evans does something somewhat unique; he spends the rest of the book telling the story of the main characters and the events leading up to the apocalypse. By the time I finished The Orphans, I knew the complete story behind the spread of the zombie outbreak, I got to know the characters thoroughly, and I grew to care about them. 

In addition to Evan's impressive ability to build up his characters, he's also a talented writer. He has a natural gift for the craft, with a style that is straight-forward.  He doesn't add unnecessary descriptions or dialogue. He seems to know his audience and delivers a story that flows with consistency, making it a fast-paced and enjoyable read.

The author is currently working on the second book in this series.  I will definitely be picking it up as soon as it is published. 

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About the Author

As a fan of suspense and all things that go bump in the night, Mike Evans believes readers should be pulled in, made to feel for the characters, and always be left wanting more. He hopes that, by reading his work, you will laugh, cry, and be terrified ... love, hate and worry for the characters and their predicaments, but, most of all, he hopes you've enjoyed what he's written and had the opportunity to laugh out loud, especially in a public place, where other fans of science fiction will want to see what you're reading.

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