My #bookreview of IRON MIKE
by Patricia Rose
When the black ships drop from the clouds, billions die. The weapons are silent, the effects, lethal. Nations fall. Humanity crumbles. Their mission is simple: seed the earth. Feed their creatures. Harvest the crops.
The war is over before it begins. Or is it?
From the ashes of our memory, heroes are forged. In the shell of a surviving outpost, one boy is asked to do the impossible. Rising to the challenge, Mike Sanderlin becomes a man, then a soldier, and finally, a hero. He’s more than a symbol and less than perfect, but to save his younger sister and fight for Earth, he’ll become Iron Mike.
With an alien ally, Iron Mike will hurl himself into the teeth of a war that can only have one winner.
Built to fight. Born to win.
Iron Mike is ready. Are you?
I’ve heard raves about this book from some of my fellow authors. I was told it was the best book they’d read all year, so I couldn’t wait to buy my copy. And I was not disappointed. Part of what grabbed my attention was that some of the POV chapters are by a dog named Hersey. If you’ve read the Christmas Anthology, Mistletoe Magic, then you already know about Hersey. He’s the main character in Heresy’s Christmas.
BTW, this book is permafree.
This is Patricia’s first novel, and believe me, it’s not written like a first time author. I was very impressed by how complex the plot and characters were. You can feel Mike’s anguish when he has to make decisions that will impact the children he promised to protect and deliver to the New Fort Knox. And I can’t say enough about how much I loved Heresy’s side of the story. It’s like Patricia got right inside of a dog’s head. As for the aliens, they are truly unique and creepy. I do not want to ever run cross a Feeder. YIKES! Of course, by the time you realize you’ve found one, it’s too late and now you have a long, painful death awaiting you. What an imagination.
I must admit, the ending left me a little off balance. It’s not what I was expecting. I know there’s a sequel, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Earth and Iron Mike. If you love dystopian / post-apocalyptic stories, then you need to pick this one up. I give it 5 feathers.