My #bookreview of IRON MIKE by Patricia Rose

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.    



About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: Google Plus: Amazon Author Page:
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