Tuesday, January 27, 2015

REVIEW: Camouflaged Encounters

Title: Camouflaged Encounters
Author:  David J. Englund
Series: The Camouflaged #1
Pages: 257
Date Published: October 23, 2014
Publisher: N/A
Format: Kindle
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

Forget what you think you know. How well do you really know your neighbors or fellow workers? Do you trust your boss? What about politicians? The fabric of our society is under attack. Our way of life, our livelihood, our very existence is under full assault. No one even realizes that it’s happening. Disguised as horrible natural disasters on the news, the world is caught unsuspecting as events draw us ever nearer to extinction. As “natural disasters” escalate and tensions between nations mount, one man hears a whisper. It has begun . . .

~My Thoughts!~

Clark is just your average guy. He meets Maria and her son at a Ballgame and while he has a creeping suspicion that something is up, he continues to help them out and go about his day. Too bad that day includes earthquakes, crazy storms, and other natural disasters. Yet, something doesn't seem all that natural about these events. Soon, the world will be on it's knees, as it gives in to the aliens who are intent on taking over the earth! 

I really liked Englund's writing style. It was flowing, moving, and just quirky enough to make it seem utterly original. Englund seems to be the kind of author that you could recognize their style just by picking up one of their books. Although at times, the style seemed to jump around and I didn't understand it at first, I grew to enjoy it and appreciate it for it's uniqueness. I almost felt a little bit of slap-stick nature from the text. Kind of like Mars Attacks in nature. 

The format on the other hand was another matter. It was interesting both conceptually and in action how the format switched perspectives by switching from first person to third and back again. Englund chose to distinguish these switches by usage of italics, which I thought was smart of him. These transitions could have easily been very confusing to the reader, and because of the formatting choices, they were more easily understood and, in my opinion, were very affective. 

The plotting was quick, very quick. I almost felt like the story was a full-on sprint the entire time I read. This can be good or bad depending on how you look at it, but I enjoyed the ride and that it was a quick read for me. 
Try an Excerpt!~
He motioned his hand in a sideways circle. “What is it? What’s the master plan?”

She whispered, “Death. A lot of death. We’ve passed a world population of seven billion and they figure they could only feasibly control a race of two billion. Clark, they aim to kill five billion people. Five billion!”

“Oh my . . . five . . .” Clark staggered backward a few steps and sat down on the beach. “How . . . how do they plan to do it? How could such a thing even be done without a massive weapon? How could they manipulate us into killing five billion of our own . . . ?”

She sat down next to him and leaned her head on his shoulder. “It’s the food, the food. The MRE packets that are being shipped around the world. They’ve placed alien microbes into each one. After roughly eighteen hours in a person’s system, the microbes disintegrate the body from within. A person would turn into a pile of dust just like with their ray guns, only they don’t have to take the time to shoot everyone, they just offer billions of people free food.”

“That’s sounds like a horrible way to die.”

Sarina started crying openly. “That would be extremely painful. Can’t imagine what it would feel like to slowly turn to dust.”

Clark gasped. “Oh no, I saw it on the news. The first shipments have already arrived in Africa and Asia. The news showed video of packets being delivered to starving people already.”
~Meet David!~ 
David Englund is a storyteller (science fiction author) and teaches economics at North Dakota State University.  His first three titles, Upsetting the Tides, UNSEASONAL WAR, and Camouflaged Encounters are available on Amazon.  Camouflaged Mischief is in progress.

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David will be awarding a digital copy of Camouflaged Encounters to 6 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.