Friday, January 8, 2016

Jacqueline's review of The Phantom of the Earth by Raeden Zen

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
The Phantom of the Earth (Books 1-5 Omnibus Edition) by Raeden Zen

Overall star rating --- 2.5


About the book:
The Phantom of the Earth Omnibus Edition combines the first five books of the Phantom Series in one package, including (in proper reading order): The Song of the Jubilee, The Gambit with Perfection, The Synthesis and the Animus, The Descent into the Maelstrom, and The Restoration of Flaws.

In the Great Commonwealth of Beimeni, a subterranean civilization in North America, expansion long ago gave way to peace and prosperity in the face of the history's most devastating plague. Immortality is the reward for service and loyalty in Beimeni, a place where the physical blends with the metaphysical and power consolidates in the hands of those with a genetic edge. The fissures first spread slowly, then swiftly, until now the Great Commonwealth finds itself on the brink of economic devastation, challenged by forces from within that know its secrets and its crimes. At the center of the conflict lie the Selendias of Piscator, founders of the resistance with an uncanny connection to the zeropoint field, and the BarĂ£o Strike Team, three researchers tasked with finding a cure to the Reassortment Strain, the plague that nearly wiped humanity from the Earth. Traveling from the uninhabitable but pristine surface to the habitable but inhospitable underground, this is a story about dedication to dreams, battle for survival, discovery and connection, song and celebration, undoing past misdeeds, and sacrifice for the greater good.

The Phantom of the Earth is a post-apocalyptic science fiction series. It relies heavily upon synthetic biology and quantum physics.

Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 13
-- Story & characters -- 2
-- Cover & title -- 4
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This is a very technical, very violent book; and I did not find the characters to be very engaging. This is a science fiction book that a scientist would enjoy, or someone who enjoys reading scientific articles. But most ordinary folk will probably have a hard time getting into this book. As for me, I simply did not like the book; which is very rare for me. There were tons of charts and appendixes in this volume. I think the book is a bit too technical to be easily enjoyed.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- very technical science fiction
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- intense

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