4 out of 4 stars
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Zombies, aliens, and bloodthirsty creatures named 'hunters' make up Roger Wilco's novel, Heaven's End. If a person were to inhabit the earth following the rapture according to this storyline, supernatural help would be of high necessity. Physical danger lurks around every corner as the main character, Judy, and her daughter, Amber, navigate a hostile environment. They are on a mission to save a family member who has been taken captive by the Nephilim, an alien race that has no regard for humanity. They view humans as prey, so time is of the essence to execute a rescue attempt.
The two women meet up with John, who seems to be a savior in disguise. He introduces them to technology and weapons that help keep trouble at bay. Having him and the gadgets available takes some of the pressure off and creates a bit of an advantage over the enemy, but their survival is not guaranteed.
I enjoyed the pace of the story. It begins right away with Judy and Amber on the run, attempting to avert death. It isn't clear why this is occurring, but the author includes slight hints by way of scenes and dialogues from a former time that has led up to what they are experiencing. His writing style keeps the reader moving forward to find out how it will all come together.
In the description, the author stated that this was his first book. Many times an inexperienced writer will cram in too much information and try to create a story that ends up getting out of hand. That is not the case here. The conciseness is refreshing with a plot that never lags with fillers, and the characters converse realistically.
While profanity is almost non-existent, the violent scenes are abundant. For those who have a strong distaste for gory killings and torture, you may want to bypass this one. It's the end of the world, and evil has taken over, so it's not a pretty scene.
There are references to Biblical passages and the rapture, so this may appeal most to Christians who can stomach graphic content. At the same time, the material doesn't overuse scripture, so readers who have an interest in science fiction may like it too. As far as an age range, I would recommend this to young adults and up as the most appropriate.
I found very few errors, so this seems to have been professionally edited. I am awarding this 4 out of 4 for all of its great qualities. There wasn't anything I disliked, and another positive attribute to mention is that a few pages of the next installment in the series follow the conclusion of this one.
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