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I’m an avid science fiction reader. I grew up reading the works of the great sci-fi masters. I cut my teeth on authors such as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C Clarke. Am is saying that Paul Antony Jones is as good as the aforementioned? I leave that up to you to determine. What I am saying is that I’ve enjoyed the two books by Paul Antony Jones as much as the Foundation Trilogy or Childhood’s End or any of the plethora of great science fiction books I’ve read in over four decades. Extinction Point and Extinction Point:Exodus are books I and II in the Extinction Point series. Here is why I really enjoyed reading them:
- Strong female lead character named Emily Baxter (I love strong female lead characters)
- Methodical character and plot development (I’ve read books where I really did not care what happens to the protagonist. I want Emily to survive the alien Armageddon!)
- A new and unique angle on the alien invasion theme, a genre that has already been done ad nauseum.
- Jones’s writing style really reminds me of Stephen King. I’ve read some online “critics” that have implied that Jones’s writing style is too wordy or overly written. My reply is “balls on that“. Jones really takes the time to develop and craft his tale. Every sentence of every paragraph has me believing that I’m side by side with Emily and Thor (her dog sidekick) trying to survive in a world that is being transformed literally from the ground up by an aggressive alien species.
Take the movie “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers”, and combine it with some good old science fiction and Stephen King horror and you have one of the most compelling and unique works of science fiction to come along in years. Kudos to Paul Antony Jones. I hope his fingers are adroitly pecking away on his keyboard hammering out the third book in the series! You can buy the book here. You won’t regret it!