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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Trooper #4 by Noah Chinn

Trooper #4 by Noah Chinn
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (178 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

It's the end of the world – but not as we know it.

A woman wakes up in a motel on the outskirts of a remote Oregon city with no memory who she is and a gun at her bedside. As she explores the world around her it seems that civilization has come to a violent end.

That’s bad.

It might also be the most normal thing that happens to her all week.

When she wakes in the morning, she has no idea who she is or where she is. She has guns in her motel room, a name tag on her shirt and there’s a cop car on the side of the highway that might have been hers. But why is she here and what happened?

Mr. Chin has created an unusual story. He starts with one tale and leaves that to move into another, years ahead. Each story is a bit like a dream. You can’t be sure what’s happening or what’s true. Nothing seems to be definitive or clear. But it ties together enough to keep you reading.

He mixes gods, humans, and death together. The humans who have been changed resemble zombies. Prisoner Zero is a monster who kills indiscriminately and takes the essence from her victims. Trooper #4 is struggling to figure who she is and why Prisoner Zero seems familiar. What she discovers as the story goes on is chilling and disturbing.

This is mix of horror and futuristic death and disaster. The author throws in facts here and there that made no sense to me until near the end of the story. I would have preferred a bit more continuity and a more defined plot. It kept me reading, though.

The author does a good job of showing how paranoid people become when threatened by horror they don’t understand and while trying to stay alive. Rules fall by wayside, people take comfort where they can, and even children fight for survival.

You won’t fall asleep reading this book. Want to meet an avenging god who is true evil? Just read this book.

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