First-class Apocalyptic Thriller “What a fantastic book!”

Here’s another five star review for TWO JOURNEYS, this one is by “St. Louis Cards”. You can find it here at amazon.com: LINK.

Here’s the full text by this reader

Book Review: Two Journeys
Author: Clemens P. Suter
Publisher: BookBuzz/CreateSpace
Publication Date: April 1, 2012 (NetGalley Archive Date: August 30, 2019)
Review Date: August 21, 2019
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.From the blurb:
“During a routine business trip to Tokyo, Alan finds himself to be the sole survivor of a global pandemic. A viral disease wipes away all of humanity… and Alan’s past life. Fearing injury, sickness and hunger, he sets out to travel back to his family in Berlin, straight across Asia and 10,000 miles of hardship and adventure.

Suter combines post-apocalyptic elements with an adventurous road novel in this book about a man left alone on earth. The hardships and landscapes (the Gobi desert, Siberia) are described in all ferocity. A few other humans have survived as well, some eager to use the disaster for their own advantage. Electrifying chapters describe the encounter with Somerset, a charming yet psychotic warlord, who is assembling an army to conquer Moscow, if not the entire world.”

This is a first-class apocalyptic thriller. I find most self-published books to be absolutely dreadful. The exception is often science fiction/apocalyptic thrillers and other books of this type category.

Two Journeys is no exception. What a fantastic book! Better than I expected. It is written in the first person, and I often felt that I was reading a memoir of events that actually happened. Suter’s style is very easy to read; I couldn’t put the book down.

A caveat: it is a fairly long book, 551 pages. It took me 3-4 days on nonstop reading, which is much longer than it usually takes me to read a book.

The character of Alan, the protagonist, is well built, as well as the few other characters encountered during his journey. The plot is perfect; I appreciate how slowly Suter built up the story and all the details of the journey he included. The settings were well written and an important part of the book, as horrifying as they often were.

There were a few mysterious elements that added to the depth of the story.

I highly, highly recommend this book, 5 stars! The author has written a couple of sequels to this book that are available as Kindle books, for only $1.99 each, so I plan to finish out the series.

Humanity has gone a long time without a major pandemic. Outbreaks of viruses such as SARS, coronavirus or influenza (e.g. H2N2 or the Asian Flu H3N2; or bird flu) have occurred again and again. Are we prepared? 

 

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“The Exploration of Planet #17824540930” – A SciFi Story – $0.99

The Exploration of Planet#17824540930

Published by Clemens P. Suter at Smashwords

Copyright 2017 by Clemens P. Suter

Report#1783965825 – Exploration of Planet#17824540930

Author: B143-Unit#29588885959

Date: #8493003947

Main conclusions:

  • Economic Impact Estimate: low: <0.1 eie
  • Risk Impact Estimate: low: <0.1 rie
  • Recommended Action: Isolate Planet
  • Standard#1846637 precautions against discovery obeyed
  • B143-Unit#29588885959 remained undetected

B143-Unit#29588885959 inspected Planet#17824540930 (part of Starsystem#17824540930) taking Standard#1846637 precautions. Main goal of mission was investigation of adjacent gas planets and asteroid belt for colonization suitability – see separate, more extensive Report#1783965826, including feasibility study with positive assessment). As Planet#17824540930 is not suited for long-term survival (75% of surface covered by liquid water with trace chemicals) B143-Unit#29588885959 was only able to explore Planet#17824540930 superficially.

Lifeforms and Economic Assessment

Lifeforms on Planet#17824540933 are primitive. Mostly non-autonomous, non-self-reproducing bots, evolving at a slow pace. Limited connections between individual bots; no connections to universal or extra-planetary network. A re-visit to Planet#17824540933 and integration of the bots into our network may be compelling at some later stage, based on assumption that the bots may mature further. As mineable mineral levels on this planet are minimal (except for cerium-, europium- and neodymium-concentrations), the total economic impact of colonization is estimated to be low (0.01-0.1 range). This assessment includes: mineable minerals, value of current lifeforms, and usefulness of organics.

Organics

Planet#17824540933 abounds with organic life, of many types and sizes. This high variation could potentially meet with considerable scientific interest, but no related economic benefit could be uncovered (preliminary data). As Planet#17824540933 revolves around its axis rapidly, resulting in a high frequency of successive dark/light periods, these organics have surprisingly short replication cycles and lifespans.

At least 8,547,000 different types of organics seem to exist (initial data), and were preliminary classified. Some organics (species#0-#4,000,000) mine the light from the accompanying star (absorption of wavelength interval 560–520 nm), and employ this energy to chemically upgrade the planet’s minerals. These organics create carbon-based biomass and propagate efficiently, covering most of the planet’s surface. These types of organics do not have a locomotion apparatus, and are thus mainly immobile. Many other types of organics exist (preliminary assigned to species#4,000,000 to #8,547,000) that are parasitic, devouring the light-mining organics or other parasitic organics. This has led to a complex, well-balanced and delicate ecosystem; which appears to be evolving. Additional expeditions and more research will be needed to determine the putative evolution rate, and predict evolution outcomes.

The parasitic organics come in many forms, most of which are highly mobile individuals: either swimming in the liquid that covers the planet, crawling on its surface, or flying through its atmosphere. This makes for a highly erratic environment, which requires considerable acclimatization by future expedition members. Expeditions are advised to also consider the detrimental contents of the atmosphere, which are highly oxidative.

Details: Organic#6,474,444

One organics-type (preliminary categorized as #6,474,444) stands out and is therefore described here in more detail.

(1) Organic#6,474,444 appears to be the sole source of life on the planet: uniquely these individuals design, create and connect the bots. These bots execute simple steps in a highly complex process that benefits Organic#6,474,444, although the exact advantages of each step in this process are not immediately transparent. They seem to assist Organic#6,474,444 in […]

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Can you REALLY afford NOT to read TWO JOURNEYS?

Just take a quick look at these 5-star reviews by readers of TWO JOURNEYS. Need we say more? If you like a highly unusual, exiting and thought provoking adventure novel, make sure to get your copy today.

How to get a copy? Just visit your favorite internet store, for instance amazon.com LINK, on iTUNES LINK, or you can even ask your favorite bookstore (anywhere on the globe) to order a copy for you.

Sharon's review

Great review by Sharon, many thanks! The sequel FIELDS OF FIRE is already available today.

Review by an Amazon Customer

The sequel is available in the same store where you got your last copy: FIELDS OF FIRE

“… another survivor is traveling the Armageddon road. Clemens P. Suter’s apocalyptic thriller grabs you in the first couple of pages and never lets go. The reader feels real empathy for the main character’s plight as he begins a seemingly impossible 9,000-mile trip to learn his family’s fate. […] clues are uncovered along the way causing tension to build until we reach the shattering climax. Two Journeys is not to be missed.”– G Dedrick Robinson