Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Review ~ Expatriate (Forager #3) by Peter R. Stone

(Forager #3)
by Peter R. Stone

The Thrilling Conclusion to the Forager Trilogy

Eighteen-year-old Ethan Jones, Nanako, and the other foragers have fled Newhome after being accused of being terrorists.

However, with Captain Smithson's parting words of "Don't forget us," ringing in their minds, they realise the only way to save Newhome from the Hamamachi Rangers and their Skel allies is to document and expose the Rangers' villainy.

Yet what sounds like a workable plan is nothing of the sort, for they have to journey into the very heart of Skel territory to obtain the information they need.

Leigh's warning that "nothing ever goes as you want or plan it to," turns out to be prophetic. An assassin, a botched raid, and the Skel and Rangers stopping at nothing to prevent them from revealing the Rangers' activities all complicate matters.

To add to their woes, a word whispered in Ethan's ear by a new addition to their party brings his world crashing down about his ears. Moreover, should he share this information with Nanako, all her hopes and dreams for the future will be destroyed as well. The question is - how long can he keep such a secret from her?

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My Thoughts
Once again, Peter R. Stone shows that he can write an action-packed, suspenseful story that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat and turning each page in anticipation of what is going to happen next.   In this thrilling conclusion to the Forager Trilogy, the action is more intense, the Rangers get what they deserve and the Skel (although still smelly and gross) get taken down - FINALLY!  Also, a new girl arrives on the scene, Madison, and gives Ethan shocking information that shatters his world and threatens his marriage to Nanako.  And finally we get the answer to the question we have all been asking - who the heck shot Ethan? - and I for one did not see that coming.  At. All.

All this excitement and thrills are waiting for you as you open up this third and final installment to what I have found to be perhaps my favorite dystopian trilogy to date.  I will miss Ethan, Nanako and the team and the fantastic journey I took with them.

With vivid descriptions of a war-torn society and characters that are relatable, I could not help but become totally engrossed in the world that Mr. Stone has created.  So, thank you Mr. Stone for writing a series that is not only "clean" and suitable for all age groups, but for also providing this reader a thrilling escape from reality. 

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

About the Author
Peter Stone, an avid student of history, was reading books on Ancient Greece from the age of four. Periods of interest include the ancient world, medieval era, Napoleonic times, and the Second World War. He still mourns the untimely passing of King Leonidas of Sparta and Field Marshal Michel Ney of France.

A product of the Cold War Generation, Peter Stone studied the ramifications of a nuclear missile strike when he was in his senior year of high school, learning the effects of nuclear fallout and how to (hopefully) survive it. He has ever been drawn to post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels and films, and eagerly devoured The Day of the Triffids and John Christopher's Tripod Trilogy when he was a child. He is also an avid fan of science fiction, and his favorite books include the Lensmen Series by E.E.Doc.Smith, anything by Alastair Reynolds, and the Evergence trilogy by Sean Williams.

Peter Stone graduated from Melbourne School of Ministries Bible College in 1988. He has been teaching Sunday School and playing the keyboard in church for over twenty-five years. His wife is from Japan and they have two wonderful children. He has worked in the same games company for over twenty years, but still does not comprehend why they expect him to work all day instead of playing games.

Peter Stone, who suffers from major depressive disorder, also writes a blog, Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled, that offers practical advice and words of comfort to those suffering from depression and anxiety, in the hope of helping them to cope with depression and speed them on the path to recovery.

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