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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Earth Volk

An alien presence, the government’s greatest secret, directs the nations of the world into a brutal confidential war. After taking the volks, an alien mother and off-spring into captivity, it is soon uncovered that they are also from the future… as in 26 million years into the future. Follow Eddy, the child-volk, as he is raised in undisclosed confinements. From his own words, discover how they travelled across space and time. Other beings descend upon the earth in search of the volks. They understand just how important volks really are. Eddy and his mother plot a daring attempt to return to the world where they came from, but their plan goes disastrously wrong. Well into his teens, Eddy finds out his twin brother, Grizz, has survived through an independent organization. Their plans were to train him to be their ultimate weapon. There are shocking consequences to the actions wreaking havoc by these volk’s. Before they can escape earth or die trying, they must endure, what they call, our nightmare world. The advanced volk technologies and lifestyles captivate and challenge the human way of life, but the implications unsurfaced the rampant wrath of the volks.

Earth Volk (SF)
“Genation Book #1”
By Robert A. Hunt
Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN #978- 1484067666
Price $28.00
418 Pages
Rating 3-Stars

“No Solid Structure.”

Eddy and his half-brother, Grizz, are in their insectoid rocket ship entering a far away galaxy when they come upon a space station that looks abandoned. Landing, they are immediately attacked by strange aliens. Eddy is a Volk, a species similar to humans, but with some insect DNA. His half brother is part human and part Volk. Both are good martial fighters; they carry Samurai swords and Shuriken throwing stars. They are hacking away at the weird aliens, slicing body parts off right and left, but we’re told the aliens are good, and it doesn’t matter, all they have to do is put their body parts back on and they immediately attach again. His half-brother is captured, and Eddy is hard pressed when he gets a telepathic summons, and follows the voice to a planet below where he’s drawn to a window. Inside is another Volk wearing a hood and robe – here I was waiting for the figure to say something like, “Eddy, I am your father.” But the hooded figure waves the attacking alien away, proving he is someone powerful on the world, or just has magical powers. Whatever the case, the scene changes time and space, and we are now with Eddy’s mother and father on their honeymoon in their insectoid spaceship (I keep imagining a wasp with wings flapping). Eddy’s father is curious about glowing spheres that show some kind of life, but he is absorbed by one and disappears, possibly exploding and dies. It leaves Eddy’s mother alone, and suddenly there’s a move in time and space, and his mother finds her ship in 20th Century Earth’s atmosphere. Jet aircraft is sent up to intercept her space ship, while there are flying saucers floating around also. Eddy’s mother recognizes the UFO aliens, but it’s too early in the time frame for them to recognize her species. There is an accident, and her spacecraft crashes into a lake, but she has escaped. The flying saucer aliens shoot a bean of light that burns her whole body. She finds a cabin and then helicopters land and take her to a medical facility for treatment, and scientific investigation, naturally. It appears these are American doctors. Then she lays two eggs, one child is dead, but Eddy lives. Now baby Eddy takes over narrative again while his body is still forming, telling about the medical facilities and his mother. And that’s as far as I got in this novel.

I apologize to the author. I saw this on Amazon, and the Blurb caught my interest, so I requested a review copy. There isn’t much solid structure through the first eight chapters, and the POV changes too often to grasp any kind of meaningful plot. I was still confused at the end of Chapter 8, and I couldn’t force myself to start Chapter 9, so I put the book away uncompleted. Evidently Eddy’s mother, Gastonish (renamed Gail for more confusion) will mate with a human later in the novel, giving Eddy a half-brother named Grizz. Now remember, though this female appears human, she has insect DNA and lays eggs (with an umbilical cord?). I studied biology in school, and this just doesn’t seem possible for human-insect mating and childbirth. Nature may find a way in the reptile kingdom, and I am familiar with the Platypus, but even the Bible says each to its own kind. The concept is good, so I’m giving the author 3 stars, but work is really needed on the structure and plot. I couldn’t get through the book, but others might.

Tom Johnson


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