Alien Apocalypse - The Hunger
Review by Craig Jones,
author of the Gem
Series and What
Happened to Rhodri.
Apocalypse : The Hungerí is not so much Apocalypse Now as it is
Apocalypse Then. Dean Giles fills in the back story of Leon and his son
Elliott. Ever since The Phantom Menace Iíve been more than a little
afraid of prequels, but this one is different.
The opening chapter is simply relentless...a runaway train that,
having read ĎThe Storm,í I knew was heading for one almighty crash.
The pace of the writing is electric, but that doesnít blur the images
that Giles paints so well in the readerís imagination. Like I said, I
knew what was coming, but that still didnít stop me from being on the
edge of my seat! Especially when Giles gives us a creepy introduction to
the growing consciousness that is the villain of the piece... I donít
want to give too much away about that but suffice to say that itís a
more worrying sensation to know that the green growths from ĎThe
Apocalypseí have intent.
Giles has something special bubbling away here and I cannot wait for the
next episode. This is a Five Star story that weíre getting for free!
How can anyone resist?
K. Raphael "AstraDaemon, The Zombiephiles"
Apocalypse - Genesis
is the third story in the sci-fi series by Dean Giles; Alien Apocalypse:
The Hunger is a free prequel that offers a very brief glimpse of what
happened before Alien
Apocalypse - The Storm.
Hunger, readers are shown the murder that resulted in Leon's prison
sentence, as well as Elliot's personal reaction to the fate of his
parents. The most interesting part is the POV of the alien entity,
describing the journey to Earth and the way the entity views our planet.
While the alien POV was a nice touch, I prefer the way Leon was written
in The Storm. The second chronological story seems somewhat inconsistent
with the writing style of The Hunger and Genesis, but keep in mind that
The Storm was actually written first.
whatever reason, Giles changed his writing style by including the POV of
the alien entity in The Hunger & Genesis, which I disliked in the
prequel, but I felt the alien POV was necessary in Genesis.
The Storm, Elliot is living with his aunt and uncle; his father, Leon,
is in prison for manslaughter. The settings and POV switch between
Elliot and Leon as a passing comet leaves debris in our atmosphere,
followed by an alien attack. It gave a very intimate feeling to that
Genesis, the alien substance that is only susceptible to oil is referred
to as "the ancient mind," and is one of the main POVs
throughout the story. The other POVs are told through Leon, and a
creation of the alien entity. The new creations give an unexpected depth
to the series that I was not expecting, and open up all kinds of
possibilities for the next installment.
this point, not only do I think very highly of Dean Giles & his
sci-fi tales (check out Ghost
in the Machine for another great sci-fi story), but I think
Alien Apocalypse would make a fantastic graphic novel.