Thursday, May 1, 2014

Drake: Episode 1 Emergence by Mike Kraus - Review


drake_series_book_1_cover_v1Episode 1: Emergence

Lost to myth and legend, few believed that dragons were real, and still fewer believed they could ever return. When a covert operation resulted in their release, all the might and power of the world couldn't hold them back. With the world on the brink of defeat, the few who remain must grapple against all odds to combat an enemy that nearly drove us to the brink of extinction once before - and which is about to do so again. From bestselling author Mike Kraus (Final Dawn, Prip'Yat) comes a new, five-book series: Drake: An Oral History of the Dragon War. In what can be best described as "World War Z with dragons," Drake portrays a realistic, scientific history of the emergence of the drakes, and humanity's subsequent battle just to stay alive. The gripping 5-part series will take you around the world, examining the history of the war from all sides: political, military, civilian, scientific and more.

My Thoughts: This is the first time I have read a book in an interview format like this. I love dragons though, so I was up for the challenge. I ended up loving the format of this book. The interviews were interesting, as was the information surrounding them.

I enjoyed how, although we weren't getting the full scene spelled out, or all the internal thoughts of the characters, I felt involved. The subjects had personality. From just brief chapter long interviews, Kraus was able to give them life. I could feel their internal struggle with revealing things that hurt or that could get them in trouble. It was really amazing.

This is a short and to the point book. It's an introduction to the drakes, or dragons. I loved how it touched on so much, from the government reactions to scientists, to just everyday people. I finished it ready to read the next book. I think that if people enjoy dragons or post apocalyptic books they will love this book. I would consider this a must read for them.


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20130531_mikekrausheadshotProfessionally trained as a Systems Engineer, Mike has been a writer his entire life, spending his summers as a child writing of daring adventures and epic science-fiction exploits in a college-ruled notebook instead of playing video games. That love of writing stayed with him until it finally burst forth in the form of "Final Dawn," a thrilling post-apocalyptic series released in an episodic format that has sold over 70,000 copies and counting. Final Dawn was followed by two other stand-alone books, "Prip'Yat" and "Cold Springs," and Mike's latest work is a new five-part series titled "Drake: An Oral History of the Dragon War." Mike currently lives in Mississippi with his wife and three children and spends his days writing (of course), programming and tinkering on his PC.
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I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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