Iron Mike by Patricia Rose – My Review!!
Iron Mike by Patricia Rose is a book I discovered on Facebook, when I saw a couple of reviews for it. I read the reviews and decided to give it a read. See below for my thoughts!
Synopsis (from the author): NOTICE: This novel recommended for ages 16+ due to language and some sexual content.
When the black ships drop from the clouds, billions die. The weapons are silent, the effects, lethal. Nations fall. Humanity crumbles. Their mission is simple: seed the earth. Feed their creatures. Harvest the crops.
The war is over before it begins. Or is it?
From the ashes of our memory, heroes are forged. In the shell of a surviving outpost, one boy is asked to do the impossible. Rising to the challenge, Mike Sanderlin becomes a man, then a soldier, and finally, a hero. He’s more than a symbol and less than perfect, but to save his younger sister and fight for Earth, he’ll become Iron Mike.
With an alien ally, Iron Mike will hurl himself into the teeth of a war that can only have one winner.
Built to fight. Born to win.
Iron Mike is ready. Are you?
What I liked: The story grabbed me from the start. The alien extermination of the humans to allow for harvesting the planet was a great start. Mike becoming Iron Mike was a cool, but critical piece of the story, and the change in Kari (who started out as character I didn’t like) was well done. The adventures of Mike and Kari entertained me, but my favorite character of all was Hershey, the dog! I also enjoyed the efforts of the aliens to right the wrong they had perpetrated on humanity.
What I didn’t like: There were a couple of things that bothered me. It was never clear exactly why some humans survived the attack. Though it wasn’t all that important to the story, it did keep me wondering. The second criticism I had was the stereotypical bad guys who captured Mike and Kari during their mission. I thought that part could have been handled differently.
Overall impression: Iron Mike by Patricia Rose is a great story with excellent characters, plenty of action, sacrifice for loved ones, and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. I recommend this one for anyone 16+ who enjoys dystopian science fiction!
My rating: 5 Stars
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