Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Review: Ark: Asteroid Impact by Thomas A. Cahill

Ark: Asteroid Impact

Author: Thomas A. Cahill
Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: EditPros LLC (December 1, 2012)
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Kindle Edition
File Size: 542 KB
Print Length: 212 pages
Publisher: EditPros LLC (December 14, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Note: I received a review copy of this book free from the publisher. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.

Ratings: ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

Book overall summary: an asteroid the same size as the one that resulted in the extinction of the dinosaurs is about to hit the Earth, people were notified of the end of the world in less than a day. According to the main character's study, after this disastrous event, weather will be extremely cold. And this could last for two to three years. Say, you survived the asteroid impact, would you be able to survive the aftermath? 

The story is easy to read with too many interesting information. The author clearly has knowledge on the scientific possibilities of end of the world by asteroid. He has provided ways on how to survive should this happen in the future. While it is interesting and entertaining, I found it dull past the hundred pages of the book. The narration was overwhelming and some science things just couldn't stick in my head anymore.  

And I blame AMC's The Walking Dead (TWD) as just when I finished seeing the last episode, I realized that I could not fully appreciate this because I was comparing the Ark story to TWD. The TV series was action packed while the book wasn't. Just plain narration of the catastrophic event and some action.  I also thought, the story lacked emotions. The characters/survivors were immediately introduced in the first pages and I didn't get to know them one by one. Especially the students, they just went on the deadly expedition without their parents, whatever happened to their families prior to asteroid event was unknown.  

Mt. Pinatubo's (Philippines) eruption in 1991 was mentioned in the story, that the asteroid's aftermath will be similar to Mt. Pinatubo's. I knew it was felt worldwide but I don't think all readers are familiar with it. The eruption was mentioned, I think twice, but the author didn't elaborate about the eruption's aftermath. 

Anyway, I love the key facts provided in the story but not enough to make me finish reading the book. To read positive reviews, click HERE.

About the book:

ARK: ASTEROID IMPACT is a gripping story about a band of Californians who take refuge and manage to survive the calamitous effects of the collision of a large asteroid with the Earth. The devastating impact shatters civilization and eradicates nearly all forms of plant and animal life on the planet. The book describes in vivid detail the survival struggles and ingenuity of refugees who find themselves marooned in the forbidding, barren, frozen environment that envelops Earth following the colossal impact.

About the author:

Thomas A. Cahill, Ph.D., is a professor of physics at the University of California, Davis. His early work at UCLA, in France, and in Davis, California, was in nuclear physics/astrophysics, but he soon began applying physical techniques to applied problems, especially air pollution. A science fiction writer, he is author of Annals of the Omega Project - a Trilogy, and Ark: Asteroid Impact. Both books were published by EditPros LLC in 2012.


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