Thursday, January 23, 2014

tribes-book review

TRIBES-BOOK REVIEW

“Tribes ( Joshua )” is the third book by John Wilson ( note to aspiring authors: if you pick a common name as your non de plume please at least put a middle initial in there to par down the search engine results ) and I’m going to admit right off the bat that it is the weakest of the trilogy. HOWEVER, before you get your panties in a bunch, having said that, with a lot of authors a bad ( or, really, not as good as the rest ) book is still better than a heck of a lot of other crap out there. Some authors, on a bad hair day after the wife has kicked them to the couch, with a hangover and suffering from hemorrhoids, still turn out better crap than their competitors turn out their best efforts. Wilson is one of those. He takes subjects hacked to death and breaths new life into them. He took the “father and son on a roadtrip to hell” and made a great debut novel ( Joshua ). He made a great effort at getting into the head of the bad guys in “Traveler ( Joshua )” and although it fell on its face at the end there is no denying it was by far a much better attempt at it than anyone else had done. Now, in “Tribes ( Joshua )”, he tackles the “idiots holed up in suburbia” theme and does a pretty decent job at looking at it from a different angle.

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My problem with the book wasn’t that it was bad. It was well written and I devoured it all yesterday on my half work day. It was just that a whole lot didn’t happen. I definitely recommend it if you have already tried one of his other ones and liked those, but as a stand-alone I’m afraid it might turn you away. As part of a trilogy, it was just fine. Right near the end, the assault on the compound-the tactics used by the attackers- alone makes the book worth reading as that idea is something I’d wager none of has thought of and is brilliant ( I won’t tell you what it is ). But looking at it as a regular reader might, one who has little money and less tolerance for anything less than perfection in their fiction, you need to heed the above cautions. I do think we need to encourage the author to keep writing, and since this book was free to me and I want to blaze the trail, I’m going to go ahead and buy another copy myself just to put my money where my mouth is.

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The main thing I did have an issue with in the story was the food sharing. Four preppers had enough to keep fifty people alive for a year. This was really pushing the boundaries of the probable. Both because what are the odds? And the number of calories keeping them alive would be low and it presupposes a LOT of kitchens had a lot of regular canned goods in them. It is just doable, if you cut calories for kids and women, but it also sidesteps reality by stretching things a smidge. Hey, I’m not bitching. I have no solution to keeping large groups fed, and I certainly can’t write fiction well. I’m just observing the weak points.

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11 comments:

  1. Thanks Dakin.

    This review made my balls itch.

    Brandy

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  2. Can't seem to find your email here James? Had an idea for a future article, but if you do not have public email I can post it here?

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    1. It is:
      jimd303@netzero.com
      Listed in my "contacts" link at end vof each article. You can post in comments also if you prefer.

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  3. Plus that fact that most people that prep are not socialists and are not going to willingly share their hard earned goods with the slackers.

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  4. Lord Boner of the Basin

    If your compound is ever attacked, take off your clothes. The attackers will laugh so hard that tears come to their eyes and they will not be able to aim properly.

    Yolanda

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    1. I think I matched up my pubs to my head-both high and tight cut- rather well. Why would they laugh?

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  5. He has been one of my favorite authors, and as you know, I don't complement lightly. I have not read this one yet.

    You know he has a web site?

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    1. Oh, I know! :) He might have mentioned a site, I wasn't paying attention after the prospects of a free book blinded me.

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  6. Thanks for the heads up. Just went back and re-read the first book and ordered the second one for my Kindle.

    The author must have a real tender heart. In his first book, he is conflicted over killing a gang banger wanna be, who wants to steal his motorcycle AND is shooting at him.

    I'm a girl and I wouldn't feel guilty in the least taking out that bad guy.

    Idaho Homesteader

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