June 18, 2013

Precipice: The Beginning Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Precipice: The Beginning (Precipice #1)
Author: Kevin J. Howard
Genre: Science Fiction/Horror
Release Date: November 23, 2012
Publisher: Outskirts Press


The End is only the Beginning.... 

It wasn't the first time Lieutenant Travis Daniels had been far from his wife and son. Leading an elite team on countless missions, dodging death at every turn-it was what he was trained to do. And returning to his family was always his driving force... but this time might be different. Imprisoned for an unsanctioned intrusion into a hot zone, Travis and his elite team took a deal to assist in the colonization of Mars to evade the death penalty. While stationed there, Travis' only source of sanity were the brief video conversations he was allowed with his family. When the last transmission received showed choppy images of the city in darkness and blurs of humanoid creatures running through the streets, Travis and his team must decide to either stay on Mars or find a way back to his family-unknowing of the hell that Earth has become.

Precipice: The Beginning is the first novel in a science fiction/horror series that follows main character Lieutenant Travis Daniels as he and his team are on a mission to help colonize Mars instead of facing the death penalty for a home intrusion. While on Mars, Travis has brief video chats with his family - it's these videos that help keep him sane while on the mission. However, during the last transmission, Travis sees disturbing images on the screen - humanoid creatures taking over the streets while the city is shrouded in darkness. Now Travis and his team must decide whether to complete their mission on Mars or return early to Earth and face the unknown situation that awaits them.

This was a fantastically written and completely engaging science fiction/horror novel that had me hooked from the first page. The characters were well written, especially the main character of Travis Daniels. He was a great hero for the book - a strong leader, devoted family man, loyal soldier - but he had flaws that made him feel realistic and likeable. The plot wasn't completely original, but the author added in great twists and lots of suspense and thrills to help liven up the storyline and keep the reader eagerly turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. The plot was fascinating and I enjoyed reading about the dystopian world that Earth turned into. The writing was well done with a fast pace and easy flow that had me engrossed right away. I definitely recommend this for fans of science fiction and dystopian lovers as well as fans of horror novels.

Kevin J. Howard was born in Mission Viejo, California, moved to Seattle at the age of twenty-one, and now lives in Puyallup. He hand wrote his first novel in the fifth grade and has been writing ever since. His first published novel, Faithful Shadow, is a return to the classic horror novel. Since writing Faithful Shadow he has completed four additional horror novels that will soon be published. In 2012, he won an award in the Las Vegas International Film Festival for his screenplay, Identical Opposites. Kevin's latest novel, Precipice: The Beginning, is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The sequel, Precipice: The Retrieval, should be released in the summer of 2013.

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