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The Plague Forge (The Dire Earth Cycle Book 3)

The Plague Forge (The Dire Earth Cycle Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jason M. Hough
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"...really well written and great ending of the trilogy that seemed to just get better and better as it went on." --Curiosity of a Social Misfit

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Their automated ship planted a space elevator on Earth. Years later a virus ravaged the planet. Now the builders have returned.

When the second elevator makes landfall in Belém, Brazil, a cluster of mysterious black towers appears at its base. Skyler Luiken and his crew soon learn that the alien structures inhibit the deadly virus and establish a new colony. But when he encounters a crashed Builder ship outside of the safe zone, Skyler makes a horrifying discovery: the infected are mutating...

As militants seize control of the fledgling colony in Belém, and power struggles above and below the Darwin Elevator threaten to destroy it, Dr Tania Sharma races to predict the next Builder event.

Will the last human outposts on Earth survive to see it?


“Imaginative plotting and realistic dialogue . . . will keep readers enthralled and eagerly awaiting the next instalment.”
Publishers Weekly

“Intense and satisfying . . . I couldn’t put this book down.”
Hugh Howey, bestselling author of Wool

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (25 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FG1DA0U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars good book 25 July 2014
By paul
I probably should give it 5 stars as it really is well written. It is a good book however possibly I am being overly critical. All three books are great. Well written, easy to follow, I have no complaints regarding the narrative and progression of the books (save the last - ending of!) My only criticism is the end of the book. The author's narrative is entertaining and on occasion witty. There is an ' end' however it just seems to STOP. There is no real ending, a future with the 'builders' is alluded to however there is great big hole at the end I won't spoil it for you ......maybe a fourth book is in the pipeline? I'm probably overly critical, I've read series of books 5 and 10 yrs after they've been published before and found them exhilarating, maybe if there is to be a fourth book I should just have waited 5 years and bought them all then! I've read books previously where the author just seems to get bored and makes an improbable end. This has the feel of it. I feel a bit cheated presently, like I said if there is a fourth or hopefully fifth or sixth book (hint hint) I'd quite happily cough up my 8 quid per book. Thank you mr author but please work on your ending!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great ending to the trilogy 21 Oct 2013
By Maziz
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Kept me reading up to the very last page and then I wanted more. Great trilogy - I'd recommend to anyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking good yarn 9 Oct 2013
By Marleen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This third book in "the Dire Earth cycle" continues the search by Skyler Luiken and the Belem community for the last three Builder artefacts. Even though the community leaders are in the dark as to what will happen once all five artefacts have been returned to the Builder ship in orbit above Earth, the general consensus is that the task must be completed before the final Builder event is due to take place, and if it is not the consequences for the whole of humanity could be dire. Meanwhile in Darwin, Grillo, and his Jacobites, continues to tighten his stranglehold on the city and orbitals with his extreme fundamentalism. Unfortunately for Skyler, Grillo also has possession of one of the artefacts. Without it he will be unable to finally unlock the Builders secret and uncover the real reason for all that has befallen mankind.

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and Hough has written a fitting climax to this excellent trilogy. The pace never lets up and indeed increases with the story now happening on three distinct fronts. Tayla Sharma takes a team to North America to recover one of the Builder artefacts. Skyler follows the trail left by the Builder towers exodus to Africa, only to discover the source of the deadly SUBS virus. And in Darwin, Prumble and Samantha undertake a dangerous mission to retrieve the artefact which is being kept in a high security vault by Grillo.

Hough's writing is assured and his character development memorable with some of the characters showing some surprising and unanticipated traits.
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Though an enjoyable read, this is probably the worst edited series I have ever read. The opening paragraphs of book 1 states exactly how the plague arrived a generation ago only for the rest of the series to use a much more recent time of arrival (though occasional references to the longer period can be found and have not been edited out). Chapters have been moved around the timeline without adjusting references to specific dates they contain, causing some confusion. Also, the most astonishing achievement of the builders remains unexplained: They appear to favor incorporating hexagonal structures into their ships - but how do they build these with FIVE sides, as frequently stated??
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 21 Jun 2014
By jacko
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I could not put this or the previous two books down. What can I say? Adventure, thriller, concept and most certainly Sci-Fi space opera in the truest and grandest sense. Characters are well developed, action is non stop
And you are kept in the dark to the very last for the final outcome. I would heartily recommend this trilogy to any science fiction lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent finale to a great trilogy 18 Jun 2014
By Mark L
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I ordered this as soon as I'd finished Exodus Towers, and it didn't disappoint. All three books thave been real page turners, and this proved to be a great ending to the trilogy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars worth a read 21 Mar 2014
By Chris L
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Enjoyed the trilogy - not sure if there will be more - the story certainly allowed it to be developed further. Some of the characters were predictable, but overall it was enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent SciFi 12 Mar 2014
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This is No 3 of a trilogy. You need to read books 1& 2, Darwin Elevator and Exodus Towers first to fully appreciate Plague Forge and the characters. I bought all 3 and couldn't put then down until I had read them all. Fantastic SciFi read, I will certainly look for more from Mr Hough.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Again
Another book in the series that kept me on the edge of my seat. More adventures for the main charactors and more detail of this strange post civilization world.
Published 6 months ago by Mr R S J Bernath
5.0 out of 5 stars Book the plague forge
Third book in the series. Liking this scifi novel. Make a great movie! Last one to read. Recommend it. Came well protected.
Published 6 months ago by Dana Neate
4.0 out of 5 stars Good finish to the trilogy.
Well written a proper page turner with believable and interesting characters. Look forward to the further adventures of Skyler & Co.
Published 7 months ago by Timraven
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent finale to a brilliant trilogy
So many books of this ilk take the reader through a journey of mystery and hints only to leave them hanging at the end with an inadequate or "clever" non-ending that leaves you... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kysumu
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing end to an awful lot of reading
As with the 1st two books, a lot of wallpaper to work through. The author has finally revealed that the nagging suspicion that *he* didn't know what was going on, is in fact the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Hodgson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good end to a sci-fi trilogy
Having now read all books Dire Earth Trilogy I must admit I enjoyed them all. This last book brought the different strands of the story together well to a really good conclusion... Read more
Published 7 months ago by TVR-Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series but I wanted more!
Hough has a real skill in coming up with and making accessible alien scenes and entities while maintaining a narrative which makes you want to read more. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Salsatap
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