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The Last Overseer [Kindle Edition]

Anton Troia
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( This is the 2nd edition of The Last Overseer. Now edited and revised as of August 2014 )

In 2033, a sudden change in the Earth’s axial tilt compromised the magnetosphere forever; and the result was devastating. With only a compromised magnetosphere for protection, people were no longer protected from the hyperactive sun. Temperatures soared, ice caps melted, and natural disasters were as common as rain. To make matters worse, solar flares bombarded every facet of the globe, and in just two years, over two-thirds of the planet’s population perished due to radiation-induced cancer. Those who managed to survive did so with horrible physical mutations and mental degradation.

Alarmed by the crisis on Earth, several owners of an extra-terrestrial mining company decided to step out from the shadows and disclose their existence to whatever remained of Earth's disbanded governments. With their arrival came bold claims, announcing themselves as being the Overseers of planet Earth for a very long time. At first, no one appreciated such a surreptitious delegation, especially after the Overseers announced that they would only take Earth's most prominent citizens with them on their ships, leaving many less fortunate survivors to rot on an irradiated Earth. However, the hard feelings subsided rather quickly after Earth's new benefactors introduced advanced molecular medicine to the public--medicine that would cure radiation sickness for good and become the key to humanity's preservation on Earth.

Ten years later, humanity's population began to rebound and all seemed well. Until one day, several citizens began rejecting the Overseer's mandatory medical care, including a keen observer by the name of Charlie Beasley, who along with his new girlfriend Elena, claimed that the Overseers' mandatory inoculations did a lot more than just cure people of radiation sickness--and that a much more sinister agenda was at play.

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About the Author

Anton Troia was a former Emergency Medical Technician, and studied electronic engineering at DeVry University. He was born and raised in New York City, where he still lives with his two audacious dogs. Anton always found NYC to be a strange place, but he hopes that will change someday. Anton's stories warn about the dangers of technological progress. His stories take place in future societies that are plagued by technological induced traumas, which affect the ecological, political, social, psychological and physical contours of modern society. Also, when reading his books, expect a fusion of themes--centered around religion, history, politics, philosophy, and social commentary-- wrapped in a tapestry of fiction. Anton instills the paranormal element into his science fiction in a very indirect manner, with covert, but artful insinuations. Most importantly, Anton will always delve into the ongoing tug of war between science and ethics, and he has a knack for seamlessly weaving historical fact and mythology.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1443 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615858082
  • Publisher: Troy books; 2 edition (4 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D6B4IQ2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #583,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very detailed sci-fi story 12 Jan. 2014
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The author has a keen mind for sci-fi but there wasn't a lot of action at some points due to the need to give us the back story.

Unfortunately there wasn't a lot of zombies (this is a read for review from a zombie group) and they were merely a back story till the end but as a sci-fi a great read on the dangers of humans and our destruction of the planet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 17 Sept. 2013
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The Last Overseer is by far one of the best books that I have read all year. I am a huge fan of the science fiction genre and especially books that incorporate dystopian themes into them, so I was quite excited to jump in and see what this author had to offer. Needless to say, the story went way above and beyond my initial expectations and has left me with an author to keep an eye on. I must admit that I can be quite critical when it comes to sci-fi related books but there's nothing that I would change about this book if I had the power to do so, it's definitely a top quality read.

The plot of this book is unique with a very fresh and original storyline, making the best of some classic science fictional elements with the author's own unique twists that kept the read entertaining and intriguing for me from start to finish. It's evident to me that the author has wrote this book with not just time and effort, but also with passion and lots of thought due to the how well-refined each chapter is and how smooth the book flows. I will definitely be looking out for future releases by Anton Troia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One for Sci-Fi fans 5 Sept. 2013
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This book is set on a post apocalyptic earth where technologically advanced, humanoid aliens have taken over control due to a polar shift and natural disasters that wiped out most of the population and civilisation of earth. It follows Brennan and his daughter on a journey of discovery to identify what these aliens' intentions really are and just what is happening to the people remaining on earth.
I found that the more you read the book the more interesting the story gets. There is a good conspiracy theory that runs throughout the book and it all comes together well at the end with an exciting final few chapters. It is full of out of the ordinary concepts and well rounded ideas.
The proofreading of this book is questionable which is a shame as it sometimes distracts from a story that has potential to be very popular.
The author uses detailed descriptions and has developed the main characters well. I particularly enjoyed Doctor Baal's devious nature.
For Sci-fi and fantasy fans this is one for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Sci-fi 11 July 2013
By Chelle
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Interesting book with many twists and turns. The rating was not higher because the proof reading before it was published was evidently poor. Various duplicated paragraphs were found and dozens of typo's throughout. Nevertheless it was a relaxing read. The hint at a romance was in the end unnecessary as it never truly materialised but a good first novel and I will buy the sequel once written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most intelligently written, utterly exciting sci-fi books of the year 30 Aug. 2013
By Meghan - Published on
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As a huge, long-time fan of science fiction, I approached Anton Troia's `The Last Overseer' with certain prejudices and expectations. And I'm delighted to report that my expectations have been exceeded--the book is a tightly-packed bundle of hold-on-to-your-seat apocalyptic thrill ride.

The thing about `The Last Overseer' is its chilling sense of familiarity--the source of the Earth's apocalypse, as it turns out, is its own fragility. A slight change in its axis, and suddenly all life on Earth is devastated--with the planet's magnetosphere no longer what it used to be, the planet stands naked in the face of all the sun's otherwise "harmless" radiation. If people are already complaining about skin cancer and mass extinction of fragile species, then imagine the planet in Troia's apocalypse, where people and major species perish like flies, and cities buried under one humongous natural disaster after another. It drives home the fact that life on Earth--and the universe, for that matter--depends on a fragile sense of stability, and change that a bit, and worlds die. In this seemingly hopeless scenario enter a "mining company"--the mere phrase conjures video games like `Dead Space' or memorable films like Tom Cruise's `Oblivion'--and suddenly you have a deep sense of distrust for these supposed saviors of mankind. I recall many current megacorporations that have more or less the same sinister function--Monsanto comes foremost in my mind. But no--Troia "convinces" the reader that, yes, trust these corporations--at least for the mean time. This also what I call the "Trojan horse" element--so masterfully woven into the plot--of the supposed "cure" provided by the "benevolent corporations", which turns out to be not at all without strings attached--and by "no strings attached", I'm just putting it in the mildest terms.

Overall, `The Last Overseer' is a majestic, sweeping narrative about a future that may or may not come true--and you empathize with it because the human suffering, as the author depicts it in the book, is genuine. Troia's book is intelligently written--the author painstakingly fleshes out his science, and weaves it seamlessly with the novel's plot. The result is an utterly believable tale that is both familiar and frightening. If you're a fan of Michael Crichton or Phillip Dicke's best literary achievements, then you won't be disappointed with Troia's `The Last Overseer'--it's fully deserving of the five stars I'm giving it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ever present struggle of technology and humanity 2 Sept. 2013
By Mika - Published on
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Unless you've had your head under a rock for the past 50 years you know scientist are discovering not only more about our planet but the effect humans are having to its precious system. Anton Troia bases his first sci-fi novel "The Last Overseer" on such a cataclysmic event. From the beginning I found myself engrossed in this epic tale of technology, humanity and truth. The author hurls you into a very realistic near future; in which Earth is the one place you never wish to return to. With every civilization comes corruption but this was corruption on an unimaginable magnitude! The characters are well developed and the scenes are deeply descriptive.

Those who shy away from sci-fi will appreciate the context of this novel. Anton Troia raises many questions while making us take a closer look at ourselves. I highly recommend this book to everyone! Simply a lot to learn from this first-time novelist!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a GREAT read! 28 Jun. 2013
By Graziana - Published on
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First and foremost, I really am glad I read this book. And after realizing that Anton Troia was a first time novelist, I kinda put this book on the back burner for a few days because of the fact. However, the book's blurb had me convinced enough to give it a shot and so I did. And what a ride it was! The story has it all. Magic, Hard sci-fi, horror, and mystery. After reading this book, I found myself drained because it just made me so paranoid! First time novelist Anton Troia did a fabulous job at crafting a story that embodies many of today's conspiracy theories and he makes them a whole lot bigger. At times, the novel feels like a Dan Brown novel, and I had myself asking questions like "What if"? In a sense, this is Troia's depiction of an alternate history, and it all leads to a very Orwellian future that is dark, and very depressing. If your into good dystopian Sci-fi, then this is something fresh, and as dark as the story may be, it ends on a high note and I was left wondering if this alternate take on our future is actually what is occurring in the world today. Troia sugar coats everything so well, that the plot comes off as rather sublime.

Now the story is both plot and character driven, leaning more towards the former than the latter, but no complaints. Sure, the characters could have been a bit more fleshed out, but there was enough character conflict to spice up the page-turning mystery. By the time I got to the end, I could have sworn I had an epiphany or two! All in all, a 5 out 5. Sure, it's not exactly pristine prose, but it's very well written and Troia's strengths come in detailed body language and does a good job at getting in a character's head. And a reader's head at that!

A must read for any science fiction fan, and anyone who likes to explore history's ambiguous side! 5/5
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terribly written. 10 Dec. 2013
By Cody Wass - Published on
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Some of the most dreadful prose I have ever had the misfortune of purchasing. I love buying kindle daily deals, and the premise of this novel intrigued me, so I figured I'd give it a try.

I wasn't able to get past page 3. It reads like a high school English student with only a passing familiarity of the language wrote it. Horrifically disappointing. If I had paid more than $1 for this novel, I'd be furious.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I did like this book 28 Oct. 2013
By babybooyah - Published on
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Let me start by saying I don't often read sci-fi anymore. Having said that, I did enjoy this story. People who love sci-fi will enjoy this book. The reason I didn't give it a five star rating wasn't the story but the editing. I completely understand how hard it is for an author publishing his own books. My suggestion for future books is maybe pick a few people to help proofread so you get different editing suggestions. I would love to read more about Brennan, Charlie, an Elena. I would also like to find out if Baal gets caught. Thank you for giving me a chance to read and review this book. I will definitely be looking for more of this authors books.
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