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The Mamluks (The Mamluks Saga: Episode 1)

The Mamluks (The Mamluks Saga: Episode 1) [Kindle Edition]

Edward Lake
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Something terrible is happening in Los Angeles.

Dazed by a blinding light from outside, and numbed by the wreckage of their apartment, Andrew and Emily stagger into a shocking new reality: Earth is being invaded by a powerful alien race called, The Mamluks.

Separated by the malicious invaders, Andrew and Emily must fight to survive, and fight for the values that make life worth living.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2035 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EYI8I08
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,230 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Series - really enjoyed this! 2 Jan 2014
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I really enjoyed this. It's written in quite a formal style, which initially put me off, but the story is so compelling that I couldn't put the book down, and went straight onto the second in the series.

It's an interesting study in human behaviour, pitting compassion against the desire to survive at all costs. Throw in some nail-biting tension and unusual characters and you have yourself a great series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Diffficult to read; I gave up 2 Oct 2014
By Slurp
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I struggled to get past the first few pages....and lost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but... 6 Dec 2013
By Cinisajoy - Published on
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I debated on whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. I liked the story line itself. What I did not like was the shifting POV's. I kept getting lost through the first half of the book. It seemed like I was reading two different books. Also the author had a bad habit of skipping time. This was fine on Emily's half but on Andrew's side, I wanted more information.
The shifting POV's would not have been bad if the characters were interacting with each other but they were in two very different places. If I read the next book, I will probably read one POV then the other one in each part.
I finally decided on 4 because the problem I had was with the shifting POV's and not the story itself. The story could be great.
If you don't mind the shifting of POV's every chapter, this is a good sci-fi.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drive on by 8 Aug 2014
By Jeanine - Published on
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Where to begin?

Plot. Unoriginal might be the kindest summary. Aliens invade. Humans are enslaved. Some eventually fight back. Others join the alien side. Of course most authors will add their original twists. Or create some fascinating characters. Or have really interesting aliens. Or something. Not here.

Characters. See above. Also, I would call them wooden, but that would suggest too much depth. Cardboard is closer.

Setting. LA. Where else? It gets destroyed. Maybe that's a plus.

Memorable aspect. Worst sex scene ever. Or maybe it's a rape scene. It's hard to tell because the heroine doesn't seem to know or care. Oh, did I mention unlikable heroine?

Reading this book is like watching a bad accident to see how it ends. My advice, keep driving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's gonna happen next??? 3 Feb 2014
By Erin - Published on
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This book was fast paced from the very beginning, I hate spoilers so I won't give away the ending but I can't wait to read the next book in the series. It is really easy to grow fond of the characters and I wonder where Juozas heart will lead him. I was put off at first by other reviewers saying it was hard to follow the different character's point of views but it wasn't really.. I quite liked reading different perspectives all the time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What does the ship look like? Everything is very vague 25 Nov 2014
By Rebecca Rakes - Published on
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Too choppy. The POV changes from person to person without getting much from each of them. Also not descriptive enough. The aliens walk down a ramp and into a spaceship. How? Are they slower? faster? Are they adjusting to the gravity? What does the ship look like? Everything is very vague. Give me something. Build the atmosphere. Set the scene!
You’re told how they feel, scared. Nothing more descriptive and you don’t experience it with them. Everything is very bland and it feels like reading a text book. Which I found very bizarre considering I think this book to be very much about emotions and how we, as humans, deal with them.
The plot was good. It’s a shame it wasn’t fleshed out more. I was slightly offended with the depiction on Emily. She is basically raped by an alien and seems to be cool with it. Her friends seem downright ecstatic as long as they get new shoes and clothes for it.
And when she is told he is pregnant there is no terror. Let’s get serious, an alien child is being developed inside her (by a basic stranger who forced her into sex) and she is excited about the prospect of a child? No concerns for her health or anything? And then we hop to the birth. She is in love with her alien mate and all is happy in her life. No in between story. And the story hops more than once.
I felt no connection to the characters. None. When bad things were happening I didn’t worry about them or even care if they made it out. It’s a shame because the concept and some of the stories twists and turns were unique and interesting and would have been amazing if it wasn’t so dry and rushed.
I do feel like it got a bit better towards the end but it was already too late to save the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, interesting style. 13 Aug 2014
By LadyErynn - Published on
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I don't usually give out 5 star ratings, and let me tell you why this story gets one. Alien invasion stories are everywhere, and it's hard to find a fresh perspective on the genre. Lake does that by giving us the Mamluks, an advanced race that invades Earth when their females are unable to conceive. They have culture, traditions and technology far beyond ours, and the human race soon falls into slavery.

Emily and Andrew, an engaged couple living in L.A., are separated when the Mamluks attack. Andrew is sent to slave labor, while Emily is rounded up with the other women to be presented as breeders. Andrew resents the Mamluks, forming plans to escape, while Emily is determined to make the best of her situation. She becomes the mate of the Mamluks champion, and quickly adapts to life as a Mamluk royal.
Andrew, on the other hand, is planning a rebellion.

You get to watch the characters grow as the time passes. Emily embraces the ways of the Mamluks, while Andrew grows more desperate for freedom. Their worlds slowly revolve into each-other, forcing each of them to make choices about who they are, and what their future will bring.

The one thing that immediately stuck out to me is how this book was written. It goes from first-person view to first-person view, with each chapter sending us into the heads of Emily and Andrew. It's tricky writing this way, but I believe that Lake pulls it off. It gives us a unique perspective on the situation, and helps us know exactly what the character is feeling.

I enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading more from him!
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