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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2014
"FLARE" by Paul Grzegorzek - is far more than a Science Fiction novel. I would classify it more as a "Prophecy". I myself an an author with a 336 page SF Book published on amazon, and so I should know! Though one refrains from spoilers, in this outstanding and well researched thriller, there is some activity in the Corona of the Sun, which ejects a CME that is so powerful that it smashes through the Earths magnetic umbrella and hits the earth head on. Solar Flares are what cause the 'Northern Lights' which are beautiful to look at and considered harmless except to cause slight disruptions in radio emissions. But the narration of what happens to Malcolm a simple journalist when he receives repeated calls from an astronomer friend to meet him and finally goes, is really astounding and perhaps will one day have the entire population of the Earth preparing to go "Back to the Basics" when there was no electricity or radio. This is an amazing novel which is prophetic in every way, as mankind if warned of the consequences of playing with nature, the greed of powerful men who are ready to go to any length to exploit even planetary disasters to meet their own ends. The story is well developed, has very believable characters, tons of thrills and excitement, smoothly flows from one scene to another and deserves a 5 Star in every area. Highly recommended for everyone who knows how to read, and specially for the heads of all Governments across the globe!
Deepak Menon (Author)
www.lovelaughter.net
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2014
I picked this up on one of my freebie hunts through the kindle section. Last night I decided that it would be a good novel to curl up with as I had no real investment in it and it seemed right for bed time reading. It turned out to be one of those books that was hard to put down.
Although I picked up a couple of spelling errors, they didn't detract from the fact that the story hooked me. One of the brilliant things was realising that it's set in Britain, there is something both wonderful and eerie about reading post apocalyptic settings woven around places you know.
The pace was just about right, the action may not have been constant but that only meant it didn't feel forced. The characters are believable and have their flaws, on the other hand, you can see them growing and realising that this version of the world requires new and strange skills.
I admit, the governmental frictions felt a little derivative but they work within the setting and the plot. I would definitely be interested to read more if this continues as a series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2014
As dramatic solar flares destroy modern technology and civilisation crumbles, journalist Malcolm King living near Brighton desperately tries to reach his young daughter Melody in Manchester. The story follows his journey through a declining landscape of burning cities and savage people. But as Malcolm discovers if he’s going to survive he must become as brutal as the other survivors left behind. By focusing on the people remaining the novel remains grounded and plausible. This is not about Martians, Zombies or Terminators but more about human behaviour and reaction to a catastrophe. Flare is very readable and thought provoking with a slow burning intensity. Paul Grzegorzek has created a modern novel with a very British heart, reminiscent of The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, which I would recommend to any curious reader. Coincidently I first came across Paul Grzegorzek in eBook compilations True Brit Grit and Action Pulse Pounding Tales Volume One, he is also the author of the well received The Follow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2014
I thought that this book was good, the story was refreshing for a post apocalypse flick, and the characters believable. I do however feel the plot was lacking in depth and detail in alot of places, time lapses and it ending up all working out, was a bit too cliche and fairy tale compared to the post apocalypse books I usually read. All in all I'd give the book three and a half stars, but cant so three will have to do. It is a good read to pass the time and definitely promised a very different and interesting premise to the fall of civilisation, I just think the story lacked in both depth and description throughout. Just my two cents
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2014
A gripping read. Characters that come to life embroiled in a plot that leaves you wondering what would happen if fiction became fact, and I found myself constantly wanting to read just one more page before going to sleep.... resulting in many late nights!

A great read from an author who is going from strength to strength, Paul has a solid writing style and a way of keeping you turning the page in anticipation....and leaves you wanting more at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2014
Great characters. Believable storyline and no Zombies. Great alternative to some apocalypse books. Thoroughly enjoyed and as a result have purchased more of Paul's books. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2014
Loved the book. Same theme as an American author used but the writing in this is so much better, and much more believable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2014
Not the normal genre for me, but it was a book that I could not put down. From start to finish this book had me, the characters are likeable, believable and the plot is tense, twisting and unpredictable. You could really believe that the story could possibly happen. All set in the present day and not a zombie in sight, making the whole thing really accessible to someone that normally only reads crime thrillers.

Loved it and cannot wait for the sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2014
Enjoyed this book very much, I read a lot of post apocalyptic stuff, and it made a change to have the world end without zombies! I will certainly be looking out for more of this type of book from this author, thought it was great. Highly recommend
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2014
I have read a few apocalyptic books recently, this being the only one even remotely believable. I was gripped by the story and the characters involved. I loved the fact that it was based in England especially as it was based around an area where I live. I truly hope that there will be a sequel. I very much recommend this book and look forward to reading other novels written by Paul Grzegorzek.
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