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A Cold Black Wave by [Scott, Timothy H.]
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About the Author

Born and raised in California, Tim Scott made a move to the east coast to work as a game designer. He packed a single bag and left everything behind to start his dream job. He has been writing from an early age, and found success and community writing short stories online. He is also the author of Dustland. He lives with his wife and two children in Rhode Island.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2933 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Y9UDHI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #683,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Not my usual type of book, but i did enjoy it. From the moment i read the first page i didnt put it down till i had finished.
I definately recommend this book, and i will be buying book 2 when it becomes available.
You follow two teenagers who are thrown together in an escape shuttle, one should be there, one shouldnt. as the story develops you follow how they adjust to their new environment.
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Brilliant story that had me crying with the emotions. This would make a great film. Congratulations on a extremely well written book.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95b867f8) out of 5 stars 35 reviews
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95364258) out of 5 stars My Review of "A Cold Black Wave" by Timothy H. Scott 8 Nov. 2012
By Richard E. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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The layout of this novel is efficiently designed, carefully edited and a good length. The title page is nice and to the point, but not too flashy. I really enjoyed this novel and could not put it down, and I am a very picky reader passing over hundreds of science fiction novels. In the last six months I have read 4 colonization or apocalyptic themed science fiction novels, 3 by well known publishers, and "A Cold Black Wave" was the best.

The author uses excellent descriptive vocabulary and is a master with similes and metaphors. To be fair, sometimes he has put in too emphasis on description where perhaps inference from dialogue might have been a better choice, but his style works. I got a vivid picture of events and detail with effective illustrative use of prose.

The main protagonist is Josh, a 15 year old boy living on a generational star ship called the USC Westbound, rescuing the last survivors of earth. The author doesn't waste a lot of time detailing the vessel, providing clues through the plot so that the pacing is uninterrupted. Josh has been trained in the `Academy' quarter of the vessel, somewhat reminding me of the Private Military Boarding school my own 15 year old son attends except this one is on acid! It is a harsh school preparing colonist children at a young age for the rigours of new worlds because they are the last chance for the human race to survive. Our hero is not a poster boy for the school; in fact he is a discipline case wasting away in a cell. The ship, however, is in peril. A rebellion and catastrophic disease have decimated the survivors and crew. Insurgents try to steal away in the last remaining shuttles so Josh, immune to the disease, is whisked away by soldiers to fulfil his mission. Escaping in the shuttle, however, he finds his female stowaway partner is not Academy trained, and he resents the burden she will place on him.

As seen from the title page, after an unusually long cryogenic sleep, they crash-land on an earth-like planet (perhaps it is earth, but we are never told). Josh must overcome his contempt and impatience with Leah, a 17 year old quiet religious girl. I felt the author portrayed the teenagers accurately, and in time of unthinkable disaster, some people turn to God, and others blame Him. Josh has been indoctrinated to avoid romances and Leah surprises him with skills that are badly needed. The author patiently develops their relationship and expresses their typical teenage awkwardness with ease. Both Josh and Leah must over come many challenges on the new world and stand together, despite a terrible secret he hides from the Academy.

I think the writer has a strong technological background of future weapons and computer systems reflected in his descriptions of the shuttle controls and combat sequences, of which there are plenty of nail biters. He also displays outdoor knowledge of the natural world making the story realistic and exciting. I won't reveal much more of the plot, but Josh and Leah struggle to overcome horrific discoveries in the new world. The ending was just right and though I had a lot of questions about the new planet, the author concentrates on the two main characters instead of bogging down the plot with too much history or explanation.

Overall, a superb book that I highly recommend to all science fiction readers for a good read you can't put down. Typical of impatient teenage boys, there is a little swearing, but clean of overt physical contact between the sexes. When he gets back from the mud of his military academy, I will show this to my son to read.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93e3bf30) out of 5 stars Survival against the odds with a touch of romance 11 Dec. 2012
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Slightly improbable survival of the human race story with the beginning of good complexity of characters. The earth has been destroyed and the last of the human race has left on generation ships. As a strategy of last resort if the ship is in danger, elite youngsters are groomed in survival strategies and prepared to be cast to the stars in couples to re-seed the human race. The worst happens, and it all goes wrong. An elite and entitled boy ends up being dispatched with what he regards as an incompetent girl, smuggled on by her political father. Despite her lack of training, and his arrogant attitudes, they need to make the best of an unscripted arrangement. The girl's character is particularly well written, and this author shows promise.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93e3be34) out of 5 stars Good and bad 3 May 2014
By Jeanine - Published on Amazon.com
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The writing left a lot to be desired in this book with many awkward sentences. Yet the story was gripping and you could feel the fierce emotions of the two main characters who are struggling to survive. So overall I was feeling that the good outweighed the bad, until I got to the end and the story just stopped at a vital place. Perhaps this is the latest modern trend with series but I am old school and want an ending. Then, if I love the world and the characters I will read the next book. Have some faith your readers, authors.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93a4754c) out of 5 stars Kept me reading, despite the constant "God this and God that." Not into religion with my sci fii. 13 May 2014
By C.M. - Published on Amazon.com
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It's an interesting read. But it doesn't get into specifics as to why they left the earth. Love story it's not as someone mentions and try as I wanted I couldn't really like the main characters. What put me off the most was the ending of the story........ Really?! Why, why, why?! It doesn't really have an ending and leaves you hanging on the last part of it. If this is book 1 of 2or3 it still could have ended better,. If this is a one shot deal then it's a really bad book and ending.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93a47588) out of 5 stars Reel me in. 16 May 2014
By gerald burd - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok I'm hooked. Tell me the story doesn't end here.
This is not only a great story line but grammatical structure is sophisticated to a point of finally being above the level of the simpleton literature that's recently flooded the literary market.
Finally, an author on scale with the intelligence level of Asimov
and O.S. Card.
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