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The Lost Diaries of John Smith by [Rhodes, Phillip]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0059V8462
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #952,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Different! Firstly it's a good read, but short. I liked the characters and the narrative, but as a eBook it's short. Don't get me wrong, the characters work, as does the storyline. It would make an excellent movie or TV series, thereafter a ghost-written spin-off book maybe more viable, but that said, I enjoyed this book. I empathised with Amy Cooper (Amy Pond?) in her search for truth and in her fight for survival. She's a plucky heroine and we need more like her in Science Fiction.

The story is excellent with numerous revelations that keep you captive until literally the last page. The book has everything, including a firestorm, giant spaceships and aliens. Beyond that and I would be giving too much away. I'm glad I bought the book. It's different.
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This is an interesting story with characters who live with you after you have finished reading about them. There were insights into what it means to be human in a post- apocalyptic world and this thoughtful story also raised some questions. Such a good read,I wanted to know more about their lives after the story ended. I couldn't put it down and heartily recommend it to anyone who likes a great tale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book Review - The Lost Diaries of John Smith by Phillip Rhodes 10 Mar. 2012
By The Alternative - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Lost Diaries of John Smith
Phillip Rhodes
July 2011
Smashwords Edition
148 pages (portrait)
Novella
ASIN: B0059V8462

The Lost Diaries of John Smith by Phillip Rhodes takes a dark look at a calamity that brings the government of England and all its social and economic institutions to a standstill. It is about survival, and searching for loved ones, and being caught up in events that no one has control over. Told in short, vignette-like chapters and discovered diary fragments The Lost Diaries of John Smith represents a growing interest in post-apocalyptic stories that run the gambit from total destruction of the planet to local isolation due to disaster or unforeseen societal breakdown. The Lost Diaries is a clear example of the later and is very successful in many ways. But the compelling factor, in my opinion, is that the author kept my interest through the entire story (even with some glaring mechanical errors) and I read quickly through the Diary to see what had become of the character named in the title. Throw in a quest motif and a few aliens and you have a solid venture worth reading.

One disconcerting aspect about this book was the unusual number of spelling and editing errors and misused words (plague for plaque, for instance.) I assumed at the time that I was reading an ARC, in which it is common to find many spelling errors, but if this was not an Advance Reader Copy then the author is in serious need of a good copyeditor. About the only other negative thing I can say about it is that it was much too short and I, for one, wish I'd thought of the idea. If you enjoy character-driven post-apocalyptic fiction, quest narratives, or stories of suffering, loss, and redemption then The Lost Diaries of John Smith is for you.

3 out of 5 stars

The Alternative
Southeast Wisconsin
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Read!!! 20 Oct. 2011
By Michael E. Gunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Lost Diaries of John Smith, by Phillip Rhodes, is a dark cloud shot through with a ray of sunlight. Set in the near future, a cataclysmic event reduces human existence to a fight for survival. Caught between the threat of starvation and ominous objects in the sky, the enigmatic John Smith faces each day with the grim awareness that it could be his last. As hopelessness threatens to overwhelm him, an "orphaned" child gives him reason to press on. Most of the book is written as entries from John Smith's diary, which provides a fascinating eyewitness account of civilization come undone. While the circumstances of this story are intriguing and several of John's observations are amusing, the real value of the story is found in John himself. He is a clear illustration of the idea that adversity reveals character. And Mr. Rhodes skillfully does the difficult work of creating an emotional connection between reader and character. It doesn't take long to become invested in John's struggle and find oneself pulling for his victory. At the risk of giving too much away, for it is the job of the reader to discover and learn from the truth of story, I will say that the character of John Smith is what each of us should strive to be, whether facing the end of the world or the monotony of life. I thoroughly enjoyed being caught up in Lost Diaries and invite you to do the same.
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I bought the book - it's different! 5 Sept. 2011
By Hannah, UK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Different! Firstly it's a good read, but short. I liked the characters and the narrative, but as a eBook it's short. Don't get me wrong, the characters work, as does the storyline. It would make an excellent movie or TV series, thereafter a ghost-written spin-off book maybe more viable, but that said, I enjoyed this book. I empathised with Amy Cooper (Amy Pond?) in her search for truth and in her fight for survival. She's a plucky heroine and we need more like her in Science Fiction.

The story is excellent with numerous revelations that keep you captive until literally the last page. The book has everything, including a firestorm, giant spaceships and aliens. Beyond that and I would be giving too much away. I'm glad I bought the book. It's different.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read 1 Oct. 2011
By wendy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great story which pulls you along with it.The characters stay with you long after you have finished reading and you want to know more about their lives a sequel ?) There are interesting insights into what it means to be human in a post-apocalyptic world. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone who loves a gripping story.
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