Book Review: The Contaminants by Devin K. Smyth



About the Book

Title: The Contaminants (New Dakota Series, Volume 1)

Author: Devin K. Smyth

Publication Date: June 9, 2015

Publisher: Firedrake Books, LLC (2nd Edition)

Pages: 230

Recommended Ages: 12+

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When the American government’s attempt to “purify” Earth causes a worldwide nuclear holocaust, teen friends Jessil and Soraj are among the few to escape the planet. Orbiting in a cruiser designed to help regenerate Earth’s ecosystem, they assist Soraj’s father, who leads the process to salvage a location for the cruiser’s safe return.

But when a mysterious distress signal arrives from Earth, Jessil is desperate to discover who sent it. She and Soraj join the reconnaissance team that descends to the planet, a world very different from the one they knew. In such a strange land, can their search-and-rescue effort succeed? And if it does, will it mean failure for Earth’s recovery?


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

The Contaminants is a post apocalyptic story that really is horrifying. The US decides to nuke the world after sending a few hundred thousand pre-selected people into space to start a new Earth. They have everythin in place to renew Earth in 4 years after the apocalypse. But the best laid plans…

This book is a little different but I like different. Devin K. Smyth’s writing flows well for the most part, although once in a while I had to go back and re-read something. I also confused who was narrating occasionally. I’m not sure why because I usually like when stories are told from different characters’ points of view.

I found The Contaminants interesting and scary. Could we end up like this Earth: overpopulated and using up all of the resources? It also has s suspenseful, action-filled ending. I’m curious what the next book will bring.


About the Author

Devin K. Smyth is the pen name of Kevin Speth, a part-time novelist and full-time marketing copywriter in the field of children’s entertainment. He resides in southern Wisconsin with his girlfriend and their herd of cats.

The Contaminants is Devin K. Smyth’s first novel and is the first in the “New Dakota” series.

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Book Review: Time of Death: Asylum by Shana Festa

22711078Title: Time of Death: Asylum

Author: Shana Festa

Genre: Horror: zombies

Publication Date: December 9, 2014


Surviving the journey is just the beginning.

The last two months have brought nothing but death and destruction for Emma Rossi. She survived the initial zombie outbreak with her husband, Jake, and their dog, Daphne, but the cost was steep: Sanibel has fallen.

In a world where the only constant is change, the group is pushed to their limits before reaching the gates of Asylum, a coastal stronghold in Sarasota, Florida.

Once again, Emma must navigate an apocalyptic wasteland filled with relentless hordes of the undead and other menacing horrors that threaten her survival.

Only thing is certain. No one is safe from what lurks on either side of Asylum’s gates. Asylum may offer more than just safety.

Sanity will be tested; and many won’t live to tell the tale.

My Review

I received a free audiobook for an honest review.

Asylum is the second book in the Time of Death series. I liked the first book, Induction, so I was excited to listen to book #2.

I find it interesting that Shana Festa can take a post apocalyptic world full of zombies and find a way to make it humorous at times. It helps soften the horror and so much violence and death.

This book is full of suspense and, once Emma and her family reach Asylum, there are some mysterious things going on. Emma feels like something is wrong with the place but isn’t quite sure what it is. Just when she gets a clue, the book ends!

The characters and their relationships are interesting and evolving (or devolving). I felt bad for Emma because her marriage is failing. I’m hoping that whatever is going on with her husband, Jake, will be explained, hopefully resolved, in the next book.

I definitely recommend Asylum if you like post apocalyptic zombie stories. I do think it would be best to read the book #1 first, though..