Friday, 3 March 2017

#bookreview ~ Ivellians #scific #fantasy @larrydshack

Larry Shackelford

Ivellians is a fast-paced, science fiction romance story.  The Ivellians possess human characteristics and have come to earth in a last effort to preserve their species.  Unfortunately for the human race, the Ivellians are carnivorous and their soldiers feast on human flesh.  Their ruthless leader, A'Vu, has commanded his soldiers to eliminate the human males and capture females and children.  The Ivellian males believe their females are no longer capable of reproducing, so they intend to mate with the genetically comparable human females. 

Gower Gee is an accomplished Drug Enforcement Agent who is struggling with his professional and personal lives.  When the invasion begins, his commercial airplane inexplicably crashes near a small, secluded island in the Caribbean.  He is one of only a handful of survivors who encounter a marooned Ivellian female, M'ala, who provides them with the key to eliminating the Ivellians.  He is assisted by a unique cast of characters, which include a gay couple, responsible and pragmatic Michael and the flamboyant and endearing Jules.  They are also accompanied by a beautiful school teacher, Sasha, and they collectively believe they will have a better chance of survival if they sail back to the United States. Before they reach land, they meet up with feisty Tabitha and another Ivellian female, P'upi, who assists them.

The castaways are alarmed by the unprecedented destruction they encounter when they arrive back in Miami.  Time is running out. If the human race is going to survive, Gower realizes that he will have to sacrifice his life.  His unselfish task will result in losing the woman of his dreams, Sasha, whom he has fallen deeply in love with.  Gower embarks on a difficult journey to Washington, D.C., where he implements his plan, and he never imagined his efforts would end so tragically.

What did I think of the book?

When a plane goes down in the Bermuda Triangle, it was easy to jump to conclusions. But the reality was something far worse than the passengers who survived the crash could ever imagine.

Hostile aliens have come to Earth to harvest humans for meat and something even more sinister. They are aggressive, brutal and unfeeling. Well, most of them are anyway.

Gower Gee was supposed to be on vacation, taking some time away from his job as a Drug Enforcement Agent. What he didn't expect to be doing was having to fight for the future of humanity.

Wow! Was this book hard to put down or what?! I was gripped from the very first page, and Mr Shackelford held my attention right until the end. The book was super fast paced, and I soon found myself completely immersed in this dystopian world that Mr Shackelford has created.

There are some really memorable characters in this book — Immediately Jules come to mind, you will have to read the book to find out why! The hero of the story is Gower, who is a smart and likable. If an alien invasion really happened, I would want to be his friend! He doesn't panic in the face of adversary, but keeps a cool head and tries to find a way to save, not only his friends and those he loves, but the whole world.

The aliens were a complex species, who had their silent internal war going on at the same time as the invasion. The female of the species is nothing like the male, and I like the contrast, it gave the story a lot of depth.

Ivellians is a terrific read and one I could easily envisage on the big screen. Well done, Mr Shackelford for bringing us yet another great read.

I Highly Recommend.

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About the author

Larry was raised in southwest Missouri where he received his college degree, but he received his education after he graduated and began working in a maximum-security federal prison. After spending two years behind bars, he continued his law enforcement career as a criminal investigator, residing and working in eight states and two foreign countries. Larry retired from law enforcement after twenty-five years of service and resides in Salt La

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