Review by Bianka Walter -- Seer by Larry Austin

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Review by Bianka Walter -- Seer by Larry Austin

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Seer" by Larry Austin.]
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Dr. Michael Macalister has always been a forward thinker. As an infectious disease specialist, he is hired by the government when the numbing cold, an illness long dormant, returns with a vengeance. The new strain is a killer, and an estimated 80% of the population is suddenly on borrowed time. Michael foresees the devastation that will be caused by the numbing cold long before anyone else does. As he hopelessly labours to find a cure, he starts making provisions for the ruin that will surely follow.

Out in the countryside, Michael builds a make-shift sanctuary. With his astute planning and business acumen, he is able to create a compound which will be safe from any threat. He knows that a loss of supervision and organisation will cause people to revolt, and many of them may turn to violence. His new haven is a place for likeminded people to come and settle down in peace. But as is true for most situations, there are always a couple of bad apples. Seer takes us on the journey of Michael and a few of his friends as they set out to start a new life.

This book was well planned out. The detail that went into surviving in a structureless world was bewildering. The author, Larry Austin, left nothing to the imagination. His compound was filled with absolutely everything necessary not only to survive, but to thrive. There were many ideas that Michael came up with which were so smart that I found myself shaking my head and thinking, “Wow, I would never have considered that.” Bees for instance. Who would think so far ahead into a post-apocalyptic world to buy bees and hives? I thoroughly enjoyed his descriptions of how he built his homestead.

I also loved the characters. They were all so well developed, and in a book with such a huge cast, I found that commendable. Even the less important characters were described well enough that I knew who they were when mentioned again in passing. The core characters were all extremely distinct, and I had no trouble feeling connections to all of them.

I really enjoyed this story. However, it does read as a “What to pack for doomsday” book. Some people may find the detail Austin goes into a little too much, and I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who finds detailed justifications boring. I am not one of those people. The climactic ending of the book left it open for a sequel, which I look forward to reading. I happily rate Seer 4 out of 4 stars. The editing of the story was great; I found only a handful of errors. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good post-apocalyptic story. The best thing about it was that it was believable as something that could happen in the near future. One thing is for sure, if the end of the world ever does happen, I can only hope that I find a Michael Macalister to tag along with.

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I didn't think about bees! There are so many things needed for Doomsday that I didn't think about! I guess lucky for us, we're probably a ways off Doomsday. Great review though!
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Oh my goodness, after reading this book - I realise that I would be first to peg if doomsday ever comes. It's amazing what we don't think about!
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Great review! I guess anyone allergic to bees are doomed going forward. This books sounds awesome. Great story idea and appears to be a very well thought out story. I will put this on my short list to read next. Thanks!
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Oh the bee idea is definitely an inspired one! This sounds like an absolutely amazing book, except the part where it reads slightly like a manual. I'm going to place this on my to-read list. Thanks for the recommendation and the bee-utiful review, Bianka! :lol:
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Just watch Doomsday Preppers so you can find your Michael, just in case. Make sure he doesn't forget the little stuff that can make or break you. I saw one where the people basically made an entire enclosed ecosystem. Sounds like an awesome book. Great review. I love the bee thing and gen_g's bee-utiful comment.
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jcoad wrote: 09 Sep 2018, 16:34 Great review! I guess anyone allergic to bees are doomed going forward. This books sounds awesome. Great story idea and appears to be a very well thought out story. I will put this on my short list to read next. Thanks!
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gen_g wrote: 10 Sep 2018, 02:21 Oh the bee idea is definitely an inspired one! This sounds like an absolutely amazing book, except the part where it reads slightly like a manual. I'm going to place this on my to-read list. Thanks for the recommendation and the bee-utiful review, Bianka! :lol:
Well, at least you know that if you review this one, it will definitely be published :) Win-win!
Thank you for the bee-utiful thoughts gen-g!
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kfwilson6 wrote: 10 Sep 2018, 13:44 Just watch Doomsday Preppers so you can find your Michael, just in case. Make sure he doesn't forget the little stuff that can make or break you. I saw one where the people basically made an entire enclosed ecosystem. Sounds like an awesome book. Great review. I love the bee thing and gen_g's bee-utiful comment.
So, I've heard about this show... that these people just go nuts and stockpile everything in case the end of the world comes. Now I know what it's called. I will have to look into it - it sounds SUPER entertaining! And maybe I'll learn a thing or two before the zombie apocalypse.
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Dr Micheals has made me wonder if Noah had bees in the ark! Sounds like an interesting read. Great review!
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Cotwani wrote: 10 Sep 2018, 17:02 Dr Micheals has made me wonder if Noah had bees in the ark! Sounds like an interesting read. Great review!
Two of every kind, I suppose!
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Thank you for your detailed review! I love reading these kinds of books and I love that the author managed to come up with smart ideas for his characters! It's great that the characters are well-developed too. Too bad about it sounding like a 'what to pack for a doomsday' book but I can always skip the detailed justifications :P
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Allyseria wrote: 13 Sep 2018, 15:11 Thank you for your detailed review! I love reading these kinds of books and I love that the author managed to come up with smart ideas for his characters! It's great that the characters are well-developed too. Too bad about it sounding like a 'what to pack for a doomsday' book but I can always skip the detailed justifications :P
It was a really fun book - even with all the justifications :) You'll find yourself reading them even if you mean to skip them.
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Sounds like a super interesting book, although I'd probably be one of those people who'd think the details were a little too much. Thanks for the great review though - I always enjoy reading yours :)
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Bonnie Shelby wrote: 15 Sep 2018, 21:01 Sounds like a super interesting book, although I'd probably be one of those people who'd think the details were a little too much. Thanks for the great review though - I always enjoy reading yours :)
That's a very sweet thing to say!
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