Review by Sarah Tariq -- Seer by Larry Austin

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Review by Sarah Tariq -- Seer by Larry Austin

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Seer" by Larry Austin.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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If you are interested in reading dystopian stories, then Seer by Larry Austin is rightly for you. It is 2028. Triton Research and Development Organization have developed a new virus used to meld plastic and steel. This new product, which is introduced with a name โ€˜plasteelโ€™, is highly durable and lighter. So it rapidly becomes popular among people, and the company earns billions from this project. But no one knows the havoc associated with this product.

People start dying with a new illness, appeared as a numbing cold. Everyone is bewildered by this recent development. Meantime, the government appoints a committee headed by a competent doctor, Michael Macalister, to find out the cure for this lethal disease. Soon Michael realizes the impossibility of the task and foresees this virus will result in the death of the 80% of the world population, means the end of the human civilization. Hence, he decides to build up a well-structured woodland farmhouse in Massachusetts by selling his urban property. Many people join him as he moves to his new settlement. Will he be able to live there comfortably by saving his life and of many others through his timely decision? Will they survive this cruel disease? All these answers you will find in the Seer.

The Seer is a marvelous story. Though not full of action, a thrilling element remains throughout the story that keeps you guessing, what will happen next? The narrative is very engaging and easy to understand, which makes the book a captivating read. The themes of care, selfishness, friendship, and enmity go simultaneously.

In the start, the story shifts between the achievements that Triton Research and Development Institute got in the field of plastic industry, the impact of this development on human lives, and government initiative to curb this calamity. I was really inspired by the profound details of each character and event that takes place in a story. Their vivid description makes you feel, you are not reading, rather watching a movie with explicit details. The author very keenly delineates the pros and cons of this huge structure, built up by Michael. His (Michael) foresightedness receives a big acclaim from his colleagues.

Though the post-apocalyptical world created in the story is beyond reality, the genuine scenario portrayed by the author makes it a reality show. However, the story takes a sad (disliking) look when Michaelโ€™s beloved wife Sherilyn also develops the numbing cold. I was surprised by the insensitivity and selfishness he (Michael) showed towards his wife during her last few moments. I feel our protagonist tries to become over-smart in some places.

In brief, the Seer is an amazing thriller with a unique plot, well-developed characters, and an in-built mystery. Its title is very apt and rightly depicts the inner-story. Moreover, the book is professionally edited with only a few negligible typos. Therefore, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Seer is the first book in series, and I am anxiously waiting for its subsequent books. I would recommend it to those who have an interest in dystopian, post-apocalyptical stories with recurring themes of love, deceit, friendship, and suspense.

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This seems an interesting book. Until OBC the only dystopian novel I can remember ever reading was George Orwell's Animal Farm. Now I seem to see dystopian novels everywhere I look.
Plasteel would be very valuable in our world today, considering the amount of plastic waste being generated worldwide. I appreciate authors that can provide vivid descriptions in their books; maybe because I really like movies. Anyways I intend to give Seer a go.
A nice and well put together review you have here, please keep it up!
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ea_anthony wrote: โ†‘01 Oct 2018, 12:05 This seems an interesting book. Until OBC the only dystopian novel I can remember ever reading was George Orwell's Animal Farm. Now I seem to see dystopian novels everywhere I look.
Plasteel would be very valuable in our world today, considering the amount of plastic waste being generated worldwide. I appreciate authors that can provide vivid descriptions in their books; maybe because I really like movies. Anyways I intend to give Seer a go.
A nice and well put together review you have here, please keep it up!
Thanks for your thorough feedback!
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Hi Sara I have read your review Seer by Larry Austin. I liked your review because there is a composition of a manufacturing company for making a product. This product has a very dangerous chemistry. You have a good choice.
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I also look forward to reading the second book in the series. I'm glad you enjoyed the book as much as I did :)
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The book sounds like a must read. I have so enjoyed reading your review. Its a pity the protagonist was so insensitive towards his life when she got the numbing cold. Great review!
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Great review. I think a lot of people are looking at the world today and seriously thinking about going back to the soul.
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Fozia-Bajwa wrote: โ†‘02 Oct 2018, 10:47 Hi Sara I have read your review Seer by Larry Austin. I liked your review because there is a composition of a manufacturing company for making a product. This product has a very dangerous chemistry. You have a good choice.
Thanks for your feedback, Fozia! :)
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Loved your detailed and thorough review. The themes and the captivating storyline make this a must read. Thank you for such a great review!
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Helen_Combe wrote: โ†‘02 Oct 2018, 15:59 Great review. I think a lot of people are looking at the world today and seriously thinking about going back to the soul.
Sure, it is quite engaging. Thank you so much for your feedback ,Helen! :)
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World Inc has me scared of these types of book but this story sounds much more appealing. I appreciate your review and the great details and I'll keep this book in mind. Thanks!
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Bianka Walter wrote: โ†‘02 Oct 2018, 14:53 I also look forward to reading the second book in the series. I'm glad you enjoyed the book as much as I did :)
I will look for this too. Thanks for your feedback. :)
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jcoad wrote: โ†‘04 Oct 2018, 22:59 World Inc has me scared of these types of book but this story sounds much more appealing. I appreciate your review and the great details and I'll keep this book in mind. Thanks!
Like Jcoad, I think that a World Inc. review and yours both make the dystopian future seem threatening. However, stories like this book highlight the possible scenarios we have to prepare for if not to totally prevent from happening at all. I hope the protagonists in the story and we in the real world could make it through. Thank you for your descriptive review.
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A new virus used to meld plastic and steel named โ€˜plasteelโ€™? This is the first time I read a dystopian novel with this plot. Your perfect rating for this book made me curious to read the entire story. Thanks for sharing your review.
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Espie wrote: โ†‘05 Oct 2018, 05:56
jcoad wrote: โ†‘04 Oct 2018, 22:59 World Inc has me scared of these types of book but this story sounds much more appealing. I appreciate your review and the great details and I'll keep this book in mind. Thanks!
Like Jcoad, I think that a World Inc. review and yours both make the dystopian future seem threatening. However, stories like this book highlight the possible scenarios we have to prepare for if not to totally prevent from happening at all. I hope the protagonists in the story and we in the real world could make it through. Thank you for your descriptive review.
You are right, world is already moving towards destruction. Stories like this add more horror. :)
Thanks for your feedback. :)
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