Official Review: Legacy by Sean T. Smith

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Official Review: Legacy by Sean T. Smith

Post by Bianka Walter » 07 Feb 2019, 15:12

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Legacy" by Sean T. Smith.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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I love it when a book starts by telling the stories of various people. Then slowly, intricately, it starts to link the characters together as the roads of their journeys converge. Legacy begins with a nuclear explosion in a subterranean bunker in the Mojave Desert. The electromagnetic pulse of the explosion has far-reaching effects – further than usual. At the time of the explosion, JW Duarte is flying his jet over the Mojave Desert when his electronics go dead, and he falls to his imminent doom. He wakes up to meet David – an overly polite alien who is regrowing JW’s arm and leg in his spaceship. A little farther out, Jessica and Bryce are having a well-deserved break from college. They have decided to spend the night in Las Vegas when all the lights go out. Farther out on the continent, Director Bustos awakens in Washington D.C. to the sound of his cell phone ringing. After being informed of the nuclear event, he is collected by Major Lucas, ex-navy seal and new glorified driver for the Director. Finally, and farthest away, Rick and Sarah are on Luna Base Alpha (the Moon) when something goes horribly awry.

As we delve into each character and their backgrounds, their importance to the story becomes more evident. Will this ragtag bunch of people be able to rally in order to prevent another nuclear disaster? And, ultimately, will they be able to save the world? Also, and most obviously, why is there an alien?

This book was such fun to read. The characters were all so well developed that it was easy to sympathise with them. The ease of the dialogue, the elaborate characters, and the fast-paced story all made this a truly enjoyable read. I have difficulty enjoying books when I can’t picture the interchanges between characters. The conversations between the people in this book were flawless. This made the characters relevant, and I felt engaged in all of their lives. The author, Sean T. Smith, also threw a healthy dose of humour into the dialogue, which I loved. A good example of this was an altercation between Bryce and a crazy assassin.
“First, I am going to stab out one of your eyeballs and make you eat it.”
“I’m really not hungry,” he mumbled.
This could be quite dark, if not for the lighthearted, amusing response.

Because this was such an entertaining story, I was a bit disappointed that the ending was so sudden. The entire book led up to one moment, and I don’t feel like the author did the ending justice. It just felt rushed. However, that didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. It’s entirely possible that I was just sad that the book was finished.

Unfortunately, the editing prevents me from giving Legacy more than 3 out of 4 stars. There were errors, but not so many that they detracted from my reading enjoyment. This is an easy fix for the author, and I hope he addresses it. This is a book for all sci-fi lovers. I would also recommend it to people seeking alternate origin stories for mankind. I have not seen any indication of a sequel, but it would be something that I would look forward to reading. Hint, hint, Mr. Smith.

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Post by kdstrack » 15 Feb 2019, 05:19

This does sound entertaining with the different stories coming together. Also, that comment about alternate origin stories about mankind is quite intriguing. Interesting! Thanks for your fascinating review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 15 Feb 2019, 08:43

Wow! I love when there are these characters which are seemingly disconnected, but they are all brought together eventually. Plus, the fact that the author inserts lighthearted moments into an otherwise dark book definitely makes me think this is one I should read. Great review. I'll have to look it up despite the grammatical errors.
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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 Feb 2019, 12:05

kdstrack wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 05:19
This does sound entertaining with the different stories coming together. Also, that comment about alternate origin stories about mankind is quite intriguing. Interesting! Thanks for your fascinating review.
Thank you so much for reading it! I had fun writing this one 🙂
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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 Feb 2019, 12:06

kandscreeley wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 08:43
Wow! I love when there are these characters which are seemingly disconnected, but they are all brought together eventually. Plus, the fact that the author inserts lighthearted moments into an otherwise dark book definitely makes me think this is one I should read. Great review. I'll have to look it up despite the grammatical errors.
I feel like you’ll really enjoy this one 🙂 let me know what you think if you do decide to read it.
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Post by labibliofile » 15 Feb 2019, 13:01

I completely agree with you, stories that link characters as you delve deeper into the story is an absolute delight, and the dark humour is just an added bonus! A great review and lots to learn from!
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Post by Jessacardinal » 15 Feb 2019, 13:07

Learning how the explosion impacts the population on various levels would be very interesting. I always appreciate well-developed characters and find the example of the humorous dialogue in your review hilarious! Unfortunately, I am bummed to read of another rushed ending to an otherwise phenomenal book. It seems so many novels end abruptly.
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Post by BelleReadsNietzsche » 15 Feb 2019, 14:01

I love it when a book starts by telling the stories of various people. Then slowly, intricately, it starts to link the characters together as the roads of their journeys converge.
I love this too! This sounds like such a fun read with great characters and great character interaction. I'm sorry to hear that the ending didn't do the lead-up justice. Thanks for the review!
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Post by unamilagra » 15 Feb 2019, 17:14

Ooh, this sounds like a fun plot line. I also love when authors are able to weave seemingly unrelated characters together during the story. I hope to check this one out soon!

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Post by Miriam Molina » 15 Feb 2019, 18:46

This sounds like something I would enjoy, dark and light sides and all. I have eaten some eyes myself! :o

Too bad that the editing stole one star away. I hope Mr. Smith smooths it out.

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Post by linham02660 » 16 Feb 2019, 13:04

The books with alternate explanations of the origins of mankind. It is also interesting when things that seemingly have no connection end up related. Thanks for the great review.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 16 Feb 2019, 15:34

labibliofile wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 13:01
I completely agree with you, stories that link characters as you delve deeper into the story is an absolute delight, and the dark humour is just an added bonus! A great review and lots to learn from!
Glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for commenting :)
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Post by Bianka Walter » 16 Feb 2019, 15:36

Jessacardinal wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 13:07
Learning how the explosion impacts the population on various levels would be very interesting. I always appreciate well-developed characters and find the example of the humorous dialogue in your review hilarious! Unfortunately, I am bummed to read of another rushed ending to an otherwise phenomenal book. It seems so many novels end abruptly.
I must say, I did have a chuckle at the eyeball comment. There were a few underhanded and hilarious quips. Lots of fun.
Thanks for commenting! I really appreciate it :)
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Post by Bianka Walter » 16 Feb 2019, 16:15

BelleReadsNietzsche wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 14:01
I love it when a book starts by telling the stories of various people. Then slowly, intricately, it starts to link the characters together as the roads of their journeys converge.
I love this too! This sounds like such a fun read with great characters and great character interaction. I'm sorry to hear that the ending didn't do the lead-up justice. Thanks for the review!
Thanks so much for commenting! The characters were awesome. I even left a few out of my summary. If you can actually believe that. :shock:
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Post by Bianka Walter » 16 Feb 2019, 16:16

unamilagra wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 17:14
Ooh, this sounds like a fun plot line. I also love when authors are able to weave seemingly unrelated characters together during the story. I hope to check this one out soon!
He did it so well too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
I hope you enjoy it if you do decide to read it :)
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