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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Review - Kate of Kratos by Robert Appleton

Title: Book 3: Kate of Kratos

Author: Robert Appleton

Publisher: Eternal Press

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Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed by: MarthaE

The final installment in Robert Appleton’s sci-fi survival trilogy.
Jason Remington has been abducted by a monstrous creature. Having barely survived the ocean crossing, Kate Borrowdale must track him through an alien forest and over its low gravity roof. She finds him alive, but he is not alone. Two men and a woman, also survivors from the Fair Monique's crash, have rescued him and killed the creature. How? Kate senses they're hiding a secret and doesn’t trust them. Things look up when she finds a mountain cave for them all to live in. Procuring food proves tricky, however, as it means venturing back into the heart of the forest, where Kate and Jason find themselves being watched...by the real inhabitants.

This final book in the trilogy adds the new facet of dealing with the social aspects of surviving as a small group. Each of the other survivors, with their different talents and personalities, brings an additional dimension and added interest to the story. Not only do Kate and Jason have to deal with basic survival needs, but now they have to deal with secrecy, distrust, jealousies, leadership struggles and other emotional aspects of society -albeit a small society!

The author continues this fantastical world with more unusual terrains, environments and dangerous creatures. One very interesting terrain in this book is a low gravity canopy that hangs above the thick and menacing forest. Think of a trampoline surface and a chase by predators reminiscent of dinosaurs and Owl–Men who may be leading Kate and Jason to a way out… or not!

The dangers increase as the survivors discover that some of the enemy creatures are very smart and learn from experience and example! You are kept on the edge of your seat waiting to find out if and how Kate, Jason and their new friends will survive! And although I was disappointed that the book had to come to an end, I was pleased with the way the author resolved the story and summarized an interesting philosophy of survival.

I would comment that I thought the author may have tried too hard to embellish this book unnecessarily with uncommon words. I had to look up at least three terms and that is very unusual for me. Nonetheless, I fully enjoyed this third book as well as the first two.

These books could possibly be read alone but I do not know why anyone would want to do that. You really need to read all three to get the full story and not miss any of the excitement! If you like wild imagination, action and adventure in a strange new world, you Need to read this series! And if you are a sci-fi fan I would consider this a Must Read series for you!!

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