I heard about the debut of Dan's book on Facebook, as he is one of my friends there. I volunteered to be a reviewer. Dan was kind enough to send me a copy months ago, but I am ashamed to say that I am quite often distracted and have just NOW finished it. However, once I finally started reading, I was immediately sucked in and I read it non-stop for two days.
“Visions of pulp era heroes fill his thoughts. Taking advanced physics, he dreams big, but harsh reality bites as he grows up, and he resigns himself to building surveillance drones for the military. After a brief probative period, he’s unexpectedly moved into the clandestine world of investigating crashed alien craft. Fascinated beyond anything he thought possible, it’s a dream come true but his lack of social skills get him fired. However, he’s seen too much – and a year later returns to pull off a bloody heist… Fleeing into the woods with the military in hot pursuit, he makes a mad scramble up the coast. It’s only then he discovers the world has grown strange. Businesses are closed. Highways deserted. The US has become fractured… Trigger happy locals and violent militias are only the beginning. Death, madness, and the unwelcome return of creatures from beyond this world await…”
This little blurb alone was enough to draw me in. "Ooooh." I believe that would be a accurate description after reading this little clip.
The Black Seas of Infinity is written in the first-person point of view. We follow the protagonist, who has always dreamed of advanced physics, into a military job building drones and then being drafted into a covert military project. This turns out to be a dream come true for our fellow, although it is cut short as he soon finds himself at odds with the powers that be. Naturally, having worked for a secret military group means he knows too much and the story evolves into an apocalyptic journey through a crumbling of society and into the jungles of Mexico.
I detest reviews with spoilers, so I will not write one. But I will say that this story has sort of a cliffhanger ending and leaves you clamoring for more. Rumor has it there is to be a sequel...*squee.
For fans of science fiction, this is a must-read. In addition to a captivating story, this book includes full page interior drawings that really help bring the story to life. Dan also illustrated the cover.