Code Name Atlas Synopsis: Atlas is a war hero caught between his wife’s love or saving the survivors of Earth which has been destroyed by unknown forces. The closest thing to organized leadership are the packs of scavengers that take what they want. To keep his wife safe, he builds an army. To give her the life she wants, he fights. To win back their home, he must go to war. But she doesn’t believe that his sacrifice is for her and his selflessness is driving them apart. As he struggles for his wife’s devotion he is caught in a war with a tyrannical dictator. To win the war and his wife’s safety he must give her up and fight a war where defeat is expected. To fight a dictator he must become a warlord.
Hovering over everything is the threat of an alien invasion which Atlas slowly pieces together through unreliable stories told by the survivors. He soon learns that his fight is only a small part in a war that has been raging for hundreds of years and reaches throughout the galaxy.
A gritty and realistic action adventure book blends with minimal use of science fiction elements to create a rich, believable contemporary fiction story of one soldier’s heart-wrenching post apocalyptic journey to keep his family alive.
Code Name Atlas Review
Code Name Atlas has a take on the reason for the destruction of earth that I have never read before. I was quite happy to see something new come along like that. It was action packed, and the ending left me quite surprised. There’s a part of the story near the end of the book that I appreciated because it was unusual, but I can’t say anymore without spoiling.
The author has the technical skill to pull this off, but still needs to refine his story-telling ability. I did not even begin to connect with the main character until very close to the end of the book. The more minor characters were actually the most interesting ones, as they seemed more complex/real than the hero, his wife, and the villains of the piece. Character development is splotchy at best. Certain things are glossed over. As a result, even though this type of book is right up my alley, I found myself having trouble actually concentrating on the book and falling into a habit of skimming over actually reading. I had to force myself to re-read several sections when I noticed this.
Luckily, the last 45% of Code Name Atlas book got dramatically better, and this is where the author’s true ability finally starts to show through. It still needs some work, but was definitely worth reading.
I struggled to rate this book. Eventually I decided on giving in the rating below in part because I spoke with the author and he assured me that he was aware of some of the issues, and was going to work on getting them fixed. This book has the possibility to be a 4-Cthulhu book. With its unique take on the apocalypse, fantastic action scenes, etc, the possibility is definitely there. Find out more for yourself by reading Code Name Atlas. you can find Code Name: Atlas on Amazon.