Kings of this World by Peter Bailey #BookReview

Title: Kings of this World | Author: Peter Bailey | Pub. Date: 2017-6-26 | Pages: 304 | ISBN13: 9781548399467 | Genre: Apocalyptic Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Source: I received a copy from the author for review consideration

Kings of This World

Matthew is just trying to hold the wreckage of his life together after his girlfriend left him for another woman. A chance to review a West End play seems like a lucky break, until it turns into an X-rated nightmare. The next day London tears itself apart, people make love in the streets and kill each other over a dirty sandwich. Overnight everything changes, the city is very quiet, people smile and nod, but what they smile and nod at is only visible to them. The only other normal person is Jeremy, sarcastic, intelligent and frequently wrong. Together they form an uneasy alliance that lasts until cone shaped aliens land and begin harvesting people like wheat. The last two survivors in London begin a desperate search for a way to stop the aliens before it’s their turn, unaware that millions of people have already killed themselves to give them the perfect weapon. Will Matthew and Jeremy realize the weapon they have been given before its too late?

Book cover for Kings of This World

Kings of this World

“When the first few pages involve a woman having publicly inappropriate self-relations in a theater, and then punching the stranger sitting beside her, you know you’re in for a trip.” This was the first note I made about Kings of this World, and I had no idea exactly how accurate it would be. Kings of this World feels like Peter Bailey took a look at every post-invasion novel (or really, almost any apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel) and said “Okay, this is how not to do it.” And then he went and followed his own advice. The result is a novel that turns your expectations on their head and keeps you off balance for most of the book. Even the final line left me extremely unsettled.

A brief overview of the differences: There’s no romance in this book. Either of the insta-love or hormonal-overdrive variety. Instead, our characters are same sex allies. Everything happens in the time immediately following the invasion. There is no ‘one ‘good’ group of survivor versus an ‘evil’ group’ happening. Its humanity versus aliens (not zombies, though there is The Stupid). And the aliens are…different. I can’t say much more without giving it away, but let’s just say that these aren’t your typical aliens that invade Earth. Dedicated sci-fi readers will probably appreciate the differences.The wrap-up itself is disturbing in a way that’s hard to describe. It’s not quite a happily ever after, but not a ‘humanity is screwed’ either. 

I had previously reviewed Bailey’s novel Walk in the Flesh, and one of the remarks I had made was that I absolutely hated the main character, and yet I was drawn to his story. I could almost say the same here. The only difference is that I understood the resident jerk just a little more than I was really comfortable with. Kings of this World has dual male protagonists that have a “I hate you but we need to work together” relationship that is completely believable. I spent half the novel hoping one of them would deck the other one.  Matthew is a good guy with a lot more patience and ability to see stuff from someone else’s point of view than one might expect. But he doesn’t feel like a ‘Mary Sue’ (or whatever the male equivalent is). Jeremy is a book-smart snob that uses his intelligence as a weapon, has little emotional maturity, and is very thin-skinned.

Kings of this World is a must-read if you’re tired of the same old crap that gets recycled in practically every story line vaguely involving an apocalyptic even anymore. It’s fresh, interesting, and completely entertaining with at least a handful of scenes that will unsettle you as soon as you really think about them. Peter Bailey is an author with a talent for writing books that are just not like anything else you’ll find out there.

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Walk in the Flesh Review (Sci-Fi Thriller)

Title: Walk in the Flesh | Author: Peter Bailey | Publisher: Barbarian Books | Pub. Date: 2014-12-01 | Pages:  202 | ISBN13: 9781622060405 | Genre: Science Fiction – Thriller | Language: English | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Triggers: Rape, Molestation, Domestic Violence | Date Read: 2015-10-13 | Source: Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Walk in the Flesh

Terrorists killed his wife.

In the aftermath of a terrorist attack Neil is given the chance to serve his country by serving up revenge. He soon becomes England’s premier spy and assassin. As a man he was unpleasant, dangerous and of little use. As a cyborg he is unpleasant, very dangerous and extremely useful. His suicide missions fit his strengths and his weaknesses. He exacts vengeance, kills without mercy, then destroys the evidence by destroying his temporary body. The aftermath is someone else’s problem.

The scientists that created this nanotechnology knew they were creating a monster. They did not know that Neil was monstrous before they started. What do they tell their superiors when Neil’s atrocities escalate? With every mission a success, will the bureaucrats even care?

But Neil is worse than homicidal and psychopathic, he’s untidy. When he leaves his severed head in Iran, he leaves a pathologist a puzzle to solve. If she succeeds, it will destroy England’s only chance to survive in a terrorists’ transformed world. The humanity of every member of this top secret team will be maximally tested when they are ordered to send this powerful psychotic assassin on a rescue mission. – Goodreads

Walk in the Flesh

Walk in the Flesh Review

Peter Bailey does a fantastic job in Walk in the Flesh in more than one respect. One part that stood out the most to me was how well he communicated the feelings of women in foreign countries being systematically oppressed as the countries regress into religious rule. I wasn’t expecting to find that in this book! Also, I absolutely hated the main character, and yet I was drawn to his story. I couldn’t stop reading, but was caught helplessly in Bailey’s web as events unfolded.

Now, I was vaguely disappointed in the fact that everything seems to come full circle to one particular scarring episode. It seems to be used an excuse for lots of things, and I think that, quite frankly, that’s bull. However, this is not the fault of the author’s. What happened to Neil was a convenient excuse and most any writer would probably use it to send him circling the drain.

There was at least two or three times while reading this book that I muttered a curse word in disgust or disbelief at something that had happened. There was definitely at least one time where I went “What the–” and barely stopped myself (or didn’t, depending on the company) from saying some various forms of crude words as I expressed the fact that I hadn’t seen seen a particular twist coming.  By the end I was mentally pleading with it to just be over as it took one turn after another. I had no clue where exactly it was going to end up! (That’s not a bad thing.)

Disgusting, disturbing, and downright fascinating, Walk in the Flesh will make you think, hate, and feel sympathy in places you really wouldn’t expect to. I highly recommend it for readers who are fans of Scott Sigler and Stephen King.

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 Did you know? Walk in the Flesh is a Fort Bookworm double-dip. Both myself and Allie, from Allie’s Opinions, have reviewed this book. (She loved it!) Click here to be taken to her review!)

This Week in Books: It was a week for disturbing subject matter.

This Week in Books was started by the bloggers over at Lipsyy. I find it much easier to do than the weekly Top 5! So, here we go… (psst: Click the book cover to be taken to the GoodReads page)

What I’m Reading for Review:

The Felix Chronicles  by R.T. Lowe (Author-given copy for review)

Progress: 10%
Opinion So Far: I don’t think I’ve honestly got far enough into it to form an opinion. The prologue was pretty cool, though. Lots of telekinesis.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Self-purchased audio book)

Progress: 20%
Opinion So Far: I really took a gamble with this one because I like very few female narrators, but thus far I’m really enjoying the story.

The Next 5 on My List:

All Author-Given Copies for Review

What I Finished This Week

This Week in Books: From Fantasy to Childrens to Horror and Back Again

This Week in Books was apparently started by the bloggers over at Lipsyy. Its been a crazy week here, not that you can tell it via my list of books!

What I’m Reading for Review

Glyphbinder by T. Eric Bakutis (Author-given copy for review)

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Progress: 108/320
Opinion So Far Bakutis is a talented writer able to weave an intriguing fantasy world without overburdening you with details

Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines (Self-purchased Audio Book)

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Progress: 155/310
Opinion So Far: An interesting premise, a decent listen, but hardly enthralling

Chimera Sequence by Elliot Garber (E-galley Copy for review)

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Progress So Far: 4%

What’s Next on my List

(All are Author-Given Copies for Review. Click the Covers to be taken to the Goodreads pages)

What I Finished Reading this Week

My “side reads” this week (ie: I checked them out from the library because, well, there’s a library less than 7 minutes away from my house. Library has books. I visit library. I must get books. Thems the rules!) are: Brood, Breed, and This Book is Full of Spiders