Earthbound by Paul Falk
eBook review copy; 205 pages
Earthbound by Paul Falk is a so-so science fiction novel.
An asteroid of unbelieveable size (20 miles!) is found to be hurling
on a collision course toward the Earth. The impact and the end of life
as we know it is going to occur in 32 days and the world falls into
chaos. Set in San Diego, California, our protagonist, Jim Stone is
ex-Navy and sets out to prepare. He manages to get the last cart load of
groceries out of the local store, arms himself, and then coordinates
getting his son, girlfriend, and best friend all ensconced at his house.
Setting aside the rather stilted writing and somewhat awkward dialogue, the start to the plot in Earthbound
is strong, The chaos brings violence and Jim is ready to meet it head
on, gun at the ready, protecting those he loves and what they have.
There are several narrow escapes from death for all of them. The
impending disaster looms large and the violence threatening them is
palpable. The narrative is gripping at this point and you will be
wondering if they can survive.
Then it all takes a side-track, running off the rails of a great
start and heads down the allegorical trail. The juxtaposition of concern
over the survival, protection, and safety of those you love being
suddenly banished for a greater concern that can be made to directly
compare to a current political situation was a story-killer.
Additionally, the amount of discussion between characters relating to
this was, well, kinda preachy and long-winded. Less time was spent
discussing the neighbor demanding food and trying to break into your
house so you had to kill him. (For those who read Earthbound,
ponder this and the other shooting in comparison to the later lecture.)
Then the ending abruptly arrives with no conclusion. This is part one of
My review copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.