This started off as a trade. You know...You read and review my indie novel and I'll read and review yours. So when I first started reading the science fiction book, Coyote by David L. Foster, I didn't really know what to expect. I hadn't even read the book's bio! But you know what?
This is my new favorite book of 2016.
Why? Well, this book really grabs you. Within the first few pages, I was hooked. I love it when books start in the middle of a conflict, and this one puts the reader right smack in the center of a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Not only does our heroine's story begin in the aftermath of what can only be described as a "hostile monster takeover," but we meet her as she's being hunted. By what? At first, we don't know exactly, but her actions, fears, and hesitations can only mean it's something intimidating, and extremely dangerous.
And all of that happens within the first chapter!
Without giving too much away, the story then follows the heroine, Coyote, as she journeys through Oregon, fighting to survive. Coyote is a very intriguing character because she is private and unsociable. Without compromising the audience's understanding of the character's desire for seclusion, the author does an incredible job of leaking information about her throughout the story. By the end of the book, we know a little more about her, but not much more than we knew at the beginning. In my opinion this is awesome, because it makes the character all the more believable...and it keeps me wanting more. Isn't that the desire of all authors? To entertain their audience and keep them reading?
There aren't too many other characters in the book (it IS a dystopian/post-apocalyptic story afterall) but each one is unique, colorful, and authentic. Even the "enemy," (the thing(s) our characters are running from and even fighting), is wonderfully imaginative. The "creatures" are intense and definitely scary, but they aren't TOO over the top to be completely outlandish and absurd. As far as science fiction books are concerned, this one is TOPS.
The author, David L. Foster, is a modest guy, full of humility. His Amazon bio (click on his name for direct access) states just that: he's simply a man who likes to read stories so much, that he decided to write one of his own. His love of stories is obvious, even without reading his bio. Coyote is a GREAT story, and quite frankly, I don't believe anyone can WRITE a great story if they don't READ great stories. This is Foster's first book (on Amazon at least) and I must say, he has a natural talent for putting pen to paper.
So, in short READ THIS BOOK. Right now it's FREE with Kindle Unlimited (or you can purchase for $2.99). I look forward to reading more of his work, and can only hope there are more Coyote stories to tell.