Book Title: Nightfall (Book 1 in the Clemhorn Trilogy) By Andrew J Harvey
Category: Adult Fiction, 250 pages
Genre: Science Fiction Military, Alternate History
Publisher: Zmok Books, an imprint of Pike and Powder Publishing Group LLC
Release date: February 2019
Tour dates: June 3 - 14, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (My book includes some violence and adult themes including one off-camera torture scene)
After eighty years of war the remnants of humanity on the Nayarit Line struggled to survive in sealed domes, surrounded by radioactive wasteland and genetically engineered viruses. It was in the last, desperate years of the war that the first trans-temporal portal was developed at Chiqu, a small research facility on the west coast of North America. As the domes finally failed and civilization collapsed around them, Iapura led fifty-three survivors to found a new empire on a parallel Earth; an Earth where, in 1884, Russian and English armies faced each other across America’s Great Plains, totally unprepared for the technology of the invading Nayarit. The Cross-Temporal Empire now encompasses fifty-four parallel Earths. But with its ruling Council riven by dissent the death of First Leader Manet, sets the Council into a slow and irrevocable slide into civil war.
A war that threatens not only the lives of the Clemhorn siblings: Conrad, Arnold, Donald, and Ivy; but the very future of the Empire.
When I first started reading this novel, I was wondering if it was the same book as what the description says about it. It has a strong beginning as we are introduced to the four siblings: Conrad, Arnold, Donald, and Ivy. The story is told through the eyes of these four main characters in alternating chapters. I enjoyed these main characters and thought they well-developed but was quite confused about the setting, the timeline and what was really going on. I think there wasn't enough world building for me.
There are a lot of characters that are introduced and I had a hard time keeping them straight. A character list at the beginning of the book would have been useful, rather than at the end of the book since I was reading an ebook version.
Overall, for me, this story is propelled by its characters and not the plotline. Alternate history is not easy to achieve and must be written with the understanding that the reader is aware of what is currently happening in both timelines. Less mundane dialogue and more descriptions of place and time would have helped with pacing and overall interest of the plot.
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His first novel to be accepted for publication was originally completed to be read to his two sons at night. Now his children have left home he lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his wife, one dog, and sixty-four goldfish.
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