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Beth's Review: The Krakow Klub by Philip C. Elrod

Author Request Publisher: Self-Published Released: June 11th 2015 Genre: YA. Sci-fi Length: 538 Pages Format: eBook, Paperback Add to Goodreads Buy Links

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The story of one man's attempt to live a normal life, even though he is not normal... The United States government is under siege. A secretive cabal of super rich elitists, The Krakow Klub, has initiated the final phase of its long-range plan to take over the USA from within. They have achieved control of the Presidency and the military. Their puppet in the White House has declared martial law. The Congress, The Supreme Court and many other political leaders not under their control are slated for elimination. Only one man has the power to stop The Krakow Klub. His name is John F. Scott and he appears to be an ordinary human being. But he is part alien. His power is based on alien technology. Can he be trusted to stop the takeover and return power to a lawful government afterwards? Can he control his power once he unleashes it? Can he control himself during the process? Will he take the risk? If so, at what price? So many troubling questions, with few clear-cut answers. Four Boundless Stars

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review, and I have to admit, when I first received The Krakow Klub, my first thought was Great, another government take over book. How many of these can I read before it gets old! However, my love of Sci-fi got the best of me and I decided to give it a chance. I was pleasantly surprised.

This is a unique take on, what I consider to be, an overly used subject matter. However, Philip Elrod took it to a new level. The main character, John Smith, is an equal combination of human and Mylean. This allows him to feel the human compassion and emotions; while possessing access to and knowledge of the Mylean technology. This is a far more advanced technology than we humans can ever imagine. All the characters, both human and android, are a combination of interesting and fun. Each person has a uniqueness that creates a desire to know more about them. We are given some of their stories as we are introduced to each person, but I can’t decide if that’s a good or bad thing. I enjoyed knowing them, but some of the information was not needed for the storyline, as it interrupted the action in several instances throughout the book.

I am the type of person that will never give a critique without a suggestion, and since this reflects in my reviews as well, I will say that at 538 pages, this book is not really that long, but it reads to feel much longer. I would love to see more books about the characters lives, especially Maxx and Maxine.

My suggestions would be to only include information that is relevant to the storyline, but offer more books to tell their individual stories by groups. Some title examples would be; The Scorpion Brigade, The Naval Services, President Wilkinson, and yes, even The Dragon Lady. I have already added, Mylea: the journey begins (Mylean Universe Chronicles) to my TBR books and look forward to reading it, but I did notice it it is 253 pages so I’m looking forward to a quicker and smoother read

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