The Survival Initiative – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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C.K. Phillips

In C.K. Phillips third installment of his Kents/Lander series, The Survival Initiative, Kent, Cyndi, Lander and Lisa are just looking for a chance to relax. However, a large terrorist organization has other plans. Massive, simulataneous and world-wide terrorist attacks happen, which kill thousands of people. Lisa is seriously injured while the other three are called upon to assemble teams to take down the terrorists before they accomplish their ultimate goal.

For a thriller, The Survival Intiative, missed the mark. The majority of the story is dialogue based, but, for the most part, it’s written without much emotion. This makes the characters feel stiff and cold. There’s a strong bond between the four main characters and Phillips does clearly display the deep connection between the four of them, but there still isn’t much given to express their deeper personality traits. The basis of the plot is, perhaps, too stereotypical of global terrorism. This may leave readers, who seek heartpounding scenes, disappointed. 

Still a great fiction novel, The Survival Initiative offers a story that is highly relatable to today’s current events. This will likely draw the attention of many readers, and because there are no graphic scenes those same readers are likely to be excited to keep turning pages. C. K. Phillips writes in a way that makes The Survival Initiative quick and easy to read. Since readers are not overwhelmed with a complicated storyline, they can sink into the corner of the sofa and curl up with The Survival Initiative without jumping at their own shadows. All the while, readers and fans will continue to grow an emotional bond to the characters and look forward to other books from C. K. Phillips.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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