The Plague Forge by Jason M. Hough

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“The hunt is on for the mysterious keys left by the alien Builders. While Skyler’s team of immune scavengers scatters around the disease-ravaged globe in search of the artifacts, Skyler himself finds much more than he expected in the African desert, where he stumbles upon surprising Builder relics—and thousands of bloodthirsty subhumans. From the slums and fortresses of Darwin to the jungles of Brazil and beyond, Skyler and company are in for a wild ride, jam-packed with daunting challenges, run-and-gun adventure, and unexpected betrayals—all in a race against time to finally answer the great questions that have plagued humanity for decades: Who are the Builders, and what do they want with Earth?”

It seems to me that as this trilogy has gone on, the author has turned his focus almost completely to action.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and in fact, I really enjoyed the fast pace and nearly non-stop action of this novel.  There are certain points, though, at which the action either gets so frantic that it’s hard to follow, or the constant stream of things happening starts to bog down the narrative.  I know, you wouldn’t think that action could cause a story to drag, but it occasionally does.  The points at which things slow down temporarily provides some relief.

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The Exodus Towers by Jason M. Hough

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“The sudden appearance of a second space elevator in Brazil only deepens the mystery about the aliens who provided it: the Builders. Scavenger crew captain Skyler Luiken and brilliant scientist Dr. Tania Sharma have formed a colony around the new Elevator’s base, utilizing mobile towers to protect humans from the Builders’ plague. But they are soon under attack from a roving band of plague-immune soldiers. Cut off from the colony, Skyler must wage a one-man war against the new threat as well as murderous subhumans and thugs from Darwin—all while trying to solve the puzzle of the Builders’ master plan . . . before it’s too late for the last vestiges of humanity.”

I was pretty blown away by the first book in this series, and I wondered if the second book could keep the action going and deliver a story that was just as interesting. I needn’t have worried. The Exodus Towers picks up several months after the end of The Darwin Elevator and takes readers to a different part of the world: Brazil, where a new Elevator has touched down. It also brings in some new characters, or ones who were only peripheral in the first novel.

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The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough

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“In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.

Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.”

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