What kind of event could end the world as we know it?
What kind of creature could kill almost everyone in a matter of hours?
What kind of process could remove all traces of life on Earth in just a few days?
What kind of man would it take to fight the slime?
Alien Apocalypse – The Storm is the first part in a series of novelettes by Dean Giles.
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Praise for “Alien Apocalypse – The Storm”
Imagine trying to fight an enemy that can hurt you if you touch it, or if it touches you, and you will have the formula for a frightening apocalypse with little to no hope.
“An oil spill to save the planet.”
The Storm is the first story in the sci-fi series, Alien Apocalypse, by Dean Giles. Elliot (nice tip of the hat to E.T.) is a child who lives with his aunt and uncle because his mother was murdered in front of him, and his father, Leon, is in prison for manslaughter. The settings and POV switch between Elliot and Leon as the world awaits the passing of a comet nearing Earth. Background news reports hint at unusual qualities of the comet, and foreshadow a terrible outcome as the tail end of the comet leaves debris in our atmosphere.
Leon finds himself in solitary confinement, cut off from what his happening to the outside, until one of the guards enters his cell, claiming that aliens are attacking and killing everyone. I am not claustrophobic, but the scenes in the prison nearly triggered an anxiety attack as I imagined what Leon was going through, being confined to a small space, while wondering if his son was still alive.
When the guard and Leon finally emerge from the cell, what they find is more horrific than mere aliens. Leon is determined to reach his son; along the way he discovers that certain substances will ward off the invading force, and he hopes his discovery will keep them alive long enough to reach Elliot.
Dean Giles does a great job of blending sci-fi with horror to keep his readers on the edge, and I look forward to reading more form him.
Dean Giles’ Alien Apocalpse (The Storm) is an action-packed sci-fi romp which is topped with generous helpings of thrills and spills, but which doesn’t skimp on the science bits. Tersely written, well characterised, and containing some great dialogue, this short is highly effective and forms the start of what should be a series to watch from Giles, an author I’ve never ancountered before.
Set in a familiar UK (in locations such as HMP Wormwood Scrubs and the farmland of the South Coast) it tells the story (in alternating viewpoints) of Elliot Weber and his father, as they separately come to terms with an alien invasion, and the murder of Elliot’s mother when he was only eight years old. It begins with Elliot’s recurring nightmare of this terrifying event, and then quickly shifts to his father, who is jailed at Wormwood Scrubs for an (as yet) unidentified crime). Overshadowing this is a comet which is looming ever closer to the earth.
When the aliens arrive, it is deftly handled by Giles. He breathes life into what could have been cliched images. Because he’s invested the characters with such humanity, we suffer them anew. “Elliot watched the screen as aerial footage of London showed a green shadow growing across the brown stone of Westminster. The picture changed. The same substance was climbing the Eiffel Tower. Again, the location changed to the Statue of Liberty and showed her robe covered with a tapestry of green residue…”
The chase, when it comes, is a terrific climax. Very filmic. There are parts, such as when the aliens approach in the wing-mirror, that are reminiscent of Jurassic Park, others which are like War of the Words. But what this story most recalls is John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids. This story is a modern twist on that old story, and it doesn’t suffer by comparison. Very good.
Review By Marilyn Baron – author of “A Choir of Angels” & “Follow an Angel” & “The Stand-in Bridegroom”
Alien Apocalypse: The Storm, by Dean Giles, is a page-turner from beginning to end, and when it ends, you’ll be craving more. The story is told from the points of view of a 12-year-old boy and his father, who is in prison for manslaughter. It’s a gripping tale, full of shocks and surprises. Giles is a master of suspense, from the heartbreaking start to the horrifying end. His characters are sympathetic and strong and they need to be if they’re going to save themselves and “save the world.” I highly recommend this story.
Review By Craig Jones – author of “What Happened to Rhodri” & “Gem – No Loose Ends” & “Gem – No Secrets”
Alien Apocalypse: The Storm is a creepy sci-fi horror reminiscent of classic episodes of The Outer Limits or The Twilight Zone. It does not let the reader sit still for a second and from the first line I was intrigued by the circumstances of the main characters… and then the story bursts into visceral and horrific life in a flash of green and white light as all Hell breaks loose.
It’s written with great pace and the action scenes are extremely visual, but this is not to the detriment of character development, and I found myself rooting for the main protagonist as he pushes on towards his goal. I’m not going to give too much about the plot away, but I will say that I had hoped this would be the first in a series, and I was proved right. Cannot wait for the second instalment. Between now and then, let’s just say I’m keeping one eye on the heavens because what Dean Giles has created with Alien Apocalypse has me more than a little worried…