If you’ve been reading car magazines or off-roading publications for any amount of time, you’ve probably encountered Rob Reaser’s byline. Rob has been the editor of Mustang Monthly, was the founding editor of Jeep-centric JP Magazine, and was the entrepreneur behind J-Rations, another Jeep title. He has regularly contributed to a number of outdoor magazines, including a stint as editor of Heartland USA.
Well, like me, Rob has been a life-long science-fiction fan, and has been itching to exercise his skills as a fiction writer. He just released his debut novel, Age of Giants – awakening. I’ve read it, and it is an outstanding debut novel. Tightly plotted and realistically detailed, this book draws you right in and keeps a tight grip on your attention. Here’s the set-up:
Four generations have passed since the giants of old, the Nephilim, returned to dominate the world with an iron fist. After eliminating three-quarters of the human population with an engineered plague, these sons of the fallen angels have enslaved mankind to satiate their lust for power, gluttony and sexual avarice. Yet hidden among the rubble and decay of a vanquished civilization are scattered bands of survivors, raiders, who press their fight for freedom and the ultimate annihilation of the race of giants who once again threaten to lay waste to the earth.
Nora is a tall and beautiful young woman whose skills in guerrilla combat have earned her a position as leader of a small team of raiders. While away on a mission to destroy an outlying Nephilim communications post in old New Mexico, Nora’s clan is nearly wiped out in a Nephilim attack. The survivors, including Nora’s father, are taken for slave labor deep inside the Kralen Dominion. Nora sets out to rescue her father, but along the way she’s held captive by a secretive resistance group, and uncovers a dark secret that puts her in the center of the war against the brutal giant overlords.