December 1, 2015
Extinction Point, by Paul Anthony Jones
First comes the red rain: a strange, scarlet downpour from a cloudless sky that spreads across cities, nations, and the entire globe. In a matter of panicked hours, every living thing on earth succumbs to swift, bloody death. Yet Emily Baxter, a young newspaper reporter, is mysteriously spared—and now she’s all alone. But watching the happy life she built for herself in New York City slip away in the wake of a monstrous, inexplicable plague is just the beginning of Emily’s waking nightmare. The world isn’t ending; it’s only changing. And the race that once ruled the earth has now become raw material for use by a new form of life never before seen…on this planet. With only wits, weapons, and a bicycle, Emily must undertake a grueling journey across a country that’s turning increasingly alien. For though she fears she’s been left to inherit the earth, the truth is far more terrifying than a lifetime of solitude.
Extinction Point is an introduction to a post-apocalyptic series by Paul Anthony Jones. I’d been interested in his Towards Yesterday book, but didn’t have the extra funds to pick it up. I saw the Extinction Point series on NetGalley, and decided to see what I thought of Paul’s writing.
I dig alien invasion stories. I like post-apocalyptic stories. Extinction Point has both, plus a lovable misfit as the main protagonist. I enjoyed all the iterations of I Am Legend, and this book seemed to follow suit – lone survivor desperately trying to get out of the city before the aliens come to do whatever it is that aliens do.
There is definitely a creepy, survival horror vibe going on, and while horror is not my main like, I can roll with it if there is more to the story. I won’t classify this as a horror story, but there are some elements within.
Not everything was resolved in the first book, and I didn’t feel cheated when the book ended. There were some odd phrasings here and there, and over all I’m glad I read it. I’ll be reading the next book soon.
Paul Anthony Jones has been a writer for well over 25 years, now; as a journalist, short-story writer and freelance copywriter. He can now add author to that list. In May of 2011 he released Towards Yesterday, his first novel. He also released a compilation of short stories (Dangerous Places) and, his most recent project, the first book in a new series, the post-apocalyptic adventure Extinction Point. He’s currently working on the second novel in the Extinction Point series, continuing the story of Emily Baxter, the last remaining human on the east-coast of the USA. He lives in sunny Nevada with his wife, four dogs and God knows how many eight legged critters that seem to find their way into our house on a daily basis. He makes a mean cranberry martini.