Book Review: Outland Exile: Book 1 of Old Men and Infidels

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About the Author

Born in Chicago and raised outside Philadelphia, Clark has taught and practiced intensive care for newborn infants on four continents and eight countries, as he continues to do. He lives with his bride of 40 years in Alabama. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. He has been an avid solo hiker, backpacker, and climber since he was a mere lad of 11.
"Outland Exile" is his debut novel and the first book of an expected five book series centering on aging, medical care, cybernetics, society and faith in a future America.
Book Two, Exiles' Escape is due out from Indigo River Publishing, summer of 2017. The third book (w/t Malila of the Scorch) and the close of the Jesse/Malila narrative is due late 2018.

The Recommendation

This one is for people who love great post-apocalyptic fiction that doesn't have a lot of action in it.

The Review

This one is fairly easy to recommend to people who like post-apocalyptic stories, but I just wish there had been more action to go along with all of the intrigue. Sure, I wanted to know about the world and what was happening, and the way in which it paralleled with our modern world was at time eerie, but I just would have liked to see it step into the territory of having more action.

I liked Jesse in the story and really wanted to understand more about his motivations. That kept me reading and guessing, and I felt like there was a clear and solid resolution to everything at the end so it wasn't lacking there. The only real weakness I found was that there was no action.

The strength was Malila finding out more about herself, and she really helped pull this story together.

The Rating


About the Book

The United States is dead and the Democratic Unity killed it.

After catastrophic wars and the Meltdown, The Unity rules from its East Coast citadel, leaving the outlands to savages and its strangely altered plants. Providing free health care, employment, and ThiZ (the drug of any really civilized life), the Unity mandates retirement at forty before fatigue and error contaminate a culture of youth, innovation and vigor.

With liberating body implants, history’s finest democracy supervises every citizen for her/his/its own and the nation’s welfare. Seventeen-year-old Lieutenant Malila Chiu, is a veteran officer who, despite well-earned fame, finds her career in tatters. Vandalism at a distant station triggers her demotion. Facing denunciation … or worse, Malila’s one option is to enter the outlands to repair the station herself. At first, the repairs go well.

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