Exodus Conflict

Fiction - Science Fiction
348 Pages
Reviewed on 10/06/2013
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Author Biography

Michael J. Brooks holds a BA in art and an MFA. His first novel, Exodus Conflict, was a finalist of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, in the sci-fi/fantasy category.
As he currently tries to balance his busy life in Washington, DC, he seeks to write science fiction novels which are not meant to be only entertainment but to address some of the most crucial issues of our time and explore the trials of being human. He hopes to create characters that people can relate to and stories that will have an impact on them long after they are finished reading one of his novels.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

With Earth being near complete destruction in Michael J. Brooks’ novel, Exodus Conflict, the nations that were still able to function established the Earth United Front (EUF) in an attempt to ensure the survival of the human race. A Second Earth was established to create a new home and a new civilization on a planet deep inside the Milky Way galaxy. In order to establish the new colonies, however, humans have to battle another race of people called the Zull, who are also trying to avoid being annihilated. Alex Mercer, a journalist, takes a trip to Second Earth to try to understand why the war has lasted for such a long time. While on Second Earth, he meets a cold-eyed EUF soldier, Andrea Blair, who is war hardened and thick skinned from all of the death and destruction that she has witnessed. Alex decides that there is more to Andrea than her hard exterior and makes it his mission to break through that rough shell to see if he can keep Zull and humankind from destroying each other. The challenge won’t be an easy one as all parties are stubbornly set on surviving the only way they know how.

Exodus Conflict is a thrilling and suspenseful novel that is not only about the continued existence of two different species, but also a story about inner conflicts of Alex and Andrea as they struggle to recover lives filled with love, joy, and peace. The inner struggle is perhaps more difficult than the battle that rages between the Zull and humans. As the reader turns the pages, each layer of both struggles will be revealed in a well written plot which grips the reader and won’t let go. Excellent read with plenty of action and emotion.

Jack Magnus

Exodus Conflict by Michael J. Brooks takes place in what could be Earth's near future. The planet is dying, and there are rampant aggressive diseases further decimating the population. A planet that could sustain life has been found, but a race from another planet, the Zull, have also laid claim to this Second Earth. Although they lived in harmony with their planet's ecology, they also needed to escape their dying planet. The armed forces of the different nations of Earth have banded together to fight for dominance on Second Earth and to destroy the Zull. Alex is a well-known TV journalist who has traveled to Second Earth and is assigned to one of the units there. He's attracted to Andrea, the leader of the team. Andrea is battle-hardened and filled with hatred for the Zull, and she and Alex seem polar opposites.

Michael J. Brooks' Exodus Conflict is a thoughtful look into a catastrophic future, where this planet can no longer sustain life. Alex and Andrea are compelling characters: each has a personal history of loss and a very different coping mechanism. Alex is trying to understand why Andrea and the others in his unit hate the Zull so much and are willing to throw all the Conventions of War out when dealing with prisoners of war. Exodus Conflict is a somewhat gloomy work, reminiscent of the excesses of recent conflicts as well as the atrocities of World War II. I'm curious to see if Brooks is intending a sequel to this book, as the ending leaves much unanswered.

Lorena Sanqui

Because of the misuse and abuse by the people on planet Earth, the time has come that we need a new planet to live on. Luckily, a new planet, Second Earth, has been found that can be inhabited by humans. Unfortunately, another species also has a great need for another planet. The planet of the Zull is dying and they need a new place to live. Second Earth is that place. After the humans and the Zull talk and fail to come up with a way to coexist peacefully on Second Earth, they figure that the only solution is war. So for three years, the Zull and the humans fight for the right to stay on Second Earth. Find out how the war ends in Exodus Conflict by Michael J. Brooks.

What did I like about Exodus Conflict? Everything! This may be a fictional book but if we keep up with all the pollution and things that destroy the planet, we might find ourselves fighting another life form for a planet to live on. I loved that Michael J. Brooks made his main character, Alex Mercer, a pacifist even if there was mostly war in the story. And that Alex’s maybe love interest is a soldier who doesn’t agree with most of Alex’s views. This book made me guess all throughout the whole story which makes it a page turner. The ending is complete and there was no cliffhanger, but I think there might be more, so I will stay on the lookout for books from this author.