Republic Falling

Advent of a New Dawn

Fiction - Science Fiction
351 Pages
Reviewed on 11/04/2021
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Author Biography

Michael J. Brooks holds a BA in art and an MFA. He is a member of the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG), and his first novel, Exodus Conflict, was a finalist of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, in the sci-fi/fantasy category; earned honorable mention from the 2013 London Book Festival, in the science fiction category; and received five stars from Readers’ Favorite.

As he currently tries to balance his busy life in Washington, DC, he seeks to write 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 Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Republic Falling: Advent of a New Dawn is the first novel in the Wars of the New Humanity series by Michael J Brooks. Set in a universe where humans have migrated from Earth, humans are living on four planets Satellites One, Two, Three, and Eden. Randy, our protagonist, enlisted in the Commonwealth Defense Force with one purpose in his mind: get revenge for the murder of his mother. Only people close to Randy know that he was Linked to his mother and went through horrible consequences when she was atomized by her own husband, Arson Scott. Now, Randy has only one purpose: get Arson to pay the price for his mother’s death. Finding his father is easy, and so is exacting revenge, but what happens when you aren’t sure if you are fighting for the right reasons? Before he knows it, Randy is stuck between lies and suspicious people he knows he cannot trust. With Cadet Stacie Spencer by his side, he knows he will have to tread with caution, or else there will be a hefty price to pay!

Extraordinary and cohesive, this novel sets a brilliant start to an incredible story. Randy is the perfect protagonist for the story. He is decisive, smart, and determined enough to get the job done. He is analytical (a trait you hardly find in science fiction protagonists) and truly observes his situation before taking action. While the topic of the fight between the upper class and the lower, less privileged is a common topic, very few authors have the skill to tackle it with grace and clarity. The author shares even the most minor details to make the story interesting and captivating for readers. Author Michael J Brooks introduces some fantastic technology while keeping everything real and believable (something I loved tremendously). I believe Randy has a lot of potential, and the author will fully expand on it in future novels! Kudos!

Samantha Gregory

Republic Falling: Advent of a New Dawn by Michael J Brooks is set on Planet Eden in the future. Randal Scott is a member of the Commonwealth Defence Force, which he joined because he is looking for revenge against the man who murdered his mother. He was especially linked with her through a nanochip which means he felt her death when she was atomized, leaving him traumatized and distraught. Forced to lie to the people he loves as he goes about his mission, things get more and more complicated for him. Everything is not what it seems and there is a much bigger conspiracy going on that he knows nothing about. He will have to decide who to trust.

Michael J Brooks has created a well-developed world with Republic Falling: Advent of A New Dawn. You feel for Randal and his plight and though he should seek help over what has happened, he wants to kill the man who murdered his mother, which is understandable. The story moved at a good pace and I enjoyed learning about this new world. There is plenty of action to keep the reader entertained. The author did not overcomplicate the book with long descriptions or a ton of backstory. The glossary at the front helped clear up the basics, allowing the reader to jump straight into the story. I think it would be enjoyed by sci-fi fans and possibly thriller fans too as there is a lot going on in the story. I would recommend it.

Vincent Dublado

For its initial offering, Wars of the New Humanity Series presents Republic Falling: Advent of a New Dawn. At the core of Michael J. Brooks’ story is a deep and intriguing moral question: What happens to your psychological state if you're Linked (joined in mental communion) with your mother as she's atomized from existence? Randal Scott discovers it the hard way. His deep admiration for his father, Arson Scott, motivated him to enlist in the Commonwealth Defense Force. Arson is a revered war hero who made his family and compatriots proud, but he mysteriously disappears and rumors start sprouting that he has joined a terrorist insurgency. Randal is cerebrally linked to his mother when she was obliterated. Her inhumane and brutal passing has caused a deep mental and emotional wound that triggers him to go after his mother’s killer—his very own father.

Republic Falling: Advent of a New Dawn imagines a groundbreaking scientific procedure that can cerebrally link one person to another. Michael J. Brooks explores the sharing of thoughts, emotions, and memories through the implantation of a nanochip beyond human ingenuity that has a neorealist effect to it. It makes you ponder if the distant future can make it happen. The idea of revenge as the driving emotion that boosts the plot makes this novel plausible, as Randal is seized with a seemingly reasonable obsession to avenge his mother against a man that he used to look up to. During the course of the story, the plot moves freely but certainly in the direction where it wants to go. Despite its heavy military element, Republic Falling has an emotional center and intelligent angles that make it an irresistible read.