Shockwave: The Battle for Earth

Journal One

Fiction - Science Fiction
371 Pages
Reviewed on 11/06/2019
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Author Biography


Hammer Trollkin has always loved reading Science Fiction and Fantasy. Then he was blessed with grandchildren who loved to play make believe games. To any who may enjoy his writing, it was from them that the flame was sparked. All that make believe time opened up entire worlds filled with imagination and adventure.

Enjoying science in general didn’t hurt either. To a guy like Hammer, the next logical step was to write books. The Shockwave series is his debut work. All that imagination and adventure adds up to a whole lot of books.

Hammer lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, not far from his children and grandchildren. He loves spiritual things. When he’s not writing, or sometimes even when he is writing, Hammer enjoys the outdoors. He started out in Minnesota but the call of the mountains and the sea captured him.

Well, there he goes, back typing away. That’s all we’re going to get for now. Can’t let all that imagination go to waste.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Shockwave: The Battle for Earth (Journal One) by Hammer Trollkin is a compelling science fiction story packed with action and features a phenomenal conflict, one that is about to annihilate the entire world. It is a crisis moment and the aliens that attack the earth are not just evil, but ruthless. They bring with them technology that is far more advanced and allows them to dominate. The earth has suffered much from civil wars, the clash of civilizations, and other conflicts. Faced with the evil that confronts them now from the outside, can they unite to present a single front? A ragtag team of fighters is the only hope for humanity, but can they survive the superior military might of the aliens?

Highly imaginative and written in a unique style, Shockwave: The Battle for Earth (Journal One) opens with tension, introducing readers to earth already splintered by conflict, and the action grows in magnitude, transporting readers into an interstellar war that is as powerful as it is defining for the future of mankind. The characters are well-written, some feisty, like Rock and Roll, Muncle, and Mr. T. Each character is given a unique background and I enjoyed how they complement each other as a team. There is hilarity in the action and the author shows a good sense of humor, weaving it into the conversations between the characters and in the unusual manner in which the events are described. Hammer Trollkin writes in beautiful prose and explores themes of war, teamwork, terrorism, and the struggle for survival. The writing is highly descriptive and the narrative voice is strong and confident. Shockwave is filled with action, fast-paced, and exhilarating. A fun read, indeed.

Maureen Dangarembizi

Shockwave: The Battle For Earth by Hammer Trollkin is a sci-fi novel. The world has been in crisis for a long time with humans fighting against humans and the environment deteriorating globally. They are about to face their greatest challenge yet. An alien race of insect-like extraterrestrials has invaded earth. They’ve watched humanity for a long time and expected little resistance when they finally attacked. Through their strategic attack on a top-secret DARPA lab, they unintentionally create a special force that could ultimately destroy them. Shockwave is a group made up of four teens, a spider monkey, and their scientist Grandpa. With their special abilities gained in the explosion, they could be Earth's last hope. Their abilities could even the odds against advanced alien tech.

Hammer Trollkin tells Shockwave as a journal record kept by Elizabeth, one of the two female members of the special team. Embued with superpowers like mind reading, invisibility, and super smarts, the Shockwave team is just what humanity needs to save them. I liked this team not just because they are heroes but because they are such a diverse group. There were some really funny scenes where the team is gelling and learning more about their powers. Shockwave is a team you’ll find yourself cheering on as they embark on a quest to save Earth. The author has merged the old ideas of invasion with totally new things that enriched the story. Shockwave is just the beginning of what promises to be a great science fiction series. Fans of Starship Troopers will love this book.

Liz Konkel

Shockwave: The Battle for Earth by Hammer Trollkin is Journal One in an exciting new series. Aliens have invaded earth and only one special team can fight them. At the center of the events is a special unit that consists of gifted individuals who must band together to use their abilities to fight off deadly aliens. Viz documents everything as the days of invasion lead to a terrifying turn of events that could mean interstellar war and a dangerous fight that pushes the team to their limits.

Hammer Trollkin delivers a unique alien invasion tale that’s told through the style of a journal with Viz as the primary voice that gives recaps of events, her personal thoughts, and breakdowns of the science and alien technology they use with recordings and a well-organized timeline to draw you into the events as they happen. The style makes it so she’s directly talking to you with a voice that has a little attitude, some humor, and fits that the story is documented from a teenager’s perspective. Viz is a not-so-ordinary teenager as she’s part of this elite group and has the special ability to turn invisible. The characters are seen through how Viz sees them which includes quirky codenames, their abilities, and their personalities. She often picks at the others in a loving voice that shows the bond she has with them and builds them up as strong and endearing characters. Through Viz’s thoughts you get all the vivid details of the team, the invasion, and the events that lead them toward a bigger battle then they expected.

Other than the alien invasion elements of the story, the plot revolves around Viz and her team which gives the story a fun superhero quirkiness that mixes well with the science and alien technology that Trollkin delves into as the story progresses. The primary focus of the plot is rooted in the teenagers with extraordinary abilities and the invasion but, as the fight unfolds, more about the world is revealed and how it was already in crisis when the aliens arrived. Shockwave is an action-packed battle against alien invaders with a special team of heroes, a humorous voice, delightful characters, dangerous missions, and fun use of technology and science.