The Night Of Reckoning

The Third Gomer Wars

Fiction - Fantasy - General
343 Pages
Reviewed on 09/01/2021
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Night of Reckoning: The Third Gomer Wars by Michael S. Pauley continues the struggles of humanity as they fight off aliens and rebuild life on earth. Peace is the only way to survive, and General Patrick knows that. The attacks from the aliens are not stopping any time soon, and it appears that he and the rest of the armed forces will have to take the necessary steps to prevent these alien attacks once and for all. The episodes are becoming more ferocious, and this time the Gomers know where to hit them where it hurts the most. No one is safe; not even men like Patrick. With the top leadership attacks, it seems like the aliens are ready to end this war once and for all. What can Patrick, President Blanchard, and their team do against an adversary with far better technology, weaponry, and power? Was this going to be the end of them?

Although I have not read the previous novels in the series, I had no issues catching up and getting immersed in the story. Many authors have tried to tackle the end of the world/alien invasion trope, but none have been this intricate in my experience. The world-building is out of this world. The descriptions gave me chills. The narrative is so realistic that I found myself lost in the story and felt like I was right next to the characters in every situation. Michael S. Pauley drives the story forward and gives readers a boost to keep on reading. The mystery Gomer attacks and why do the aliens keep coming back is handled well. The overall feeling of doom gave me goosebumps. The Night of Reckoning is a brilliant novel that readers who enjoy end of the world stories will love.

Susan Sewell

An alien civilization threatens to wipe out humanity, and the only thing standing in their way is the brilliant tactics of a United States General and those under his command in the exciting science-fiction novel, Night of Reckoning: The Third Gomer Wars by Michael S. Pauley. Twice before, the Gomers have tried to eradicate the earth's inhabitants, and both times they failed. Presently, even though they are presumed to be under a peace treaty, the Gomers have enlisted an army of Russian dissidents to aid them on the battlefield. With the Russians' help, the advantages the humans had over the Gomers are no longer as effective as they once were, and the United States military is scrambling to keep ahead of their adversary. Will this war be the end of the human race? Or can the world's military find an offensive attack that will finally end the aliens' aggression?

Portraying a war between humankind and aliens, Night of Reckoning: The Third Gomer Wars by Michael S. Pauley is a stunning science-fiction novel. With a fascinating plot and fluid storyline, the story is intriguing. Depicting the strategies of those who fight to maintain the continuity of a working government, the story is brimming with military maneuvers and intense battle scenes. This is the third book in a thrilling series, and although events from the previous books are mentioned in this story, the beginning is enigmatic and a bit confusing. Because I hadn't read the previous episodes, I was not acquainted with the alien invaders nor the characters and found it a little difficult to relate to them. To fully appreciate the story and series, I highly recommend reading the first two books. Similar to the movie, Battle of Los Angeles, this novel will thrill everyone who enjoys stories about alien invasions.

Steven Robson

The Night of Reckoning - The Third Gomer Wars by Michael S. Pauley sees the world at a tenuous peace after two devastating wars against the Gomers, an advanced alien race with a history of malevolent intent. When a number of disturbances start to occur within various regions of the Northern Hemisphere, culminating in a devastating attack on many major cities, the attention of General Michael Patrick, Supreme Allied Commander, and our political leaders become focused on the Gomers once again. This becomes a cat and mouse game of deadly stakes, where the adversary remains hidden behind elements of a society bent by their own greed and desire for world domination. As the confrontation escalates into full-blown war, our very survival is on the line; the only clear fact is that without standing together against this common enemy, we will certainly fall.

Michael S. Pauley’s The Night of Reckoning - The Third Gomer Wars is a strategic insight into the rarefied environment of the movers and shakers of our planet; the politicians and armed forces personnel responsible for directing our lives on a global scale. Mr. Pauley exhibits quite a knowledge of the intricacies of these high-powered people and manages to convey that well in The Night of Reckoning, shifting focus smoothly between General Patrick’s viewpoint and the various other fronts of the conflict. This is fast-paced action, bordering on breathless pandemonium, that no doubt accompanies any war and would be amplified by fighting an enemy of alien origins. Woven into the intrigue of this deadly conflict are the ever-present real dangers to friends and family, who always carry the potential to greatly influence the performance of the forces battling for survival. The subplots involving these loved ones provide relief from the full-on blast of war and remind us of the reasons why this battle cannot be lost.

K.C. Finn

The Night Of Reckoning: The Third Gomer Wars is a work of science fiction. It is suitable for all ages and was penned by author Michael S. Pauley. Set in an alternative version of Earth in which humans have made contact with an alien race, relations between humans and Gomers are at a tentative peace after two large-scale conflicts. This peace is shattered over the course of one fateful night when the Gomers betray the trust that humanity had placed in them in order to initiate a third full-scale conflict between the species.

The Night Of Reckoning was a fascinating way of telling the story of an alien invasion whilst avoiding tired tropes and settings that the reader has seen in a hundred different places previously. Using the same trappings that historical military novels have popularized to detail a huge event from multiple perspectives was a marvelously effective way of keeping the alien invasion storyline fresh but also lending a wider sense of scale to the threat that humanity was facing. As such, The Night of Reckoning offers a plot about aliens attacking Earth – a story trope which often carries the potential to deviate into silliness – but delivering it with the seriousness afforded to stories set in the real-life war-torn places of history is an exceptionally skilled way of grounding the story within our world and making it stand out in the market. Author Michael S. Pauley should be very pleased with the final product: a work of speculative fiction which whilst wild and out of this world on paper, could not be more grounded in reality in practice.