The Exodus Towers: The Dire Earth Cycle: Two

The Exodus Towers: The Dire Earth Cycle: Two

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by Jason M. Hough
     
 

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The Exodus Towers features all the high-octane action and richly imagined characters of The Darwin Elevator—but the stakes have never been higher.
 
The sudden appearance of a second space elevator in Brazil only deepens the mystery about the aliens who provided it: the Builders. Scavenger crew captain Skyler Luiken and…  See more details below

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The Exodus Towers features all the high-octane action and richly imagined characters of The Darwin Elevator—but the stakes have never been higher.
 
The sudden appearance of a second space elevator in Brazil only deepens the mystery about the aliens who provided it: the Builders. Scavenger crew captain Skyler Luiken and brilliant scientist Dr. Tania Sharma have formed a colony around the new Elevator’s base, utilizing mobile towers to protect humans from the Builders’ plague. But they are soon under attack from a roving band of plague-immune soldiers. Cut off from the colony, Skyler must wage a one-man war against the new threat as well as murderous subhumans and thugs from Darwin—all while trying to solve the puzzle of the Builders’ master plan . . . before it’s too late for the last vestiges of humanity.

Praise for The Darwin Elevator
 
“A hell of a fun book.”—James S. A. Corey, New York Times bestselling author of Abaddon’s Gate

“[Jason M.] Hough’s first novel combines the rapid-fire action and memorable characters associated with Joss Whedon’s short-lived Firefly TV series with the accessibility and scientific acumen of [James S. A.] Corey’s ‘Expanse’ series.”Library Journal (starred review)
 
“The best part about alien stories is their mystery, and Jason Hough understands that like no other. Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator delivers both despair and hope along with a gigantic dose of wonder. It’s a brilliant debut, and Hough can take my money whenever he writes anything from now on.”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
 
“Newcomer Hough displays a talent for imaginative plotting and realistic dialogue, and the brisk pacing and cliffhanger ending will keep readers enthralled and eagerly awaiting the next installment.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Jason M. Hough does a great job with this huge story. The world of Darwin and the Elevator is deliciously complex and satisfying. Skyler, Tania, and all the other characters are delightfully drawn and fun to spend time with. . . . The story unfolds with just the right balance of high adventure, espionage, humor, and emotional truth. . . . As soon as you finish, you’ll want more.”Analog
 
A debut novel unlike any other . . . This is something special. Something iconic. The Darwin Elevator is full of majesty and wonder, mystery and mayhem, colorful characters and insidious schemes.”SF Signal
 
“Fun, action-packed and entertaining . . . a sure contender for science fiction debut of the year!”Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
 
“Claustrophobic, intense, and satisfying . . . I couldn’t put this book down. The Darwin Elevator depicts a terrifying world, suspends it from a delicate thread, and forces you to read with held breath as you anticipate the inevitable fall.”—Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool
 
“Hough writes with irresistible energy and gritty realism. His puts his characters through hell, blending a convincing plot with heart-stopping action and moments of raw terror as the world goes crazy in the shadow of unfathomable alien intentions.”—Sara Creasy, author of the Philip K. Dick Award–nominated Song of Scarabaeus


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Publishers Weekly
03/30/2015
Hough's second Dire Earth Cycle SF thriller (following The Darwin Elevator) more than lives up to the promise of its predecessor. The alien Builders inflicted a deadly plague on Earth, along with technology—space elevators and movable towers—that provide immunity from the virus. Now a new human colony faces a number of crises, and looming above them all is the knowledge that the mysterious Builders are scheduled to return within two years. Dashing scavenger Skyler Luiken and beautiful scientist Tania Sharma race against the clock—though clocks are increasingly unreliable—to be ready for the encounter. Events speed up dizzyingly toward the end, and a subplot involving a dangerous cult is overly long. However, Hough knows how to hook his readers with action, intrigue, and sympathetic characters, and fans of the first book will be enthralled. (Sept.)
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Praise for The Darwin Elevator
 
“A hell of a fun book.”—James S. A. Corey, New York Times bestselling author of Abaddon’s Gate

“[Jason M.] Hough’s first novel combines the rapid-fire action and memorable characters associated with Joss Whedon’s short-lived Firefly TV series with the accessibility and scientific acumen of [James S. A.] Corey’s ‘Expanse’ series.”Library Journal (starred review)
 
“The best part about alien stories is their mystery, and Jason Hough understands that like no other. Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator delivers both despair and hope along with a gigantic dose of wonder. It’s a brilliant debut, and Hough can take my money whenever he writes anything from now on.”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
 
“Newcomer Hough displays a talent for imaginative plotting and realistic dialogue, and the brisk pacing and cliffhanger ending will keep readers enthralled and eagerly awaiting the next installment.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Jason M. Hough does a great job with this huge story. The world of Darwin and the Elevator is deliciously complex and satisfying. Skyler, Tania, and all the other characters are delightfully drawn and fun to spend time with. . . . The story unfolds with just the right balance of high adventure, espionage, humor, and emotional truth. . . . As soon as you finish, you’ll want more.”Analog
 
A debut novel unlike any other . . . This is something special. Something iconic. The Darwin Elevator is full of majesty and wonder, mystery and mayhem, colorful characters and insidious schemes.”SF Signal
 
“Fun, action-packed and entertaining . . . a sure contender for science fiction debut of the year!”Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
 
“Claustrophobic, intense, and satisfying . . . I couldn’t put this book down. The Darwin Elevator depicts a terrifying world, suspends it from a delicate thread, and forces you to read with held breath as you anticipate the inevitable fall.”—Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool
 
“Hough writes with irresistible energy and gritty realism. His puts his characters through hell, blending a convincing plot with heart-stopping action and moments of raw terror as the world goes crazy in the shadow of unfathomable alien intentions.”—Sara Creasy, author of the Philip K. Dick Award–nominated Song of Scarabaeus
 
A thrilling story right from the first page . . . This book plugs straight into the fight-or-flight part of your brain.”—Ted Kosmatka, author of The Games
 
“If you enjoy high adventure with a kick-ass crew, I suggest you take Hough’s Darwin Elevator for a ride.”—Warren Hammond, author of KOP Killer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345537157
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Series:
Dire Earth Cycle , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
35,215
File size:
4 MB

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Advance praise for The Darwin Elevator
 
“A brilliant debut, full of compelling characters and thick with tension.”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
 
“This book plugs straight into the fight-or-flight part of your brain.”—Ted Kosmatka, author of The Games

Meet the Author

Jason M. Hough was born in Illinois but grew up on the mean streets of suburban San Diego, California. In 1978, at age six, his parents took him to see Star Wars, and so began a lifelong love of sci-fi and all things geek. He later worked for a decade in the videogame industry as both a 3D artist and a game designer. Today he lives in Seattle with his wife and two young sons. When not writing, Hough enjoys building LEGO spaceships with his boys and other similarly grown-up pursuits.


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The Exodus Towers: The Dire Earth Cycle: Two 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
The Dire Earth Cycle series should come with a warning: DO NOT DISTURB THE READER! As with The Darwin Elevator, before reading book 2, The Exodus Towers, it is important to do the following: Get plenty of rest, eat well, turn off the phone, computer, pull the blinds, hang out the DO NOT DISTURB sign, because, once again, Jason Hough is going to hold you spellbound to each and every word! The Builders are back, just as mysterious, just as deadly and what’s left of the human race is punching the time clock of survival, time is running short and we’re off to Brazil, where a new elevator has appeared with mobile towers that radiate a ‘safe field’ from the virus that has been unleashed on the world. If that isn’t enough to deal with, human factions actually think this is THEIR time to take over and control man’s survival, cherry-picking their “team.” Politics and power, now? Seriously? The sub-humans are evolving, good people are risking their lives to solve the riddle of the Builders, but the immunes are spread thin, very thin. Longtime trusted team members are scattered, no one knows who is alive, everyone shares a piece of guilt. Is this a game to the builders? Is this some kind of inter-galactic scavenger hunt? Everyone uses the phrase “edge of my seat” or “white knuckled” or “gut-clenching” – well guess what, The Exodus Towers is all that and more! I had to stop gritting my teeth, shake out my arms, and remember to breathe! Jason Hough has matched the tension, desperation and action of book 1! His characters are not just on the page, they are real, they stood right I front of me, beside me and I was, one again, running for my life! I wasn’t just sucked in, I almost forgot this wasn’t real! The Exodus Towers is NOT just filler between The Darwin Elevator and The Plague Forge, it is as necessary to the trilogy as water is to a shark, and the events are just as deadly. Jason Hough has created a cult-worthy phenomenon for Sci-fi lovers everywhere with his vivid descriptions, over-the-top heroes, grit and a plot that just does not slow down! An ARC edition of The Exodus Towerswas provided by NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group – Del Rey Spectra in exchange for my honest review and I honestly loved it!
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Mister_JT More than 1 year ago
A world I would not like to live in but cannot help but think something like this could happen. Cannot wait to read next. Ordering now.
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Sailon More than 1 year ago
A new tower has appeared in Brazil...  A race to discover the motives behind the “Builder's” contact is on... The sub-humans are evolving into an even more deadly opponent... Human factions and political mechanizations might just wipe out our very existence... and if the mechanizations don't wipe us out the fanaticism and cults might just do the job... Jason M. Hough writes a mind blowing, utterly riveting second story in the Dire Earth Cycle. The Exodus Tower is a nail biting, page turner that had me glued to every page. Sucked into this post apocalyptic world by Hough's gift of putting his brilliant imagination into words, you feel like you've joined the fight for survival. One of the best, enthralling, gritty, realistic, science fiction, fantasy works I've ever read.  This ARC copy of The Exodus Towers was given to me by Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 27, 2013. Paperback: 544 pages Publisher: Del Rey  Publication Date: August 27, 2013 ISBN-10: 0345537149 ISBN-13: 978-0345537140 Rating: 5 FAVORITE!!! Age Recommendation: Adult Genre: Scifi, Fantasy, 
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