If you’ve read any of the excerpts posted on my blog about this series or read any of the books, then you know that there is no main character. What does that mean? In most books, there is one single character that the author/story focuses on. In the Up From the Depths series, there are main groups of characters that are focused on not just one single character and their adventures.
That’s one of the differences.
There are other differences as well. Within the series there are groups that are part of the overall storyline but will never meet due to their geographical differences. Not all characters/groups of characters will have a meet-up within the series. That might turn away a few readers.
Then there’s the abbreviations and terms.
Throughout the series, the story focuses on several military units within the United States. There is what I like to call ‘Mil-Speak’ used. Anyone who has spent time in the military knows that there are terms that become second nature to service personnel and are not usually known in the outside or civilian world. Terminology is used in all walks of life but more so in the military. Some readers might have an issue with this and some might not. There’s an attached Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations at the end of each book. Just in case you’re wondering, the glossary is only 1% of the overall books not 10% as a reader mentioned. Do the math please. Within the books themselves, an effort has been made to explain the terminology but in most cases, the explanation would take more than a few sentences to explain.
I’m sure readers will take issue with not having a main character and most likely the amount of terms and abbreviations used within the series. It happens. If this is an issue, then please take advantage of the free preview offered at Amazon and read a little of each book before you purchase it. One could even go a step further and request the ebook or paperback through their local library. Most libraries offer Overdrive for ebook check outs. That way, you’re not spending money at all and you can probably read the entire series that way.
Up From the Depths, as I’ve been told by several people, is not your average end of the world, zombie apocalypse series. Sure, there’s zombies, sure there’s weapons firing, zombies being slaughtered wholesale and survivors trying to deal with their changed reality while large quantities of raspberry meatloaf is being distributed to the immediate environment. But, that’s where the similarity stops.
A few authors I know have said that the books and overall storyline are more cerebral than other books/series out there. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. I will admit, the series is not your typical cardboard cutout characters saying clichéd dialogue in stereotypical scenes. An effort, a very strong effort, was made to prevent that and I can only hope that it actually occurred.
If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you know that the series started out as one big ass book. When the decision was made to release the book, the size was an issue. No one really wants a book that is equal in size to War and Peace for an ebook. That meant cutting the one book into many pieces. That created 6 books with a potential for a few more. I say potential because there may be another book or two within the series.
That’s a big maybe so no one hold their breath on that.
With luck, readers and potential readers, will see this post and understand what they’re getting into.