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The Next - an omen

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Reader's Comments:

5.0 out of 5 stars No words other than, Epic Novel!!!, March 30, 2012 By
Santosh (Mumbai, India) -
This review is from: The Next - an omen (Kindle Edition)

The Next - an omen is a novel penned by author R.T.Douse. This book can be categoried as a Science fiction/Adventure and outdoor/Thriller & suspense novel. Book contains 300+ pages (paperback version) of thoroughly enjoyable story, that will not only make its readers to think about their future but will also make them question their current living and
how it's affecting whole world.
Book starts with rough sketching (describing) of protagonists, and how they are different from others. Although this is a book falls under Sci-fi category, that doesn't mean this book is irrelevant/ impractical in day-to-day use. Author is trying to describe the potential outcome of problems like, Climate Change, Overpopulation, pollution, food/water crisis etc... This is also apparent, that author wants government to stop their passive role and start addressing issues like Global Warming, more actively.
While reading this book, the thought of this story becoming true never left me. Though this is a science fiction, I think of this book more as a science fact. Almost every scenario is plausible and will make its readers think about possibilities and how the future will be based on those possibilities; a thought provoking book.
This book is by far one of the best Outdoor thriller books. The writing style of author R.T.Douse is not just creative, it's almost magical. Each and every line is perfectly crafted and tailored to convey just the meaning that author intended.
On concluding notes, I would definitely recommend this book to any reader. After reading this novel R.T.Douse has became my one of the "top 10 best authors", and I'll be waiting for the second book(if any) for this novel. It's been a while since I've given 5 stars to any book, but this book sure deserves 5 out of 5 stars. An epic novel!

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read !!!, March 14, 2012 By
Sue in CT -
This review is from: The Next - an omen (Kindle Edition)

The Next - an omen by R.T. Douse was an excellent fictional read about problems we face today with global warming, depletion of natural resources and the many other problems we encounter including over population. Sounds a lot like what we face today only there is a solution. One that doesn't give chance to corporate greed, political pressures, or any other outside forces but the cost is high. Much too high thought some. Once I started it I couldn't put it down, always wanting to know what happened next. I was never disappointed as the story, for the most part, switches between two groups of people, the scientists and the survivalists. The one line in the book I can't get out of my head while reading it was, "Beware the civilized man".
Kelly Mason had a special gift that put her life in danger. She learned how to block this gift which in reality she was denying a part of who she was. Kelly along with some other chosen students took part in an experiment that removed them from society. Although at times she was uncomfortable, she discovered who she really is. What she didn't know was just how important her gift was or what a major role she and the other students played in the world.
Dr. Samuel Morrison, a world renowned geneticists, believes man is a product of nature. Man evolved quickly but it takes nature much longer to evolve so it couldn't keep up with man's products and innovations. He found a way to put man back in harmony with nature. No matter what the cost he is putting his plan into effect unless someone stops him in time.
So you think you know where this story is going? I did too but was surprised many times by the twists and turns. The other times it left a bad taste in my mouth as I figured that what was going on is a typical reaction of those who crave power and domination. Yet through the book it restored my faith in man-kind to work together and survive as long as they
beware of the civilized man.

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This review is from: The Next - an omen (Paperback)
  By Mike Brooks

The Next, an omen puts to shame the typical virus thrillers such as Crichton's, The Andromeda Strain and Cook's, Outbreak and brings the reader from outer space and predictable sinister government plots back into reality.
Overpopulation and its frightening scenario for the human race is not a myth, nor science fiction. Douse's, do-good/evil scientist takes us on an exciting ride and leaves us wondering if this is possibly a real solution to mankind's most troubling problem.
The back story is a thrilling tale about the ultimate camping adventure and shows us what true isolation would really be like.
 Understanding that everyday life is a Challenge and there are no contests resulting in Immunity, every fan of Survivor would find it hard to put this book down.

Real Science Fiction, May 27, 2011 By
Warren Swanson -
This review is from: The Next - an omen (Paperback)

Richard Douse is a friend of mine and I bought his book as part of a Sierra Club fundraiser. Since he self-published, my expectations were not high before I read his compelling story. I was soon drawn into a near future world with a plausible scenario. The connection of the characters and the scenes between a lab and a anthropological survival experiment are thoroughly engaging. And he ties them all together beautifully in the end. And yes it does demand a sequel. This is a believable story that is hard to put down as Douse shows competence in the science lab and desert survival. A great read. What a great movie this story would make. Believable science fiction.

An Engaging Read, April 25, 2011 By
John P. Cicero PhD -
This review is from: The Next - an omen (Paperback)

My favorite stories keep me in thought about the characters between reading sessions. I was constantly in touch with Douse's cast of characters and what they might be up to next. I thought I had it all figured out but somehow I knew better. Or Douse knew better I should say. The ending takes us to a place of trememdous hope albeit at great initial cost. While, perhaps, science fiction the themes of what our world has come to in science fact are gripping. I highly recommend
The Next - an omen. You will not be disappointed and you will be left with something to think about.

The Next-an omen, January 14, 2011 By 
Gary E. Kriezel -
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 This review is from: The Next - an omen (Paperback)

The author has scored a bulleye's on his first novel. A sequel would certainly whet my appetite. His cover photo set the tone for a true reading adventure. Our journey into the near future illustrates how small our planet has become. He describes the critical issues man is facing now; overpopulation, water and food issues and the political-economical decisions impacting our planet now and in the not so future. Will future generations face the same survival aspects the author has created in the desert setting involving a small group of men and women. Will overpopulation concerns be held in check by the scientific and medical communities. A synthetic
virus has recently been created in Switzerland, will this be of benefit? Time will tell! A must buy in my opinion.

I want a sequel, November 23, 2010 By
Thomas A. Osgood -
This review is from: The Next - an omen (Paperback)

The Next-An Omen is a thoroughly engaging book that will have readers demanding a sequel. Douse's ability to bring natural history and future science together in a dramatic story that exposes the best and worst of the human genome is simply remarkable. While some may consider The Next a work of science fiction, I think "historical documentary" is a more accurate description. But then, to get that
perspective one must get to the future and look back. Let's hope I'm wrong.

Thought provoking and more than a little scary, December 18, 2010 By
Shascade -
This review is from: The Next - an omen (Kindle Edition)

Science fiction or science fact? This thoughtful and engaging story leaves the reader wondering not if but when this scenario could unfold. Prepare to be absorbed in this plot which is all too plausible.

The Next - an omen, October 24, 2010 By
snickerfritz -
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This review is from: The Next - an omen (Kindle Edition)

Good book. Kept my interest. Scary thinking about the possibility of this happening.

Exciting and absorbing, January 3, 2011 By CPRx60 -
This review is from: The Next - an omen (Kindle Edition)

All I can say it was fantastic!! I wanted more. I could not put it down--well worth the read and time. Thank you Mr. Douse. Love that picture on the cover.