Existential: The Mission – To Survive by Ryan W. Aslesen, a former Marine and brother, is a neat sci-fi thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I didn’t read “About the Author” before starting this book, so I did not realize that the author was a Marine until I began reading about the character Max Ahlgren and his KA-BAR performing silent sentry tactics and his use of his hardcore dialogue. For me, this well-diversified story seemed very familiar, yet it still held surprises for me as the very colorful cast members went on multiple different journies. One minute I’m reading about mercenaries “smoking” feeble Mexican cartel and then the story morphs into a crashed alien spacecraft in Alaska.
Because of the plot’s complexity, I was continually surprised and entertained. I enjoyed the author’s crisp, precise writing style as it made this story very easy to follow and digest. It’s quite apparent Existential was extremely hard to write, and I admire the author’s intestinal fortitude. The result for me was beautiful synchronicity throughout the journey. I appreciate the stringent proof and editing work that was applied to this clever story; it becomes quite obvious as the story unfolds. I would be remiss if I did not also mention the awesome cover art, as it represents the contents well and enhances the pages within. Contrary to the statement, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” this book is the exception. I immediately judged this book by its cover and as I anticipated a compelling cover, a compelling book. I wait with great patience for the next highly lethal adventures of Max Ahlgren, a Marine’s Marine.
Existential Book Synopsis:
The Alaskan wilderness holds a nightmarish secret that threatens all of humanity in this epic sci-fi horror thriller. A book so scary that it requires a warning label, and a global phenomenon that is on track to sell over 1 million copies.
Looking for a blockbuster thriller that combines explosive sci-fi action with intense horror that will have you gripping the page with fear? Then look no further and standby for a roller coaster ride of terror.
It was supposed to be just another mission…
Buried deep in the rugged Alaskan wilderness lies a secret that could alter the future of mankind–a secret that billionaire Elizabeth Grey has invested millions in solving. But when the dig goes silent and all attempts at making contact fail, an elite team of battle-hardened military contractors is brought in led by former Marine Max Ahlgren, a warrior haunted by his past.
While the mission to make contact and rescue a team of scientists and engineers working on an “archaeological” project seems like an easy payday, once on the ground, the team discovers the grizzly truth that this is no ordinary rescue. Max and his men find themselves in the fight of their lives against a nightmarish enemy like nothing they have ever seen. In what quickly becomes a struggle for survival, the world’s greatest soldiers will encounter the universe’s ultimate terror in a battle that puts all of humanity at stake.
Pick up your copy of Existential and embark on an epic journey that will leave your heart pounding with every page. The perfect combination of science fiction, explosive action, and intense horror, Existential is a can’t-miss novel!
Terrifying, visceral, and deeply moving, Existential is a novel that will haunt you forever.
Warning: This book contains intense scenes of violence and horror. It isn’t for the faint of heart. Reader discretion is advised.