Texas author Andy Skrzynski shares he spent his early years in an orphanage Jackson, Michigan, and moved on to graduate with a bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. He worked at IBM in Austin, Texas until his retirement and now spends his days writing science fiction novels. His series THE NEW WORLD has three volumes to date – CRIMSON WINTER is the third volume.
Andy sets the mood for his ongoing adventure with richly colorful and imaginative covers that afford a sense of reality to these science fiction adventures that offer the life-and-death struggles on Earth after an apocalyptic period between 2019 and 2025. The language that flavors this exciting novel is set form the opening lines: ‘October 17, 2105 – Twelve Years After the Second Battle with the Skalags - Stone- cold, every bone in Bartuk’s body trembled. His sullen gaze slowly panned the crimson soil of his pasture, splattered with blood and raw flesh. The putrid stench of death invaded his nostrils and roiled his gut. He gagged once, then again, before puke exploded form his nose and mouth…’ Welcome to the continued saga of The New World!
At times reading the latest volume of a series without having the background of the earlier episodes can be disconcerting, but Andy’s manner of writing brings us up to date and signals the desire to return to the earlier volumes. He has provided a tight synopsis: ‘On the verge of winter in 2105, a vicious attack soaks a pasture with blood and crushes Ukkiville's serenity. Ominous premonitions haunt Hoot while similar dangers surge across Old North America. Tormented by nightmares, the courageous young warrior recruits her friends to join her and hunt the demon of her dreams. Before long, they encounter a beast far more ferocious than any discovered before. Suspicions fall squarely on the village's nemesis, as Hoot and the leaders of Ukkiville fear Zo and his Skalags have advanced their DNA process to create monsters nobody can control. With little choice but to ready themselves to thwart increasing slaughters, Hoot, her brother, Skeeter, and a precocious android named Andralec hone their skills and special powers. Until the inhabitants of Ukkiville and the surrounding territory halt this growing threat, survival remains all but uncertain.’
Becoming immersed in Andy’s world is a fine adventure for the reader. Suspend belief and ride the waves of this talented science fiction writer. Grady Harp, February 19
As the Skalags and the Ukes continue to feud, Andy Skrzynski completes his third and last book The New World: Crimson Winter. It has been over ten years since their last fall out and the Skalags are busy making mutated creatures to torture the Ukes. But freakish monsters arrive overwhelming this area with their copper blood, harvesting organs, and disappearing when harmed. Each assume the other is responsible, leaving the reader expecting their next meeting.
Andy Skrzynski throws kinks into The New World: Crimson Winter as the Ukes communicate with their technical friends in Texas. Speedy sends them his temperamental AI who bonds with young Skeeter, which I found their tricks humorous. Andralec throws a loop in their beliefs about these creatures, not just how some scientific freak gives an added twist leaving the team struggling to gain knowledge. Meanwhile, the mixed emotions between Zo and Caru are buried but surface in their minds. I love the unique characters and the bizarre creatures. Not knowing what the author will add and the intensity of the battle against the monsters makes this a worthy read for any paranormal lover.
The New World: Crimson Winter (The New World, #3) by Andy Skrzynski is a great addition to this series, and certainly can stand on its own as a fine science fiction book. The author has done a fantastic job of bringing the reader up to speed with this volume, expanding on the story in the previous books in a meaningful manner. The tone is set early on in the book with a grisly scene, and we come to understand that an apocalypse has taken place on Earth between the years of 2019 and 2025. There are vicious attacks, blood taking over the countryside, and demons that need to be eliminated. DNA and genetic engineering are prominent story lines, creating scary new notions of what monsters are, yet the presence of young warriors like Hoot give hope for the future, as the story moves along with an increasingly fast paced plot. Plenty of special powers and battle acumen ensure that the fighters in this novel ultimately win and defeat the evil that exists. Solid plot, interesting characters make this a fine science fiction novel. Highly recommend.
The story of the earth after the apocalypse has released death and destruction across the globe. The story is gripping and pulls you in and keeps you guessing what will happen next. Follow Hoot, Caro, Proto, and company on an epic journey filled with 6 legged beasts with transparent skin that slays cattle along with anything else that gets in the way. This massive demon haunts hoots dreams as well as her days. The story is well written with many good characters to meet along this journey. I like the polar bear pets as well as the eagle. I recommend you grab this one up and dive in to a fantastic trip through a fantasy world that Hoot and her demon live and walk the earth.
On behalf of my mom after she read this series... I just finished reading “The New World Crimson Winter”. The Author Andy Skrzynski is an amazing writer! I could not stop reading! I was so curious and intrigued by the depth of each character’s personalities. The plot was intense and pulled the me right into the story. I was moved by the depth of each scenario and captivated by the characters struggle to find their distinctive and unique qualities. I am so glad I read both “The New World A step Backward” and “The New World Blue Moon Generation" before completing “The New World Crimson Winter”. Thank you for several action packed evenings!!