Zakk reviews Scavenger: Evolution by Timothy C. Ward

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Zakk reviews “Scavenger: Evolution” by Timothy C. Ward. 292 pages published by Spike Publishing.

“Who down there do you give a busted watch about?”


In the future, sand divers search the depths for the lost city of Danvar and the truth behind their bleak existence. Divemaster Rush hasn’t dove since he lost his infant. A job offer turns from an escape to a trap and the lure of a hardened heart to survive like anyone else would. One dive leads to another. Farther and farther from the surface, death and evolution change his world. He’ll have to change too or watch his wife rise without him.

Inspired by Hugh Howey’s world of Sand, but stands alone without needing to read Sand. Written and sold with his permission. Scavenger: Evolution takes the landscape of Dune and throws in the pacing and thrills of Alien.

“In a world buried to the nose in sand, Rush felt no choice but to let his ears live for him. River’s moan slipped through the floorboards above him like a last desperate cry not to give up. There was life left to scavenge.

The soft and gentle releasing of breath drifted and disappeared into the belly of the Honey Hole, a tavern that reeked of stale beer and dried sweat.”

With Scavenger: Evolution, Timothy C. Ward has crafted an enjoyable, exciting science fiction thriller, the beginnings of a potentially larger futuristic opera. I’m not well versed in the genre of sci-fi, usually sticking with another time honored genre, but Mr. Ward makes me feel welcome here with a book that is easy to get lost in.

Our main hero Rush is a relatable fellow, suffering a loss that changes his life. His pain and the life he languishes in feels tangible, heavy, as does his desires for the woman he can’t have, the longing for the love he’s thrown away, and the trappings of new opportunities that spiral away from opportunity to life or death necessity.

The environment in this new world is as much a character as anyone else, living and breathing in it’s harshness and playing off of an equally interesting supporting cast. It’s fun following along with them as the mystery of Danvar unfolds.

Scavenger: Evolution is directly inspired by Hugh Howey’s novel (and world) Sand, which I haven’t read, so I am not qualified to say wether or not it is required reading. What I can say is that I think Timothy does a great job in getting the reader acclimated to the characteristics and inner workings of this world. I feel that I have a firm grasp on it. Mr. Ward has also struck an interest in checking out the source material, which at the start of this read I didn’t have. So thank you for that.

“He kicked. Sand squeezed in tighter than his welcome. Focus. He forced it back. Breathe. A cramp poked his rib like a cliff’s edge. The desert did not like being manipulated.

Red filled his vision. Repeat. The pushback was getting worse. Focus. A vision of Star tied to a chair, bleeding and crying distracted his attention. He breathed and reached his arm back for another bomb. He strained to throw it forward and make its path fluid. The bomb barely passed a few feet from his release before the sand stopped it.”

Overall score: 4/ 5

Zakk is a big dumb animal!

**Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the author on the promise of an honest review. These are my unbiased feelings.

You can purchase Scavenger: Evolution via: Amazon | Audible | Signed by Author

About Timothy:

Timothy C. Ward is a former Executive Producer for Adventures in SciFi Publishing. His first published novel, Scavenger: Evolution, is a futuristic thriller where sand divers search the depths of the desert for buried cities, and one finds the technology responsible for the apocalypse. The sequel, Scavenger: A.I. will release soon.

Late July, he will release his first book with Evolved Publishing, Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic fantasy set in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss.

His short fiction, “The Bomb in the President’s Bathroom,” released in the Amish SciFi anthology, Tales from Pennsylvania, and “Staring Into,” is published in the anthology, Masters of Time.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. timothycward says:

    Thank you for your honest review, Zakk. As to your question about Sand, you don’t have to read it first. Hugh does a better job of showing us the world, and has a fantastic emotional journey in his character cast. I used my own characters, so they are divergent journeys that share a similar starting point and world. I did a lot of research in reading his book four times before I began, but Sand leaves a lot of questions. My answers will likely be different than his, and I can’t wait to see what he reveals in his sequel, if it ever publishes.

    Again, thanks for the review. I enjoy those quotes, though to be honest, the broken watch line isn’t as smooth as I’d prefer now. The sequel is almost ready, and I believe it shows growth over this first book.


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