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After: The Shock (AFTER post-apocalyptic series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Nicholson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody." - J.A. Konrath, Origin

"Always surprises and always entertains." - Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

The first book in the AFTER post-apocalyptic thriller series from an international bestselling author.


A massive solar storm erases the world's technological infrastructure and kills billions. While the remaining humans are struggling to adapt and survive, they notice that some among them have...changed.

Rachel Wheeler finds herself alone in the city, where violent survivors known as "Zapheads" roam the streets, killing and destroying. Her only hope is to reach the mountains, where her grandfather, a legendary survivalist, established a compound in preparation for Doomsday.

Other survivors are fleeing the city, but Zapheads aren't the only danger. Rogue bands of military soldiers want to impose their own order in the crumbling ruins of civilization. When Rachel discovers a 10-year-old boy, she vows to care for him even at the risk of her own life.

And the Zapheads are evolving, developing communal skills even as they lay waste to the society they will eventually replace.


Scott Nicholson is author of more than 30 books, including The Home, Liquid Fear, Creative Spirit, The Red Church, and Mystery Dance. "Scott Nicholson knows the territory. Follow him at your own risk." - Stewart O'Nan, A Face In The Crowd

"Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares. My advice? Buy everything he writes." - Bentley Little, The Haunted

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About the Author

Scott Nicholson is the international bestselling author of more than 20 thrillers, including After: The Echo, Liquid Fear, McFall, The Red Church, Disintegration, The Home, and more. His website is

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  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (January 29, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK--Alas December 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Roughly, AFTER: THE SHOCK is about a bunch of survivors trying to stay alive in the wake of a massive solar disruption that have turned most of the population into Zapheads (think zombies but without the hunger issue). As expected, the narrative is strong as is the characterization, but the involvement factor in this one is lacking. Perhaps it is mostly due to its been-there-seen-that plot that of course reminds you of THE STAND or SWAN SONG (to name just a few), or perhaps it's because of the religious theme that pops up every ten pages or so. Either way, it all adds up to an unsatisfying ending that feels more like a stopover than anything else. I so wanted to love this novelette (the first of three) but ended up just liking it instead. Maybe part two will fare better.-----Martin Boucher
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Star Review December 18, 2012
By Chris C
Format:Kindle Edition
I love reading Scott Nicholson's work and I love reading post apocalyptic books. When I heard Scott Nicholson was writing one, I could not wait to read it. I loved the characters in this book, the story, the settings, and the realness. I think the realness of the story is what hit home the most. It made me want to go out and make myself a survival bunker, and store my stuff in a Faraday cage. Can not wait on the next installment. Bring on the Zapheads! Oh, and Twinkies are mentioned. That was worth an extra star. Giving this book 6 stars for my review. :)
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45 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed December 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Scott Nicholson is one of my favorite indie authors, however, I was very disappointed in this book.

It is made clear in the beginning that this is a trilogy of 3 books. Trilogy's are composed of generally stand-alone novels. AFTER:THE SHOCK lacks a complete plot and seems to be depending on the following two books to support it. That is fine if the book is episodic where each book progresses the story along in episodes. This is kind of like chopping Stephen King's THE STAND up into 3 parts. It wouldn't work, at least not as well.

There is no real climax as the suspense seems to drag a bit while filled in with periods of violence and confusion for the characters. This is expected as the power has gone out, electronics no longer work, and something has happened to most people's brains. What do you do? Who do you trust? Great idea and not badly done, it just lacks a proper ending. Rather blah.

One of the characters considered killing a child. When I read that, I couldn't understand how the character had arrived at that point. Just didn't make sense to me.

Overall, I DO want to read the next book because I still want to know what's going on, but for the first book in a "trilogy" I feel this book failed. No doubt I will get nasty responses from other readers about my opinion. Don't waste your time. I don't read them. So sorry, Scott. I tried not to be harsh.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And then it ran out of gas... January 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It's a good read as far as it goes, but that is the problem and the reason I only gave it three stars. I read it on my Kindle and it was a shock when I turned the page and that was all there was. I've read a number of trilogies and there is usually some sort of resolution, perhaps with a cliff hanger that leads you to the next volume, but this one just abruptly stops.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Kelli
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While a reviewer has already stated this, it is worth repeating. Each book in a trilogy can stand alone. This has every appearance of a serial novel, not a trilogy. Because if this is a stand alone, I was left unsatisfied by the ending.

Solar flares have disrupted electricity and anything that functions using electrical current. Many people have died from the flares due to electrical disruption? Many people have turned into Zapheads. These are humans who lived, but are angry, violent, and who appear to have lost their intelligience. They don't appear to need food, and they attack the living. They also appear to be changing and working in cooperation with each other. There are survivors. One is a professor who estimates that only one in a million survived. Okay, let's talk plausibility. That is only 315 (total U.S. population is 315,000,000) people in the United States; yet, in our story, we have already met a group of military personnel (5 at least), the prepper and the 4 additional people with him, the religious nut plus 2 more with her, the Professor plus his additional 3 people, and our 2 buds. 315 is an average of 6 people per state, so I am totally amazed that 18 people have found each other already. Next, the professor estimates that there is a 10 to 1 ratio between survivors and zapheads. I am amazed we are actually seeing so many zapheads, because this would mean there are only 3150 in the United States, which averages 60 per State.

The next problem I had was the excess of storylines. There were too many storylines going on with nothing occurring in them besides escaping from zapheads and crazed military personnel. It reads like all the zombie books out there. It rapidly became boring. It falls under the category of been there and done that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm June 8, 2013
By Turley
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While not heavy, the religious overtones in this book reminded me of the movie "The Stand" with its long lead up to, potentially, good versus evil. While that movie was okay, I wouldn't want to watch it again. Though she demonstrated courage in extreme situations, I also had difficulty with the female lead's refusal to do what the situation called for; In this case kill or be killed. Finally, while I know it was the author's intent to lead to a sequel, there were too many unanswered questions for this book to be considered complete. I don't like having to buy another book to find out what's going on or what happened.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars His best yet! (that I've read)
It's the end of the world......or is it the beginning?

This not your typical post apocalyptic story with zombies eating everything in sight after an infection takes over... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Nev
4.0 out of 5 stars .
Generally I like the "what if" genre. I also like that the characters were not all gung ho and had their moments of doubt and weakness.
Published 28 days ago by George Prinkey
4.0 out of 5 stars after:the shock
Make's you think about the situation of our planet.What the world is going through,and where we are going to end up.
Published 1 month ago by Moses
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books - can't wait for the next!
Smart writing, good characters, a nice twist on the zombie/post-apocalypic genre. I really enjoyed this book! Okay, Amazon wants more words, so here they are - I really like it!
Published 1 month ago by Laurel Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed
Love, love, love this book. With the world as it is today, this is a clear "forecast" of what could happen in the near future. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Quintana
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series
Nicholson delivers a unique apocalyptic page turner with excellent characters and plot. A great read. Looking forward to more in this series.
Published 1 month ago by ICon
3.0 out of 5 stars A good sample, will possibly purchase.
This was an interesting take on the zombie phenomenon. I am still unsure of what created the different kinds of 'zombies', but apparently you don't get turned if one bites you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Autumn Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!
If you've never read any of Scott Nicholson's books, this is a great place to start. He brings the characters to life with words & makes the reader feel like they are part of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cheryl P. Weeks
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as some of his other books
This review is about the 3 "After:" books since I read all of them before writing the review.

These books were good, but not great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wm Eric Brunsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful new series for me
I really do love Scott Nicholson's work and really enjoyed this first book in the After series. He adds such a human and hopeful touch to the apocalypse genre. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss Lyn
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Questions from Readers for Scott Nicholson

Love your work! I recently read the After series. Do you have a guestimate of when Milepost 291 will be available?
Bonanza43 asked Oct 30, 2013
Author Answered

Hey Boinanza, sorry for the delay, I am working on After 3 right now--when it comes out depends on a couple of things but I am hoping by January or February. Thanks for your support!

Scott Nicholson answered Nov 13, 2013

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