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  • File Size: 4030 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (August 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AP6YRFS
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100 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Martin Boucher on 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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87 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Don Cranford on December 19, 2012
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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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Turley on June 8, 2013
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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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Degas on January 28, 2013
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Story has been done to death. Characters are just impossible to get into, much less to like. Everyone fears and/or dislikes guns except the bad guys. The protagonists stumble around without a clue. They've got people actively hunting them and trying to kill them. They've lost friends and loved ones to these "zapheads". And yet, they just can't seem to bring themselves to kill them. Well, except for the "bad guys", which are (surprise!) active duty military.

You've got a "trilogy" that starts in the middle. Next installment starts at the beginning. I'll be skipping it and the one following. Drumming up interest in these serial thrillers/dime novels revolves completely around building characters readers can indentify with. Not the case with this novella, at least for me.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. Bowman on January 6, 2013
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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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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. Davis on January 15, 2013
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This was super disappointing. I won't waste money purchasing the next two in the series. I knew it was a triology but didn't know that the first book would end nearly in mid-sentence. Besides the abrupt ending, the story just went in circles. I read 2-3 books week, most Science Fiction, and this was the most disappointing book I've read in the last several years.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Chris C on December 18, 2012
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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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kelli on December 29, 2012
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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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