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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569759030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569759035
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

This is American Apocalypse I in the Ulysses Press version.  It has been edited again and has a new cover.

About the Author

Nova lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Don't believe any review of this book over 1 star!!
bennadatto
Besides the fascinating concept, the book is well written with interesting characters that are well developed as the story progresses.
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The writing is good, character development very good, and the author knows how to tell a story.
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79 of 90 people found the following review helpful By David Z. Moss on January 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Volume 1 hypothesizes a possible future after an extended economic crash in the United States. Things slowly get worse for our protagonist Gardener and the rest of the country, but Gardener does a better job than most at adapting to changed circumstances. Effectively he embraces violence and sets himself up as a survivor and future warlord in an increasingly Mad Max style universe. OK, I admit I got hooked on the story after reading Volume 1 and am now in the middle of Volume III (which you can read right now on Nova's website). So I'm projecting a bit. But just a bit. In Volume 1 the future is not quite post-apocalyptic although it is getting there, and you can see and believe in the devolution of society happening through Gardener's observations.

I don't necessarily see the future heading this way myself, but American Apocalypse is a profound vision of a potential future that cannot be lightly dismissed. And if it does come to pass (or anything like it) you'll appreciate having seen a glimpse from Nova before getting there yourself. Perhaps more importantly, the book is an excellent page turner and a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

If I could I'd give the book four and a half stars. The downgrade comes from the relative lack of editing and the fact that the stream of consciousness style leaves you wondering a bit about some things. (Why for example do none of the characters get any news from the radio and learn about what is happening outside of the US?) But since I can't and it's either four or five, I'll go with five stars because it makes you think in a way that few other books can.
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75 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Grizz on September 9, 2010
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After reading the reviews, and reading this (and book 2), I was disappointed.
Yes, it has a "end of days" theme however everything happens so easily and so lucky for the characters.
I agree with other reviews that the editing is horrible if not non-existant.

Book 2 is a little better, but not much.
It's disturbing how things happen so easily and lucky for the characters.
"He grabbed a bottle of water..." Where or how did he get such an important item so easily?
There was a gas shortage everywhere, but not for them apparently.
The main character never liked guns but all of a sudden he becomes a marksman.

The series leaves a lot of significant details how hard will work to aquire/build/ necessary items during EOD.
This is a "everything falls into their lap" EOD series.

And the character introduced near the end of book two is just silly. Really? (I won't ruin the story for those thinking of buying book two)

Call me old fashioned, but I could do without the foul language and NUMEROUS scenes where the character just so happens to stumble upon some guy or a group of guys molesting a boy, a woman or a girl. I think the author has personal issues with the topic. For this reason I had to go from three stars down to two stars.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Sokoll on July 1, 2010
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I am a great reader of apocalyptic and disaster fiction and non-fiction. What interests me the most in this genre are the changes wrought to society and the way individuals cope with this. While most books of this group see one event or an inter-connected cascade of events that causes the collapse of the known society, this book differs in that there is no flash point which starts the slide. This is much more frightening and absorbing than the known disaster - the unknown crisis, whether financial, political or ecological, which echoes so much of what is occurring in our current society and situation.

I agree with the reviewer who found this book poorly edited, but do not think these problems prove as jarring to the ordinary reader as implied in that review. This is a chilling book which should act as a cautionary tale to those waiting for the BIG BANG. It may come as a small slide, that slowly avalanches everything in its path, including us.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By truth seeker on January 2, 2011
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Wow, this was bad. The edition I got had obvious typos on virtually every page. Maybe the newer version has corrected that, but still there is a little of value in this book. This reads like it was written by a high school student - there is a lack of descriptive language throughout and little to no character development. Plus the plot is a bit of stretch. Survival "clans" based on online gaming communities? A supposed Marine war hero who joins forces with a deranged main character that kills or attacks people with questionable motivation and lack of moral consideration? Please. You won't find any good survival info here and definitely not quality literature by a long stretch.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Forrest Seale on November 18, 2009
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A fantastic and riveting read from the first time we meet the Gardener until the last page. Nova starts with the economic meltdown and unemployment problems of today and describes a beliveable and very possible vision of the near future. Not for the faint of heart, the vision has a very dark side, but also a ray of hope emerges as his main charactor evolves. An outstanding tale.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By energyecon on December 3, 2009
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A gripping narrative of an all too plausible outcome of economic collapse - and the transformation of the main character, as the world spins out of control - kept me turning the pages until all too quickly volume 1 was finished and I was left wanting more!
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