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Beginning of the End (Welcome to Purgatory Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Zayne Michaels
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After losing his best friend in a meteor storm that wiped out entire cities, Brady Dane finds himself alone and scared, simply trying to make it from one day to the next. Surrounded by chaos, desperation, and death, he turns his compass toward Georgia and the refuge rumored to be established in the military base there. Forming emotional attachments will only make him vulnerable, so he keeps himself guarded, choosing to travel alone, but that all changes when he crosses paths with a stranger on a lonely stretch of highway.

Anthony Grimel—Grim to his friends—is having a really bad day. Collapsing on the side of the road after being robbed and beaten by a band of raiders, he’s ready to give up. He never expected to be saved by an angel with golden hair and a smile to rival the sun. Finding purpose once again in being Brady’s guardian, his protector, Grim vows to get his new companion safely to the refuge, but he never expected to lose his heart in the process.

Love isn’t always easy, though, a fact Brady quickly discovers. Wading through a new, complicated relationship is hard enough, but now, he’s not sure who to trust—who is friend and who is foe. One hard truth becomes glaringly obvious not long after his arrival. Within these walls, there is no life or death, there is only survival.

Welcome to Purgatory.


Product Details

  • File Size: 4215 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940637074
  • Publisher: UnScripted Inc (January 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HMR4GD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it January 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
When the world went to hell, Brady and Grim lost everything. Then they found each other.

This book kept me up into the wee hours of the morning, because there was no way I was going to go to sleep until I got to the last page. Michaels has created a harsh but fascinating world full danger and conflict that kept me enthralled and did a nice job of balancing the darkness of the world with the passion and sexual heat between the two men.

These are not your ordinary romance heroes, and this is not a typical love story, but it worked for me and I am definitely going to be looking for the rest of this series as it comes out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Having never read anything by author, Zayne Michaels, coupled with the fact that I'm not a huge fan of the post apocalyptic flavored piece, I had no idea how I'd react to Beginning of the End. Right about now, you're thinking that I'm all kinds of stupid for setting myself up for a less than stellar experience.

You would be wrong.

It's perfectly O.K.; so was I.

I found Beginning of the End more a testament of how resourceful and resilient people could be in the face of global catastrophe, than a plot rife with gore and zombie-like creatures that crave human flesh. It was certainly a love story that had a decent amount of steamy sex; however, I truly saw it as a love story first and foremost. Grim and Brady each struggled with the events that brought them together, but still we're open to acknowledging that they not only wanted each other, but needed the balance that the other brought into their life. Ms. Michaels' characters were colorful, deep, and original; no cookie cutter, "insert a bad guy here" for this story.

Beginning's plot was arguably one of the best I've read in awhile. It was simplistic, but anything except boring. The Earth's population had just suffered through a world-wide pandemic brought about by an alien contagion contained in a meteor shower. Loss of life was massive, and those who survived were changed in ways that they couldn't fathom. Many mutated into something just below the lowest denominator of humanity. Even those who seemingly escaped the mutative effects of the pathogen underwent at the very least, an emotional transformation.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Waited for end to begin June 10, 2014
By SF Bob
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Not a very good effort. Poor character development, uneven pacing, and unsatisying ending. Started out OK but quickly deteriorated. Only give it two stars because concept coud have been good/interesting. There is much better dystopian m/m fiction out there. Go find that and save yourself the $$$.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on the classical apocalypse April 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Suddenly, what is most prominent in a lot of book (MM included) is the post-apocalypse and dystopian world view and how humanity will go on.
Zayne Michaels manages to take this and put an interesting and supernatural twist to it, while still keeping true to the genre itself. While I am definitely looking forward to more from this particular series, I still had a hard time not snickering at the dominanint/submissive changes to humans. While I support the idea for its originality, I still had to snicker every now and then. ;)

But a good comfort read and one to read right before bed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME February 23, 2014
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This book has caught my eye on several occasions when I was scanning the kindle store for "something different". Each time I passed by it thinking it wouldn't be my cup of tea. But this time when I came across it, I thought why not give it a try. I AM SO GLAD I DID!!! It was a fantabulous book! It had everything that a terrific story needs. Action, drama, suspense great main characters and equally great secondary characters. And hot sex as well. I highly recommend this book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great surprise!!!! February 2, 2014
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This book was way more than I expected... I loved Grim and Brady and just the development of their relationship..I loved the twist and turns once they reached purgatory..I didn't know what was going to happen our what direction it was going ... but that's a very good thing I was at the edge of my seat wondering..I am definitively a fan of this author and plan on. watching up on all the books he's written so far..HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewers choice at redz world reviews January 31, 2014
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Beginning of the End by author Zayne Michaels tells of a world that has been hit by many metors and the total devastation it brings to the world. Set on Earth this apocalyptic view of the world is not all dread and woe, we have two men who manage in this new and terrifying world find love.
The first one we meet is Brady Dane. He narrowly escapes the destruction of his own apartment building. He runs through the burning streets leaving all he knew and love behind. There are meteors the size of baseballs hailing down around him as they flee. He still manages to find compassion for those trapped. He tries to save them but loses a friend in the process. His spirit and heroism made me love this character. He is strong and tough in his own way.
Anthony Grimel or Grim as he is called is the next one we meet. Grim is alone, half beaten to death, and hungry when Brady rescues him in the middle of a road. There are buzzards around trying to kill him he is a mess. But Brady manages to save him.
These two both have something very much in common they have someone they failed to protect and feel guilt over that, making them both more protective of each other in this book.
Grim wants to be sure Brady never comes to harm. He feels the first stirring of a bond between them when he meets Brady. That bond only gets stronger the longer they are together.
Brady is an ex social worker he is the perfect foil to the dominating and protective Grim. Brady is tired of being alone and more than ready to have Grim in his life. The more time they spend together the more Grim feels a crippling need to own Brady.
Once these two find shelter the twist to this story really begins. Their safe haven turns out to be not so safe can they save each other from what is to come before it is too late?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars what a waste.....
This is by far one of the stupidest books I have ever read, I want every person who gave this book a good review to start paying me back for buying this drivel.
Published 7 months ago by Breezy
5.0 out of 5 stars O.M.G!!!
This story was amazing..I mean wow! Scary in some parts..extremely HOT in other pars...some sad but in the end? Ahhhh the end? well you will just have to read it..yes.. Read more
Published 9 months ago by LeeA P.
5.0 out of 5 stars This story is a great beginning to a wonderful series.
I started this and could not put it down until I got to the end. Now I am just waiting for the next book from this wonderful author. I can't wait to see what comes next.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just another HIT!
When I first started reading this, I can honestly say that I had no idea which direction it was going to take. Read more
Published 10 months ago by wynter sage
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Series
I was so happy to see this book come out and it did not fail. Characters I was interested in, a plot that keeps you involved....all together a wonderful read.
Published 10 months ago by Tera Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars !!
I didn't realize this was already an author that I love. But, once again, her writing blew my mind. Can't wait to read the next ones!
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Story !!! :) :)
The two main characters Grim and Brady are perfect for each other. This is a story of survival, when everything normal and civilized goes to hell in a hand basket. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Hart
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More About the Author

Zayne Michaels is a small-town girl who grew up and ran off to the big city. She currently resides in the Midwest where she spends her days dreaming up dark, sexy adventures in between soccer games and the never-ending pile of laundry.

Zayne's fascination with old and discarded treasures has always been a source of inspiration for her tales. From antique clocks to old, dilapidated houses, her imagination turns to the "what ifs" and "what used to bes."

Maybe this love for the abandoned is why she is a firm advocate of second chances, or perhaps she's just a little crazy. Whatever the reason, Zayne believes everyone chooses their own path, creates their own destiny, and is the author of their own story.

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