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Product Details

  • Series: Harper Thriller
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062025821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062025821
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Very well written for a first novel and the basic concept definitely produces a page turner. The overall feel is of high adventure with a moderate amount of tension, where you are never quite sure what is going to happen next . . . Recommended.” (SF Revu online magazine)

“Cannibal Reign is a scary, nonstop thrill ride into the dark hearts of man, shot through with the souls of those that refuse to surrender to the dark. I loved this book, and fans of post apocalyptic fiction and thrillers should not miss it!” (My Bookish Ways, urban fantasy blog)

“You’ll run the full gamut of emotions . . . the psychological implications are haunting. And you’ll be thinking of this book for a long while after you set it down and go on to another. ” (Journey of a Bookseller, review blog)

“A gripping story . . . a chilling, frightening tale that was hard to put down.” (Suzanne Johnson, Preternatura, speculative fiction blog)

“What makes Thomas Koloniar’s superb thriller work is the focus is on good people trying to survive in bad times . . . this is an exhilarating tale of life before and after a NEO crash rivaling what happened to the dinosaurs.” (Alternative Worlds, sci-f/fantasy review site)

From the Back Cover

First the asteroid would come, slamming into the earth just north of the Montana border, followed by earthquakes, tsunamis, and unending night.

And after that . . . Hell.

Astronomer Marty Chittenden is the first to recognize the approaching doom—a discovery that makes him a marked man.

Green Beret Jack Forrest knows the catastrophe is inevitable, and begins stockpiling an abandoned missile silo with supplies while gathering together a small community of men, women, and children he prays can survive the apocalypse.

Then disaster strikes. In an instant the world they know ends forever, transformed into a nightmare realm of eternal darkness. Soon the few remaining humans are transformed as well, becoming savage things—raping, pillaging, and devouring their own.

And the time is approaching when Forrest and his people will have to leave their underground "Noah's Ark" to face a shattered world and the unspeakable terrors that dwell there—in desperate pursuit of one slim hope of survival . . . called Hawaii.

Customer Reviews

I read this book after hearing about it on the radio.
Belisara Smith
The pace of the story kept you reading well into the night and I had a very hard time putting the book down.
Karen Goelz
If you like well written stories with good character development, buy this book.
Scott Richardson

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By medicboymatt on July 6, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I must admit, at first I had my doubts about Cannibal Reign. I was desperate for something new to read, and I spotted it on the New Arrivals table at the local book store. I've always enjoyed post-Apocalypse stories, so I thought I'd give it a try.

As I said, I had my doubts at first. The market has been flooded lately with post-apocalyptic books, and most of them are basically just crap, stuff that is either just thinly veiling the author's grips about the current Administration in Washington, or promoting a fundamentalist "end of days' agenda.

This book was a pleasant surprise. I lost all my doubts very rapidly, and was so pleased to have found it and read it that I was inspired to write this, my very first Amazon review!

The characters are well developed, and are very human. The science sounds very plausible. The pacing is nice and fast. There is plenty of techo-weaponry stuff for the action geeks, but it is never presented in an overwhelming fashion.

This book can easily join the greats in the genre, like "Alas, Babylon" or "The Stand." I hope to see more from this author. In short, it's a damn fine read! Two thumbs up!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kohout Jr. on October 2, 2012
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VERY MINOR SPOILERS:

This year marks the 35-anniversary of Lucifer's Hammer, which I read at some point during the 80's. I always wished for a worthy sequel or at least a successor. Mr. Koloniar is most definitely "worthy" by penning an amazing effort. Especially, when one considers this work is coming from a first time Author.

A quick note. I came to hear about "Cannibal Reign" via a recco through a thread commenting on the sub-par effort of the latest work by a well-known TEOTWAWKI Author (no names - JWR).

A major component of my process when reading fiction is to generate a running mental analysis of the story/plot lines and how I would have done things differently. I will generally make some allowances for "poetic license" and then offer up my thoughts in the "guts" of any review that I submit.

The only glaring weakness was having the military drop off 2-truckloads of MRE's directly to silo. Forrest should have offered to meet the trucks at some distance away from the silo and then taken the time to work up a more plausible cover story.

Random Thoughts:

1.) Another review commented on the seeming preoccupation with sex. First and foremost, being essentially restricted underground in relatively close quarters, even with electricity, Xbox, reading and board games are going to get "old" pretty quickly! As for the other alternating storylines, while it is not fair, women throughout history have been viewed as a valuable commodity. Therefore, consistent with the breakdown of modern society and the onset of "Social Darwinism", it is not unrealistic to believe that there will be a severe regression back to a more primitive set of values

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By stuart white on February 1, 2013
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I couldn't put it down, fun book. I heard Sarah and Vinnie (SF radio DJ's) talking about the book and figured I would try it out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Durtschi on July 3, 2013
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I read a lot of sci fi and apocalyptic literature, and I was glad to see an "end of the world" book that DIDN'T involve zombies, the plague, or some kind of rapture. From what I have read of all the catorized asteroid strikes on earth, the crater left by the asteroid in this book is so large, its hard to believe that anyone would have lived, especially above ground. Also, I thought people starting turning to cannibalism a little soon, they went from eating food from a store to eating humans, without even a hunting/foraging phase, that would be more logical (wild animals would certainly be more adaptive and and have a higher survival rate than humans in those settings). But, this is fiction, and all that is forgivable, unfortunately, what is NOT forgivable in an apocalypse, is the "adults" acting like kids with high school crushes. According to this author, when the survivors of the apocalypse aren't fending off cannibals, rape gangs, x-miliary thugs, etc, they are so concerned with flirting and having sex with as many people as possible, ESPECIALLY the womenfolk. I guess no amount of dangers, hardships, and complications will kill these women's sex drive for one second. The men aren't scripted any better, as they act like a bunch of drunk frat guys that just won the intramural football trophy. All we here about the entire book is, despite the fact that the main characters have made a near perfect haven for waiting out the apocalypse, there just isn't enough sex for anyone, MORE SEX!!! Again, the story is great, very original and compelling, but the author's characters are so bad, at one point, I thought, "this is like reading Melrose Place with cannibals".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shelley M Valett on February 5, 2013
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What a concept, and so cleverly written. Pick this one for a book club - you'l have so many what-if scenarios to discuss. Great 1st book for Koloniar. Heard raves about it from Sarah and Vinnie on 97.3 FM.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Brever on January 29, 2013
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Fabulous price and a great read, as recommended by a Bay Area radio show on Alice 97.3. The book is easy to read and keeps you hooked from the beginning!
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