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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477654631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477654637
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (773 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Stephenson is a fifteen year veteran of law enforcement, beginning with the United States Army as a Military Policeman and currently working in federal law enforcement. Richard's true passion is in writing. His novel, "Collapse," is the first book in a three part series entitled "New America"

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Richard Stephenson was born in 1975 in Denison, TX and spent his childhood in North Texas. In 1992, he graduated high school after only three years. He then pursued his degree at Oklahoma Christian University, once again accomplishing the task in three years. Richard then married his best friend before going off to basic training to be a military policeman with the US Army. With his new wife joining the adventure, they spent the next four years at Fort Polk, LA and had two children.

Just before his son turned five, Richard and his wife were told that their oldest child had Asperger's Syndrome. Nine years later, Richard's son would become the inspiration for the character of Howard Beck.

Richard is a native Texan and currently resides in Southeast Texas.


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180 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gallagher HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2013
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This is one of those books that should scare the crap out of every American- not that it is a horror novel, but one person's conceptualization of what the future could hold. Mr. Stephenson grabs you - literally pulls you - directly into the novel and gets your pulse racing right into the heads of his character. The dialogue was crisp and didn't drone on for a word count sake, and I stayed up really late one night in an effort to finish this: I was unsuccessful and thought about it nonstop until I was able to pick it back up again on my Kindle.

If you like a good thriller / futuristic novel I highly recommend this one - I am ready for a sequel!

I originally picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion, and as I type this review I see the pricing has reverted back to $2.99: you will absolutely get a heck of a lot more value out of it than $2.99, as this one rates right up with the thrillers by the "brand name" authors.
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150 of 161 people found the following review helpful By George Angus on July 10, 2012
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Author Richard Stephenson has hit one out of the park with his novel, Collapse. Watch the America we know literally collapse under the weight of natural disasters, rouge nations and damned scary power-hungry politicians.

I found Collapse to be entertaining, intriguing and scary as hell. To say that the premise of the novel is believable would be an understatement. Although it takes place in 2027, there is not reason that most of this (except Beck's AI technology) couldn't happen in the next six months. Keeping that thought in the back of my mind helped to propel me through reading this book in just a few sittings.

Richard counts on us embracing the characters and that's easy enough to do. The Navy Seal is iconic as one of the protagonists and is balanced nicely by his cell-mate and cohort Tank. It poses an interesting contrast. And while Beck (The world's richest man) is initially a spoiled and prissy little turd, he eventually steps up and does the right thing.

Collapse is rich with sub-plots that seamlessly converge and everyone ends up where they're supposed to be. I enjoyed reading the book and was excited to see that the ending leaves the door wide open for a sequel.
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114 of 126 people found the following review helpful By K. Anthony Pagano on July 25, 2012
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A rumbling maelstrom churning until the last word...

There's something very wrong, more than the Second Great Depression plaguing this new America. Within the first few pages of Collapse author Richard Stephenson quickly draws us into a world teetering toward collapse. Blame it on a failing education system. Blame it on bickering leaders in Washington. Blame it on extravagance. Blame it on Americans who had a chance to do something and could not, or made the wrong choices.

Presence, after all, is the requisite for causality. Who participates and conversely who does not greatly influences outcome. We see that played out everyday in our headlines. So often we credit the people sitting at the bargaining table for their ability to defuse or devise the next step. Timing, Stephenson suggests, is far more basic: a series of junctures linked through causality dependent on mavericks and managers to navigate circumstances already set in motion. Call Collapse a Tom Clancy and Roland Emmerich mash-up: a clear case of too many off switches and a predictable enemy on foreign soil.

Classify Collapse under dystopian? Not quite. I'll explain. The story doesn't awaken within a dystopian state. That's key. What Stephenson does clearly establish are the events that would create a dystopian future--a prequel, if you will--in which we see men and women determined to prevent democracy's wholesale slaughter. Distracted by the threat of nuclear war, destruction brought about by a hurricane, the Second Great Depression, it's a cocktail of just too many off switches. Powerless to prevent the downfall, our heroes remain resolute (yes, even reckless) as the story hones in on each character, hope blazing. They believe hope is within reach. And because they believed, I cheered them on. ~ Read-Indie-Books at [...]
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104 of 119 people found the following review helpful By kathryne jennings on October 22, 2012
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I read this book on my Kindle after receiving a free copy from Pixel of Ink. Normally, I enjoy this kind of novel, but this one didn't come close to meeting my expectations. Although I initially found the plot in this book to be engaging, it took too much time for the main events to happen. Unfortunately, I didn't find it to be well written and had to force myself to finish the book. Conversations between many of the main characters seemed forced, with many of of them having long speeches/monologues about their emotions, thoughts, feelings, etc that went on for way too long to be believable. Some interaction with the other characters during those moments would have greatly improved the writing. Many of the plot developments also lacked credibility -- the prison escape and "change" of Richard's character by the end of the book seemed the most jarring. In addition, the love relationship between Max and Elizabeth seemed gratuitous, as though the author felt he needed to add a romance and sex scene into the story for some reason. It didn't work for me. Finally, the reconciliation scene between two other characters was too abrupt and again, not believable. There were numerous typos and I disliked the way the paragraphs were always double-spaced between each other. Of course, the author set everything up for a sequel (which was also obvious) and I doubt that I will read it. There are quite a few similarities between this book and the new JJ Abrams' show, Revolution -- I'll stick to watching the show.
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