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Fall of the Citizens: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Eric Thomas
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When you take away people's choices, the only choice left is revolution. Eric Thomas' debut thriller is an exciting, violent and thought provoking story that asks the question, "What happens after you've won the revolution?"
The story centers around Josh, a member of the hacktivist group Anonymous, who is living in safe seclusion until he's recruited by a bloodthirsty group of revolutionaries called "The Citizens." They've launched a war on the wealthy; stealing Ebola vaccinations from rich pharmaceutical companies during a nation wide outbreak and handing them out for free to the poor. Josh is reluctant to join until he meets Betty, a sarcastic, pink haired revolutionary motivated by her recent misfortune.
Josh and Betty ride the wave of the uprising that will put them on the front line in the battle between the "haves" and the "have-nots," a classic class warfare struggle where the rights of the many finally outweigh the rights of the few.


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A cross between an apocalyptic technothriller and political suspense novel, Citizens pulls off the difficult task of presenting two cautionary tales, one buried inside the other. These cautionary tales lie at the heart of the his story, and the shift from one to the other is where Citizens finds its unique niche in modern storytelling. Corporate excess, political maneuvering, and a growing American insurgency combine, in a near futuristic setting, to set the stage for an entertaining, yet hard hitting read.- Stephen Konkoly, author of "The Jakarta Pandemic" and the "Black Flagged" series.

From the Author

Many readers suggested another edit. Just added for 2013: New edit by Elizabeth Becker. Exact same story, just a little bit of clean up. Thanks -ET

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  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479135119
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TC1V4U
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking October 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was asked to read this by the author and was very glad I did - it was fantastic, if horrific.

For me, it highlighted the problems of poverty and how the downtrodden will rise up eventually, and that it only takes 'someone with charisma' to lead the way to a better life and so bring downfall to those who have always taken advantage and thought themselves more worthy. Of course, we have all heard the phrase, 'absolute power corrupts absolutely', and history shows us this has happened time and time again, although in this book, I'm certain that the weaknesses of the 'leader' weren't just a result of the newly-found power.

I am not sure if this story was in response to the idea that poverty in certain countries is viewed a sin, and a person's own fault, rather than the biased systems in place. Whatever the reason for the tale, I could certainly relate to the fact that only 1% are lucky enough to live the way they wish, and that medicine (one example) is only available for those who can pay. And whether or not whoever takes over may be just as bad?

I thought the characters an excellent mix, which were developed brilliantly to suit the tale.

A revolutionary, controversial, worthwhile and thought provoking read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, and Scary September 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'll start out by saying this is not my normal type of book. I prefer to leave reality behind when I read. This book is scary, but in the sense that this could really happen. It's a story of how the media, government, and big corporations control the lower and middle class and the revolt of those lower classes. I hate giving spoilers in reviews, so this is it.
I liked this book, but for me it wasn't a quick read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall of the Citizens (Eric Thomas) September 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Fall of the Citizens ( Eric Thomas)

There is an outbreak of a deadly virus can lead to an epidemic, people are worried. A drug company comes up with a cure for the infected and a vaccine to prevent this deadly disease. But it comes with a high price tag, one that only the rich can afford.

Soon a group of citizens decide to steal the drug in order to help the poor people. Will they be able to pull this off, and how far will they go to gain control of this drug.

At times a bit graphic, but this scenario in my opinion could become reality. With rising cost of health care and medications Fall of The Citizens left me chilled to the bone. A fantastic psychological thriller.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, good time! September 2, 2012
By J.B.
Format:Kindle Edition
Rating: 4/5

Fall of the Citizens, although not perfect, is a good story. Packed with action, it is quick paced and offers a few interesting twists.
However, there were a few passages that were in my opinion cringe worthy. From a feminist point of view, this is not perfect. It remains, however, no matter what, an highly entertaining story.

Fall of the Citizens follows an organization named the Citizens in what could be called a good old battle of the classes with an interesting twist. The story starts in a country is shaken by an Ebola epidemic where americans are left with very few choices: to die or to pay 60k$ for the vaccine that will both cure them and protect them against future infection. That vaccine has been developed by Wellco and they retains a monopoly of its production and distribution.
Wellco is also in charge of those who are already infected and unable to afford treatment: they are packed into a building called Quarantine and all information is kept secret (for the sake of "patient confidentiality").
This situation lead to the formation of a group, the Citizens, who basically wish to distribute the vaccine free of charge and to overthrow capitalism while they're at it.
However, the Citizens aren't exactly your neighborly bunch of tree huggers. No, no.
They have chainsaws and they're not afraid of using them.
It sounds awesome, I know, because it is!
All in all, Fall of the Citizens is an interesting read, full of bumps, that will keep you glued to your chair for hours. I tend to be a slow reader and yet, it took me only a few days to get through that one. The story is compelling and that's the book's greatest strength. It is not perfect but it is entertaining enough. Give it a try, you won't regret it!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The F word is not a descriptive adjective March 12, 2013
By Dorothy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Okay, I got to 40% of reading this book and I just could not take it anymore. The F word is just not a descriptive adjective and if the author thinks it is, could he please produce his English teacher who told him this.

The story would be good, but not told as it is being told now. While I do believe pharmaceutical companies would attempt this, and get away with it, I think the whole idea could have been put forth in a nicer and more entertaining manner. And the pharmaceutical company is the only believable thing in this book.

So, I give 2 stars for effort and that is all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read August 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In his book, FALL OF THE CITIZENS, the author writes about the frailties of the USA's domestic condition. Mr. Thomas eerily recounts where our country was in the past, where it is today and the direction it may take in the future. The plot revolves around a purported ebola outbreak so virulent that much of the USA's population is in jeopardy. However, a drug company has a vaccination that will both cure the infected and inoculate the healthy. But this wonder drug is so expensive that only the wealthy can afford it. Fear causes otherwise sane people to join a group that will steal the drug and give free injections of it to one and all. The group leader is a madman portraying himself to the masses as a beneficent hero. Gradually he is found out, and the US Army gets involved. But honest media and a few brave souls save the ideals, principles, values and laws upon which this country rests. The story is riveting. It could likely be fact rather than fiction. The reader will think about the histories of other countries, past and present. The reader will be afraid of what was, is and may be. Despite some editing problems, this book was an easy and compelling read. Normally I find lewd language unnecessary and detracting. Not so here. There is language and a little promiscuity, but both are fitting. I was reminded of PATTON wherein Gen. Patton cursed with every breath. Can you imagine his strongest language being 'gee' and 'gosh darn?' I like the author's use of imagery and symbolism. I was especially reminded of Hemingway's A FAREWELL TO ARMS. FALL OF CITIZENS begins in the summer and ends in the fall. Well done, Mr. Thomas.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars What's With the French Revolution?
I've read several books over the past few years that retell the story of the French Revolution. Add one more to the list. Read more
Published 25 days ago by E. L. Sapp
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Sorry, I read about 1/4 of this book. Just could not get into it.
Published 1 month ago by Karen E. Mcnabb
1.0 out of 5 stars Old, tired plot, no depth
Using the backdrop of "the wealthy and the evil corporations control the world" as the main plot is very tiresome, overdone, and boring. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JustMe
4.0 out of 5 stars amazingly timed
Excellent read. Held my interest, which is difficult to do. Fits right in with current events. Ultimate power brings ultimate corruption. Very well written.
Published 3 months ago by author2
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I did not order this book
Published 4 months ago by Dev
4.0 out of 5 stars Fall of the Citizens
Thank you for a very interesting story. I was sorry that you killed off Josh at the end when Betty had just found him again.
Published 4 months ago by Michael Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast read, provokes lots of thinking
Interesting view of the world, actually it is right. We have forgotten to think for ourselves, and are willing to believe whatever we hear, with no digging to find truth. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jacquelyn McClung
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Author who knows how to shock you!
A disease has broken out and the only way to save your family is an inoculation but the government want $60,000 a shot! How far would you go to save them? Beg........ Read more
Published 9 months ago by Orchard Book Club
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting concept, well executed.
I very much enjoyed the plot and the interesting, but expected twists. While I never really understood Max's motivations, he made good points when defending them. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gatorgus
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
When I started reading this I wasn't sure if it was my cup of tea, I am mire of a zombie, vampire & extreme horror enthusiast. However I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read more
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Eric Thomas lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with his dog and cat.

Make friends with Eric: www.facebook.com/ericthomaspage or on Twitter @etflint.

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