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Hunter - After The Fall: Book One Paperback – November 28, 2012
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As a freelance technical writer, John wrote how-to books, computer software manuals, management materials, curriculum, as well as scientific reports as a contractor for the CDC in Atlanta.
John currently spends his time traveling, researching, and writing the next volume in his popular post apocalyptic series, After The Fall, and soon-to-be released science fiction saga, The Dorian Chronicles. The author encourages communication from his readers and stays in touch with his growing fan base via his blog at www.johnphillipbackus.com
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The protagonist of the story is the eponymous Hunter MacIntosh, a solitary, decorated combat veteran living in a fortified cave system in the mountains of Wyoming. Hunter's comfortable solitude is shattered when he rescues Elise Planchet and her sisters from a band of roving marauders. Elise, it turns out, has been sent by her father (Hunter's former commanding officer) to find Hunter, so that he can help rescue the small, beleaguered colony of New Eden from certain destruction at the hands of barbarians. The plot of Hunter - After The Fall then unfolds as Hunter and Elise travel back to New Eden, and join the battle to defend one of the world's few remaining bastions of civilization.
Hunter - After The Fall is an exciting, action-packed novel populated with vivid, memorable characters. It would probably translate easily into a good action-adventure screenplay. Although it contains quite a bit of graphic violence, its prose is often hauntingly lyrical. This combination of savagery and lyrical beauty makes for an effective and compelling portrayal of Hunter's post-apocalyptic world. However, it is probably not for the faint-of-heart.Read more ›
Hunter is a hard book to pigeon hole. Is it a post-apocalyptic adventure? Yes. Does it rely on the same PA plot devices that most books of this genre do; not really. Actually, Hunter is more of a wilderness adventure book that just happens to be set in post-nuclear war America. Hunter is the kind of story that would have been just as compelling if it was set in the Alaskan wilderness of the mid 1850s, or on the American frontier during the westward expansion of the early 1800s.
Two things set Hunter - After The Fall apart from other books of this genre: deep character development and a rich, expansive world.
During the course of the story, I got to know Hunter Macintosh, Elise Planchet and the rest of the cast on a personal level. I understood their motivations; I actually cared what happened to them. Having read many stories in which I was actually relieved when a supporting character bit the dust, this was refreshing.
My favorite aspect of Hunter was the depth of the world that Backus has created. It's obvious that there is so much more happening just off screen than we get to read about in this book. I love reading a story that has references to things happening in other parts of the world, or with other people, or organizations. After reading Hunger, I can't wait to see what's happening on the Northwest coast, and find out who are The Old Ones.
I enthusiastically recommend Hunter - After The Fall to anybody who loves a well-crafted adventure story. This is a book that makes you wish for a rainy day, a roaring fire, and a comfortable sofa.
The combination of outdoor-1. wilderness survival knowledge 2. realistic human ego based results 3. the expression of all humans for community,friendship,love and purpose 4. the ever present balance of man and nature are beautifully woven into a tapestry of adventure,love and intrigue.
This book is a thought provoking ,heart warming tale set in the back drop of the Beautiful Rocky Mountains.I loved it and can't wait to see the next book !
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Excellent!!! Exciting, suspensful. I couldn't put it down.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author catapult’s you into the story and you are hooked. The writer’s vivid imagination is so believable. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Angela M. Austin
When humanity goes down the toilet, there can always be found a few that will set things right. That is Hunter.Published 24 months ago by James L. Wagner
This author describes minutiae to the nth degree was a painful read that I had to give up save the effortPublished on December 13, 2013 by william
I don't even know when the tale became about Native American characters but I refuse to continue into the next book. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Jane
Started out as a good read but quickly changed to foolish thinking all the wildlife showed in USA was herePublished on September 29, 2013 by Rodney Densmore
This was a wonderfully refreshing chance from the other apocalyptic books I have read. Extremely well written with descriptive prose that rolls off the page the same as a fine... Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Talena
I have been remiss about writing this review, but in my opinion Mr. Backus is a wonderful writer who spins a tale of post apocolyptic reality in a way that no one else I've read... Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Debra Jean Misitano