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Book I - A New World:Chaos 
Book II - A New World: Return 
Book III - A New World: Sanctuary 
Book IV - A New World: Taken 
Book V - A New World: Awakening 
Book VI - A New World: Dissension 
Book VII - A New World: Takedown 
Book VIII - A New World: Conspiracy 
Book IX - A New World: Reckoning

From the Author

I wrote this series with one thought in mind - What would I actually do in the event of an apocalyptic event?  This story and series being true to the actual skills and experiences I possess. No super heroes or someone possessing miraculous abilities, just a normal person seeking to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.  Being an ex-Air Force pilot and operating in the special operations arena, the experiences I have gathered lend themselves well to surviving in a world such as I have presented, being advantageous in certain aspects of survival.  Written in the first person, it takes you through an accounting of what that world and survival looks like through the eyes of someone being suddenly thrust into a situation that looks normal from first glance, with regards to the physical environment, but with a terror lurking underneath and survival in question at every turn.  Imagine yourself looking out of your window and everything looks the same; buildings stand tall and straight reflecting sunlight from their exteriors; trees sway in the morning breeze; cars sit silently in parking lots; a bright blue sky looks down and the air clear of smoke from burning fires. Except there is one simple but huge difference, there's nobody around.  The plausibility of the scenario and premise make this a truly unique story and interesting read and I truly hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  If you enjoyed the story, feel free to leave a review and let me know.

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Product Details

  • Series: A New World
  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467982733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467982733
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (591 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John O'Brien is a former Air Force fighter instructor pilot who transitioned to Special Operations for the latter part of his career gathering his campaign ribbon for Desert Storm. Immediately following his military service, John became a firefighter/EMT with a local department. Along with becoming a firefighter, he fell into the Information Technology industry in corporate management. Currently, John is writing full-time on the series, A New World.

As a former marathon runner, John lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and can now be found kayaking out in the waters of Puget Sound, mountain biking in the Capital Forest, hiking in the Olympic Peninsula, or pedaling his road bike along the many scenic roads.

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98 of 104 people found the following review helpful By C. Stevens on September 29, 2011
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I'm currently on a Zombie kick and have read quite a few stories. I appreciated the level of knowledge that the author brings. He is clearly drawing on personal experience and it shows in both good and bad ways. The story is interesting and plotted reasonably well.

There are however a few significant problems.

The author is a detail person... and the story bogs down as a result. For example when checking to see if a door is locked, the main character has to try first the right door, then the left, with each hand and foot movement described. I thought at first that this was an attempt to highlight how careful the main character is being, but the story ended up feeling more like a manual of 'how to do things right' rather than an action novel. The main character (also named John) teaches just about everyone. Other characters only come into the foreground to be instructed (giving the author an excuse to write more 'how to', or to praise the main character). The exception to this is when his girlfriend takes up the lead character and becomes the only person with a brain in the military. He is smart, good, true, experienced, and wise... and pretty much everything goes his way. The story felt like his fantasy of living in a simpler world with all his friends and adoring competent loved ones around (the only people who survive seem to be his friends and family). Since the author and character feel like the same person the story also feels a bit like being lectured at by an all knowing father. I may read his next book, there was enough redeeming in it to make it fun... but I hope the author can detach from his character, develop the supporting cast better, and make them more human... There is potential here if the books become more than just fantasy wish fulfillment.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By nehifamily on December 19, 2011
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I found this book to be pretty boring until the last quarter. I confess to skipping huge portions of the book when he's wandering around in his own mind. The flashbacks are completely unimportant to the story and a waste of time. It really strikes me as filler. I think that most people who don't have the author's background would find these memories to be hard to follow and make you wonder why they're there. If aviation is your interest, then you might find them interesting.

The story didn't really start to flow until the last part of the book. I had no intention of reading book two until I hit the end of book one and then I realized I had a strong desire to find out what was next. A New World:Chaos is essential to reading A New World:Return, so just force yourself through because book 2 is worth it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John F. Merrick on October 27, 2011
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A relatively normal, upstanding, ex-military pilot and father of three, with some ground combat experience finds himself in extraordinary circumstances and strives to cope and overcome. The author gradually provides a background for his protagonist, Jack, and the horrible situation in which he finds himself then lets Jack work his way through it--much like Louis L'Amour did with many of the protagonists in his western novels.

A major ruiner for me is when the protagonist's actions, motives or thought processes don't match his given background or training--that ruins his credibility and reliability as far as I'm concerned and tells me the author either doesn't know his material or didn't research it well enough. Jack usually does everything in a tactically sound manner and in accord with his character, background and abilities throughout the novel--but he's not perfect (another ruiner). After a few chapters I could relax and know that the protagonist was going to behave credibly and as a real person would with the same background. I'm ex Air Force Security Forces and have been a firearms and tactics instructor with the FEDS now for many years and know that there are lots of different "right" ways to do things that are continuously changing and the subject of ongoing debate as far as tactics and weapons handling etc, but I never found myself saying WTF--why did or didn't Jack do that?

Another major ruiner for me is when the author steps outside the parameters of the characters and/or the scenario he's laid out. For example, the protagonist unexplainedly develops or realizes knowledge skills and abilities to suit every situation--or magically finds everything he needs when those things could not or should not be there--and function.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2012
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For years I've been looking for great Zombie books to read, World War Z ('s gonna be a film!!!) was the game changer, then the MorningStar Strain.

Now!! we've got Kindle and a whole seam of Z books are being published. Now lets be honest, some are just plain bad. But some are great. This book is one of them. It starts out slow but builds to a gut wrenching crescendo. You can see from all these books where the author gets their inspiration for the zombies from. In this case it's "I am Legend", technically not really zoms more like rabid. The author switches from first person to third during the story, this could annoy some language purists but not me, hey what do you expect Shakespeare!

Basically this novel is about an ex Special Forces pilot, who, during a zombie/rabies outbreak, gathers his teenage kids together, heads of to a deserted military airport, comandeers a transport plane and heads of to Kuwait to rescue his girlfriend. Sounds implausable!, but the author manages to make it believable enough (to me anyway), so much so that I will read the rest of the books.
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