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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 
BookVIII - 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.

Product Details

  • Series: A New World
  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468142607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468142600
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,755 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Mahoney on December 25, 2011
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This is the third book in the series A New World. For the zombie purists these are not Romero slow moving zombies. The walkers are fast moving un-human pack animals. With that in mind the focus of this novel is finding and creating a Sanctuary to continue to survive and rebuild. The characters continue to grow and adapt into the New World they must survive in. The author is very descriptive and creative with telling this story. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. If you feel this review is somewhat vague the reason is once I get talking about this book I would end up spoiling major details and story developments and I personally hate reviews that do that. Buy the book and the series you will not be disappointed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By OldArcher on February 29, 2012
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John O'Brien's A New World: Sanctuary is a great read. Following in the footsteps of Chaos and Return, Sanctuary begins to answer the BIG question, "what now?" Returning to the Pacific Northwest, they've only so much time to prepare for winter. The newly christened "night runners" have begun to show disturbing traits. Nothing about them can be taken for granted. Each human-night runner encounter sheds more light upon the "enemy," but because of the disparity in numbers, the human community must think and act better...

Until the advent of flight, wars were two dimensional. Here, in the new world of John O'Brien's creation, the enemy, and its tactics, have changed. Will the human contingent be able to adapt to the new rules of engagement? They'll have to, for the night runners can and will breed...

Think of how you'd try to survive in John O'Brien's New World. Think of the weapons, skills, and preparations you'd have to have, acquire, make, or adapt whatever existed... It's an enjoyable "education," for as always, he dishes up "what if" as his main course... Remember? Ordinary people in extraordinary situations? Well, put yourself in the characters places, and then enjoy the ride...

Got your head on straight? Enough mags? Batteries? Got your roll of duct tape? The food in that store isn't going to jump in a cart, and roll its way outside, to be loaded for RTB... Nope, that's why you've got the weapons and training to go in there and take it from those that would eat you... No prisoners, no quarter, no surrender... Root hog, or die...

Good luck, and "aim small, miss small..."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BulletProof on December 30, 2011
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Book one was great. Book two was better than the first. This book is mind numbingly incredible. I have read thousands of books and consider myself a pretty tough guy. There is a section of this book that actually made my eyes water. Maybe because it hit a bit close to home, but incredible all the same. This authors abilities increase with each book it seems. I only wish I had the willpower to put it down so I could enjoy it for a longer period of time. I read this virtually straight through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Soster on April 9, 2014
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I'm enjoying the writer, his prose and narrative. I'm frustrated by really obvious solutions to problems that the main character can't seem to solve. It's like watching a movie where much easier solutions are possible to challenges but the character keep taking the hard road instead. Frustrating and unrealistic. Maybe solutions come later in the series but somehow I think we'll continue to take the more difficult path to success.

*********SPOLIL ALERT*********

1. Try UV lighting to illuminate dark interiors and to protect themselves. Tanning salons, Home/Garden stores, head shops all have them. Ridiculously simple solution.
2. Any fire department will have - a ladder truck to reach multi-story buildings without interior skirmish, medical supplies, not to mention a much more secure and defensible structures with generators e.g.
3. Why has nobody polled the group for secondary skill sets? If it isn't Jack's idea then nothing else is possible. I know its mostly a first person narrative but jeez, can't someone else think of anything?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 29, 2013
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The author has captured the imagination of survival in this third book of the NEW WORLD series and has started to develope his characters into people you care about.. I did enjoy this book and found it difficult to put down even though I was sometimes frustrated with the author's lack of common sense in the situation. For instance, why venture into a big box store which is "probably" infested with night runners when you could simply stay in the safety of the brightly lit entranceway and make noise to attract anything inside to come out into the open. The main character, Jack, does not always make rational decisions though he is the leader of the group. I wish the author wouldn't feel the need to describe every kill in such detail as it does nothing to enrich the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slayden on March 29, 2014
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This series was a new foray for me into a totally different genre than I had tried before. AND.... The series has kept me going and enjoying each entry added to this series by the author John O'Brien. I have even read a couple other authors within this same genre since I was so entertained by this series. The other authors were hit and miss, but John writes this series with enough excitement but intelligence to keep you involved and interested in the next turn of events and what lies in the future instead of the how with some books in this genre I've found are written like a B type action film that you can see coming from a mile away. If you are new to this genre then this is a definite good place to start and if you've read this genre before then you could do much worse then to pick up this series.
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