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Renewal 2 - Echoes of the Breakdown [Kindle Edition]

JF Perkins
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The young Reclamation Engineer, Terry, has new problems to solve as he learns how Bill's family managed to survive the sudden breakdown of the lives they had once known, and as he prepares to tackle a future that has the potential to be much brighter and much tougher than the one he was expecting.

Product Details

  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 53 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054RGHV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok, ok, I'm sucked in and love it June 26, 2011
By "Dan"
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Alright, I'm gonna do what I don't like to do easily and that's give this 5 stars. Yep, that's right! O'le Dan who doesn't like to give up that 5 star rating often just did.

In the original book (1) I only gave it 4 stars because it was short and because of some editing issues that although weren't bad, did distract me a couple times. This one was even better than the first and the story continues. I'd like to mark this down to 4 stars because once again, its short, but it wouldn't be fair because it's just so darn good and I'm only upset because I can't read more and continue in the story. I'm annoyed I can't continue the story at this time with further reading. In my opinion it really is that good.

If this was a complete novel I would not scoff at paying $20 for it at all.

As far as apocalyptic books go, to date "Lights Out" has been my favorite but if the author would produce the whole book and publish it, this one has the potential in my mind to "up" Lights Out in my opinion. Only time will for sure!

I truly hope the author will continue to pump these out and if he has a way to put people on a list when new ones are published, please get me on there.

My mind is going places as to where all this may go and only he know right now. I need to know too, lol, so get them published please.

Once again, this isn't a shoot 'em up book (at least yet) but rather again a further look into the history of the "event" and more a glimpse into the thriving little post apocalyptic community. I love the way the author does the story, going back and forth from the older gentleman telling the story about the event history and then shows and explains more about the community. It's done very well and doesn't jump back and forth making things confusing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just finished Renewal 10 September 23, 2011
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I was a liitle miffed at 99 cent issue for 60 pages in my review of Renewal 1 -- but I am over it. Just Finished #10. Wish it would have gone on ten more chapters. Hear there's a sequel coming. Yeah!!!

This was a really fun read. I could'nt wait to read every section. They were all worth the money many times over.

The characters were developed beautifully. There's no uncomfortable embarassing sex scenes going on. Good, clean, respectful, based on decent human principles. Gets pretty gory sometimes though - it is PA survival book after all.

Gave it five star rating because it deserved it. Hope you enjoy it much as I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better than the First August 18, 2011
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Okay, I gave the first Renewal novella five stars simply because I was surprised by character-based style and how quickly captivating the actual story is. After finishing the first novella, I immediately read the second. If you read my first review, you'll know that the author happens to be my brother, all the better reason to pan the book, if only it were possible to do so. Instead, what I found good about the first novella, I found great about the second. The characters are what push this story forward. The localized nature of the story and the "nothing special about them" characters makes the scenario much more believable, and during the flashbacks, much more desperate. I can't wait to read the next novella.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality? May 3, 2014
By Chris
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Can't get enough of Renewal. This is a great story and an all too possible realization that can be your reality in just a few days. If the SHTF, ya better be thinking like David was :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life goes on. April 21, 2014
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The author has done a good job with the story. The characters are very well defined, and the plot is very good and the characters are believable. The story well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you wont regret this choice December 2, 2013
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rally a great story that keeps you engaged. well written and well thought out. Characters are well drawn. highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frightening Realism October 4, 2012
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No spoilers here. The thing that makes this story good is the no nonsense way the author approaches the story. There is no sensationalistic gore or unbelievable characterization. The author simply tells the story. In a time when post apocalyptic stories are a dime a dozen, this one stands out because it is so frighteningly believable.

If you are looking for zombies or mass violence, this is probably not for you. What this story proposes is a much more realistic view of the human condition when facing the end of life as we know it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Series - Chapter 2 Leaves You Really Hanging April 30, 2012
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To start off, this is not a full-length book but the second of a ten-part series of short stories: it will take you less than an hour to read this one and, of the ten stories, this is probably the weakest one as it is just too short and leaves you really hanging wanting more and is a little incomplete. If you haven't read the first book of the series (Renewal without any of the numbers after it), you need to read that one first then progress in numerical order through #10.

Similar to the other books in the series, the author sets you into a futuristic (and believable) outlook of America several decades after a nuclear destruction of organized society, with frequent flashbacks / narrations of what happened immediately after to the surviving families. I could actually visualize the various scenes and situations, and found myself wondering "what if" or "what would I do" while reading not only this one, but the other stories in the series. The author does a good job of wetting your tastebuds and wanting a little more at the conclusion of the story - hence, let's go purchase the next book of the series. Overall, the series is very good and I highly recommend it.

I will point out I did read all ten of the stories of the series and, while good, it was a little annoying to having just strapped myself in to read for a while then finding the various stories ended and I had to go buy another. Mr. Perkins, if you are reading this review I would encourage you to put all ten stories into one edition and raise the price - your readers will thank you for it (and spend less money) while you will make more off of the 70% royalty!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun quick read
Fun to see how Perkins develops his new world but I thought the love interest integration was a little rushed.
Published 4 months ago by Big_T
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I enjoyed reading the first book but this one is yawn-worthy. I couldn't even finish it. And that's rare for me. I won't be reading the others in this series.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Favorite
This is probably my favorite volume of this series. There were fewer 'editing' errors, and the story development is greatly improved over volume 1.
Published 17 months ago by B. Petree
5.0 out of 5 stars Renewal is a fantastic read!
The Renewal series is un-put-down-able! I've always been partial to alternate reality stories, but this, well, it's clenched fists and eyes wide open until the very last page.
Published 17 months ago by Stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the story but hate paying $.99 a chapter for it so I quit...
I enjoy the story but the price of $.99 for a few pages is not what I was looking for.
To read the entire story I have to buy 11 chapters?
Published 19 months ago by Edward K. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great twofer!
This was a sneaky series for me as it tells parallel stories. It starts in the "it all started when..." story and eventually breaks in with "here and now" story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Society's breakdown
It is interesting to read this perspective of a possible breakdown of today's society. Make you really wonder what would really happen if these events took place. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dooter686
4.0 out of 5 stars Willi happen?
Love these sort of stories with Kim Yong jnr on the loose God only knows what might happen in the future, I often say that if half the money spent on arms and defence was spent on... Read more
Published 20 months ago by David Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for your reading collection!!!
JF Perkins and "Bill" are two of the greatest story tellers. I was immediately drawn to the characters, and became a part of the world in which they lived. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this series
I did not think I would like the serial books.... BUT I do!! it is a pain to continually purchase each book.. my advice.. buy them all at once. Read more
Published 21 months ago by cpatton
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More About the Author

I was born two years before we landed on the moon, somewhere in the middle of Long Island. I was too young to remember much, except for the park ritual of spinning three times on a stump, the bee that flew down my throat, and getting my fingernails smashed off in a car door. Ok, that's not fair. I also remember when the mean kid across the street was run over by the mailman.

When I was five, we moved to Tennessee, the land where kids roam free. I used my freedom to smash a neighbor's hibachi, search for crawdads in the creek, and attempt to recreate Evel Knievel's greatest hits on my banana seat bike. It all paid off when I won the nine-year-old division at the 4-H bicycle rodeo.

Fast forward to my freakishly large high school years, and the football coaches beat up the band leader to insure my place on the front lines of the gridiron. That place lasted into college, where a classic injury forced me to rethink my decision not to play the tuba. Luckily, my extreme shyness was mistaken for paying attention in class, and I had good grades to fall back on.

In my so-called adulthood, it feels like I've lived about four lives with the only common theme being creative work. I've spent most of that time with either a camera in my hand or a Wacom tablet under my fingers, while I tried to convince Photoshop to do what I wanted. I probably thought about writing from the time I heard that ACL crunch in college, but I spent at least two decades mustering the courage to actually put words to paper.

From the exalted height of my mid-forties (I can hear you laughing), it feels like I was reading "See Spot run." on Monday morning, and Lord of the Rings on Thursday night. In between, it had to be the Chronicles of Narnia or Madeleine L'Engle. Needless to say, I like SF. Most of what is waiting to escape my head via my keyboard is some kind of speculative form of fiction. It seems to be the one place where bold, radical ideas can be explored without having to go into hiding from offending someone.

I currently live in Olympia, Washington with my fantastic wife, Sharon, five dogs (Hunter, Hope, Elke, Jay, and Luna - Queen of the Lunaverse), and two cats (Donner - loves everyone, Jenny - rarely leaves the bedroom closet). Whew! That was a mouthful. I'm a digital artist by trade, woodworker by hobby, gardener by spousal association, and dog trainer by hard necessity.

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