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Renewal [Kindle Edition]

JF Perkins
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a post-collapse America, a young Reclamation Engineer is tasked with seeking and restoring farmland from dead suburban sprawl. On his first solo assignment, he encounters something that threatens to change everything he knows about the America of his generation.

Author's Notes: One of my reviewers gave me some great advice (Thanks, Stable Boy!), which should have been obvious from the beginning. That is, simply to describe what you are getting for your 99 cents. Renewal is the first part in a series. It's also the shortest part, weighing in at 17,500 words, give or take. The rest of the story is told in the following parts. Most of those range from 20,000 - 28,000 words. I didn't have a grand plan (or even a mini plan) until I was halfway through the series. Thanks to my lack of experience, it just came out that way. In any case, I just wanted to let you know that you are getting a novella's worth of reading in a series that tells a lengthy novel's worth of story. I'm thankful that many have found the tale worthwhile, and I hope that you will too.

In the course of writing this series, I've learned enough to write the continuing story, beyond the series, in full novel-length releases. With a bit of experience under my belt, I believe that novel releases work a bit better for everyone. I hope you'll come along for the ride.

Thanks and regards,

JF Perkins


Product Details

  • File Size: 137 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YX8P4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Story June 25, 2011
By "Dan"
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great little story and I enjoyed it very much. Its kind of short but well worth the read. I gave this book a 5 star, which I don't do that often because, to me, it was so, so, good! I'm not one to be bothered by editing issues too much as long as the story is great and this one was; however, there were a few times I had to reread a short section because I was thrown by editing problems.

I do recommend this book especially if you are into post apocalyptic reads.

I don't like to give stories away in my reviews but since this one doesn't have any other reviews yet for you to get more info if you so choose, I'll give you a little.

It's a story about a young man, freshly out of school working for the county as a reclamation employee. His duty is to go out into the post apocalyptic county and survey old rural subdivisions to look into the potential of turning them back into productive farms. His first assignment was no accidental assignment. He stumbles into what appears to be a nearly vacant subdivision only to find out later that a hidden, well managed post apocalyptic society already exist for one small community.

The story is mostly a recount from a middle aged gentleman from the community that was a major player in the development of the community ... from the time the "event" happened when he was just a kid to the development of the community which it is today.

Once again, its a nice little story and I enjoyed it a lot. I wished it was longer for sure but there might be a sequel, just need to check into it. If so, I will for sure get it.

It's not an action, shoot 'em up type apocalyptic book but rather a post apocalypse book on the rebuilding.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Pleasant Surprise... August 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I love post-apocalyptic fiction. The scenarios available to readers run the gamut from completely believable to absolutely ridiculous. Honestly, when my brother told me he was interested in writing within that sub-genre, I thought, "Yeah, right." I was fully prepared to be his worst critic. Having read everything from Max Brooks to James Wesley Rawles to Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, I was fully expecting to be let down. I finally got around to reading "Renewal" and I have to say that I'm impressed. Any of you who have read post-apocalyptic fiction know that it is often weighed down with technical details, not enjoyable characters. Not so with Renewal. Much to my surprise, this is character-based fiction that anyone can enjoy. I am the last person on the planet who wants to praise my big brother for his writing prowess, especially since I'm the one with the degree in literature, but I have to say that he has written a captivating novella, so much so that I bought the next four novellas (I'm sure he'd give them to me for free if I asked.) because I can't wait to see what happens next.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Way Too Short August 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While the writer has good ideas and thoughts, the abrupt endings of each "book" are very distracting and annoying. It seems he just gets going and then it's over! Probably each Kindle book would be a chapter or so in a "paper" book-so while they are fairly good reading-the dragging out of each one gets a bit silly.
It's not so much a series as it is one story split into multiple books, which detracts from the overall memory of the story. Yes it's only .99cents-but I've read lots of those 99-centers that tell a complete story! I'd recommend buying them all at once so the story will flow better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I have never reviewed a book before because I do not think of myself as the literary type and feel I have no business being a critic. That said, I read a lot averaging 40+ books a year and most books 1000+ pages. What I can say, is that I like stories and Renewal is a good one.

I just downloaded Renewal 10 and learned that it is the final installment.(Sad Panda) Perhaps I am writing this review to delay finishing the series. I really want this story to continue. I want to know more.

I found this book through the 'suggestion' pages of Amazon after finishing "WOOL:Omnibus edition". I highly recommend this series as well. I generally like dystopian novels and the collapse of society themes. What is really special about this book is realness factor and the *absence* of some other common themes I will get to later. There are no fantasy elements of some weird bio-engineered science that kills off humanity. There was a war, but that war and its politics are not important to the story. What we get instead, is a family caught off-guard and a quick thinking father whose instincts are luckily right on target. We watch as this family navigates the loss of society, electricity, food and government.

One thing that made this particular story enjoyable to me was the *absence* of common themes found in other novels, such as religion and political agendas. I have no idea what the authors beliefs are on both of these subjects, and I am thankful for that. It shows me that he has no ulterior motive in trying to get "us" to see that "this" brand of politics bad and the cause of collapse. Neither does he try to push a political system as being the best for the rebuilding of America.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars too short
one of these too short, kind of amateurish novels that seem to be breeding on Kindle. Idea is good, needs more of a plot, more character development, more chapters that actually... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Benjamin D. Comings
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Author weaves a great tale I read the entire series in a week
Can't wait for his next title
Soon I hope........
Published 3 months ago by Denton Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
The concept is good but writing is clunky. I had high hopes for this book after discovering the much better Wool series by Hugh Howey, both of which are self published through... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Walkington
4.0 out of 5 stars Middle Tennessee is the star of the show
It was fun to be able to identify familiar locations in Middle Tennessee. There are 10 mini-books in the series, so the set will cost you $10. Read more
Published 6 months ago by gail dapolito
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Captivating read it in one sitting. Can't wait to read the next books, this was a really neat look at the future.
Published 6 months ago by Corey Lampkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the survivalist genre!
Great book! Total enjoyment.

The whole story is a series of ten sections sold separately. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Yours truly,
5.0 out of 5 stars You read one you need to read the whole series
OK kiddies, lets get down to brass tacks. I purchased the first Renewal because I was getting bored with Silo. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Forever a "Yankee"
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Writing Story Lacking
It was a decently written book, but the story was unimaginative. It was a general post-apocalyptic story, but had nothing to make it stand out. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This is a pretty good book. It wasn't a page-turner for me but I enjoyed reading it. I bought the sequel but have yet to finish it.
Published 9 months ago by Amy M
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very exciting
I wasn't super impressed. It was okay I guess. There were some errors, which is always off-putting.
Not a lot happened though. It seemed a bit...preachy. Bad America! Read more
Published 10 months ago by ~Meg~
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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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