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Static Mayhem [Kindle Edition]

Edward Aubry
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On May 25th, nearly everyone in the world disappears.

Harisson Cody is driving home from work on May 25 when the world as he knows it suddenly ceases to exist. In a blink, everyone disappears and the landscape is reduced to a smattering of random buildings and fragments of highway.

Harisson appears to be the sole survivor and he spends his days cruising I-91 in New Hampshire, finding dead dinosaurs, advanced technological gadgets, and lights that function without any apparent source of electricity - but no other people. This all changes one day when he hears a woman's voice on the radio, urging all survivors to head towards Chicago. What follows is an epic journey through a bizarre landscape populated with advanced technology, dragons, magic, and destruction.

Through the journey, Harrison learns that scrambling the world was just the first part of a horrific plan. The second part of the plan will destroy every remaining survivor. He is the key to stopping it but doing so will come at an unbelievable sacrifice. One he might not be willing to make.

Static Mayhem is a #1 Novel on TheNextBigWriter.com, a semi-finalist in Amazon.com's Breakthrough Novel Award contest in 2008, and the 2008 Winner of the Strongest Start Novel Competition.


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About the Author

Edward Aubry lives in Rural Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters, where he has taught high school math for the past twelve years. He is currently working on his second novel, Caprice.

Product Details

  • File Size: 726 KB
  • Print Length: 492 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098282730X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WorldMaker Media; 1 edition (September 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044KM0AK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes it has magic, but don't let that stop you! October 8, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let me say first, if I had known there would be "magic" in the storyline, I most likely would have passed on this book. That said, I'm glad it didn't say so in the product description as I was very pleased with this read. I've always been a fan of post-apocalyptic/parallel universe fiction mainly for the reason I enjoy visiting places similar to our own but with obvious differences. Either of those genres have characters based in a world that has met some type of major disaster (EOTWAWKI) or on a world in a parallel dimension, this fulfilled my taste quite well. The magic was a nice change since I haven't read any books with magic in them since I was in my teens (and that was a LONG time ago) and it fits in well with the story. Basically it was a nice blend and I didn't overload on pixes, spells, etc.

It's worth the time to read and you won't regret the purchase!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Wow, I had a very different take on this book than Claudia (whose Amazon review, on this page, I just finished reading). I think this book is really good, especially (but not only) for a first novel. The setup is familiar - Some Big Event has altered our world, eliminated most of the people and changed the terrain (not just the physical terrain, but the nature of "who's here" and "what is possible"). Our protagonist finds himself alive but alone (at first), and the book details his geographic and human/social journey. The thing is, the dialogue is clever and sharp and believable, as are his interactions and misunderstandings with his improbable traveling companion (a pixie with a lot of attitude). I'm reminded a bit of Joss Whedon's humor in _Buffy_ and _Firefly_ - there's something wry and smart and just a little jaded going on, with genuine caring underneath. In any case, I often find the characterization and dialogue to be weak in fantasy (and science fiction) novels, because the focus is on the magic, or the creatures, or the bells and whistles, or the war between the species. I usually have to go to "literary novels" to find dialogue and characters I can connect with, but here I got to have all of it in one place.

Besides that, I found the plot and its twists and predicaments interesting and compelling, and the description of humans and others adapting to the new, strange situation to be thoughtful and believable. There are some first-novel kinds of problems - sometimes the plot slows or stumbles, sometimes it feels like the author tried to do too many things at once - but I found that the story itself gave me enough good will to get past those things.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh take on post-apocalyptic novel October 13, 2010
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed Static Mayhem. Without spoiling the story, it takes place in a world where everything has been scrambled and most of the people are gone. Advanced technology and fantasy have fused together. The world that the author creates is vivid and real. The characters are well developed and although there is a relatively large cast, I didn't feel that there were so many that I lost track of each personality. Both the description of the technology as well as the settings are not so farfetched that you can't imagine what the item or place might look like.
This book is not a swashbuckling high fantasy novel, nor is it a hard science fiction book. But it takes elements of each genre and packages them in a new, and I think refreshing way, all set in a world that has been shaken and stirred quite a bit. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a fresh take on the post-apocalyptic theme.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fun read! October 25, 2010
By Karen
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I will start with my disclosure... the author is someone I went to college with (a couple of decades ago now) and that was my initial reason for picking up this book. That and because I like both sci-fi and fantasy genres. I don't know the author well, we are not close, and I had no expectations about it when I started in.

That said~ I really enjoyed it. I found it a good blend of sci-fi and fantasy. I like that it is written with humor. The plot is interesting and has some great twists. The pixie character is particularly entertaining.

Why only 4 stars and not 5? I wished that more of the characters were as well-developed as the pixie. And I found there was a little too much deus-ex-machina going on for my tastes... where something just a little too conveniently happens to save the day.

Is it Great Literature? No. But it is a thoroughly enjoyable story, well-conceived and well-rendered, with imperfect characters that you come to care about. I'm glad I read it, and will be glad to read the sequel when it arrives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Read! October 7, 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm a book store manager and the demographic where I live leans toward older conservative customers. I try to read as many different genres as possible in an effort to recommend books. I rarely read science fiction or fantasy because those customers always know exactly what they want. I will say that Static Mayhem grabbed me from the very first page. I'm usually reading several books at once, but I enjoyed this book so much, I put the others on hold until I finished. I think the main appeal for me had to be the engaging characters. It's definitely a fun read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun ride, with lots to think about along the way
Science fiction and fantasy fiction aren't really my genres but I found this book to be completely enjoyable from start to finish. Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. Purton
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and intriguing read
My son is a student of the author and suggested the book to me. Without giving too much away, I would describe this as a cross between Douglas Coupland and Robert Aspirin. Read more
Published 15 months ago by M. Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful romp
Thoroughly entertaining. Well written, and memorable. I have read this book twice. Not my normal fare, but so well worth it.
Published 19 months ago by Bill Scace
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic..)
Amazing, refreshing, wonderful read with twists and turns to keep me reading at a enjoyable speed.... Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by pen name
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely in my favorite books ever list!
This book has it all - loveable characters, puzzling mysteries that made me want to keep turning pages, philosophical musings about life, love, and the nature of reality, as well... Read more
Published on September 4, 2012 by Transrational Soul
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I don't write many reviews on books, but I enjoyed this book so much that I wanted to recommend it to others. Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by Dave Wohl
5.0 out of 5 stars Wierd but awsome
What would happen when 2 worlds collide? What if one of them was earth? How would you survive if magic and tech bumped heads? Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by Stevie Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing
This book was amazing! Not what I normally read but thanks to free sample I found a treasure! A must read for Kim Harrison fans!
Published on November 7, 2011 by Bpost
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and original
This story is unlike any other I've read. The lead character is not a superhero; he's an ordinary man plunged into an extraordinary situation. Read more
Published on October 10, 2011 by Vicki Wootton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, entertaining read.
I thoroughly enjoyed Edward Aubry's first outing and look forward to his next. Fun characters, entertaining plot, and well written and edited (which isn't always the case with some... Read more
Published on July 20, 2011 by Westreacher
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