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  • File Size: 449 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Jack Ziebell; 4 edition (September 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ATJ2XS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jack Ziebell lives and writes in London, England. He has had a varied career, including work with the British Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office and managing a peacebuilding programme for an international charity on the Ethiopian border with Somalia. Having written comedy and academic pieces, The Fallen is his first novel.

The Fallen
A post-apocalyptic journey across three continents, The Fallen explores how far we would go to protect the ones we love.

When a wave of energy from deep space passes over the Earth, human memory is erased and technology destroyed. With humanity reduced to a state of nature, Tim finds himself in Africa, separated from his wife by unimaginable distance. Meanwhile, two young scientists in America try to escape the chaos, seeking answers and safety.

Will they find what they are looking for, or will they succumb to The Fallen?

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RyZen on November 20, 2012
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I like this story, and although I'm not a fan of the zombie genre this was a new and refreshing take. Something turns the inhabitants on earth into primeval versions of their former selves. Those left who weren't affected, are left to struggle for their lives. This is the heart of this story, two groups left to struggle, one in San Francisco, another in East Africa. The one problem I have with this story is the Epligoue, I just feel it isn't need and doesn't really explain enough to be included. It seems like an arbitrary place to end the story, it should have been a jumping off point not an ending. The characters in this story were written well and are the main reason I gave this story such a high rating. A good read and worth the time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ilbob on January 23, 2013
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A freebie.

I am a fan of both post apocalyptic and zombie stories and they often fit well together. This one had some promise to it in both genres.

It started out OK, but the pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo trying to explain how what happened never cut the mustard for me. Rather than scientific gibberish trying to explain it, it might have been better to just describe the effects and leave it at that.

Its also another book with a badly overstated EMP effect. While I might buy into the magnitude of the effects overall, you just are not going to get burned up wire from it in the way that it was described. More science gibberish. Never bought into the idea that older motorcycles and cars are immune to EMP effects while basic wiring is destroyed by it. There is bunch of electrical wiring in cars and motorcycles, even though they may not have the electronics in them that modern cars have.

The military side of things had a lot of seriously bad issues with it starting with the rank system used by the author. The US military just does not have a "brigadier" rank and the description of the military side of this thing had a lot of other mistakes in it.

I did not buy into the idea that somehow clueless unarmed civilians can survive the zombie like hordes but well armed and trained soldiers are slaughtered by them.

The idea that somehow one of the main characters was able to find his wife many hundreds of miles away in Africa during such a crisis was laughable.

The ending was really strange. Somehow a reconciliation tribunal solved all the problems. Just not believable.

I just cannot recommend a book that has so many bad pieces to it. I did finish it though so it gets two stars in the ILBOB rating system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2013
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The Fallen by Jack Ziebell delivers one of the most unique post-apocalyptic books to date. An energy wave from space washes over Earth and all of a sudden mankind finds itself losing its memory and all technology being devastated. It’s a rush against time as scientist scramble to find a way to escape the phenomenon while a man tries to reunite with his wife whom he is separated from. The book was unique and well thought at and the only complaint is that it was too short.
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By RP on March 14, 2015
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The apocalypse is about to arrive - on a galactic scale. A wave of cosmic particles approaches the earth like a tsunami racing toward a marble. In the aftermath events will red-shift toward madness...

This is a unique take on the end of the world as we know it, and I found the idea chilling. We are infinitesimally small and so very fragile compared to the energies that storm through the universe. What do we really know about the forces that were set in motion in the blast of creation? How the hell would we protect ourselves against something on that scale?

In this story a few survive intact, and they emerge from hiding into a world that has been knocked helter-skelter. What becomes of humanity is disturbing at a deep level the way the author has written it. There were some very creepy moments....

I really enjoyed this read. The author's commentary on NGO's in Africa and the expatriates who become become lords of misery is wickedly incisive. He conveys a sense of place that sets up an emotional resonance and fills the story with memorable harmonics when in foreign locales. Descriptions of places in the US were not as evocative. The characters were interesting, but here again was an odd dichotomy. Character development was dynamic outside the US but I was waiting for the changes in the characters surviving in America.

Wherever the action was occurring though, I was drawn in. There were some inconsistencies in the military details and some aspects of how things like cars and wiring were affected were not completely thought through. As other reviewers did, I found the plot somewhat truncated at the close, and wished that the storylines were continuing.

I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Drew (@drewsant) on November 20, 2012
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I was really torn on how to rate this book. Overall it was good; fast paced and really kept my attention. I felt I could really connect with one of the main characters Tim and the struggles that he was going through. On the other hand what a crappy ending. It does wrap everything up nice and tidy, but it's a bit of a cop out, and doesn't show a lot of the post apocolyptic stuff I like. I won't spoil it for you but my hope is that maybe he'll write another one to take us where I hoped he would go. After you read it I think you will know what I was talking about. I still gave it four stars.
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