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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461076382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461076384
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (897 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nick Cole is a working actor living in Southern California. When he is not auditioning for commercials, going out for sitcoms or being shot, kicked, stabbed or beaten by the students of various film schools for their projects, he can often be found as a guard for King Phillip the Second of Spain in the Opera Don Carlo at Los Angeles Opera or some similar role. Nick Cole has been writing for most of his life and acting in Hollywood after serving in the U.S. Army.

More About the Author

Nick Cole is a working actor living in Southern California. When he is not auditioning for commercials, going out for sitcoms or being shot, kicked, stabbed or beaten by the students of various film schools for their projects, he can often be found as a guard for King Phillip the Second of Spain in the Opera Don Carlo at Los Angeles Opera or some similar role. Nick Cole has been writing for most of his life and acting in Hollywood after serving in the U.S. Army.

Customer Reviews

The story and writing style were excellent.
Richard Stiller
I ended up staying up late one night to read the book all the way through, start to finish.
Kari Patterson
The story was very well written and couldn't put the book down until the end.
Nancy Nicks

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

256 of 276 people found the following review helpful By thisismypenname on July 20, 2011
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I've never heard of Nick Cole. I had just purchased my and kindle and had a hand full of books ready for a nine hour flight. On a whim I bought this. I finished the book in my terminal. I didn't touch any of the other books in those nine hours. I just read this one over and over. Its that good.

I really didn't know what I had purchased. Beyond the description all I really expected was something along the lines of The Road meets The old man and the sea. And it has elements of both. But it takes the idea of the Old man and the sea and truly makes it its own. It tells a tale of of hope in hopeless times. And the way it is written will draw you in. I'm staying vague because you should experience if for yourself instead of reading another review. Its an outstanding novel. Honestly the less you know the better. Its short and cheap you have nothing to lose in purchasing it. When I return home I will definitely be buying the paper back and telling everyone I know. This author needs more attention.
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By C. Brunner on April 29, 2011
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This book was written so well. The story was one that takes you on a road. It takes you on a journey through what was once America. This journey takes place many years after a devastating catastrophe that has wiped out much of humanity. It shows you what the landscape looks like. It shows you who and what has survived! The different types of people and civilizations that evolved after the disasters. The differing ways that the survivors choose to live during the years after the disaster and what choices were made. This book also had an ending which is more than a lot of the books that I have read have had here lately. The biggest problem was that I wished it was a little longer. The way everything was described was superb. You really feel like you are there. I really enjoyed this novel. A friend of mine loaned it to me on my kindle. After reading it, I decided to go ahead and buy it for my collection of books.
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Rotties Mom on July 22, 2011
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I can not tell you how many books I've read, Hundreds certainly, but this one will undoubtably stick with me for a long time.
Survival after disaster is on of my favorite genre's and this author does not disappoint.
The title and synopsis kept me from purchasing this book for a few months. It appeared to be yet another "I'm going to walk the wasteland and describe everything that "once was" while I fight off Zombies" or some other nonsense. (I just don't enjoy Zombie books)
NEVER judge a book by it's cover.
This author ranks up there with Alas Babylon(Pat Frank)and Earth Abides (George R. Stewart), two of my top 10 books.
There were many instances that I thought original (R.I.P. Sgt Mjr John Preston), but the one that stands out the most is the Airplane graveyard.
So simple, yet sheer genious. I have not seen this used in anything that I have read so far, and trust me when I say I've just about read them all.

Well done Mr. Cole. I hope you favor us with many more.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JFincher on December 4, 2011
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This was an entertaining book to read - the prose was well done, and I like the Hemingway-like terse sentence structure and pacing. The promise and premise of the story was set early on, and overall it delivered well. I look forward to reading more of Nick Cole's work.

The story is predictable in places. It follows a fairly straight-forward path from village through the wasteland to the Promised Land (which wasn't all it was purported to be) and back again. The author references Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" a lot, which makes me want to read that book now to see if there are comparisons I may have missed.

The author could have elaborated more in places - the description of the Horde was piecemeal and would have been entertaining to learn more about. The hotel owner was two dimensional and needed some more background material to make real. And I would have liked more details on the Seargeant Major - as it was, his story was introduced late and was over quickly.

Inspite of needing more in places, the story actually needed to end a bit sooner than it did. The last part of the book from the grand-daughter's point of view was unnecessary, as was the epilogue. The story ends just fine right before those parts - read them yourself and hopefully you'll agree.

Despite all this, I was entertained, and I wasn't disappointed with my purchase. I enjoy post-apocalyptic tales, and I'm eagerly waiting on the next novel to come from Nick.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hunsaket on August 6, 2011
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I have written two reviews In my entire life. It takes a great amount of emotion for me to want to take the time to do so. My first review concerned a well known writer and the disappointment I had in his book. The second was for Nick Cole. A writer I had never heard of.

Normally, I would try and give a brief summary to out line this book during a review. I would try and give the reader an indication of the story they are about to read. Yes,this book is set in a post apocalyptic world. Yes, It deals with some possibly disturbing imagery. That is the back drop that this beautifully rich story is set in. That is not what this story is about. To say anymore would rob the reader of an unexpected and enchanting journey. It does not matter what genre your a fan of. This book is truly amazing. For all of us who read books (and sadly there are less and less every generation) there are those rare stories that transport us, they seem to have been written for us personally. They so involve us that we forget about everything in our life for just a few hours. This is one of those...
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