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The Phoenix Project [Kindle Edition]

M. R. Pritchard , Kristy Ellsworth
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Book Description

Love, deception, and conspiracies in a post-apocalyptic America, this is how dystopia is created.

Book One in The Phoenix Project Series

Andie Somers has finally found a perfectly balanced life. After leaving her high pressure position in a genetics research lab, she’s now found solace in nursing. Too bad the balance doesn’t last long. One night Andie’s life is thrown off kilter when a suspected seismic event occurs.

Now, Andie is going home to find her family, even if that means escaping a hospital on lockdown and abandoning some of the city’s most critical patients. She may never work as a nurse again but she doesn’t dwell on that thought for long when she can’t reach her husband and daughter. There is one thing on her mind and that is to get home.

Fleeing a city that’s been thrust into chaos isn’t easy, and since it seems most things electronic no longer work, including every vehicle around her, Andie makes the decision to walk the forty miles north to her home. She meets Adam on the highway. Running into a Phoenix local wasn’t in her plan, but two heads are better than one and with the havoc surrounding them what better partner to have at her side than one with a military background?

If only she had forewarning to the secrets Adam harbors. Andie’s life is about to change forever. She thought making it home was the hard part, but getting there is just the beginning.

7/15/2013 Newly Edited Second Edition

Reading Order
1. The Phoenix Project
2. The Reformation (
3. Revelation (
4. Inception (
5. Origins (Winter 2015)
6. Resurrection (2016)

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About the Author

M. R. Pritchard is a lifelong inhabitant of Upstate NY. When she is not writing she is a NICU Nurse, wife, mother, gardener, aquarist, book hoarder and science geek. She holds degrees in Biochemistry and Nursing. Visit her blog:, where she writes weekly posts about life, writing, and Zombies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1188 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482529300
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pritchard Publishing; Second edition (February 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,663 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just ok July 27, 2013
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I read this book for free and it was worth it. Andie leans toward pathetic, not strong. The narration gets long winded and she worries about silly things. I can't believe all the 'wonderful' reviews stating how great this book is so I have to wonder if they are real. I did buy the second installment hoping for better but this series just gets worse. Sorry, but I am not going to recommend this book. There are better indie authors out there so don't waste your time on this one.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misogynistic Drivel March 11, 2013
By V. Hall
Format:Kindle Edition
The only reason that I finished this book (by skimming) was to see how many other dangerous situations the "intelligent heroine" could get into. I lost track of how many times she had the daylights beaten out of her. I lost track of how "brilliant" everyone felt she was in the book. I lost track of how many times she let all of the men around her figure out how to save her next. Drivel. Could have been much better. I'm sorry to slam someone's work, but it was the detailed violence performed upon the main character that really disgusted me. I'm all for violence in writing, but it needs to have an end goal.
Also, it seems that someone may be stacking the deck on the reviews on this book, as it currently has the same rating as Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451, and is only slightly lower than the Hunger Games. Really? Way too many people are excited about the "next book in the series" for many of these reviews to be valid.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid First Novel March 12, 2013
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The PHOENIX PROJECT is a slim sci-fi novel about a possible future born from a deep recession in the United States. While the author's knowledge of neonatal care is obvious, the story takes too long to get to the main plot line. I do, however, like that we return to this knowledge later (kudos). A vague similarity to THE ROAD exists in that why things happened is not necessarily as important to the story line other than that they did happen. Unlike THE ROAD, however, the specific reasons for the manipulation of the populous, encompassing the terror of big brother, denial of freedoms, loss of family, forced eugenics, intrude and prevent a smoother read. Constant reminders of the outside world render what is happening in this enclave less believable based on what the heroine knows. And we know what she knows because this is written in the first person.

What was important was the heroine's attempts to manage her future and save her daughter. On some level, she does an admirable, logical job of trying to maintain family. On other levels, she flails. As revelations tumble out at the end of the novel, my reasons for being unable to embrace her are born out: no man seems able to resist her innate charms (black street youth, the old squeeze, the improbable new squeeze, the evil bad guy, her savior from the second banana bad guy); she's smart and talented beyond her years, yet barely uses that intellect to understand then undermine the ramifications of what she is doing; she can take beatings beyond reason and still keep on ticking. Sadly, the other major characters lack depth. Also, read fast. You may not fall into some of the plot holes that exist whenever a megalomaniac tightens his grip on people and place.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it November 22, 2013
By Harold
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Not a very good read. I had to force myself to continue. Just didn't grab and hold my attention. Not really that believable.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good sci-fi, poor human knowledge June 25, 2013
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When I read a sci-fi work, I know things are not all going to be real. So I expect the author to describe a credible, coherent framework, and constrain himself to it. The fact that I'm reading sci-fi doesn't give the author absolute freedom to invent what he wants. If the main characters are martians, they can be "designed" to fit his needs. But if they are humans, I expect human behaviour and reasoning.

The first 1/3 of the book is great, excellent fast-paced narrative that really grasped my to the Kindle. But suddenly, when the truth is unveiled I simply went, what??!!

The accumulation of unbelievable plot parts simply made me want to drop the book. I finished on the hope that something would happen at the end to compensate for the inconsistencies. Not so.

***spoilers ahead***
To believe that a bunch of improvised, not really tested, uncommited, incompatible individuals are going to be able to achieve the "new society" project of such an ambitious reach, is simply out of the ordinary teamwork-leadership knowledge.

To acknowledge a complete ignorance on what's happening, in the hyper-connected 2013 USA, enclosing a whole town, "hey people! a nuke blew it, you can't go near, you lost your friends and relatives, nothing else to do!" and having absolutely no leaks whtsoever, is naïve.

Pretending to repeat such a used topic, of an utopian, Huxley-style, radically socialist, centrally controlled society just by meds and techies, is just too much.

Finally thinking that, since society is so spoiled that nothing can be done to heal it, we can start again with a clean slate... just to be lead by a bunch of unscrupled, corrupt, limited members of the same leadership that have already showed their inability to do it right...
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Excellent book I am encouraging all my managers to read.
Published 23 days ago by Cristy
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pretty good!
Published 2 months ago by nomdeplume
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably good mashup of Divergent and The Hunger Games.
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Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
To think someone could come up with a book like this is crazy.....loved this book and can't wait to start the second one, which I have and will be reading it as soon as I finish... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael R Kropf
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow....what a story
I swear the writer knows how to fish. Yep, cast it out and real 'e-mail in. This book caught me. Hook. Line and sinker. I love a real page Turner of a story.
Published 18 months ago by Sundance Seay
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
The story was very interesting and well written. For being her first story , i think she did and excellent job!
Published 18 months ago by sharon somers
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
This book is a ridiculous waste of time. The characters are poorly conceived, and the plot is stupid and illogical.
Published 21 months ago by Sharon C. Lyons
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Story...Want MORE!
A very good story; this author wisely utilized her real-word knowledge in the medical fields to inform her story, and wove in an intriguing premise that then drove the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by James Rodgers
2.0 out of 5 stars Phoenix = Rebirth
This product is very misleading. Science Fiction should be a type of genre that has more technological fashion. Read more
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M. R. Pritchard likes books, coffee, and rum. She lives near the shores of Lake Ontario where she spends her days reading and writing and watching the snow fall.

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