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Then Came War (America's Demise) [Kindle Edition]

Jacqueline Druga , Ann Cochran
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Following a devastating train wreck, a small group of survivors emerge from the wreckage to discover New York City is the target of an attack and millions of bodies line the streets.

Harry Hayward is one of those survivors. He served his country, fought two wars, and in his eighty years on the earth could say he had seen it all. Until that day.

Surprised that the group separates, Harry is left alone to care and guide an eight-year-old boy out of the devastation of New York and hopefully to safety.
But finding safety isn't easy. The destruction extends far beyond New York. A massive strike has commenced on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and for the first time since the War of 1812, America has been invaded.

Harry and the boy, along with the other survivors are deep inside occupied territory. As they journey and struggle through the front lines of a war that will rage for decades, they discover just how hard they have to fight for the price of freedom. A freedom they all had taken for granted.

First there was normalcy ... then came war.

Then Came War is the prequel to Wasteland and is part of the America's Demise Series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GSA7RK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Then Came War May 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book kind of freaked me out. Not in a bad way, but in the fact that this is fairly realistic. I mean the description of these horrific events is pretty believable, and have occurred, elsewhere, in much smaller instances, but still it's kinda scary. The story in this book follows many different people around and sometimes the transition is just from paragraph to paragraph. Honestly, it took sometime getting used to this type of multiple points of view, the transitions were just abrupt. The writing was easy to follow and the story was captivating, up to a point. I'm not sure exactly where in the book, but at some point we just lost some steam and the ending felt rushed. I understand this is supposed to be a prequel to a book publish last year, but I haven't read that one. I really enjoyed the story, and the characters, and I would have LOVED the book if there weren't so many typos and errors throughout the book. They were numerous and distracting so I wasn't able to enjoy the story as much as I should have. I think this author is talented, and writes well enough that I get freaked out, but the books just needed some serious polishing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Publishing Required October 16, 2012
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There has been an amazing amount of self-publish or assisted self-published novels in the last few years. On a positive note this has opened up the clubby industry of publishing to many more budding authors. On a practical note this activity has demonstrated why the traditional publishing industry exists: editing; coaching; massaging; fact-checking; and being blunt with authors. Druga's homage to Red Dawn would have benefited from an all encompassing review for plot, character development, pace, editing, grammar, spelling. If so, It may have been steered to the young adult audience and tightened up considerably into a novella.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot, but terribly edited. April 8, 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
This book has an interesting plot, but I may not force my way through it because of its terrible, or non-existent, editing. It seems as if the writer is using less-than-perfect voice-to-text software with which she simply speaks the story and then fails to review the final result. Two recent examples: "pulling" for "pooling" and "Stanton Island" for "Staten Island." Pay an editor!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War On American Soil! September 17, 2012
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So many people are reading apocalyptic fiction these days that I'm beginning to believe there may be something to the 'Collective Soul' concept I read about in college. Millions of people seem to be drawn to the topic, and I sometimes wonder, if at some unconscious level, we all sense that our modern way of life is headed for a bad ending. Ms. Druga has once again tapped into our sense of approaching disaster and presented a scenario in which war comes to American ground. As usual, her characters are real people that we find ourselves caring about, hoping that they somehow find a way to overcome the odds against them and manage create a life for themselves in the world that remains. Time after time in 'Then Came War' we are presented with situations that are difficult to believe could happen in our country, but the reality is that they could, and have (9-11, Civil War) happened here before. When the weapons of modern warfare are unleashed upon the residents of the world's most comfortable and advanced nation the reults are heart-breaking and catastrophic, but at the same time American heroes rise up to confront the unthinkable. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is concerned about where our country is headed, and what could happen to our way of life if we don't remain vigilant and committed to protecting it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking and Page Turner April 11, 2012
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I write in the same area and in doing so started reading Jackie Druga's books. She has an amazing imagination as to what "might" happen - if there is an unexpected disaster, an unexpected invasion, and the various unexpected things that we don't devote any time to thinking about. But as important as that is, she entertains by creating characters that are so involving you have to keep reading to see what happens to them. In this book I was particularly taken by her character Abby, who has lost everyone and wants to die - but no matter what happens she keeps on surviving. And there is the couple who are getting a divorce after 20+ years of marriage who are now in the middle of an invasion of the United States. She adds a young child, an eighty year old veteran, and a homeless 16 year old who all view the events of this novel from their perspective. Jackie is a good writer who is moving up in the ranks of recognition. Read this book, think, enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced.. October 1, 2014
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I liked the book and even though I have often felt irritated at the "grammar-police", I have to admit that it was a big deal for me this time with this book. It was ridiculous all the errors. They take away the flow of a story! The book itself was ok...Fast paced...and surprising what the author did with all the characters. The very, Very end was dumb and not needed. In fact I began to wonder if I was reading an excerpt into a new book Druga was writing...all in all, not one of her best and 3 stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A topic like this, there should've been another 300-400 pages of material... much more attention to detail, character and plot should pug into this book.
This reminds me of the work one would see from a freshman literature major in college...
Any future writings by Ms Druga just fell off my radar.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Invasion!
Kind of an interesting take on the apocalypse. Rather than thermonuclear devastation, viruses, or what have you, this one is about a conventional war of sorts. Read more
Published 22 days ago by William R. Barton
4.0 out of 5 stars Alarming Future
This like most all of her books are amazing.A very different direction than the books I've read by her.Will be reading her books in the further.
Published 6 months ago by CAT
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I just finished this book and loved it....this book had everything for me..from the very beginning to the very end..I could not put it down....Jacqueline Druga is amszing
Published 7 months ago by Frances Liontakis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Jacqueline Druga is an amazing author. I absolutely loved this book! Really enjoyed the characters. I think the young boy and war veteran touched me the most. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Susan
4.0 out of 5 stars Yep
I love Armageddon type books, and this one kept my attention to the end. I came to know and feel for the characters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kari
5.0 out of 5 stars very different from the usual, and good from page one to finish
What would you do when you were on a wrecked train in a tunnel when disaster hit? The story follows several people unaware of whats happening as they try escaping and the horrible... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Prequel to Wastelands
Then Came War is the prequel to Wastelands, which told of the aftermath of what was essentially WWIII. Read more
Published 16 months ago by T. Sickles
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull
The only thing interesting about this novel was the weapon used to destroy New York.......I drifted off after a few chapters, I don't know if I finished this or not. Read more
Published 22 months ago by G. Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars More Please!
Excellent Book! The story grabs and holds you from the first page and doesn't let go until the last. Unique plot, great characters that you actually care about, lots of action. Read more
Published 23 months ago by LadyLJ57
4.0 out of 5 stars worthy read
This book was worth reading and glad I did was not impressed with ending but still worth it. Will look for more books from this author
Published on February 22, 2013 by john bedsworth
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More About the Author

Jacqueline Druga is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. She is a prolific writer and filmmaker. Her published works include genres of all types, but favors post-apocalypse and apocalypse writing. Currently she is in production of her third full-length feature film in which she has written and is producing.

A single mother of four, Jacqueline is also a musician. She resides in a small town outside of Pittsburgh with her family. Of all her accomplishments, Jacqueline is most proud of being a grandmother. Her grandchildren reside with her and are the light of her life.

Jacqueline welcomes emails. You can reach her at

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