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Under a Broken Sun [Kindle Edition]

Kevin P. Sheridan
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An unprecedented solar storm rips a hole in the magnetosphere, and combined with the gravitational pull and EMP that follows, destroys all that we know about electricity. The world is left in darkness, the Earth's repositioned axes create earthquakes and wildly changing temperatures, leaving the human race to fend for its life. The sixth great extinction event begins, and the most dangerous people are the extremely religious.

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About the Author

Kevin lives in a small town in Eastern Pennsylvania, with his wife, son and two daughters (when they’re not in college). He also shares his living quarters, for some reason, with three Irish Setters and a cat. In addition to Under a Broken Sun, Kevin has also written The Timepiece Chronicles, Dealing with Dudes and Chicks, and several other screenplays that currently reside in the “where are they now” file.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2234 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Dancing Dolphin Productions (January 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EWM9ZC6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Twist to Old Premise September 13, 2013
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This is the first book that I have read from Mr. Sheridan and I must admit I was quite impressed! His plotting was excellent, the premise of a massive solar flare uniquely twisted, and the characters outstanding. The people and action are so compelling that literally I could not put it down once I tried the sample!

If you like end of the world genre or strong action stories, read this book! I'm confident you will enjoy it!
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Flyover Country Zombies September 19, 2013
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I will say that the author is a skilled writer from a mechanics standpoint, but the plot was full of holes. Sure, some originality in this genre is a good thing, but departing from the well-trodden science of EMP effects sometimes begs some explanation, especially considering the main character is a scientist of sorts.

The protagonist is an angst-ridden juvenile - oops, scratch that, an angst-ridden narcissistic twenty-something who acts like a juvenile, and who despises mainstream American values. The antagonist is a famous close-minded cowardly preacher/evangelist with thousands of jihadi-like followers throughout middle America (yup, that again). Also, this antagonist seems to have an unexplained magical power of communication throughout the country with his brain-dead acolytes in a post-apocalyptic America where even batteries are fried and magnets no longer attract.

I must be honest, I was unable to read more than halfway through the book - it was simply too filled with elitist stereotypes and unexplained far-fetched "science". The kicker for me was the the "Go To" location to wait out the end of the world was Chicago because of its "plentiful fresh water and moderate climate." Really?

I did give this one star book a second star because the author does have skill, but I believe he needs to look into changing to a genre where he may find more readers who are more in tune with his outlook.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Going to Chicago... October 6, 2013
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The battle for Armageddon will be on in Chicago. Adam is the son of a well known scholar (he is also an Advisor to the President). When disaster is imminent, Adam is warned by his dad to go to Chicago if anything dire occurs.

And, the disaster does happen - intense heat during the day, no clouds in the sky and the nights are cold. Adam and a small group of survivors continue on their trek to find his dad.

An interesting part of this book to me was the "cutting" descriptions. Adam is a cutter as well as his newly found friend. This gave me some insight into the reasoning behind being a cutter,

Not only is the power out, but there is also an earthquake and a mysterious cloud that appeared overheard and wreaked havoc. Plus, some intense battles with these mysterious religious people. Definitely zealots but why are they after Adam and his dad?

I liked the premise of this story and believe there may be another book with the Mammoth Cave location.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great storyline November 9, 2013
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Really great storytelling. My only critiques are lots of typos, misspellings, grammatical errors in need of a good proofreader.
I like the first person narrative, worked really well for this book. I hope Kevin continues to write kore books! but next time engaging a good proofreader!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great start but a little rough around the edges. September 20, 2013
By Reeder
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I really did enjoy this story but I had a few issues. The characters needed a little more flesh and dimension and there were a few issues of continuity that had me bugged. First of all, there was an uneven and unbelievable ( even for Post Apoc lit) evolution of the crisis. First of all, food or the lack there of ,it wasn't addressed very well. How does an army of 5000 travel on foot fast and hard 2 months after an event of the magnitude alluded to? They would require massive quantities of food and this wasn't even touched upon. With hundreds of thousands of people looting and pillaging, food would have been in short supply very fast. There is one "scene" where we have townspeople stealing horses for food( knowing there were few other means of transportation, this would be a desperate act) and a page later our protagonists are raiding the hotel mini bars for snacks and liquor only a few yards away? Nobody else ever though to shoot the locks off the room doors? Not even the employees who would stock those mini bars every day? this just doesn't balance for me.
Sanitation. disease caused by the lack of clean running water, these aspects could have used a bit more attention. How or why was Luigi using a bathroom in a store when water would have been long gone without electricity to feed the systems. The biggest question I have though,at what point did XXXXXXX's mother become his wife?? About 2/3 of the way through XXXXXXXX tells our party that he HAD to help the Rev Hill and his army because they had his mother( location 3503 on my kindle) yet at the Sears Tower he goes off in search of his wife LOL They later ride off into the sunset, man and wife..leaves me wondering what happened to Mom ..hmmmm...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good source for colloquial english (for ESL learners) January 21, 2014
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I'm into end-of-the-world stories and this one has a good pace and plot with some nice, but sort of predictable twists. The premise is based on the conflict that could be raised after some catastrophic situation occurred on earth between the ones who believed in something divine behind it and the others who knew everything had a scientific explanation.

What I liked most was the informal/colloquial vocabulary used throughout the book with lots of cursing and slang, just like the common language you find in the USA, making this story a good source for English learners interested in the day-to-day use of the language (my case).

There are some typos, as usual in self-published books, and they got a little worse by the end, but not enough to detract from it, unless you are picky (and I wouldn't recommend this for the highbrows ;-) ).

This is an inexpensive stand alone book and therefore, a good option for a quick and entertaining read for those who like the genre, without the nuisance of a cliffhanger at the end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, poorly edited.
Riddled with grammatical errors. Prime example: the word "site" used for "sight". Kindle books are sophomoric, poorly written documents. Just shameful.......
Published 8 days ago by FinnandMe
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip it.
This was so bad I can't even remember it except for I made it about 1/8 of the way through. I hope he has a second job.
Published 3 months ago by Captain Fish
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were human - not super heros or survivalists who were all prepared for the disaster. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange Apocalypse
An interesting take on a disaster novel.
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Published 3 months ago by Daniel E. Mccoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Under a Broken Sun
Entertaining book. A good read. Not a blockbuster but a well written book.
Published 4 months ago by D.S.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter but worth it.
Book was good . Started slow but gets very captivating after the first few pages. Highly recommended. Sequel would be good.
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are not easily offended by religion or language, I definitely...
When I first got this for free earlier this week (Monday) I honestly was excited to read it. I know the author personally and usually whenever a friend of mine says to me "hey... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gary Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Vulgar and violent.
I would have liked it if the language and gore had not been extreme. I was not able to endure much of it and deleted it. I usually enjoy EMP books.
Published 5 months ago by LadyMMO
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Childish. A teen with problems saves the world.
Published 8 months ago by Gustavo
1.0 out of 5 stars Forgetting the fact that an M1 doesn't shoot shells like a shotgun
Book can't even get basic facts right. The one that stuck out most to me was the fact that they loaded ten shells in an M1 Garand clip. Read more
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I live in a small town in Eastern Pennsylvania, with my wife, son and two daughters (when they're not in college). I also share my living quarters, for some reason, with three Irish Setters, a cat, and a red-footed tortoise named Sally. In addition to The Timepiece Chronicles I've also written, Under a Broken Sun, Dealing with Dudes and Chicks, and several other screenplays that currently reside in the "where are they now" file.

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