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What Came After [Kindle Edition]

Jon Clinch , Sam Winston
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Now includes Chapter One of INTO THE SILENT WORLD, the sequel to the Amazon bestseller WHAT CAME AFTER.


The apocalypse doesn't need plagues or zombies or bombs. All it needs is us.

Set in the very near future, WHAT CAME AFTER takes place in a too-credible third-world America that's been hijacked by corporations in the service of the wealthy. The Federal government has collapsed, health care is inaccessible, and private armies keep order. The upper class is concentrated in the cities, while the middle class—decimated by disease and poisoned by genetically engineered foods—labors on in a handful of desolate Empowerment Zones.

One man, Henry Weller, has had enough. With his five-year-old daughter going blind, he sets out across a ruined America to find her the health care she deserves. He'll have to face a strange and hostile world—from the financial districts of a walled New York to the armed camp of Washington, DC—but if he's successful, his daughter might see again.

And along the way, a revolution might get started.

WHAT CAME AFTER is shaped by issues on everyone's mind right now: poverty, corporate power, access to heath care, the outsourcing of government, parents' obligations to their children.

But at its core, it's a post-apocalyptic adventure in a desolate and treacherous world: THE WIZARD OF OZ meets HEART OF DARKNESS, at the end of the American dream.


From the critics:

"Sometimes I just keep hearing about a book on social media and I get so curious, I seek out the book myself. Case in point: Sam Winston’s extraordinary WHAT CAME AFTER, an e-book about the end of the world. I started reading after dinner and didn’t stop until I finished. This is no ordinary book. Character-driven, haunting, and gorgeously written, I think it’s a classic."

— Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of PICTURES OF YOU.


WHAT CAME AFTER is the Amazon bestseller written by Jon Clinch (THE THIEF OF AUSCHWITZ, FINN, KINGS OF THE EARTH) under his pen name, Sam Winston.

Product Details

  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: unmediated ink (October 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V5DJ7U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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Sam Winston has hit it right on the head. This book is dog-gone near perfect. I've read hundreds of dystopian and post-apocalyptic works and this one shot right up to the Top Ten. In fact, he bumped out Stephen King on my Top 10 list...that is definitely saying something.

Where to begin. Before I start waxing poetic here, let's just say that the story is utterly and completely unique. There is nothing like it yet it is also understandable and approachable by the average person like myself. The characters are fleshed out yet it's done in such a way that you aren't aware they are being fleshed out, if you know what I mean. It's done with the story in mind. The background, history, story and action all flow from logical points of view and you can really see this in a future version of us. In that way, it's also a cautionary tale. But in the end what it is most is the story of the love a parent has for their child and what that parent will do to ensure the safety and happiness of that child.

Our hero, and he is a hero, is Henry Weller. Not a fortunate man or of fortunate birth, he is nonetheless a curious and intelligent man who has become something of a wizard at mechanics out amongst the ruins of the industrial world. Broken things abound and he is the one that can fix them. The Empowerment Zone, which is just a nice way of saying anyplace the rich aren't, where he lives with his small family isn't much, but it is home.

A chance meeting and a friendly favor start the entire story. We are introduced and then carried through this new world with Henry as he seeks to make things right for his daughter. The story flows so well that we, the reader, are swept along as an almost active participant.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The story was good. The writing style was mixed. December 15, 2011
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I thought Winston's portrayal of a corporate-controlled America was strikingly close to home, and that his story arc and characters were compelling. The only thing that I didn't like is that he had a repeated use of sentence fragments, presumably to make things sound poetic. But then they would happen. Every paragraph, half the lines. Words dangling without all the clauses they needed. Like they were looking for something. Someone to see the word-picture. To understand.
As you can see, that may be fine now and again but it happened just about every page of the book, and really took me out of the story. Still a worthwhile read, but be prepared for that. I would have given it 4 stars otherwise.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful surprise September 21, 2012
By Paula
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I had no idea that this book, picked up from its cover description, would be among the best post-end-of-civilization books I'd read in years. As a published novelist myself, I find Winston to be a serious writer, a fine crafter of words, pacing, setting, suspense, and especially character. In particular, the women--the courageous and resourceful mother, Liz, and the equally courageous and even more resourceful Janey--are memorable, as is the brilliant researcher Dr. Patel and the self-sacrificing and unnamed mother of the raging "primitives'" leader. In fact, this is an unexpectedly fine work of literature and a pleasure to read. I hope Mr. Winston's works will soon become better known, and--yoohoo, Sam Winston--let's have some more of his novels.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I liked this book. I was expecting something a little different. This is really a distopian novel, a work of speculative fiction rather than the post-apocalyptic book I thought I was buying. That having been said, I liked the book. The protagonist and his efforts to save his daughter really worked for me.

The downside? The premise was flawed. At a time when you can buy a lifetime supply of non-hybrid seeds from Amazon for next to nothing and store it indefinitely it is preposterous to imagine that a company with a monopoly on hybrid franken-foods will make even the existence of non-gene engineered food a distant memory.

This is a quibble for me. There is a great tradition in science-fiction that takes a perceived problem and pushes it to it's extreme end. This seems to follow in that tradition. The patenting of genetic material and the growth of corporate power are the issues that the author plays with. It generally works because the plot moves along and the characters are engaging.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I have to start with the positive; the story is very well structured. The pace at which the auther guides us through the life of the characters is excellent and keeps you going (it's like watching a good action movie... you can so be sucked into the story that you don't realize time passing).

On the negative side, it was at times very hard read sections; most of the time you've got this great storyteller going on, next it feels like a repetative and even childlike naration. Last one said; don't keep this from reading this book, the story itself compensates more than enough.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WHAT already? March 12, 2012
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"What Came After" WHAT? WHAT????

This drove me NUTS during the reading of this book. Can the author write? OH YES. Are his characters people we can care about, are they "real" in our imaginations? Mostly. BUT WHAT did this COME AFTER???

It can't have been a nuclear war since NYC and Washington DC, Chicago and Los Angeles (among others) remain intact. grown in "untreated" soil poisons, kills, and causes genetic abnormalities in progeny. This entire scenario takes place somewhere near the year 2050. WHAT WAS IT that caused the collapse of society?? Not nuclear, that much is proven; financial? Since when does financial disaster render soil dangerous or food grown in it poisonous?

Sorry, but this one isn't a a "keeper" for me (I'm VERY choosy about my "keepers" in apocalyptic/post apocalyptic fiction).

Truthfully, this issue bothered me SO much that I tired of reading at about the 3/4 mark. (Okay I admit it: I read the last page.) Good story, well told, fairly good characterization, premise missing the key ingredient: WHY, WHY, WHY.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
"What Came After" by Jon Clinch and Sam Winston is well written, with characters and situations that draw you into the story and refuse to let you go. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Ray White
5.0 out of 5 stars What's in the future.
This book was quite interesting and kept me on edge until the end. I can't wait to read the follow up book to it.
Published 6 months ago by Loren
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great story. Loved the characters. I liked the insight into how the story and characters were believable. Very good story
Published 8 months ago by Tj
2.0 out of 5 stars Bored
This book bored me to tears. It felt like rambling. It's unclear what happened to society to cause it to crumble. The people met along the way sometimes made no sense or impact. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nickinic - Ebooks Galore
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Outstanding Book
In classic Clinch storytelling, this is well-written, gripping and thought provoking. Unlike his previous works (this is under a pen name), What Came After is a futuristic... Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Labonte
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet!
If you enjoy this genre you'll enjoy this book. Entertaining and engaging, its a thought provoking book about the issues that should be making up a national discussion. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Whalerman
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and thought-provoking story
This is a fantastic novel. Set in a future where the economy and ecology have largely collapsed and a handful of monopoly businesses run everything. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dean Lombard
2.0 out of 5 stars interesting but poorly executed.
It's written well but the plot is boring and pointless. The ending is beyond bad. While the premise is interesting it isn't very original and executed poorly. Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Connors
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
About 50 years in the future, the government as we know it no longer exists, the pharmaceutical companies own everything, and nature took what PharmAgra didn't want. Read more
Published 14 months ago by KLR
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Questions
This had promise. The story line sounded very interesting. It's the characters that made it unenjoyable. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Flamesprite
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Sam Winston is the pen name of Jon Clinch, award-winning author of FINN, KINGS OF THE EARTH, and the upcoming THE THIEF OF AUSCHWITZ.

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