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Length: 423 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Kathy Miner lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with her children, her Rob, a ridiculously fluffy dog and a too-cool-for-you cat. When she’s not playing with her imaginary friends, she enjoys reading and hiking. This is her first novel. For more information on current publications and future projects, please visit her website at www.kathy-miner.com. You can also email Kathy at kathyminerwriter@gmail.com.

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  • File Size: 1570 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Publication Date: July 30, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500264199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500264192
  • ASIN: B00MAO2BB0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kathy Miner lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with her children, her Rob, a ridiculously fluffy dog and a too-cool-for-you cat. When she's not playing with her imaginary friends, she enjoys reading, hiking and hand-crafting. To contact Kathy with questions or comments, please find her on Facebook at Kathy Miner Books, visit her website at www.kathy-miner.com or email her at kathyminerwriter@gmail.com.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kristy Zeluff on August 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
I could not put this book down! "What Survives of Us" is both elegantly plotted and chillingly plausible, and the characters are so richly drawn I find myself wondering what they are up to days after finishing the book. The dialogue is powerful and real, and so skillfully done that you can hear the characters voices in your head as you read, picture their faces as they "speak". This book broke my heart, which I expected, given the subject matter, but it also made me laugh. Just outstanding!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By librarynerd62 on August 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
An amazing story! I finished it in one sitting and was left craving more. Naomi is a vividly written character who fill stay in your mind long after you put the book down. So delightful to read a near future book without vampires or zombies. Rather this story focuses on real relationships and the impact of change upon those relationships. Treat yourself to a wonderful read. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Thomas VINE VOICE on September 22, 2014
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Post-apocalyptic fiction novels seem to be a dime a dozen these days so it is greatly satisfying to discover one that is truly written well. Kathy Miner has crafted a first novel in what will likely be a trilogy, or perhaps a longer series, that is fundamentally about survival after a super plague wipes out 99% of the world’s population in just a few weeks. A “lucky” few seem to be immune and a few more are able to recover after their bodies are ravaged by the disease. This first novel is about those survivors in Colorado (mostly Colorado Springs and nearby areas) and their desperate attempts to forge some sort of direction for themselves in the aftermath.

I’ve read similar novels before, my two favorites being Stephen King’s "The Stand" and Robert McCammon’s "Swan Song". Both of those books are humongous doorstopper novels, and set the gold standard for this type of post-plague fiction. I have yet to read another novel in this vein that captures the horror of what it must be like to live in such a world; to struggle with the grief of lost family and friends while at the same time make the tough decisions on how to carry on.

Until now.

"What Survives of Us" could not be more appropriately titled. Ms. Miner’s research is evident as she unfolds this new world. Everything from her description of medicinal herbs, to firearms, to the human psyche seems extremely authentic. Her plot is well thought out and keeps the pages turning briskly. And for a first time author, the pacing of this novel is spot on. I only wish the second book was ready now because the various story lines are just getting started.

What really drives the plot, as in all really good novels, is the characters.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 31, 2014
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In the thousands of books I have read, nearly one a day since I was twelve, there are only a handful that have grabbed my emotions and dragged me through every experience. This is one, the added ability to make me empathize with multiple characters all at the same time is unmatched. This author is seriously Talented and I have never said that in a review before. Brava! When is the next?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 1, 2014
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This was a refreshing view of what could happen after a catastrophic event. The characters are intriguing and well drawn out. While it is clear this book is a series, it does have a conclusion while many books in the genre (Post-Apocalyptic) just seem to stop and leave you hanging. Look forward to the next one!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jake on September 22, 2014
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Fantastic book! It was extremely hard to put down. During the day I found myself asking myself, "Can I put this off until later? That way I can snatch another 20 minutes of reading in." Miner has an very clear, down-to-earth writing and story telling style. Another thing I appreciate about her writing style is the word choice is very clever. The characters are well thought out, and the story is very realistic and believable. The book hints at some very philosophical and practical questions of morality as well as world view. I'm excited to see how these questions develop and if/how they will be tackled. The book has some strong female lead characters, and as well as a post-apocalyptic setting, and maybe a sprinkling of extra human senses, but it doesn't fit firmly in a particular genre like Sci-Fi. It sort is, and sort of isn't.

Cons: One of my pet peeves is when a story introduces too many characters too quickly. Miner's down-to-earth writing style alleviates this quickly, but that's just something that I personally find irksome.
Also, I have to wait for the sequel. I want it now.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sue Clawson on November 7, 2014
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Where to begin, This book hit so many emotions. I was drawn in immediately. I felt shock, fear, sadness, confused, & uplifted. One may say is that possible to have so many emotions and the answer is YES! It makes one stop and think , would we be any different is we were hit with something like this. I think we would all be as desperate as some of these people in the book. I only hope that we could reach deep into our compassionate side and not lose our minds and not be cruel to others. I think the author Kathy Miner has done an amazing thing here. I can hardly wait for the next book to come. This has made a definite impression on me and I can't get the word out enough to everyone I know to pick this book up and I promise you will be hooked. Don't expect things to be sugar coated, go into it with the what would we do if this was our town.. This was a read I picked on my Kindle reader but it is one I intend to purchase the paper back, this deserves to be in my collection. Great Job Kathy !!!
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