"David Nees has written a great debut novel. It's about the all-to-plausible scenario of an EMP attack on the U.S. The characters are fully formed and grab your interest and attention. The action scenes are well-crafted and realistic. This is a harrowing world and Nees brings it to life with characters you want to get to know better. I look forward to his sequel. Good stuff."--G. Michael Hopf, author of THOSE WHO REMAIN, book 7 in the New World Series
"David Nees takes on a nightmare scenario in his novel "After the Fall: Jason's Tale" (350 pages, CreateSpace, $12.99), which focuses on the disintegration of society after an electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States.The main character heads to the Appalachian Mountains to try to avoid the chaos in this action tale that blends with a love story. Nees lives in Fairfax County." --Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia Book Notes, July 23, 2016
I really, really enjoyed it.Excellent character development and you didn't need 100 pages to do it. Rich and fast moving plot line. I look forward to your next to see how Catherine and the lieutenant make out - no double entendres. Give us more David. Gerald; verified purchase
Amazingly well written, believable characters, Heroes and demons, battles, victories and hope in world thrown back to the 1800's by an EMP....great book, can't wait for the next one....Amazon customer
WOW!!! I couldn't put the book(kindle on phone) down, I was so drawn into the story and enjoyed this read very much!!! ...Amazon customer
From the Author
Humans still contain within them the deep rooted, primitive impulses of violence and aggression needed to survive. We easily become "tribal" creatures, oriented to the closer structure of family with others being "outsiders" deserving of suspicion at best, aggression at worst. Take away the rule of law and we devolve into more primitive forms of structure and organization. Add in hunger and starvation and we become predators or prey, with little space between the two extremes. From such extremes, humans must find ways to learn to rebuild structure and organization; to broaden what family or community includes.
A post-apocalyptic story allows the writer to examine these deeper impulses that reside in us, often suppressed by our laws and culture. I wanted to write something that in the end is redemptive, showing that, along with our dangerous impulses, there resides our better instincts of love, charity, honor, even self-sacrifice; and these can re-emerge to help point us to our better destiny.
When I set out, I didn't know where the story would end but the characters began to "direct" me as the plot developed. Often I would dream a scene while half asleep, try to remember it and then get it on paper the next day. It was a very visual process.
There is much room for continued development of the characters as I work on the sequel. The next book will involve more interaction with Hillsboro, which will generate the story conflict. It becomes more complicated, with more sub-plots and characters, but I'm enjoying bringing them to life.