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The After War: (Book One of The After War Series) Kindle Edition
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Wow, what a great apocalyptic novel! I predict this book will become a big hit and would make a great movie.
Two years after a horrible world war and disease have ravaged the world, Brian and Steven emerge from their well-stocked and comfortable bunker. They were on their way to collect Steven's sister, Bethany, from the bunker where she had been staying,in order to meet up with her uncle, General Driscoll. Meanwhile, Simon Kalispell and his dog, Winston, emerge from their secluded cabin in the wilds of Canada in order to make his way home to find his parents, as planned two years prior, before the commencement of the war. Eventually, their paths cross in unexpected ways. The book then goes back in time to explain who each ended up in hiding for two years, telling their back stories.
First of all, I have to say how much I liked Winston, Simon's beloved dog companion.. He was every much as much a character as the humans!
I found the book to be well-written. The story grabbed me from the first page and I could barely put it down. The relationship between Steven and Brian was well-developed. They were complex characters, I thought, and at times it was hard to read about what they were going through. Most parts of the book relating to them was very graphic. Simon was a very so,Italy, spiritual, character, very strong and resourceful.
What happened when they all reached their pre-arranged locations is described in Book Two and is pretty graphic, and exciting. The other characters in the novel are varied, and not easily forgotten.
Overall, I really really liked this book and recommend it highly, if you enjoy this genre.
Simon is a rich kid whose parents were preppers and had prepared a cabin in the deep woods of Canada for just such a situation. Here, Simon, who by the way is an expert in tracking, hunting, and foraging from almost a decade with the scouts, lives with his dog, Winston. They've survived the 2-year quarantine period and leave to head back home to his family.
Brian and Steve are cousins and best friends who live together in an underground bunker which was built and stocked with food, water and supplies to last three or more years. They too, must leave their quarantine after two years and travel east to link-up with their uncle after retrieving a sister and friend from another private bunker in another state.
En route, both groups are in awe of the devastation and encounter others - some welcome - others not as they want to take everything they own. Oftentimes, they are outgunned, and are lucky to escape with their lives. Without supplies, Brian and Steve, weak from the lack of food and water, become lethargic and have a falling out. They become separated and Brian continues by himself, barely alive, finally reaching the bunker of Steve's sister and friend. After nursing him back to health, the threesome leave their sanctuary and set out to locate their uncle.
Part II is about the community life of the survivors one year after the two groups arrived. They are doing well and set-up trades with neighboring towns. However, groups of mercenaries are traveling cross-country and overrunning towns - killing the inhabitants and taking all the supplies for themselves. Two such groups are heading their way and want everything the community has. The odds are overwhelming against the good guys...how will it all end? Readers will be on the edge of their seats for most of the story...heads-up!
Highly recommended! I also have to mention that the author has a knack for describing things - adding off-the-wall comments or phrases about it that will make readers smile or laugh outright. You'll see what I mean. Great job, Mr. Zenner...writing an Apocalypse book without zombies!
John Podlaski, author
"Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel" and "When Can I Stop Running?"
Once they find the answer, another world and a different type of adventure unfolds. The two protagonists eventually meet and have to join forces to save the world (or what is left of it) again.
What I didn't like was the ending. It felt rushed. So much had just happened. So many people had died. Some major sub-characters were left in limbo - perhaps for a sequel maybe (???). One more chapter of winding down and putting all the pieces into place would have made a difference in my opinion. But, I enjoyed it.
The environment of the desolate world and the despair of the characters left me with vivid impressions of the scenes the author intended. I could easily visualize what I was reading. I very much enjoyed this complete book, have joined his mailing list, and following him, and will proceed to read more by him. I suggest the same for you.
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