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Collapse Paperback – July 6, 2012
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About the Author
Just before his son turned five, Richard and his wife were told that their oldest child had Asperger's Syndrome. Nine years later, Richard's son would become the inspiration for the character of Howard Beck.
Richard is a native Texan and currently resides in Southeast Texas with his wife and two children.
Top Customer Reviews
If you like a good thriller / futuristic novel I highly recommend this one - I am ready for a sequel!
I originally picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion, and as I type this review I see the pricing has reverted back to $2.99: you will absolutely get a heck of a lot more value out of it than $2.99, as this one rates right up with the thrillers by the "brand name" authors.
I found Collapse to be entertaining, intriguing and scary as hell. To say that the premise of the novel is believable would be an understatement. Although it takes place in 2027, there is not reason that most of this (except Beck's AI technology) couldn't happen in the next six months. Keeping that thought in the back of my mind helped to propel me through reading this book in just a few sittings.
Richard counts on us embracing the characters and that's easy enough to do. The Navy Seal is iconic as one of the protagonists and is balanced nicely by his cell-mate and cohort Tank. It poses an interesting contrast. And while Beck (The world's richest man) is initially a spoiled and prissy little turd, he eventually steps up and does the right thing.
Collapse is rich with sub-plots that seamlessly converge and everyone ends up where they're supposed to be. I enjoyed reading the book and was excited to see that the ending leaves the door wide open for a sequel.
There's something very wrong, more than the Second Great Depression plaguing this new America. Within the first few pages of Collapse author Richard Stephenson quickly draws us into a world teetering toward collapse. Blame it on a failing education system. Blame it on bickering leaders in Washington. Blame it on extravagance. Blame it on Americans who had a chance to do something and could not, or made the wrong choices.
Presence, after all, is the requisite for causality. Who participates and conversely who does not greatly influences outcome. We see that played out everyday in our headlines. So often we credit the people sitting at the bargaining table for their ability to defuse or devise the next step. Timing, Stephenson suggests, is far more basic: a series of junctures linked through causality dependent on mavericks and managers to navigate circumstances already set in motion. Call Collapse a Tom Clancy and Roland Emmerich mash-up: a clear case of too many off switches and a predictable enemy on foreign soil.
Classify Collapse under dystopian? Not quite. I'll explain. The story doesn't awaken within a dystopian state. That's key. What Stephenson does clearly establish are the events that would create a dystopian future--a prequel, if you will--in which we see men and women determined to prevent democracy's wholesale slaughter. Distracted by the threat of nuclear war, destruction brought about by a hurricane, the Second Great Depression, it's a cocktail of just too many off switches. Powerless to prevent the downfall, our heroes remain resolute (yes, even reckless) as the story hones in on each character, hope blazing. They believe hope is within reach. And because they believed, I cheered them on. ~ Read-Indie-Books at [...]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've really enjoyed this book.! It was a great storyline with awesome characters and thrilling spellbinding adventure throughout!I look forward to the sequel!Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic story and writing, with the architecture and style very much in the vein on Tom Clancy but with his own distinct flavour. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Doug McMillan
I didn't know this was going to be a doomsday book. I kept thinking it would get better, follow up on the characters better. The ending seemed "rushed"Published 18 days ago by Cheryl Thornton
If you enjoy dystopian novels, you'll like this. There are various story lines and characters, but not at all confusing. They're all brought together very well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Szendi-horvath
It is July of 2016. The events in this story are not so fictional anymore... Such a frightening thought.
But which person is which... Read more
I am so excited by this book and can't wait to read #2! I'll admit I was a little puzzled by the different scenarios but couldn't wait to see how the converged. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Haley838
Read Collapse and immediately bought Resistance, just finished that and getting ready to buy Redemption. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nancy gallaher
A really good book. Particularly if you don't like what Obama and Hillary are and will be doing. Particularly the nuclear pulse atomic bomb.Published 1 month ago by salligator