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Final Dawn: Season 1 (The Thrilling Post-Apocalyptic Series) Paperback – November 1, 2012
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Praise for Final Dawn
It caught my attention from just a few pages in and I couldn't put it down. - kevinw
Although short in overall length, the thrill/level of excitement while reading was anything but. I was unable to put the book down from the moment I opened it up. - Ryan
When I started reading this book I thought it would [be] your average post-apocalyptic genre but it isn't and you wont regret reading it - Redt6
I'm hooked and looking forward to the next book - P. Corliss
I enjoyed the book immensely and look forward to reading the next one in the series when it is released. - Lisa Henry
About the Author
Mike Kraus is a new indie author making his debut with Final Dawn, a thrilling post-apocalyptic series that will be released in episodic format. Mike has been a writer for several years, but this will be his first foray into fiction that is being published for public consumption. Mike currently lives in southern Mississippi with his wife and two children, and spends his days writing, programming and tinkering on his PC. You can follow the progress of Final Dawn on Facebook (www.facebook.com/finaldawnbook), Twitter (www.twitter.com/finaldawnbook) or on the official Final Dawn website (www.finaldawnbook.com).
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Mike's writing style is similar to the famous authors in this genre and if he keeps developing his craft, he should go a long way. The only complaint is that I don't want to wait a month for the start of Season 2!
The story is told from the perspective of four people: Rachel, Marcus, Nancy, and Leonard. They somehow survive an apocalyptic event and spend the rest of the book not understanding what happened, running from what remains, and finally uniting to try to save what remains of the world.
Rachel is a scientist who knows what happened, but doesn't know why.
Marcus was out camping and runs first-hand into what is left of the world.
Nancy was driving to a new job, and I don't think we've seen what she is capable of yet.
Leonard was in the tunnels under New York City and is shown to be surprisingly intelligent and resourceful.
The world they are living in is terrifying. They find out what happened at the end of the book and find out what they have to do to prevent it from getting worse. I am very much looking forward to the next two books, and I highly recommend this one.
Without going through a major publishing house (I've never heard of Fading Light Press unless it's a subsidiary, which I highly doubt), the first "Season" of this "thrilling post-apocalyptic" story is filled with adventure and suspense. The term "Season" is an apt one, since it reads like a television show, with each "episode" both connected and standalone. While the episodes are short, I gather that that is part of the point, much like the "Season" moniker.
Each of the five parts of Season 1 ends on a cliffhanger, though the one at the end of the last episode in the season is not as dramatic as I would have expected. I still want to find out what happens to the heroes of the story, but I'm not left scraping my fingernail across the screen of my Kindle, desperate to somehow pull the next episode out of thin air. Resolution is lacking without putting the main characters in immediate mortal peril, which is nice for someone who is reading the episodes back to back and is forced to wait for the next season to begin.
While I have contemplated going into the next season episode-by-episode, I've elected to wait until a second collection is released, both to save money and so that I'm not gnashing my teeth between each story. It's hard enough to deal with that in a television show but when you're reading a book and can go through it as quickly as you want, the problem worsens tenfold.
Enough has been said about the story itself from other reviewers that I don't need to repeat it in detail: Zombies are absent (for once), the plot is unique and the interesting multi-part viewpoints weave back and forth in a delightful manner that, while initially confusing, quickly turns into a main reason to continue reading.
My final rating would be a 4.7, rounded up to 5 for "Final Dawn: Season 1", with the .3 lost for some isolated grammatical issues. It stands above most independently produced books and is a great example of a bargain: $5.99 for a digital copy, $9.99 for a paper copy, and the money goes to the author, not a big publishing house. I'd call that a solid bargain.
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I like the way the chapters are divided between the adventures of different members of the group.Read more