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Hunter - After The Fall: Book One Paperback – November 28, 2012

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Before becoming an adventure fiction author, John Phillip Backus explored the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, backpacked extensively throughout the western United States, attended sacred Native American ceremonies in New Mexico, panned for gold, held jobs as a lumberjack, a fir cone harvester in reforestation efforts, a carpenter, a boatbuilder, and was a U.S. Army paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. As a freelance technical writer, John wrote how-to books, computer software manuals, management materials, curriculum, as well as scientific reports as a contractor for the CDC in Atlanta. John currently spends his time traveling, researching, and writing the next volume in his popular post apocalyptic series, After The Fall, and soon-to-be released science fiction saga, The Dorian Chronicles. The author encourages communication from his readers and stays in touch with his growing fan base via his blog at www.johnphillipbackus.com

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Product Details

  • Series: After The Fall
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Jondhi; 1 edition (November 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935812009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935812005
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. L. Dodson on January 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Hunter - After The Fall is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure story set in the Rocky Mountains, fourteen years from now. It is the first in a series of books planned by the author (the first three chapters of the second book in the series are also included in this volume). Basically, Hunter is a story about the heroic quest to rebuild and defend the remnants of human civilization, and is set against the backdrop of a savage and anarchic post-apocalyptic world. At one level, Hunter is a story of violent conflict and heroic action. But it is also a story of the redemptive power of love, integrity and human interconnection.

The protagonist of the story is the eponymous Hunter MacIntosh, a solitary, decorated combat veteran living in a fortified cave system in the mountains of Wyoming. Hunter's comfortable solitude is shattered when he rescues Elise Planchet and her sisters from a band of roving marauders. Elise, it turns out, has been sent by her father (Hunter's former commanding officer) to find Hunter, so that he can help rescue the small, beleaguered colony of New Eden from certain destruction at the hands of barbarians. The plot of Hunter - After The Fall then unfolds as Hunter and Elise travel back to New Eden, and join the battle to defend one of the world's few remaining bastions of civilization.

Hunter - After The Fall is an exciting, action-packed novel populated with vivid, memorable characters. It would probably translate easily into a good action-adventure screenplay. Although it contains quite a bit of graphic violence, its prose is often hauntingly lyrical. This combination of savagery and lyrical beauty makes for an effective and compelling portrayal of Hunter's post-apocalyptic world. However, it is probably not for the faint-of-heart.
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First of all, I have to say that I am a HUGE fan of the post-apocalyptic genre. I devour every PA book, movie or game I can get my hands on. When I picked up the Kindle version of Hunter - After The Fall, I thought I knew what to expect; your average "man against the dregs of the post-nuclear wasteland" story. That preconception didn't stay with me very long.

Hunter is a hard book to pigeon hole. Is it a post-apocalyptic adventure? Yes. Does it rely on the same PA plot devices that most books of this genre do; not really. Actually, Hunter is more of a wilderness adventure book that just happens to be set in post-nuclear war America. Hunter is the kind of story that would have been just as compelling if it was set in the Alaskan wilderness of the mid 1850s, or on the American frontier during the westward expansion of the early 1800s.

Two things set Hunter - After The Fall apart from other books of this genre: deep character development and a rich, expansive world.

During the course of the story, I got to know Hunter Macintosh, Elise Planchet and the rest of the cast on a personal level. I understood their motivations; I actually cared what happened to them. Having read many stories in which I was actually relieved when a supporting character bit the dust, this was refreshing.

My favorite aspect of Hunter was the depth of the world that Backus has created. It's obvious that there is so much more happening just off screen than we get to read about in this book. I love reading a story that has references to things happening in other parts of the world, or with other people, or organizations. After reading Hunger, I can't wait to see what's happening on the Northwest coast, and find out who are The Old Ones.

I enthusiastically recommend Hunter - After The Fall to anybody who loves a well-crafted adventure story. This is a book that makes you wish for a rainy day, a roaring fire, and a comfortable sofa.
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I thought this was a pretty good book. There was something of the super hero flavor here, maybe appealing to folks younger than me. I've now read a lot of PA stories so I can compare. The vast majority of these books, no matter how hard the writer works to come up with a fresh, new plot, the stories end up with war, people turned into cannibals, etc., and too much of the story end up involved in this violence. A guy thing, maybe. I agree with reviewers who wrote that there was much mundane description on and on about every little blade of grass. Description is good, but in this case, it often didn't add to the story, seeming more like filler. There are two books that stand out for me because they take a different route. One is old, but a classic: Alas, Babylon. While there is the expected violent contact, the story is not dominated by bloody battles. The other one, and it's probably my favorite of all, is Earth Abides. It is the only PA fiction (that I've read so far) where the writer takes the story down a very creative and contemplative path. At the end, you're left thinking about what defines civilization. Is it having a iPhone? Driving cars? Maybe not. In all PA stories I've read, people struggle to hold on to the remnants of what was, and have as their goal to get it all back the way it was. In Earth Abides, this does not happen. ON A DIFFERENT NOTE: I did experience something off about the story, couldn't put my finger on it, except that the ending was like being thrown off a bus and there was a big skip right before it, like the author fast-forwarded. Yesterday I got an email from Amazon telling me content had been missing and they would forward me the corrected version of Hunter... if I still had in on my device. Well, of course I don't because I finished it and I have no reason to hold on to it. It kind of annoys me that I paid for a defective copy and cannot get the revised version.
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