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A New World: Chaos (Volume 1) Paperback – December 6, 2011
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Book VI - A New World: Dissension
Book VII - A New World: Takedown
Book VIII - A New World: Conspiracy
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There are however a few significant problems.
The author is a detail person... and the story bogs down as a result. For example when checking to see if a door is locked, the main character has to try first the right door, then the left, with each hand and foot movement described. I thought at first that this was an attempt to highlight how careful the main character is being, but the story ended up feeling more like a manual of 'how to do things right' rather than an action novel. The main character (also named John) teaches just about everyone. Other characters only come into the foreground to be instructed (giving the author an excuse to write more 'how to', or to praise the main character). The exception to this is when his girlfriend takes up the lead character and becomes the only person with a brain in the military. He is smart, good, true, experienced, and wise... and pretty much everything goes his way. The story felt like his fantasy of living in a simpler world with all his friends and adoring competent loved ones around (the only people who survive seem to be his friends and family). Since the author and character feel like the same person the story also feels a bit like being lectured at by an all knowing father. I may read his next book, there was enough redeeming in it to make it fun... but I hope the author can detach from his character, develop the supporting cast better, and make them more human... There is potential here if the books become more than just fantasy wish fulfillment.
The story didn't really start to flow until the last part of the book. I had no intention of reading book two until I hit the end of book one and then I realized I had a strong desire to find out what was next. A New World:Chaos is essential to reading A New World:Return, so just force yourself through because book 2 is worth it.
A major ruiner for me is when the protagonist's actions, motives or thought processes don't match his given background or training--that ruins his credibility and reliability as far as I'm concerned and tells me the author either doesn't know his material or didn't research it well enough. Jack usually does everything in a tactically sound manner and in accord with his character, background and abilities throughout the novel--but he's not perfect (another ruiner). After a few chapters I could relax and know that the protagonist was going to behave credibly and as a real person would with the same background. I'm ex Air Force Security Forces and have been a firearms and tactics instructor with the FEDS now for many years and know that there are lots of different "right" ways to do things that are continuously changing and the subject of ongoing debate as far as tactics and weapons handling etc, but I never found myself saying WTF--why did or didn't Jack do that?
Another major ruiner for me is when the author steps outside the parameters of the characters and/or the scenario he's laid out. For example, the protagonist unexplainedly develops or realizes knowledge skills and abilities to suit every situation--or magically finds everything he needs when those things could not or should not be there--and function.Read more ›
Now!! we've got Kindle and a whole seam of Z books are being published. Now lets be honest, some are just plain bad. But some are great. This book is one of them. It starts out slow but builds to a gut wrenching crescendo. You can see from all these books where the author gets their inspiration for the zombies from. In this case it's "I am Legend", technically not really zoms more like rabid. The author switches from first person to third during the story, this could annoy some language purists but not me, hey what do you expect Shakespeare!
Basically this novel is about an ex Special Forces pilot, who, during a zombie/rabies outbreak, gathers his teenage kids together, heads of to a deserted military airport, comandeers a transport plane and heads of to Kuwait to rescue his girlfriend. Sounds implausable!, but the author manages to make it believable enough (to me anyway), so much so that I will read the rest of the books.
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I was brought into this series by my brother, gave me book #3 to read. I was sucked in immediately by the intensity of the struggle and plight of Jack and his family against the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by andrew
This book and it's sequel were a good read. The story kept me interested throughout both books. If the author ever decides to expand the story into another sequel, I will be more... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wesb
If you life end of world scenario with action and all. You'll love this book. I highly recommend this to any zombie fansPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Too much repetition of situations; not enough detail in the plot line.Published 5 months ago by Susan Gradman
Have read all books in this series and each is as good as the last. They are impossible to put down once you start reading. Can't wait to see more from this author!Published 6 months ago by Shawn Rhodes
Unbelievable!! I read the first book and couldn't stop til I read them all. John O'Brien did a great job here. One day to the next is a difficult road to travel in this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mary C
After finishing the whole series I can say it's been a very enjoyable ride.Published 8 months ago by Jeffrey Grubb