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After: The Shock
     

After: The Shock

3.6 82
by Scott Nicholson
 

"One of the most thrilling writers working today. Miss him at your peril." - Blake Crouch, The Wayward Pines Trilogy

"Always surprises and always entertains." - Jonathan Maberry, the Joe Ledger series

The first book in the AFTER post-apocalyptic thriller series from an international bestselling author.

AFTER: THE SHOCK
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"One of the most thrilling writers working today. Miss him at your peril." - Blake Crouch, The Wayward Pines Trilogy

"Always surprises and always entertains." - Jonathan Maberry, the Joe Ledger series

The first book in the AFTER post-apocalyptic thriller series from an international bestselling author.

AFTER: THE SHOCK
A massive solar storm erases the world's technological infrastructure and kills billions. While the remaining humans are struggling to adapt and survive, they notice that some among them have...changed.

Rachel Wheeler finds herself alone in the city, where violent survivors known as "Zapheads" roam the streets, killing and destroying. Her only hope is to reach the mountains, where her grandfather, a legendary survivalist, established a compound in preparation for Doomsday.

Other survivors are fleeing the city, but Zapheads aren't the only danger. Rogue bands of military soldiers want to impose their own order in the crumbling ruins of civilization. When Rachel discovers a 10-year-old boy, she vows to care for him even if it means her own chances of escaping are lower.

And the Zapheads that were once simple to evade are evolving, developing communal skills even as they lay waste to the society they will eventually replace.
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Scott Nicholson is author of more than 20 books, including The Harvest, Creative Spirit, and the Stoker Award finalist The Red Church. His website is www.AuthorScottNicholson.com.

"Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody." --J.A. Konrath, Origin

"Like Stephen King, he summons serious scares." -- Bentley Little, The Burning

Product Details

BN ID:
2940046258486
Publisher:
Scott Nicholson
Publication date:
11/07/2014
Series:
After , #1
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
10,234
File size:
177 KB

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After: The Shock 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story of a small group of people who a survive solar storm that, in addition to frying all things electrical, somehow fries the brains of 90% of humans turning them into quasi-zombies. I think that the author glosses over this phenomena. He does not posit why the ionosphere doesn't protect humans from solar flares as it has since humans existed. Eventually the blood-thirsty zombies evolve, but there is little discussion of why/how this happens. The book mostly focuses on what I think are a few not very interesting or compelling characters as plot twists bring them together in what I think are contrived ways. I think the author creates more artificial drama than suspense. Sorry, but I do not recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a good...doesn't even have to be great...dystopian book. This one was so ridiculous I don't know where to begin. The plot was terrible, the characters reacted in unbelievable ways in situations that made no sense, the "zapheads" who were the affected made me laugh every time the name was used. The plot dragged and was predictable. The characters, and there are multitudes of them, I felt like killing off myself just so the book would end. Save yourself some time and a headache and try another book. Jp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reader needs to be aware book has lots of religious overtones...."only the wicked changed". Not a religious person and could not finish book because of characters many references to god. If u r a religious person then u will enjoy. Glad this one was free since I will be deleting it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't often leave a book unfinished, but the "Jesus will save me from the zombies" theme of this book was so ridiculous to me, that I not only stopped reading, I deleted the book from my e-reader.
ucr1853 More than 1 year ago
If you've never read any of Scott Nicholson's books, this is a great place to start. He brings the characters to life with words & makes the feel like they are part of the story. This is actually where I got hooked on this author. His writing style is superb! I actually cried when the story ended because I wanted to know more about the characters & what was happening to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Early on the Mexican laborer character has no idea what has occurred. Later he has some science background and despite his early confusion he now refers to the problem as the sun sickness. That was annoying..later we get foreshadowing that knly the religous understand the zombie like characters. I found the attempt at mystery clumsy.
bikrgran More than 1 year ago
Scott has done it again. It's pretty much known what can/will happen when a massive solar flare/storm hits, at least electronically. But what about the rest? In this first of a series, we find a LOT of bodies, but some survivors, as well. But what KIND of survivors? You have to read the book. You will be on the edge of your chair, and when you finish, you will be wanting the rest of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first in this series and enjoyed it. Of course it was free. So i bought this one thinking it would be as good. Not so much. This book follows the 3 storylines from The Light plus adds some new characters. I'm thinking this book was meant for young teens to read. You don't really develope much empathy for the main characters and all the side characters are incompetent lunatics. Not much here for the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book until I came to the end...there wasnt one! You have to purchase the next book for$3.99 for the rest of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. So much that i have purchased two others in this series. Now i see there are like 6 books or so in the series At $3.99 each, I might have to think about whether I want to finish the whole series though. One thing I didn't understand was how immature the author made Stephen appear to be for a 10 year old. How many 10 year old boys carry around a doll and this was when we first meet him. He seems to have matured qickly in the next couple of books though. Still avery interesting take on the Apocolypse and made me wonder what I would in their place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this novel presents a unique take on post apocalyptic America. The interaction of the characters DeVontay and Rachel Wheeler is sickening. The racial slurs and the overall character profile of DeVontay was hard to stomach. I do not recommend!!
Brainiac2112 More than 1 year ago
So much trash-talk in these reviews!  This book is a fun read.  High religious overtone??  Hardly.  Most post-apocalyptic stories are going to have religious aspects to them.  No ending?  Uh, because it's a series of books.  Give me a break!  If you're looking for a decent TEOTWAWKI story, give this series a try.  Sure, you have to pay for five books (Books 2 - 6) in the series (OMG! What do you mean I have  to pay?  STHU!), but the first two (Books 0 and 1) are free.  Give the first two a try.  If you don't like the story, great!  You're no out any money. It's unfortunate that the internet allows for the unending barrage of trash-talkers to hide safely behind the anonymous box.  I tend to have zero faith (Sorry. Religious overtone) in the plethora of "anonymous" reviews I come across, regardless of where I see them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this started out good but very quickly turned sour and than ended really bad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This post apocaliptic book really did nothing for me. I will not b continuing on this journey.
SherryF 8 days ago
I was so caught up in The Shock…An apocalypse brings out the best and worst in some people and Scott can make his characters shine as they step up and grow up after being thrown into turbulent and dangerous times…and I was p***** when it came to an end, leaving me needing the next book, and the next, to find out how it will end.
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The only thing I can't stand is Rachel religious mumble jumble. It gets old really quick. Haven't decided if I'm going to move on to the next book yet
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was not a great book