Beyond the Night: Envy Chronicles, Book 1

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A man with no future . . .

When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift"—he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.

A woman with a past . . .

Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. ...

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Overview

A man with no future . . .

When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift"—he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.

A woman with a past . . .

Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one . . . until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?

If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that take them beyond danger.

Beyond desire.

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In Ware's profanity-saturated debut, Dr. Elliott Drake and his friends Quent and Wyatt are trapped underground and knocked unconscious when the immortal Strangers arrive to destroy human civilization. The trio awaken after 50 years, unaged, and escape the cave to find that two of them now have odd powers and everything familiar has vanished. After six months of wandering amid desolation, they rescue some teens from an attack of quasi-humans with the help of Jade, a mysterious woman on horseback. The teens lead the men to their city of Envy (pop. 2,000), formerly Las Vegas, where Jade draws Elliott into romance as well as efforts to understand and dispel the Strangers' powers. Ware creates a convincing and chaotic world, complete with ocean, elephants and tigers on the Nevada terrain, but the story seems too sparse to fill the planned three books. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061734014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/12/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,277,198
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joss Ware has an English degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan. After more than fifteen years in sales and marketing, she owned her own business and worked in a variety of roles for two startup companies. She’s traveled to London, Paris, and Tahiti, and currently resides with her family near Ann Arbor, where she writes full-time.

Joss loves to hear from her readers, and encourages them to visit her website for updates and sneak peeks of future Envy books.

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  • Posted July 27, 2014

    I absolutely loved and enjoyed listening to the free audiobook I

    I absolutely loved and enjoyed listening to the free audiobook I received from Colleen Gleason, Beyond the Night by Joss Ware.
    Elliott Drake and his friends wake up to find the world desolate, changed, and fifty years later. A group of teenagers are being attacked by creatures called gangas and as Elliott and his friends go to rescue them a woman, Jade, comes barreling in riding bareback. Elliott is a doctor and has a gift of healing except there is a drawback, he takes on the illness and can inadvertently pass it onto someone else by touching them. Not only are there gangas and other animals to stay away from but also Strangers, hard to kill beings that look and act like humans.
    Read and/or listen to the highly recommended, entertaining, suspenseful, thrilling, full of adventure and romance, audiobook of Beyond the Night by Joss Ware, the phenomenal and talented author Colleen Gleason.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    When five men emerge from a cave, they find that the world, as t

    When five men emerge from a cave, they find that the world, as they knew it, is gone. Fifty years has passed, but they have not changed. As they journey to seek other survivors, they learn that each of them possess an extraordinary power. They are driven to see what is left and seek safety from the zombie like creatures who hunt them. Then they meet Jade, a runner, who is trying to save her friends and her world from the evil that caused this devastation. Will they survive? Joss Ware/Colleen Gleason has written a story that gave me chills. What if our life was destroyed in a heartbeat? The story is so incredible and the danger so exciting that I was hooked. The characters are well written and the setting is so powerful. I was especially drawn to Jade and Dr. Elliott Drake. They are an intriguing couple. They fight the attraction they feel, but finally realize that you need someone to love and to love you. This is a suspenseful story that is filled with unexpected twists. Beyond the Night is the first book in the Envy Chronicles. I can't wait to start reading the next one. I want to know more about Envy Nevada and her people and about the Immortals and their plans.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    MUST READ!!!!

    I loved this book! I read a lot approx. 100 pages a day which means I have read my fair share of crap. I would not thought an author could merge romance with an post apocolptic world. MUST READ!!!!

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    What an incredible world!

    My Review:
    OMG, I am so excited about this series. This was a phenomenal first book to get it all going. This is a post-apocalyptic world created by Joss Ware and it is brilliant!


    Elliott and 5 others were hiking in a cave near Sedona when the apocalypse happened. Something about where they were hiking caused them to sleep through the next 50 years. When they woke up, it was 50 years after the world fell to ruin, but they hadn't aged a day and even had new powers that they are still discovering. They awoke to a world in ruin where very few people have survived. Civilization has fallen and gangas (zombie-like creatures) rule the night.


    The book starts 6 months after this group has awakened and they are trying to find their way to Envy...the largest known civilization left in the Western half of the country. Envy turns out to be what's left of Las Vegas, now called New Vegas, or N.V. = Envy. A day out from arriving at Envy, they run into a group of teenagers being attacked by gangas and Jade, who is on horseback trying to save them. Elliott is immediately in lust with Jade (it's been 50+ years since the guy got laid.) He also quickly discovers that there is a nasty little twist to his new-found power of healing.


    I LOVED Elliott. He was a doctor before the change and he still has that heart of caring...for everyone. He is devastated and still trying to absorb all that has happened within the last 50 years. PTSD, sleep deprivation, fury, nightmares, and overwhelming sadness are just some of the daily problems that he is dealing within his psyche. It's a strange new world and he has no idea how he and his friends fit into it anymore when everything that they knew and loved is suddenly gone. He feels an incredible pull to Jade, but doesn't want to give into that as he misunderstands how she fits into this world and the men around her.


    Jade is a survivor. She survived 3 years as a prisoner and slave to the Strangers before she escaped. Rape, beatings, torture were just the tip of the horrors that she had to survive and she is still on the run from them. But that does not keep her from playing in her part in an uprising that is brewing against the Survivors being led by Lou and his brother Theo, two computer geniuses that were alive when the apocalypse happened and doing all in their power to take back their world.


    This is a powerful book with a fantastic group of characters. I think that this is definitely going to be a keeper series for my closet if this first book is anything to judge it by. I am so excited to move onto book #2!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Beyond the Night

    Ok you caught me. There's no better way to relax at the end of the day than with a good romance book. If you combine romance with science fiction, it's even better! Beyond the Night is a paranormal romance that takes place in Earth's future. A group of men are spelunking in a cave in Arizona when they feel an earthquake hit. When they wake up, the world has changed. Cities are in ruin. It's clear to them that something catastrophic has happened. There are dangerous monsters that resemble zombies running around attacking people and there's a race of mysterious, evil immortals threatening the few humans that are left in this world.

    Not only has some apocolptic event happened to them while they were asleep, but they appear to have woken up 50 years later and have not aged a single day in all that time. They are each endowed with a different special power too! The men meet up with the inhabitants of Envy (what used to be Las Vegas) and sparks fly when Elliot meets Jade, a strong beautiful woman dedicated to defeating the evil in Envy. They have to find out how to survive in this new world where everything is different and dangerous.

    With the increased interest in end of the world and 2012 stories, this book really hits the spot. It's a refreshing change from the Vampire/Werewolf paranormal romances that seem to be all the rage right now in the romance world. The romance scenes are hot and heavy and the action is non stop as the characters fend off danger and learn their way around their new home.

    This is Joss Ware's first novel in the new paranormal romance series, The Envy Chronicles, that was published in January 2010. The other two titles in this series include Embrace the Night and Abandon the Night.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

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    fans will appreciate this strong post apocalyptic future story

    When their stolen van breaks down, the teens start walking. When night falls, the deadly Gangas attack them. Men arrive who toss light bombs at the Gangas while a woman on a horse also helps the teens escape. Dr. Elliot Drake and his cohorts (Quint, Wyatt, Fence and Simon) had entered a Sedona, New Mexico cave fifty years ago only to come out six months ago to a world gone mad. The lady on the horse Jade broke her arm. David touches Jade and heals her arm; when he touches a teen to insure she is okay he accidentally transfers the broken arm to the teen. David is confused with this power. The kids are from Envy, a place the five disjointed Americans seek.

    Jade distrusts men having been held prisoner for three years by ruthless Preston and Raul, who assume she is dead. Quint and Wyatt report a female saved their lives. Elliot wants to touch Jade, but is afraid to do so due to his newly discovered power. Gangas attack, but with the help of Zoe Kapoor, who saved the lives of Quint and Wyatt earlier, they defeat their foes. During the fight Jade noticed that Elliot had no crystal protruding from his back like the evil Strangers have before she leaves. The five men and the teens travel to Envy, built by the Waxnicki brothers just after the collapse. The quintet realizes Envy was Las Vegas affirming their world is gone.

    The futuristic world feels genuine with references back to the old world. The lead couple is a strong pairing and the support cast is solid playing major roles. The Strangers and the Gangas seem eerie and malevolent. Although the villain does not seem as tough as his legend once the reader meets him near the end, fans will appreciate this strong post apocalyptic future story and want more such thrillers in the world of Joss Ware.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted September 18, 2014

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    Envy Chronicles Book One. Dr. Elliot Drake, Wyatt, Quent Fie

    Envy Chronicles Book One.




    Dr. Elliot Drake, Wyatt, Quent Fielding, Simon Japp and Bruno "Fence" Washington were in a cave in Sedona when the world as they knew it changed.  One moment, Elliot, Wyatt and Quent were caving with their guides Lenny and Fence, the next 50 years had passed and they woke up with special abilities.  Now they must traverse a land teeming with Gangas (a version of the Chinese Jiangshi).  While searching for answers the group comes upon some teens being attacked by the Gangas and rescues them.  The teens lead them to Envy, where Elliot and his friends heard they could find said answers.




    Narration: Sebastian Fields narrates the story in a steady cadence.  He distinguishes voices a bit, but not too much.  He does not try to imitate a woman's voice by raising the pitch of his, which makes this more of a reading than acting narration.




    If you're looking for a story with zombie-like creatures without the brain-eating and gore, this is the book for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Book one

    Book one of the series that is worth reading

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

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    This is a great scifi kind of book with different kinds of characters that compliment each other too make the scifi world real with today's as it's history. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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