Burn Down the Sky

Burn Down the Sky

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by James Jaros
     
 

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Burn Down the Sky is an intense, amazing, post-apocalyptic tale of unleashed terror and undying hope. This is gifted writing and a superb, brilliant thriller.”
New York Times bestselling author Bill Evans,

Children of Men meets The Handmaid’s Tale—with The Road Warrior to

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Burn Down the Sky is an intense, amazing, post-apocalyptic tale of unleashed terror and undying hope. This is gifted writing and a superb, brilliant thriller.”
New York Times bestselling author Bill Evans,

Children of Men meets The Handmaid’s Tale—with The Road Warrior to rev up the high octane plot.”
—Mark Feldstein, author of Poisoning the Press

Jim Jaros transports readers to a terrifying, post-apocalyptic near-future world in Burn Down the Sky, a breathtaking thriller unfolding against a landscape of climate collapse and environmental catastrophe. Pseudonymously written by multiple Emmy and Edgar® Award-winning investigative journalist and author Mark Nykanen, Burn Down the Sky brilliantly imagines a nightmarish tomorrow where a runaway virus has killed most of the Earth’s population. Jaros electrifies with a fast-paced adventure tale of a desperate mother determined to free her captive child from the clutches of a dark and twisted religious cult. Fans of Stephen King’s The Stand and Justin Cronin’s The Passage will not want to miss this one.

Editorial Reviews

Bill Evans
“BURN DOWN THE SKY is an intense, amazing, post-apocalyptic tale of unleashed terror and undying hope. This is gifted writing, and a superb, brilliant thriller.”
Marcus Pelegrimas
“Jaros has crafted such a vividly ravaged world that I could almost feel the grit on my fingers as I turned each page. And I couldn’t stop turning them!”
Mark Feldstein
“This gripping tale immediately ushers us into an all-too-plausible post apocalyptic world. It’s Children of Men meets The Handmaid’s Tale - with The Road Warrior to rev up the high octane plot.”
Bruce Grossman of Bookgasm.com
“Takes the idea of the post-apocalyptic men’s adventure tale and turns it on its head, with the simple idea that it focuses on female leads...Jaros’s characters are not two-dimensional stereotypes or caricatures...With truly stand-out moments, BURN DOWN THE SKY never falters.”
Harriet Klausner
“This grim fascinating futuristic thriller extrapolates present global trends to make a case that the reckoning point of no return for planet earth is soon...readers will appreciate James Jaros’ bleak cautionary tale as Sager and Evans sang in 2525, “...Now man’s reign is through.”
Amanda Makepeace
“BURN DOWN THE SKY is one of those books I could not stop reading...Thinking about it, even now, makes my heart pound.”
Angela Wilson
“Writing as James Jaros, Mark Nykanen tells a thoroughly engrossing tale...The author has incredibly poetic prose that keeps the reader going.”
Suzanne Johnson
“Utterly compelling...The language is powerful and evocative, and it moves at a rapid clip start to finish. I give Burn Down the Sky a big thumb’s-up.”
Black Lagoon Reviews
“Never before have I read such a vivid, intense novel as Burn Down the Sky.”
from the International Thriller Writers' Interview
“Burn Down the Sky blends science fiction and thriller genres but I’d call it one of more the literate novels I’ve read in 2011.”
Debbie Wiley Book Reviews
“James Jaros does a phenomenal job with world building in BURN DOWN THE SKY...an edgy, dark thriller that keeps the reader engaged from the very first page. The action is relentless and adds to the tension.”
International Thriller Writers' Interview
“Burn Down the Sky blends science fiction and thriller genres but I’d call it one of more the literate novels I’ve read in 2011.”
Bruce Grossman
"Takes the idea of the post-apocalyptic men’s adventure tale and turns it on its head, with the simple idea that it focuses on female leads...Jaros’s characters are not two-dimensional stereotypes or caricatures...With truly stand-out moments, BURN DOWN THE SKY never falters."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062079206
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
696,017
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

Marcus Pelegrimas
“Jaros has crafted such a vividly ravaged world that I could almost feel the grit on my fingers as I turned each page. And I couldn’t stop turning them!”
Amanda Makepeace
“BURN DOWN THE SKY is one of those books I could not stop reading...Thinking about it, even now, makes my heart pound.”
Mark Feldstein
“This gripping tale immediately ushers us into an all-too-plausible post apocalyptic world. It’s Children of Men meets The Handmaid’s Tale - with The Road Warrior to rev up the high octane plot.”
Bruce Grossman
“Takes the idea of the post-apocalyptic men’s adventure tale and turns it on its head, with the simple idea that it focuses on female leads...Jaros’s characters are not two-dimensional stereotypes or caricatures...With truly stand-out moments, BURN DOWN THE SKY never falters.”
Suzanne Johnson
“Utterly compelling...The language is powerful and evocative, and it moves at a rapid clip start to finish. I give Burn Down the Sky a big thumb’s-up.”
Harriet Klausner
“This grim fascinating futuristic thriller extrapolates present global trends to make a case that the reckoning point of no return for planet earth is soon...readers will appreciate James Jaros’ bleak cautionary tale as Sager and Evans sang in 2525, “...Now man’s reign is through.”
Bill Evans
“BURN DOWN THE SKY is an intense, amazing, post-apocalyptic tale of unleashed terror and undying hope. This is gifted writing, and a superb, brilliant thriller.”
Angela Wilson
“Writing as James Jaros, Mark Nykanen tells a thoroughly engrossing tale...The author has incredibly poetic prose that keeps the reader going.”

Meet the Author

James Jaros is the pen name of the widely praised thriller author Mark Nykanen, the four-time Emmy winning investigative reporter whose internationally best-selling books have been praised by critics as "irresistible," "vivid and emotional," "nerve-wracking," and "furiously paced." Europe's largest newspaper hailed him as "The new master of the psycho-sexual thriller" for his dark psychological tales. Now, as James Jaros, he sweeps readers into a post-apocalyptic world as real as it is horrifying.

Jaros blogs at "Postings from the Post-Apocalypse."

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Burn down the Sky 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Burn Down the Sky by James Jaros proved to be an exciting post-apocalyptic novel that was really hard to put down. Highly recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first 100 pages or so weren’t bad and held the promise of being an interesting series despite the bleakness. Unfortunately the thinly veiled murder and desecration of a former president of the United States was too much for me. I read a lot of Sci Fi and its common to have something “shocking”, however, this is over the top and inappropriate. I returned both this book and the next in the series and do not plan on purchasing anything else from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just not my cup of tea. The writing style was odd and I couldn't get past the overabundance of symbolism.
ianthealy More than 1 year ago
Wow. This was the first book I've read in a long time that I couldn't put down. I'm not the fastest reader in the world, but I powered through this one in about four days. This is a book I wished I'd written. The pacing, the urgency, the raw power of the violence is as close to perfect as anything I've read. The Road Warrior movie may have set the bar for what people think of as a post-apocalyptic setting, but Jaros used that bar as a ladder and took it a whole bunch of notches higher. I don't give a lot of books five star ratings; this one earned it.
Cymru9 More than 1 year ago
In Burn Down the Sky, James Jaros creates a horrifyingly real dystopia in which humanity's worst nightmares have come true. Nature as we know it has been destroyed, to the point where those whose ancestors denied climate change are subjects of persecution. Weather patterns around the world have gone wild, and rain is a rare occurrence. A deadly STD virus has made sex deadly, leading to madness and suicide. Sex is only safe with a young girl within a year after she begins menstruation. These young girls are "harvested" by a few small powerful groups who, of course, use them to perpetuate their own gene pool. Each chapter begins with headlines from news of a ruined planet, which are amazingly still functioning. They report widespread water riots, cannibalism and nuclear attacks, as nations and individuals compete for the dwindling resources. In the midst of the chaos, Jessie, whose daughter Ananda has been kidnapped by marauders along with three other young girls from their encampment in a depression that was once a lake, sets out across the desert in search of the girls. She is accompanied by her older daughter Bliss and a former nurse who had escaped the marauders herself. They must evade these men and other threats to find the girls and rescue them from the stronghold of a group that calls itself "The Army of God" who will use the girls to procreate. This book is extreme hyperbole, but hyperbole with a purpose. It touches the reality of our own world enough to evoke a deep sense of sadness. It is a warning, and not easy reading. The characters speak of "box stores," and how they "killed us in the end." I am enough of an optimist to believe that we humans will ultimately have enough compassion for each other to prevent the horrible disaster that James Jaros describes so vividly. I don't believe I would have found this novel so disturbing if it were not so well-done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend if you like plenty of action and good writing.
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Ywns
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Wakes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry everyone was grounded and got nook back tonight. Whats happening?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He nodded. "Ye. That was it" he said rising. "Thanks for your time" he padded out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tonight we are moving to 'evil lives' all results (except one, you'll see why when you go there). Unless otherwise stated by me or Aspen, go there tonight and be active. I will not be there when you get there probably.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When humanity failed to heed the cries from an injured earth, as the avaricious power brokers chose more gizmos, and politicians ignored the climate warning signs, the planet started to die. The oceans rose dramatically as the ice caps melted. Then the oceans dried up leading to a vast desert planet with little rain anywhere. The spiral into hell on earth continued when the Wicca virus prevented females one year after their first period from having sex. Most went insane or chose suicide. The most valuable commodity in the world is a female who has not had her first menses. Marauders attack the compound where Jessie, her husband Eden and their two young daughters (Bliss and Ananda) reside. They abduct Ananda and sell her to the Army of God cult. Leader Zekiel claims Ananda, who fights him and tries to help others; though that could mean being declared a heretic. Jessie and others including Bliss join another group heading for a confrontation with the Army of God in order to rescue their female young ones. However, the maurader's' leader is captured, but gives them information that will either enable the rescue of their children or die in the attempt. This grim fascinating futuristic thriller extrapolates present global trends to make a case that the reckoning point of no return for planet earth is soon. The Army of God belongs to an Alliance sharing the same values. The descendants of the deniers who prevented the changes needed to stop climate change are killed and cannibal-rapists are a danger to normal people. Even if Jessica and her team rescue Ananda, they will still have to watch their back as others will come. In what looks like the opening act in humanity's final drama, readers will appreciate James Jaros' bleak cautionary tale as Zager and Evans sang in 2525" ". Now man's reign is through". Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nods to Duskshade respectfully then gasps. "Wait, what do you mean... born again as Jaguarkit? Like.. through me?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one is there...