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Carry the Flame [NOOK Book]

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Tomorrow's world is a wasteland, decimated by vengeful nature and disease . . .

And those who rule the ruins worship a cruel and terrible god.

Having survived the terror of the Alliance and the single-minded fanaticism of its hideous religion, a caravan of survivors moves quickly into the Great American Desert, the wastes of what once was America's heartland. With her daughters at her side—recently rescued Ananda and her daring older sister, ...

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Carry the Flame

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Overview

Tomorrow's world is a wasteland, decimated by vengeful nature and disease . . .

And those who rule the ruins worship a cruel and terrible god.

Having survived the terror of the Alliance and the single-minded fanaticism of its hideous religion, a caravan of survivors moves quickly into the Great American Desert, the wastes of what once was America's heartland. With her daughters at her side—recently rescued Ananda and her daring older sister, Bliss—Jessie hopes to find sanctuary in the Arctic, now rumored to be temperate. But their enemies are powerful and relentless, and will not rest until they possess the caravan's most precious treasures: their prepubescent female children, a stolen tanker filled with fuel . . . and a pair of frightened twins, whom the Army of God calls "demon."

But the danger in pursuit pales before the horror that lies ahead when Jessie, the marauder-turned-ally Burned Fingers, and the innocents in their care face the savagery, the madness, and the monsters that dwell in the terrifying City of Shade.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A future America descending into tribalism and savagery serves as the backdrop of this gutsy second volume of Jaros’s postapocalyptic series (after Burn Down the Sky). In a Midwestern landscape scorched to desert by catastrophic climate changes, a caravan of families led by motherly Jessie and former marauder Burned Fingers struggle northward in search of a more salubrious environment. Pursuing them is the Alliance, fundamentalist zealots who need young women to sustain a community. Before them is the City of Shade, a penal colony that forces its captives to fight gruesome gladiatorial battles. At stake are the last traces of human decency and compassion in a nightmarish world. With references to ecological despoliation and oil as a precious commodity, Janos’s novel has a noticeable Mad Max vibe, replete with quirky characters and nonstop action. Tense, terse prose suits the setting and carries the story nimbly along. (Aug.)
The Big Chill
“Stunning...Before you pick up this book, pack a survival kit, you’re not going anywhere until it’s done.”
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."
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.”
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.”
Marcus Pelegrimas
“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.”
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.”
Angela Wilson
“Writing as James Jaros, Mark Nykanen tells a thoroughly engrossing tale...The author has incredibly poetic prose that keeps the reader going.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Black Lagoon Reviews
“Never before have I read such a vivid, intense novel as Burn Down the Sky.”
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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062096371
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • File size: 2 MB

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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