Out of the Ashes (Ashes Series #1)

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The worst-case scenario has come to pass— a nuclear strike has crippled America. Gangs, looters, and vandals have seized the streets. The decent few can only pray for a leader to protect them. Luckily, one of the survivors is Ben Raines.

Rebel mercenary, retired soldier, and tireless patriot, Raines is searching for his missing family in the aftermath of this devastating war. His relentless pursuit through the ruined cities of ...

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Overview

COME AND TAKE IT

The worst-case scenario has come to pass— a nuclear strike has crippled America. Gangs, looters, and vandals have seized the streets. The decent few can only pray for a leader to protect them. Luckily, one of the survivors is Ben Raines.

Rebel mercenary, retired soldier, and tireless patriot, Raines is searching for his missing family in the aftermath of this devastating war. His relentless pursuit through the ruined cities of the west unites him with the civilians of the Resistance forces. They become his recruits for a revolutionary army dedicated to rebuilding America. Then comes the final outrage— an armed attack by government forces. With the fate of America's New Patriots hanging in the balance, Raines vows-government be damned-to survive, find his family, and lead this once great nation out of the ashes.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780821711378
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/1/1983
  • Series: Ashes Series, #1

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    I have read this series at least 10 times from the first book t

    I have read this series at least 10 times from the first book to the last. William W. Johnstone was one of the best writers ever. Anything by William W Johnstone is great, be it westerns, horror, action adventure or his love story. The Ashes series is the best. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    soap box

    Johnstone seems to be living through his main character getting laid by girls half his age and being a humble "i'm the man" leader." Sprinkle in some very generous helpings of his own personal opinions that go on for pages and I couldn't take it anymore. No way am I reading any more of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Couldnt put it down

    Great start to a good series

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    Fast read, hard to put down

    Good read with lots of political and social commentary woven around a survivalist story. Action packed, page turner with a lot of grit. Read the series when it was first published, amazing how the real world hasn't changed much from the cold war, common themes abound. The story sometimes took a back seat to the delivery of the author's political view or I would have given it five stars.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

    Good but harried and careless.

    I started this book with the knowledge that it is the first book in a rather long series, and I think this is the problem with the book in hindsight. I don't know if Johnstone meant for this book to be the first book of a series or not. However, the book in my opinion takes on a flow as if the author goes back and forth planning for the book, and then not planning for the book to have sequels.

    Just in a general sense, the first major part of the book takes place over the course of a couple of weeks leading up to the WWW III events. The pacing was nicely done, and I felt that enough character generation and plot information was given to immerse the reader into what was unfolding.

    The second part of the book covers Ben Raines exploring was little is left of the United States, and how the survivors are coping and rebuilding. The plot is certainly set into motion here, and I feel very nicely done. If I remember correctly, this roughly takes place over the course of a year.

    The third part of the book covers the establishment and growth of the breakaway nation of Tri-States, and then the plot's conclusion. This is where I felt like I grew detached as time starts to accelerate rapidly during this process, and I believe nine years pass in total by the end of the book.

    Now I know that ultimately that his book is more about the political differences between conservatives and liberals thrown into a post-apocalyptic setting, but I feel wanting to read more about what happened during the time that elapses during this third part. I also almost find it hard to believe that such a long period of time would have to pass for the two sides to come to blows.

    I also ponder, and wonder how it is dealt with later on the series is the vast amount of resources that is seeminly left after a mass nuclear and germ attack. Large swatches of the United States are left virtually untouched because most ICBMs carry "clean" nukes or chemical warheads that contain deadly but quickly dispersing germicide weapons.

    This ultimately leads to a great loss of human and animal life, but little in the way of material destruction. By the end of the story, some nine years after the war, the characters are seeminly not at all worried about fuel, food, ammunition, electronics, or anything else for that matter. I think there is a disconnect here between the destruction that the author tries to potray earlier in the book, and how the world is described years later.

    These two points are somewhat moot however as the real point behind this book is a political message on the debate over conservatism, liberalism, the constitution, and everything in between. I guess in the end, that I wish that the author would've have given some more thought to the details about the background world as to the details that he gave to the political arguments raised in the book.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    Excellent Books

    The first of the Ashes Series chronicles the events leading to WW3 and the aftermath of what happens in the U.S. and the story of the lead character and his dream of a better America.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    great series

    I recommend this book and series to all who love to read it is great
    written well and easy to see the characters in todays world. love it will read the whole series

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  • Posted January 15, 2009

    I just like Johnstone

    I have read both this series and his wester series. I have enjoyed his writing style and will continue to purchase his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    wow

    i read this book in about 2 and a half days because i could not put it down. it is the start to a great series (im almost done with the 4th) and just wow. a must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    Great apocalyptic novel!

    I read this book in two days it was that good! Well written, with great chacterizations. Everything you would expect from a doomsday book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2002

    Outstanding book

    Outstanding I first read this book several years ago and got hooked on the whole series. Have almost all the books in paperback and am now starting on cassetes. This author really does tell it like it is and like it could happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2000

    Must Read

    I first read this book several years ago and have refered it as a book that should be read ever since then. This book has a strong lead character in a dramatic / suspensiful plot of 'what if...' or 'could this really happen'. If you think that the government has become to complicated, by all means take a look at an alternative way of governing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2000

    Realistic

    Once I stumbled on this author I was hooked. His writing seems to be a blue print of how things might actually become. I would not be surprised that his book, BreakDown, forecasts how our world might be within our lifetime.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2000

    outstanding

    this book is one of the most outstanding books i have ever read. it has changed how i view everyday life and people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2000

    A Book that needed to be writen, And needs to read!!!

    I think this book while fiction should be looked at as a guide book, About the way it should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    A wake up call for thr future of america!

    I first read this book years ago. Then after i started seeing other books in the series i bagan to read futher into the series. Now i am completely addicted. Action, comedy, drama, inspiration.

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