Released, an Urban Dystopian (Agents of Evil, Book 1)

Released, an Urban Dystopian (Agents of Evil, Book 1)

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by Megan Duncan
     
 
After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother, Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in

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After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother, Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in their dangerous journey, Abby and her companions quickly discover there are much worse things lurking in the dark than they could have ever imagined.

Other YA Books By Megan Duncan:
Warm Delicacy Series
Savor, Book 1
Indulge, Book 2
Devour, Book 3
Royal Blood (Warm Delicacy Series Books 1-3)

Agents of Evil Series
Released, Book 1
Chaos, Book 2
Vengeance, Book 3 (Coming Soon!)

Falling From Eternity (A Dark Paranormal Love Story, Novella)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012338303
Publisher:
Self-Published
Publication date:
03/19/2011
Series:
Agents of Evil
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
296,388
File size:
722 KB

Meet the Author

Megan Duncan is a lover of all things paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and anything just out of the ordinary. She is continually fighting her addiction to chocolate and living in her overactive imagination.

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Released, an Urban Dystopian (Agents of Evil, Book 1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
MyShelfAndI More than 1 year ago
What a refreshing take on apocalyptic literature! Demons! Not zombies! Don't get me wrong I like me some zombies, but it's nice to switch things up once in awhile. 'Released' is the debut book by Indie author Megan Duncan, and she's definitely carving out a place for herself in the world of writers with this apocalyptic thriller! Duncan has a way with imagery that I as a hopeful author, envy. One of my favorite descriptions she uses in the book is: "A sense of overwhelming dread crept through my body like thousands of tiny spiders crawling under my skin". Tell me you didn't shiver a little reading that? Gah, I hate spiders! What I enjoyed most about this book was the realness of the characters. Language and emotion especially noted, it fit what they would be going through. Nothing is worse then reading a book and there's some God-awful creature about to kill/behead/torture the main character or some they love, and the phrasing comes out like "Oh darn. Guess that sucks a bit" I'm sorry my sweet innocent readers, but the F-Bomb would surely be getting dropped and I thank Megan Duncan for staying true to this. Now, while my husband may note I tend to have a mouth like a sailor from time to time, it doesn't mean I think every book should be littered with cuss words. Just that this particular story would not have felt "real" had they not made an appearance here and there. And this is about how often they are in the book, just here and there. Used only to make a point. I am giving Released a 4 star review, some things were a little predictable and I think maybe because there's only so many directions you can take a story like this. It was still a great thrill ride none the less, and the fact it wasn't about zombies helped up up a star. I will recommend this book and will hound (no pun intended....read the book - you'll get it...lol) for a sequel!
Naj More than 1 year ago
Damn. That was one hell of a book. I never thought I'd like post apocalyptic plots. I thought it would scare me too much to read or maybe it'd been to negative for me. Well, It didn't scare me much neither did it seem negative. I mean, its not their fault its the end of the world for them. Well, not exactly the end but still. Anyways, I more than loved this book, it had a firm plot and an awesome heroine. Abby was strong and tough but still mushy on the inside. I had trouble getting my butt of the screen reading this (its in e-book format). And on top of that! It was exam week. But I nearly did not have enough will power to tear myself off the screen to stop reading it. It was unputdownable. I mean. FULL ON unputdownable. I liked it as much as I liked Vampire Academy. Yea, big wow there. :D Haha. But I did. The end was predictable but come on! This is a post apocalyptic book its hard to come up with stuff that would happen. And everything seems to always lead to one thing but I won't say what. You'll have to read it! NOW READ IT! Or fear the wrath of Naj. Haha. I kid. :D Overall, Megan Duncan is an awesome AWESOME writer I can't wait till the paperback comes out. I want to BUY IT! and have a copy of it on my shelf. 5/5 stars! Woohoooo!
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Released is the first book in the Agents of Evil series and it is a fantastic start to it! I was pulled in from the very beginning and it was one of those books that was very hard to put down. In the midst of a nightmare, Abby, Carter and Max are survivors in a world being taken over by the literal hounds of hell. People are being slaughtered by the thousands and survival is an every day struggle. The story was exciting and full of twists and turns that kept you guessing. While the biggest danger was from the demons now roaming the land, there was no small amount of danger among the surviving humans which added even more of a twist. But there was also sweetness and romance mixed in with the action and the battles, and that rounded out the story and made the characters so believable and likeable. The characters were so perfectly developed for the story. I loved the fact that they were completely normal kids, having suffered and seen so much more horror than anyone their age should have to have been through. They weren't developed to be anything more than an average kid, complete with flaws and all the struggles of normal teenagers. That in itself made them even better heroes as the story unfolds. I love a story that draws me in and makes me feel emotions right along with characters and this story gave that to me, especially Max and Abby. I loved the ending, which I will say nothing about other than that it was the perfect cliffhanger for the next story. Questions were answered, but more were left unanswered which just left me wanting more. I highly suggest picking up this book and giving it a read! The second book, Chaos, will be out this summer!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Why do we have to wait years for the third book?
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Fun. Well written. Great story
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I recommend this book to anyone who is into the end of the world, got to survive books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I might be slightly biased as Megan's aunt but an re-reading Released while waiting on Chaos to arrive.
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ktgrl4books More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT! this was a great zombie book!!! perfect amount of zombie action with a big of a love story in it!! huge max fan over here!!! ive read book two also...i cant wait for the 3rd book! thanks megan for a kick butt book!!!!
FreeLoveMary More than 1 year ago
Released is the first book in the Agents of Evil series by Megan Duncan. The Earth has been overrun by demons of all kinds that have decimated the human population all around the globe. Abby, along with her brother, Carter, and her brother's best friend, Max, must travel from Washington to New Mexico to the only known safe house left in America. The trio is met with trials of all kinds as they battle their way through demons in this post-apocalyptic world. The world that Megan Duncan has created in this book so completely coincides with that of a post-apocalyptic world. The way she describes the deserted streets, the looted stores, and the empty homes helps to bring the reader into the story. All the demons are very well described in every gruesome detail- from the huge 'hounds" to the tiny, gremlin-like demons. Each fight scene is different from the other, and a lot of great demon ass kicking is described! All that being said, I feel that Duncan's writing style could use some improvement. While it wasn't bad, I felt that some paragraphs were too choppy or too disjointed, like she didn't finish a thought before going on to the next. There are a lot of grammatical errors, but, seeing as she is self-published, that is forgivable to a degree. Although I do feel that her writing could use some improvement, Duncan describes all her characters very well. Each person has their own personality that stands out from each other. The romance in this book is too much of the sappy, "I just found you and fell in love at first glance" kind in some places, and only for certain characters. I can live with the main couple without screaming "YOU JUST MET FOR GOD'S SAKE!" at my Nook because they DO have a background that starts before this book's starting point in time. Overall, I give this book a 3 out of 5. Released is a very good book and great for a quick read, even if I do have my problems with it. And for only 99 cents in the Nook bookstore, how can you NOT read it?
JK1515 More than 1 year ago
Megan Duncan is a great writer and her Agents of Evil series is no exception. I wasn't sure if I would like it, as I am not usually a fan of post apocalyptic books. I loved Megan's other series so I gave it a try. I loved the characters in this book. Max is the sexy boy next store and best friend of Carter. Carter is Abby's older brother. Along the way they meet Taya, a strong teenager who suffered the death of her mother. With demons after them at every turn, this book is full of action. Although a little predictable, the action made up for it:) I enjoyed the different types of demons and how Carter compulsively cataloged them. The romance between Max and Abby was sweet and a little sexy. I was rooting for them throughout the whole book. Carter was less than pleased, but didn't throw a big fit. Overall, this is a great post apocalyptic book and I would recommend it for anyone who is a fan of this genre. This book is suitable for young adults and adults alike. I give this read four glittery stars:)
SpyderRyder More than 1 year ago
This was a book that was hard to put down. I found myself sympathizing with the characters and their travels.
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This book was overall really good but a little short. The ending left me with lots of unanswered questions and my heart broke for them. I can't wait for the next one to come out this summer
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Really good,couldnt put it down.
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This book was great didnt put it down i wish it kept going!! We dont really know if they live that kinda sucks i with she could right a second to this cause it was cool and the romance just got started at the ending!!
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