Summer Of The Apocalypse

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When a plague wipes out most of humanity, fifteen-year-old Eric sets out to find his father. Sixty years later, Eric starts another long journey in an America that has long since quit resembling our own, but there are shadows everywhere. Shadows of what the world once was, and shadows from Eric's past. Blood bandits, wolves, fire, feral children, and an insane militia are only a few of the problems Eric faces. Set in Denver, Colorado and the western foothills, Van Pelt's first novel is both a coming-of-age tale, ...
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Overview

When a plague wipes out most of humanity, fifteen-year-old Eric sets out to find his father. Sixty years later, Eric starts another long journey in an America that has long since quit resembling our own, but there are shadows everywhere. Shadows of what the world once was, and shadows from Eric's past. Blood bandits, wolves, fire, feral children, and an insane militia are only a few of the problems Eric faces. Set in Denver, Colorado and the western foothills, Van Pelt's first novel is both a coming-of-age tale, and a story of an old man's search for hope in the midst of disaster. Eric's two adventures lead him through a slice of modern America and into the depths of one man's heart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974657387
  • Publisher: Fairwood Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    I could not put this book down

    Before reading my review further please beware there are spoilers. This is the story of Eric; you'll follow his life from a teenager to old man. When Eric is young a sickness hits our planet called the plague. As schools are being closed down and people start dieing his father decides it's time to take his family from their home in Littleton Colorado to the mountains. For quite some time his father has been stock piling a cave he's found for the family. After Eric's mother gets the sickness and dies, his father leaves telling Eric he's going for help to take mother back to town. However, he never comes back. Eric will then take off on his own. Before both his parents are gone they gave Eric a key to a drawer in their home and tells him to go back home in the event they are gone. So this is where Eric heads off to, hoping to find his lost father on the way. He'll meet Leda, the woman he spends his life with and has his own son. As this book progresses each chapter switches between young Eric and old Eric; the Now Times and the Gone Times. What I am still in the dark about is the Earth Dancer. How did she know who Eric was? How did she know about the noose that almost killed him if not for Leda? I don't think this was ever explained or I just plain missed it.

    There are several heart felt moments in this book, particularly when Rabbit is killed. This was a very sad point and brought tears to my eyes. Following Eric's life I felt as though I really knew him. The ending was satisfying and again I cried. Another plus for me, it takes place here at home. Made it feel more real to me.

    If you don't read any other book this year, you should read this book. It's a page turner full of emotion. I'd love to see a sequel to this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2008

    Surprisingly good!

    Thought-provoking action, no frills writing and some very strong characters. One of the best post apocalyptic books I have read so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

    A first novel of epic sweep

    quite excellent. The story follows Eric at two separate, but equally important, times in his life: When he is 15, and when he is 75. Both times he is searching for something, and both times what he finds isn't what he expected or hoped for, yet he makes it turn out for the best. It was a very interesting idea to have the two different storylines taking place, allowing for a more developed main character, as well as making what Eric does in the future seem more reasonable due to his past. This book is most assuredly worth reading. The writing is clean and refreshing, and leaves you with a sense of complete contentment after having read it. You have to read it in chunks, because you can't just read a little bit and put it down you have to know how things will work out for both young and old Eric. This is James Van Pelt's best work yet!

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