by Charles Sheffield
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Aftermath by Charles Sheffield

It's 2026, and catastrophe has struck from an unexpected source. The Alpha Centauri supernova has risen like a second sun, rushing Earth toward its last summer. Floods, fires, starvation, and disease paralyze the planet. In a blue aurora flash of gamma rays, all microchips worldwide are destroyed, leaving an already devastated Earth without communications, transportation, weaponry, or medicine.

The disaster sets three groups of survivors on separate quests. A militant cult seizes the opportunity to free their leader, known as the Eye of God, from the long-term coma to which a court sentenced her. Three cancer patients also search for a man in judicial sleep: the brilliant scientist—and monstrous criminal—who alone can continue the experimental treatment that keeps them alive. From a far greater distance come the survivors of the first manned Mars expedition, struggling homeward to a world that has changed far beyond their darkest fears. And standing at the crossroads is one man, U.S. President Saul Steinmetz, who faces a crucial decision that will affect the fate of his own people...and the world.

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ISBN-13: 9781470837136
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 2
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Aftermath 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I selected this book expecting a fairly decent read, but was very disappointed. While it was passable, the plot was easily discerned and very much written like a formula (ie. Protagationists meet, discuss options, move off to fix their problem, etc) interspersed with other story lines that have no bearing, but you know will somehow connect at a later point. I don't know if Mr. Sheffield is familiar with the area of the country that he is writing of, but it feels like he was looking at a map and selecting places for their general locations, rather than a real familiarity with them. A third of the way into the book, even if I didn't already know that there would be another expanding on this story, I could tell that this was just the first part. Sadly, the way in which this book was written will discourage me from finding out the ultimate outcome of the problem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm impressed with this novel by the late Charles Sheffield and am excited to read other books by him immediately. Not just a hard science catastrophe novel, Sheffield is actually skilled with plotting and characterization. When our bookclub decided to read this I was at first reluctant because end-of-the-world books are so common and often one-note (how do we rebuild?). Aftermath is different in that it focuses on individual problems for a variety of characters from the President of the US to some cancer patients that need their next treatment. The world rebuilding sort of happens on its own in the background showing the resiliency of civilization and I found it more believable than the past 1/2 dozen armageddon novels I've read. I found the story about the astronauts that are stuck in space with no way down to the surface the most compelling. It reminded me of the best parts of the Apollo 13 movie/book (Lost Moon) with very intelligent people using ingenuity to create hope from hopelessness. Overall, I really loved this book. Even the religious zealot sub-plot which really raises red-flags for me didn't annoy as much as I expected. The best thing is, I see tons of room for a sequel and have heard there is at least one. Check for my review of that in the next couple of months.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has an awesome pretense, a great backdrop, but the author just doesn't handle the delivery with the same skill as I have come to expect from professionals. I'm not saying that this book is awful, just that it had the potential to be so much more. I find I'm forcing myself to read through the book, and while many of the plot elements are unique, none seem to draw me in. Buy this book if nothing else seems to grab you. You might like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable read- focused, interesting and fast-paced. Sheffield has a talent flow and interpersonal dynamics.