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After: The Shock, Book 1

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A massive solar storm erases the world's technological infrastructure and kills billions. While the remaining humans are struggling to adapt and survive, they notice that some among them have...changed. Rachel Wheeler finds herself alone in the city where violent survivors, known as zapheads, roam the streets, killing and destroying. Her only hope is to reach the mountains where her grandfather, a legendary survivalist, established a compound in preparation for doomsday.

Other survivors are fleeing the city, but zapheads aren't the only danger. Rogue bands of military soldiers want to impose their own order in the crumbling ruins of civilization. When Rachel discovers a 10-year-old boy, she vows to care for him even at the risk of her own life. And the zapheads are evolving, developing communal skills even as they lay waste to the society they will eventually replace.

©2013 Scott Nicholson (P)2015 Scott Nicholson

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  • med c
    06/06/15
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    Another great book from Mr Nicholson. The premise is very real, a series of solar flares that shut down the world. The survivors are a very diverse bunch and, oh what a bunch. I really enjoyed this book from the very first page and can't wait for the next. It is full of suspenseful moments.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • AudioBook Reviewer
    Madison, WI, United States
    21/04/16
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    "Nicholson is an awesome story teller"

    This time we were not responsible, well, not really. The zapheads, as they are referred to, were the result of a massive, world-wide solar storm that wreaked havoc on the world’s technology killing and changing billions of people into zapheads. The world is different now, everyone is different somehow.

    The zapheads don’t eat people but they do seek to kill in a most bloody fashion and they are learning to plot, strategize and attack.

    There are three groups of survivors the story follows as well as the legendary survivalist grandfather. The survivors include a group of military like goons who are not very nice, two beer drinking surfer dudes, Rachel and then the group who treat the zapheads as deities.

    Unlike most zombie books, Nicholson states what caused the zaphead affect – the solar storm; but not why some were affected and some were not.

    Nicholson is an awesome story teller. He manages to find what the scariest part of life is and twists it into a horrifying tale that strikes close to home. We are all afraid of what technology will do to the human race if it goes away or takes over, we are all afraid of being alone, and we are all afraid of what happens when we stop living … and lastly, what makes each of us different. Who would survive a catastrophic event such as this and who would become a zaphead?

    Well written, Nicholson develops the characters as he moves the story along giving insight into the main characters. He draws the listeners into the story making them feel the same excitement and fear as the characters. He has a lot going on but not too much; it is still very easy to follow the plot and characters. There are slow moments where the action is building; but he is providing enough backstory to make the plot move forward.

    If you enjoy zombies, action and a good story then Nicholson’s books are perfect for you! This is a good solid, interesting, captivating book but then again Nicholson never disappoints!

    Kevin Clay, narrator, did a good job of narration. I enjoyed hearing him read the book.

    There were no issues with production.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay
    United States
    19/11/15
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    "A different kind of "zombie" story"

    In spite of my love of apocalyptic stories, I'm not a fan of zombies. I have never read a zombie book with a good explanation for the actions and behaviors of said zombies (e.g. eating people), and that bugs me when I'm reading. "After" does what no other zombie book has. Okay, so they aren't real zombies in the traditional sense. No actual eating people. However, an explanation for both the change itself AND for the behaviors of the changed people afterwards had me cheering.

    The story followed 3 primary groups of people as they escape from the changed people. Towards the end of this book, we see how all three groups will eventually come together (in a future book, I assume). At times, the story seemed slow, and the requisite prepper had a few too many explanatory soliloquies. Other than that, I mostly enjoyed the different characters and how their actions shape them.

    The narrator of the audiobook was decent. He certainly didn't detract from the story in any way, neither did he do anything to really add to the story. I would listen to this narrator again.

    I would definitely continue reading the series.

    Audiobook provided by the author in return for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. Bowles
    United States
    07/07/15
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    "Can't do it, give me back my credit please."

    Bad from the start and just kept getting worse. Narration is lacking, story line is more than lacking. The bugs on my windshield were more interesting.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler U.
    06/06/17
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    "A great addition to the post apocalyptic genre"

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    I liked how the zombie, or zaphead, apocalypse was started in this book. That they were precipitated by a solar event was a refreshing take on the genre. I certainly find the prospect of fast zombies more terrifying than the shuffling dead of Romero and The Walking Dead. I love the zombie and post apocalyptic genre and thought this was a great addition.

    The narrator was pretty good. A little dry at times, but the story had enough action to keep me going. I would definitely look for more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LMorgan
    Tulsa, Oklahoma United States
    07/06/15
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    "After Series is Awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of After to be better than the print version?

    I loved the print version and the audio version.


    What does Kevin Clay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kevin Clay brings life to the characters. He doesn't just read the book, he acts it out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Nicholson Rocks! His books have never disappointed me and the After Series is a wonderful story ride. I read the books and now listening to them makes them that much better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Oberhardt
    Home with my wife and cats
    01/06/15
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    "The Start of a New Series"

    I've bought a number of Scott Nicholson Audiobooks and kindle books, but the ones I've read have generally been stand-alone, although often set in the Appalachians. The After series looks to be a much more prolific series than the others books. I was glad to get a review copy of this on audio, as I already had the Kindle version, and had enjoyed all the other books of his I'd purchased.

    The setting of After is a post solar event apocalypse, where humanity is decimated, technology suddenly dead, and most humans were either killed by the event or transformed into zapheads, violent killers (think 28 Days Later). Some "normal" humans also survive, and the book gets into coverage of the lives of a number of unrelated individuals or small groups. As their stories progress, convergences between these survivors start to occur, and eventually you become aware of the underlying final link between these groups (and hopefully this becomes realised in the next book). The apocalyptic event was something different to others I've read, which is refreshing.

    As with most series, there was no real end, but that is expected. A publisher "blurb" at the end of the audiobook seemed to indicate the next book was available on audio, or at least will be available soon. However, I didn't find the ending abrupt or left me on a cliffhanger, which I personally think is good. It may just be that I'm more jaded now after reading so many post apocalyptic books

    For some odd reason, this book is no longer linked to the Amazon Kindle and paper version of it so unlike most audiobooks, Audible isn't showing the Amazon reviews for it. Which is unfortunate as the audio reviews are sparse and not good, as opposed to the Amazon reviews which are overall positive.

    Kevin Clay did a great job narrating. I've not listened to any other books he's narrated, and looking at his listing he must be relatively new. But I definitely had no problems following the story with his narration, especially one like this with so many character viewpoints and lines covered. Sometimes in multi character novels I really get lost. Part of that is the author, but I think the narrators also have a hand in helping with this.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    25/06/15
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    "The Earth has turned upside down - what do you do!"
    Where does After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read/listened to a number of Zombi/Post Apocalypse books lately. This rates along with the upper tier of books of this genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like the old survivalist in the mountains. Interesting character. Live and let live. Good common sense, in an environment of whacked out crazy people.


    What does Kevin Clay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kevin Clay was interesting to listen to for several reasons. His delivery was professional, and captured the accents and characters, pretty much true to form. On another level you begin to feel like you are living story, vs. listening to a book narration. Nice job!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it had a good flow. There are a series of characters seen in different chapters whose fates are intertwined. Some of the action or story line is predictable, with a number of surprises along the way. If I listened to the book on my way to work, I couldn't wait to pick up where I left off on my commute home.


    Any additional comments?

    Disclaimer: this book was gifted in exchange of an honest review. Writing a book and performing as a voice artist is a tough job. Both the writer and narrator lay it all out there for their audience to invest their time to make a judgement on this body of work. Frankly, for me, writing a review is easy. Did I like the story? Did the narrator bring the characters to life? Did I learn anything new from this book? Would I recommend someone else read this book? Yes, to all. This is another book in the zombie apocalypse genre. The characters are true to form. The story flows. The author keeps the story cohesive, while progressing the story line. Yes, I could relate to some of these characters. I recommend this book to anyone who likes the zombie/survivalist type stories. I will re-listen to "After The Shock" again, chilling out on the beach, sitting on my porch with an ice cold drink, and on my daily work commutes. I give it five stars, because I liked it, and Kevin Clay did a nice narration. Waiting for the companion books to come out!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • John
    San Diego, CA, United States
    29/05/15
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    "Written like an amateur writing his first book!"

    "End of the world" is a popular subject and many of them are exciting, thrilling and creative. This one is not. A few characters could be developed but this reads like a first draft effort.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • marti
    21/09/15
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    "Not horrible, but not amazing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    hmmm.. I didn't really care too much for the book. I probably would say no


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story line isn't bad, the concept is pretty good actually, but the author could have went in a few different directions that would have helped the book out a bit.


    Did Kevin Clay do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He wasn't bad, but he could have added a little more excitement during the more intense parts.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. I'm a sucker for zombie flicks


    Any additional comments?

    This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.<br/><br/>This story follows Three characters: Rachel, Campbell, & Jorge. I skipped the parts featuring Jorge, they were terribly boring and they could have been left out all together, so I can't tell you much about him. Rachel is on her own until meeting Devonte, who she finds as a companion. Campbell is tagging with his drunk friend until they come across a group of survivors. I feel like this book was pretty boring, it had one or two intense parts, the rest was just inward thinking. I didn't like how it followed three different characters, i feel like it was too much to keep up with and they didn't allow for much character development throughout the story. The only one who had any development at all was the kid they found. Overall this book really just didn't do it for me, I'm not saying it is a terrible book, i just usually go for the more exciting action packed books. There were some parts where the book contradicts itself. For instance; Rachel is all "life is sacred" , then at the end of the book, she completely contradicts what she said when she was trying to give the kid pills to feel better. This book was pretty touch and go. <br/>Thank you to Audio---Book-----Blast (dot com)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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