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American Apocalypse: The Collapse Begins | [Nova]

American Apocalypse: The Collapse Begins

With the economy in free fall, the government crippled by indecision, the streets taken over by new political parties, and the fragile institutions of civilization crumbling, a young man finds himself homeless and alone on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., facing certain death unless he can master survival skills he never imagined needing. Fending off violent citizens in an urban landscape that is gradually sliding into looting and mayhem, the protagonist emerges as an ultimate force of justice in a lawless land.
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Publisher's Summary

This is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller set in America at the beginning of a socioeconomic collapse. Although an innocent casualty of the chaos, one young man must discover his inner strength and defiant courage as he comes of age learning how to survive in the wasteland of failing services, unemployment, and violence.

With the economy in free fall, the government crippled by indecision, the streets taken over by new political parties, and the fragile institutions of civilization crumbling, a young man finds himself homeless and alone on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., facing certain death unless he can master survival skills he never imagined needing. Fending off violent citizens in an urban landscape that is gradually sliding into looting and mayhem, the protagonist emerges as an ultimate force of justice in a lawless land.

This compelling, fast-paced novel pulls readers in and lets them experience first-hand what life in the United States will be like as its teetering society begins to fall.

©2011 Nova (P)2012 Sunny Day Audiobooks

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    Mark North Richland Hills, TX, United States 03-27-12
    Mark North Richland Hills, TX, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "It was OK."

    The story was alright. The main character seems to have a problem with white conservatives. Every bad guy fits this profile and he seems to get mad whenever he comes across one.
    Also the narrator drove me crazy. He makes the characters all sound like John Wayne.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew E Dlouhy 04-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Read Book-2 First"
    Any additional comments?

    As someone mention in another review, someone goofed by releasing this book after Book-2....I read Book-2 first.
    I thoroughly enjoyed Book-2 but found myself filling in a lot of missing information. This book filled in all that information and I enjoyed it too. This book was also filled with action and kept me interested throughout. I do like the narrator, he does have a bit of a John Wayne twist...but it grew on me, I liked it. I'd read more from this author...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca South Burlington, VT, United States 05-19-12
    Rebecca South Burlington, VT, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Could have been Great"

    The story is like something written by pre-teen boys dreaming about what they would do after the end of the world, which is fight crime, apparently. Completely unrealistic and offering very little in the way of gritty realism that us fans of the apocalypse genre enjoy.

    The characters never use contractions in their dialog. So, aside from being solid and complete stereotypes, they sound like idiotic robots or foreigners the whole time.

    I've read all the apocalypse books, and if you love them like I do, save this one for the very last or don't bother at all. It's only saving grace was it's length, a short 8 hours. Also it gives me hope that anyone can be a writer. I won't be continuing on with the series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Benson, AZ, United States 06-11-12
    Mark Benson, AZ, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is how Freedom Dies"
    If you could sum up American Apocalypse in three words, what would they be?

    Sh*t happens, people change


    What did you like best about this story?

    The people and how the government changes, very real.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Never turn your back on the government when you think it's dead...it's not.


    Any additional comments?

    Not to happy with the ending and the fantasy aspect of it. There was no warning that the story was going to head that direction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew J. Jackson 04-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting thought piece"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Somewhat discombobulated story but a relatively well thought our universe...it's almost as if the author thought out an interesting world and then contrived ways to get his characters into the right place to view it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 02-17-14
    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Ready for the next chapter......"

    Enjoyable story. Good narration. Ended abruptly. So, I'm ready for the next chapter. Give it up...

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    RJR Ohio, USA 05-05-13
    RJR Ohio, USA 05-05-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Hoped it would get better...and that narrator! Grr"

    It had potential, but even if the had gotten better (it didn't) the narrator had an almost intentional inflection that, like others have said, made many characters sound like John Wayne. Staccato. Disjointed. Forced. But back to the storyline. The beginning wasn't bad, hoped it would move on to something deeper or something I could immerse myself into or somehow relate to. I have a little left, and I'll finish it, so it's not one I'll completely give up on. But I don't' expect the last couple hours to make up for the torture I've endured already. He crams an hours worth of story into four hours! It's worth only the $1.99 I see it's going for today. At that price, I woundn't feel shortchanged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 08-20-12
    Alan ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "Whew glad when it was over hated to waste my money"

    This is only the second book I've gotten that I found I had made a mistake in buying.
    Bored me to death the talking in the second person character really left me dulled out.
    The story was poor and I think the title was far more exciting than the text of the book.
    Won't be going back to this author any time soon.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Safford, AZ, United States 12-19-12
    Amazon Customer Safford, AZ, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator the worst I've heard."

    If you've read any of my other reviews, you'll know there have been some narrators who are bad, but this one is the only one that caused me to stop listening to a story. The story wasn't enough to overcome the narrator. If there was a 0 stars button for the narrator I would give it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Mount Ephraim, NJ, United States 10-07-12
    Michael Mount Ephraim, NJ, United States 10-07-12
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    "Don't waste your credit"
    What did you like best about American Apocalypse? What did you like least?

    Nothing


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nova again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    At first I wasn't sure if it was Jerry Seinfeld or John Wayne reading. The narrator’s voice is really hard to stomach almost made me not want to continue on with the book.


    Did American Apocalypse inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book could have been so much better. Overall I thought the main character was punk and the Max character was awlful as well. The writer seems to think the marine corps is the only branch of service serving our country.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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