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Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller Audiobook

Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller: Zapheads, Book 1

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A thriller set in the best-selling After post-apocalyptic world.

When Mackie Dailey survives a cataclysmic solar storm that wipes out civilization and mutates others into violent killers, he seeks out the one person he cares about most.

But when he returns to a college campus looking for Allie, he discovers she is a Zaphead - nearly unrecognizable as the human he once loved. Mackie becomes caught in a power struggle among a small group of survivors who turn the campus into a stronghold against the Zaphead threat. His old nemesis, Lucas Krider, has taken charge, but Krider's vision of a new world is just as horrifying as the extinction they all face.

Will Mackie sacrifice himself so the group has a chance to survive, or will his demons turn out to be more dangerous than the strange, rampaging creatures that nature has unleashed?

Look for the other After books, First Light (After #0), The Shock (After #1), The Echo (After #2) and Milepost 291 (After #3). Whiteout (After #4) is coming soon.

Scott Nicholson is the international best-selling author of more than 25 thrillers. Joshua Simcox is co-author of October Dark with J.A. Konrath.

©2014 Scott Nicholson (P)2015 Scott Nicholson

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    ANGIE 08-26-15
    ANGIE 08-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Kinda Fell Flat For Me"
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    This book just didn't do it for me. I love the genre, but this book seemed like a cookie cutter of all the rest. You have the big bad guy, who of course is one of the lucky ones to live through the solar storm that turns the majority of people into crazies. He's going to now rule the world, or at least his little part of it. He wants his starting base to be at a college. (Why a college? If I was king daddy and planning to dominate the world during the apocalypse, I'd pick some place better than a college.) Only a few young people are willing to stand up to him. And then it's just scene after scene........after endless scene of the young people trying to scheme and plot to do this and that, and always getting caught and beaten. That really pretty much sums up the book. Throw in some zap heads, which really aren't mentioned that much. A backstory to how the zap heads came about, how the solar storm happened, would have made a much better book.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 07-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A fast paced and gripping read."
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    This is set in the same world as The After series and I was looking forward to reading it as I really enjoyed book one of The After. Well this is just as good as that and I'm looking forward to more set in this world.

    Well the summary above pretty much sums up the plot so I'll go straight to my thoughts.

    I have to say that Mackie is such an awesome character. He isn't the nicest person but you can't help but root for him. He is a recovering junkie and has done bad things, he even worked for a drug dealer and dealt but when the flare happens, he just wants to get to the one person he loves, Allie. I admired his tenacity and determination. He may have done bad things but he isn't a bad person at heart and it shows. He does what he can to help people and his love for Allie shines. Even though he is so flawed, the way the author wrote him was phenomenal, in that, as I said already, you can't help but root for him and hope he gets what he wants.

    The plot was fast paced and gripping. You are brought into the heart of the story right away and the pace flowed nicely. It's not just about the Zapheads, it's a deeper look into peoples lives and how they feel about what happened. Mackie's story is equal parts intense as it is emotional. I cried a few times and my heart broke for him when he had to do a certain thing.

    In all this was an intense read. It was well written and developed, the world that's been created is dark and dangerous but believable too. It will grab you and not let go.

    I think out of all the books I've listened to by Scott Nicholson, this is my favourite. It conjured more emotions that any of the rest and I became invested in the characters and their story. I need to see what happens next and am really looking forward to more in this series, and indeed the world that the author has created.

    Once again, Kevin Clay did an amazing job with the narration. He has a way with the characters that makes it easy to distinguish who is who. His voice is smooth and easy to listen to and he brings so much to the story. It plays out like a movie in your head!! I'm glad he narrated this as well as The After series.

    *I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-08-16
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-08-16 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "Twists and turns which made it very exciting"

    Mackie Dailey returns to his alma mater – well, it would have been had he not dropped out to become a drug addict, hitman and enforcer for a drug and arms dealing bad-ass criminal named Lucas Krider.  Dailey’s drug addled mind leaves a witness to his latest hit and a solar storm to end all storms has hit the world successfully creating creatures called Zapheads with a hunger for human flesh.

    Arriving back to campus Dailey encounters Allie, the witness and Krider and his gang.  Forced to go cold turkey, Dailey must prove his loyalty to Krider in order to survive and protect others at the campus as well. A driven man used to caring only about himself is now faced with having to care about others.

    Bone and Cinder is not short on action.  Regardless of what happens, it seems as if Krider and his thugs come out on top.  But then again, cockroaches always survive!  When tested, Dailey proves his loyalty to his new found conviction.  He goes up against Krider and his thugs to help the other survivors live.  Of course, nothing is ever easy!

    Twists and turns which made it very exciting.  The usual questions of morality and ethics draws  the reader  in.  Character development is clear and purposeful.  Plot development is smooth easily followed.  The reader cannot help but connect to Dailey – the underdog.

    Kevin Clay did a good job of narrating the book.  He enunciated the words well and projected the frustration and despair of Dailey very well.

    There were no issues with the production.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

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

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    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie F. 07-27-16
    Leslie F. 07-27-16
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    "A new series in the world of "After""

    I enjoyed this spin-off from Nicholson's "After" series. It was kind of refreshing to meet new characters and see a different setting (a college). The characters were well-written and interesting, though many were not good guys. The story is filled with action and excitement. Though I read the original series, "After," it is not necessary at all to enjoy this book. Kevin Clay narrated the Audible audio version of the book, and as always, his narration is really suited to the book. He does a great job and his voice is easy on the ear. Overall, if you like the post-apocalyptic genre or zombie-like creatures, you should give this book a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 07-13-15
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 07-13-15 Member Since 2016

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "Good Spin Off!"
    If you could sum up Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic, Exciting, Interesting


    What other book might you compare Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller to and why?

    Well its a spin off of After..so they do go hand in hand!


    What about Kevin Clay’s performance did you like?

    Kevin nailed it!


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

    This would make a good movie..lots of action!


    Any additional comments?

    ** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

    I liked the book After, so I was excited to get this book too,it did not disappoint....We have Mackie, just trying to survive, and keep the pain of this new world dulled out...even though its not a great way to survive, Mackie is a pill addict. He goes back to his college in search of his girl, and discovers she is now a zaphead. Well he runs into some not so nice people from his past and everything gets really complicated! I liked this story, and will continue this series....if you liked After, you will like this one too....I recommend!

    Thank you Audiobookblast(dot)com

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Indie Book Junkie 07-04-15 Member Since 2015

    Self proclaimed book junkie!

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    ""After" has a companion series??"

    I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. Although I'm fairly new to the world of "After", I was stoked to find out that there is a companion series. I'd also like to note that you don't have to read all the "After" books before this one as it serves as a stand alone book as well.
    Mackey has issues. He's done some bad stuff, has some bad habits, and that makes him a bad guy, right? Underneath all that baggage is still a good heart. He does what most of us would do in the wake of an apocalypse, and that's set out to find the person or people who mean the most. Things go right...stuff goes wrong...all in all it makes up for a good side story.
    As with "After: The Shock", "Bone and Cinder: Zapheads book 1" is narrated by Kevin Clay who gives another great performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Oberhardt Home with my wife and cats 06-20-15
    Michael Oberhardt Home with my wife and cats 06-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    Bone and Cinder is "sort of" the first book in a new series by Scott Nicholson, and Joshua Simcox. "Sort of" in that it is set in the same world as his After series. I actually thought Zapheads might have been the "main" series, but the After series is well progressed. I've purchased quite a number of other books of Scott Nicholson, and have two books in the After series, and was very grateful to get this book as a review copy I was kind of hoping that the Zapheads series would cover the event. It doesn't and starts at some unspecified but very short time after a series of events, which resulted in anything electrical being ruined, and the other resulting in the majority of people on the planet being turned into either stumbling mindless or more rabid killers.

    The "monsters" of this world aren't zombies, and are a finite problem - being bitten doesn't carry a contagion, and people aren't suddenly becoming infected. This in itself is a welcome change to the "zombie type" apocalypse worlds. The series will have to eventually (hopefully) get to the state that the monsters aren't around, and people can start rebuilding.

    The main character, Mackie, starts off in the story and I initially thought he was not such a nice person for a lead character, a criminal, drug taking killer. As the story progresses you realize he is flawed, and under it a caring person, looking out for others, and even rescued a cat (which got my vote). I really thought he ended up being one of the more well developed characters I've encountered in post apocalyptic novels.

    Kevin Clay is a narrator I've been coming across more and more recently in my library, and I am glad to see him re-occur. He did a good job narrating the book, and added to the experience.

    I'm looking forward to more of the books in this world turning up on audio. And hope Kevin Clay continues to narrate them!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dailey Council Bluffs, IOWA, US 10-14-15
    dailey Council Bluffs, IOWA, US 10-14-15 Member Since 2016

    I love books! Big books, little books. Funny books, paranormal books! I really just want to live in a library!

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    "Mackie to the rescue"
    Where does Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thought this was a great Post Apocalyptic thriller. Something new and different also. The people weren't exactly zombies but something else that was very horrible to run across.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mackie, he starts out a washed up junkie and because the girl he loves is in trouble gets his act together. He was the hero thinking of everyone else but himself throughout the entire book. It kinda made me feel like the good will win out in the end. It is also good that he knew who the truly bad guy were so he knew who to protect the good people from.


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

    I love Kevin Clay. He is a super talent in audio books. I love listening to him bring to life a book. I have listened to several books that he has done. He always delivers the authors emotions of the story.


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

    Yes and no. It is a little to long to listen to all at once but you don't want to put it down. It makes you feel like your going to miss out of something. LOL


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audio book at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    STEVEN 08-26-15
    STEVEN 08-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "High octane post-apocalyptic thriller"
    What made the experience of listening to Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the well written story and the excellent narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how these "Zapheads" are different than other zombies. I won't give away the differences, but it helps set this title apart from all the others.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darren 07-17-15
    Darren 07-17-15
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    "Post-apocalyptic zombiesque thriller"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend it if the reader is a big fan of zombie/crazies fiction.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was ok in my opinion, this is set in the same world as the 'After' series by the same authoe in which I have read the first book, so there wasn't really any surprises in store for me.


    What aspect of Kevin Clay’s performance would you have changed?

    Like in the After series Kevin Clay did a fine job, he narrated well to the material he had in front of him. I wouldn't change much about his performance.


    Did Bone and Cinder: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    As zombie fiction goes this was an average book. The 'event' which causes the end of the world is interesting and it would have been interesting to get to know a bit more about that. Overall, as I have mentioned above it's a good series if you are a fan of post-apocalyptic zombie fiction, but it's not the best in the genre by a long way.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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