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The Perseid Collapse: The Perseid Collapse, Book 1 | [Steven Konkoly]

The Perseid Collapse: The Perseid Collapse, Book 1

2019. Six years after the Jakarta Pandemic “decimated” the world's population; life is back to normal for the Fletchers and most Americans. The United States stands at the brink of a complete domestic and international resurgence, with stories of confidence and prosperity dominating the headlines. Appearances can be deceiving. An undercurrent of paranoia and fear still runs strong below the surface; the collective angst spawned by 28 million American deaths forever stamped into population's psyche.
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Publisher's Summary

Book One in The Perseid Collapse Series.

Alex Fletcher is back, in the epic post-apocalyptic sequel to The Jakarta Pandemic.

2019. Six years after the Jakarta Pandemic “decimated” the world's population; life is back to normal for the Fletchers and most Americans. The United States stands at the brink of a complete domestic and international resurgence, with stories of confidence and prosperity dominating the headlines. Appearances can be deceiving.

An undercurrent of paranoia and fear still runs strong below the surface; the collective angst spawned by 28 million American deaths forever stamped into population's psyche. Suppressed memories of helplessness and desperation, anger and jealousy - all of it lurks in the shadows, waiting to be released.

On August 19, 2019, an inconceivable “event” will unleash a darkness over the United States. A human darkness with a vast appetite for chaos and violence.

Alex Fletcher will wake to this new world, thrown headfirst into an impossible journey. His skills and preparations will be put to the ultimate test, in a brutally hostile landscape, where the forged bonds of friendship and family remain the only true constant.

©2013 Steven Konkoly (P)2014 Steven Konkoly

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    Denise 02-28-14
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    "DON'T BUY THIS BOOK YET...Wait for the 2nd part.."
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    This book literally stops in the middle. Don't get me wrong, IT IS GREAT...BUT it will have no ending til book two is released..

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Alaska 03-26-14
    Elizabeth Alaska 03-26-14 Member Since 2012

    Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...

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    "Konkoly is a great addition to the genre"

    I really enjoyed Jakarta Pandemic, so jumped on this audio book as soon as it came out. I'm glad he's continuing the story of the same family.
    Good pacing, solid writing, interesting scenarios. The writing is straightforward, and perhaps a little too much, but it gets the job done.
    Agree with so many other reviewers---the cliffhanger ending really catches you up! Ouch! Can't wait to hear more of the story.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 03-16-14
    Jan 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "GREAT Beginning but no middle or ending!!!"
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    What ever happened to THE NOVEL where you had a beginning ,middle and end? I can't believe that it was allowed to be produced as an entire book.I feel very cheated and definitely not worth the money.
    However I do love the story line but will think twice about spending so much money for a third of a book next time.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Springfield, IL, United States 02-10-14
    Frank Springfield, IL, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Wait!!"
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    Wait till the 2nd book comes out, the first is high speed entertainment that ends to soon and leaves you facing an agonizing wait for the next book

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 02-05-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Book 2 please!"

    The Perseid Collapse is the start to a great post-apocalyptic series. We join the fletcher family (and friends) a couple of years after the Jakarta Pandemic (if you haven’t read the book before this one it’s OK it’s helpful to get some background on who people are but certainly isn’t needed to enjoy this book) has passed and now are faced with a new issue (more on that a bit later). The book does a great job of mixing a bit of humor, lots of action and character development. The action scenes do a good job of keeping you on edge while keeping the action moving. There were a couple of nights where I had to pry myself away to go to bed. There are a couple of parts where the author goes into a bit too much detail of locations street names etc, but it’s nothing that takes away from the story nor does it go on too long to make any part boring.

    Now for the issue that I have with the book, it resolves NOTHING!!! I’m sitting here wondering what happened to the kids? What’s up with Kate? I don’t even know for sure what caused all this. AHHHHH I have a problem with books that are part of a series that don’t stand on their own and leave you in a cliff hanger. The first book in the Author’s Black Flagged series is a perfect example of what I’m looking for, a book which resolves the issues and stands alone but allows for more to go on. This might be more of a personal preference but it drives me nuts. Either way I’ll be on the prowl for the next book when it comes out. I may complain a bit much about the cliff hanger but I really did enjoy this book and highly recommend it. Mr. Konkoly hurry up with number 2 please!!!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 05-29-14
    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 05-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    "If you liked Jakarta Pandemic, get this series."

    By starting a "new" series with "The Perseid Collapse" Steven Konkoly didn't even try to "up sell" you on this book.

    If you listened to the Jakarta Pandemic this series ties in quite well, however, if you didn't listen to JP, then you don't feel like you missed the start of the series.

    I'm now waiting for Book 3 :)

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-30-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "The story line is excellently executed"

    The year is 2019 and the populations of the world have already survived (barely) the Jakarta Pandemic. Alex Fletcher and his family and friends, after surviving the Jakarta Pandemic, have planned for the next devastating event. Back packs of survival gear and a safe place to head off to should the unthinkable happen again. But will that be enough? His planning and skills will be drawn upon to save his family and those of his friends.

    The beginning opens in China and an underground bunker with some questionable capabilities being guarded by their military. Then we switch to Alex Fletcher and his family sailing and being miserable because of mosquitos. That’s nothing compared to what’s coming!

    An EMP which sends the U.S. into darkness and a tsunami drive the family to make a dangerous trek, on foot, to their home where they encounter law enforcement confiscating guns and vehicles and some neighbors bent on stealing the one running car in the area. Alex, Carl and Ed map a route to Boston to get Alex’s son and Ed’s daughter from their colleges.

    The wives and children make the trek to Alex’s parents place – the safe house. Before they can get there though, they encounter members of the local militia with some serious and deadly views on ethical and moral behavior.

    Alex, Carl and Ed encounter many different people and deadly situations. Although Alex has planned everything out to a T, there are of course things he could not prepare for – such as a college full of students stranded with no hope of rescue and a flagging military presence. This is where the book ends rather abruptly.

    This chronicles the event 48 hours after it happens. Konkoly does an excellent job of spelling everything out in a way that is clear and leaves little to no doubt in what is happening. The story line is excellently executed and well plotted. The character development is strong and clearly defined – one can almost see each one in their mind as they listen.

    The production of the audio was well done by Steven Konkoly.

    The narrator John David Farrell did an excellent job of projecting emotions of everyone and keeping the reading going smoothly and well enunciated. I cannot wait to read the next one!

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    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Blacklick, OH, United States 03-09-14
    Mark Blacklick, OH, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Ending more for $ than plot"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Instead of making a long really good book to start the series, they decided to chop it short to get an extra book out of the series. Awkward and rather pointless ending rather building suspense for book 2, you are no closer to an ending at hour 11 than you are at hour two.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Perseid Collapse?

    The first two hours were great and if you enjoyed the author's first book than you won't be dissapointed with his newest, minus the whole ending nonsense.a


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    We'll have to wait till the next minibook comes out to know for sure!


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    anthony benke 08-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, alright performance"

    Didn't care for the narrator's weak/helpless voice used for female characters. Otherwise a great book.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-16-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-16-15 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "A REGULAR SH@T SHOW"

    Before buying I read the reviews on page one. Everyone was upset about the book having a cliff hanger, so I thought I will be prepared for that. I never made it to the end, had no desire to. Digging deeper into the reviews, where the Jakarta fans regulated the honest reviews by going unhelpful, I have discovered what a prepper is. There is no story here. Some have complained about taking a whole book to get to Boston. It is easy to see early on why. The father in the story is the expert on everything. He tells everyone what, how and when to do things. For example he tells his son, take the knife out of the outer left pocket and ... I believe we were also told where he bought the knife, it's shape and size, and what it is used for.

    In the beginning they are in a sailboat and we are told everything about this boat. I thought, alright the author is showing off his knowledge on sailboats, when they get to land, surely it will improve. If anything it got worse. Every step is explained, literally every foot step.

    I am not a fan of the narrator, but I am not sure he really had anything to work with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Good for its type "

    I enjoyed the differing scenarios.
    Good storyline, too many characters towards the end, but closes with a cliff hanger.
    Got to get book 2 now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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