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In 2003, the largest recorded solar flare collided with Earth. The sensors measuring the solar storm were destroyed at an X28 rating, but it was determined later to be an X45 class flare. A satellite monitoring solar activity picks up something far surpassing that classification and on a collision course.

A solar storm, so strong that X classifications no longer apply, hits the CERN large hadron collider at the moment of particle collision, sending a quantum wave around the world. Souls are ripped from the over seven billion people that are in its path, many immediately succumbing. Those remaining either feel nothing or are tormented by endless agony. Only a few escape its path.

Sam and his teenage daughter Erin return to the surface to find a very different world from the one they left. Stranded, they must adapt quickly or become one of the creatures that now roam the earth.

In the Middle East, a small team of soldiers may be the only ones left in a harsh environment overrun by creatures. With very few options and far from any refuge, they set out on a quest for help. Will the reapers hunt them down before they make it to the coast?

Commander Lawrence resurfaces after a successful deep dive test of the Navy’s new toy, only to find a transformed world. The floating derelicts of his escort vessels don’t begin to show the horrors of what he’ll find ashore.

©2017 John O'Brien (P)2017 John O'Brien

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Amazing take on the Apocolypse!!

I LOVED this book! it sounds like its going to be a stand alone story, but it works out like that. this was an amazing new take on an apocolypse, and Definately made me tear up in a few spots. What a great novel. im glad I bought it 💖

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Great story

i loved the story and narration well worth the purchase get it now it's awesome.

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Solid thriller from the beginning to almost to the end

The story was built up brilliantly. The speed, flow, just everything worked perfectly. The backstory was interesting and felt believable.

It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment when I felt disappointed without any spoilers. And I'm not sure is it even fault of the book or just me. Let's just say that we had a disagreement about the whole ending and how we arrived there.

For the most part the book is great survival horror like thriller with fast paced intense moments and few slower parts where you can give your heart a moment of rest before fearing for your and the main characters' lives again. I'm 35y man and I swear to you that after listening to this in the dark winter evening and then having to drive to an empty old cottage to fetch something from the carage just outside the city I needed a moment of silence to listen to my surroundings before I had the guts to open the car doors and step outside.

Then comes the disappointment few hours before the ensing. It feels like the writer got lazy or didn't have anyhing else to say... the book takes a long jump into the future and it's like "ok, we're here, oh, and they lived happily ever after, bye".

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For diehard O’Brien fans

Story had some good characters, but was bogged down by too many characters and too many loose ends at the finish line. Narration was just mediocre. He didn’t vary the voices enough in most cases.

If you like this author, give it a try. If you don’t you should probably look elsewhere for your dystopian fix.

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  • RJ
  • 01-25-18

A missed opportunity.

Ultimately I really liked this book. The beginning for me was slow and complex. The most difficult part was understanding the hadron collider experiment and the effect the accident had on people. Once that was clear the story flowed more freely and I began to enjoy and appreciate the characters and the struggle they were enduring. The plot build up and character background was quite detailed and excellent. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Sam and his teenage daughter Erin. The sub plots with Commander Lawrence on the Navy submarine and the Marine squad in Afghanistan were also very well done. The problem I have is with the rushed ending. Not how it was written, I actually liked the ending, but the fact that it felt rushed. I think O’Brien could have managed a sequel from what he had going, but evidently grew tired of the story or ran out of gas. It’s a shame; it could have been even better.

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Fantastic!

Loved it! Another fantastic tale leaves me looking for book2. John OBrien is a genius

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Couldn't stop listening!!

What an incredible story!! It had me sucked in from the very fittest second. The reality of the story scared the crap out of me, but I loved every minute!!

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Never again.

It was a struggle to get through this book. The dialog use was reminiscent of the way most high school students over do it. To make it worse the narration didn't reflect the tone. In other words it was read as a normal sort of tone when it called for "she whispered" wrapped in fear. Don't the voice actors actually read the book first and then do their thing? if not, it would be a good thing. But lipstick on a pig. The worst out of dozens I have read or listened to in this genre. Buh.

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Brilliant twist on the apocalypse!!!

I love when I can get into a book and want to follow it until the very last sentence. A little sad it was just one book and not a series...but that’s me! I always want to know what happens next!
If you’re looking for a brilliant twist on a new kind of apocalypse, then go out and get this book!

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it could have been so much better

it could have been so much better instead of trying to finish up the story and one quick paws he kind of ended it quickly and he could have done to separate stories from what I've read or should I say what I heard maybe he'll come back and revisit then again maybe not

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  • ebizzer
  • 03-24-18

Meeh..

Great concept and I liked the first parts, but the ending was a letdown. As if the author had thought this to be a series, but then changed his mind and had to finish it off quickly.

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  • Ian
  • 02-14-18

good story could have been more

I like the concept of this book it was a zombie story from a different angle but it felt so short I would like to have had more character development and a more indepthly develop story I felt it could have been a good series maybe two or three books but I'm glad I read it