Robin’s Review of After the End

As a Doomsday prepper, he’s ready to survive the apocalypse. But what about the men hunting him?

After the End: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Novel

 by Joshua V Scher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
After the End:                                                                                     A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Novel
by Joshua V. Scher
As a Doomsday prepper, he's ready to survive the apocalypse. But what about the men hunting him?

It turns out Addison was right: the world as he knew it did come to an end by means of a killer virus.

He's by himself now near what was Sicily, Oklahoma, tending to a wilted vegetable garden, foraging for rabbits, and eking out not quite enough water from a dried-up well. It's time to move. His Uncle Izzy, whom he's decided to seek out in his survivalist cabin hundreds of miles away, had prepared him well for an apocalypse - all but for the loneliness.

The plan is simple. Gun. Bow. Bike. Go.

If he could just make it across the state, then maybe...

But the virus didn't quite kill everybody. And humanity isn't all that humane anymore.

Ransacked and run-down, Addison learns all too quickly that hope is the enemy and trust is a liability. Survival has its costs.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man might be king, but in the land of the dead, he's bait.

The literary bleakness of Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD meets the survivalist thrills of Gary Paulsen's HATCHET in this harrowing novel from Joshua V. Scher. Now a Motion Picture from Shout! Studios and 1157 Productions, out 8/17/2021.
Robin's Review: This world is Eden with no escape. Addison, Addie, is left by himself in this dystopian world post-apocalyptic event. It was ravaged by a virus called the “Stripes.” Leaving the survivors in a BS or PS. Before Stripes or Post Stripes world. This story shows the loneliness of being the only one left after an apocalypse. A very interesting blend of fiction, movie references such as “Wilson” and survival tips/recipes like colloidal silver and the hilarious recipe for “Preppers Surprise.” I enjoyed the tale of the “Deer Women.” Also keeping track of humans and dead bodies on the calendar was interesting. There’s even an explanation of how to tell time by the stars. This was such a great book with its wealth of information and relatable characters. It had funny sayings that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
Favorite lines:

“God is in the details, and haste is of the Devil.”

“The protocol’s about— Safety. Precaution. Survival.”

“Starve a cold, feed a fever.”

“The only difference between a beacon and a warning is who’s doing the looking.”

“The more you know, the less you need.”

“I bet you’re hungry enough to eat the balls off a low-flying duck.”

“But it just bounces off her like green Jell-O off a plastic tarp.”

“Always better to flinch than get hit.”

“See, the trick with subterfuge is sacrifice.”

“Ain’t nothing to do but wait. Stillness is my ally, boredom my comrade, with which I wage a quiet war of hide and go screw yourself.”

“Individuals are great. I love each and every one of ’em. It’s people who’re awful.’”

Some Survival Tips:

Get the best polarized and antiglare lenses and fit them with a top-of-the-line, military-grade, anti-reflection filters.

Check the smoke alarm for the 9-volt battery.

Use effective decoy methods.

Average person needs three quarts of water a day, just for consumption.

When you are trying to be quiet, open your mouth and take short, metered breaths.

Jerky lasts way longer if you don’t chew it. You can suck on the juices a good half hour before it dissolves.

“So, by digging a small pit and surrounding it with rocks, you keep the fire contained but by digging a trench into the outer the circle, you got yourself a channel for the air to flow in and feed the fire.

“If there’s one thing a cancer stick’s good for, it’s catchin’ fire.”

“Dessert noodles is made by sprinkling artificial sweetener on ramen noodles.”

“To make a spit for cooking make two tripods of twigs at opposite ends of the fire and tie a shoelace loop dangling from each.”

Fish Mox Forte is antibacterial fish medication which is amoxicillin in 500 mg capsules.

Directions on how to make a hot stone bed for sleeping.

Good places to hold up would be ones that were already abandoned and decayed before the scourge and that had already been picked over, pulled apart, and left to sink into disrepair.
Worthless ruins would be great sanctuaries.


Allison’s Reading Material:
I think I got the authors correct

Self-Reliance magazine
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Bible
The Decameron book by Giovanni Boccaccio
Robinson Crusoe novel by Daniel Defoe
To Build a Fire and Other Stories book by Jack London
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It book by James Wesley Rawles
U.S. Army’s Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants
U.S. Air Force’s Survival Handbook
His favorite sci-fi book by Tate Avess
“Because it can’t all be business.”


Post-Apocalyptic
Dystopian
Science Fiction
Action

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Robin’s Review of Death by Decent Society

Since the financial Armageddon, it’s been guns, gold and lots of slaves…

Death by Decent Society Book 1 of 5: Sovereigns of the Collapse

by Malcolm J. Wardlaw

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Death by Decent Society

Book 1 of 5: Sovereigns of the Collapse
by Malcolm J. Wardlaw

Since the financial Armageddon, it’s been guns, gold and lots of slaves.It is 2106. Seventy years have passed since our times collapsed in complete banking disaster. No one cares about over-population, mass extinctions or climate change any longer. The world is a post-apocalyptic paradise—for a few.One of those ‘few’ is Donald Aldingford, a star barrister in his mid-thirties, a man on the threshold of career triumph. But through ill luck, he gets shot down and jailed for trespassing into private airspace. This event changes the course of his life. He picks up disturbing rumours about his younger brother Lawrence, who disappeared without trace ten years earlier aged seventeen.After being repatriated, Donald takes a deeper interest in the world around him. He lifts stones. He peers behind dusty curtains. What he finds is horrifying and repugnant—the dreams of madmen come true. As he closes on the mystery of his disappeared brother, he pierces the last, most dangerous veil of a rotten society.Sovereigns of the Collapse is a five-part dystopian saga for those curious about the coming dark age. The story flows through ongoing action with ‘to be continued’ style endings (not cliffhangers). The series contains adult themes and is not recommended for the under-16s.
Robin's Review: This story is about a dystopian sovereign world set in “Great Britain” after a great economic collapse and the caste system that has born from it.

Donald Aldingford is the main character in a sovereign state made up a unfair caste system. It goes on to show Donald’s progress and understanding of the unjust society he lives in.

It was fast paced and well written with an fascinating plot that progressed with an interesting world built and the growth of the main character.

The other books in this series:
The Night of Blind Ambition
The Church of Nuclear Science
Operation Ultimate
Nuclear Nightminster

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Robin’s Review of Luke: Cross Security Book One

Fate. Destiny. Karma…bring them back together five years later…

Robin’s Review of Luke: Cross Security Book One

by Nancy Brown

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Luke: Cross Security Book One
by Nancy Brown

Luke Sanders is not only tall dark and sinfully sexy, he’s also deadly. He left behind the only life he knew as an elite sniper for Navy SEAL Team Six to join Cross Security. one of the most renowned security companies in the world. He doesn’t do relationships. He doesn’t do romance. It was only one night. Him. Her. Pleasure. And then a fast goodbye before he starts his new life. She’s a stranger. And yet, she’s not, she’s perfect. All he’s left with when the night is over and he boards his plane back to New York, is a name… QUINN.

Quinn Flanagan lost everything the night her family was killed. She forsakes her own chance at happiness to avenge her loved ones by joining MI6 and carrying on her father’s legacy. One dangerously hot night, she lets her precious guard down. When she walks away the next morning, all she takes from the only man who has ever managed to leave a lasting impression is his first name…LUKE.

Fate. Destiny. Karma…bring them back together five years later when the same man who abducts Quinn while on assignment for MI6, also shoots Luke’s twin brother. Can Luke save them both or will he walk away a second time?
Robin's Review: Luke and Quinn have an unforgettable hot and steamy one night stand that leaves them both longing for more. Years later they happen upon each other again but for another reason.

This story was full of sexy sparks filled with tension between the two main characters. It also had a “military” rescue mission packed full of action, adventure and suspense that made it hard to put down. It had equal parts of romance and intrigue to make it an excellent read. I highly recommend this story and author for your future reads.

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Robin’s Review of Staff Dominion: A Relic Hunter Thriller

The mystical staff of Aaron. A dying scientist. Will this latest treasure of the ark discovery heal him… or release a deadly plague?

Staff Dominion: A Relic Hunter Thriller Treasures of the Ark Book 2

by Neena Roth

Staff Dominion: 
A Relic Hunter Thriller 
(Treasures of the Ark Book 2)
by Neena Roth

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Staff Dominion: 
A Relic Hunter Thriller 
(Treasures of the Ark Book 2)
by Neena Roth

The mystical staff of Aaron. A dying scientist. Will this latest treasure of the ark discovery heal him… or release a deadly plague?
Archeologist Nichole “Nikki” Strauss thought she would finally have a future with the love of her life. But the outbreak of a horrific plague that leaves some dead and others healed threatens everything—and everyone—she loves.
After a family friend is infected and dies, Nikki finds herself in pursuit of the mystery man wielding this staff that either heals or kills. But when he makes an offer to heal Jerad, Nikki is presented with an impossible choice between saving the man she loves or protecting the world.

Can she save Jerad and prevent a global pandemic?

Staff Dominion is the heart-pounding second book in the Treasures of the Ark thriller series. If you like conflicted characters, high tension, and the saving power of love, then prepare to have your breath taken away by the second book in Neena Roth’s captivating series.
Robin's Review: So Moses spoke to the Israelites, and their leaders gave him twelve staffs, one for the leader of each of their ancestral tribes, and Aaron’s staff was among them.
— Numbers 17:6 (NIV)

A fictional tale about the Staff of Aaron and the power it has depending on the “owners” desires with good and evil having their own specific motives in wanting it.

This was a fast paced story full of action and suspense. The plot was interesting in that it involved many genres all put together nicely. The main characters and the love they felt for each other were compelling. This was a remarkable book and I wouldn’t mind going back and reading the first one in this series.

Manna Reign: (Treasures of the Ark)
Book 1 of 2: Treasures of the Ark

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Medical
Biblical
Conspiracy
Suspense
Action
Adventure
Plague
Thriller
Kidnapping



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Robin’s Review of Nightmares: A Collection of Scary Stories

“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy”, said William Shakespeare.

Nightmares: A Collection of Scary Stories

by Kate DeJonge

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Nightmares: A Collection of Scary Stories
by Kate DeJonge

"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy", said William Shakespeare. "But, what about those things from Hell", I ask, "that haunt our many Universes as nightmares? "Explore the underbelly of our world through the eyes of someone who has seen more shades of reality than any person should. Kate will take you on a tour of the darkest corners of her mind, daring you to imagine a fate worse than those inflicted upon her characters while you peek through your fingers to finish her short stories. There are more than ghosts, witches, vampires, and werewolves to be afraid of out there. Come along, little pretties, and find out what else is lurking in the dark. This is an anthology of short stories and novellas written by Kate DeJonge during the summer of 2021, a period of time that most will remember as the "Just Before".

The Muck Olla
The Warlock of Stoney Creek
Small Town Secrets Ghoul
The Mortician’s Son
The Devil’s Acre
The Cemetery That Never Was
The Artist.
Mind Games
The House in Thunder Bay (a true story).
On a Dark, Dark Night
The Ghosts of Fort George (a true story) Remembering Camille (a novella)
Helen’s Story (a novella)
Robin's Review: Because they were short stories, I will not tell you about them that way you can appreciate them on your own.

I must say all of them were deliciously creepy and oddly satisfying. I don’t know if I could pick a favorite because I enjoyed them all, but the ones based on a true story were beyond frightening. Kate DeJonge has a twisty and creative way of writing, and I can’t wait for more from her.

Thanks so much for a review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.

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Robin’s Review of Trouble in the Green Lands

THE GAME IS CHANGING.

Book 2 of 3: Seeder Wars Series

by J. Houser

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Trouble in the Green Lands

Book 2 of 3: Seeder Wars Series
by J Houser

THE GAME IS CHANGING.

It's been three years since Saff made the life-changing decision to embrace her Seeder nature and move to the Green Lands. She loves her job, her husband, her Seeder family, and everything about this enchanting new realm. Life couldn't be more perfect. Except for the disturbing new war tactics displayed by their enemies, the Ivies.

Rachel's senior year in high school is anything but typical. Discovering her true identity as a Seeder means learning new abilities, hiding from Ivy assassins, and preparing to leave the human world behind. But something's not right with her powers, causing crippling self-doubt and leading her to make unlikely allies. Rachel's ready to join the rebellion, helping to put an end to centuries of unrest amongst the green folk.

But people and promises are rarely as they seem in a war filled with secrets and misdirects.

Far from being on the same page, Rachel and her new mentor, Saff, realize they can only take the needed leap of faith by trusting each other. The ultimate goal for them both is to stay alive, find out who they can trust, and just maybe, if they can manage that, they can stop a never-ending war.

From the Author
*Content Warning* mental health, self-harm, assault, discrimination
It has been a few years for the characters of book one titled Seeder Shadow Wars. Saff and Devin are married and are now teachers in the Green Lands.

Ben, Saff’s brother and Heather Devin’s sister are a couple planning on marriage.

Lyza’s little girl. Rachel is beginning to “bloom.”

There is still conflict between the “Seeders” and the “Ivies” but something new is brewing.

This is a smart and exciting coming of age story in a remarkable and truly creative world. It continues on with the great world building but also delves deeper with old characters and new. Once again drawing you into their lives and choices whether good or bad. This story revolves around friendships, love and growth as human beings and other “species”. Some darker themes are explored but it is done with respect, kindness and understanding. J Houser is a remarkable author with great storytelling experience.


Unitas: Trio
Seeder Wars Series Book 3
This title will be released on Mar 25, 2022.

Also available by the author by signing up for her newsletter.
"Son & Soldier: A Seeder Short Story"

“The Return & Question”
Bonus scenes taking place between Seeder Shadow Wars & Trouble in the Green Lands.

Robin’s Review of Nora by Holly Hill Mangin

Humanity has a hidden name…

Nora

by Holly Hill Mangin

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Nora
by Holly Hill Mangin

After a virus practically decimated the human population, those who survived must deal with the aftermath left in its wake. Finding one's place is only one of the obstacles. Newly found Abilities and facing those the virus has left insane are others. Nora reels from an encounter with a Crazy and the loss of her fiance at the woman's hands, but can she come to terms with everything that has happened, or will revelations drive her over the edge? Inspired by Midnight Sun, book two of the Savage North Chronicles by Lindsey Pogue, Nora takes a peek at a character in the shadows, one determined to find happiness no matter what.

We see a dystopian world formed from an outbreak where survivors gain an exceptional “Ability.” This is seen through the viewpoint of the fractured mind of Nora.

This was a creepy but well written story. It was quite an emotional ride through the tortured main character’s mind. In the beginning I felt sorry for Nora but towards the end things changed. Holly Hill Mangin wrote a fantastic dystopian/apocalyptic psychological thriller. I can’t wait for more from this author.

Inspired by and pieces adapted from Midnight Sun by Lindsey Pogue
Robin's Review: This was a creepy but well written story. It was quite an emotional ride through the tortured main character’s mind. In the beginning I felt sorry for Nora but towards the end things changed. Holly Hill Mangin wrote a fantastic dystopian/apocalyptic psychological thriller. I can’t wait for more from this author.

Inspired by and pieces adapted from Midnight Sun by Lindsey Pogue

To read more about the other characters in this story you can read Savage North Chronicles by Lindsey Pogue.

THE DARKEST WINTER
THE LONGEST NIGHT, prequel novella
MIDNIGHT SUN
FADING SHADOWS
UNTAMED
UNBROKEN

Science Fiction
Fantasy
Dystopian
Post-Apocalyptic
Thriller
Short Story





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Robin’s Review of Magnified and Sanctified

Humanity has a hidden name…

Magnified and Sanctified

by J. David Core

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Magnified and Sanctified
by J. David Core

Humanity has a hidden name, a “secret cord” known and feared in our unconscious minds for millennia. Uttered for the first time in human history, it has the power to control our very essence, altering us at the cellular level and changing us into mindless reapers intent on sharing the irresistible name; transforming all who hear and calling them to join the danse.
Robin's Review: This is an interesting take on a zombie apocalypse story. It is full of plausible science and freakish fiction, but it is up to you to figure out what parts are what. I liked that it was a clean and different way of spreading the “infection” resulting in zombies. The plot was strong, but it did leave you hanging in a few places which adds to the creepiness. The characters were well written and easily relatable. All in all, it was a good book. On a side note, it had some good tips for edible plants and such.

This title will be released on December 31, 2021.

Thanks so much for an advance review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.

Zombie
Horror
Post-Apocalyptic
Thriller
Science Fiction
Fantasy




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Robin’s Review of Piece by Piece

Sometimes, all it takes is perspective to appreciate the simple things.

Piece by Piece

by Daemon Manx

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Piece by Piece
by Daemon Manx

How would you live your life if you knew the year you were going to die. Sometimes, all it takes is perspective to appreciate the simple things, or a little extra concern for the frailty of the present moment to fully understand what makes life worth living. And sometimes, all it takes is a little shove in the right direction. When Bobby Canfield was eleven years old, he received a message from a mysterious presence called Mac. The delivery of this message was through a Ouija board, and it would forever change Bobby's life. After all, it's not every day you find out when you are going to die.
Robin's Review: Another great read from Daemon Manx.
His writing just sucks you in with how fluid he writes. His stories are so fantastically imaginative with rich descriptions that you feel yourself pulled into the story.

Piece by Piece

“I have discovered that life is a journey that we each must take, and the only way to find the answers is to ask the questions ourselves. No one can do it for us. It is a puzzle we must solve on our own, piece by piece.”

This was an exciting read for me. I loved how Mr. Manx made in such a short time such a vibrant and entertaining story with supernatural undertones that seem so undeniable plausible and real.

The Widower

“The noises that escaped from David’s lips were not exactly the cries of a man in pain, and they weren’t precisely the anguished wails of sorrow. The sound that David expressed as the beast drained him was much closer to that of relief.”

This story has an interesting and emotional tone to it that I found fascinating. I loved how it had a bit of an edge to it in how it was written.

I never want to pass up a book by Daemon Manx and neither should you. Always a five-star rating.

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Robin’s Review of Atlanta Ares Weapons Project – Book 1

Terrorists have unleashed a biological weapon that devolves the infected into a horde of murderous zombies.

Atlanta (Ares Weapons Project Book 1)

by Matthew Sleadd

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Atlanta 
Ares Weapons Project Book 1
by Matthew Sleadd

Terrorists have unleashed a biological weapon that devolves the infected into a horde of murderous zombies. They scour Atlanta, kidnapping survivors and dragging them into their hive where a mysterious force puppeteers mobs across the city. The military calls troops to establish quarantine and prevent anyone from leaving, but the CDC has only one doctor researching an end to this plague. This doctor is trapped inside Atlanta, so they form a desperate plan to save all of humanity.

Jason Hartman retired as a sniper from the SAG’s high-value target rescue team. He was not expecting to join his brother and a Special Operations team leader to launch a mission to infiltrate the city and extract the government’s lead infections disease expert. But can they act quickly enough to avoid the city’s destruction, and will they avoid becoming infected by the zombie plague themselves? All the while, shadowy governmental forces operate behind the scenes. How far will the military go to cover their tracks and prevent the truth from being known? Who will ultimately be responsible for the destruction of the city?

Robin's Review: If you like your characters with military training and different types of zombies then this is your book. This book has action, zombies, snarky one liners and some interesting survival tips. I enjoyed this book immensely. It was a quick paced pager turner with nonstop action. Matthew Sleadd is now one of my go to authors for the Post-Apocalyptic genre. I can’t wait for the next installment in this series.

An unknown terrorist organization released a biological toxin in five major cities that include New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and Atlanta that turns these cities into a zombie infested war zone.

Command consisting of Captain Miller, Ensign Richardson, Colonel Maes, General Bullen and Chief Spencer have green lighted a mission that is off the books and consists of a non-active duty person.

That person is Chief Warrant Officer, Marcus Spencer that is now put on leave. He asks Former Sergeant, Jason Hartman to accompany him into Atlanta. Jason agrees on one condition which is to stop and pickup his brother David Hartman and his wife Maggie.

Their mission is to extract Dr. Richard McComber, head of infectious disease research at the CDC in Atlanta who has pertinent research on this fungal “Horde Virus”.
Zombie Tips:
Don’t break into homes of people with guns. It won’t go in your favor.

Don’t leave them (zombies) unless you know they’re dead. (Remember horror films)

You are only as silent as your loudest person.

Cinch down any gear that might give off any untoward sounds.

Find a place to rest that has nothing inside that anyone would want

Barricade using parked cars so that it blocks anyone from entering.

When searching someone the goal was to remove anything that someone could use later to hurt you and also check for information.

Shooting at night is difficult and requires a combination of layered shadows. Rather than looking for a well-defined target, you searched for distortion to the background.

Zombie Names:
ravenous monster creatures, quarterback, super motivator, fighter, slow movers, shambles, cadaver, terrestrial threat, wretches, friends, knuckle-draggers, super zombie, queen,

Favorite Lines:
“Fine, but tell me he wasn’t chairborne.”

“This is Atlanta. I’m concerned about being shot under normal circumstances.”

What part of retired did you not understand when deciding who to pack in your clown car?”

“We may need to focus our attention on shot placement. If you can manage, aim for the head.”

“So Chief. At what point can I use the z-word?”

“Sir, we have four of those people you won’t let me call zombies.”

“Our friends from earlier are making house calls now. Only going to be a matter of time before one of them knocks on our door asking if we found God.”

“strap-hanger”
“Textbook terrible”

“For a plus, I see nothing smarter than, ‘Grog eat.’”

“They did the roach thing and scattered with the first bullet.”

David, how goes the truck? You got it fixed yet?” My brother’s hand came, middle finger extended, from around the hood; then he pulled his hand back to keep working. “Looks like he’s almost done,” I said and turned back to Spencer.

“He looks like a fatty-cake kind of kid.”

“Have to make fun of someone, and unless you have anyone from the Air Force, or please tell me, Space Force, I’ll make do with the kid.”






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