While X tries to relieve tensions at home, a team of newly trained Hell Divers, led by Michael Everhart, returns to the skies in Discovery, formerly the ITC Deliverance. Their mission: to locate other human survivors throughout the world and bring them back to the islands. But the Hell Divers aren’t the only ones searching for survivors. A gruesome discovery on a dive reveals that the android defectors awakened at Red Sphere continue to hunt humans across the globe. And they may not be the only ones.
In a race against time, the Hell Divers may be the only obstacle in the way of enemies that will stop at nothing to wipe out the final pockets of survivors and extinguish the human genome forever.
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In this first book in the Step By Step trilogy, global catastrophe occurs as all plastic mysteriously liquefies. All the small components making many technologies possible—navigation systems, communications, medical equipment—fail.
In Sycamore River, citizens find their lives disrupted as everything they've depended on melts around them, with sometimes fatal results. All they can rely upon is themselves.
And this is only the beginning . . .
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Humanity has finally found a new home, but the price is blood ...
After a long, perilous journey, Hell Divers Xavier Rodriguez and Magnolia Katib discover the Metal Islands, a sunny habitable zone where thousands of people live by fishing and farming. But this “paradise” is really a violent warrior society ruled by the cannibal king el Pulpo. For the first time in X’s life, he is forced to lay down his arms and surrender.
Back on the airships, the Hell Divers are recovering from a gruesome discovery at Red Sphere, where they learned the truth about World War III. Now they must fight another war—this time for what remains of their own endangered species. As the battle approaches, alliances will be forged, and others broken.
Forced to fight in the Cazador army, X faces his toughest mission yet. Will he help his people come down from the sky and claim the promised land, or will humanity go extinct?
The children have inherited the Earth. And their nightmare is just beginning.
Facing starvation and pursued by a relentless sniper bent on killing her, Josie Revelle - and undersized misfit with nowhere to run - embarks on a mad 48-hour journey that takes her places darker than she ever imagined. She finds friendship in Shawnika Williams, a street-smart, hard-punching girl on a desperate quest to find her missing brother, and Grace Cavanaugh, a naive West Virginia farm girl looking for redemption . . . and Josie's about to become an unwilling messiah.
At the end of their path awaits charismatic, megalomaniacal teenage psychopath Zane Barzan, who commands an army of adolescent killers and has been busy building his own blood-soaked empire modeled after Hitler's Third Reich.
Misfit. Brawler. Tomboy. Psychopath. Are they the end of humanity, or a new beginning?
Michael and Jimmy watch their world fall apart around them until they get tired of just watching. They decide a road trip is in order. They'll head to Michael's parents' home in Philadelphia. They're accompanied by Jessica, her friend Mandy who may or may not have a thing for Michael, and some graduate student friends of Michael.Their trek north is fraught with peril as they encounter militias, maniacs, and people generally scared out of their wits. As those around them succumb to horrible fates, Michael and Jimmy fight to maintain their friendship because each man knows, in the end, all we have is each other.
The Old World is coming to an end as the Cold Cognition Movement rapidly spreads, creating a population of purely logical beings. The citizens of the Earth must now choose whether to join or to fight against the New World, and find themselves struggling with which is the right choice. Although most people long for the peaceful and equal world that the Movement promises, they must give up their emotions and free will to have this peace. After all, people are not peaceful by nature, they must be created. But is peace really worth ridding the entire world of compassion, joy, and love? Followers of the Cold Cognition Movement believe it is, and they are determined to create a stronger, smarter, more peaceful race of humans, by exterminating the very thing that makes us human, and revealing how far people are willing to go to achieve world peace.
The RIFT Saga begins here.
In the ruins of what was once North America lays the Covenant, a nation forged by the iron will of the Moon people, who descended from their dusty refuge on the Moon after the Fall. The Moon people are wealthy, ruled by a strong government who protects its citizens from the dangers from outside their borders. Their greatest achievement is having learned the secret of immortality, and every citizen has the opportunity to live nearly forever if they choose to, a life of riches and abundance.
The English are the descendants of the original inhabitants of this place, and they live very different lives from that of the Moon people. They only live to serve the greater good, and citizenship is something few have the opportunity to earn. At the age of fifty all non-citizens are subjected to mandatory euthanasia. In order to maintain a sustainable society, they are told.
Every year a number of girls and boys at the age of eighteen are selected for Service to the State. The brightest and most talented are sent to become Students. The strong, the fighters and the athletes become Janissaries, a band of soldiers protecting the northern border from the enemies of the Covenant. The Wardens, a secretive organization known to operate far to the west, near the Rift, which makes up the border to the wastelands, sometimes choses one or two initiates, but nobody knows what becomes of them. And then there is the Corpus, where the whip rules and backs are bent.
Those who complete their Service, may become citizens. And although they will never be equal to the Moon people, they will have access to all the riches and opportunities granted by the Covenant leadership to its citizens.
As Sue is nearing Selection Day, she secretly hopes to be chosen, despite having to leave her mother and brother behind. She doesn't crave glory or wealth though. A man or woman with citizen status can do a lot of good, and although few return to their home towns, Sue hopes to return to give her family a better life on the other side of Service.
But the Covenant is rotten to the core, and as she begins to learn its secrets, Sue must question everything she has always taken for granted. Soon she will find herself in dire peril, for she has seen the truth and there will be no turning back after that...
This science fiction dystopian is set more than two centuries after the events of Exodus, in a future dystopian society forged from the ashes of global disaster.
"Mr. Christensen has absolutely found his genre, and I hope he keeps the stories coming!"
A powerful post-apocalyptic thriller, perfect for fans of The Martian. When the sky begins to fall, one man finds himself separated from his family, his best hope is to run—or risk losing what he loves forever.
When the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the country, every second counts. No one knows this more than Edgar Hill: over five hundred miles of devastated wasteland stretch between him and his family. To get back to them, he must push himself to the very limit—or risk losing them forever.
His best option is to run. But what if his best isn't good enough? End of the World Running Club is an otherworldly yet extremely human story of hope, love, and the endurance of both body and spirit.
Praise for The End of the World Running Club:
"Harrowing and heartrending, this is a novel that is almost impossible to put down." —Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
"Walker's ability to imagine a post-apocalyptic world in crisp detail is on full display in the early pages of The End of World Running Club." — Maximum Shelf
"...a beautifully written postapocalyptic tale of a flawed man's struggle for survival and redemption." — Booklist
"A fresh and frighteningly real take on what "the end" might be...quite an exciting and nerve-wracking 'run', with characters
They will dive, but will humanity survive?
Left for dead on the nightmarish surface of the planet, Commander Michael Everhart and his team of Hell Divers barely escape with their lives aboard a new airship called Deliverance. After learning that Xavier "X" Rodriguez may still be alive, they mount a rescue mission for the long-lost hero.
In the skies, the Hive is falling apart, but Captain Jordan is more determined than ever to keep humanity in their outdated lifeboat. He will do whatever it takes to keep the ship in the air-even murder. But when he learns the Hell Divers he exiled have found Deliverance, he changes course for a new mission-find the divers, kill them, and make their new ship his own.
In the third installment of the Hell Divers series, Michael and his fellow divers fight across the mutated landscape in search of X. But what they find will change everything.
Now the world has changed. A viral outbreak manufactured by The Order, human apex predators roam freely, humanity has bound together in pockets of resistance. The children of The Order have turned on their masters in a race for supremacy; spread out across the country, systematically taking over key military installations.
Though not entirely human, Erica may hold the key to humanity's survival. Will she run, as she always has? Will she stand, one against many and risk losing all she holds dear – Her freedom, her family, her very existence? Into Armageddon is the beginning of a dystopian post-apocalyptic world, includes elements of Military Fiction, Science Fiction, hard science and genetic engineering, but reads like an action/ adventure and romance all wrapped up into one pulse pounding novel that you won't want to put down. It's the first book in the Ruler of Ashes series.
"The climax of events was a culmination of genetically modified terrors brawling with omnipotent powers. CLASH! And combined with the characters I'd come to love—all of it was just too much.
But all ended well, almost. Stage SET for the sequel! And I am all in.
SIX out of FIVE stars for Into Armageddon. It was THAT freakin' AWESOME!"
"I couldn't put it down, and now that I'm done reading it, I can't wait to find out what happens next! I haven't stayed up all night to read a book in years. ... if you like Stephen King, ...if you're a TEOTWAWKI [The End Of The World As We Know It] prepper, you need to read this. You'll be hooked."
Fans of Charles Stross and Hannu Rajaniemi will lose themselves in this adventure as Threnody Corwin and her team of rogue Strykers contend with the aftermath of the events in Mind Storm and the unlocking of a new kind of psion power. They're on the run with Lucas Serca, who is closer than ever to destroying the World Court and his father's grip on the planet. Targeting the hidden cache of the planet's food supply meant to transform Mars into a paradise for the chosen few, Lucas triggers an escalating fight with the ruling government as worldwide chaos ensues. It's up to Threnody to save society before it destroys itself, but the cost is high and in the end, there is no such thing as compromise.
There is only survival.
In Threnody Corwin, K. M. Ruiz has created the coolest and most bad-ass sci-fi heroine since Signourney Weaver portrayed Ripley in the Alien films and Terminal Point takes her to the next level.
The thrilling conclusion to the ZAPHEADS post-apocalyptic series.
Five months after a doomsday solar event, Mackie Dailey has settled in with a group of survivors at a remote college campus.
Mackie is haunted by his former life as a hired gun for ruthless drug lord Lucas Krider, but even the apocalypse offers no escape from the past. Krider has established his own camp and preys on Mackie’s addiction and rage. But their personal battle is buried in a larger war with the mutant Zapheads who threaten the extinction of the human race. Then a mysterious infant turns their world upside down.
Can Mackie save his friends and help them build a better future, or will he destroy them all in his quest for revenge?
Look for the other post-apocalyptic series in the ZAPHEADS universe, AFTER and NEXT.
"Always surprises and always entertains." - Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero
"One of the most thrilling writers working today." - Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines
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Keith has always wanted to make a difference, but as a regular guy surrounded by superheroes, that dream has always seemed unattainable. That is, until he’s tapped for Shuteye, a secret government program founded in case of the end of the world—and in Keith’s world, the apocalypse can come in many forms. From a meteor on a collision course with Earth to the always-possible threat of nuclear war, the Shuteye program is humanity’s only hope for rebuilding if the unthinkable happens.
Which, of course, it does.
When Keith wakes up fifty years into post-apocalyptic America, alone and in a secret military base, he has one mission: reunite with his teammates, find any other surviving members of the Shuteye program, and help rebuild civilization. On the way he must battle zombies, feral mutated humans, outlaws, and mysterious, grotesque super soldiers, all while avoiding capture in a world ruled by women.
This unique, cross-genre survival story is a non-stop action-packed science fiction thriller that ignores boundaries and answers the age-old question: What happens after the apocalypse?
The story begins one year after One Second After ends, two years since nuclear weapons were detonated above the United States and brought America to its knees. After months of suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths, the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, are beginning to recover technology and supplies they had once taken for granted, like electricity, radio communications, and medications. When a “federal administrator” arrives in a nearby city, they dare to hope that a new national government is finally emerging.
That hope quickly diminishes when town administrator John Matherson learns that most of the young men and women in the community are to be drafted into the “Army of National Recovery” and sent to trouble spots hundreds of miles away. He and the people of Black Mountain protest vehemently. But “the New Regime” is already tyrannizing one nearby community.
Will Matherson’s friends and neighbors be next?
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A biological weapon has decimated the population, and those who remain have been driven to desperate measures to survive. Over the course of a century, evolution delivers an answer — the Xeno gene, which provides its bearers with immunity to disease. All adolescent girls are tested for the X-gene, and carriers are obligated to bear children for the good of the human race.
The promise of salvation comes at a terrible price.
Stone Emmerson, heir to a position of supreme power, is surprised to learn his best friend Kella is an X-gene carrier. He’s quick to claim her as his own, but as a mere servant, Kella can’t help but doubt his motives. Before he can offer the protection of his name, she escapes his household. Mourning her loss, Stone becomes a black sheep among his peers by focusing on the welfare of his people.
While survival and freedom hang in the balance…
Starting over under an assumed name, Kella is a founding member of the X-Diplomats, a radical group dedicated to stopping enforced X-gene testing and promoting equal rights for commoners. Years pass before she crosses paths with Stone again. As the web of deceit that has come between them unravels, their love begins to grow. But can Stone turn a blind eye to Kella’s violent revolution and see the justice of her cause? Or will their differences prove too great to overcome?
What price would you pay to break the chains of oppression?
They dive so humanity survives. Now they take to the sea.
In the fourth installment of the Hell Divers series, the Sea Wolf sets out to search for the Metal Islands. Leading the expedition is legendary Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez. After enduring for a decade on the poisoned surface, his survival skills will be put to the test on the dangerous open seas.
But storms, sea monsters, and the cannibalistic Cazadores aren't the only threat to X and his small crew. Their mission will uncover hard truths about the history of the war that left humankind stranded in the air for centuries. And the fate of those still living on the airships might very well rest on this fragile and perilous journey to find a new home.
Of course not. There is no light at the end of the tunnel.
But one of us has a different opinion...
Either I get an answer to my questions, or I end up dead. I’m truly just scared of the first thing.
-- Mark Badluck
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The PERiL Series is a journey across time, a mystery that weaves itself through the lives of many leaving only destruction in its wake. A puzzle only you can solve, what started a long time ago has corrupted everyone's future and led to almost everyone's demise. Out of time and stuck in the past, Detective Mathews and Wren must piece together the ruined lives of the puppets who have come before, the monsters who pull the strings and the people they can save. The choices they make will seal their fate.
FEAR ME AFTER SLEEP
LUST AFTER REVENGE
SEE THROUGH LIES
IF I DIE BEFORE YOU KILL ME
DON'T TRUST YOUR ENEMY
Themes: Murder & Psychology Manipulation. Moderate Violence.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world as unique and vividly imagined as those of Mad Max and The Girl with All the Gifts, a startling and timely debut that explores what it is to be human and what it truly means to be connected in the digital age.
IT MAKES US. IT DESTROYS US. NOW WE MUST LEARN TO LIVE WITHOUT IT.
The Feed is accessible everywhere, by everyone, at any time. It instantaneously links us to all information and global events as they break. Every interaction, every emotion, every image can be shared through it; it is the essential tool everyone relies on to know and understand the thoughts and feelings of partners, parents, friends, children, colleagues, bosses, employees . . . in fact, of anyone and everyone else in the world.
Tom and Kate use the Feed, but Tom has resisted its addiction, which makes him suspect to his family. After all, his father created it. But that opposition to constant connection serves Tom and Kate well when the Feed collapses after a horrific tragedy shatters the world as they know it.
The Feed’s collapse, taking modern society with it, leaves people scavenging to survive. Finding food is truly a matter of life and death. Minor ailments, previously treatable, now kill. And while the collapse has demolished the trappings of the modern world, it has also eroded trust. In a world where survival of the fittest is a way of life, there is no one to depend upon except yourself . . . and maybe even that is no longer true.
Tom and Kate have managed to protect themselves and their family. But then their six-year-old daughter, Bea, goes missing. Who has taken her? How do you begin to look for someone in a world without technology? And what happens when you can no longer even be certain that the people you love are really who they claim to be?
The world you know is dead. We did this to ourselves.
The epidemic struck at the end of the Third World War. Fighting over oil, power, and religion, governments ignored the rise of an antibacterial-resistant plague. In just five years, the Earth was annihilated. Only one city survived—Etyom—a frozen hellhole in northern Siberia, engulfed in endless conflict.
The years is 2251.
Two groups emerged from the ashes of the old world. Within the walled city of Lower Etyom dwell the Robusts—descendants of the poor who were immune to the New Black Death. Above them, in a metropolis of pristine platforms called lillipads, live the Graciles—the progeny of the superrich, bio-engineered to resist the plague.
Mila Solokoff is a Robust who trades information in a world where knowing too much can get you killed. Caught in a deal gone bad, she's forced to take a high-risk job for a clandestine organization hell-bent on revolution.
Demitri Stasevich is a Gracile with a dark secret—a sickness that, if discovered, will get him Ax'd. His only relief is an illegal narcotic produced by the Robusts, and his only means of obtaining it is a journey to the arctic hell far below New Etyom.
Thrust together in the midst of a sinister plot that threatens all life above and below the cloud line, Mila and Demitri must master their demons and make a choice—one that will either salvage what's left of the human race or doom it to extinction …
From the ashes of what used to be North America, a new nation was forged by survivors of the Fall, who descended from their Lunar colonies. They called this new nation the Covenant, and two centuries later, it is stronger than ever. The Moon people rule with an iron fist, to ensure their dominance, for the Covenant is a nation where a chosen few prosper at the cost of everyone else, who are forced to serve their masters their entire lives.
Sue and Dave are on the run with a price on their heads. They have both discovered deadly secrets that the Covenant must keep hidden in order to protect their long-term plans for world domination. Meanwhile, the power struggles within the factions of the Moon people reach new heights, and a new development is about to set the world on fire.
This is the second book in the Rift Saga, which is set more than two centuries after the events of Exodus.
Everyone loves Survivalist, a live-action, virtual reality show based on Arc Entertainment's The Game, where cybernetically controlled zombies do battle in a video arcade in the middle of a Long Island wasteland. It's to die for.
If you're rich enough, you can buy your way in. If you're desperate enough, you can volunteer to become one of the Undead Players. Jessie Daniels and her gang of computer hackers plan to break their way in.
Welcome to GAMELAND. Access Restricted.
EPISODE 1: Deep Into The Game
A reckless, end-of-summer plan leads Jessie and her friends onto Long Island hoping to catch a glimpse of the infected victims of a decades-old outbreak. But while breaking in might be easy, getting back out is a hell of a killer. It doesn't take long before they realize they're part of The Game.
Deep Into the Game is the first book in the hi-tech dystopian thriller GAMELAND. Structured on television's The Walking Dead and Law and Order, the nearly 400,000-word series consists of eight individual episodes, first published monthly between May and December 2012. All are available digitally in single and multi-episode packages, as well as in an omnibus edition. Also available in print.
Not recommended for readers under age 15.
Want more GAMELAND?
For insight into the world of GAMELAND, including how it all started, check out the short story Golgotha, available individually in digital format as well as in the short story collection Shorting the Undead and Other Horrors.
Infected: Hacked Files from the GAMELAND Archive. Includes a timeline of key events, glossary, character dossiers, essays, articles and more.
Velveteen. Six-year-old Cassie's story of the long Island outbreak. A terrifying twist on a classic children's tale.
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