Straight Into Darkness: A Deserted Lands Novel

Rocket Tears Press
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What if safety felt like prison? How does a girl who never had a place in the world before it ended, find her place in the new world? Ninety-five percent of the people on the planet are dead. Lizzie is pregnant from an end of world one-night stand, and the situation is complicated. Her family, friends, the government of Provo, aka The City and one of the last outposts of civilization, all want to keep her safe. And it's driving her nuts. She should be staying safe inside the walls of The City, but she's got to get out. A dangerous mission is exactly what she needs right now.
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About the author

 Growing up in the Pacific Northwest [Hoquiam, Washington], Robert L. Slater wanted to be an astronaut or a rock star. At 42, he gave up those dreams to become a writer of science fiction and fantasy, where he can pretend to be both. 

Like some of his characters, he has a propensity for speaking in lines from 80s movies, drinking Mountain Dew and eating pizza. He loves music as a listener, a zealous fan, a guitar player, and a singer/songwriter.  

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Publisher
Rocket Tears Press
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Published on
Sep 30, 2015
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Pages
278
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ISBN
9781942096023
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Young Adult Fiction / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Young Adult Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Young Adult Fiction / Dystopian
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Robert L. Slater
 All is Silence in the World: A Deserted Lands novelBy Robert L. Slater

The Stand (without paranormal) meets The Bell Jar

2018. No Aliens. No Nuclear War. No Zombies. No People. Almost no humans.

In a world ravaged by disease, Lizzie, a 17 year old with an alphabet soup of diagnoses, is one of the few left alive. The freeway on the other side of her street, blocked by cement walls that did little to block the noise, sits eerily silent, the daily sirens faded.

Lizzie had said, “I hope you all die!” And then they did. Almost everyone. Her alcoholic mother and her little brother are dying in the hospital; her mom’s abusive boyfriend is dead. Despite her words, being alone isn’t a good thing for an suicidal cutter. Fear of the disease has kept her inside, frozen with indecision.

When she finally ventures out she finds survivors: dog-people--altered by the disease, left less than human, and people less scarred, some from her past. A shocking turn of events leaves blood on her hands and reveals a link to a stranger she thought was dead.

Bellingham turns dangerous; Lizzie and her friends flee across deserted lands seeking safety and hope for new beginnings. Along the way people join their quest. They encounter fledgling governments, new and old religious fanatics and marauding renegades. In a world with plenty of food, plenty of gas, plenty of space… fear, anger and lust for power still control the patterns of human life.

An edgy, realistic, Young Adult apocalypse written by a former alternative high school teacher for the angry, sad Children of the Children of the 80s, teenagers who grew up on their parents’ Hair Metal, John Hughes movies, and pizza. Oh, and their parents who aren’t too old to recognize themselves… 
Saul Tanpepper
A sudden and chaotic lockdown at her elementary school forces a third grade teacher into survival mode. The vague threat soon reveals itself to be far more dangerous than she imagined. How will she protect her young charges and herself?

This standalone story features events at the intersection between the worlds of my companion series THE FLENSE and BUNKER 12.


BUNKER 12

Requiring no more than the slightest skin-to-skin contact, the Flense spread across the globe with ruthless speed and stealth, decimating mankind before it was barely even aware of it. The infected were turned into soulless creatures, Wraiths, which wrought destruction upon anyone and anything in their path.

Secure inside ten isolated bunkers are Humanity's tattered remains, each working tirelessly to unravel the mystery of the scourge. But the bunkers were never meant to protect forever. In fact, they were never meant to protect at all.

CONTAIN (BUNKER 12 series pilot): Three years. That's how long Finnian Bolles has been hiding inside the impregnable walls of the hydroelectric complex known as Bunker 8. Three years, with enough resources to last him and the other thirty survivors three more.

But then a series of disturbing events culminates in the sudden appearance of a stranger at their door. Before he too falls victim to the mysterious sickness known as the Flense, he warns them of a fate more horrific than the one they've been avoiding. But to prevent it, they must leave and seek a place many insist doesn't exist, a mythical twelfth bunker.

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THE FLENSE (companion series to BUNKER 12)

Hundreds die in a fiery train crash in northern China. A cargo ship smuggling refugees is lost to calm seas off the Libyan coast. Entire villages in Ghana are abandoned overnight.

Contracted by an apocalypse prepper group to investigate a series of seemingly disconnected global tragedies, a young freelance medical reporter, Angelique de l'Enfantine, uncovers a disturbing pattern: each event is preceded by the sudden spread of a mysterious ailment and is followed by the appearance of a man dressed in black and silver who witnesses claim is the devil himself. Are the tragedies harbingers of an impending biblical catastrophe or practice runs of a fanatical organization bent on global annihilation?

With each event more grisly than the last and the risk to her life growing, Angel must ask herself if her sponsors are using her to advance their own paranoid agenda.

THE FLENSE consists of 4 full-length novels (also serialized into 12 novella-length installments of ~100 pages each) beginning Jul 2015

From the creator of the highly acclaimed epic cyberpunk series GAMELAND

GAMELAND SERIES DESCRIPTION

Built in the middle of Long Island’s abandoned industrial wasteland is a hundred-square-mile virtual reality arcade where the rich and privileged compete in a high-stakes game and the undead are their real-life avatars. There are only two ways to get into this horrifying yet wildly addictive game. The first is by paid invitation. The second is by volunteering to become an Undead Player.

After finding themselves trapped inside a massive gaming arcade in the middle of Long Island's abandoned wasteland, a group of young computer hackers must figure out how to escape while staying out of the clutches of its undead inhabitants and their living controllers.

Get Episodes 1 & 2 free: A reckless end-of-summer prank sends six hackers trespassing onto abandoned Long Island hoping for a glimpse of the victims of the decade-old outbreak.



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Robert L. Slater
 All is Silence in the World: A Deserted Lands novelBy Robert L. Slater

The Stand (without paranormal) meets The Bell Jar

2018. No Aliens. No Nuclear War. No Zombies. No People. Almost no humans.

In a world ravaged by disease, Lizzie, a 17 year old with an alphabet soup of diagnoses, is one of the few left alive. The freeway on the other side of her street, blocked by cement walls that did little to block the noise, sits eerily silent, the daily sirens faded.

Lizzie had said, “I hope you all die!” And then they did. Almost everyone. Her alcoholic mother and her little brother are dying in the hospital; her mom’s abusive boyfriend is dead. Despite her words, being alone isn’t a good thing for an suicidal cutter. Fear of the disease has kept her inside, frozen with indecision.

When she finally ventures out she finds survivors: dog-people--altered by the disease, left less than human, and people less scarred, some from her past. A shocking turn of events leaves blood on her hands and reveals a link to a stranger she thought was dead.

Bellingham turns dangerous; Lizzie and her friends flee across deserted lands seeking safety and hope for new beginnings. Along the way people join their quest. They encounter fledgling governments, new and old religious fanatics and marauding renegades. In a world with plenty of food, plenty of gas, plenty of space… fear, anger and lust for power still control the patterns of human life.

An edgy, realistic, Young Adult apocalypse written by a former alternative high school teacher for the angry, sad Children of the Children of the 80s, teenagers who grew up on their parents’ Hair Metal, John Hughes movies, and pizza. Oh, and their parents who aren’t too old to recognize themselves… 
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