Afterburn: A Free Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

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 "One of the most thrilling writers working today. Miss him at your peril." - Blake Crouch, Dark Matter

A near-future spinoff of the bestselling AFTER post-apocalyptic thriller series.

NEXT #1: AFTERBURN

Five years after a devastating solar storm wipes out civilization and spawns a strange race of mutants, Rachel Wheeler and her misfit family must choose whether to hide away or fight to join other survivors.

As their food supply dwindles in the military bunker they’ve occupied, radiation from abandoned nuclear plants is altering the world around them. Not only are the mutants building their own cities and weapons, the remaining dregs of the U.S. military are massing for an attack. As the environment decays, hostile new creatures crawl out from the crevices and up from the waterways to threaten them all.

But as a half-mutant, Rachel’s choice isn’t as simple as mere survival—the mutant way of life might be more promising than anything humans could hope to restore. And Rachel’s next decision could tear apart her family and the entire world.

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"Always surprises and always entertains." - Jonathan Maberry, the Joe Ledger series

"Like Stephen King, he summons serious scares." - Bentley Little, The Mailman

"Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody." - J.A. Konrath, the Jack Daniels series

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"Always surprises and always entertains." - Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

A box set of four books in the bestselling AFTER post-apocalyptic thriller series

The After Series: Books 0-3

When devastating solar storms wipe out the technological infrastructure and kill billions, the few survivors struggle to adapt. But some among them have changed, becoming primal and violent. But the mutants quickly evolve into something even more dangerous to the future of the human race. 

Rachel Wheeler and her group of friends find themselves caught between the mysterious new tribe, roving bands of scavengers, and rogue military units as they carve out a home in the new world.

After #0: First Light- Prequel novella. NASA scientists warn of the possible effects of heightened solar activity, but the threat is downplayed until it's far too late.

After #1: The Shock- Rachel Wheeler flees the dangers of Charlotte to seek her grandfather's remote compound in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is joined by several other survivors as they fight back against a hostile world.

After #2: The Echo- The survivors discover the mutant Zapheads are evolving by imitating human speech and behavior, but the threat of savage violence remains.

After #3: Milepost 291- As Rachel and the others near her grandfather's compound, new dangers emerge, including a military unit that has established its own harsh laws.

Look for the rest of the After books: Whiteout, Red Scare, and Dying Light. See what happens five years later in the NEXT series.
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"One of the most thrilling writers working today. Miss him at your peril." - Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines

"Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody." - J.A. Konrath, Origin

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Haunted Computer Books
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Published on
Oct 27, 2015
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9781626479241
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English
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Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Military
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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“One of the most thrilling writers working today. Miss him at your peril.” – Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines

The second book in the Next post-apocalyptic thriller series

EARTH ZERO

As the remnants of the human race mobilize for an attack on the mutants who have taken over the abandoned cities, a small band of survivors are caught in the middle of the conflict.

Rachel Wheeler’s own mutant abilities could make her a valuable resource for the new government and the army it has formed in the wake of the apocalypse. But the people who want to take back the world have a ruthless vision for the future, and a toxic planet is unleashing its rage in the form of deadly predators. Meanwhile, the mutants are evolving at an astonishing rate and establishing a social order that defies human control. When her group is drawn into the ultimate war, Rachel must decide whether to stay loyal to the ones she loves or fight for ideals she doesn’t fully embrace. 

The top of the food chain is at stake, and the extinction of the human race may not be the worst possible outcome.

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Look for Next #3: Radiophobia, as well as the AFTER post-apocalyptic series and the ZAPHEADS spinoff series.

“Always surprises and always entertains.” – Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

“Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody.” – J.A. Konrath, Origin

Keywords: science fiction, post-apocalyptic, horror, dystopian, action & adventure, military fiction, thriller, technological, technothriller, futuristic mutant sci-fi, survival horror, doomsday fiction, Stephen King, Hugh Howey, J.L Bourne, Edward W. Robertson, D.J. Molles, Andy Weir, David Weber, John Ringo, Bobby Adair, Joshua Dalzelle

 

 “Always surprises and always entertains.” – Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

"He has a fresh and true voice that will affect you, disturb you, enrage you, or make you laugh. He will not, however, leave you cold."--Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of Dune: House Atreides

Next #3: Radiophobia

When mutants develop technology that threatens the dwindling human race, the last survivors fight to regain control of their world.

Rachel Wheeler and her friends are dropped into the enemy stronghold of Wilkesboro as part of a desperate military operation. Their mission is to disrupt a new energy source that will give the mutants unlimited power. Even as the remnants of the central government plan nuclear strikes on all major mutant colonies, a mysterious new fallout threatens them all.

Will the nuclear holocaust deliver a final victory to the human race, or will the survivors face their own extinction in a world overrun with monsters and strange new races?

Look for Next #4: Directive 17, as well as the AFTER and ZAPHEADS series.

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“One of the most thrilling writers working today. Miss him at your peril.” – Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines

keywords: post-apocalyptic survival horror, zombies, science fiction, mutants, technothiller, military action and adventure, futuristic dystopian suspense, doomsday fiction, Justin Cronin, Hugh Howey, Jeff Vandermeer, Scott Sigler, Rick Yancey, James Dashner, Susan Ee, Veronica Roth, William R. Forstchen

Fifty years after The Andromeda Strain made Michael Crichton a household name—and spawned a new genre, the technothriller—the threat returns, in a gripping sequel that is terrifyingly realistic and resonant.

The Evolution is Coming.

In 1967, an extraterrestrial microbe came crashing down to Earth and nearly ended the human race. Accidental exposure to the particle—designated The Andromeda Strain—killed every resident of the town of Piedmont, Arizona, save for an elderly man and an infant boy. Over the next five days, a team of top scientists assigned to Project Wildfire worked valiantly to save the world from an epidemic of unimaginable proportions. In the moments before a catastrophic nuclear detonation, they succeeded.

In the ensuing decades, research on the microparticle continued. And the world thought it was safe…

Deep inside Fairchild Air Force Base, Project Eternal Vigilance has continued to watch and wait for the Andromeda Strain to reappear. On the verge of being shut down, the project has registered no activity—until now. A Brazilian terrain-mapping drone has detected a bizarre anomaly of otherworldly matter in the middle of the jungle, and, worse yet, the tell-tale chemical signature of the deadly microparticle.

With this shocking discovery, the next-generation Project Wildfire is activated, and a diverse team of experts hailing from all over the world is dispatched to investigate the potentially apocalyptic threat.

But the microbe is growing—evolving. And if the Wildfire team can’t reach the quarantine zone, enter the anomaly, and figure out how to stop it, this new Andromeda Evolution will annihilate all life as we know it.

For fans of the oral history genre phenomenon World War Z, an inventive new spin on the apocalypse featuring a worldwide plague of insomnia.

Remember what it’s like to go an entire night without sleep?

What if sleep didn’t come the following night? Or the night after? What might happen if you, your friends, your family, your coworkers, and the strangers you pass on the street, all slowly began to realize that rest might not ever come again?

How slowly might the world fall apart? How long would it take for a society without sleep to descend into chaos?

Sleep Over is a collection of waking nightmares, a scrapbook collection of haunting and poignant stories from those trapped in a world where the pillars of society are crumbling, and madness is slowly descending on a planet without rest.

Online vigilantism transforms social media into a blame game with deadly consequences.

A freelance journalist grapples with the ethics of turning in footage of mass suicide.

Scientists turn to horrifying experiments as they grow more desperate in their race for a cure.

In Sleep Over, these stories are just the beginning. Before the Longest Day, the world record was eleven days without sleep. It turns out many of us will be forced to go much longer.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
“One of the most thrilling writers working today. Miss him at your peril.” – Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines

The second book in the Next post-apocalyptic thriller series

EARTH ZERO

As the remnants of the human race mobilize for an attack on the mutants who have taken over the abandoned cities, a small band of survivors are caught in the middle of the conflict.

Rachel Wheeler’s own mutant abilities could make her a valuable resource for the new government and the army it has formed in the wake of the apocalypse. But the people who want to take back the world have a ruthless vision for the future, and a toxic planet is unleashing its rage in the form of deadly predators. Meanwhile, the mutants are evolving at an astonishing rate and establishing a social order that defies human control. When her group is drawn into the ultimate war, Rachel must decide whether to stay loyal to the ones she loves or fight for ideals she doesn’t fully embrace. 

The top of the food chain is at stake, and the extinction of the human race may not be the worst possible outcome.

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Look for Next #3: Radiophobia, as well as the AFTER post-apocalyptic series and the ZAPHEADS spinoff series.

“Always surprises and always entertains.” – Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

“Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody.” – J.A. Konrath, Origin

Keywords: science fiction, post-apocalyptic, horror, dystopian, action & adventure, military fiction, thriller, technological, technothriller, futuristic mutant sci-fi, survival horror, doomsday fiction, Stephen King, Hugh Howey, J.L Bourne, Edward W. Robertson, D.J. Molles, Andy Weir, David Weber, John Ringo, Bobby Adair, Joshua Dalzelle

 

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