Crucible: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

Haunted Computer Books
Free sample

 “One of the most thrilling writers working today." - Blake Crouch, Dark Matter


CRUCIBLE (Next #5)


Rachel Wheeler and her friends are held captive in a strange city ruled by mutant Zaps, but she is determined to use her powers to overthrow their captors and escape.


But the domed city is more than it appears, and the Zaps have developed mysterious technologies and materials that mimic organic tissue. The Zaps are building sinister new creatures, hoping to replace the Earth’s natural environment with one of their own creation. Meanwhile, the world beyond the dome is becoming increasingly more contaminated and hostile.


As Rachel and the others fight for survival, even the city itself seems determined to destroy them.


Look for the thrilling conclusion to the Next series, HALF LIFE.


Scott Nicholson is the bestselling author of more than 30 thrillers, including The Red Church, Liquid Fear, and the AFTER post-apocalyptic series. His website is

keywords: post-apocalyptic, thriller, horror, zombies, thriller books, technothriller, science fiction, horror ebooks, futuristic dark fantasy, Jonathan Maberry, Hugh Howey, Blake Crouch, Bobby Adair, T.W. Piperbrook

Read more

More by Scott Nicholson

See more
"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.
"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

keywords: doomsday fiction, post-apocalyptic horror, survival horror, science fiction action, adventure, Justin Cronin, Stephen King, zombies, zombie book series, mutant dystopian, Hugh Howey Wool, Edward W. Robertson, Bobby Adair, T.W. Piperbrook, Brian Keene, J.L. Bourne, military suspense, omnibus, discount ebooks, futuristic thriller, dark fantasy, technothriller, technological, bargain box set, cheap ebooks


15 total

Additional Information

Haunted Computer Books
Read more
Published on
Oct 19, 2016
Read more
Read more
Read more
Read more
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Technological
Read more
Content Protection
This content is DRM free.
Read more
Read Aloud
Available on Android devices
Read more
Eligible for Family Library

Reading information

Smartphones and Tablets

Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.

Laptops and Computers

You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.

eReaders and other devices

To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or Barnes & Noble Nook, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.
 “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.


“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

©2018 GoogleSite Terms of ServicePrivacyDevelopersArtistsAbout Google
By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.