NEXT #4: DIRECTIVE 17
In a contaminated wasteland, Rachel Wheeler and an intelligent mutant baby find shelter in a silver city where neither belongs.
As the dwindling human race desperately fights to survive, they’re forced to adapt to the mutant technology and the new race that threatens them with extinction. But the hostile environment poses other threats as well—strange creatures and giant predators roam the wilderness, fueled by the mysterious radiation leaking from the advanced cities.
Rachel’s friends come to the rescue, but they discover she’s crossed a border from which no human ever returns. But something else might…
Look for NEXT #5: CRUCIBLE.
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The thrilling conclusion to the AFTER post-apocalyptic thriller series!
AFTER #6: DYING LIGHT
After a bloody battle with mutant Zapheads, Rachel Wheeler’s life hangs in the balance as the world falls apart around her.
To save Rachel, a small group of survivors must find a missing baby, a hyperintelligent Zaphead with mysterious healing powers. The remaining Zapheads have reverted to mindless, violent savages who want to wipe out the human race. Only Rachel holds the key to understanding them and ending the devastating war.
Even if they succeed, a rogue military leader is imposing his fascist vision of the future. But Rachel and her friends are determined to defend their freedom and humanity at any cost.
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AFTER: MILEPOST 291
Book 3 in the After post-apocalyptic thriller series
When massive solar flares wipe out the technological infrastructure and kills billions, Rachel Wheeler sets out across the Appalachian Mountain wilderness in search of her notorious grandfather’s survival compound.
When Rachel is separated from her traveling companions, she is captured by Zapheads, violent mutants who are gathering in packs and collecting dead bodies while mimicking human behaviors. Then Rachel undergoes startling changes herself, as her friends are hunted by a rogue military platoon that wants to impose its own law and order in the world of After.
Can Rachel and her fellow survivors make the dangerous journey to Milepost 291 and evade the Zapheads long enough to form a new society and preserve the human race?
"Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares." - Bentley Little, The Mailman
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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 www.authorscottnicholson.com.
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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.
"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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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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Next #6: Half Life
The thrilling conclusion to the bestselling NEXT series.
After a post-apocalyptic showdown with a race of advanced mutants, Rachel Wheeler has lost everyone she loves in a hostile, contaminated land.
A half-mutant herself, she searches for the few remaining survivors with a dream of building a new civilization. But the survivors reject her strangeness, and the mutants don't trust her loyalties. Meanwhile, control of the world’s nuclear arsenal hangs in the balance as both sides pursue extermination.
Rachel is torn between two mighty forces, but she is the last hope for altering a terrible, ruthless verdict that will destroy them all.
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