"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
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"Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody." - J.A. Konrath, Origin
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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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"Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody." J.A. Konrath, Origin
The second book in the Next post-apocalyptic thriller series
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.
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
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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 7: Tag, You’re Dead
Torn between rescuing Ashley from the homicidal Ben and staying with Jake, who's been infected, Jessie, Kelly and Reggie must carefully plan their next move. But Reggie falls ill and the Undead break into their stronghold. Soon they're fighting for their lives in a battle that will lead all of the group to their darkest hour.
Approximately 47,000 words (~170 pages)
EPISODE 8: Jacker’s Code
The shocking conclusion to the high-tech horror thriller, GAMELAND.
Jessie and the remaining gamers and hackers struggle against all odds to escape Gameland and Long Island, even though some of them have been infected with the zombie virus. Determined to do whatever is necessary to get home, they will have to face some of the most difficult decisions of their lives. But even if they're successful, will they ever be able to go back to the lives they so recklessly left behind?
They will discover that the world is a very different place from the one they left behind, and not all monsters live behind walls.
Approximately 54,000 words (~196 pages)
Tag, You're Dead and Jackr's Code are the last two books in the hi-tech dystopian thriller GAMELAND series. 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, by the same author (print and digital).
Also available from the world of GAMELAND:
Infected: Hacked Files from the GAMELAND Archive. Includes a timeline of key events, a glossary of terms, character dossiers, essays, articles and never-before-released voice transcripts from the Golgotha recordings.
Velveteen. The story of Cassie, a six-year-old girl-turned-zombie, who has been trapped in a bathroom... until her inadvertent release twelve years later (by Jessie in Episode 4 of GAMELAND). Cassie has something she needs to do, something she's been thinking about for a long, long time. A terrifying twist on a classic children's tale.
Signs of Life (Jessie's Game, Book One) - This sequel to the GAMELAND series uncovers the secret reasons behind Jessie's trip to the Long Island arcade and people who never wanted her to come back.
A Dark and Sure Descent - Prequel to the GAMELAND series, this book tells the story of the Long Island outbreak which lead to the island being abandoned by all but the Undead.
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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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ABOUT CONTAMINATION 6: SANCTUARY:
In a world full of danger, reprieve is only temporary.
For days the farmhouse has been a place of safety for Dan, Quinn, Meredith, and John. But a new threat is emerging—one that threatens to destroy their group from the inside out. In order to get to freedom, they’ll need to survive one last journey.
And that journey might cost them their lives…
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