Back to Our Beginning

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Earth is under assault. Mother Nature is striking back. Tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, and massive flooding attack the world in a horrendous blow killing three quarters of the world's population. High temperatures broil certain areas whereas others are struck with sudden freezing. Amidst the chaos a woman, her three daughters and two friends try to make sense of it all as they battle for existence in a world run amok. A safe haven in the mines up north is found after death and loss plague the survivors. The twenty-first century no longer exists. Time has become a game of survival. The seasons battle for dominance amidst the destruction. Life on Earth as we know it is no more.
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Decker Schutt has been writing since 4th grade when he forgot to do a summer book report and created his own story called Carrot Top Mr. Mouse, about a little critter ridiculed for his red hair. After accidentally becoming an English teacher for 25 years, he now takes writing seriously. Most days he drinks coffee and wonders if anyone will read his blog, www.brainsnorts.com. Other days he sits on the beach, listens to baseball, and writes film reviews for www.Cinekatz.com.
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Feb 1, 2015
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Pages
324
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ISBN
9781633556836
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English
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Fiction / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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