"Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody." - J.A. Konrath, Origin
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"Like Stephen King, he knows how to summon serious scares."- Bentley Little, The Association
(Book #4 in the After post-apocalyptic thriller series)
In the harsh winter of a post-apocalyptic landscape, Rachel Wheeler and her companions hole up in an Appalachian compound established by her notorious grandfather.
A rogue military platoon plans to seize the compound and control the small band of survivors. At the same time, violent mutants organize into a tribe that threatens to wipe out the human race. But as the humans fight among themselves, the mutant Zapheads are adapting and learning, intent on establishing a new society.
Rachel soon discovers the mutants are more than they appear to be. But will she live long enough to use their secrets against them?
Look for the other After books, First Light (After #0), The Shock (After #1), The Echo (After #2), and Milepost 291 (After #3). After #5 releases Jan. 20, 2015.
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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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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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"Always surprises and always entertains." - Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero
After #5: Red Scare
In a post-apocalyptic world, Rachel Wheeler is caught between who she is and who she's becoming. A bizarre mutation has her humanity hanging by a thread, especially when the Zaphead inside her wants to kill her friends and lover.
As the mutant Zapheads form a social order and shape a new world in the wake of catastrophic solar storms, the few remaining humans band together in a struggle for survival. But not everyone shares the same goal: a rogue military unit plans to attack the mutant settlement while Rachel’s group seeks a remote, peaceful life beyond their notice. And the Zapheads have a special role for her that could save the human race at the cost of her own identity.
Torn between two possible futures, will Rachel sacrifice herself to prevent the extinction of her kind?
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"Keep both hands on your pants, because Nicholson is about to scare them off." -J.A. Konrath, Draculas
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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"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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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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ZAPHEADS #1: BONE AND CINDER
A post-apocalyptic thriller set in the world of the bestselling AFTER series.
When Mackie Dailey survives a cataclysmic solar storm that wipes out civilization and mutates others into violent killers, he seeks out the one person he cares about most.
But when he returns to a college campus looking for Allie, he discovers she is a Zaphead—nearly unrecognizable as the human he once loved. Mackie becomes caught in a power struggle among a small group of survivors who turn the campus into a stronghold against the Zaphead threat. His old nemesis, Lucas Krider, has taken charge, but Krider’s vision of a new world is just as horrifying as the extinction they all face.
Will Mackie sacrifice himself so the group has a chance to survive, or will his demons turn out to be more dangerous than the strange, rampaging creatures that nature has unleashed?
Look for Zapheads #2: Scars and Ashes.
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