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The Sleep of the Gods


James Sperl - 2009
    It had been six long years since Catherine Hayesly's last vacation. In another few weeks she and her family would finally commence their dream trip of a lifetime. But then came the call. The one her high-ranking military husband, Warren, had warned might someday arrive. With a fateful string of cryptic words, and violating every security protocol, Warren informs Catherine of an impending world-altering event. With the clock ticking and her mind reeling, Catherine finds herself suddenly thrust into a nightmare of global proportions. Left to fend for herself and her three children in the wake of Warren's information, Catherine must abandon any semblance of her former life and commit to the only thing that now matters: survival. But confronting her at every turn is the event itself and the enigmatic origins surrounding it and all that it has wrought.

Perfect Storm


Riley Flynn - 2018
    What’s yours..? When the end came, it came fast. The Eko virus emerged from behind the North Korean DMZ. It spread like wildfire, burning through the world in a matter of weeks. Rumors spread that it was a weapon: a dying regime lashing out with deadly fury. Millions died. Then billions. And then the blackouts began. The cyber weapon hit hard, bringing a staggering world to a shuddering stop. Our cars, planes, power grid, communications networks, the internet … everything failed. It might have been humanity’s last shot at stopping the spread of the virus. But by then it was already too late. Society wobbled on the edge of disaster, and then plunged right off. For Alexander Early, surviving the apocalypse was the easy bit. He played pool and drank warm beer while a perfect storm destroyed the world. But when the lights went out, Alex knew it was time to get the hell out of Dodge. Five years before, tragedy had forced him away from the family farm in Virginia to a life in the city. Now the end of the world called him back. Getting out of the city is only the start. Alex will face a virus he can't even see, and an enemy he's ill equipped to fight. But he'll have to learn fast. Because he'll soon discover that the end of the world was no accident... This version has been re-edited and re-written, and hopefully people will enjoy my additions! The first three books in the Collapse series are already live, and I'm about to release the first three books in the Collapse: New Republic spinoff series!

American Apocalypse IV: Rescue


Nova - 2011
    After finding the boy, they end up in a Federal Zone where everything seems almost normal again. The roads are open, food is available, and the electricity is on. Is the crisis over?

The Storm Before the Storm: A Novel of Preparedness and Survival (American Sundown Series Book 1)


Joe Russell - 2017
    But when something goes terribly wrong halfway through a backpacking trip with his wife and family, his world is turned upside-down and he is tested in a way he had never planned for.The trip into the Alleghenys of West Virginia starts off well enough, but takes an unexpected turn when the two women, Sandra and her sister, Jen, leave camp and don't return from a nearby stream. Dave and Mike, Jen's new boyfriend, go looking for them and find evidence that the women may have been kidnapped. Miles from civilization and with no working cell phones, Dave and Mike will set off to find Sandra and Jen, unconnected and unconcerned about what is happening in the world around them. Dave has been hardened by real-world, self-defense scenarios in the past, and has naturally equipped himself with tools that may be required for an unexpected circumstance. He will have to work together with Mike, who he sees as more of an annoyance and a liability than a useful ally. They will have to work together to beat the clock, the elements, and a group of dangerous locals, in order to rescue their companions in this realistic, rugged, and action-packed story of preparedness and survival.The storm is just beginning. Will Dave and his companions have what it takes to survive?The Storm Before the Storm is the premier novel by Post-Apocalyptic author Joe Russell, and the first installment in the American Sundown series.

Trail of Misery


N.A. Broadley - 2019
    Now forced to set out on the Appalachian Trail with only her backpack, two guns and a turkey carving knife. Will it be enough for one woman alone in the wilds?On a mission to find safety and a place to survive, Beth finds others in an unlikely trio struggling to find a new life. A young girl, mute with eyes blue as glass, a convict with a rage against evil, and a dog left abandoned by the merciless virus. But… There are others on the trail. And they have more sinister motives. They're on a mission, too - to take whatever they can from whomever they find. They won't give up the chase until they get what they want.And they want everything."

Beneath Burning Sands


P.R. Adams - 2017
    He couldn’t have been more wrong.Frontierza’s work on advanced hibernation technology for sleeper colony ships wasn’t sexy, but what mattered to Reggie was that he would have an extremely visible role leading the first team to test the technology in a month-long cryogenic sleep. The proposition was simple. Succeed and humanity had a real chance of finding a new home before Earth’s ecosystem completely collapsed. Fail and … you don’t wake up. For someone who lived on the edge, the upside outweighed the risk.But the world Reggie wakes to is nothing like he expected.

After the Fall: Jason's Tale


David Nees - 2016
    With no food deliveries, no vehicles working, society begins to unravel.Starvation and death begin to reign and panic leads to violence. Marauding gangs roam the countryside, stealing, killing or worse and cities begin to wall themselves off from the danger outside.As society breaks down, Jason heads to the Appalachian Mountains to avoid the growing anarchy, hoping to wait out the chaos. The gangs threaten but loneliness becomes his biggest enemy as the solitude envelopes him.In a secluded mountain valley he finds a woman, Anne, and her two daughters struggling to survive. They are near starvation when Jason shows up.Violence soon follows him. Survival will mean fighting...and killing. The power hasn't returned, the country is still shattered and Jason and Anne must struggle for a new life in a dangerous world.If you like "One Second After" and other survival/post-apocalyptic stories, you will enjoy this personal story of trying to survive and thrive after an EMP attack.

Under the Gray Skies


Jacqueline Druga - 2016
    Believing the airport is not the safest place, Lacey and her sister hurry from the terminal and board a crowded tram. Then it happens. No one knows why, how or what occurs. Cities are decimated, oceans rise and people drop dead from the cataclysmic event. The world becomes a dark place on a fast track to the next ice age. Lacey somehow survives and finds herself in a city of rubble. Unaware that it was a global event, she treks from the destruction in an attempt to find help. Along the way she meets Madison. Both women are far from home and together they embark on a mission to find their families thousands of miles away. The country is in chaos and is fast becoming uninhabitable. It is a race against the clock as the world grows colder and more dangerous by the day. Lacey and Madison vow not to give up until they know what has happened to those they love.

Hell's Requiem


M.L. Banner - 2017
    Live! His son died, and his wife left him. Then the world ended. It was about to get much worse. Tom was already prepared for society’s collapse when the nonstop solar storms arrived. He just hadn’t planned on the loneliness, and those never-ending memories. When a woman and a little boy show up, they bring with them much more than Tom had bargained for. He’ll not only have to battle for his life; he’ll need to fight for a reason to live, as he recalls the painful memories and the songs linked to them in Hell’s Requiem .

Eruption


E.S. Richards - 2019
    As fire and ash consume all in their path, signs point to the disaster not being as natural as it first appears... Barely escaping the disaster in a small plane that takes off from the Yellowstone airport, Mia finds her Texas A&M life turned upside down as the days of class and studying turn into a fight for the very air she needs to survive. While she tries to help her fellow survivors, her niece and nephew are being watched over by her parents on a small farm that quickly succumbs to the choking clouds of ash. Both sides of the family must fight against man - and nature - in this unique take on the classic Yellowstone post-apocalyptic story. Written by ES Richards in conjunction with #1 best-selling post-apocalyptic author Mike Kraus, this thrilling post-apocalyptic series features characters that are vulnerable, naive and inexperienced who work alongside the prepared and experienced to get through the end of days. The Escaping Darkness series will be 6-books long, published at a rate of approximately one book per month.

Liberation: A Magi Saga Series


Andrew Dobell - 2017
    Only a zombie infested wasteland remains. Warlords and worse rule over the remains of humanity in a cruel new world where only the strong survive. Nero travels the wasteland in a souped-up V8 charger, barely hanging on as he moves between the scattered remnants of humanity. In return for food and supplies, he offers his services fighting zombies and raiders for those who can pay. Arriving at the Watchtower, Nero meets the abused slave girl Nyx. A beautiful young woman, she’s skilled in the use of a sword - yet held captive by the tower's ruler. When the Watchtower is attacked, events begin to spiral out of control, and Nero discovers the secret Nyx has been hiding from her master. Now he must choose between the life he knows alone in the wastes, or helping the fascinating but vulnerable Nyx, and changing his life forever. What would you do? DISCLAIMER/TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains graphic sex, slavery, violence, girls with no pants on, zombie slaughter and V8 carnage.

Last Alive: An Apocalyptic Thriller (Last Days Book 1)


M.C. Magill - 2016
    Without warning, life as we knew it ended.Husband and father Will Carter is an ordinary man plunged into an unthinkable situation. An attack has devastated America and everything changed in an instant. Now the Carters must stay alive and together in the face of an unknown enemy.The Carters embark on a rescue mission in a landscape that is no longer the safe haven they once knew. If they want to survive they'll have to rely on their determination, instincts and their strength as a family. Last Alive book 1 of the Last Days apocalyptic thriller series.

The Drowned


Kevin Partner - 2020
    Billions are dead, governments are in chaos, and the few survivors left are literally treading water, trying to find the few bits of dry land left.In the midst of the chaos, family ties, determination and the sheer will to live will be the only protection against the complete annihilation of mankind.

RESET: Book 3 of the Obsolescence Trilogy


Chris Muhlenfeld - 2018
    While his friends go on a desperate search to find him, the planet continues to unravel. Will they find him before it’s too late?Humanity’s next great leap in evolution is starting to look like the trap that Alexa had always suspected it was.A frantic escalation of action drags the world unwillingly to a mind-bending climax that will have you on the edge of your seat. Will anyone survive obsolescence? Grab your copy now. RESET is the final book in The Obsolescence Trilogy. Plausible, near-future sci-fi that's full of rich, insightful characters and compelling ideas. Make time now because you’ll be hooked instantly once you start reading this thrilling page-turner. Get it now.

The Breakers Series: Books 4-6


Edward W. Robertson - 2015
     This collection includes books four, five, and six--over 1000 pages of post-apocalyptic survival.