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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by Biter-smiter » Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:01 am

One of the best I have read for a long time is Last Light by Alex Scarrow. The follow up wasn't as satisfying, and his other books cover a range of subjects from Nazis getting the A-bomb first to a 'lost in the snow', Donner party type story (both great but off topic), but Last Light was awesome.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by JackBauer » Fri May 23, 2014 12:43 pm

Not sure if this got mentioned but worth mentioning again
Dog Eat Dog by David Rodgers

Post apoc with zombie virus, corporate buggery/shenanigans, sci fi and a frightening dose of the Cthulhu Mythos

I'm reading another novel in the same universe, The Black lake
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by raistlin » Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:36 pm

Just finished reading all of the Purge of Babylon series by Sam Sisavath. A ghoul post apocalyptic novel series.
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Post by grennels » Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:28 pm

My understanding is that canned food can be good more than 100 years if unbreached.

OT - King has written lots of PA. The Stand for starters. Even "Under the Dome" could be considered PA.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by grennels » Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:43 pm

Another YA series. Not great but not bad.


Life as We Knew It (2006), Harcourt Children's Books ISBN 0-15-205826-5.
The Dead and the Gone (2008), Harcourt Children's Books ISBN 978-0-15-206311-5.
This World We Live In (2010), Harcourt Children's Books ISBN 978-0-547-24804-2.
The Shade of the Moon (2013), Harcourt Children's Books, ISBN 978-0-547-81337-0.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by TheZone » Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:58 pm

Can I shamelessly throw in my books?

Besides my two zombie novels listed in my sig, I have a alien invasion novel*:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KBE4WV8



* = currently on sale for $1.99. How post-apocalyptic can you get?
My Zombie novel. The Zone.

My Second Zombie novel. Payload, YGAT Book 1

My Third Zombie novel. Rolling Hunger, YGAT book 2

My Western zombie novel. Sunstone

My alien invasion novel.

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Post by Rugger » Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:32 pm

I've discovered a new author that is by far one of the best I've ever read.

Scott Sigler. He's got a bunch of books under his belt. They tend to mostly be scifi/horror/bloodfests. No magic, and most of them have an extremely solid scientific base, if you like that sort of thing. Makes it more believable for me.

And the best part......
He's an evil genius. You can listen to almost all of them for free. He releases them in weekly chapters/podcasts, all professionally done, read by him or somebody else, and gets you hooked. You're then faced with waiting each week, or buying the book (paper, elec, or audio) if you can't wait. There's a bunch of full versions that he has already finished the weekly release of, so you can avoid buying most of them, but I loved them sooo much, I ended up buying every audio book he's put out.

Start off with Infected, as it's damn good. It's about an intelligent virus that forces/compels people to do things. And it has one of the absolute best bad-ass characters ever, Perry Dawsey. It's a series.

He's got another called Nocturnal, which is kind of a twisted super hero story. And then Ancestor, which is a genetic freakshow. All in itunes or whatever podcast app you use.

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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by Happy Go Lucky » Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:47 pm

Just finished Wool- based on the recommendations made here.

Got the whole compendium (full novel) which is now readily available.

I enjoyed it, and several of the "reveals" were very satisfying.

A slight "spoiler:"

I understand the goal of the founders was to minimize communication within the silo.

But with my engineering brain I just can't fathom why nobody rigged up a hoist (e.g, a dumbwaiter type thing) within the open central core to assist with moving materials up & down.
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Post by candh » Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:00 pm

I just read this one and really enjoyed it. It is a pretty typical zombie apocalypse, but was well written and rolled along at a very fast pace.

http://www.amazon.com/Infected-The-Fall ... B00OPI3GZE

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Post by raistlin » Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:36 pm

Happy Go Lucky wrote:A slight "spoiler:"

I understand the goal of the founders was to minimize communication within the silo.

But with my engineering brain I just can't fathom why nobody rigged up a hoist (e.g, a dumbwaiter type thing) within the open central core to assist with moving materials up & down.
So true. I was wondering the same thing. LOL
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Post by cyruspace » Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:45 am

MrFord wrote:Plot line: What happens to a small Carolina college town after 3 high altitude nukes are detonated over the U.S..

Definitely make you rethink your preps!

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This book while fiction is almost a non-fiction book. It has an afterward with non-fiction information regarding the subject matter of EMP and nuclear attack . This is a book for our times.

A book that deals with the non-fiction issue of being physically and mentally capable to handle a disaster is on Amazon kindle
"SurvivalFit". If this book has a target audience, it's the members of this site.
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Post by bltjr1951 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:26 pm

William R. Forstchen has a e-book/kindle edition: Day of Wrath.

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Post by cyruspace » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:50 pm

bltjr1951 wrote:William R. Forstchen has a e-book/kindle edition: Day of Wrath.

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Definitely another book for our time.
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Post by cricketdave » Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:54 pm

TheZone wrote:Can I shamelessly throw in my books?

Besides my two zombie novels listed in my sig, I have a alien invasion novel*:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KBE4WV8



* = currently on sale for $1.99. How post-apocalyptic can you get?
Read your first zombie novel "The Zone" it was very well done and kept my interest, hopefully you will have a follow up to it.

I'll be reading your other books this week.
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Post by TheZone » Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:57 pm

cricketdave wrote:
TheZone wrote:Can I shamelessly throw in my books?

Besides my two zombie novels listed in my sig, I have a alien invasion novel*:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KBE4WV8



* = currently on sale for $1.99. How post-apocalyptic can you get?
Read your first zombie novel "The Zone" it was very well done and kept my interest, hopefully you will have a follow up to it.

I'll be reading your other books this week.
Thank you-I'm glad you liked it!
My Zombie novel. The Zone.

My Second Zombie novel. Payload, YGAT Book 1

My Third Zombie novel. Rolling Hunger, YGAT book 2

My Western zombie novel. Sunstone

My alien invasion novel.

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Post by raistlin » Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:01 am

Just read the first book in the Extinction Point series by Paul Antony Jones. Not my favorite apocalyptic book. Page to page writing is OK. Premise is OK. Just not quite as interesting in development as I'd hoped. And then the main character also makes the fatal flaw of overloading with bug out equipment (no way she could carry it all, and yet she does)--I've spent too much time on Zombie Squad (lol).
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Post by cricketdave » Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:42 pm

TheZone wrote:
cricketdave wrote:
TheZone wrote:Can I shamelessly throw in my books?

Besides my two zombie novels listed in my sig, I have a alien invasion novel*:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KBE4WV8



* = currently on sale for $1.99. How post-apocalyptic can you get?
Read your first zombie novel "The Zone" it was very well done and kept my interest, hopefully you will have a follow up to it.

I'll be reading your other books this week.
Thank you-I'm glad you liked it!
Thanks I enjoyed the Yard gnomes as well, very well written and fast paced.
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Post by TheZone » Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:58 pm

cricketdave wrote:
TheZone wrote:
cricketdave wrote:
TheZone wrote:Can I shamelessly throw in my books?

Besides my two zombie novels listed in my sig, I have a alien invasion novel*:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KBE4WV8



* = currently on sale for $1.99. How post-apocalyptic can you get?
Read your first zombie novel "The Zone" it was very well done and kept my interest, hopefully you will have a follow up to it.

I'll be reading your other books this week.
Thank you-I'm glad you liked it!
Thanks I enjoyed the Yard gnomes as well, very well written and fast paced.
I had a lot of fun with that one, even though its a 'serious' zombie novel. The sequel is chugging right along.
My Zombie novel. The Zone.

My Second Zombie novel. Payload, YGAT Book 1

My Third Zombie novel. Rolling Hunger, YGAT book 2

My Western zombie novel. Sunstone

My alien invasion novel.

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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by RW_Tucker » Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:47 pm

One of the best post-apoc novels I've ever read was called Earth Abides by George R Stewart.

It's not flashy, it's not a thrill ride. But it is one of the most thoughtful books on the subject that I have ever read, and I thought about it constantly during the ebola crisis, and heck, any time someone mentions the apocalypse.

Easily one of my favorite books of all time.

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Post by mr_slappy75 » Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:26 pm

ThumperX wrote:Many great books here. How did we miss On the Beach by Nevil Shute?

The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant; Feed, Deadline, and Blackout, was excellent Zombie Sci-Fi PAW.

The Return Man by VM Zito was awesome. If you have ever wondered what happens when you have to go get something in the middle of a lake full of submerged zombies...!

Flood by Stephen Baxter was good also.
Oh man! I remembered stumbling accross "On The Beach" during my senior year of high school (1988) that book scared me more than Red Dawn, the Mad Max movies and 'The Survivalist' ever did.

The Newsflesh trilogy rocks, I still keep them on my phone. Mira Grant is remarkable: she writes with the right balance of knowledge-based authority and fun whimsy. She makes sweeping 'big picture' descriptions of what society and life in general is in a Post Z world, were the risk of infection remains a concern in all facets of people daily lives and then to throw you for a loop she gets all intimate and emphatic with her main and secondary characters, so you actually care about them.

I think she also listens to her fans as it seems she made certain technical adjustments regarding her descriptive language for firearms and their parts on books 2 and 3: "Magazines" not "clips" :lol:

I might have to check "Flood" out although it seems to get ambiguous reviews, I guess folks either love or hate it.
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Post by prepper7 » Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:17 pm

Rugger wrote:I've discovered a new author that is by far one of the best I've ever read.

Scott Sigler. He's got a bunch of books under his belt. They tend to mostly be scifi/horror/bloodfests. No magic, and most of them have an extremely solid scientific base, if you like that sort of thing. Makes it more believable for me.

And the best part......
He's an evil genius. You can listen to almost all of them for free. He releases them in weekly chapters/podcasts, all professionally done, read by him or somebody else, and gets you hooked. <snip>
Thx for this; I needed a replacement for the We're Alive zombie podcast!
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Post by Davo » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:53 pm

I've read a lot of good books based on suggestions here, thanks.

There's now a category of Post-Apocalyptic Novels at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:P ... tic_novels
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Post by Rugger » Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:53 pm

prepper7 wrote:
Rugger wrote:I've discovered a new author that is by far one of the best I've ever read.

Scott Sigler. He's got a bunch of books under his belt. They tend to mostly be scifi/horror/bloodfests. No magic, and most of them have an extremely solid scientific base, if you like that sort of thing. Makes it more believable for me.

And the best part......
He's an evil genius. You can listen to almost all of them for free. He releases them in weekly chapters/podcasts, all professionally done, read by him or somebody else, and gets you hooked. <snip>
Thx for this; I needed a replacement for the We're Alive zombie podcast!
Same here. That's how I found him. I'm now a podcast junkie, but especially with his stuff. He seems to be a cool dude. If you want a scary survival situation, listen to Ancestor.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by JackBauer » Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:34 am

Please keep the recommendations coming.

Just re-read Daemon and Freedom by Suarez, two of the books that prompted this thread.
really great books.

Considering delving into Chesser's Warpath series, has good reviews on Amazon, anyone read this series?
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