Tag Archives: Post apocalypse

Short Science Fiction Film “Isolation”

Short films – The short (8:28) post apocalypse science fiction film “Isolation” was published to YouTube in May of 2017 by iharrup. The synopsis:

Two female soldiers from opposing armies, stranded on a deserted space colony, face the dire effects of isolation. This is the story of how they met…

The film is a little dark, but it is well done and interesting. I would like to see more on their story.

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Post Apocalypse Short Science Fiction Film “Left Behind”

Short Films – This short (18:47) science fiction post apocalypse film “Left Behind” was posted to YouTube in December of 2014 by Ryan Path. The synopsis:

A post-apocalyptic short film set between two young survivors.

An interesting film where most people have been infected with an unknown virus turning them into ‘zombies’. This is the story of a young man and woman who have survived. A good story with a twist.

Short Science Fiction Film “The Highwaymen – Episode 1”

Short film – The Highwaymen series is produced by ThePsychoJellyfish and this first short (10:17) episode was posted to YouTube in September 2013. The synopsis:

Years after the Scourge virus brought humanity close to extinction, three travelers make their way through the forested wastes that were once civilization. However, an unexpected confrontation makes them realize the area isn’t as empty as they thought.

It isn’t too bad a production overall, though the three travelers seem to be traveling pretty light. The acting seems a little week to me, but as independent production it isn’t bad.

Review of “Battle for America”

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Book Reviews – “Battle for America” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Mack Maloney (https://mackmaloney.wordpress.com). Mr. Maloney has published 38 novels. This is the 18th novel in his “Wingman” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature situations. The story is set in the near future US. The Russians have beaten the US in World War III and are now landing an army unit to occupy New York City. The US as we know it is in shambles.

The primary character is former US Air Force Major Hawk Hunter. Hunter has gathered a rag tag collection of patriots sworn to drive the Russians from the US. They have little in the way of supplies and must take big risks to carry out their plans.

Will Hunter and his followers survive and take action in time to prevent reinforcements from making the Russian hold on America permanent?

This was an interesting 7.5 hour read of 336 pages. This was a Thriller with non-stop action resulting in one cliff hanging situation after another. I thought the story was kind of crazy with outlandish plot elements, but it worked for a pure Thriller where you don’t think to hard about common sense and facts. The cover art is OK as the main character did fly a jet. I give this novel a 3.6 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Trailer for “Extinct”

Trailer – This is a TV series that will be airing on the BYUtv network this fall. Haven’t heard of BYUtv? I hadn’t either. I was surprised to learn that BYUtv was carried on many cable networks, including mine, AT&T U-verse (channel 1567). There are also Apps for the iPhone and iPad that will allow you to view programming for free. Or you can watch programs via http://www.byutv.org/shows.

This is an apocalyptic story of humans trying to restore humanity on Earth after an alien invasion. The 10 episode series has been co-dreated and co-authored by well known science fiction author Orson Scott Card (most will know him for being the author of “Ender’s Game”). The official synopsis of the series is:

The 10-episode action-packed series takes place 400 years after the extinction of the human race and follows a small group of humans who are revived by an alien civilization. The aliens claim they want to restore the human species, but the reborn humans uncover new dangers, hidden agendas and powerful secrets that challenge that claim and threaten to annihilate the human race all over again.

Extinct carries the colony of revived humans through struggles with the aliens who extinguished humankind centuries before — while trying to understand and get along with the mysterious aliens who revived them. Nothing is as it seems to be, and if they aren’t careful, courageous, and unified, they’ll find themselves under the control of one group or the other.

This might be an interesting series to watch when it premiers October 1.

Review of “The Girl in the City”

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Book Review – “The Girl in the City” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Philip Harris (http://www.solitarymindset.com). Mr. Harris had published eight novels and novellas. This is the first publication in the ‘Leah King’ trilogy.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in a post apocalyptic future. the primary character is fifteen year old Leah King.

She and her father scrape out a living in the city. She sneaks outside the city to scavenge scrap for resale in the wastelands. While making her way back home one day a man dies at her feet after being shot. Before he dies he tosses her a package.

That package begins a chain of events that have the oppressive Transport Authority chasing her. She must find her way out of the city if she is to survive. She has no idea who she can trust to help her escape.

I thought that this 80 page Young Adult novella was interesting, and was a quick 1.5 hour read. The characters and writing were OK, but I felt the story had just begun to be told when it ended. Perhaps that is just my bias generally against short stories. The cover art is OK, but really does not give much insight into the story. I give this novel a 3.6 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Into the Guns”

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Book Review – “Into the Guns” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by William C. Dietz (http://www.williamcdietz.com/index.html). Mr. Dietz had published over 50 novels. This is the first novel in his “America Rising” series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set in the contemporary US. A undetected cluster of meteors slam into the Earth causing wide spread destruction. Among the locations hardest hit is Washington DC, taking out all of the US leadership.

Lawlessness and anarchy ensues. Wealthy leaders in the South take it upon themselves to form a second confederacy. Among the survivors are Lieutenant Robin “Mac” Macintyre, with the US Army. She is in command a a platoon of Stryker armored reconnaissance vehicles. Her unit is sent on a mission, but her commander is killed. Soon she and her unit find themselves abandoned and must survive on their own. As the unit slowly attracts new recruits, it becomes more of Mercenary unit as they simply try to survive.

Secretary of Energy Samuel Sloan is in Mexico when the meteors hit. He struggles to make his way back to the US. He is captured by Southern forces, but is able to escape. He is surprised to find that he is now the President as all ahead of him in the line of succession were killed. He sees the need to both rebuild American and reunite the states. US military units are assembled and many mercenary units, including Macintyre’s, are hired.

Complications include Macintyre’s father and sister both being part of the Southern military leadership. her unit is in constant danger from bandits, gangs, other mercenary forces, Souther military and spies.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 333 page Post Apocalypse Military Thriller. I liked both primary characters that Dietz created. the story was fast paced and kept me thoroughly engaged. The cover art was well chosen for the book. This books only tells the first chapter of the story. I look forward to future novels in the series. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Review of “The Phoenix Descent”

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“The Phoenix Descent” eBook was published in 2016 (March) and was written by Chuck Grossart (http://www.chuckgrossart.com). This is Mr. Grossart’s second novel.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. This Science /fiction novel is set in the near future.

The US has launched a manned mission to Mars. The three astronauts encounter a strange event that causes the AI running the mission to abort and head back to Earth. As they approach Earth, they are unable to raise anyone by radio. They are further dismayed by the lack of lights from any location on the planet. They do catch a glimpse of an odd circular fire in centra North America and decide to use their lander to investigate.

After the Mars mission was launched, a biological disaster occurred. An infection spread, wiping away most human and animal life on the land masses. Not only killing them, but transforming their bodies into spore-releasing creatures called the Riy. The Riy have only one purpose, find life and convert it to Riy.

Only a few humans survive, reverting to hunter-gatherer existence. Most are spread in small tribes across the northern and southern most areas of the planet, those places where the Riy have a harder time surviving.

There are a few humans who have survived the apocalypse in a more civilized style, living at a secret base in Canada named Phoenix. When the astronauts land, they first encounter some of the tribe members, and are able to become friends. They learn that it has been almost 200 years since their mission was launched. The astronauts learn that the ‘event’ they encountered had somehow sent them forward in time.

It is not long before the astronauts and tribe members are all confronted by troops from Phoenix. Phoenix represents itself as the savior of the human race, but as the astronauts learn more they begin to question the motives behind Phoenix. It does not take them long to confirm that much has been hidden from them. They are then challenged as to how they can both escape the clutches of Phoenix and save their new friends.

I spent about 6.5 hours reading this 370 page Post Apocalypse Science Fiction novel. It was an interesting read and there were few lulls in the action. For the most part I liked the plot. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review of “Tin Men”

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“Tin Men” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Christopher Golden (http://www.christophergolden.com). Mr. Golden has authored or co-authored many novels, novellas, short stories and graphic novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence and Mature Language. This Science Fiction Post-Apocalypse Thriller novel is set in the not too distant future. The actions described takes place in Germany, Syria and Greece.

The US has advanced drone technology to the next level, with soldiers remotely piloting human-like robotic drones, the Remote Infantry. These metallic soldiers are nearly invincible, and the US has used them to force peace on much of the world. An action that has angered many around the world.

A group of anarchists trigger a massive world wide EMP that destroys most electronic and electrical devices in the world. Fortunately, the Remote Infantry are immune from the EMP due to built-in shielding. The anarchists want to rid the world of the Remote Infantry and reshape things. Hundreds of “Robot-killer” troops are dispatched in coordination with the EMP where ever there are Remote Infantry. Using newly developed rockets their goal is to destroy all of the Remote Infantry.

The novel follows the stories of five Americans: Aimee Bell, an Army technician at the Remote Infantry headquarters/control in Wiesbaden, Germany; Danny Kelso and Kate Wade, Remote Infantry soldiers who’s robots are in Syria as part of the US mission there; Felix Wade, an advisor to the US President who happens to be at a G20 meeting in Athens, Greece; and Alexa Day, the 17 year old daughter of the US Ambassador to Syria.

The story follows each of them as they try to survive after the EMP, avoid the anarchists who want them dead, and fight their way “home” to Wiesbaden. The story is fast paced with little break in the action. I thought that the plot which evolved over about 8.5 hours of reading was an interesting variation of the oft used “apocalypse”. I give this novel a 4.6 (rounded up to 5) out of 5.

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Book Review of “Second Activation”

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“Second Activation” was published in 2015 (April) and was written by Darren (http://dampwearmouth.com/home/) and Marcus Wearmouth. This book is the second of their “Activation” series. Darren Wearmouth is the author or co-author of seven novels and Marcus Wearmouth shares two of those.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence and Mature Language. This Post-Apocalypse Thriller novel is set in the contemporary eastern United States and picks up immediately at the end of the first novel of the series “First Activation”.

Brothers Harry and Jack confront one of the leaders of the Genisis Alliance and amazingly escape. They meet others who are not happy with what Genisis Alliance has been doing and find that another activation is scheduled within a few days to draw all survivors in for processing to essentially become the slave workers for the new order. Harry and Jack set out to prevent the second activation, but they encounter danger and death at every turn.

I spent a little less than 6 hours with this novel and found it to be about the same as the first. At this point most of the ‘killers’ are gone and the opposition comes mostly from the Genisis Alliance. The plot was OK and really this is just the second half of the story begun in the first novel. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com)

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com)