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CHINA2Book II: The Cascade Preppers 

Paperback: 252 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 8, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1500157244

Kindle: ASIN: B00KV27ZZA

The life of Graham and his newfound family (from The China Pandemic) continues. But life is anything but ordinary and mundane.

It is now winter in Graham’s camp, bringing bitter cold and snowy conditions. Without daily weather reports, snow falls unexpectedly. New skills have been acquired – such as ice fishing and tanning hides – along with new neighbors.

The Cascade Preppers just across the Skagit River escaped the onslaught of the pandemic by reaching their encampment before being exposed to the virus.

They are cautious neighbors. Just because they escaped the pandemic does not mean they are immune to it. Survivors of the pandemic are carriers of the virus.

Which means face-to-face contact with any of Graham’s camp is off-limits.

This does not preclude communication between the two camps. On the contrary, all are congenial when contact is restricted across the river or via radio.

When pandemonium breaks out with missing members of Graham’s camp – including Graham himself – as well as a fire at the Prepper camp, they realize they may need each other for survival.

Again, Shaw doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the nasty side of survival in a world where even an old lady has gone mad. The kids in Graham’s camp are growing up more quickly than usual because they have to for their own survival.

Even the possibility of a pregnancy is a threat. Will the baby carry the virus? Will it survive full term? Would it reach adulthood? Should any pregnancy after the pandemic be aborted?

These questions were not issues before the pandemic but now must be posed in order to consider the survival of everyone.

It is especially gripping when everything begins happening at once: Disappearances, fires, potential threat of the virus entering the Prepper camp and a new arrival make for page-turning excitement.

The story itself could be a primer for survival: things necessary to stock up on, skills lost in this technological society that may come in handy should disaster strike, how to hunt wild game, all skills that may one day be re-established to ensure survival of man (and woman) kind.

Invest in this series. You may learn something that will one day keep you alive.

Another good read by A.R. Shaw.

Visit A.R. Shaw’s website 

Or purchase The Cascade Preppers here

Pen has self-published 20 titles in print and e-book formats. Her latest endeavor, Nero’s Fiddle, is a fictitious account of an EMP attack on the United States with women heroes. Visit Nero’s Fiddle website follow her on Twitter @penspen or visit her website at www.penspen.info 

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CHINABook I: The China Pandemic

Author: A.R. Shaw

Paperback: 278 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 4, 2013)

ISBN-10: 1494368552

Kindle: ASIN: B00H06NGFS

Apocalyptic scenarios come in all shapes and sizes and a variety of dynamics.

The story of The China Pandemic opens with Hyun-Ok searching for a guardian for her five-year-old son, Bang. Hyun-Ok has already lost the rest of her family to a strain of the H5N1 virus accidentally unleashed by the Chinese. She herself is dying from the virus and must find someone to care for her son.

She chooses Graham who seems the most stable of those left in town.

But Graham has also lost his family, most notably his wife Nelly and their unborn child. When Hyun-Ok approaches him, he has just lost the final member of his family; his father. But he reluctantly agrees to care for the young boy.

Only about two percent of the world’s population survives. Those survivors are now carriers of the deadly virus. As survivors, Graham and Bang are carriers of the virus.

As the dangers in the town where he lives continue to grow, Graham feels it would be safest to reach his family cabin on the Skagit River.

He and the boy – named Bang – are off to a rocky start. They pick up twins Macy and Marcy, and a German Shepherd police dog names Sheriff, along the way. When they reach the cabin they find it already inhabited by Tala, a Native American woman suffering a miscarriage, and an old black man named Ennis.

I will leave the premise there so as not to divulge too much.

If you think this is like Stephen King’s The Stand, think again. The Stand has a degree of mysticism: people compelled to meet an old black woman in the middle of nowhere for no reason any of them could fathom.

There is no mysticism here. But there is plenty of stark reality.

On the upside (if there is one) of a pandemic is all the electricity, water and cars still work. Until a human is required to flip any switches to keep the electricity and water running.

Shaw depicts reality with compassion while still gripping the reader with fear. In any post-apocalyptic situation, crazies run amuck and Shaw doesn’t pull any punches with the dangers lying in wait for those unprepared.

Her characters are vivid; most people could relate to them as they each recover from their losses and go about building a new family. Achieving a degree of normalcy after such an event is a day-by-day trial and error experience. They work and learn together how to survive.

If you read closely, you could learn what is needed to survive just about any apocalypse.

There are errors, but the story is compelling and well-written. This book is a good read and well worth it.

Visit A.R. Shaw’s website 

Purchase The China Pandemic here 

Pen has self-published 20 titles in print and e-book formats. Her latest endeavor, Nero’s Fiddle, is a fictitious account of an EMP attack on the United States with women heroes. Visit Nero’s Fiddle website follow her on Twitter @penspen or visit her website at www.penspen.info 

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Sword of Tilk Book One: Worlds Apart is available for free download for a limited time. Story Cartel is a unique venture allowing people to download books for free in exchange for an honest book review. For the next three weeks, Book One can be downloaded for free. Check it out!

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You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend ~Paul Sweeney

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Excerpt:

“Out of my way!” Balfourant shouted, shoving the soldier with his shoulder.

The soldier lost his own balance, flailed for a moment, and, with an anguished cry, fell over into the open mouth of the volcano.

“No!” Heather screamed, stunned that her friend who had given her food and blankets should perish in such a manner. Too late she realized Balfourant was coming after her. She tried to turn and run but Balfourant’s beefy hand had her by the shoulder. He turned her to face her mother and Aunt Tiernan and grabbed the sword from Heather’s hands without thinking keeping his grip on her shoulder.

Barbara and Tiernan stood a few feet from Balfourant, both pointing swords at him.

Barbara said, “I’ve got this, sister.”

“You sure?” Tiernan said, an almost playful look on her face.

“Oh, yes.”

Tiernan lowered her sword and took one step away from Barbara. She placed the point of her sword into the ash on the volcano which had thickened somewhat during the last few minutes.

Balfourant looked at the sword in his hand. He looked at Barbara in triumph. “See?! This proves it!”

“Proves what?” Tiernan said.

“I have the sword in my hands. I am the heir to the Tilk Realm!”

Tiernan laughed. “Oh, sister. He thinks he has the Sword of TIlk.”

Barbara smiled. “You mean this sword?” She tilted the sword in her hand down to show its golden blade and gem-encrusted hilt.

That triumphant look slowly faded from Balfourant’s face. He looked at the sword in his hand – and exact duplicate of the one Barbara held – and frowned.

Barbara returned her sword to point at Balfourant. “What you have, Ballie boy, is an imitation,” she said. “An exact duplicate of the real Sword I hold in my hand.”

“Without the curse or enchantment, of course,” Tiernan said.

“Of course,” Barbara muttered.

Balfourant glared at the twins.  Behind them, the fighting between the soldiers and Wolfcreed and Steelworth had come to a halt. They were observing the drama unfolding near the mouth of the volcano.

Balfourant grit his teeth and placed the blade of the sword against Heather’s throat.

Heather gasped and cried out, “Mom!”

“It’s okay, sweetie,” Barbara said. “Mom’s right here.”

“It’s still a sword,” Balfourant said through clenched teeth. “And I will cut this little urchin’s throat right here and right now.”

“No,” Barbara said calmly. “I don’t think so.”

She took two steps toward him.

He drew the sword across Heather’s throat.

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