Book One - Collapse













America is falling, ready to join the Roman Empire as a distant memory in the annals of history. The year is 2027. Tired and desperate, the American people are deep in the middle of The Second Great Depression. The Florida coastline is in ruins from the most powerful hurricane on record; a second just like it is bearing down on the state of Texas. For the first time in history, the Middle East has united as one and amassed the most formidable army the world has seen since the Third Reich. A hidden army of terrorists is on American soil. This is the story of three men: Howard Beck, the world’s richest man, also diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Richard Dupree, ex-Navy SEAL turned escaped convict. Maxwell Harris, a crippled, burned out Chief of Police of a small Texas town. At first they must fight for their own survival against impossible odds. Finally, the three men must band together to save their beloved country from collapse.

"Sweeping, character driven apocalypse."  "Stephenson starts with a bang and doesn't lose momentum."  Steven Konkoly, best selling author of "The Jakarta Pandemic" and the "Black Flagged" series.

"Outstanding futuristic thriller." "Mr. Stephenson grabs you - literally pulls you - directly into the novel and gets your pulse racing right into the heads of his character."  Michael Gallagher, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer
 
"Collapse is a real page-turner. Stephenson does a masterful job of building a suspenseful ending to each chapter and then shifting to another character's story; this makes it difficult to put down this book."  Blaise Ciabaton, Editor of TwistedSciFi.com.

"Vivid characters, fast paced story."  Lisa Bedford, editor and owner of The SurvivalMom.com and author of Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios

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42 comments:

  1. Wow, your book sounds so interesting! Found out about you through you retweeting one of my tweets. Glad I followed up! Gonna add your book to my wishlist! :)

    - Esther Cotton (@roseywinter)
    http://estherkimcotton.com

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  2. Terrific! Don't forget to enter for a chance to win an autographed copy. :)

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    1. Richard I loved the book Collapse I read it on my Kindle and really couldn't put it down. am ready to read the next book Resistance sounds great. Thank you for capturing and holding my intrest.
      Sincerely JoAnn L. Iddles

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  3. Hi Richard,
    Your book sounds interesting. I have added it to my list and promise to get to it asap, though I will admit, I have a fairly long list of novels to review. If you have an opening for an interview, I would love to participate. Not sure what kind of writers you feature, but will send a bio if you're interested. I am a Southern writer. My novella, Flamingo Funeral, is being self-published in the fall and just placed on the Faulkner Comp. short-list. You can read an excerpt at my blog Tea Cakes and Whiskey at www.katkennedypoetwriter.blogspot.com. Really like your premise for your book and look forward to reading it. I just did an interview with Carl Purdon and have been asked for some guest blog spots on several blogs. Thnak you for your consideration. As soon as I get to your book, I will write a review for you. I believe in writers paying it forward. Thanks again, Kat

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  4. All Indie Authors are welcome! Currently, I'm booked up till early October. Please fill out the form and I will add you to the calendar. Thanks!

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  5. do you have any books that are women based or at least has a female lead? i would gladly read and review it

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  6. This is my first novel.

    One of the main characters in the book, Chief Harris, shares almost every page with a strong female character.

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    1. I also think Stacy is a strong character, although not a lead. Maybe in the next one? I hope the story continues.

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  7. Also....

    The president's Chief of Staff, Stacy Reid, is a very important character in the overall story and is also a strong female character.

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  8. Finished Collapse last night. It was great! My mom is reading it now. I told her to take extra good care, since its signed lol I hope the story continues. I dont want to give anything away, but Im not ready to leave the characters where they are. Very hard to put this book down. Im an avid reader and this really help my attention. :)

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  9. Glad you enjoyed it. And yes, the story definitely continues. Check out the "New America" page in the top left column for details.

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  10. *held my attention, sorry for the typo lol

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  11. I'm intrigued by the premise of the story as well. I'll be back. :)

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  12. We connected on one of my twitter accounts. You came up under aspergers, which I am intimately aware of. Can't wait to read it soon. I'm starting to write as well and have another friend who writes fiction. Check out Jeff at http://jmarkmiller.net/
    Thanks, Barry
    @barryhughes1
    Barrywrites.com

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  13. acflory, hope you enjoy it, thanks.

    Barry, good luck with your writing. I'd love to hear about your connection with Aspergers. If you feel like sharing and want to connect, I'm always available at collapsethenovel@gmail.com

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  14. Great novel. I cannot wait to read the entire body of work. I am going back to school to get an MBA and trying to balance school, a career, and a family, I do not have time to read for pleasure. Took this book for a go and was done, with all of that on my plate, in 4 days. Brilliant... Just brilliant. Thank you. (Also posted review on Amazon for the book.)

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  15. I am intrigued with the rishest man in america having asperger's. Think I'm going to buy the book just to see how you incorporated that into the character development and story line. Asperger's syndrome is a touchy subject with me on account of my mother, a retired science teacher, and my 17 yr old son are both effected by it.

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  16. Dana, so glad you managed to read it with your busy schedule. ;)

    Stuart, I know what you are going through, my 14 year old son is an Aspie. I simply imagined my son as an adult when I wrote Howard Beck's character.

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  17. I can relate, I vision my son as a historical film documentary Auti.
    Straight a's from 1st grade.
    Dudly du right god fearing young man.
    Veroucious reader and history buff

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  18. What a captivating video! I definitely look forward to reading this!

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  19. What a captivating video! I definitely look forward to reading this!

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  20. Thanks for connecting. I purchased and put it on my "TBR" ASAP list.

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  21. Hey Richard, ran across your book and site on Twitter, thought I would get in touch. I have publishes a book concerning a Second Great Depression also. Mine is not apocalyptic, but I look forward to seeing your take on that scenario.

    http://www.rpthead.com/about-me/

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  22. I want to thank each and every one of you for your interest. I'm sorry I haven't been on lately to reply, been dealing with some health issues.

    I'm glad to hear that a lot of you have an interest in asperger's or autism in general. When my son was diagnosed almost ten years ago, my wife and I had never even heard of Asperger's and had to take a crash course to figure out what we were dealing with. I hope that the character of Howard Beck can do a small part in raising awareness.

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  23. I just finished Collapsed.....please hurry with Resistance!!!! In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the eroding of humanity in Ny/Nj, this message is needed....

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  24. Thank you Lori, you're very kind. I've finished the first ten chapters of Resistance and now I'm going back over them for editing and revision.

    I'm no stranger to hurricanes, I modeled the experiences of Chief Harris after my own. One of the few things holding a society together is the consequence of being prosecuted for criminal acts. Take that away and you have anarchy and chaos. The aftermath of a hurricane is proof of that. Average, law abiding citizens will do pretty much anything if they feel a sense of anominity protecting them.

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  25. Love the trailer. Now I want to read the books - and see the movie! lol!

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  26. Hello Richard,

    While this genre isn't really my 'thing', I must confess that I am fascinated by the premise of "Collapse". How do I go about ordering a copy?

    Best wishes and continued success!

    Francesca

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  27. Just click on one of those links up there, paperback is included.

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  28. Hello there.

    I'm Tara e., series creator for “Zombie Fairytale Theater – the webseries!”, and we follow each other in the Twitter-sphere (@ZFTheater).

    We're just stopping by all our Twitter-follower's pages, trying to get to know them better, and posting about them on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zombie-Fairytale-Theatre/217237378336006), letting our followers know about them, and encouraging them to come by your pages and websites. Just trying to close the Internet a little bit snugger around us all :)

    If you'd like to know a bit more about us, come by our YouTube Channel! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxc_FcWqJxk&feature=g-upl – we have our first two episodes up, and are campaigning in the hopes to finish Season 1.

    And PLEASE stop by our Indiegogo campaign (I think the video is adorkable) : http://www.indiegogo.com/zombie-fairytale-theater?a=1487506 – even just a dollar is a lot; but if you can't that's ok! You can also help just by letting your other followers know about us, retweeting our campaign link, and keeping our conversation going out in the internets.

    Thank you again, for your time and for following.

    Take Care.

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  29. Such a good read, can't wait for the next book.

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  30. You have it right! "Democracy gives way to Ideology." See you in the new universe!!!

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  31. You have it right! "Democracy gives way to Ideology." See you in the new universe! Check out http://bit.ly/TN3gLg

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  32. Will start tonight!!! Wooohooo
    @ladybumpass2u

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  33. http://evilvonscarry.blogspot.ca/2011/03/entertainment-in-post-apocolypse.html

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  34. I am not in USA and can't get the eBook from Amazon. Where else can I purchase this from

    Thanks!

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  35. Looks good. I was just curious how you got reviews. I recently published my book Syndicate X. A great super hero book and I've just been trying to get it out there is well.

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  36. Sounds good Richard. An interesting concept.

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  37. Just featured "Collapse", your bio and a link to your book in the AlphaPrepper.com author spotlight section. Thanks for following!

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