(American Rebirth Series book 1)
guest post by Evan C.
Genre: Science Fiction
Sub-genre: Post Apocalypse
Novel, novella, short story: Novel
Serial or stand alone: Serial book 1 of American Rebirth series
Setting: Mid-Atlantic countryside. Post-apocalyptic America.
Characters: Hood, Whiskey, Taylor, Kerry, Ian, The Kaiser.
Synopsis: A Legend is reborn in the American apocalypse.
Hood’s life is gone. Student loans, house parties, video games . . . gone. The world has become a place of pure survival. Lucky for him, he’s a natural with a gun in his hand. Learning to live with pulling the trigger is something else entirely.
Over two years have passed since the collapse of American civilization. Hidden away in the mid-Atlantic countryside rests the small town of Clearwater, where a group of survivors led by a young marksman called Hood and an ex-cop by the name of Whiskey have found security in obscurity. Raging through the remnants of the northeast, two kings, the Kaiser and the Crusader, fight a bloody war for control of the land.
Hood, Whiskey and the Clearwater crew survive by stealing just enough from the Kaiser to keep the town going. But they cannot stay hidden away forever . . .
For reasons he doesn’t understand, Hood is pulled into a war he wants no part of. A war he cannot stop, a war that puts the lives of those he loves most on the line. Kind-hearted, Idealistic and a goofball at heart, Hood must embrace the stark reality of violence and ruthless survival that defines these new dark ages.
Thoughts: This is a damned good book.
I’ve read a lot of postapoc fiction… a LOT, and I have to say that this is a solid five-star story.
What did I like about it? The characters. Mr. Pickering is able to bring these characters to life. They are people that you know… hell, they might even be you! Make no mistake, I like to have some ass-kicking in my wastelands, but it is often rare that I actually end up actually caring about the characters. Mr. Pickering does a fantastic job of making the reader despise a character, yet love them at the same time (and sometimes, just the opposite). They make decisions that, when you really think about it, we might very well make in the same situation.
It is often a rare thing when I feel a book is character-driven, but the author has simply done a wonderful job at doing just that.
I highly recommend this one.
About the author: “I am a man obsessed with stories. From the earliest parts of my youth that I can remember, I yearned for imaginary worlds. I created stories and lived them out in my own footsteps, found myself engrossed in fantasy novels, mystery novels, roleplaying games, television shows, perhaps most of all, history. The world, to me, was a great story, filled with endless billions of stories, alive and dead, real and imagined. I did not seek to know them all; but only to be enthralled with as many as I could possibly come by. So when I was 18, and I first attempted creative writing, it suddenly made sense to me that everything else I had been pursuing fell woefully short of something deeper in me. Now, all I want is what many writers want; to share their own stories, to evoke feeling and inspiration and motivation in others. After all, so many who have come before have done the same for me. I look only to continue the tradition. In my own way. My first real success stemming from my writing ability happened when I placed 7th in the 76th annual Writer’s Digest Competition for my short story entitled Serenaded. Since then, I’ve published more than 50 articles as a freelance writer, but haven’t yet put a novel out to the world until now. I’ve been a professional poker player for eight years. I’ve backpacked Europe, I’ve biked alone across the northeastern US by myself when I was eighteen. I grew up living on a boat half the year every year. I’ve hung out in grimy side streets and in sprawling mansions and empty parking lots. I’ve read a lot of books, played a lot of video games, I’ve grown up and I’ve stayed young and no matter what I learn and whatever I believe life is in this moment, I’m still searching. I think I always will be.”
About guest contributor Evan C.: Evan a devout fan of all things post-apoc. Thankfully (for me at least) he’s also got a bit of in the stars sci-fi love as well. If you have an interest in post-apoc books, films, or art, Evan is THE Man to see. He can be found here: