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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (9 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847538991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847538994
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,226,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam Hawksmoor until recently was the Course Leader for the MA in Creative Writing at Portsmouth University and a similar programme in Falmouth, Cornwall. He is the joint-editor of Hackwriters.com.

Sam is the author of 'The Repossession' trilogy with the sequel 'The Hunting' published by Hodder Children's Books. Now finally the third and final part The Heaviness is published in April 2014. *The Repossession was Joint Winner of The Wirral 'Paperback of the Year' + Bronze Winner of The Amazing Book Awards (Sussex) and Finalist for the Leeds Books Awards 2013.

The HEAVINESS was completed at the request of fans of Genie and Rian who wrote in asking for more from as far away as Australia and India. 'You can't leave them like that. Are they still together? And what about Reverend Schneider? Is he still alive? The bad news is that he most certainly is and he is being fitted with a new hand as we speak. Worse he wants his terrible revenge. Genie needs to watch her back and Rian doesn't know it but he's walking into a trap...

THE REPERCUSSIONS of Tomas D poses a question to Tomas (almost aged 15): If you went back in time to 1941, knowing what you know now, what difference could you make to the world? What would be the consequences of your arrival and all that knowledge you have in your head? Who would listen to you? Would anyone take you seriously at all? And if you did change anything. What about your girlfriend, left behind? - Would she still remember you? Or would it all change?

Tomas D the boy who became a National Hero and the Traitor who lost the war.

Sam currently lives in windswept Lincolnshire by the beach, but misses Vancouver, the mountains and the coffee bars, the setting for several of his YA novels now and in the future..

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Two hundred thousand people die suddenly in China from a
mutation of the H5N1 bird-flu virus. Before the Chinese Government can
contain it, it is already literally flying around the world. It gains a
firm foothold on North America's East Coast - despite widespread use of
antivirals and a sophisticated `National Strategy for Pandemic Planning'.
Yet the vaccination needed to combat this new lethal strain is at least
four to six months away.

Worldwide, economies are imploding. Vancouver's upcoming Winter Olympic
plans are in ruins. Homeland Security have already closed the U.S. borders.
Real estate everywhere is in free fall. Rumours of mass burial sites
already being dug outside the city are circulating. Everyone is afraid of
each other and martial law has already been imposed in some major cities in
Europe and the States.

Vancouver is still functioning, seemingly secure because everyone is
vaccinated. The Premier is reluctant to close things down, aware that
fifty-percent of the population could be made unemployed. The rich are
leaving, their yachts disappear at night. This is a city on the verge of a
nightmare, reluctant to close it's eyes for fear of what may come.

There is a choice; hide away and hope to survive it, or flee to remote
locations. But beware, the virus might get there before you. We discover
the truth, there are no lone heroes to save mankind after all - it's every
man, woman and child for themselves.

We are never more than three days away from civic breakdown and the virus
quickly exposes our vulnerability. Cities die fast and all the planning in
the world can't help when no one can get to work and the power shuts down.

Realistic, plausible and relentless, Sam North's Another Place to Die is a
blueprint for anyone seeking survival tips for the coming plague. Read
`Another Place to Die' by Sam North before the next round of winter `flu.
It might just save your life.

About the Author

Sam Hawksmoor author of the award winning 'The Repossession' and Sam North 'Diamonds - The Rush of '72' collaborated on a new edition of this pandemic novel. Working against the background of recent panics about Ebola spreading across the globe. The coming virus could be more lethal and airborne. As the current Ebola panic reveals, our lifestyle and populations are extremely vulnerable to fear and superstition. Sam Hawksmoor won 'The Wirral' Paperback of the year for The Repossession published by Hodder Books - followed by The Hunting and The Heaviness to complete the Genie Magee trilogy set in British Columbia. Sam North has published many novels, his most recent, a Kindle YA thriller 'Magenta' is set around the wild Lincolnshire coast where he currently lives. Together they edit Hackwriters.com - the international writers magazine. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gemma Roxanne Williams on 20 Dec 2006
Format: Paperback
Another Place to Die by Sam North.

Are you ready? For the world to end? To be proven wrong. For the pandemic that will make the world drop to its feet and beg for mercy?

Are you ready? For Sam North's Another Place to Die?

The world is falling apart, the lethal H5N1 bird-flu virus is ravaging the population, and there isn't time to stop it, there is only time to hide or run. But you can only hide for so long, and where can you run when the whole world is a target to be conquered?

The captivating Fen flees with her family to the mundanity of an Island inhabited only by those who are hiding. But things go wrong, and Fen can't hide for long, as homes are torched and humans are reduced to their most base nature, it is time to run.

A future analyst, Arno, has given up relying on others, he wants one thing. Rachel. The woman he loves, despite barely knowing her. Together they struggle to outsmart the virus, the carriers and the law. But with an enemy that causes people to literally fall dead all around them, do they even have a chance?

Deka the cabbie refuses to flee. Until bodies start dying in his cab, he refuses to stop work. Clinging desperately to what is left of his life, he is determined to stay, to fight. He swears by Doc Borov's killer soup, the vaccine of the charming Doc battling to save the population while everyone else is struggling to look after themselves.

The world and its economy collapse a little further with every fallen body. You can't stay, you can't run, you can't hide. Where are the heroes to save the day? No chance, the virus has got them too. Intelligence, beauty, money, they no longer mean anything. There are no get out of jail free cards.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Middleton on 30 May 2007
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The invisible killer. We've all seen the media frenzy over the latest deadly outbreaks: SARs, Avian flu.... We've all been gripped with fear as they sensationalize the story, only to have it disappear soon after; leaving us to wonder if this was just another scare story. Yet history is riddled with stories of deadly plagues and killer viruses ravaging populations and wiping out civilizations. What makes us think that it could not happen again?

Sam North's latest novel is not a work of Science Fiction. It's not even a work of fiction. It is potential fact!

Set in Vancouver, this is the tale of a world ravaged by a mutated version of the avian flu virus. People are dropping dead in the thousands, society has broken down and anarchy is slowly ensuing. In the midst of all this turmoil are three sets of characters, Fen and her dog Red who, along with her family, flee to a remote island in an attempt to wait out the epidemic. Arno flies from Toronto to Vancouver to find Rachel, the woman he loves, and together they try to outrun the virus. Finally there's Deka, a cab driver whose good friend Dr Borov somehow helps them both to survive the virus with his own medicinal cocktail. The so-called experts have failed to develop an effective vaccine and now most of these experts are also dead. People are afraid of people. No-one knows who to trust. The government are no longer able to protect you. The economy is all but destroyed. The world seems doomed.

Yet out of the ashes emerge these three sets of characters who prove that all is not lost. When all is said and done it's the ordinary people who save the day. Through all the doom and seeming despair, hope remains alive with some. When you've hit rock bottom and survived, the only way is up.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
A powerful portrayal of an underestimated threat. 30 May 2007
By Ian Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The invisible killer. We've all seen the media frenzy over the latest deadly outbreaks: SARs, Avian flu.... We've all been gripped with fear as they sensationalize the story, only to have it disappear soon after; leaving us to wonder if this was just another scare story. Yet history is riddled with stories of deadly plagues and killer viruses ravaging populations and wiping out civilizations. What makes us think that it could not happen again?

Sam North's latest novel is not a work of Science Fiction. It's not even a work of fiction. It is potential fact!

Set in Vancouver, this is the tale of a world ravaged by a mutated version of the avian flu virus. People are dropping dead in the thousands, society has broken down and anarchy is slowly ensuing. In the midst of all this turmoil are three sets of characters, Fen and her dog Red who, along with her family, flee to a remote island in an attempt to wait out the epidemic. Arno flies from Toronto to Vancouver to find Rachel, the woman he loves, and together they try to outrun the virus. Finally there's Deka, a cab driver whose good friend Dr Borov somehow helps them both to survive the virus with his own medicinal cocktail. The so-called experts have failed to develop an effective vaccine and now most of these experts are also dead. People are afraid of people. No-one knows who to trust. The government are no longer able to protect you. The economy is all but destroyed. The world seems doomed.

Yet out of the ashes emerge these three sets of characters who prove that all is not lost. When all is said and done it's the ordinary people who save the day. Through all the doom and seeming despair, hope remains alive with some. When you've hit rock bottom and survived, the only way is up.

What makes this book so much more compelling is Sam's easygoing and free-flowing style of writing. Rarely have I discovered a new author who can draw you into his world so easily. His writing is alive and engaging, and the dialogue is so down to earth that you feel like the people are next to you acting it out. Sam has the enviable ability to create a diverse group of characters that the reader is able to vividly picture and instantly like or dislike; something that should be commonplace, but is sadly lacking in many of today's books.

Fascinating, frightening and compelling, Another Place to Die is the ultimate page-turner which I guarantee will result in many late nights under the bedside light with you uttering, `just one more chapter!!'

Reviewed by Ian Middleton: Travel Writer and photographer, and author of Mysterious World: Ireland.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Finally Comes to Canada! 4 Mar 2011
By A Christy - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll confess, right from the start, that I adore post-apocalyptic fiction. If it's dying..I'm reading it. I'm not sure why I do, but I do. That said, I've read my share of self-published stinkers and reviewed a couple of them here on Amazon without mercy. I don't have to do that with this book. It's a fabulous story, told in an engaging and approachable style with a rhythm to each individual character that brings it all to life.

Before I review, let's address the issue others have brought up in their reviews: profanity, grammar and editing.

Yes, there is profanity. In fact, it starts out with a bang full of it. But it isn't gratuitous and matches well with the social standing and age of the speaker using it.

I wasn't struck by the grammar negatively as much as some others. I enjoy it when authors capture the quirks of language native to an area. Whether it is the way some areas refer to soda or pop for soft drinks or the way some areas change the word order in some kinds of sentences, I think it adds authenticity to a story and character. Just so long as it isn't over the top, that is. I didn't find it so in this book. Yes, there are some errors that are clearly that; errors. Given that this is self published and done by one person without an editor, I'm pretty impressed.

Editing problems noted by others are very minor as far as I see. He did a fabulous job in self-editing the book and I'm a rather harsh critic of those things.

I'm wondering if he didn't go back and review the book and I received a better copy from a second Lulu publishing run? If so, it is entirely possible that anyone with an older version may see many more problems that I did.

Now, on to the story! It is the story of pandemic. Oh yes, I know. You're sick of pandemics, right? How many flu stories can we bear? But this one is told in a way far more realistic than so many others. It is a flu, but just one notch more persistent than our Swine Flu epidemic of last year. Instead of just a small percentage winding up on respirators for life or healing but with such scarred lungs that they are weak forever, the percentage is just one smidge more. That's all it takes really. Just overwhelm one rare and necessary medical machine capability and you have what happened in this story. A cascade of death, suffering and failure of a system requiring constant re-supply for existence.

In this book we have a set of protagonists and each is very different from the other. Fen, a teen girl who belongs to a family that cares rather less for her than they should is a practical girl who has had long experience shielding her feelings behind a hard shell. With her less than dutiful family, she goes to one of the many islands off the west coast of Canada to wait it out. Deka, a cab driver who was once a professor in a foreign land and Doc, a brilliant former Russian doctor and now caretaker to a shabby art gallery make up our second pair of hardy survivors. And finally, Arno and Rachel. Re-uniting just before it all goes downhill, they are left in this world of horror yet wrapped up in the joy of new love.

Their stories are very different, yet strangely united in their founts of strength that have made them survivors. Compassion, practicality and a certain mental immunity that never lets the bad things get them all the way down are hallmarks of these characters and I found the story compelling and immensely satisfying. There are snippets or interludes in which characters come and then go from the story that allow one to see many other ways in which people try to survive. I liked them as they gave me a moment to breath between the intensity of the main stories.

Overall, I'd have to say this is the second best self-published book of this type I've read. The first being Lights Out by David Crawford. For fans of this genre, that is really saying something as David's book has reached near cult status. Good work, Mr. Sam North, and I look forward to your next book! But could you please go ahead and make this available on kindle?
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Scary 22 Oct 2009
By JA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
True-ly a horrific scenario! King's 'The Stand' has a pandemic killer-flu, but his is 'good vs evil.' This pandemic is more man vs everything. People are afraid to be near each other, afraid to touch what someone else has touched, afraid of food that was packaged after the flu started, afraid of everything...so they lock themselves into their own little worlds where there is no longer electricity, or running water, or heat, or medicine...and they either die alone (I'd go crazy) or they band with a few they can trust and hide out.
The story shows just how evil humans can be (as if we didn't know!) and how sometimes you just have to trust someone else.
I didn't care for the swear words - don't use 'em, ask people not to swear around me - and a few errors in editing, but overall, a powerful read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Canadian pandemic story 13 Nov 2010
By Cheryl Stout - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed that "Another Place To Die" took place in Vancouver, British Columbia. It allowed for some differences in the run-of-the-mill apocalyptic story. It was interesting, as an American, reading about some of the differences in daily living I don't normally think about between the U.S. and Canada.

This book was self-published by the author using Lulu Press (I write this since Lulu is a self-publishing house) and I must "assume" that the author, even though he is the Course Leader for the Masters in Creative Writing Programme at the University of Portsmouth, missed out on a LOT of his early year grammar and spelling lessons. Plus he must not have any friends with editing capabilities either because, like so many self-published novels, there were an abundance of errors. It definitely needed some copy editing.

But that written, I tried to ignore the mistakes because I felt the base story was very good. I like North's writing style. I liked the overall premise of the book. I liked the characters and thought North did a very good job of developing all the main characters. I felt the storyline was believable - much too believable, in fact. This was one of the MOST believable of any of the pandemic catastrophe books I have read and I have read most of them, I think.

I hope North continues to write but that next time he avails himself of copy editing services. And uses a bigger, more reader-friendly font when publishing. The tininess of the print was more distracting to me than the grammatical/spelling errors.

I enjoy post-apocalyptic books and will be keeping this for my library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Terrific story, fast moving, several points of view 23 Feb 2010
By Dogs & Horses - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a great book. Moved quickly without being slowed by overly emotional & whiny characters or heavily burdened with politics. Nor was it weighed down with a bunch of religious overtones and nonsense. It was just a good old fashioned winter night read. A story of several people from different backgrounds who came together in varying ways through a massive die off worldwide and how each of them changed, moved forward, struggled, dealt with the horrors around them and happening to them and survived. The characters find themselves doing things deliberately that shock and shame them - however the lesson learned is survival is a one time option and when the choice is you and those you love or strangers, is it really a choice at all?

The author's look at the effects of the pandemic during the early stages, the worst of the pandemic, the immediate after effects and the months following the decimation of the world's population was realistic and without excess drama. I felt he protrayed things with realism for the truly awful parts and yet a sense of hope prevailed - no pollyanna here, but a prevailing sense of humanity underlying the bleakness of an 80% death rate. It was interesting to see this story told from a Canadian point of view - Americans tend to forget that Canada is heavily populated with immigrants from around the globe and several of the main characters were originally from South Africa, Russia etc. That brought a different flavor and feel to their actions and reasons behind them that was refreshing when compared to other novels in this genre.
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