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Collapse (New America-Book One) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Stephenson , Susan Hughes , LLPix Photography
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  • Length: 456 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

BOOK ONE in the NEW AMERICA series.

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.

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About the Author

Richard Stephenson is a fifteen year veteran of law enforcement, beginning with the United States Army as a Military Policeman and currently working in federal law enforcement. Richard's true passion is in writing. His novel, "Collapse," is the first book in a four part series entitled "New America"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1085 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ripping Yarn! 13 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Collapse (America Will Fall)" is the first instalment of a dystopian series. American society is thrown into complete meltdown by the combination of a series of natural disasters, a war with Iran and internal political intrigue. The story follows the fate of a group of disparate characters - the world's richest man, an ex-Navy SEAL convict, and a disabled police chief - as they try to survive the calamity.

As a Brit, I was a tad nervous about reading this novel. I thought it might be too jingoistic, possibly ultra-conservative right-wing or perhaps overly americanised for my taste. However, I was quickly won over. The writing style is great: fast paced, but not without substance either. The main characters are interestingly different, rather than annoyingly quirky, so it's easy to empathise with them. The way their fates are drawn together as the novel progresses is skilfully done. The narrator manages to keep a good balance in the politics and I never felt there was an overt, partisan message being driven.

As with any tale told on this scale, you need to suspend your disbelief a little. If you were too picky about the plausibility of the geography and geo-politics, you would find fault with some of the premise of the book. But, it's a story, and a damn fine one at that, so let that ride and enjoy it!

At its heart, this is a novel about how adversity can bring out the best and the worst in people, as opposed to a comment on politics. At times it's tough and other times tender. This is the real strength of the book - you care what happens to these folks and, because of that, I am really looking forward to finding out in part two!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read 1 Oct. 2012
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An absolutely fantastic read, great characters, great plot, I could not put it down and I cannot wait for the next book, this should be a film!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Story! 15 Dec. 2012
By Dave
I really enjoyed reading Stephenson's novel. I love the different ideas of just how a potential apocalypse could befall the United States. This was a fun story with a good plot. I thought character development was good and that many of the characters were well developed. A few of the characters felt a bit two dimensional, but that was generally not the case here. My only criticism would be that the writing could have been a bit tighter, but I have no doubt that will come with more experience.this was a fun story and kept me engaged and wanting to read later into the night than I should.

Nice job!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good 'page turner' but very cheesy in places 20 Oct. 2014
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This is a good page-turner with a cast of interesting characters and a frighteningly believable storyline. It really had me gripped and I read the whole book over the course of a weekend.

It's what George Orwell would have called a 'good bad novel'; what I mean is it won't win any awards for writing style but it does keep you hooked, which is ultimately what you want from a thriller. I'm giving it three stars because some of the dialogue was VERY cheesy.

Mr Stephenson writes action scenes and suspense scenes very well - but he's not so good on turns of phrase, eg, we have characters saying things like 'I guess it took a life-threatening disaster to open my eyes and start living again,' and 'It's a pleasure to meet you, son. We need true patriots like you to pick up the pieces of our once great nation.'

Maybe I'm being too picky - the book was free after all - but I felt this kind of dialogue detracted from the overall feel of the book. I also thought it could do with a closer edit - the fact that there are two female characters called Reid and Reed should have been picked up - and sometimes stuff we've been told already gets repeated.

Overall a really good book which just needs a bit of tightening up. I think Mr Stephenson could go far in the book writing business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Let me start by saying I loved this story. It was we'll put together and the development of the plot was well exposed...we'll at least until the end where I feel the author hurried up to get his cast of characters together in the one place to get the book finished. I'm happy to suspend reality with this kind of book but with this one, I'm sorry. He kind of lost it at the end. However it hasn't put me off all together and I will get the next book to see how the story continues. Also the typos and wrong words was a bit off putting. Hope he got a good proof reader for next one. I'm available! Still hats off for a very suspenseful interesting read with a good cast of characters, except maybe the two cops who I just didn't gel with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic thriller 12 Aug. 2013
By ChristophFischerBooks TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
"Collapse: America Will Fall" by Richard Stephenson is an imaginative and intriguing projection of a not too distant time in the future of America.
Set in 2027 it shows an America led by Republican President Powers, a country at war with Iran, plagued by Hurricanes, rioters and and helped by Artificial Intelligence.
The chaos following the inevitable collapse of America is shown through the eyes of three very different men: A very rich and highly intelligent man with Aspergers, an escaped prisoner and a Chief of Police of a small town in Texas.
The characters are excellent and will easily carry the next instalment of the series. The book is very well written and is full of great suspense.
I don't want to give too much of the plot away but if you like action packed futuristic thrillers then this book has definitely some great scenes and surprises in store for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but poor execution
Sorry I found the writing style very immature. Love apocalypse genre but not this one and I thought the ending was lame
Published 1 month ago by Lorraine Freeman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
When things fall apart so quick it,s interesting how people react to their new circumstances. The characters are good and I couldn't wait to see how it ended.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, right up my street.
A well paced book, with interesting fully formed characters, set in a believable future dystopia. Well worth a read, I can't wait to get started on part two.
Published 2 months ago by SBryson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller, weaving several stories together
Excellent thriller, weaving several stories together, each with characters we are led to care about. Read more
Published 4 months ago by May Dusa
5.0 out of 5 stars Can highly recommend this to all who like a good story
Yes. Well worth the read and believable in one way. My Stephenson knows how to get the story going and how to hold the reader's interest. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
havent read it yet
Published 5 months ago by peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
In spite of my initial misgivings I hugely enjoyed this book. Great for a holiday.
Published 5 months ago by john hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book, haven't quite finished it yet
Published 6 months ago by J. A. Baines
1.0 out of 5 stars Illiterate drivel
This is so poorly written and badly plotted that it beggars description. It reads like a rambling drunken conversation more than a carefully considered and edited novel. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joseph V. Zizza
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
This book is excellent for a freebie. Don't take my word read it. In about 2seconds I am downloading he second one. Can't wait.
Published 7 months ago by Mairead
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