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The Event--Apocalypse Dawning

The Event--Apocalypse Dawning [Kindle Edition]

Dan C. Boutwell
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Every person has imagined what it would be like to wake up one morning and discover they were the only person left alive on Earth. The Event--Apocalypse Dawning has taken a new twist in this fantasy. There is no cataclysmic destruction of the earth, no lingering virus, or mutated brain-eating zombies. There is however a selective culling of the population. Ninety-five percent of the Earth's population vanishes in a blink of an eye. Left are the few survivors, separated from each other, absent the governments which ruled them and the moral and ethical laws of society which guides them. Each man becomes a new 'Adam.' And, each woman becomes a new 'Eve.' If humanity is to survive, somehow these castaway remnants must find each other and establish new societies, which may or may not necessarily be patterned after the old ways.

About the Author

Dan C. Boutwell is a retired city planner. He is educated with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning. However, today his greatest pleasure is to share his written stories with you. For forty years urban planning was his vocation and focus. He worked as a consultant in a planning firm of which he is still the owner and president. During that time he discovered he had a passion for writing. Over the years he created numerous short stories and tales for his own enjoyment. After retiring, he determined to share these stories, tales, and yarns with family, friends, and others. His vocation has taken him into scores of cities, both large and tiny, where he was exposed to the colorful history of Texas. He is a student of the West, the American Civil War, and anything dealing with Texas and/or Indian Territory. Dan loves science-fiction along the line of the Rod Serling model. He is an ardent genealogist; his studies in genealogy have fed his appetite for creative writing, bringing the cold facts of the past to life again. His passion is writing, in whatever genre suits him at the moment. Dan lives in a small Texas town with his wife and best friend, Max, an eighty pound black Lab. He is a semi-retired city planning consultant who now enjoys writing and other hobbies including his grandchildren. He spends the majority of his time doing the thing he enjoys most doing, writing.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3208 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 13, 2014); 1 edition (15 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KD1IV70
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #185,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably interesting but... 4 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Hmm, intersting premis but so badly edited parts of it are difficult to understand. The author mixes up the names of several characters, particularly twins Terry and Kerry. Jim is names several times during one episode, but is actually elsewhere at the time.
Dan sets off for work then realises everyone else has disintegrated into little piles of red sand. He eventually finds a gorgeous girl ( everyone in this book is good-looking and sexy!) Willy.
Gradually survivors gather, including murderer and rapist, Gerald. The survivors are menaced by each other and a pack of wolves, but at least there is a resolution of sorts within one book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Story Seems to Lose the Thread Somewhere 20 May 2014
By zoomreader - Published on
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I always have a soft spot for authors from my home state writing about Texas so I figured I would give this one a try after reading the sample, even with no reviews. In a nutshell, the plot deals with the few survivors left after a seemingly worldwide "Event" vanishes 90-95% of the population. The story follows small groups of survivors as they band together for protection against the rapidly growing threat of wolves and each other.

Apparently, by some unknown mechanism, one wolf has become a master Alpha and decided to rid the world of the remaining human infestation in this small community. This part of the book at least gives our survivors an enemy to rally against, which is something the story needs. I came away from the story feeling unsatisfied by the ending and not interested in reading anything else if the series continues. I applaud writers with the courage to publish their books but this one just needs more work and thought. The Adam and Eve and Eve and Eve ending does not satisfy this reader. Really more of a 2 1/2 star book for a nice try but no cigar.

SPOILER ALERT- I was okay with this story until it became a competition between the couples and the "harem" mindset. Yes, folks need to get busy replacing the population, but anyone with a lick of sense would see Gerald's path as being idiotic from both a social, ethical and genetic standpoint. That Ruth buys into this thinking might be explained by her shock at the transformation of the world, but the ending still left a very bad taste in my mouth. I have already given too much away and I apologize but the last few pages really left me puzzled since the actions of the remaining characters just didn't make sense.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like I just watched a B-movie 7 July 2014
By Paul W - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I actually did enjoy the plot of this book. It was fast paced enough to keep me interested. However, somebody should have proofread this book before releasing it. Punctuation and grammar both were bad at times. Characters seemed to defy physics at times - Jim seemed to be at the tower and stadium at the same time which confused the heck out of me. In other words the author couldn't even keep track of his own plot. The biggest turnoff for me goes deeper, though. I simply don't like Boutwell's writing style. The lack of depth of his characters is noteworthy. All of the dialogues seem to occur at the same (10th grade?) level with a 'matter-of-fact-ness' that I find tough to buy into considering the serious situations that the characters find themselves in. I won't be looking for more titles by Boutwell.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rushed 6 Jun 2014
By Z. Divine - Published on
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I can only think that this book was finished in a hurry. There were many times when I was impressed and thought parts of it were quite good. And then there were the other times..... It seemed that whenever the author wrote about a scene with more than 3 characters in it, he totally lost track of what he was doing. He confused their names, over and over again, which, of course, totally confused the reader as to who was doing what. If it had only happened once, I would have not been bothered - but it happened over and over and over again! Finally, I was just completely annoyed with the fact that the author didn't seem to know who his own characters were. The ending seemed hurried and incomplete and I don't think I'll have enough enthusiasm to try a sequel if there is one. The sad part about it is that it could have been excellent.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've got to read this book ... 15 Jun 2014
By mgentry - Published on
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This is a rare book by today's standards - it has an ending even though it could continue if Dan wanted to. The storyline is new and well developed and the characters are great - I'm in love with Willy (she's a girl). An excellent thought process is developed by the survivors after the event. I really liked this book, I think you will also. Even in the new world, there are some bad guys and you will be surprised why they are bad and what they plan to do. Dan and Willy will become your heroes. Read, learn, enjoy and store some food.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 21 Jun 2014
By LadyD - Published on
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I spend a lot of money on indie apocalyptic novels. This was good entertainment- original and fast moving. However, it needs an editor and the author really needs to watch his characters as they develop. I thought the bad guy was a whimpy sociopath in the beginning, but ends up being a buff, tatt'ed sex god near the end. Our 17 year old heroine was blond and blue eyed in the beginning and auburn and green eyed near the end? This reader is feeling a little schizophrenic at the end.···· Otherwise a nice change up for the genre.
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