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Released (Agents of Evil #1)

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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  724 ratings  ·  118 reviews
After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother, Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in their da ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by CreateSpace (first published March 19th 2011)
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Andrea
There were so many elements to Realeased that appealed to me. For starters, I love an honest-to-goodness strong heroine. Abby is smart, tough, funny, and takes control of her own destiny. No hand wringing with Abby, only gun slinging. But, really, I liked all of the charcters in the book. Megan Duncan did such a great job of getting you in the characters' head and letting you feel their fear, desperation, and hope.
Another element that I liked was the pace of the story. Released pulls you into
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Mindy
This book totally ROCKED! I knew as soon as I started reading that I would like this book. Abby is a diehard heroine, not by choice but for survival and she is truly a fighter!

Abby, her brother Carter, and Carter’s best friend Max are the only living humans in their town. Max lost both of his parents to the monsters that have taken over the world, and Abby and Carter lost their father when he tried to save Max’s parents. The monsters that killed them left the 3 teenagers to survive on their own.
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Avery
***May contain spoilers***

If you are a fan of "Zombieland" and the "Resident Evil" film franchise than you in for a treat with this book! This book combines all of the best elements of both films, plus a few totally swoon-worthy male leads, to make for an enjoyable couple hours of reading (seriously, once you start reading this book you will be unable to put it down until you finish it).

I really, really, really liked Max as a character, he was just such an all around good guy. And I really lik
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Tristan
I'm going to start with the things i loved about this book. First off Abby, she's tough and determined, a great protagonist. She is the glue holding their small troupe of survivors together. I'd definitely want her shot gun slinging awesomeness on my side in a post apocalyptic demon infested world. The story kept a good pace and kept me interested.
What I didn't like about the book is I feel like I could've connected better to the characters and their struggle had I been their when the demon a
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Penelope Fletcher
Bought and read in one evening. The book is straightforward and uncomplicated. Humans versus demons, detached limbs, dystopian world, people who go crazy and become dictatorial psychopaths, nasty little pug dog (in my minds they look like pugs) monsters that slobber and are generally disturbing to read about ... I say all this in a good way.

What I loved about Abby (our main character) is that she could handle herself. The fighting was effortless, she was born to kick-demon ass. What I didn't lik
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Lauren
Released fits the mold of Stephen King's The Stand meets Angelfall meets the tv show Supernatural.
The world was attacked by demon dogs and demon birds. Now there aren't many people left.
Abby, her brother Carter and his best friend Max are orphans. The plot reminds me a bit of The Stand in that they have a plan to go to New Mexico from radio transmissions. The radio messages claim there is a resistance on an Army base.

The book might have been stronger if the road trip wasn't all that happened
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Has
This is more like two and half stars.

I was attracted to this book due to its premise and cover - and I am always up for a good old dystopian with demons or zombies on the rampage and the book started off well, with the heroine, Abigail, her brother Carter and friend Max setting off to New Mexico to find a military outpost which seems to be a safe haven against the apocalypse where demons have arrived to earth.

Although there was nothing that stood out for me with its world-building or setting,
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Melissa Brown
I am a dystopian junkie and Ms. Duncan has done a fine job in creating her setting, plot and characters trapped in the middle of an apocalyptic state. Her premise is unique and captivating....demons attacking the earth, three teenagers attempting to get to a military base in New Mexico in order to find more survivors and to fight the demons alongside the military. There were quite a few twists and turns, which I loved. And the sexual tension was fabulous. Ms. Duncan did a great job narrating fro ...more
Angeline Kace
This is a great take on the post-apocalyptic story. There are demons that have ended the world instead of zombies. The characters are fresh and believable. Ms. Duncan does a great job at keeping the story intense and moving forward. There were a couple of times the hubs asked me to do things for him, and I had a hard time pulling myself away. Looking forward to Book #2!

*Disclaimer:
I was a beta reader for Megan Duncan on Released.
Marjie Pride
SO GOOD! SO VERY VERY GOOD! I loved Max and Abby's relationship development during their dangerous journey. Abby is a great heroine tough as nails despite all the hardships she's endured. see more at http://thoughtsofareelfoothoodrat.blo...
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Marsha
Feb 15, 2012 Marsha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adults
I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed "Released." I am not a big fan of zombies; so, when I read the description for this book I was a little confused and began thinking that maybe this was another zombie story. Well, let me tell you, it is far from it.

Just imagine a world where weird creatures (i.e. giant mixed breed birds, demon dogs and other critters) take over the world and begin attacking humans for food. Pretty crazy huh? Well, not if you think about all of the strange chemicals a
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Becky
Demon Apocalypse's aren't usually my sort of thing, but this book sounded really good and something about it drew me in. The cover is amazing and looks really good.
Abby, her brother Carter and their friend Max have so far survived the demon attacks, when they hear a transmission offering help and safety, they decide to risk the journey to New Mexico. The world has been turned upside down, shops have been ransacked, multitudes have been killed, and demons prowl lose. The group must fight hard to
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Sandra
I felt like there could have been a lot more backstory and fleshing out. The book was extremely short, there wasn't more than a couple paragraphs of backstory and there wasn't much character development, either. In addition to that, everything seemed to easy for the teens as they set out on their journey.

I didn't hate the book, though. For one, Abby was a great protagonist. Instead of being a nervous teenage girl about the end of the world, she picked up her rifle, swore at the demons, and aimed
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Faye
I've been wanting to read 'Released' by Megan Duncan for a long time. So I'm happy I was finally able to. 'Released' is an incredible book. It was a lot better than I even thought it was going to be! I not only fell in love with the characters, but I fell in love with the story. I connected with the characters very easily, which was a bit shocking, and the relationships between the characters is easy to believe. I've read a few books lately where I felt either disconnected from the characters or ...more
Missy (Two Readers Reviews)
I have been so in love with dystopian novels lately. It all started with The Hunger Games last year. Released just made my love for dystopians continue to grow!

Released takes place in a world where demon animals roam the Earth. There are several different types and we learn about them as the story moves along. The most common are the demon hounds. These demon creatures hide everywhere and survive off of eating humans.

Our MC, Abby, is one of the few living humans left. She along with her brother
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Kristen
GENRE: Dystopian
THEME: Demons
RECEIVED: From Author
AUTHOR: Megan Duncan
MY BLOG: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com

REVIEW:
I really loved the idea of Released by Megan Duncan, a post apocalyptic story with demons destroying human kind. I’m not really a zombie person so I was really looking forward to this nice twist.

Released in the first book in the Agents of Evil series and the debut for Duncan. She really hit the spot in her story, with adding a bit of everything, family survival, growing up, romanc
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Sharon
http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

4 out of 5 stars

Thank-you kindly to author Megan Duncan for providing me with a copy of ‘Released’, the first book in her ‘Agents of Evil’ series.

Abby Phillips is only one of three survivors left in her hometown and realizes the only hope of survival is to make a trip through what has become the wasteland of America to a military base in New Mexico where radio transmissions have promised safety and assistance.

Abby is an amazing heroine who has strength, cour
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Gabbicalabrese
I have to admit that I've always been extremely wary of self published books. I know that it's wrong, because a lot of self published books are REALLY good. This book, for instance. The only thing is that with a good editor, this book could have literally been perfect. Everything that a person could ask for in a book.


Instead there were some punctuation errors: Periods where there should have been commas, commas where there should have been nothing, nothing where there should have been commas. A
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Cassandra
Thank you Megan sending me a copy of your novel for review. I loved Released! I finished the book within 5-6 hours, the quickest I have ever a novel. Released kept me at the edge of my seat for the entire book. Released was also a quick read at only 260 pages of awesomeness.
The way that Megan described the scenery and the events the group had to get over while travelling reminded me of Zombieland which made it super easy for me to visualize post-apocalypse America. I loved the characters they we
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Beckie
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Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
The earth no longer belongs to just the humans... demons are having their turn. Humanity is in danger of extinction. Abby, Carter, and Max are a few surviving humans who hold hope of finding safety with a resistance movement in New Mexico. While they know that their journey there will not be easy or simple, they have no idea what they must do, go through and learn before they reach their destination.

I have only read a small number of post apocalyptic novels and I am always very timid about readi
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Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
First I want to say I love reading Indie authors books and spreading the love especially when the books is as well written as Released. Megan takes dystopian to a different level.



The MC Abby is a truly kick ass girl who's not afraid to get dirty or shoot something in the face if need be and I really liked that about her. She also had times of vulnerability that I thought were very true to her character. One cannot be strong all the time. I also loved that even during a demon apocalypse she made
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Naj (Unputdownable Books)
Damn. That was one hell of a book. I never thought I'd like post apocalyptic plots. I thought it would scare me too much to read or maybe it'd been to negative for me. Well, It didn't scare me much neither did it seem negative. I mean, its not their fault its the end of the world for them. Well, not exactly the end but still.

Anyways, I more than loved this book, it had a firm plot and an awesome heroine. Abby was strong and tough but still mushy on the inside. I had trouble getting my butt of t
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Trisha Wolfe
When I first began reading this story, I was a little hesitant. I beta read a LOT, and am always editing. I noticed the author put commas in odd places, and every now and then an awkward sentence would slow me down. But, I soon didn’t notice the few errors as I got further into Abby’s story. I like Abby. I like this girl a lot. She’s no Buffy, but then, no one is. She’s tough without the typical sarcasm that usually accompanies the cliché tough girl. Not only is she tough, but I agree with the l ...more
Kim
Released is the first book in the Agents of Evil series and it is a fantastic start to it! I was pulled in from the very beginning and it was one of those books that was very hard to put down. In the midst of a nightmare, Abby, Carter and Max are survivors in a world being taken over by the literal hounds of hell. People are being slaughtered by the thousands and survival is an every day struggle. The story was exciting and full of twists and turns that kept you guessing. While the biggest dange ...more
Sarah Snyder
Released by Megan Duncan had me at hello (yes, I did go there). Honestly, from the first page I was completely hooked into the story. The plot, the writing, the characters - everything just worked. You know when you reading a book and suddenly you look at the clock and hours have gone by? You completely forget to eat, to go to the bathroom and heaven help anyone who tries to talk to you - you just cannot put the book down. That's exactly how Released was for me folks.

Granted, that's probably bec
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Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)
Starting this book I really had no idea what to expect. I haven’t read many reviews on this but those that I did get to glance at seemed to have some awesome things to say about it. Seconds after my Twitter account stated that I had started reading this book (automatic update from goodreads.com), I got a slew of tweets saying “Oh my god! It is awesome!” Naturally, I stayed up well into the night reading the first 150 pages. I didn’t want to stop! There were so many awesome surprises in this book ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I loved this book! Not only was the plot AMAZING but it was like Resident Evil but for teens. Totally enjoyable and unforgettable!! What got me hooked in this book was the plot. As the reader, I enjoyed watching these teen survive the horror of the world. Demons running around killing everyone in site.
Abby I loved! Her strength and her kick butt moves amazed me. She was strong and just rocked! Carter and Max were a great team. They all stuck by each other and help each other out. I like that th
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Shirley
Clarification: 4.5 stars

I first started reading dystopian novels early this year, and every one of the dystopian novels I read were amazing! I was not disappointed with any of them, and I’m happy to say that Released was a magnificent read as well!

Released is set in world where demons are taking over, and Abby, Carter and Max are the only survivors in their town. Abby and her companions flee their town to take refuge in the only place where shelter and safety may be offered - Air Force Base in
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