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Collapse (New America - Book #1)

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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 his...more
Paperback, 484 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Stephenson & Powers Publishing House (first published January 1st 2012)
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Great book! Upon finishing, I felt sad like I always do when I've really enjoyed my book. I cannot wait for Resistance. Chief Petty officer Dupree was easily my favorite character and I hope he finds his daughter in one piece. I will be waiting patiently for the next installment. If it's not free, I'll gladly pony up whatever ;) one thing I won't miss will be the nightmares. I swear it seemed so realistic I thought I should make a Y2k-style stash of my own. EMP's are no joke! Read it. Good stuff
I think I'm the only person on goodreads who didn't like this book. I almost gave up two chapters in, but I love end-of-the-world books, and I just had to see where this one went.

To be fair, this book kept me up late reading which hasn't happened to me in awhile. I also brought my kindle to work so I could finish it during any down time I had. You'd think with all that, it would be a five-star book for me. Isn't that what books are supposed to do?

Yet, I think what kept me hooked was the same thi...more
I got this free book after reading all the glowing reviews here. I fail to see why there are so many. The story is too disjointed with far too many OMG HUGE HORRIFYING DRAMA HERE parts to it. There wasn't a single character that I felt I could connect with - but part of the reason for that is because you get slices of each character's experience, then it jumps track to an entirely different story. I get that it's trying to build up an overall "this is how America could fall", but it is just tryi...more
Fing Fong
Honestly, this book is pretty bad. The dialogue is laughable and mostly expository, the love scene at the end is clumsy and embarrassing, and the characters are stock and 1 dimensional.

But, I found myself eagerly reading the whole damn thing. In its own depressing, nihilistic way, it's an oddly compelling book and I kind of want to read the sequel. With a good editor, the author could do far better with the next book.

Oh yeah-- deux machina and Chekov's gun out the yang
Jim A
Regarding the collapse of authority and infrastructure of the country, there are better stories out there. Too many cliches and too much material that really wasn't germane to the story. Just padding the pages, in my opinion. Was a back story on a person already dead really necessary? While it wasn't lengthy, it wasn't needed, either. Just one example.

I thought it might be interesting to read something a little different this summer so when I was offered a free Kindle download of a first novel called COLLAPSE, I was in.

Ordinarily I don't read 'science fiction'. Once in a great while I will read something that is considered 'speculative fiction', but this is definitely 'science fiction'.

First time author Richard Stephenson is right on target exploiting our fears of natural disasters, ruthless politicians, and out-of-control foreign countries i...more
Julie Powell
I loved this book from beginning to end and can't wait for the next installment. It is fast-paced, well-written (despite the typos) and controversial in its hard-hitting, gritty plot. I liked the way each of the characters developed, allowing the story to become a very personal one due to the reader being able to invest in what they did and how they fared. My favourite character being Max and the most interesting being Howard.

I don't what to give spoilers, but I will say that although it is a ve...more
The Muslim world has united under the leadership of Iran and is against the United States and Europe coalition. Stuck in a major depression, multiple natural disasters and corrupt government officials are tearing the country apart. On top of everything, Howard Beck, Founding Father of Intelligence, Richard Dupree, ex-Navy Seal, and Santa Fe Texas Chief of Police Maxwell Harris, must work together to seek out the numerous sleeper cells and active terrorists and stop Simon Sterling for becoming th...more
can't wait for the next one!

Update: Finally have a chance to sit down and write what I think of this book in (a little) more detail.

I did not realize it was part of a series and I'm glad I didn't know. Had I known, I would have put off reading it until book 2 was ready & I might have missed out! It was a page turner and kept me awake way past my bedtime.

The editing could be cleaned up a bit but nothing distracting. The author successfully transitioned between characters and locations withou...more
I'm hooked! The preview chapters have left me hungry for more. Can't wait till the rest is available!
Spencer Brokaw
“Collapse” is a dystopian novel set in the near future—2027. America is in the second great depression, and is about to fall. The government is corrupt, and natural disasters have torn apart Florida and are after Texas. The story is told through many different character’s eyes, but the main three—Howard Beck, Richard Dupree, and Maxwell Harris—are the ones trying to save a falling America.

My favorite character was Howard Beck, the richest man in the world. His character was the most interesting...more
Jeff Dawson
Collapse….And yes it does!

I maintained high hopes in reading this book. They were dashed in the first few chapters, but I read on.

The main premise or premises are: One, Iran is in the act of taking over the world and bringing down the United States. Two: A rogues group of politicians, tired of the old democracy, have sites on building a new one. Three: Hurricanes Luther and Maxine have destroyed the Eastern Seaboard and Texas. Four: The world’s richest man, Howard Beck wants to sit on the sidel...more
Carrie Kilgore
Someone should tell this author about the prime directive for novel-writing: SHOW, don't TELL. Endless explaining and backstory prevents this being the thriller it could be. Some of the ideas about what "could" happen are fine, others are off the beam (but I'm married to a military historian with a 180 IQ, so perhaps am less willing to suspend disbelief than most). Still, the major difficulty with this book is its failure to move the reader into the action and letting us discover things about th...more
Jill James
Collapse by Richard Stephenson is an amazing book. Well-written and well-plotted. The cast of characters are well fleshed out and believable, each in their own right. From the Asperger’s multi-billionaire Howard Beck with his own HAL computer, to Maxwell Harris, a crippled chief of police with an amount of honor and dignity lost in our current world, to Richard Dupree, an escaped con who only wants to find his children. They all come together in an America that Stephenson has made terrifyingly r...more
Huge, page-long info-dumps, to the extent that at times I felt as if I was reading a newspaper article. The characters so clichéd they were amusing. (WHY does the woman always have wonderful breasts that everyone ogles???) But having said that, I did read through to the end which is pretty good for me as I have zero-tolerance for badly written books. However, I don't care enough about the characters or their situation to read the second book.
This was a really peppy, strong story...right up until the 60% mark. Then the author seemed to lose his dayum mind! Everything seemed to fall apart around here. Escape pods, betrayal, political manifestos of the author, and strange decisions by the main characters really sank this book for me.

I thought I was going to enjoy this, but it turned into a waste of time. Really bad book!
Mar 01, 2013 J.D. rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
It's been a while (Sept 2012) but I started this book and quit a few chapters in. There was too much going on for me. I understand there are other players in a story but at least give me one to focus on and "like" or not like, whichever the case might be.

I see it got a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews on Goodreads though so I may have to give it another try in the future.
Lee French
This book starts fine. Then it descends into bucketloads of exposition. At least half of the book is told instead of shown, and a solid chunk feels like reading a dry history textbook. Once it finally gets to actual scenes with actual people instead of their backstories and world history, it's more readable and interesting, but it returns to exposition, over and over.

The book reads like it's intended to be a disaster movie with thriller elements. It follows three different men, each of them stru...more
Cheryl Poole-Musgrove
I had wished the next book was out as soon as I finished the first. It's a believable story one that left me gnawing on fingernails (not really but pretending) long into the night. Every chapter of different characters racing through their survival made this a fast but complete read. Please hurry book two!
Daniel Zazitski
The first seven chapters in Richard Stephenson's uncoming Dystopian novel Collapse was an epic thrill ride that keep me wanting to read more. I'm looking foward to finding out what happens next. If you like Tom Clancy novels and other political thrillers you should get this book when it is released.
Mary Stephenson
Love this book! It isn't a genre I typically enjoy, but I can't wait to see how it ends. Lucky for me, I have an "in" with the author!
What's the German word for crap?
George Angus
From my Amazon review:

Author Richard Stephenson has hit one out of the park with his novel, Collapse. Watch the America we know literally collapse under the weight of natural disasters, rouge nations and damned scary power-hungry politicians.

I found Collapse to be entertaining, intriguing and scary as hell. To say that the premise of the novel is believable would be an understatement. Although it takes place in 2027, there is not reason that most of this (except Beck's AI technology) couldn't ha...more
Cynthia Shepp Book Reviews & Editing

Richard Stephenson’s Collapse is a post-apocalyptic rollercoaster ride. Imagine the world right now, then imagine it again in the year 2027, except by then it is the America of your nightmares. The fact that is only 15 years in the future is extremely frightening to me because this book is so realistic. I could see most everything actually happening. I was hooked from the first page. The characters and supporting characters are so believable. The book revolves around...more
Judy Goodwin
I liked most of this book. In fact if the book had included a climax with a decent hook at the end, I probably would have given it more stars–at least three, and maybe even four. The writing was okay–not Faulkner, but it got the job done. My problem, however, was the ending.

First I want to premise this by saying I LOVE disaster films. I don’t care how outlandish, how unscientific the situation. Give me the asteroid hitting the earth while a new ice age is starting and there’s a volcano in Los An...more
E.L. Lindley
Although this novel is set in the future I found it very relevant and plausible. The world that Richard Stephenson has created in Collapse must surely make readers pause and wonder if this is where the world is heading. It is a fast paced novel which centres around three very different characters, who find their lives intertwined as events unfold. I found each of the characters believable and engaging. The plot is complex but Stephenson cleverly manages to make it work and I found myself despera...more
Collapse, written by Richard Stephenson tells the story of the collapse of society in the United States in the very near future as it buckles under the pressure of new and dangerous threat from a more deadly Iran, environmental and natural disasters, and increasing dissatisfaction with the government, and nuclear disaster. The story is told from many different viewpoints, and the reader is taken along for a ride that he or she is unlikely to forget.

The cast of characters is long and varied in th...more
Melody Armstrong
What are your concerns about this book?
Finish the story line. Didn't like the open ending.

What are the most important relationships in the book?
It was trust in humanity.

What did you think of the style of the writer?
I do like his overall style.

What did the title have to do with the book?
Because everything as we know it, did indeed collapse. Everything and every ones lives changed.

This was a book club read. The author gave us the book for an honest review.
I am all about free books on Amazon and that is how I came across this book by Stephenson. I am so very glad that I did!

I don't remember reading an apocalyptic book before, but it grabbed me in at the start and didn't let go until I was finished...and that's only because it was over!

I read a few of the reviews before I started the book and many people had trouble with the many characters throughout and I think that is what I liked about it. I liked the different perspectives, giving you a glim...more
Pandora Farnum
Once I started the book I found it very hard to put down. The characters, even if you did not like their personalities, were amazing. With each turn of the page you are drawn further and further into each groups emotional turmoil on the events that were happening around them.

Of course, Beck was my favorite but all others were right at the top with him.

It took me 2 days to read this and I am anticipating the next book that is said to be out this summer.
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Richard Stephenson was born in 1975 in Denison, TX and spent his childhood in North Texas. In 1992, he graduated high school after only three years. He then pursued his degree at Oklahoma Christian University, once again accomplishing the task in three years. Richard then married his best friend before going off to basic training to be a military policeman with the US Army. With his new wife joini...more
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