Out of the Ashes (Ashes #1)
The worst-case scenario has come to pass a nuclear strike has crippled America. Gangs, looters, and vandals have seized the streets. The decent few can only pray for a leader to protect them. Luckily, one of the survivors is Ben Raines.
Rebel mercenary, retired soldier, and tireless patriot, Raines is searching for his missing family in the aftermath of thi...more
I started reading him with his very first published book, The Devil's Kiss. I have to admit, I was hooked from tha...more
I hadn't thought much about it other then an occasional fond memory, nor had I known the series went on to 36 books so far. In addition, my interests...more
The plot is a bit confusing. The world is in turmoil with the Chinese and Russians at the brink of war. There are a number of "rebels" in America aligned under two famous special operations soldiers who are presumed dead. Out of nowhere, all of the world powers decide they...more
William W. Johnstone's Out of the Ashes was one very brutal and long diatribe. I picked this book up on impulse as I passed it on the shelf at the library. It seemed like a potentially good Dystopian Story - my latest craze.
The world is completely and utterly destroyed by nuclear warfare and one man, Ben Raines, has what it takes to unite the people and fight for freedom in it's aftermath.
The nuclear war is triggered by a coup-gone-wrong involving rogue military hawks (think Jack T. Ripper with scads of accomplices). Ben Raines survives the dirty bomb holocaust, as do many others...inexplicably. He begins touring the ravaged...more
Ben Raines just wants to live out his life, be left alone. But "when the balloon goes up," through a freak accident of nature -- or is it divine providence? -- he survives to roam a destroyed nation fully of desperate people. Ben travels to record what's left in the ruins. He finds the remnants of a once great people shattered and destitute. Some want to rebuild, some want anything they and steal, and some just...more
Rebel mercenary, retired soldier, and tireless patriot, Raines is searching for his missing family in the aftermath of this devastating war. His relentless pursuit through the ruined cities of the west unites him with the civilians of the Resistance forces. They...more
I hadn't realized this was a series when I started reading it...more
I've read 15 books this summer and by far this is the best book of them all. My hat is off to you Mr. Johnstone, you have written the book that I would most like to write. Pick up this book and share with your friends, for me, the best book of the summer of 2012. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.
Also looking at the Tri-states as presented here I realized just how non-liberatarian it was. Actually a little totalitarian in its own way.
So not as cool as it was an adolescent, but still an interesting book.
I enjoyed this story. It had a lot of interesting ideas. Definitely a "men's adventure" though.
Warning strong language, violence and sex.
Born and raised in southern Missouri, Johnstone was the youngest of four children. His father was a minister and his mother a school teacher. He quit school when he was fifteen and worked in a carnival and as a deputy sheriff. He later served in the Army and, upon returning to civilian life,...more