First Activation: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller
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First Activation: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  666 ratings  ·  78 reviews
HARRY and his brother JACK are on an airline flight, headed for a wild weekend–a ritual they have enjoyed every May since leaving the army. The trip takes a terrifying turn when they land in New York—this year’s destination—to find that JFK airport is almost deserted and that the few ground crew they can spot have all been brutally slaughtered. Is it a terrorist attack? Or...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published August 16th 2013 by D.A. & M.P. Wearmouth (first published August 3rd 2013)
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Andy Bryant
A really good premise, and the story really rattles along for the first half. The first half is proper survivalist horror against a disease where mankind has been turned on itself - kill one person then kill yourself - and the authors have clearly had a good time coming up with a range of violent deaths for the corpses the main characters come across.

Then half way through - literally (51% according to my Kindle) - the survival horror which had given the story real momentum gives way to a rather...more
Moon
Wow..... wow.... wow...

This book needs to be made into a movie.... and I really really hope they are writing a second book!
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Two men are coming to New York on vacation, when their airplane lands they realize that something horrible has happened... I don't want to say anything else, because I don't want to spoil the story for you...

Think: The Stand by stephen king ... only better... and not as long. Yes, I did say better.

You have a blender ... . put in some The Stand by Stephen King, and add a li...more
Meg
The story opens with a terrifying premise, that (almost) everyone is suddenly motivated by a chilling urge to kill one person and then kill themselves. The narrator and his companions are trying to stay alive, and trying to figure out what could be happening. It's a brilliant premise for a scifi or supernatural thriller.

Unfortunately, the novel falls very short. The characters were underdeveloped and lacking, to the point that I didn't much care when characters died. Long descriptions of who too...more
Kath Middleton
Brothers Harry and Jack are aboard a plane heading for JFK Airport when some serious turbulence cuts off all communication with the world. What they find when they get there is wholesale carnage. How did it happen? Why? Those left alive have a compulsion to kill one other person, then commit suicide. The brothers are trying to survive in a world with no power, decomposing bodies and the need to find out what and who is behind it all.

This is a really gripping post-apocalyptic thriller which I enj...more
Rick Brown
I thought this was one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I don't know why other reviewers feel compelled to repeat the story in the book and I am NOT going to do that. The story line pretty much follows what other reviews have said. I will say I found the characters very likeable and am left wanting at the end of the book for the next. I found the story to be very engaging and the premise different from other post apocalyptic books that I have read. Additionally, you actually do...more
M.L. Banner
This was a truly unique post-apocalyptic thrill-ride that will keep you guessing the cause for the mayhem until nearly the end of the book. I loved the surprises, along with the affable main characters: I imagined they share many of the authors' personalities.

Some may berate a few of the characters' actions, as if any of us have been tested anywhere as severely; of course in the dark recesses of our minds we are all Jack Bower (or James Bond for those in the UK), able to save the day with one p...more
Linda B.D.
A fast paced, high action thriller. Warning: It has very vivid details of death and destruction, which would of course, go along with some of these types of books. It is expected in some novels. It is a mystery and a mind provoking story. There is no romance or anything like that in this book. It strictly deals with the end of the world with a few single people. The author did a great job of mingling many aspects of everyday life into this story- from the daily housewife to an airplane pilot. He...more
Tome
First Activation is a post-apocalyptic thriller in which nearly the entire global population is turned into brainwashed puppets with one single purpose – to kill someone then kill themselves. Only a few people are unaffected, having been on airplanes when the phenomenon hit. Four of these, two of them soldiers, set off in a group to try to figure out what is going on and to survive. What they find is more horrifying than anything they can imagine.

First Activation had me torn, I felt at the end...more
E.A.
"First Activation" caught my attention at the start and held it for the first third of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the Brit brothers and their give-and-take. I thought the authors should have made more use of the brothers' uniquely British backgrounds and foibles but after a few chapters they just pretty much became like everyone else in the book. I enjoyed their believable decision making through the first third of the book as well, but it quickly became dodgy and then downright nonsensical...more
Mandy
Not bad as a debut. Short and punchy, with a fair few instances of slightly clumsy sentences and dialogue, but the plot is interesting enough. The neat idea of the killers is interesting, and the mystery drives the first half of the book nicely through your standard survival horror which pays homage to the first book of The Strain Trilogy, and David Moody's Autumn series without being too derivative.

That said, having settled the reader comfortably into this post-apocalyptic world, the characters...more
Curt Huffman
This is a nice basic zombie book, with a bit of a twist. It was fun while it lasted, but it just leaves too much unanswered for a proper ending. The twists are a good ride, but at times the authors leave you scratching your head thinking, is THAT what you want me to believe? Maybe he's setting it up for a franchise series.
Maybe I expect too much from a zombie thriller. But the ploy motive sort of falls flat after building up a nice head of curiosity in the reader.
I got the feeling that his publi...more
Nick
Nice to see an apocalypse book that isn't zombies; that was a refreshing change of pace. However, the authors should have gone with zombies.

I was working with some fifth-graders while I was reading this book. One day, one of them started to tell a story and I suddenly knew why this book seemed to drag. and then . . . and then . . . and then . . . and then . . . For ever and ever. It seemed like they had an interesting idea, but then were so busy trying to not be like any other apocalypse book th...more
David
After reading Critical Dawn by Darren Wearmouth and Colin F. Barnes I had discovered a new author to read and was pleased with what I found. Darren did a great job making me feel the tension the characters felt during the opening scene on the plane and during many other tense action pack moments. I too get that feeling in my stomach when a flight isn't perfectly smooth. After what isn't an ideal flight, our main characters (Harry and Jack) land in NYC, and to their horror they find death and des...more
Patti
The second different type of post apocalyptic book that I've read in a row and I love this one, too.

Totally different premise that sucked me in, reminding me more of 28 Days Later than anything else.

The action was good, the characterization wasn't bad, and the story was great. The ending was really unexpected.

My only complaint was that the author didn't have the American characters using American slang, but British slang. It kinda took me out of it.

G.B.
Yes, there were problems with the dialogue, and only one mention of the main characters worrying about loved ones (which always bothers me in these kinds of books), but I really liked the first half. It did rush off to a quick conclusion and felt a bit self-indulgent at the end.
Tim Fay
NICELY PLOTTED

The writing is excellent, as the Wearmouth's have done an excellent job in character development, making the reader care about the fate of their protagonists.
Shawn Stanley
Despite problems with the plot and with character development, I found this a page turner. I feel totally let down by the ending. I think the premise was interesting and had a lot of potential.
ReaderNation
So, the market is flooded with post-apocalyptic / dystopian reads...which is good since that is sorta one of favorite genres. The book can completely stand as/is, which is nice change. However, "Second Activation", it appears, is in the works. I will definitely continue the story. The writing was good and the pace was solid to keep me interested. There was some good character development, glorious corruption, douche bags, and a pair of brothers trying to figure out why us crazy Americans are joi...more
Dan
A plane traveling from England to NYC hits some turbulence and when it lands, there is no one to greet the crew and passengers. When finally someone comes out to the tarmac, he objective is to kill the first person he sees then himself. Brothers, Jack and Harry decide to investigate and find an airport filled with murder suicide victims. What the hell has happened?

At the beginning I though the writing was sophomoric, but once the first killing happened, it picked up and grabbed my attention. I...more
Kathy
What a book! I thought this would be another zombie book, but it's much more than that. My jaw dropped from shock on the last page, but after a minute I realized it was the only way to have the ending. I loved this book I had to tell people about it and discuss the events actually happening in the world today.The book is an example of what life would be like after the apocalypse. It's a book that can stay with you for a bit after reading it and I liked it so much it's worth reading again. Worth...more
Evin
First Activation follows two ex-British Army brothers who are on their way to New York City for an annual vacation with friends. While in mid-air they lose contact with the ground, soon finding out that nearly everyone on the ground has gone insane and compelling to kill another person and themselves. As they come to find out there is much more going on than they first think.

The first part of this book is pretty good. The characters are likable enough if not a bit bland, and the tension of tryin...more
John Podlaski
First Activation is the first e-book that I've paid for in quit some time - free books are in abundance on Amazon and many are very good. The book description: "A plane, filled with passengers, arrives in New York City from England to find the city deserted; streets littered with empty vehicles, dead bodies everywhere, not a living person in sight," was enough to pull me right in and download the book. Once I began reading, it is difficult to put down. The authors have successfully created a sto...more
Diane
I read this on my Kindle app, which I normally don't do. I'm happy to say that the Kindle version is nicely formatted, with good spelling and grammar and no weird stuff that makes so many e-books unpleasant to read. I read it in one sitting because the action is nonstop and the book is only 250+ pages. But the length is also a problem, because most of the book consists of conversations and moving from one car to another, or getting one gun or another. The premise of the book is ludicrous and the...more
BJ Haun
Like a lot of the other reviewers have said, the book has a very interesting start: Two British brothers (both ex-military) are on their way to New York for a vacation, but when their plane lands, everything is in chaos. It is a rather original take on an apocalyptic survivor story, and it works to build good tension in the first part of the story.

Unfortunately, as the story progresses, the original threat is replaced by a new one. While the new threat is, theoretically, more insidious than the...more
Mike Meredith
This is the best book I've read this year. The main characters fly from Manchester to New York and when they get there they are met with the harrowing scene on bodies all over airport terminal. Some have apparently committed suicide, some have apparently been murdered. Nobody knows what is going on and nobody knows what to do next.

As they leave the airport, we find that the bodies are spread all over New York, with few apparent survivors. Those who are alive, seem hell bent on killing one person...more
Linda
The best I can say is the book kept me remotely interested with its plot premise. People were brainwashed to kill another person, then to kill themselves. The characters were one dimensional, almost cardboard cutouts. One of the more interesting ones was killed off early on.

This book had one of the most terrible endings I have ever read! I was so shocked when it ended so abruptly, I was angry at myself for reading the whole thing. Too many questions were left unanswered, and the process used to...more
Gadget Girl
First Activation is an imaginative take on apocalyptic fiction and finally something quite original and Ive read alot of this genre; infact I cant get enough apocalyptic action be it in film or book.
Its fast paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Desperation and survival keeps these two quite different brothers alive as they fight for survival and try and track down the culprits to prevent next activation.
I found the storyline well written and the main characters (Jack and Harry the Brot...more
Phil Reese
Got a new Kindle and grabbed a few books from the Amazon Lending Library. This book had an interesting premise, so I "borrowed" it.

I don't want to get too negative, but this book is just bad. Riddled with typos and curious comma usage. Bad dialogue. Thin characters who make strange decisions.

What irritated me the most, though, is that the British authors couldn't even be bothered to make the American characters sound American. Lifelong New Yorkers are heard referring to cell phones as "mobiles,...more
Jamie
I thought this book started out strong and it was compelling, but it kind of dissolved on the way to the end and by the actual ending of the book I was thinking "what...?!?!?" It seems like there was a rush to end it and the ending seemed forced and abrupt. Like others I think this book would make a great film, but I think the story would need to be strengthened a little. It was okay. interesting at first but sadly fizzled at the end. I'll leave this one up to you.
David Logue
Sheesh this book was bad. Stilted and boring dialogue, poor character development, characters that can't learn from their mistakes even after a dozen of them. Weak plot. The only good thing was the idea of the book. In capable hands it would have been entertaining. As it is, it was painful.
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