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Desolation (Stone Age #2)

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The greatest solar event in history turned off the world's power and destroyed much of its technology. The sun's barrage continues today effectively bringing humanity back to a new Stone Age. This is a time of desolation, where every day is a desperate fight for survival. Food and water are disappearing, and many will kill to take these from you.
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Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published October 31st 2014 by Toes in the Water Publishing
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Tracey Madeley
Feb 15, 2015 Tracey Madeley rated it really liked it
Shelves: utopian-dystopia
*** Goodreads First Reads ***

My biggest problem with this book was its protagonist. Namely I was struggling to find the main character. Logically it should be Max, as he is the one who seems to unite everyone. He is the benefactor of Bill & Lisa King, in that he has accumulated food in preparation for the apocalypse. He implements the plans for Cicada which will be the home for scientists like Dr Carrington Reid and Dr Melanie Sinclair. It will be the place everyone will gravitate to, even s
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Martha
Jul 26, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an engaging character driven, post-apocalyptic scenario, pitting good and evil. My rating 4.25.

A solar flare has devastated the world as we know it. Electronic technology is gone, the cities are in flames and conductive surfaces, such as water, continue to give off electrocuting charges. Many are dying from starvation and disease, not to mention violence as people sink to thievery and worse trying to protect themselves and obtain food for their families.

Maxwell Thomas is a wealthy man wh
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Desolation takes place after the storm that wiped out most of the world’s power and has devastated both people are places.

The narration was good for this. I have no complaints but I don’t really know what else to say about it. His voice was good for this type of fiction, but I didn’t come away wowed or bored — I don’t think this is the fault of the narrator, but more on the author. This is better than some I’v
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Wendy
Apr 25, 2016 Wendy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads/First Reads
Shelves: thriller, dystopian
"Desolation" the sequel in the apocalyptic "Stone Age" series begins 10 days after an event that left Earth depleted of power, chaotic with dwindling food and water and lawless as people fight to survive. In Mexico with Maxwell (Max) Thompson held prisoner by the cartel and looking for a way to escape, the King family must find a balance between giving charity to those in need and protecting what they have. When ruthless, greedy neighbours and a vicious local cartel attack their home the Kings ...more
David
Nov 29, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
*** Contains Spoilers ***

Desolation by M.L. Banner picks up right where Stone Age leaves off. Power is a thing of the past and everyone is living without life's usual comforts and necessities. Things are very bad for our characters we know and have become attached to. The world has been devastated from the solar flare and CME. Our group of characters are struggling to make it day to day in a harsh and unforgiving world. Melanie, the astronaut, has crashed in the middle of the heartland, Dr. Reid
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Jeff
Oct 03, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Full disclosure: I received an e-book copy of Desolation as a winner in a Goodreads Apocalypse Whenever giveaway.

Until I got into apocalyptic literature in earnest several years ago, I never realized just how many potential modes of demise there could be. Frankly, I’m verging on sick of zombies, largely because they are impossible—more so than alien invasion, in my humble opinion. Then along comes M.L. Banner’s Desolation, and suddenly I’m back in the happy land of genuinely possible apocalypse
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Ann Ellis
Feb 14, 2015 Ann Ellis rated it really liked it
"Desolation"
by ML Banner
4 1/2 FANGS


I am an independent reviewer for 'Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock'. I received this book from the author and from 'Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock'. This is my honest review.

This book is the second in the series "Stone Age." This book begins with the survivors regrouping after a earth changing radiation blast that came from the sun.

This novel can be classified as a cross between a dystopia and horror novel. The book is an interesting twist on
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Jonathan
Apr 20, 2016 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Finely polished work of fiction. An excellent tale. Set in a realistic post-apocalyptic future. The end of the world in this scenario is based on a real phenomenon which has already happened once, in a time in which effects would have been minimal, compared to a potential second event in our electronic age. Now, at present day, the effects would be catastrophic indeed. This sort of fiction crosses boundaries into non-fiction. This plausibility is what makes a book thought-provoking, as they say. ...more
Jennifer Reed
Feb 01, 2015 Jennifer Reed rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I was given a copy of this book by the Author for an honest review.

Desolation is a great apocalyptic story. I didn't read the first book called STONE AGE, but it was not hard to follow this story. It has a great storyline, with well-developed characters. The world building is just awesome. The story follows a group of people that know each other, they are friends and family. When a massive solar storm knocks everything out (all electronics), cars will not run that have computers in them, cell ph
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Marinda
Jan 30, 2015 Marinda rated it it was amazing
Desolation picks up A.E. (after event) If you've read Stone Age then you know all about the solar event that decimated the earth and ended life as we know it. In this book we learn more about Max and the Kings and their trials and tribulations just getting out of Mexico and travels to make it to Cicada. Dr. Reid and Melanie work their way to Cicada and make a pit stop in a little town and make a big difference. We also see life and loss and what will happen if a life changing event hit the ...more
Brad Hedrick
Jan 16, 2015 Brad Hedrick rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first two books of this series and look forward to book 3. I wish I had done a little more research and realized there was a book 3. I have a bad memory and by the time it comes out I will have forgotten most of it.

The abbreviating of the names in Book 2 was retarded. Maybe I am a little slow, but after following characters for a book and a half and then having their names changed made it hard for me to follow. Stepha? How to you say that? Like I said...retarded. Maybe if the autho
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Ricardo
Aug 19, 2015 Ricardo rated it liked it
I absolutely loved the first book in the series, Stone Age, as it was both very original and fast-paced, while sticking to what I generally love in dystopian fiction.
Desolation was no disappointment: I believe it's even faster-paced and more action packed. The characters evolve in an interesting way though I would have liked to be able to 'connect' more with them.
I think M.L. Banner is particularly good at depicting this dystopian future and immersing the reader in it, which is what counts!
Elizabeth Gibbs
I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways.

I enjoyed the story a lot. I'm a sucker for apocalypse novels so when I won this I was delighted. I loved the concept. The only thing was the story is broken up by short chapters that bounce back and forth and I kind of wished it was a little more fluid. Other than that a great read.
MaryJane Rings
Jul 14, 2015 MaryJane Rings rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalytic-types
I liked this book. it was a sequel to "Stone Age". I felt the story was realistic and brought out the primal instincts of the human will to survive. The characters were interesting and the story moved without repetition.It continued to follow the original story line and the new characters were necessary to continue to tell the story of the cataclysmic event that destroyed civilization.
Janeandjerry
Jan 19, 2015 Janeandjerry rated it really liked it
I LIKED THE FIRST BOOK BETTER BUT THIS IS STILL WORTH READING CAUSE IT TELLS YOU OF WHAT HAPPENED AFTER EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN THE FIRST BOOK. THIS IS BOOK TWO WITH STONE AGE BEING THE FIRST AND CICADA BEING THE THIRD. NOW CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE NEXT BOOK TO SEE WHAT CICADA IS LIKE.
Carol
Apr 05, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
INTERESTING STORY, IN FACT WE HAD A DISCUSSION AT WORK ABOUT WHAT IF IT REALLY HAPPENED. LOOK FORWARD TO READING THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES. STRONG CHARACTERS, REALISTIC STORY LINE. THE THOUGHT THAT IT COULD OCCUR IS SCARY.
Beth Tidman
Oct 19, 2015 Beth Tidman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It picked up where Stone Age left off. Lots of action. Looking forward to reading Cicada now.
Anton
Nov 09, 2015 Anton rated it it was amazing
Excellent post-apoc book

Excellent post-apoc book, with good characters and world setup. Looking fore ward to the third. It is scary and thoughtful at the same time.
Barbara Dunbar
Apr 05, 2015 Barbara Dunbar rated it it was amazing
Desolation

This end of days book kept me reading to the end. Despite the circumstances of the prophesy the bad and the good are not just possible but probable.
Pam Shelton-anderson
Second. Ok in this series. A lot of excitement and tension but then end really fizzles. Suddenly goes a generation into the future for one group. It fell flat for me.
Susan Chatham
Feb 09, 2015 Susan Chatham rated it liked it
started good. second book too but ended "out there"

Won't be reading anymore from this series. Slid to "out there" for me.
Plus some stuff just don't add up
Charlene Hudson
Jan 22, 2015 Charlene Hudson rated it it was amazing
Excellent!!!!

This book was very believable. I loved the characters and the story line excellent can't wait for the next book.
Toni
Sep 21, 2015 Toni rated it liked it
I didn't realize that this was book 2 in a trilogy until I finished it... and I never read book one. Oh well - I liked it either way and I suppose it can stand on it's own!
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Jan 25, 2015
Ekaterina
Jan 08, 2015 Ekaterina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cant-even-finish
This is not literature.
Alan Simon F Bruce
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Hello lovers of apocalyptic fiction!

I devour the same books I enjoy writing: science fiction, but especially anything apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic or dystopian. I love stories about regular people being put into extra ordinary circumstances, and having to rely on their own cunning and that of others to survive.

Stone Age Series and my most recent, Highway are those kind of stories. They're fast mov
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“It always strikes me, and it is very peculiar, that when we see the image of indescribable and unutterable desolation—of loneliness, of poverty and misery, the end of all things, or their extreme—then rises in our mind the thought of God.” Vincent van Gogh” 0 likes
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