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Fire in the Ashes (Ashes #2)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  415 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Torn straight out of today's headlines, national bestselling author William W. Johnstone's groundbreaking and controversial series refuses to die. . .

By Any Means

Destroyed by the fires of nuclear holocaust, our once great nation is in shambles. Life as we know it is no more. But among the survivors stands Ben Raines, retired soldier, mercenary, and the only man alive train
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 1984)
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Todd Sullivan
And so the train-wreck continues.

I'll probably be one of the few negative reviews for this book because, as the second book in a series, it's unlikely that anyone who didn't enjoy the first in the series would have bothered with the second. So just about anyone who read this is likely a fan of the first book, and of the teachings espoused by the hero and author stand-in Ben Raines.

However I was not a fan of the first book, and I am not a fan of this book. Not really. Not in the traditional sense
May 08, 2017 Justin rated it it was ok
Has its moments, but otherwise mostly dismal. How many times can the Tri-States collapse and rebuild?
David Nichols
Jan 01, 2017 David Nichols rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A previous reviewer noted that the second volume of the “Ashes” series reprints a lot of dialogue and other material from volume one. Strip out this padding and one is left with a low-quality novella and the first few chapters of a new story modeled after the schlock scifi movies of the 1950s. (The author has one of his characters say as much.) In the novella, Ben Raines and his band of freedom fighters resume their struggle against the evil US government, waging war across an America inspired b ...more
May 03, 2014 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what went wrong half way thru the book? Really went off the rails. Starts out fine, then goes to hell. "Hero" decides to become a philosopher king, and enforce his version of freedom on everyone. Yikes. He started out as a good anarchist, and evolved into a good Nazi. Then, he throws in giant mutant rats, just for giggles. Then he kills off the entire world. Oh, well.
Jan 03, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent sequel to Out of the Ashes. It's been a few years since I went through these books, and I really enjoyed it. The deviant sex scenes were a little much, so if you are prudish or have a weak stomach walk away.
Allen Thomas
May 10, 2013 Allen Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fire in the Ashes

Another poiniant and we'll written book by Mr. Johnstone. Much of what he writes about could/will come true... probably sooner than later. Will you be a survivor?
Sep 28, 2012 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good ... only 30+ more in the series to read.
Aug 18, 2010 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
lots of action, some sick people in the book that I would like to shoot myself, but it keep me reading and reading, loved it.
Timothy Boyd
Very good adventure series. Basically the forming of a new United States after WW3 and the story of the man who leads and forms it. If you like men's adventure stories you will enjoy it. Recommended
Another good post-apocalyptic novel.

Warning, strong language, violence and sex.
Perry Hurtt
May 04, 2014 Perry Hurtt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this series many, many years ago and re-introduced myself to it again recently. Fun reading.
Jul 10, 2015 Lesley rated it liked it
Very thought provoking - intense.
David Minger
Aug 10, 2012 David Minger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If only we could get the gun hating left to open their minds and read this book....Oh hell as The General would say, " wouldn't do no good no how".

Thoroughly enjoyed this book!
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William Wallace Johnstone was a prolific American author, mostly of western, horror and survivalist novels.

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,
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Other Books in the Series

Ashes (1 - 10 of 34 books)
  • Out of the Ashes (Ashes, #1)
  • Anarchy in the Ashes (Ashes, #3)
  • Blood in the Ashes (Ashes, #4)
  • Alone in the Ashes (Ashes, #5)
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