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Released (Agents of Evil #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  877 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother, Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in their da ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by CreateSpace (first published March 19th 2011)
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Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
There were so many elements to Realeased that appealed to me. For starters, I love an honest-to-goodness strong heroine. Abby is smart, tough, funny, and takes control of her own destiny. No hand wringing with Abby, only gun slinging. But, really, I liked all of the charcters in the book. Megan Duncan did such a great job of getting you in the characters' head and letting you feel their fear, desperation, and hope.
Another element that I liked was the pace of the story. Released pulls you into
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
This book totally ROCKED! I knew as soon as I started reading that I would like this book. Abby is a diehard heroine, not by choice but for survival and she is truly a fighter!

Abby, her brother Carter, and Carter’s best friend Max are the only living humans in their town. Max lost both of his parents to the monsters that have taken over the world, and Abby and Carter lost their father when he tried to save Max’s parents. The monsters that killed them left the 3 teenagers to survive on their own.
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***May contain spoilers***

If you are a fan of "Zombieland" and the "Resident Evil" film franchise than you in for a treat with this book! This book combines all of the best elements of both films, plus a few totally swoon-worthy male leads, to make for an enjoyable couple hours of reading (seriously, once you start reading this book you will be unable to put it down until you finish it).

I really, really, really liked Max as a character, he was just such an all around good guy. And I really lik
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is more like two and half stars.

I was attracted to this book due to its premise and cover - and I am always up for a good old dystopian with demons or zombies on the rampage and the book started off well, with the heroine, Abigail, her brother Carter and friend Max setting off to New Mexico to find a military outpost which seems to be a safe haven against the apocalypse where demons have arrived to earth.

Although there was nothing that stood out for me with its world-building or setting,
Released fits the mold of Stephen King's The Stand meets Angelfall meets the tv show Supernatural.
The world was attacked by demon dogs and demon birds. Now there aren't many people left.
Abby, her brother Carter and his best friend Max are orphans. The plot reminds me a bit of The Stand in that they have a plan to go to New Mexico from radio transmissions. The radio messages claim there is a resistance on an Army base.

The book might have been stronger if the road trip wasn't all that happened
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm going to start with the things i loved about this book. First off Abby, she's tough and determined, a great protagonist. She is the glue holding their small troupe of survivors together. I'd definitely want her shot gun slinging awesomeness on my side in a post apocalyptic demon infested world. The story kept a good pace and kept me interested.
What I didn't like about the book is I feel like I could've connected better to the characters and their struggle had I been their when the demon a
Penelope Fletcher
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bought and read in one evening. The book is straightforward and uncomplicated. Humans versus demons, detached limbs, dystopian world, people who go crazy and become dictatorial psychopaths, nasty little pug dog (in my minds they look like pugs) monsters that slobber and are generally disturbing to read about ... I say all this in a good way.

What I loved about Abby (our main character) is that she could handle herself. The fighting was effortless, she was born to kick-demon ass. What I didn't lik
I found myself struggling through this book. The premise was interesting but the writing and the delivery just weren't compelling. It read more like a diary - so and so did this and so and so said that and then we all did this - rather than the flowing prose of a novel. There were pockets of action which were frankly the most interesting parts but even those were kind of meh. I put this book down at some point and almost didn't pick it back up again. I finally forced myself to finish it because ...more
Melissa Brown
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a dystopian junkie and Ms. Duncan has done a fine job in creating her setting, plot and characters trapped in the middle of an apocalyptic state. Her premise is unique and captivating....demons attacking the earth, three teenagers attempting to get to a military base in New Mexico in order to find more survivors and to fight the demons alongside the military. There were quite a few twists and turns, which I loved. And the sexual tension was fabulous. Ms. Duncan did a great job narrating fro ...more
Angeline Kace
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great take on the post-apocalyptic story. There are demons that have ended the world instead of zombies. The characters are fresh and believable. Ms. Duncan does a great job at keeping the story intense and moving forward. There were a couple of times the hubs asked me to do things for him, and I had a hard time pulling myself away. Looking forward to Book #2!

I was a beta reader for Megan Duncan on Released.
Marjie Pride
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)
Starting this book I really had no idea what to expect. I haven’t read many reviews on this but those that I did get to glance at seemed to have some awesome things to say about it. Seconds after my Twitter account stated that I had started reading this book (automatic update from, I got a slew of tweets saying “Oh my god! It is awesome!” Naturally, I stayed up well into the night reading the first 150 pages. I didn’t want to stop! There were so many awesome surprises in this book ...more
3.5 Stars.

Not perfect but it was a good story I was pretty hooked wanting them to succeed but also wanting more from the story. I wanted more about the demons. Why they were there, what did they want etc. etc.
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Apocalyptic stories are very popular now, in both literature and tv/movies, so providing a fresh take on this idea can be a difficult task, but in Released, author Megan Duncan has done just that. Instead of the very popular zombies or vampires, Duncan has created a new apocalyptic world full of demons. Now, I’m a fan of zombies, vampires, werewolves and the such, but my love for the tv show Supernatural has led to a fascination with demonology; therefore when it comes to using demons in a story ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9th-grade
I have to admit that I've always been extremely wary of self published books. I know that it's wrong, because a lot of self published books are REALLY good. This book, for instance. The only thing is that with a good editor, this book could have literally been perfect. Everything that a person could ask for in a book.

Instead there were some punctuation errors: Periods where there should have been commas, commas where there should have been nothing, nothing where there should have been commas. Al
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
The coolest thing about Megan Duncan's Released is the mere fact that the characters seemed to be around before and during the "apocalypse." I mean, compared to most dystopian books out there, it's generations - at least to the point where the people are used to the way the new things are and are basically happy with the way everything is.

At least, until something bad happens. Then the ball gets rolling, the main character starts to question everything, s/he probably meets the love of their life
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Demon Apocalypse's aren't usually my sort of thing, but this book sounded really good and something about it drew me in. The cover is amazing and looks really good.
Abby, her brother Carter and their friend Max have so far survived the demon attacks, when they hear a transmission offering help and safety, they decide to risk the journey to New Mexico. The world has been turned upside down, shops have been ransacked, multitudes have been killed, and demons prowl lose. The group must fight hard to
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Clarification: 4.5 stars

I first started reading dystopian novels early this year, and every one of the dystopian novels I read were amazing! I was not disappointed with any of them, and I’m happy to say that Released was a magnificent read as well!

Released is set in world where demons are taking over, and Abby, Carter and Max are the only survivors in their town. Abby and her companions flee their town to take refuge in the only place where shelter and safety may be offered - Air Force Base in
Trisha Wolfe
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I first began reading this story, I was a little hesitant. I beta read a LOT, and am always editing. I noticed the author put commas in odd places, and every now and then an awkward sentence would slow me down. But, I soon didn’t notice the few errors as I got further into Abby’s story. I like Abby. I like this girl a lot. She’s no Buffy, but then, no one is. She’s tough without the typical sarcasm that usually accompanies the cliché tough girl. Not only is she tough, but I agree with the l ...more
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I’m not usually a huge fan of dystopians, don’t ask me why I’m not too sure. Probably just unfamiliarity with the genre, but this book had had some good reviews, so when I was asked to read it I said yes.
The story reminded me slightly of 28 days later and it gripped me straight away. I loved the first person narration from Abby the main character, it felt so real. The romance element was very well played which I appreciated a great deal. It was very subtle and realistic, very well written indeed
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it

4 out of 5 stars

Thank-you kindly to author Megan Duncan for providing me with a copy of ‘Released’, the first book in her ‘Agents of Evil’ series.

Abby Phillips is only one of three survivors left in her hometown and realizes the only hope of survival is to make a trip through what has become the wasteland of America to a military base in New Mexico where radio transmissions have promised safety and assistance.

Abby is an amazing heroine who has strength, cour
Sarah Gonzalez
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Released by Megan Duncan had me at hello (yes, I did go there). Honestly, from the first page I was completely hooked into the story. The plot, the writing, the characters - everything just worked. You know when you reading a book and suddenly you look at the clock and hours have gone by? You completely forget to eat, to go to the bathroom and heaven help anyone who tries to talk to you - you just cannot put the book down. That's exactly how Released was for me folks.

Granted, that's probably bec
Missy (Two Readers Reviews)
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, ebook
I have been so in love with dystopian novels lately. It all started with The Hunger Games last year. Released just made my love for dystopians continue to grow!

Released takes place in a world where demon animals roam the Earth. There are several different types and we learn about them as the story moves along. The most common are the demon hounds. These demon creatures hide everywhere and survive off of eating humans.

Our MC, Abby, is one of the few living humans left. She along with her brother
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: demons, ya, romance, dystopian
GENRE: Dystopian
THEME: Demons
RECEIVED: From Author
AUTHOR: Megan Duncan

I really loved the idea of Released by Megan Duncan, a post apocalyptic story with demons destroying human kind. I’m not really a zombie person so I was really looking forward to this nice twist.

Released in the first book in the Agents of Evil series and the debut for Duncan. She really hit the spot in her story, with adding a bit of everything, family survival, growing up, romanc
Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
The earth no longer belongs to just the humans... demons are having their turn. Humanity is in danger of extinction. Abby, Carter, and Max are a few surviving humans who hold hope of finding safety with a resistance movement in New Mexico. While they know that their journey there will not be easy or simple, they have no idea what they must do, go through and learn before they reach their destination.

I have only read a small number of post apocalyptic novels and I am always very timid about readi
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults
I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed "Released." I am not a big fan of zombies; so, when I read the description for this book I was a little confused and began thinking that maybe this was another zombie story. Well, let me tell you, it is far from it.

Just imagine a world where weird creatures (i.e. giant mixed breed birds, demon dogs and other critters) take over the world and begin attacking humans for food. Pretty crazy huh? Well, not if you think about all of the strange chemicals a
Michele Collins
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Book Title: Released
Author: Megan Duncan
Publisher: Create Space
ISBN: 9781461017721
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

“The human heart dares not stay away too long from that which hurt it most. There is a return journey to anguish that few of us are released from making.” ~Lillian Smith

Imagine our world taken over by strange, evil creatures with no warning and no knowledge of where they came from. Many humans die fights for their lives and the lives of their family and friends. T
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've been wanting to read 'Released' by Megan Duncan for a long time. So I'm happy I was finally able to. 'Released' is an incredible book. It was a lot better than I even thought it was going to be! I not only fell in love with the characters, but I fell in love with the story. I connected with the characters very easily, which was a bit shocking, and the relationships between the characters is easy to believe. I've read a few books lately where I felt either disconnected from the characters or ...more
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Released has a fantastic cover. I love the tough girl, ready to your kick-butt attitude. It definitely made me want to read this book. The cover is just the beginning of what's fantastic about Released. Megan Duncan did awesome on the storyline and the characters. But, I do have to say the characters are what made this book great for me.

Duncan gave the four of them strong, individual personalities. Abby, with her tomboy-kick-butt on the outside, but definitely all girl on inside, I connected wi
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Megan Duncan is a lover of all things paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and anything just out of the ordinary. She is continually fighting her addiction to chocolate and living in her overactive imagination.
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