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(The Armageddia Series #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Ex-fire chief Devin Bane rises above the thick clouds for an interview in Seattle and the promise of a better life. Packing up his carry-on items for their descent into the city, Devin is blinded by a distant flash, followed by the screams and chaos of a crash landing.

Outside the plane's wreckage, a nightmare surrounds him. Seattle's iconic skyline is gone.

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Paperback, 436 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by American Book Publishing (first published August 11th 2012)
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Amelia M.A.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
If ever there was a realistic plot for the world to end, this is the plot I’d put my money on. No zombies, no killer virus. Just an all too realistic scenario. Some people might describe “Yield” as an end-of-the-world book. I prefer to think of it as the potential end-of-humanity story.

When people panic, they can become animals who throw civility out the window, along with anyone else in their way. The scarier part is how panic creates more panic and hatred begets more hatred. Spreading like a
Kelly 'Perusing Princesses blog'
Get ready for WW3 and the start of a gripping trilogy.

I have just finished this book and I had to jump on here straight away to write a few words.

To put it simple; This book is incredible! I have never been one to pick up an apocalyptic End of the World as we see it novel, but after noticing the flash advert on my side toolbar and the amazing 5 star reviews I thought I would go against the grain, break my cycle and run with it. Oh boy, what a bloody good decision that was!

In the opening chapters
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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What would you do if nuclear war became a reality and your city was destroyed?

This author impressed me. I have read several “end of the world” books. There's only so much you can do with the storyline. Mr. Johnson’s strength lies in his character building ability. From the first few pages, you begin to feel the survivor’s fears, worry and frustration. No one is a super hero. They are all common folks who had their own family problems
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reduced to the basic equation that makes us all animal-minded, human beings are prone to disposing of etiquette and slashing their way to the roots of any problem. This is referring to people all over the world. This is nowhere more apparent than in Bryan Johnson’s Yield, readily available online and at your nearest local bookseller. Nixing opposite colors makes black, and the smearing keeps on spreading. Yield describes a universe in which people are constantly a hair away from choosing the dar ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
**This book was received as a free advanced review copy**

I wasn't sure what to make of this book at first. It started slow, wasn't my normal reading style, but as I continued it I felt myself being drawn more and more into the story. Enough that I definitely would like to read the other books that will come in the series.

Yield is a futuristic take on America and what could happen to its citizens in a tragic event. More specifically, it offers up a third world war kind of situation, with all the
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mostly I read romantic suspense novels and don’t usually read other genres. When I started to read this book, I had no preconceived notions on how good or not good it would be—but I wasn’t sure how I would enjoy reading an “end of days” novel. Let me just say that I was pleasantly surprised and if I can find other books in this genre, which are just as well-written, I may start reading them.

One thing that stood out to me as I read was that from the very first page, the author caught my attentio
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yield was a wonderful piece of Fiction/thriller dealing with the lives of people in totally different worlds, forced to work with one another after a nuclear detonation blast wipes out the entire American continent. The land of freedom turns into a decaying, Apocalyptic hell once victims realize they are left to fend for themselves. With the help of his fellow evacuees, Devin learns the value of family and cherishing loved ones. Bryan K. Johnson deals with some strong themes in this book that ne ...more
Dawn Brotherton
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy from the author, and while this isn't my normal genre, I immediately found myself sucked into the story and in love with Devin, even though he didn't seem very likable.

What surprised me the most was the emotional realism. I lived in Oklahoma City when the Murragh building was bombed, and although Yield takes this to an extreme, when I first started reading, I was immediately transported to those feelings we had when we discovered what had happened in downtown OKC. Bri
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
The apocalypse is on many minds these days. Could it be the uprising in so many parts of the world? That it's an election year? Our troubled economy? I do not know. I do know that alot of creative types are trying to make sense of it or offer versions of it. Such is the case with this book. It's paced well, has good character development and and a not completely outlandish story line. It's a great end-of-summer into fall read as days get darker and thoughts turn more inwards. The book won't chan ...more
Russ Wallace
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
The other reviewers must be friends of the author, because this book is difficult to finish. If it weren't for the generally interesting plot (which is why it gets a second star), I would have stopped before page 50.

The book itself is a low-quality self published paperback. The dialogue is formulaic and the characters are flat. The writing tries too hard with its use of metaphors, and the style is repetitive.

Being a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, I tried hard to like this book. But given all o
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway and enjoyed reading it very much! The story line to the book was very entertaining a long with the fantastic attention to detailed words throughout the whole book. The detail really captures the reality of each situation which is presented in the book. I couldn't put this book down as soon as I picked it up! I was always eager to know what was going to happen next and how the book was going end. ...more
David Borges,
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great read, always engaging and most of the time scary.
3.5 stars…..
I really struggled with rating this book. I wanted to rate the book differently for the first half and the last half of the book, but alas, I cannot. And before I go into why I gave this a 3.5 rating, I will say that I will definitely read the next book because I liked the ending of the book that much.

The beginning of the book was slow, but for a good reason. It was actually unnervingly slow in a good way, because it was so normal; I could identify with the normal lives of all of the
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I am a sucker for post-apocalyptic books and movies, and this certainly fit the bill! The apocalypse comes not in the form of a natural disaster, but a sudden, vicious nuclear attack aimed at four major US cities. This of course creates a lot of chaos, but we mainly focus on Seattle, Washington (one of the four targets) and several people caught here. You have Devin, Chris, Terra, Abd, and Izzy in the beginning (as they team together to survive) but you also have a few other characters - Katheri ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*goodreads first reads Advanced Copy*

I found Yield to be a fast paced write about the outbreak of WWIII and, to a bigger extent, the efforts of survivors to reunite with loved ones. It was highly entertaining and well written. My only complaints were that perhaps some of the characters could have been a bit more fleshed out. I also found the story to end a bit quickly, with no real resolution (the reunions seemed to almost just be added when the author felt he reached the end. I know the story i
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book immensely. An all too real scenario of how humanity could destroy civilised behaviour and a warning against the use of nuclear weapons. The characters were engaging (I have a bit of a crush on Devin) and the plot was incredibly well driven throughout. Now I suppose is a long wait for the next book in this fascinating series.
Linda B.D.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ?
Shelves: apocalypse
Set during and a few days after WW111. Well written story with strong characters. Note: Book one of a series. You would have to buy the next book to get anywhere close to an ending. It never says how many books will be in this series-3 or 12? I prefer a trilogy instead of buying over 4 or 12+ books to tell a story. Only on rare occasions would I keep buying the same series over and over. For me, I don't think I will. I'll state again, it was a good book if you can imagine many countries banning ...more
Sep 15, 2012 added it
I'm only on page 23 and I already care about these characters! WOW. Loving it so far. Great writing!


I gave up. This guy is a GREAT writer! Just to boring for me!
Aug 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
After reading the blurb for this book, I couldn't wait to read it. End of the world/WWIII something devastating happened and the survivors either push ahead selfishly or pull together. Sounded interesting. ACK. The writing is HORRIBLE. Seems like the writer used a Thesaurus on every sentence. The "descriptive" language was overwhelming and actually made it harder to understand what was happening. I especially had trouble with the repeated references to a Black male characters Navy Blue eyes and ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it

I'm a little torn about my feelings on this book. The writer is obviously a good story teller, and is good a painting pictures with his words, BUT... Some portions of the plot are unbelievable, and at the end of the book, there are many fundamental questions left unanswered. I understand that this is meant to be the first book of a trilogy, but I've always felt that each book in a series should be able to sustain itself if read alone.

The author also seems to overuse certain descriptive adjecti
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I would give Bryan K. Johnson's 'Yield' a solid 3.5 stars.

I really enjoyed the first half of book. I thought it had so much potential and I was a little disappointed with where it went.

I also felt that the plot got bogged down with technical jargon that I really couldn't give a hoot about. I thought to myself, 'hmmm this writer must be a guy who worked for a TV station.'

I did like the way the first book of the series was wrapped up in the end. That made me happy.

I think readers who live in the
Jul 16, 2012 added it
very disturbing read.....
Michael E.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Intriguing and interesting in the beginning, but at times unrealistic.
I am in agreement with one of the reviewer's here, in that I am torn by my feelings for this book. I enjoyed the book, but it did seem lacking. I was engaged, but somewhat disappointing in the end.

The story started off great, and I was very much interested in the characters. The author does a great job of presenting the characters, and has a talent for making me, the reader, find interest in each one of them. I like how the st
Mrs. Schonour
I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway. I absolutely love apocalyptic books, so I was excited to read this one. The idea for the plot is very realistic- North Korea and 3 other countries team up to bomb major cities in the US. The book follows too many people, especially at the beginning, and makes it hard to keep track of the characters and how they're connected. Johnson introduces so many characters, but doesn't develop some that are central to the story. I'd like to see all of the main chara ...more
Eric Wallace
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
"Yield" has the makings of a good fun thriller, but some aspects make it less enjoyable.

I'll start with some positives: Johnson has put together a cast of interesting characters and thrown them into a tough situation to see what they're made of. It's a pleasure to see them surprise themselves and even sometimes disappoint themselves; no one character is the central hero without flaws or rough edges, just like in real life. The way the story unfolds in such a way that the readers don't know what'
Jun 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
I really was looking forward to reading this, but I can't even finish it. I'd rather go 3 days with nothing to read than have to deal with the frustration of trying to finish this.
The plot is pretty predictable, The characters are shallow and stereotypical, and I really felt like this book was written with the hope that someone would turn it into a movie! Uugh.
Every paragraph had some bad metaphor, or a reference to the eye colour of one of the many characters, or a reminder that, Devin is a fir
Jun 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Very disappointing. Unoriginal story filled with stereotypes (e.g. the firefighter hero guy, pregnant lady, kid with diabetes etc). I am a big fan of post-apocalyptic stories in general, but it's unlikely I will pick up any other books in this series. ...more
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Goodreads Authors...: Yield (The Armageddia Series #1) 1 9 Jul 09, 2012 08:39PM  
Bryan K. Johnson graduated from the University of Liverpool with an MBA in Marketing, and also holds undergraduate degrees in Advertising and Graphic Design. He's worked as a Creative Director within the television industry for over a decade, winning several Emmy, Addy, and Telly Awards throughout his career. He currently lives in Oregon with his wife and two children. YIELD is his first novel, an ...more

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