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Alan, a Gen-Xer with obsessive-compulsive disorder, is randomly targeted at a local dive bar outside Chicago with a synthetic drug called Red Phase. This particular narcotic, with an effect similar to the common street drug "bath salts," prompts its users into manic and ultra-aggressive behavior, spanning a half-life of 1-2 weeks. After leaving his part-time job as a stand ...more
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Published July 1st 2014 by Bad Day Books
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Ashley Empathy, in the beginning. Down on his luck, crappy job, OCD. But then something about his manner just doesn't sit right and you can't blame the jerks…moreEmpathy, in the beginning. Down on his luck, crappy job, OCD. But then something about his manner just doesn't sit right and you can't blame the jerks for spiking his drink with RP. Plus, you get the sense that he does things due to the fact that he is a coward rather than out of a sense of right/wrong or wanting to be a good guy.(less)

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Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insurgency by Kurt Schuett

Alan is a down on his luck average guy. He just left his boring job as a test scorer and meets with a friend at a local bar. A group of college kids decide to randomly spike his drink with a drug "Red Phase". Alan has no recollection of what he did, he just finds evidence that he has killed someone. Later he learns it is more than just one. Not knowing what to do he calls his friend George an attorney, who advises Alan to turn himself in to the police.

Once in jail thing
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This thriller kept me turning pages throughout by recreating the great city of Chicago with rich local details--and then presenting its destruction at the hands of a terrifying outbreak. The action sequences are particularly well-crafted, and there are a number of genuinely horrific moments certain to make readers remember, and fear, the Red Hand Brotherhood for a long time. Alongside the fast-paced fireworks, the author's characters (heroes and villains alike) make timely, poignant observations ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA and Adult readers of action, crime, mob, drug-fiction!
OMG---this is SUCH a good book! Rock star author--Kurt Schuett puts the pen to paper and makes it flame! I've just started and am supposed to be doing something else but Insurgency grabbed my attention! P.S. I am the lucky owner of a signed copy!

I am in the chapter title TUNNEL VISION, this is awesome escape effort action description that fans of Anthony Horowitz and Hal Coben will go for!
Hubert O'hearn
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the beginning, there is a very good first chapter title: In the Beginning, There Was Unemployment. What separates Kurt Schuett's novel Insurgency from the growing numbers of reader-disturbing apocalyptic fiction is that this novel is grounded in an understanding of why a mass of people may revolt and turn to terror. After all, it truly is in the eye of the beholder as a famous old political cartoon of Ronald Reagan put it, which ones are the insurgents and which ones are the freedom fighters? ...more
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autographed, own-it
First off: This novel mentions "Fraggle Rock", "American Psycho" (the film) and Stephen King. You have to love that. Plus, they are mentioned in such a seamless way that it doesn't feel as if Schuett is name-dropping for the sake of name-dropping.

Truth be told, I wasn't hooked by the first few chapters. This sounds conflicted but it seemed simply worded but wordy. I decided that I was too busy and stressed to enjoyed the book and I sat it aside to attempt later. The second time around, I was muc
Stephen Kozeniewski
A man in a bespoke suit swings from a noose made out of an American flag. Outside, Chicago looks like Mogadishu. This is our first - and also our final - glimpse of Kurt Schuett's titular INSURGENCY.

Schuett then rewinds the tape and takes us back to the current day city, frumpy, but functional. In the wake of the Great Recession, no one is particularly satisfied with their lot in life, but no one is exactly taking to the streets in violence, either. That journey from point A to point Z, when th
Stevie Kopas
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alan Schultz is your everyday graduate. Can’t find a good job, has his own personal grumblings with society, and is very, very OCD. So maybe Alan isn’t the everyday guy, but he was a character that Kurt Schuett really created very well. Alan was a character that I enjoyed reading about and irritated me as much as he entertained me, which any personal in the real world is sure to do, so thumbs up for a strong protagonist.

Alan is thrown into the middle of an underground domestic terrorist group af
Joanna Angelos
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kurt Schuett’s work, Insurgency, is a hypothetical debut novel, which primarily incorporates various aspects of urban thrillers, suspense, actions and horrors, as well as political conspiracy. According to Schuett, the country appears to be in actual decay, and the citizens nurturing a feeling of complete hopelessness. This perception actually makes the tale rich with elements of political unrest. This is specifically manifested in the level of anti-state developments and complexities thus makin ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
First thing, Insurgency is the first book in a serial series. That means that even when you finish reading this book, you aren’t done. You have to read the next book, and the one after that and so on. I know that a lot of people like serial books, I’m just not one of them. If I had known before I started reading Insurgency that I was starting a serial, I wouldn’t have read it.

That being said, it was a good book. I liked it. The characters were interesting, and the action was good. It takes place
Cameron Roubique
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurt Schuett followed me on Twitter and was really cool. He told me to check out this book, and I'm happy to say I was not disappointed. Red Phase Rising is one fast paced crazy book that only got better and better as it went along.

I really liked how it had all the chaos and tense destruction of a zombie story, while being far more creative than a zombie story. The Red Phase crazy people are pretty intense. The whole hospital section was the best part, it was so freaky and brutal!

My only complai
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never would I have selected this book to read, but it kept my interest throughout. Incredibly suspenseful (that's usually not my choice to read for pleasure) and I can't wait for the next in this series!!
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I know Kurt personally and think this was an awesome debut novel.
Looking forward to the next book in series coming out.
Carrie Hultgren
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Terrific! Can't wait to read more from Kurt Schuett!
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Upon graduating from high school, Kurt Schuett won the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Poetry in 1993; this honor, coupled with professional publication in The American Goat literary anthology in 1993 with “The First Time” and Harmony literary magazine, where he won the esteemed Guy Cooper Poetry award for “Tree House Blues,” all fueled the realization that Kurt could and should write, dabbling in ever ...more

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