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Fall of the Cities: Planting the Orchard

(Fall of the Cities #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  36 reviews
The world is falling apart. Terrorists spark a worldwide oil and gas crisis while imports grind to a halt. Europe and Britain are erupting into chaos as food runs out and desperate people take matters into their own hands.

As the government begins to seal off rioting parts of the city, Corporal Harry Miller takes an offered discharge to get his sister and her kids to safe
Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published November 27th 2015 by Entrada Publishing
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Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Adrian by: Vance Huxley
I really enjoyed this book and it was so close to being 5 stars (4.5 rounded down in the end).

To any British person of a certain age, reading this book I am sure they will be reminded of a TV series called "Survivors". Now that's not to say this is a copy of that programme, far from it, this is a completely different prospect, in the fact that it is not based upon the premiss of an outbreak of some incurable epidemic that kills 90% of the population. This is based on escalating tension in oil pr
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Speculative Dystopian Fiction
** spoiler alert ** Good speculative dystopian fiction contemplating the of sudden loss of oil and its impact on the world.At first, reading it, I thought it was back in the first Gulf War when the guys were in Iraq/Kuwait and the oil wells had been set on fire, and burned forever, but as I read further into the story, I realized that no, this is in the future and terrorists have attacked wells the world over. The result is that society as we know it basically comes
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are a few fascinating differences between American survivalist fiction and this picture of British post-apocalyptic survivalism. For one, every American tale I’ve come across so far immediately assumes that cash is worthless the moment things go to Hell. In Fall of the Cities: Planting the Orchard, cash is still used as a viable type of currency. Even credit cards are still in use–although as one person noted in the narrative, that didn’t make any sense seeing as phones were only working f ...more
Kay Kuever
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Fall of the Cities-Planting the Orchard made me both nervous and optimistic for the possibility of survival if/when the world falls into crisis mode over oil. While the goings on of this book have always felt a bit eventual, a bone was really struck with me as I followed these characters in their attempt to stay civilized despite the horrors going on outside their bedroom windows.

The book follows Corporal Harry Miller, a pay clerk in the British army, as he returns to England after, for lack of
Michelle Stanley
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Kill or be killed! If you are going to die, die fighting!” Corporal Harry Miller now lives by these words, especially after fighting in Iraq. There is a worldwide petroleum war going on causing people in London to behave sadistic as food and other commodities become scarce. After his discharge, Harry finds shelter in an abandoned community taking his widowed sister and her children, and other residents, after they come under attack from crazed rioters.

Harry is elected their leader and suddenly
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Well written but dense writing - took me a little while to get into it, but once i did I was absolutely hooked. It kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole thing! Well written "what-if" fiction that hit very close to home in a few places, what with current conditions of the world. Gave a realistic and somewhat scary glimpse of what could happen when there is no more gas/petrol. Looking forward to reading more! ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fall of the Cities

Very good characters, strong plot, Armageddon with a British twist, some humor not just guy stuff, some sex but mild. Typos and missing words abound but the action keeps moving forward.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ku
Started off ok but then got kind of bogged down.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Fall of the Cities by Vance Huxley. In fact, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a book regarding possible apocalypse scenarios, actions, or military-based fiction novels.

Fall of Cities is based on a European apocalypse caused by terrorists’ attacks that lead to intense rioting, fighting, and general chaos. It starts with a brief background detailing how Corporal Harold Miller went from a peaceful pay clerk in the British Army to a skilled, renowned milita
Toni Babuchiwski
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Fall of the Cities by Vance Huxley. In fact, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a book regarding possible apocalypse scenarios, actions, or military-based fiction novels.

Fall of Cities is based on a European apocalypse caused by terrorists’ attacks that lead to intense rioting, fighting, and general chaos. It starts with a brief background detailing how Corporal Harold Miller went from a peaceful pay clerk in the British Army to a skilled, renowned militar
Billy Buttons
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was entered and was a finalist in The 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Fall of the Cities: Planting the Orchid
Author: Vance Huxley
Star Rating: 4 Stars
Number of Readers: 21
Editing: 7/10
Writing Style: 8/10
Content: 8/10
Cover: 9/10
Of the 21 readers:
19 would read another book by this author.
21 thought the cover was good or excellent.
21 felt it was easy to follow.
19 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
10 felt the author’s strongest
Jessica Bronder
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Corporal Harold Miller has returned home from Kuwait. But when he gets to London, terrorist attacks and riots have turned everything on end and caused severe shortages. Harry is determined to get to his widowed sister and two kids to try and keep them safe. When he gets to her apartment complex, everyone basically votes for him to lead them and keep them safe from the roving gangs.

The little group tries to make it for the border of London and the military border to try and setup a new, safer ho
Sarah Jackson
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Oil is scarce and the world is in turmoil. Army pay clerk, Harry (Harold), is on assignment in Kuwait when thing go pear-shaped. During a violent skirmish he discovers that he has a natural (and alarming) ability to shoot and fight. This is just as well, because on return to London his unit is assigned to crowd control duties, as the resource-driven civil unrest reaches a crescendo. When he is able to secure a release from the army, Harry goes in search of his widowed sister and her c ...more
Niki Dahl
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Starting this book out, took a little bit of effort, on my part; due to the nature of writing. I kind of had to wrap my mind around the British language all over again. But to my surprise, when I finished reading it I was a bit disappointed because I discovered that I really did not want the story to be over. I actually felt like I was on a journey with Harold. Not just reading about him, the way his mind would 'disconnect', shut down or become numb to all the different scene aspects, but the ma ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 1 day until 13!


This book was fascinating!

My favorite character is Daisy because she is so free and naive compared to her neighbors. She reminds me of my little sisters when they wake me up at the crack of dawn.

My favorite part was when the Orchard Close group battle the mobs and win.
Elaine Plourde
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I started reading this book it seemed iffy to me but once I got into it I really ended up enjoying it. It was nice to see these people build their own little society. They grew to love and respect each other and some even died for them. I didn't realize Harold was so young but liked the way every one else looked up to him. I'm looking fowrd to the second book of the series. ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read

I really liked the flow of the book, grabbed my interest very quickly. There are so many characters to keep up with. I wish there had been a little more discription of them as they entered the story. I definately will seek out the other books in this series.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exciting read

I enjoyed Fall of the Cities. Exciting story of a desperate time and how humanity rises and falls in different situations.
Nora Zilkenat
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fall of Cities: Planting the Orchard

Enjoyed reading the first book, glad I have a couple more to read. I also liked it was a longer story, hate reading short ones.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Initially I wasn’t sure I would continue reading but I’m glad I persisted! I’m totally hooked.
S. Daisy
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of V for Vendetta and dystopian fiction.
Shelves: blog-books
This is a dystopian, possibly apocalyptic novel about what may happen in England in the not-too-far future. A cautionary tale, it depicts the importance of self-education and self-sufficiency, while seemingly scoffing at the ideas at the same time. Harold, an easygoing soldier turned ex-soldier, is made the natural leader of a small group of people who want only to survive the turbulence around them. Everywhere you see complete chaos. It's civilians versus military, military versus civilians, an ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The history of some foreign war...

Is what I thought once I'd read the first few pages, and my opinion hadn't really changed once I finished the first chapter. My only other thought was that this Harry is an odd sort of fellow, but that just makes him all the more likable. He *is* a pay clerk though so like a librarian I'm sure he'll turn out to be much more than meets the eye. And of course my first opinion was changed while my second wasn't. Harry to me was really relatable and though he someti
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure I would end up liking this book. It starts out in a military setting with a lot of focus on the functions and culture of the British military. But the characters were so engaging that I found myself glued to the book.

The plot takes a little bit of time to build. And that's a good thing. This is not a post-apocalyptic book set in some cyberpunk future. Plating the Orchard takes place as the first dominoes start to fall. Huxley takes his time building the world that his characters a
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book seven of my second summer of free amazon books. (2.7)
I very much enjoyed this book. It’s not YA, and it’s not really post-apocalyptic either. It’s more like mid-apocalypse... but without some extreme weather or zombies or outbreak or whatever. This honestly seems quite plausible... It shows a way civilization could end by some terrorism, and then political games. So... speculative dystopian action ?
I feel like this might work as a gateway-drug to post-apocalyptic or dystopic litera
Timothy Skilton
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read other work by this author and loved it. This book was a noticeable lower quality of writing so I looked it up and it seems to be his first book. I am amazed at how much and how fast the writing has progressed. This wasn't bad, far from it. I enjoyed it very much. I only point it out to applaud an author who has managed to build and improve his writing style so rapidly. I don't feel a need to point out the small issues since the author has already dealt with them in his newer work. But ...more
Adam Windsor
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, sf-fantasy
Kindle abounds with post-apocalyptic fiction of varying quality. Despite some editing issues, and a heaping helping of "this behaviour makes no sense right now but I will explain it in a later book, I promise", this is one of the better efforts. Harry/Harold is a reasonably engaging lead, and in this first book at least, Huxley's good guys do a reasonable job of balancing "we can't become thugs" with "we have to adapt to this new world and the violence it contains". ...more
Carol Ann Berardi
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A pleasant read

After a slow start, it turned into an enjoyable read. It took a while to get used to the lingo, it it definitely UK-centric, but by the end of the book had figured most of it out. It was enjoyable enough I will continue on in the series. The premise of this series is close enough to reality to make this dystopian immediate future eerily real.
Stacy Szegedy
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a great departure from my usual mystery books. A non-stop action, "what if" apocalyptic story set in Britain. There was great character development, which I enjoyed. I liked the military aspect and Harrys struggle to overcome fear and moral dilemmas to do what has to be done to survive. Highly reccomend! ...more
Kellie Aldrich
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was looking for a page-turning, thought-provoking read and came across Vance Huxley's Fall off the Cities: Planting the Orchard. From start to finish, this thriller was packed with action and excitement. I read it in just a couple of days because I couldn't put it down! I can't wait to get to the next book in the series! ...more
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Vance Huxley lives out in the countryside in Lincolnshire, England. He has spent a busy life working in many different fields. Eventually Vance tried writing though without any real structure.
Then he actually sent one off to be read. As an editor and beta readers explained the difference between words and books, he tried again.

Now he tries to type as often as possible in spite of the assistance o

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