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The Night of the Flood

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It happened the night Maggie Wilbourne was to be put to death, the first woman executed by the state of Pennsylvania in modern times. That was when a group of women passionately protesting Maggie’s imprisonment struck. They blew up a local dam, flooding the town of Everton and indirectly inspiring a hellish night of crime and chaos.

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Published March 5th 2018 by Down & Out Books
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Absolutely amazing! This volume is masterful. It takes the story of a natural disaster (okay, here it is not quite natural as the dam breaking was caused by activists angry at the justice system trying to wreak their own version of justice), which could have been any flood, hurricane, wildfire, anything of biblical proportions and shows society coming apart at its seams. It is done with each successive chapter written by a different author, but that almost does not matter because the result is s ...more
Odessa Green
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The Night of the Flood is a mystery told in several voices by several authors. Each chapter tells a different part of the story from a different point of view. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but because an author that I enjoy was among the authors in this book I wanted to read it. The story takes place in Everton, PA. A woman is set to be executed after being found guilty of murder. It starts out with a letter from a domestic terrorist group called “The Daughters” who feel she shouldn’t have ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like a demented Spoon River Anthology, The Night of the Flood is a collection of pieces linked by geography. Here, that geography is the town of Everton, and specifically Everton on the night it is threatened by an attack on a nearby dam. As Everton succumbs to the rising flood waters, its inhabitants descend into anarchy. The format is fun — each short story is written by a different author, so you get not only a series of stories about different characters, but different writing styles as well ...more
Bonnye Reed
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
GNab The Night of the Flood is a very ingenious anthology of the short stories of fourteen excellent authors which all take place in the small poor imaginary Pennsylvania town of Everton on the night the Big Dam was blown up to make a political statement. The diversity of the minds behind these short tales are very impressive. This is an adventurous grouping of shorts I can gladly refer to friends and family.

I received a free electronic copy of this grouping of shorts from Netgalley and Down a
Gabriel Valjan
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Night of the Flood is a collection of fourteen stories framed around a catastrophic flood in the fictional town of Everton, Pennsylvania. Misdirection is already afoot since the flood is not a natural disaster, but an act of vengeance for a miscarriage of justice. David Brooks at The New York Times once said that Pennsylvania is Philadelphia at one end, Pittsburgh at the other, and Alabama in the middle. Everton is in the Alabama part, and the fourteen authors here do their best in the short ...more
Michelle Richter
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection of voices makes for a remarkably cohesive narrative of one town literally blown to hell. Great stories throughout, and I love how the connecting threads between stories are so cleverly done. Kudos to the editors, both of whom have very strong offerings here. The epilogue, from Jennifer Hillier, is masterful, and I loved the stories from Wendy Tyson, Gwen Florio, Hilary Davidson, and Elizabeth Heiter.
In a series of linked stories, fourteen crime authors tell the story of a disastrous night in one town. The Night of the Flood is a dark, disturbing book with an open-ended conclusion that allows readers to imagine what might have happened after.

The town of Everton, Pennsylvania was warned. Maggie Wilbourne had been found guilty and sentenced to death for killing the two men who raped her. A secret group of women from Everton, calling themselves "The Daughters" promised they would blow up the da
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An inventive take on the anthology format.
Night of the Flood edited by E. A. Aymar and Sarah M. Chen is an unusual book. The stories by a variety of authors share a setting, plot events and characters. They represent different perspectives on an unnatural disaster engineered by a group of women who call themselves The Daughters. I was intrigued and requested a free copy from the publisher via publicist Wiley Saichek.

The book opens with "Dear Townspeople of Everton" which is a letter explaining the motivations of The Daughters. They con
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting concept that is about 85% successful - if you were a fan of the flashbacks in Lost in which all the characters sort of interact or bounce off each other around a central event I think this will be an enjoyable read.
The pieces that didn't work for me were either a bit cliched or the style just wasn't my cup of tea; there are a few clear Stephen King fans contributing, which is great, but he's not a master of believable dialogue by any means and those short stories were a rough re
Lynn Pines
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty 'quirky' with some of the stories being fairly violent. Interesting read for sure....definitely liked some of the short stories more than others. I did enjoy the concept of every separate (but connected) story line related to the flood. ...more
Rebecca Moll
Shiver, shiver, what a thriller! Great anthology from the best of today's crime writers. The characters are hard hitting villans, chilling opportunists, and vengeful victims. Remind me never to live near a dam.
It's total anarchy in the hands of every criminal, every good guy turned bad, every score that needs settling, and of course, that vengeful group, The Daughters. Pray for a boy, ladies, these girl babies grow up to be killers.
So, grab a copy of The Night of the Flood, turn to page one, an
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book. It is a story of a town being flood by an explosion of a nearby dam. The story is told through a series of short stories and, here’s the kicker, each short story is written by a different author. The short stories tell the tales of various people around town as the flood waters continue to rise. It is an intriguing concept as far as story telling goes and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poor Everton! The town is a disaster, but it's delightfully horrifying to watch its demise. Top-notch stories from wonderful crime writers make this book powerful and tense. I really enjoyed it. ...more
Elizabeth Mabrey
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
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The premise of this book was really interesting: a collection of stories that together tell the night of what happened in a town during a flood. The idea that some would be looting, some would be victims, some would disappear, some would opportunistically use the chaos, some would just be trying to survive, was a great backdrop. Some of the stories were great, particularly The Copy Man by J.J. Hensley. There weren't as many stories of people who were just trying to survive as I would have though ...more
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Anthony Award-nominated E.A. Aymar's most recent thriller, THEY'RE GONE, was published in 2020 under his pseudonym E.A. Barres. THEY'RE GONE received high praise from a variety of popular trade reviews, including Publishers Weekly, Buzzfeed, a starred review from Kirkus, the Washington City Paper, and many more.

Prior to that, his 2019 thriller, THE UNREPENTANT, received similar critical enthusiasm

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