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The One and Only

(The ELI Chronicles #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  77 reviews
When bioterrorism threatens to obscure humanity, one woman has the power to restore hope.

Ruby Spencer plans to resign from the U.S. Special Warfare Council. With an escalating Extinction Level Infection (ELI), the SWC needs the best minds acutely focused on the fight ahead. Yet motherhood has shifted her priorities. She’s preoccupied with her newborn’s health and safety. S
Paperback, 344 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Julia Ash (first published April 2018)
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Miranda Reads
Let anything or anyone try to stop her

Ruby Pearl Spencer is the "One and Only" aka the only person who was immune to the first diseased wave of the apocalypse.

She donated her blood for the cure and was on the U.S. Special Warfare Council (SWC), under the Extinction Level Infection (ELI) Unit. And now that the world's settled, she finally was able to have a baby with her husband.

All she wants is to live her life with her family...but like many people, her wants don't necessarily line up with o
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you follow my reviews, even a little, you may have noticed I don't read science fiction, books with zombies, books set in the past (or the future), or anything about illness. I am so irrationally afraid of biological warfare and pandemics that I can't even watch or read about them.

"Have you heard the latest news about Ebola? No thanks, let's just talk about who we're all planning to vote for instead."

I mean, I'm that afraid.

So...I didn't expect to love The One and Only, a book set 13 years
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
It’s the year 2032. Ruby was able to survive an extinction level infection because her blood was somehow immune. She was the only one to survive the first wave of infection. Now, the Special War Council has requested her to go on a mission to investigate a newly morphed bacteria. This last mission should be simple and low risk, almost like a honeymoon for her and her husband Clay. They shouldn’t have to be there long–maybe a week–and this can finally be over. They head to Taiwan to investigate t ...more
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#1 The One and Only - ★★★★
#2 The Tether - ★★★★
#3 The Turning Point - ★★★★

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When bio-terrorism threatens to obscure humanity, one woman has the power to restore hope.

Ruby Spencer is a wife and a mother. She also happens to be the only person that could save the people on Earth from dying! In moments when she is planning to resi
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-requests
Action-packed, vividly descriptive & breathtakingly beautiful!

I can hardly believe that I am describing a post-apocalyptic and zombie book as breathtaking. But the imagery and the words written were absolutely beautiful. I felt like I was right there snap dab in the middle of everything that was happening in this book. The heroine is absolutely fabulous!

THE ONE AND ONLY (The ELI Chronicles #1) by JULIA ASH is an engrossing, exciting, twisty, adventurous, interesting, fast-paced, and refreshing s
Andy Marr
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was brilliant up until the 90% mark.

Then it was fucking AMAZERBEAMS!

Indie book or not, the ending to this novel was one of the best I've read, and set the scene for part 2 perfectly. Honestly, if you haven't already read this, do yourself a favour and download it now. 😀
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I was not expecting the turn this book took <— Book took, sorry, I’m twelve 🤣😂

I found out some things about zombies I never would thought about on my own. It’s nothing major, but the little things are cool too!! AND, that ending! Let’s just say, now we have two predators!

I love the family and friends in this book too! I’m assuming the second book will be next level!!

Mel 🐶🖤🐺🐾
More tomorrow, but that was a high tension roller coaster ride 😳

And so, I read this book in June 2020 as part of a Group Read with the Author in the group Castle Dracula .
Well where do I start, ok, horror as a genre is not really my scene, but having said that umpty years ago (oh ok over 40) I did read some English horror books by James Herbert , stories by Edgar Allan Poe and even read a couple of Dennis Wheatley, as well as a few (sci-fi inclined) Stephen King books through the years, but that
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, 2020
Action packed, highly entertaining and great characters!

The One and Only is the first book in The ELI Chronicles and I really think this series is going to be fantastic!
Thank you to the Castle Dracula group on Goodreads for the group read and the writer Julia Ash for being a special guest in the forum!

The Year is 2032…and bioterrorism is destroying the world.

Ruby Spencer wants to leave her old job behind and focus on being a Mom. She’s been working as a microbiologist for the United States on el
Wow! This was a fast paced ride even the second time around!


The first time I read this book back in July of 2019, I was captured by the storyline and I loved how the storyline grabbed me. I read the book at that time within three or four days. This time I wanted to read it slower so that I could just "soak" in it and that is what I did.....I let it soak into my being.

Here is a backstory for you readers:

The year is 2032. World War III has come and gone. The earth is practically decimated and
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 dark stars

And this book would make a badass blockbuster movie!!!

Copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you Julia Ash! This was an AWESOME read!!

Survival wouldn't just happen; she'd make it happen.
Let anything or anyone try to stop her.

Fan Art by The Magic Book Corner

In a post-apocalyptic world, where bioterorism threatened to wipe out the humanity as a whole, Ruby Spencer is 'The One and Only'. She had always had a knack for outrunning death, for surviving
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that was a crazy ride!!

Wow, this book was amazing, absolutely wonderful, I loved it. Too me the characters really make or break a book, along of course with the story. You don’t have to worry about either with this one. The characters are awesome with the ones you love, and the ones you love to hate. They all have their own very distinct
personalities and act appropriately during the different situations.

This story blew my mind, it took me on an adventure of a lifetime. I rarely knew what wa
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Stjepan Cobets
My rating 4.8

The first part of the trilogy “The One and Only (The ELLIE Chronicles # 1)” by Julia Ash is a great book I enjoyed reading. I have wanted to read this book for a long time because I have seen a lot of good reviews posted by my friends and I have to agree with them that this is a great book. I normally love dystopian books and zombie books, but this book genuinely surprised me because it introduces some things I haven’t seen often in other books. The writer has fascinating ideas, and
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Straight into the shortlist of my Top 18 Books of 2018!

Okay folks, this is fresh and different. When Julia Ash so politely asked if I’d like to read her novel I was excited to do so. Boy! This book exceeded all expectations!

Where do I start? So, followers of me know I’ve read like 3 zombie books in my life. Basically because I find the plot the same and it’s a bit comical. Well...shock factor...this is a book with zombies in it but they are not coming across like any others. I have to stress th
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever get this feeling you're really going to enjoy a book for no specific reason ahead of time? I occasionally have that happen, and it's great fun when it ends up following through. That was my experience with reading The One and Only by Julia Ash. I did not read any reviews ahead of time, but when I saw one of my goodreads friends starting book 2 and read the book description of this one, I thought it was going to be a fit. And it was!

I've read quite a few post-apocalyptic books, and qu
Caitlynn Akin
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The One and Only” is a fascinating tale that thrusts readers into an action-packed apocalyptic world. The heroine, Ruby, is a character that all woman can look up to; who not only plays the role of a kick-ass agent, but also an intelligent bio-terrorism expert and a loving, dedicated mother. Together, on what appears to be a quick mission, with her husband, Ruby’s plans to get home to her baby soon, are turned upside as the world around her is being overwhelmed by a new zombie infection and she ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 Stars rounded up!

Phew! What a story. I'm at a loss to write a cogent review because this story really took me by surprise. It started slowly, and I almost DNF'd it, but I wanted to know why Marie wrote such a breathless review. I'm glad I stuck with this one. I even bought the rest of the series, but I hope they all come out on Audible audio so I can buy them again!

My thoughts:
I hardly ever get sucked into a story, but I just couldn't put this one down for more than a few minutes.
I just don'
Argenis Ovalle-Sánchez
The One and Only by Julia Ash gives us Ruby, the female lead in the latest World War Z literary version. It has everything you expect: suspense, death, mayhem. From top to bottom, this book will dig its claws into you and not let you go until you finish. Highly recommend it.
Joy E Perry
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow!!! What a impressive debut!!! Bravo, bravo, bravo!!!

My thoughts on this book are just WOW!!! I am so impressed by what I just read! This author has blown my mind!

Never really expecting to like a book about zombies, I was completely blown away! This book is mainly about Ruby, a microbiologist who once saved the world because she had the only blood that was immune to a virus engineered as a biological weapon. She is "The One and Only". Boy did I like her! Her spirit, h
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The One And Only, not a better descriptive name for this book. I sped through reading this. Action, action and more action. A diabolical plot to use the living dead as an army. There were so many twists and turns close attention will help one see the government's and what they won't do to dominate the world. What happens to the heroine at the end is a real turn of events and even shocking at first. The living dead and vampire combined for a non stop thrill of a ride. I can barely wait for book T ...more
William Burnette
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, with action from beginning to end. There was a twist near the end that I did not expect. If you like adventure and/or zombies, it’s definitely worth a read.
Kelly McDonough
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense suspense! This story embodies the work of a very gifted writer. Julia Ash managed to capture my attention on page one, and I found I just couldn't put it down. The story has everything going for it: a strong plot, a strong, kick-ass heroine and a villain you love to hate. Ox is as evil as they get. Then, there's the spy/thriller aspect, suspense, political intrigue and lots of twists and turns. The characters are well-drawn and believable. In fact, I found I was able to maintain suspende ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than meets the eye

On first impression, this is a novel about zombies and post apocalyptic hysteria and survival. However, diving deeper this is a masterful exploration of the human condition and political corruption as well. Its fantasy made real, as real as imagining yourself in Ruby's shoes, fighting for survival and the undying hope of family and peace, no matter if its fighting zombies or fighting everyday dilemmas. Ruby and Clay's fears and struggles are genuine no matter the setting,
Sheila Beaumont
Wow, this fast-paced thriller about bioterrorism kept me totally riveted! I had never read a novel about zombies before, so this was a first for me. And it turned out to be much more than just a book about zombies.

While reading the first part of the book, set in Taiwan, I was distracted by some of the stylistic quirks (such as unnecessary hyphens between words), but by the time the action moved to Moscow, I was so engrossed in the story that I hardly noticed them. (I'm a longtime copyeditor, pro
Anna Munger
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ir-books
This novel is certainly jam-packed with plot lines and characters! There is always some tension being built with more to come. It's easy to see this played out on screen, 24-style. In book form however, readers are inundated with characters, many of which fill overused stereotypes. It becomes difficult to remember who is friend and who is foe especially as characters are killed off. Still, this novel has the potential to hook tons of readers into the series!
Steven Rosenstein
The One and Only by Julia Ash is a very well written and incredibly contemporary novel. It is the first book of a trilogy and I can’t wait to read the next two. This story was written before the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic yet reflects some similarities to current events that we are all living through.

The story is about a worldwide pandemic created by the Chinese President in an attempt for world domination. Covid 19 did originate in China and many believe it was created by the Chinese g
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruby Spencer works for the U.S Special Warfare Council. With a devastating infection on the loose, Ruby is paramount to the fight for humanity's survival. With a waning interest in her job, due to motherhood, Ruby sets out on her last assignment. In Taiwan, Ruby and her husband will study the infection and search for a way to fight it. But when Ruby becomes separated from her husband, she must give her all to survive.

This book is horror but with a healthy dose of suspense and adventure. I wasn'
Katherine Parsons
What an utterly brilliant novel!

The One and Only is, refreshingly, unlike anything I’d read before, and exceeded all my expectations for it.

Ruby, the protagonist of the novel, is a brilliant (and, I might add, morally and emotionally complex) character, a scientist who just so happens to specialise in bioterrorism at the outbreak of an Extinction Level Infection (i.e. the beginning of a zombie apocalypse). I loved the inclusion of Ruby’s young family, and the moral ambiguity of a woman who is ta
Jason Collins
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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JULIA ASH writes dark-fantasy and paranormal thrillers. The ELI Chronicles is a three-books series: The One and Only (April 2018), The Tether (April 2019), and The Turning Point (June 2020).

As a realist with a passion for the fantastical, Ash enjoys reading and writing fresh twists involving monsters in literature (zombies, vampires, ghosts, and shifters).

She lives with her husband Rick and two B

Other books in the series

The ELI Chronicles (3 books)
  • The Tether (The ELI Chronicles, #2)
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