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Apparent Horizon

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  19 reviews
With no tomorrow, what are we capable of today?

On the eve of his best friend's wedding, Michael is warned by an old classmate, now a NASA scientist, that a gamma ray burst from a nearby exploding star will hit the Earth the following morning at 11:13 a.m. - an incident that will irrevocably destroy the ozone layer, disrupt the food chain, and ultimately prove cataclysmic f
Published October 6th 2020 by Phase Publishing
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Whispering Stories
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
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Patrick Morgan’s novel Apparent Horizon starts with the main character, Michael Cavanaugh, getting drunk with his two best friends in Drew Baskin’s home on the night before Drew’s wedding. The third friend, Aaron Hillson, tells Michael and Drew of top-secret research he did at NASA with Gamma rays, which are released during a supernova—when a giant star collapses on itself creating a black hole.

Aaron tells them that the gamma rays from a supernova will r
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Thank you so much to author Patrick Morgan for providing me with a copy of Apparent Horizon in exchange for this honest review.

Apparent Horizon is an apocalypse story of a different breed. We're used to reading about a character trying to survive after everything has already gotten as bad as it could get. This story follows a character as he believes the world is ending but no one else in the world seems to think so.

The book
Aidan Ricketts
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book defied my expectations, being a strange existential character study with thriller mixed in, all grounded by a touch of sci-fi. It was very cynical, but I still enjoyed it. It took a simple concept and ran with it in a way that I wasn’t expecting at all.

The premise of the book is that Micheal finds out that the world is going to end, the night before his best friends wedding. The book develops from there, as he struggles with the morals of telling other people about this, as well as wha
Terry Tyler
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book to review for Rosie Amber's Book Review Team. The fact that it was free has not affected this honest review.

This was a terrific story, a most original idea that would make a marvellous film or miniseries. Three friends, Michael, Drew and Aaron, get together on the eve of Drew's wedding. Aaron, who works on top secret projects at NASA, tells the other two about a gamma ray burst that will hit the southern hemisphere the next day. He warns that it will quickly destro
Heather Barksdale
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Apparent Horizon” introduces Michael Cavanaugh, an underachieving young man in his twenties, who is celebrating the upcoming nuptials for his best friend, Drew. Their long-time friend, Aaron, is also celebrating with them but something is bothering him. Aaron ends up revealing that while working at his dream job for NASA, he and his coworkers discovered a terrible truth - that the end of the world would happen sooner than anyone could imagine.

Overall, I found the book to be well-written with a
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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The premise of this story is an interesting one. If you along with everyone else in the world have only a short time to live, would you live your life differently? If the answer is yes, in what way? Does it matter if no one else or at least very few people know what is happening? Do you become a better person? Do you start knocking items off your bucket lists as fast as you can? Do you no longer worry about what is considered acceptable, figuring the consequences will never catch up to you? The ...more
Megan Westmore
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A page-turner from start to finish! This debut work by Patrick Morgan keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they explore morality and decision-making at the end of the world. I really enjoyed the vivid descriptions, powerful imagery, and well-developed characters. It kept me guessing until the last page, and the content feels especially relevant in 2020 as the world faces never-before-seen challenges and ethical dilemmas. You won’t want to miss the first of what will undoubtedly be a long ...more
Alexandra Loucel
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What happens when your normal is challenged? This question is explored in Morgan's book as he takes the reader through the life of his main character Michael when he finds out that life as he knows is going to end. How would you react to the end of the world and the potential of all consequences to be meaningless? Would your life take a turn as Michael's does? A suspenseful read that keeps you guessing until the end, Morgan's book is a great read from a great new author. ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a read! I couldn't put it down. Masterful story telling...I love books that take me away from reality and put me in a world I never imagined. I loved the angle of the story and following the lead character Michael on his journey and transformation while carrying the weight of an impending doomsday. ...more
Anthony Montemayor
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one is a real page-turner. I was thoroughly entertained by the story and prose. I could not put it down. There were countless times when I found myself constantly wondering what was going to happen next at the stakes kept getting higher and higher up until the final scenes. What a wild ride! Buy this book, you will not regret it.
Connor Kelly-Eiding
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very timely and gripping story. It's a true page-turner, a thrilling exploration of one man's relationship to the impending end times. Dark, chilling, at times horrifying. Patrick Morgan's facility with language and description makes for a well-realized world. A captivating read. ...more
Paul Westmore
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incredible and thrilling take on the moral question of "what would you do with final moments to live?". Couldn't put the book down! It was a quick read that was packed with fantastic depth. I recommend it to anyone who likes a dark, edgy thriller type story. ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that reading is my newfound COVID quarantine hobby so that I could get swept into this equally twilight zone-esque world created by the author. The plotline kept me from being able to put the book down because I needed to find out what happens next. Absolutely recommend!
Robert W
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great imagery throughout the book. I couldn't put it down. Patrick Morgan is an author on the rise to greater things! A must read! ...more
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book right from the start. The evolution of the main character Michael was interesting, fun and chilling all at the same time. A great read that won’t disappoint!!
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Different in every good kind of way.
Carolyn Frost
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Woww... this one stays with you long after finishing. Very well written and a complex story that keeps you on edge throughout the entirety.
Alessandra Bonetti
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such. A. Page-turner! I couldn't put it down. Also really on-brand with the unprecedented, apocalyptic times we're living in. It was disturbing in that way, but I'm all about it! ...more
Rachel LaBerge
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thought this would be a story about apocalypse survival, with a head start due to inside information. I was like 8% correct. High level, our main character (Michael) learns of an event that's going to end the world... 12 hours before it's supposed to happen. The main character is conflicted with what to do with the information and how to continue on while walking on death's dock.

It's different to read a novel where all of the characters are so disastrous and flawed (besides Tucker the dog). E
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