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Beyond the Night

(Heroes of New Vegas #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,553 ratings  ·  215 reviews
The first book in a brilliant new paranormal series called
"electrifying...brilliantly conceived and executed" (Library Journal) by
Colleen Gleason, writing as Joss Ware.

A man with no future . . .

When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the
world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization
is controlled by deadly immortals. Stran
Kindle Edition, 398 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 1st 2000)
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Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of paranormal/ horror/ romance; fans of post apocalyptic stories like "The Stand".
This is going to be a really hard one to review, because it's going to be hard not to give away any spoilers, and because there's so much going on. As it often is with first books in a series, there's a lot the author has to do to set up the story, but Joss Ware does a pretty fine job laying the groundwork for the Awakening Heroes series. And BTW, that is an excellent and appropriate name for the series, because the hero of this book turned out to be a real HERO in every sense of the word.

Dec 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
4.5 Stars!

I'm a big fan of Colleen Gleason and when I found out she was writing a new series under a new name, a post-apocalyptic zombie romance no less, I knew I had to read it as soon as it came out. I loved this book and I can't wait for the sequel, but there were a few things that bothered me and kept me from giving it the full five stars.

A small group of men went hiking in Arizona and entered a cave, only to be caught in some sort of earthquake. When they emerged, the whole world had change
P.A. Lupton

I liked this book WAY more than I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, it was recommended by someone I trust so I knew I’d like it, I just didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Why? First, because I have never read any Dystopian novels (well, not since the Chrysalids in High School) and the description just didn’t appeal to me. That sounds terrible, but I’m being honest. I would have never read this book based on the blurb. I only read it because it was a good friend I trust who recommended i
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, futuristic
I was so excited to find a book combining so many unique elements that I love; post-apocalyptic mayhem, adventure, paranormal romance and zombies. How could it disappoint, right? Unfortunately, after a promising start, this book completely fell apart.

For the first 75 pages, I was riveted to this story. It was only after the band of survivors made their way to the city of Envy (a barren version of Las Vegas) that things went south for me. The story became less a zombie ass-kicking adventure, and
So thankful to Kristie(J) and Nath for bringing this series to my attention. I've been getting into the post-apocalyptic/dystopian genre for awhile now. However, most of what I've read has been of the YA variety, aside from a few adult titles, like The Road by Cormac McCarthy. So I was uberexcited to hear that this series combined both post-apocalyptic AND romance.

Part Resident Evil, part I Am Legend, throw in a little Atlantis conspiracy theory and add romance and you've got yourself the beginn
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, gr2016

I really liked the plot of the book. It was interesting and captivating, with the crystals, the ragnas, and the strange powers Elliott and he four men that was with him in the cave suddenly has. And I really want to know more about how and why the destruction of the world happened. Especially as it seems it was man-made.

Unfortunately the romance wasn’t as good as I was hoping for. Mostly probably because of my issues with Jade.

Jade just didn’t work for me. I liked that she was strong and contr

Jun 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Particulièrement mauvais!

Il passe 50 ans dans une sorte de stase, mais à son réveil, il n'a qu'une seule pensée: "zut, 50 ans que je n'ai pas utilisé mon spaghetti, ça fait long je n'en peux plus!". Donc forcément, la 1ère femme qui passe et montre un peu de peau l'excite comme un fou. Malheureusement, cela tombe sur Jade (bien qu'il la prenne pour la putain de Babylon, oui il est un romantique), et entre eux il y a une tension sexuelle omniprésente et lourde au possible. Cela n'en finit pas jus
Jan 28, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, did-not-finish
I thought this book was really slow to start, and was basically forcing myself to read hoping it would get better. When I reached the 125 page point things had started to pick up, but I realized that I didn't care what was going on. The zombie like creatures could have gotten all of the characters and it wouldn't matter to me as this book just couldn't hold my interest.
Five reasons to grab your earbuds and listen to Beyond the Night

 In 2010 most of the world's inhabitant died. Not by a virus or natural disaster nor was it a war. An unknown group referred to as the "Strangers" appeared shortly after in small numbers and began taking over. These strangers are immortals wearing odd crystals. Strange zombie-like creatures known as Gangas roam the planet. These oversized monsters, appear at night and have razor sharp claws. They all moan the same message.

Our st
Debra Johnson
Beyond the Night by Joss Ware
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi
2.75 Stars

Quite a few editing errors.

It is a good story, but there is repetitiveness.
I hate repetition.

I had trouble staying involved in the story.

Although the characters are interesting is was hard to feel connected to them throughout the story.
One of many reasons is it jumps between scenes.

There were times when there was a lot of action. Then large sections that dragged with nothing happening.

I'm unsure about this autho
Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
Actual rating 4.5

Wow, I haven't enjoyed a book like this in a long time! It was packed with action and a romance that had me swooning for days. I normally don't read post-apocalyptic/dystopian books, but since it was free and I was curious, I gave it a shot. I'm so glad I did because I could not stop reading it! It gave a different theory on how the "world" got destroyed and I liked that. I also loved Elliot and Jade together. They were perfect together, helping each other out, and their flirtin
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, was-free
It was ok. Interesting set up so I may go to book 2.
YES! Finally a new series I can sink my teeth into. It’s feels like it’s been a while since I’ve gotten hold of a really good series. I knew 1/3 of the way in I was going to read the entire Envy Chronicles. Beyond the Night is exactly what I needed to get over the ho hum ‘too much romance not enough action’ slump I have found myself in.

There are usually three things I want in a story to make me happy. A good plot, good characters, and action/suspense that keeps me guessing. Beyond the Night has
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Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF/PNR readers looking for something different
Really different...a breath of fresh air!...Has something for every lover of PNR/UF!


Everything they knew is gone...
From the remnants of devastation, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind's last hope, but they cannot survive this devastated world alone.

When Dr. Elliott Drake emerges from a cave after traveling fifty years through time, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are overgrown jungles, and what's left of civilization has been repressed by crysta
Ellen Christian
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok you caught me. There's no better way to relax at the end of the day than with a good romance book. If you combine romance with science fiction, it's even better! Beyond the Night is a paranormal romance that takes place in Earth's future. A group of men are spelunking in a cave in Arizona when they feel an earthquake hit. When they wake up, the world has changed. Cities are in ruin. It's clear to them that something catastrophic has happened. There are dangerous monsters that resemble zombies ...more
The world-building was incredible, but the romance felt like a sidenote, as did the characterization. I didn't really care for any of the characters except maybe Quent and Zoe because their ONE scene was hotter than any of Jade and Elliot's were... which is kind of sad. The last 30 or so pages took me two days to finish - I was very bored at that point. I also could have done without the vivid description of abuse at the end - that turned my stomach and made me not want to finish the book. Proba ...more
Julie James
Nov 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The world building is incredible--loved the characters and the story, too. I stayed up late to finish the book because I simply couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the second book in the series!
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7-10
An interesting hybrid of post-apocalyptic romance and PNR - not one I'll rave about, but fascinating world-building and well written enough that I want to read the next one
Elisabeth Lane
Nope. Zombies. Or something. Too scary.
Dec 29, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
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Jane Stewart
Good for action and events in a post-apocalyptic world. Not as good for emotional connection, but ok.

In June, 2010, “The Change” happened to earth. Earthquakes caused parts of continents to sink into the oceans. Severe weather caused buildings to collapse. For unknown reasons, most humans collapsed and died. A small percentage of people survived including Lou and his brother Theo. They live in a community of survivors in Envy, Nevada. At the time of the change, six guys were in a cav
Canan  ^^
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-mystery, wid
İlk başlarda biraz sıkıldım.Hemde ciddi anlamda.
Olaylar yeni, kavramlar, karakterler yeni olunca birazda zorlandım algılamada.
Ama azmettim ve ilerledim :)
Dediğim gibi farklı bir dünya çizmiş yazar.Aslında bilindik bir dünyaya farklı bir bakış açısı
serpiştirip eklemelerde bulunmuş.
Tahmini olarak olaylar 2010 yılında meydana gelmiş.Büyük depremler,yangınlar,seller...Kısacası felaketler.Ani ölümler, bilinmeyen türler.İnsan sayısı azalmış doğal olarak.

Konuya değinirsek;Elliot,Simon,Quentin,Fence ve
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
( had never been into dystopian books much until I had some good luck with a couple of different series. Recently I found another series thanks to Melliane at Between Dreams and Reality blog, and the author is Colleen Gleason, although she is writing as Joss Ware. Since I really enjoy this author’s work, it was easy to slip right into a different genre by her.

Most of the world died in 2010 and nobody is really sure why-extreme weather events, earthquakes, and people simply droppi
Christi Snow
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
OMG, I am so excited about this series. This was a phenomenal first book to get it all going. This is a post-apocalyptic world created by Joss Ware and it is brilliant!

Elliott and 5 others were hiking in a cave near Sedona when the apocalypse happened. Something about where they were hiking caused them to sleep through the next 50 years. When they woke up, it was 50 years after the world fell to ruin, but they hadn't aged a day and even had new powers that they are still discovering. T
Lover of Romance
Dr. Elliot Drake wakes up, not knowing what has fully happened, but realizes he has somehow, with his friends, have been put in some sort of stasis for fifty years. He finds that the world that he has known, has been destroyed. Only hundreds of humans are left alive, now those who are called "Strangers" control the world and are immortal, he knows that there is definitely not the world he wants to be in, but tries to make the best of current circumstances. Having been a doctor before all this ha ...more
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
When I first started reading this, I was unsure of what to think. I thought I might struggle through it, but that was because of all of the worldbuilding. For a dystopian, post-apocalyptic series like this one, that was necessary. It reminded me of the first books in the Kate Daniels and Hollows series. Their worlds weren't really dystopian, but they had major changes to their worlds that significantly changed things. This book was like that and since you have to set up the rules for the new wor ...more
Jill Dunlop
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Beyond the Night is the first book in a new series by Joss Ware. It takes place in a post apocalyptic world when six men find that they have been asleep for 50 years in a cave. They went to an expedition, major environmental destruction happened ending the world as they knew it and they woke up not having aged at all but the world was completely different. It is only safe for them to travel during the day because at night these zombie-like creatures come out to feast. Elliott Drake meets a myste ...more
Dr. Elliott Drake is not at all comfortable in the world. It could be the ganga - zombie-like creatures who roam the night. Or it could be because of the fifty years that lapsed between when his group entered and exited that cave, the fifty years he has no memory of and that apparently did not age him. Civilization collapsing while he was "away" didn't really help, either. When he and his friends rescue a group of stupid kids who got stuck outside at night, he meets Jade. She is gone before morn ...more
**2.5 stars**

Beyond the Night made me realize that I have a weakness for heroes that are doctors. Not because of all the prestige that comes with their profession but because they are usually portrayed as really caring men who want to make a difference in the world.

So obviously I loved Elliot and Jade was a good woman for him. They fell in love very quickly but hey, this was a post apocalyptic romance so there's really not a lot of time to waste. The bad part of this book was said post apocalyp
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Also known as Colleen Gleason and Colette Gale.

Other books in the series

Heroes of New Vegas (6 books)
  • Embrace the Night Eternal (Envy Chronicles, #2)
  • Abandon the Night (Envy Chronicles, #3)
  • Night Betrayed (Envy Chronicles, #4)
  • Night Forbidden (Envy Chronicles, #5)
  • Night Resurrected (Envy Chronicles, #6)
“A teen boy's wet dream, right here, right in front of him. Elliott closed his eyes, trying to reason with his raging erection, which argued, Come on, come on, it's been fifty years. 2 likes
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