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Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments The After Life is the story of Nad Raven - a young man, whose childhood is shattered by a cataclysmic event that leaves him trapped in an underground vault with a few other survivors of a modern day apocalypse. It is a tale of a small community that tries to move on after all hope seems to have been wiped out by an all out nuclear war. With our planet turned into a grim wasteland, the protagonist discovers that even in an isolated micro society there is love and hate, grief and happiness, valor and treason as well as that overpowering human temptation to find out what is out there - beyond the safe walls of the underground shelter. To find out, Nad embarks on a dangerous journey that holds many dark secrets... a journey that will change his life forever...

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Here are some of the reviews for the novel left by readers on Amazon:

"Captivating, amazing read! Very cleaver, sci-fi , adventurous saga. I think all sci-fi readers will appreciate it. Highly recommend. Well done."

"This is a great apocalyptic novel, interesting, easy reading and intriguing. The plot is very well structured, descriptions are not too long but rather distinct. As a reader you can imagine the underworld so clearly as if it has been pictured to you. As a woman reader, I would like to see some more love story, which I hope will be coming soon. It seemed like I read a long introduction to a very long series that is yet to come. So, just looking forward to the continuation...."

"interesting personage and development of the story ... some parts seem to be grey and hopeless, but suddenly a glimpse of hope is seen ... The descriptions are so real that you easily picture the situation and get involved in the development of the story. Thanks to my friend for recommending this book. Would be interested to see another book of the author... "

"Could not put it down, very good storyline and the main character is well established in the story and enjoyable- I hope the story continues. "

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Another 5 star review of The After/Life titled "a must read"

The theme of this book is one that very familiar to me and if you read apocalyptic fiction in any sort of regular fashion it will be immediately recognizable to you as well. Raven is a small boy and is aware that the news has been filled with an ever increasing volume of news stories that are very alarming to his parents and that they are worried and becoming more worried with each passing day. But he is not worried. Raven makes light of the whole thing with humor and intimation of the panicky voices he hears. Then one day at school the television gives the alert signal and the bombs drop.

After that the vast majority of the book takes place inside a vast and well apportioned nuclear bunker. This follows well known (and loved) PA themes that you'd find in books like Wool by Hugh Howey and The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau and to a lesser extent What Niall Saw by Brian Cullen. It the placement of the bunker that made the story so different. It's the setting itself that I connected with.

When the bomb dropped Raven was at school. The bunker he was hustled into was hidden beneath the school. How the school came to have a giant state of the art bunker complete with a vast garden, a large armory, a barnyard full animals, as well as all the food needed to feed the residents of the bunker is not really explored. Raven does mention his surprise at its existence but he doesn't know either.

The interesting thing about the bunker being under a school is that all the adults were either teachers or were the administrative staff. So as the fledgling society begins to coalesce it chooses its leadership on those lines. The leader is known as The Principal, Teachers take on teaching duties as well as a political position. As children grow up in the School and graduate they take a test. If they score well enough they are trained as Teachers. If they don't score well they take other jobs that need to be done in the School grounds (the bunker).

Things go fairly well until Raven hears a radio signal. He tells his girlfriend and she goes apes***. Soon after that there is an uprising, a new Principal takes the helm, and soon things spiral out of control. In the back of his mind Raven is wondering if the world outside is really as bad everyone thinks or if he's been trapped and locked away for no good reason.

All in all a great book. Read very quickly and I wanted more. Here's hoping the you write the sequel Verdan ... and if so I stand ready to read and review it. Cheers.

Final thought: The giant radioactive squid monster was fantastic ... loved that part.

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments The After/Life has just won the best ebook cover award on the Bookdesigner website! Check it out here!:

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments The head of jury for the cover contest calls it: "Fantastic and unique. I keep looking for designers who are willing to step out of the confines of “book” and this one delivers. Combined with a unique visual approach and tasteful typography, the branding of this cover is so strong it can’t be mistaken for any other."

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments There is one thing I would like to share with the members of the group concerning The After/Life novel. All the royalties I have so far received for the novel (something like 80$) and all the royalties I will receive have been and will be donated to an orphanage in Gyumri town of Armenia. It is a special needs kids orphanage - the only one in our country. The building of the orphanage has been renovated by the foundation I work at but the kids still need that extra attention - the toys and the clothing and that little things that make them feel that there is still kindness in the world and no matter how hard the challenges and long the way there will always be someone to hold your hand and help you along on your way forward. As I move forward with this initiative, watch this space to see photo-stories on what's been accomplished.

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments I was actually inspired to donate my entire royalties from the sale of the novel to an orphanage following an example I am witnessing every month at the foundation I work in. I am the head of the projects department here and our job is to single out the most pressing needs in the villages of Armenia and find financing to address them. Our foundation is fundraising to carry out its work and a lot of people are participating in the effort. There is this 85 year old guy who for the last 15 years comes to our foundation every month and donates about 20% of his pension, which is something like 30$. You have to see the light in his eyes when he does that...really inspiring. It's not that he doesn't need that money because he does but he always says that there is someone who needs it even more and donating that money actually makes him feel richer.

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments I think another thing that we can do is every person who contributes to Gyumri orphanage by purchasing the book from Amazon can state their name here and also the kind of gift they would like to give to the kids for their contribution. That way we can have a very personalized project that will bring people from around the world to the little town in Eastern Europe and kids who would never think that someone several thousand kilometers away could care about them.

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments here's more information on the orphanage I am trying to support:

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments I would also really appreciate, if you could visit The After/Life Facebook page, which has all kind of related goodies!!/t...

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments One of the most iconic images of the genre:

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Just wanted to say thank you: The After/Life was added by 55(!) people to their to-read shelf! I really appreciate the support!

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments My badge for winning the best ebook cover award has just arrived and it looks goooooood!

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June Collins (junecollins) | 48 comments Vardan wrote: "I was actually inspired to donate my entire royalties from the sale of the novel to an orphanage following an example I am witnessing every month at the foundation I work in. I am the head of the p..."

Vardan, Good job - good heart. You might like to join my newly formed group. See 'Anyone Interested in Books on Adoption' GROUP. Only a few members so far.
I am a writer who travels quite often. I never carry personal luggage. Wherever I go, I take luggage filled with clothes and blankets for orphanages. (Latest one in S. Africa)

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments June wrote: "Vardan wrote: "I was actually inspired to donate my entire royalties from the sale of the novel to an orphanage following an example I am witnessing every month at the foundation I work in. I am th..."

thanks so much for the kind words. It is indeed my deep belief that changing the world for the better is possible by simply trying to be more humane towards each other and especially people who are in need of our help, assistance or simple attention. Within my job and free time it is truly my pleasure to be of service to these people as I understand that each and every one of us could be in the same position with a slight change of circumstances. I find what you are doing amazing and inspiring and will follow your example come Monday when I will be heading to Tavush and Shirak regions of Armenia as well as going to some very distant border communities. I will definitely check out the group you mentioned and want to thank you once again for your interest in my novel and my humble initiative.

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June Collins (junecollins) | 48 comments That's wonderful, Vardan. I learned long ago that luggage is only a handicap when travelling. If everyone carried fewer things for themselves and took clothes/toys etc. for orphanages, it would be a huge help. Every little bit counts. I have not posted my first remarks yet on Adoption Books, but will do so by tomorrow. Talk again, June

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments June wrote: "That's wonderful, Vardan. I learned long ago that luggage is only a handicap when travelling. If everyone carried fewer things for themselves and took clothes/toys etc. for orphanages, it would be ..."

That is very right. The one thing that I would really like to happen is to see real and lasting solutions to the issues as sometimes I have a feeling that many of the authorities in various countries as well as NGOs are basically trying to prolong the problems not solve them. I think that if every penny (or at least every other penny) invested in Africa really made it to the beneficiaries we would really have a very different situation to what it is now. I think what we really need are really people who are dedicated to doing good things and finding real solutions so that the problem they are trying to address is addressed in a manner that really brings about feasible and lasting change. You cannot really heal a broken limb with scotch tape and my feeling is that there is just way too much scotch tape and not enough real effort all around.

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Just got a new review from Sirik. She rates the book 5 stars and says:

The After/Life Saga is a novel by an Armenian young author- Vardan Partamyan.
First of all I want to thank the author. I have read the book literally in one breath. And I am looking forward to the second part of the novel as well as to new books.
The After/Life Saga is a story about a boy named Nad Raven who saw the End and had been chosen to survive. The story is about the post apocalyptic life of a small society made up of survivors (School staff and students), a group of selected people , populated in a nuclear shelter, a huge metalic box, situated right beneath the school.
One can see that even in such circumstances life will go on. The people keep on living in all the senses of that word: fighting for their rights, fighting for honor and even for power! And even in the post apocalyptic world the truth of life is that power perverts people.
In the post apocalyptic world people's feelings are the same as in our world- joy, sadness, fear, anger,love and endless hope (people fond hope in a hopeless place). Here as in our life people fall in love,love and give birth (New Era).
However, Nad Raven, will never calm down, the thoughts about the life beyond the metalic walls will never leave him alone and eventually he will start his amazing voyage that will completely change his life.

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments I want to thank the 90(!) people who added my novel The After/Life. Your interest in my work is truly humbling and inspiring.

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments The After/Life will be free for one day only on May 9th. Get your free copy today here:

Enjoy the read and have a nice post-apocalyptic day!

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Less than five hours to go until the end of free promotion. If you still haven't, grab your copy of the After/Life here:

The After/Life awaits... :)

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments The After/Life is currently Amazon's top 5 hard sci fi bestseller and top 11 bestseller in the dystopia category!

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments The free promotion is over and I want to thank the 417 people who participated in it!

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments I would also like to thank the 86 people who added the novel to their to-read shelf!

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments I received this review from a great fellow author Amy Queau:

4.5 Stars
Completely engrossing. Written beautifully. The only reason I didn't give it 5 Stars was because it was too short, but I completely understand why. I can see this story instantly becoming a classic and I'm looking forward to the next book. AMAZING work.

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Just received a 5 star review on the After/Life novel Amazon page from Leaflove:

Great read! Short read, but very quickly am hoping for the main character to break free and cheering him on. Looking forward to the second book!!

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments A question, if you had to choose a direction of your journey in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and one way lead to where your first love has gone (albeit one who left you but later said that regretted the decision) and the other way into the unknown...where would you go?

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Just received this wonderful review from Sahana. She rates the novel 4/5 stars and says:

The After/Life is a post apocalyptic thriller that features a group of kids and adults that were present inside a school just before nuclear war engulfs the world. These kids and teachers hide in an underground shelter and try to maintain their sanity by creating an educational and working environment and name their new home School with the Principal governing as the head. This school is equipped with all the facilities required to ensure people are provided with food, water, air and electricity. The citizens of the School may either join the teaching community or maintain the facilities.

The protagonist, Nad Raven is a young man with a wild imagination and a weak heart which makes him crave for alcohol every time it breaks. (view spoiler)

Miss Kendall, Bars, Viler and Mr. Higgins are characters that leave a mark. Nad and Suzannah’s love story to me felt very genuine.(view spoiler) This book made me believe that however bad a situation may arise, even if the whole world is wiped out clean, the humans that survive will never change. Our ego, emotions, love, lust and most importantly hatred and need for power remains intact. It may stay hidden for a while but it will come out eventually and destroy everything all over again if there is nobody to keep it under check.

This book was a very engaging read and I finished it in a couple of hours. I never thought a post apocalyptic thriller would make so much sense. I have to admit, i was a bit terrified when I imagined the possibility of such a situation taking place 40 years from now. I wish very much that this book stays fiction and not a prophecy.

On a more serious note, The After/Life is a book that is very good and quite simple. Anybody who likes fiction and a fast thriller should give this book a try!! I am looking forward to the next book in this series to find out about Nad’s adventures.

Thanks again for the great review Sahana!

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments In anticipation of the upcoming release of my new novel I, the Provocateur, my debut novel The After/Life is on a limited time sale. Get your copy today for just 99c, enjoy the post-apocalyptic read and support a charity in the process. Find out more here:

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Another 5 star review!

"I enjoyed reading the book... I liked the way the novel was built: brisk and to the point. I also loved the way the author covered the past and brought us to where he was in the present. I also loved the ending twist, which was a great way to end the story and set up the background for the undoubtedly great adventures to come. Definitely looking forward to the continuation!"

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments After a flurry of ratings and reviews, The After/Life is currently rated 4.27 from 33 ratings and 21 reviews. I would like to take this opportunity and thank all the readers who too their time to express their opinion on the novel with an equal amount gratitude going to the people who praised the novel and to those who criticized it.

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments the cover of the After/Life prequel I am currently working on:

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul and fate

I was 'round when Jesus Christ
Had his moments of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game.

”Sympathy for the Devil” The Rolling Stones

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments The After/Life is free for today only... get your copy now!


Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments There was a dull cracking sound and the body of the guard slipped lifelessly to the ground. I got up and caught my reflection in the metal surface of the wall. It was me no more and the dark whisper himself was staring back at me (hope you guessed my name)…

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments The After/Life is on a special sale for just .99 cents! Get your copy now!

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Owen wrote: "Hi everyone, here is the link to my novel, Hindsight. It's going for $2.99 right now on Kindle or you can borrow it for free through Amazon Prime.

“I am hurtling eight stories to the pavement. Th..."

Hi, Owen, thank you for presenting your novel. It does sound interesting. You can use the option of creating a separate thread and promoting your novel to the potential readers there.

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Just received another 5 star review! David says:

A realistic, superb portrayal of a post-apocalyptic, dystopian society, an amazing tale that leaves the reader craving for a sequel! Or a prequel, for that matter. Deserves five stars for being brief and to the point.

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Owen Banner (owenbanner) Hey Vardan, sorry about that. I had a couple tabs open on windows where authors were posting their book description and must have pasted my mine on your's by accident. I went ahead and deleted it. Again, sorry about that. I had opened yours up, because I was very interested in it and after reading about the donation of your royalties, I've got nothing but respect for you. Hope things continue to go well with your book. Keep writing!

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Owen wrote: "Hey Vardan, sorry about that. I had a couple tabs open on windows where authors were posting their book description and must have pasted my mine on your's by accident. I went ahead and deleted it. ..."

Thank you Owen and no problem at all! I also wish you all the very best in your writing endeavors and look forward to communicating with you in the various discussions!

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Just received this awesome 5* review:

The unique title was itself intriguing…

The story started with action - bomb blasting and nuclear war - , setting a scene for a perfect novel. I loved the narrator’s emotional side (or thoughts). Somehow, I could really relate the narrator with “lone heroes facing” innumerable challenges (as was said by Nad Raven himself).

Again, I loved a few quotes, like “We were together but each of us was alone….” I could almost feel the pain of the narrator (also his teachers and classmates) on being trapped in the underground vault.

The author proved his uniqueness by the repeated shifting of the story from present to past (mostly in form of thoughts) without mixing up the events and making the story confusing.

The little romance between Nad and Suzannah was lovely. Suzannah’s revolutionary attitude was also interesting. I liked her a lot.

Suzannah’s sudden disappearance increased my interest in the story. So, I believe that was the best part of the novel. That was place from where the real story started…

Teacher Kendall’s role was also decisive.

I was really pleased by the ending of part 1. Nad feeling the wind blowing against his face…a symbol of freedom…was really well-described.

Towards the end there was a quote on reaching either heaven or hell…that was a thought-provoking one too.

Totally loved the story! Also, there's romance in it, my favorite genre!

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments Just received this excellent review from Edita:

"very different from I, the Provacateur, but not less interesting. this story was not fast nor did the events rush through, accordingly setting an adequate mood of life after, a sence of time and a circular way of things, going not slowly but naturally.
this underground community and their life after the catastrophic event, main and backround characters created a sence of probability, as if it did ever happen, this is how people should build a community, a life after, at least to some point.
my overall mood about the story was both inspiring and devastating. the new era kids - i could not imagine, people living underground, denied of sunlight, wind, smell of grass, their relatives lost and dead, their homes destroyed and all that made goosebumps rise on my neck. yet still, the instinct to survive and live overpowered the "dark whisperer" (of which only readers are aware) and people still lived on, peacefully even in such circumstances until some point when another tradegy touched them from within. and it all makes perfect sence.
looking forward to a sequel.
i again Thank the Author for a wonderful story."

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments A 5* review from Yesenia:

"This story is about a young man in a post-apocalyptic world, where everything is destroyed by nuclear bombs and the survivors are forced underground. They live this life for over 20 years in relative peace until chaos is unleashed by one of their own. Love, suspense, action, and some sci-fi thrown in, this book will captivate readers from the moment they start reading. I know it captivated me."

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments The After/Life has just been voted the book of the month for August on YA Apocalyptic and Dystopian fiction group poll!

Vardan Partamyan (vardanpartamyan) | 429 comments A wonderful 5* review by the wonderful Julia:

"This well-written and engaging dystopian novel by Vardan Partamyan starts with a scene from the narrator's childhood. "I was five when the first bomb dropped," states the now-adult narrator. What follows is a recollection of scenes and situations that led to his confinement, along with his peers and teachers, to the fully-equipped fallout shelter. The story is dark, but the ending is hopeful. And that hope at the end of the story is no surprise, considering that the author works for a humanitarian foundation in his native Armenia and donates proceeds from this book to an orphanage. Not believing in positive outcomes would contradict the very way he lives his life.

There's a lot to like about this book, both in style and in content. The gradually changing age and role of the narrator at the school add to the complexity of the story as the story weaves together his childhood recollections, presented as immediate experiences, and a deeper analysis of the significance of the events as shown through the more mature perceptions of the same narrator as he gets older.

The lyrics of "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones that act as a refrain throughout the story, add another layer of philosophical complexity to the book, making the readers think about the cruel acts committed by humans at different times in our history, as presented from Lucifer's point of view. The lyrics also make us question who the Lucifer in the story really is. Quotes from "Sympathy for the Devil", in combination with the plot events, made me wonder about the reasons and circumstances that transform childhood innocence into evil.

Homer's Odyssey is another important reference in this tale. The narrator explains that he finds the main appeal of the Odyssey in the fact that it recounts a "a simple man's journey into the unknown and his strive for home." And that journey seems to be one of the main themes of Vardan Partamyan's story that promises to be explored in more depth in the continuation of this saga in Part II that is yet to be released. As Part I ends, the narrator's Odyssey is just beginning. As a reader, I can't wait to find out what happens next in this amazing story by a talented writer. I hope Part II comes out soon and takes me on my own Odyssey!"

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