Publisher Description

"Nobody thrills like Nicholson does. Nobody." - J.A. Konrath, Origin

The first book in the After post-apocalyptic thriller series from an international bestselling author. Look for the other books, the free prequel After: First Light, After: The Echo, After: Milepost 291, After: Whiteout, and After: Red Scare.


A massive solar storm erases the world's technological infrastructure and kills billions. While the remaining humans are struggling to adapt and survive, they notice that some among them have...changed.

Rachel Wheeler finds herself alone in the city, where violent survivors known as "Zapheads" roam the streets, killing and destroying. Her only hope is to reach the mountains, where her grandfather, a legendary survivalist, established a compound in preparation for Doomsday.

Other survivors are fleeing the city, but Zapheads aren't the only danger. Rogue bands of military soldiers want to impose their own order in the crumbling ruins of civilization. When Rachel discovers a 10-year-old boy, she vows to care for him even if it means her own chances of escaping are lower.

And the Zapheads that were once simple to evade are evolving, developing communal skills even as they lay waste to the society they will eventually replace.


Scott Nicholson is author of more than 30 books, including The Red Church, The Harvest, Creative Spirit, and The Skull Ring. His website is

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
October 26
Haunted Computer Productions
Scott Nicholson

Customer Reviews

Miriwina ,

Zombies with a brain

I didn't intend to read another zombie story. I was looking for a novella to read in between other books and touched the cover by accident. It opened, I read a few pages, and I thought, that will do. I don't need to finish it anyway. Well I did.

Like most zombie stories, the book has no ending and promises to have a sequel (or two). None of the plot lines were actually finished or at least not in a way that would leave you satisfied. It’s well written though and even if the genre isn't new, the author found a way to make it original. The zombies (called zapheads because it happened after solar flares) are different from other zombies you see in most books. They act differently. They are not crazed killers. Actually, they seem to be able to think and coordinate attacks and might even have feelings.

If you're not tired of the genre, you should give it a try, but know there are many more books in the series.

sam and anna'S nannie ,

After: The Shock

Great read. Scary peek into the future that might become.

Mithrandir1986 ,

Uhhh it’s ok

Repetitive word usage. Little to no understanding of the mechanics of guns or the meaning of the word semiautomatic.

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