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

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.

b# ,

Not A Fan… ’Til Now

I’m not a fan of post-apocalyptic Zombie stories—movies or books. I’ve seen a few of the former (loved Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) and read virtually none of the latter. Until now. Sorta.

AFTER: THE SHOCK is a semi-zombie novel, with a premise that seems much more likely to occur. In Nicholson’s apocalyptic tale, the evil creatures are called, “Zapheads”—Zombie-like people who attack and kill non-Zapheads whenever they can.

Bands of survivors, young and old, striving to stay alive, appear to be converging to a central location off the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. They’re searching for a safe place—a sanctuary—where they can be protected from the Zapheads. Along the way the survivors blend together and fight against each other, much as I’d expect people to do when faced with such a chaotic and devastating world.

The locale is part of the appeal for me: I live in NC and love the mountains.

The other appeal is the potential for realism: Zapheads, created by recent solar flares, bringing them to attack helpless survivors. And they aren’t static. They seem to be changing. Evolving.

Scott Nicholson drives the tension and fires up the thrills, making, After: The Shock, an entertaining and entrancing read.

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