Empires topple. Nations crumble. COLLAPSE by @RStephenson5 #thriller #bestseller

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(New America-Book One)

by Richard Stephenson

What would it take for the United States to fall from within? In a not too distant future, America is put to the test. With the American people deep in The Second Great Depression and two of the most powerful hurricanes on record to contend with, the United States is in no condition to deal with hidden terrorists on its soil, maniacal politicians, and the most formidable military threat the world has seen since the Third Reich.

This is the story of three men from three very different walks of life: Howard Beck, the world's richest man, also diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome; Richard Dupree, ex-Navy SEAL turned escaped convict; and Maxwell Harris, a crippled, burned-out chief of police of a small Texas town. At first, they must overcome their own struggles and fight for their survival against impossible odds. In the end, the unlikely trio must band together to save their beloved country from COLLAPSE.

Empires topple. Nations crumble. Civilization is fragile. In 2027, America will fall.

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Our very own Saffron gave it 5 stars. Read her review here.

Author Richard Stephenson has hit one out of the park with his novel, Collapse. Watch the America we know literally collapse under the weight of natural disasters, rouge nations and damned scary power-hungry politicians.

I found Collapse to be entertaining, intriguing and scary as hell. To say that the premise of the novel is believable would be an understatement. Although it takes place in 2027, there is not reason that most of this (except Beck's AI technology) couldn't happen in the next six months. Keeping that thought in the back of my mind helped to propel me through reading this book in just a few sittings.

Richard counts on us embracing the characters and that's easy enough to do. The Navy Seal is iconic as one of the protagonists and is balanced nicely by his cell-mate and cohort Tank. It poses an interesting contrast. And while Beck (The world's richest man) is initially a spoiled and prissy little turd, he eventually steps up and does the right thing.

Collapse is rich with sub-plots that seamlessly converge and everyone ends up where they're supposed to be.

This is one of those books that should literally scare the crap out of every American- not that it is a horror novel, but one person's conceptualization of what the future could hold. Mr. Stephenson grabs you - literally pulls you - directly into the novel and gets your pulse racing right into the heads of his character. The dialogue was crisp and didn't drone on for a word count sake, and I stayed up really late one night in an effort to finish this: I was unsuccessful and literally thought about it nonstop until I was able to pick it back up again on my Kindle.

If you like a good thriller / futuristic novel I highly recommend this one.