The After War by Brandon Zenner
Brandon Zenner: 6/30/17
eBook review copy; 444 pages
The After War by Brandon Zenner is a two part post-apocalyptic
tale and military dystopian survivalist novel. It is recommended for the
It has been two years since the known world fell apart. We aren't given a
whole lot of details but apparently there was a devastating world-wide
war and what seems to have been a biological weaponized plague released
simultaneously that wiped out most of civilization, leaving just a few
hardened survivors. Brian
and Steven have been safe and secure for two years in an underground
bunker prepared before the war hit. Their Uncle Al, Lieutenant General
Albert Driscoll, was privy to inside information and made sure the two
young men and
Steven’s sister, Bethany, were safe. The cousins were given specific
instructions and a map by Uncle Al. They were to leave the bunker after
two years, travel to get Bethany, who is secured in another bunker, and
then head to Alice, the designated meeting spot.
Simon Kalispell and his dog Winston were able to survive the war and
plague by staying in a cabin in British Columbia. Simon has had
naturalist/wilderness survival training so he has the knowledge base to
endure the two years in the wild. Simon, the son of extremely wealthy
parents was sent to the cabin in a well-equipped van to ride out the two
years seclusion. Now he is also heading back east to meet his parents
at the family mansion.
In the first part, chapters alternate between the actions of two groups,
Brian and Steve, and Simon and Winston. The novel follows their treks
and travails to get to Alice. Every chapter seems to end in a cliff
hanger, which did become tiring after the first few times, but this is
the kind of novel that requires you to just roll with it. Part two deals
with the organized groups that are remaining and fighting in this now
Reviewing a book like The After War requires me to set aside a
few preferences. The main event and the reason you'll be reading this is
for the action, narrow escapes, and grim events that will assuredly be
occurring. You will have to suspend your disbelief on more than one
occasion. It is obvious here that you need to be wealthy or come from a
wealthy family in order to survive the end of civilization. Those of you
who think this scenario is coming might want to take note and work on
your investment portfolios. There isn't great character development here
or keen insights into anything. The dialogue is stilted and unnatural.
However, if you choose to read this novel it will be for the action, not
the character development, finely drawn plot, or incredible dialogue.
Zenner definitely provides the action. This is a perfect airplane book.
It will hold your attention but you won't cry if you lose it or misplace
My review copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.