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There Falls No Shadow [Paperback]

David E. Crossley
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Nov. 20 2005
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to think you were the last person alive on Earth? Or what you might face when you realised that you weren’t? What would you do, in a world devoid of everyone and every convention you have known, but surrounded by more riches than you could ever have wanted? Then add in the bodies of all those who have died. Are you in a vast warehouse of free shopping, or the vilest mortuary in the universe? Could you survive? Would you want to? Read on for the story of some who decided to live. And imagine yourself there.

There Falls No Shadow is the story of a group of survivors struggling to rebuild their lives after a terrorist released plague mutates and decimates the world's population. Although each novel is complete in its own right, TFNS is the first book of a trilogy which follows the main characters from the first days of the plague to a stunning conclusion some years later. Live with them as they fight fear, disease, hunger, feral animals and one another. Feel the elation and devastation as they find and lose friends and lovers, face storms and fire, see their crops grow and fail. There have been disaster novels before. There has never been one so believable, nor so timely.


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5.0 out of 5 stars "Survivors" Comes to Scotland Dec 11 2009
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Compared with the "After The Fire" trilogy which I've just reviewed, this book is quite short, only half as long as single volume of AtF. It belongs to the distinctly less optimistic brand of "post-disaster" story, in the tradition of John Christopher rather than the "cosier" disasters of John Wyndham.

In Scotland, in the immediate aftermath of the Plague, most people are still "scavenging" off the leftovers from the Old Times. There has been only very limited work on rebuilding a self-sustaining society, and indeed serious questions are raised about its possibility. Will those who try be simply setting themselves up as natural victims for those who prefer robbery to hard work?

Incidentally, this raises a thought about the common complaint that the "Survivors" characters are rather too "middle class". Once the petrol and diesel's gone, might this be so far wrong? In a world where motor transport is either nonexistent or at best a luxury reserved for emergencies, the ability to ride a horse could be a big advantage, and these days upper and middle class folk are more likely to have acquired this skill. Maybe "toffs" like Garland or the Laird really would inherit the earth. But even if so, in this book it clearly hasn't had time to happen.

One of the few cheerful notes is where a man goes around local farms releasing all the animals he can find, both for humane reasons, feeling they "deserve a chance" and to preserve game or livestock for later human survivors. This was a thought that occasionally crossed my mind, but which I don't recall seeing in Survivors or any book etc on the theme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Survivors" Comes to Scotland - Great! Dec 11 2009
By M. W. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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Compared with the "After The Fire" trilogy which I've just reviewed, this book is quite short, only half as long as single volume of AtF. It belongs to the distinctly less optimistic brand of "post-disaster" story, in the tradition of John Christopher rather than the "cosier" disasters of John Wyndham.

In Scotland, in the immediate aftermath of the Plague, most people are still "scavenging" off the leftovers from the Old Times. There has been only very limited work on rebuilding a self-sustaining society, and indeed serious questions are raised about its possibility. Will those who try be simply setting themselves up as natural victims for those who prefer robbery to hard work?

Incidentally, this raises a thought about the common complaint that the "Survivors" characters are rather too "middle class". Once the petrol and diesel's gone, might this be so far wrong? In a world where motor transport is either nonexistent or at best a luxury reserved for emergencies, the ability to ride a horse could be a big advantage, and these days upper and middle class folk are more likely to have acquired this skill. Maybe "toffs" like Garland or the Laird really would inherit the earth. But even if so, in this book it clearly hasn't had time to happen.

One of the few cheerful notes is where a man goes around local farms releasing all the animals he can find, both for humane reasons, feeling they "deserve a chance" and to preserve game or livestock for later human survivors. This was a thought that occasionally crossed my mind, but which I don't recall seeing in Survivors or any book etc on the theme.

Crossley gives some information, through several viewpoint characters (as in AtF) on the cause of the disaster, apparently a "war on terror" which escalated with a vengeance. There is a touch of Survivors in the book, where Emma echoes Abby's prayer that she is not the only one left alive. We also get the phenomenon of obsolete thinking carried on into the new environment, with the terrorist still fighting her old battles in a world where friend and foe alike are now all but extinct.

I was mildly amused and flattered that one of the communities is mentioned as being led by "a Mormon gentleman". Don't suppose he meant me, though.

In short, a good book, and for me a good read, if maybe not for those who like happy endings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terry Nation the Next Generation Dec 9 2007
By Darren J. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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I first read Terry Nations' Survivors in the early 80's and loved it. This book is similar, but goes into far more depth, probably because there are fewer characters and the author could explore them more. It's kind of frightening at how plausible this scenario actually is, all it would take is someone in a kitchen somewhere, doesn't have to a religious extremist, a sociopath will do, and you could wipe out a good portion of the worlds population.

I recomend this book to anyone who likes the aftermath survivor type stories, well written, good story lines and very believable. A good read and I'm awaiting the second book with much anticipation. Pity Terry Nation didn't do the same.
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