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The Rain - Part 1 (A Post-Apocalyptic Story) by [Turkot, Joseph]
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There are a lot of stories about how the rain started.

The thing that always comes to mind first isn’t the how though, it’s the how much. Russell still does the math too: 15, 5,400, and 8,550. 15 inches a day, 5,400 a year, and 8,550 feet since the start.

We have no idea if it’s accurate. But it’s important to think about it, he says, because it reminds us to keep moving. I’m Tanner. Russell plucked me from the rain when I was two.

Fourteen years ago we left Philadelphia. As the water rose, we moved west, hoping the elevation would keep us warm and dry. Pittsburg, Indianapolis, Sioux Falls, Rapid City. Now we’re stranded on the islands in Wyoming. Russell thinks they used to be the Bighorn mountains. But we can’t go back now. There’s no warm and there’s no dry anymore. Just a rumor about a place where it isn't raining. So we’re going to try to make it—520 miles south to Leadville. But we can’t drift east, the Great Plains have become waterspout alley, a raging tomb of moving water.

Together we push on, surviving, heading to Leadville. But something is wrong with him now. He says it’s nothing. But his breathing doesn’t sound that way.

Exposure, pruned hands, and infection. But since, Rapid City, it’s the face eaters too. And the crack in the canoe that’s growing. And the ice I think I see on the water. Russell thinks it’s my imagination.

We cling to the last strips of the veneer. And each other.

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Written as a horror story. The rain and floods have destroyed civilization. Two survivors canoe their way westwards in hope of finding dry land. The old man and a young girl are alone and totally dependent on each other. Desperate cannibals pursue them.

Written in an understated style. It's an effective introduction to this apocalyptic universe.
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Part 2 of "The Rain" series planted pictures in my mind. The story pulled me through and I was eager for more.
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars 66 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger! Ughhhh! Jan. 13 2014
By Jett Cat - Published on Amazon.com
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Why do you torment me so!

Seriously, neat story, good concept! I know that i downloaded the first installment of this story for free so I cannot complain that I am left hanging! Gotta get the next one to find out what happens!

I am just disturbed that this author and so many others are getting so good at giving me just a taste that sends me searching out the next book! Dastardly!

This book was honestly not like anything I expected! I recommend it for readers who are not frustrated with a slow build to an explanation, or possible no real explanation as to how things came to be. It would appear that the characters do not know and any explanation will be the best guess of the survivors. While this type of story does not bother me, i know some readers do not enjoy not really knowing.

I feel this end of the world as we know it story was well done. Other than Keene's Leviathan story I do not recall reading another a flooded planet story.

The author introduces the consequences of being constantly soaked to the reader! I do not know if your skin will slip off if constantly wet, but i find that to be more disturbing than a Zombie chasing me down! Ughhh.... creepy!

If you are looking for something that examines the mentality of a survival based humanity, and a different take on Apocalypse with new and unique dangers then this is for you!

I look forward to reading more about surviving in this type of world, and the author does a wonderful job of contrasting a survivor who remembers the world from before, with a survivor who was born after things began. I thought the contrasts were thought provoking!

Well worth the time!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~~To Leadville, CO~~ Oct. 25 2013
By Boxer Dog Lover in Vermont... - Published on Amazon.com
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Russell has been caring for a young lady (Tanner) for over 14 years. Both of her parents have died and Russell has been trying to get her to safety and higher ground since then. The rain never stops and their daily existence is one of complete misery. Add in the fact that cannibals are appearing more often and the story is set.

I really like the comparison of the human body in these times of troubles to veneer. An outstanding analogy throughout this first part.

Most highly recommended.

Part 2 on the horizon, I see...
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read Dec 29 2013
By dkw - Published on Amazon.com
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No one knows why the rain started, but by the time they realized it wouldn't stop, it was too late. The constant downpour of rain has left society underwater, and a dramatic rise of sea-level keeps the two protagonists in a small boat, alternating rowing and bailing. Tanner and Russel have their minds set on Colorado, where rumor has it that there is rain-free land to be had.

The first sentence/ 2 paragraphs really grabbed my attention, and while I felt that it was well written, the constant repetition seemed out of place in this relatively shorter format. I was disappointed by, what appeared to me, to be an obvious rip from "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, which has a constant theme throughout the novel of "Carrying the fire". The Rain introduces "the veneer", which is altogether the same concept in a different rain-themed nomenclature. Briefly, this book is "The Road" (plus rain), right down to the young, relatively helpless protagonist traveling with a sick/dying older protector.

I found the back-story of the protagonists to be interesting and engaging. I liked the concept of a rain-induced apocalypse scenario, but it was difficult for me to suspend my disbelief in the sea-level rise implications: In the story, Wyoming (2000+ ft elevation) is completely submerged in water to the point where a salt-water whale interacts with our characters, compared with maximum sea-level rise estimates of ~260 ft. That being said, I am glad liberties were taken with this fact, as it is a neat concept and I'm glad that I read it. The author does an excellent job painting a vivid picture of this world, and I especially liked the "canvas" analogy to the surface of the water.

The protagonist asserts early on that it has been raining her whole life and makes the excellent analogy "it would be like contemplating that you fall down after you jump up. You accept that it happens, and you move on." I was left confused, however, when the same protagonist later professed a deep loathing for the rain and a desire to escape it, something that the previous quote implies would be an unlikely emotion. I regret coming across as nit-picky, but these are items that drew me out of an otherwise excellently crafted tale.

In all, an entertaining story, and I am looking forward to what happens next in part 2.
2.0 out of 5 stars Insufficent to encourage my purchase of the next book May 2 2014
By Noseeums - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who has spent weeks in a boat, some it shivering in the cold and damp, I can sympathize with poor Tan and her bud Russell, a pair of paddlers on a flooded Earth trying to get their canoe to Leadville, where it's rumored one can stand on dry land and live like a human being again. Despite my sympathy, however, I found it hard to like this story, all history and setting and very little forward progress. The writing is excellent (star number two) and the setting is thoroughly explored (if monotonous). While I paid nothing for it, that's about what it was worth to me. My curiosity wasn't sufficiently aroused to pay for the next installment. Maybe the author should slip a bit more meat between the slices of bread in the free sandwich if he wants to sell the side of potato salad and the glass if iced tea that go with.
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine years of rain with no relief! Dec 17 2013
By C. Tilson - Published on Amazon.com
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The Rain is a series of novelettes, each one only a couple chapters long. It is the story of a man and a boy trying to survive in the post-apocalyptic time period where everything is covered in water and all it does is rain. They are in search of a town in Colorado rumored to be the only dry land in the United States. They are constantly being chased by “Face Eaters”, cannibals. Their key to survival is to not trust or care for anyone else. Is this what our future holds? The series is very sad, but addictive. I received the first three parts together free, and I had no choice but to purchase book four to see what happens next. And yes, I will purchase book 5.