Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure by Chris Mandeville

Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure

byChris Mandeville

Kobo ebook | July 13, 2015

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Forty-eight years after a catastrophic solar event destroys all life and technology on the planet’s surface, nineteen-year-old Reid Landers lives in the old NORAD facility deep inside Cheyenne Mountain with other descendants of Originals, barely subsisting on canned food and rats.  For all they know they are the last hundred souls on Earth...until Reid meets the first stranger he has ever seen, a stranger with a grown apple.  This catapults him on a journey to California to find seeds for his people, an adventure fraught with skin-carving pirates, twisted missionaries, and mercenaries on Rollerblades.  Even if Reid can outwit the despot leader of “Lost" Angeles and resist the siren’s song of a beautiful con artist, there may not be any seeds left to find. And his people—including the woman he secretly loves—might not take him back.

“With impeccable world-building, characters you can’t help rooting for, and a refreshing feeling of hope that lingers long after the final page, Seeds by Chris Mandeville is a worthwhile addition to the post-apocalyptic genre.”

 — Darby Karchut, bestselling author of The Stag Lord and The Hound at the Gate

“Mandeville weaves a riveting adventure through post-apocalyptic societies on an Earth that’s suffered a scientifically plausible catastrophe. Seeds is gripping and breathtaking; I guarantee it will make you lose sleep!

— Laura E. Reeve, the author of the Major Ariane Kedros Novels

“Author Chris Mandeville has masterfully created a stark, post-apocalyptic world, where desperate people will lie, cheat, steal, and kill for the most unlikely of currencies: seeds. Hope is ignited when a dying stranger carrying a fresh apple whispers a cryptic clue, launching a dangerous life-and-death quest to locate the source of naturally grown fruit and vegetables. Seeds is an imaginative, technically on-target, nail-biting tale that’ll keep you up late . . . worrying.” 

— William B. Scott, bestselling author of T**he Permit and Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III, A War Game Scenario

— “A wild, daring post-apocalyptic tale.”

Mario Acevedo, author of Rescue From Planet Pleasure

"Many a writer has dealt with frustration that comes with writer’s block, a problem that Mandeville’s book, the first in a series, addresses head-on. According to Mandeville, knowing the roots of one’s writer’s block is not the key. Instead, the book’s five parts outline a number of pragmatic exercises designed to help writers take immediate action...The variety of the exercises, supplemented with quotes from professional writers, ensures that every writer will be able to gain in some way from Mandeville’s advice and techniques." — BookLife.com

Title:Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventureFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 13, 2015Publisher:Parker Hayden MediaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1941528244

ISBN - 13:9781941528242

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tuck-in and Read Book I really enjoyed this book. It has a fully fleshed out worlds with neat details that sold it. Things like the mutation of words, which are familiar, but clearly changed after the world, as we know it end it. It has a wonderfully interwoven plot that comes together in a satisfying conclusion. Even though the book is a bit on the long side it never drags and kept me engaged the whole time. I’d definitely recommend reading it. reposted from Amazon
Date published: 2015-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blow me down! There is not hope for it. You will get sucked in. Seeds is at once a realistic grim peek after a massive solar flare and a fun adventure for the survivor's main quest: Seeds to grow food. This is an addictive post-apocalyptic swashbuckling tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with Mandeville's savvy, and writing skill. This is a debut to be devoured. Oh-did I mention pirates?
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly entertaining! It's been a long time since I indulged in one of my first literary loves: post-apocalyptic science fiction. Seeds is a worthy heir to some of the great survival stories such as Alas, Babylon and On the Beach. With a believable premise, realistic out-of-the-ashes societies, an engaging cast of characters and a quest that highlights the capacity of humans for both horrific evil and astonishing goodness, Seeds is a page-turner with heart and brains. And, oh, yes, pirates.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Completely absorbing! I loved (some of) the characters (others were fun to dislike), locations, and plot. Well done, Chris! It was my first post apocalyptic novel. I don't want to read another because this one sets such a high bar.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I just loved this book! It's a post apocalyptic masterpiece -- if you're into this genre, then definitely get this one!
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and Fantastic Survival Fiction! Chris Mandeville gives us a compelling post-apocalyptic page turner in her novel SEEDS. The earth is scorched. Food stores are running out and spoiling with no way of producing more. For the second and third generation survivors in this dystopian world, hope is fading until a mysterious dying stranger with a fresh apple is found in the city near NORAD. The new hottest commodity on earth is seeds. the search for them leads us on a post-apocalyptic adventure from Colorado to California. Pirates rule the California coast. Small pockets of desperate people survive in abandoned cities and towns. It’s every man and woman for themselves. This book will suck you in and won’t let go until the last page is turned. You will finish with the feeling of returning from another world and with a newfound respect for your own.
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from post-apocalyptic page turner! This is a fast-paced, fun, post-apocalyptic adventure. Fun post-apocalyptic? Yes! While the post-apocalyptic world is grim, Mandeville approaches it from the point of view of memorable characters, most of whom have never known anything different. These characters are all in some way searching for something critical to humanity's survival: seeds. The journey to find viable seeds is sometimes treacherous, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining. Some of the notable elements include a former amusement park run by a despot, mercenaries on rollerblades, a nuclear powered Humvee, an elaborate house of prostitution (though there's no graphic sex), some cult-like dystopian enclaves, and pirates! Although this is a long book, it's a real page-turner, and I blew through it. When I finished it, the characters, the world, and a feeling of hope stayed with me. It's hard to believe that this skillfully crafted, thrilling adventure story is Mandeville's debut novel. I highly recommend it to people who enjoy a great adventure tale, as well as to those who love the post-apocalyptic genre.
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast-paced novel Mandeville has created a fast-paced novel that moves quickly through short chapters and action-packed scenes. With ruthless leaders taking over after the apocalypse, can good people find a way to get seeds to keep the survivors from disease and starvation? I enjoyed this novel, and would reccommend it to others to try to answer the questions.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent story I really enjoyed reading this book. Unlike so many in this genre, the circumstances surrounding the apocalypse are frighteningly realistic. No zombies, no nuclear annihilation, no other cliches. From the get-go I really connected with the characters in the story and shared their joys and anxieties. The story itself is very well thought-out and written even better. The story is everything except predictable and dull. I recommend this book to every book lover and any fan of this genre.
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding story. Well worth your time. An outstanding post-apocalyptic story set in an extremely rich world of characters. The story will take you on a wild ride through a world that contains pirates, whorehouses, despotic dictators, religious cults and wonderful parents. Unlike many stories in this genre, this story is self contained. At the end of the story you'll feel satisfied but also ready to read more about the wonderful world the author created even if it is with a different cast of characters. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story.
Date published: 2015-04-02