Book II of The Pulse Series
Refuge After the Collapse is the sequel to my first novel: The Pulse: A Novel of Surviving the Collapse of the Grid (scroll down this page for book details). As Book II of the ongoing series, Refuge picks up where the first book left off after Artie Drager has at last found his daughter, Casey on the remote lower reaches of the Pearl River, near New Orleans.
I wrote The Pulse as a book that could have been a standalone story with a happy ending, at least as far as loved ones reuniting and Casey Drager escaping a horrifying ordeal of abduction. But I also left many questions unanswered and readers have asked for the continuing story, which has now become an ongoing series. While Artie has fulfilled his quest by the end of Book I in one sense, by finding his daughter after a long and dangerous sea voyage, they are still (quite literally) not out of the woods yet.
Artie’s brother Larry is alone aboard the catamaran he built that brought them from the Caribbean to the Gulf Coast, and Casey’s friend Grant is still torn about reaching the remote cabin belonging to his parents where he knows that food, tools and other essential supplies that will help them all survive are there for the taking. Refuge is a story of difficult decisions, some of them wrong, in a broken-down world of lawlessness and anarchy where anyone they meet is likely to be desperate and dangerous.
From the back cover: With the power, communication and transportation grids destroyed by massive solar flares, America has spiraled into anarchy and violence. Artie Drager and his daughter, Casey reunite after his harrowing voyage across the Caribbean and her traumatic escape from a crumbling New Orleans and a deranged abductor.
But their situation remains dire. The Gulf Coast swamps have provided a brief respite from danger, but Artie, Casey and their small band of friends know they must keep moving to stay ahead of the urban mobs. Although they accept Artie’s plan to sail to safety aboard his brother’s catamaran, none are aware that vicious marauders have ransacked the boat and left his brother to die.
Meanwhile, Casey’s ordeal has left her shaken. Her courage and adaptability are tested again when the man she loves has become separated from the group. Casey must now decide whether to stay behind to save him or continue on with her father and the others in search of refuge.