Chasers by James Phelan
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The trip of a lifetime just turned into the end of the world.

When Jesse crawls out of the wreckage of a subway car and emerges into daylight, he's greeted by a living nightmare. An unexplained force has destroyed New York City, turning skyscrapers into ash, cutting off all power and communication. Jesse and his new friends, Dave, Anna and Mini are dazed but unhurt. The other survivors are not so lucky. Every human being they encounter is infected, gripped by an unquenchable thirst that drives them to monstrous acts of violence.

Somehow, Jesse has to escape. But first, he has to stay alive.

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were;I have not seen
As others saw;I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow;I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.

--from "Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe


About James Phelan

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James Phelan was born on the 21st of May, 1979, in Melbourne, Australia. His creative spirit was nurtured from a young age, and he credits his overactive imagination to being exposed to authors such as Roald Dahl and Paul Jennings, as well as such works as The Hobbit, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Tales of the Punjab, Siddhartha, and The Little Prince. As a teenager James discovered a love of geo-political thrillers, of being entertained and informed on topical global events. James cites influences on the Fox series from reading such authors as Alistair MacLean, Clive Cussler, Jeffery Archer, Ken Follett, Tom Clancy, Jack Higgins, Robert Ludlum, John le Carre, Ian Fleming, and Jeffery Deaver. After high school James went on to study in Architecture, and then English Literature, eventually graduating with a PhD in Writing. It was during his masters degree and while working at The Age newspaper James developed the idea that would become his first published book, and would lead to seeing his novels in print. As part of the research for the Fox series, James consults several active and retired members of the Australian Defence Force, as well as journalists and NGO personnel that have experienced most of what he writes about. James currently lives in Melbourne. He regularly talks at schools, libraries, and literary festivals in Australia and overseas. He has written several short stories that have appeared in anthologies and periodicals, and has contributed chapters to serialised novels.
Published October 30, 2012 by Kensington Books. 256 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After Jesse, Dave, Anna and Mini, 16-year-old youth ambassadors for the United Nations, are tossed around in a massive subway explosion, they emerge on the streets of the city to see people drinking from fire hydrants and rivers—and bodies.

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But as you ask that question, eyes appropriately rolling in the back of your head, the answer, dear reader, is that the ending is nice enough that it will make you want to read the next book.

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Night Owl Teen

I guess I just have to tell you that you NEED to read this second book...but do read book one first!

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Gr 7–9—Jesse, 16, is representing Australia in the UN Youth Ambassadors program. He and three friends are riding the subway when a huge fireball hits. Upon awakening, Jesse discovers that everyone has been killed except for him and his companions. They quickly make their way to the street and fin...

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