• After the Virus

  • After the Virus, Book 1
  • By: Simon Archer
  • Narrated by: Ryan West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (796 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Henry never realized he was special. Sure, he’s an engineer who served his country, but when the virus hit, he found himself alone in a nearly empty world.

That’s the key, though: nearly empty. 

There’s no one left who has the technical know-how to make the world run again...except for Henry. For humanity to survive, he will have to rebuild society out of the motley crew of survivors. It might be impossible, but at the same time, Henry has always loved a challenge.

©2020 Simon Archer (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Harem aspect is not for me. Otherwise very good

While I understood this was going to have some explicit sexual circumstances, I did not appreciate how much of the story would be deviated to the mantasy. It is not for me. Otherwise, I had a high opinion of the broader post-apocalyptic narrative. If you are fine with the mantasy, you will enjoy this book. If not, you will not.

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PHANTASIES

I guess everyone has phantasies, these must be the author's phantasies - to be drop dead gorgeous, with a body to kill for, good boy charm - you get the drift , AND more women survivors - all good looking in one way or another - than men.

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Wanted to like but ultimately did not,

Minor Spoilers,

Honestly really only one thing turned me off on this book and it was the character Jackie and her beliefs on the future. She tells the MC she expects to be with multiple guys to have babies from them all, or in other words to be a baby factory. I understand her reasoning behind that but it would never work given how few people remain. In order for a breeding program to work the remaining people worldwide would all have to gather. Additionally if they don't all gather they don't have enough people for all the women to be with child all the time and maintain the home. Cooking, cleaning, taking care of the livestock, farming and hunting are just a few examples of the work needing done daily, It will take many hands, both male and female hands in order to maintain the homestead.

That said book 2 is about a group of people taking women to use as breeding stock. This is exactly what Jackie.said she was ok with. However the MC and his women including Jackie are set against that which will end up causing a conflict between the 2 groups.

In theory a breeding program would be ideal to help populate the world again. Sadly there has to be enough people to diversify and given the scenario there just is not enough people for a program like that to work. Let's not forget the human factor, emotions! We know by our past arranged marriage don't really work. You really think children will fall into line and continue the breeding program?

Jackie and the premise of book 2 is just a major turn off so I won't be purchasing book 2 or continuing with this series.

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Only in a man’s dreams!!!!!

Who turns a deadly virus, losing all of their family and friends, being surrounded by the stench of dead decaying bodies and the end of life as we know it , into a sexual fantasy???? Only a man. Sex with an 18 year old cheerleader was bad enough but sex with two women who totally agree to share this Dodge Truck driving he-man pushed me totally over the edge. Total garbage!!

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How bad can it be?

After reading other reviews I thought, "How bad can it be?" Turns out, very bad.

The writing style and narration were both good. There was so much potential with the story lines and main characters. But the main character's internal monologue was cringe.

As a member of the Armed Forces I have met hundreds of men like this character. The "Alpha" males, who have no idea what it actually means to be a leader. They join the military to "serve their country" then get out after a few years because they can't handle the realities of being in the military. These same men drive expensive trucks (in this novel a Dodge Ram) with every trim known to man to compensate for their small "package."
This novel reads like an inexperienced teenage boy, wet dream, idea of post apocalyptic fiction.

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Cringe worthy pervert's fantasy

I actually made it almost 5 hours through this post-apoc-porn. I spent 23 years in the military, so I'm the farthest from prude or goody-goody, but this story is bad enough to make a war hardened Veteran blush. The non porn parts are corny at best. This "author" should stick to one category or the other: romance/soft porn or post apocalypse. Maybe he could hire Fabio for his book covers. He should personally refund every single person he suckered into paying for this sh*t under the false pretense of a survival/post-apoc book. I hope he spends my money wisely, because he will never get another red cent from this sucker.
As for the narrator? He should take notes from Ray Porter or Christian Rummel. His horribly forced voice inflections made the sex scenes that much more nauseating and cringy. Listening to that voice say words like "cl*t", "p**sy", & well...you get the point. I was literally close to gagging a couple times until I mercifully stopped it for good. He sounds like the guy that plays Jamie's real dad on Yellowstone. Great actor, but i don't want to hear him narrate an explicit sex scene. Just imagine that guy telling a story about getting road head, or his hard on. Where's the puke emoji?
I am absolutely shocked by seeing how well this thing is rated!

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Ladies Beware

This book was going along great until I figured out it was written by a man with fantasies of having a harem. It wasn't good enough to have an 18 year old cheerleader (so cliché of a fantasy), later in the book he was being shared by two women, that is when I gave up on the book. The story would have been great had it not included a pig of a man and women with no self respect.

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Crap

9hrs and 31 minutes of garbage. All this book boiled down to was the apocalypse making all of these women (Young college student, a former female marine, and it even eluded to the doctors wanting to jump his bones) horny for some lame dude who lived with his Grandma until she died from a virus.... by the end of the book the main clown (Henry I think?) was a polygamist .... There was very little info or story about actually surviving and it was made to sound like this was the best thing that ever happened to this dude... He was truck shopping, corvette shopping and doing whatever he wanted. Having sex with one woman while the other is away and ..... ugh forget it.... its horrible....9h 31m I wish I could get back.... I do, however, like the narration of Ryan West....just feel bad he has to read such crap for a living....

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Just, no

This book is so shallow. Not even just the weird sex parts, but the story itself completely lacks depth. Everything works out absolutely perfectly for the MC in every situation. It's a totally unbelievable story line.
*Spoilers below*
You can't be in a roll over accident, exploded by a semi, shot full of steroids, get blown up by two grenades and then have crazy sex barely 24 hours later.
And don't get me started on the "so hot no one can keep their hands off me" writing style.
I feel so bad for the narrator for the cringe worthy sex scenes and poor dialogue he had to read.

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book sucks. some guys wet dream

dudes wet dream of having the best and forced survival with a cheerleader. i mqde myself to listen and its just a bad romance novel. 4 hours left in it and i cant. You know when your eating pistachios, and you save the shit looking ones for the end? You got the last one, and you bite into it, and its like a tree shit in your mouth. No more pistachios to clear that taste out, it is what it is, and you wash your mouth out with a drink. Thats pretty much how i feel with this book, been listening to a lot of books, and then burrrap, right on the tounge.

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  • daniel c.
  • 04-27-22

Mediocre survivalist porn

Weird. This is the second series I’ve listened to where the male survivor ends up shacking up with a couple of hot girls and having a threesome. The other one was a zombie apocalypse theme but I can’t be bothered to check if it’s the same author. Apart from that, the plot drips along ok and is fairly easy listening. A few glaring plot holes bug me though, and the aforementioned pandering to survivalist male teens.

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  • sarah MacHattie
  • 07-01-22

Good story and not overzealous

The plot was great and different to the usual apocalyptic books I have read (200 since covid) and was not packed with action like many so it felt a little more real and not so hyped up. I struggled with that at first but then realised it was more like reality so enjoyed it after all. What let the book down is the author allowing his own sexual fantasies into the book and not having any insight into women. Older women might well be excited by open relationships and 3somes but young girls are rarely into this as thry seek the safety of stable relationships. This guy is suddenly surrounded by young women who are suggesting friends with benefits is good with them if the guy wants to play the field and encourage it with all females in the book listing over him like he is the last man on earth, which we find out he isn't. That ruined the book fir me as it suddenly snapped me back I to reality and all escapism was lost. Author is weak and needs to keep that stuff in his bedroom and in hand rather than in his books. The sex scenes however were written really well and with good taste, with respectful tasteful language and left me hot under thr collar a few times but the FWB thing was just so unrealistic it pulled the rug out a little. I still recommend the book however and plan to buy the 2nd in the series. Am hoping there is a little less 'HE said,' 'I said', 'SHE said' in the next one!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-22

The worst collection of clichés on paper.

couldn't get through the first chapter, utter garbage. I only got as far as I did as I was hiking and had no Internet to download something else.

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  • Andrew
  • 09-01-22

Compelling

Is the book about sex or survival on a post-apocalyptic world, I'm not sure. It somehow keeps you interested to find out what happens next.
all characters seem to be over-skilled and lose any challenge they could face in a world alone. but each does have their own characteristics making them more intriguing.
Overall I liked it and found it refreshing to have a post-apocalyptic world without zombies.

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  • Tina
  • 08-15-22

Mixing romance/erotica w end of the world... Yuck.

I generally am not a fan of mushy mushy and romance in these end of the world kinda books but as long as it is not too much I can stand it. But not in this book. Here it goes way futher with some well described 'erotic' acts, and to top it off, a hint of multipal parter action ahead.

Seriously, why mix those categories up??! Nah, I'm removing the rest of these books from my wish list. Thanx but no thanx.

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  • stephen cleary
  • 08-12-22

Soft core survival porn.

Listened for 2 hours in my wagon. couldn't wait to reach my destination so I could turn this crap off and find something better. 2 hours I'll never get back.

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  • aaron mcewan
  • 08-09-22

Farm boy fever dream

this entire book is some farm boys fever dream of being stuck in the apocalypse and haveing sex

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  • Michelle Lynch
  • 07-31-22

Wasn't expecting mediocre soft porn

Haven't finished it yet, not sure I'll bother - was expecting some depth on what it would truly be like to wake up to a world where 99% of the population was dead. Instead so far is a very tacky plot which reads like a self-indulgent male fantasy where all the female characters are "hot" and throw themselves at the main male character. Disappointed and wouldn't recommend purchasing.

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  • Duncan
  • 07-28-22

Ok I suppose.

Written by a wishful thinker.... Good story though. Leaves me Looking forward to part two.👍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-22

Dreadful

Story is tedious Sex scenes awful and have strings misogynistic tones. So bad I couldn’t even get half way through I can’t recommend this to anyone

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  • MM
  • 05-07-21

Very bland and simple.

A non event. Narration is meh, and does not have anything that makes me want to get the next book. I regret the hours wasted. Don't waste your time.

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  • Matthew
  • 10-01-22

Don't waste your time.

A 30ish + bloke (yep a war vet) at the end of the world drives past a ... can you believe it.... a college girl in a cheer leaders our fit.
2 weeks later they have fallen in love...its just aweful

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  • jamie
  • 09-08-22

a man's fantasy

Sleezy attempt at a post apocalyptic novel. very obviously written by a man. Characters are undeveloped and unrealistically they all seem to cope very well with most of the world dying. no emotion or depth, just a lonely horney man's fantasy. good thing for him all the women who survived just happen to be total babes.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-03-22

um written by a bloke for a bloke

yeah not my taste, I like that there is minimal violence and that at least the first few survivors don't just attack each other at first sight, but the single 30 something man building a harem of women including a teenager is just not my thing and everything going their way was a bit dull (at least for the first 1/2 of the book). being that the church was mentioned a few times in the first hour it wasn't what I expected. altogether very meh and I probably won't finish the story and certainly wouldn't listen to the next one.

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  • Damo A
  • 08-08-22

Eye-rolling prepper fantasy

An ex military engineer know it all has everything he needs to survive a post apocalyptic situation. Then a sexy teenage cheerleader falls in his lap and is besotted with the hero and shows no emotion for everyone dying except it seems to make her horny. Then the only other adult he finds is a sexy young CDC doctor who also falls for the guy. The cheerleader says it’s ok if he wants to sleep with the doc. This reads like a story to a mens magazine. Quote “at the first touch of her lips on my manhood. Damn that girl was good”. This story would have been so much better without the fantasy cheerleader/doc rubbish. Free book but I DNF due to excessive eye rolling misogyny.

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  • PotsnPans
  • 07-26-22

Polygamists dream but not for me

Probably should have read into the reviews a bit more. Whole lot of misogyny here making the storyline and character development pretty weak and simplistic. Got 3/4 of the way thru and then it was just a bit pathetic. Don't often quit but glad I didn't pay for it. (Sorry - just not my taste)

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  • Katie
  • 07-01-22

It started promising, then went down hill :(

Story started good, I liked the lead character, but when he kept going on about all the hot woman & which one he would do.

Rather than focusing on getting set up to deal with the future the main focus turned to getting it on, this got old quickly. Disappointing as I think the story was promising. Won't bother with the rest of the series.

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  • Kayla
  • 12-12-20

Well done Post Apocalyptic Poly Romance

This is a surprisingly well written Post Apocalyptic Fiction laced with polyamorous Romance. I liked that it maintained a positive outlook on the post SHTF situation portraying the survivors intact of their humanity, able to respond quickly and efficiently to their new reality. Our hero is a very sweet character and respectful to everybody alive or dead, given the situation I would gladly share him too. Contrary to other reviews I read, I didn't feel that this story was about a guy's harem fantasies at all. The poly relations developed naturally due to the overwhelming circumstances. And FYI, there is no woman on woman action or threesome [FMF] in this book. The story is really more about the immediate survival and community building of a rather small remnant of humanity. The narration was awesome too.