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"While Die to Lie Again is a post-apocalyptic novel, it also a story of hope arising from the ashes."
A young woman finds refuge in an underground bunker during a nuclear war and then emerges to live on the ruined Earth in this post-apocalyptic novel.
Tanya Gray is about to start graduate school, but a dire warning arrives in a phone call from her dad. World War III has started, and the world's nuclear powers have begun annihilating civilization. Tanya flees in her car, and then begs to be taken into an armored military vehicle. It deposits her at the Crystal Temple, an underground shelter that houses about 2,000 survivors, one of six operational structures in the United States. Run by the iron-fisted Gen. Douglas Pierce, the Crystal Temple is a comfortable and organized facility under military rule. Tanya is assigned kitchen and nursing duties, and soon begins seeing a guy named Jack Mitchell. Some thugs try to rape Tanya, but she defends herself against the brutal attack, and the perpetrators are tried and executed in a public hanging. Impressed by Tanya, Pierce gives her an intelligence job, reporting on possible traitors inside the community. While the nuclear winter kills scores of people above ground, a plot against the tyrannical Pierce is brewing, in part because the chief medical officer, Dr. Nathan Herring, is conducting bizarre experiments on survivors. Tanya and Jack are banished to the surface after their involvement in the plot is exposed, and there the effects of radiation sickness soon take hold. People now share the planet with panthers, humans who have evolved, thanks to a glowing tree, into 7-foot-tall creatures that are immune to radiation poisoning. Tanya finds that the panthers may hold the key to saving humanity in the midst of an ongoing world war. Crane's (Makers of Destiny, 2017, etc.) nuclear holocaust novel is a sweeping political tale, full of both personal and international conflicts, while digging into some deeper questions about society and what it means to be human. Tanya is a savvy, intelligent protagonist with plenty of initiative and enough emotional capacity to love, even in the face of catastrophe. The reassuring and then sinister reality inside the Crystal Temple is characterized in a plausible manner. But while the fantasy elements in the second half of the book are intriguing, they are weakened by some overwriting and the invention of a convenient miracle serum.
An imaginative sci-fi survival tale built around a cautionary, uncompromising war story.
Die To Live Again by David Crane is a compelling blend of fiction and sci-fi featuring rock-solid characters and an enthralling plot. Twenty-four-year-old Tanya Gray believes she is as ready for the end of the world as any survivalist, and it's the one thing she'd want her father to remember her for. But when the thermonuclear Armageddon hits the earth, when the bombs fall, the world isn't an iota of what she'd known it to be. What would it take to redeem humankind, to find salvation, and is she ready to pay the price?
Die To Live Again is an interesting story laced with symbolism. It can be read as sci-fi or apocalyptic literature. The writing is stellar and there are insightful thoughts scattered throughout the book. Just at the start of the story, the protagonist says, "I guess the only people who really believed in the apocalypse were the survivalists." I enjoyed the stream of consciousness and the fact that the author uses the first person narrative with great mastery, a style that will draw readers in and enthrall them. The author starts with a crisis and transforms it into a tale that will leave readers breathless. It starts with a call...
David Crane has created a work that will resonate with many readers, a powerful warning as to what could happen when we become egoistic and fail to care about our own world. I enjoyed the frightening images and was infinitely drawn to the hope hidden in the throbbing heart of the protagonist.
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
David Crane takes the reader into a post-apocalyptic world in Die to Live Again. He masterfully intertwines the horror of a post-atomic setting with all its struggles and a wonderfully fictional telling of how life finds a way to survive. The tale chronicles the life of Tanya Gray as she struggles to not only survive but also live in an uncertain future.
Tanya must traverse a myriad of political intrigue and surviving the ravages of post-nuclear devastation in this gripping novel. Tanya is a superlative protagonist who deals with the trials and tribulations before her. Throughout all her adventures she keeps to her final promise to her father, "…survive… no matter what." The story artfully unfolds before the reader and beckons the turning of the page as it captivates from beginning to end.
Steven Eutsler, author of The End's Beginning
Die to Live Again is a wonderful epic adventure. Captivating and difficult to put down, the story is brilliantly decorated with attention to detail and composed very colorfully.
I thought it was a mastery of Sci-Fi. Very unique...Once again...Bravo, Crane!
In his novel Die to Live Again, author David Crane presents a terrifying vision of a world after a nuclear holocaust. This fictional work turns imagination, speculation and facts into a believable scenario of devastation, terror and hope.
The author’s portrayal of Tanya Gray, her will to survive and vendetta of revenge is exceptional.
This novel is packed with action and suspense as it brings to the pages what so many fear today through rumor or fact. Who is truly in power and what are their true goals?
C. P. Holsinger, author of Beyond The Horizon, The Nemo Murders and others
Most people can't imagine what would happen if our nation was exposed to a holocaust. Oh, they'd most likely be able to envision the nuclear destruction, but since no one has actually lived through an apocalypse, one would be hard-pressed to describe how humans would react to their world being reduced to ashes. David Crane's Die to Live Again does just that. He provides us with a realistic portrayal of a futuristic society where the danger comes not from the rubble of buildings, but from the rubble of people's lives.
Once I got caught up in the plot, I realized that the terrifying aspect of virtual annihilation only comes after the bombs have hit their targets. The more I read, the more I became enthralled with Crane's depiction of the psychological impact that such devastation has on his characters, and what they must endure and ultimately overcome if they are to survive.
Michael Cole, author of Alien Strain, the Star Walkers Trilogy, and others
In David Crane's post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, Die to Live Again, Tanya Gray, a young college graduate, finds her life changed forever. World War III has begun, and Tanya must find shelter from the approaching nuclear nightmare. A flash of light behind the window, and a rising nuclear mushroom cloud on the horizon, signals the end of the world. Along with many desperate people, she finds sanctuary inside Crystal Temple, a high-tech underground facility run by the military.
But Tanya soon learns dark and terrible secrets about Crystal Temple, and joins a rebel movement against General Pierce. When the plot is discovered, Tanya, along with her boyfriend, Jack, are exiled to the surface. Facing a certain death from radiation sickness, they prepare to meet their end. The sudden appearance of a masked stranger with superhuman abilities informs them of a cure for their fatal conditionbut it will come at a price.
Nature offers mankind a second chance. And the world reshaped by nuclear fire will never be the same.
"Die to Live Again is a story of war, tragedy, love, and triumph of the human spirit."
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