Fiction - Science Fiction
133 Pages
Reviewed on 08/30/2020
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Aftermath: A Novel by John Reizer is the story of a man as he tries to make sense of the chaos around him. A graduate from the University of South Caroline, Kyle Wilson was a self-employed computer entrepreneur. It was close to Christmas when everything was changed forever. A loud boom, a flash of white, and nothing was the same ever again. When he woke up after the ordeal, there was no electricity and there were rumors the strange occurrence was a terrorist attack. Terrified and intrigued, he and his neighbor Angel embarked on a mission to find out what really happened that day. They needed answers so they got into her old Chevy that somehow worked and started the journey. What would they find? Were they really attacked by terrorists or had something more happened to their little town?

Aftermath is a dark mystery that had me hooked the moment I read the first page. Kyle was a very convincing and very well-thought-out protagonist. He was analytical, smart, and very observant of what was happening around him. He was quick on his feet too, which really helped him “solve” the mystery of the whole situation. The relationship between Angel and him built up fast, but not too fast so that I did not feel robbed of their progress. The author developed the story and made sure the reader was intrigued by the strange “terrorist” attack and why there was a foggy barrier outside the city. The ending left me with so many questions and I loved that. I enjoyed the pace of the story, how strong the narrative was, and how deceptively simple it all was. I would highly recommend this novel to everyone who loves a good mystery.

Eeva Lancaster

In John Reizer's Aftermath, Kyle Wilson watched a bright flash of light from his window... a light so bright and all-encompassing that he felt its heat as he dropped to the ground. Next thing he knew, he was sitting at his office table. All electronic gadgets stopped working. There was no electricity. What happened? These are just some of the strange things he experienced that night. Rumored to be a terrorist attack, probably an EMP, Kyle and some of his neighbors, and a science professor from the local university, tried to discover the truth behind what happened that night. To add to the mystery, a strange fog had surrounded the city and was closing in on the small town. What is causing it... and what's behind this barrier?

As I began reading Aftermath, my first thought was an alien invasion! But the mystery goes deeper than that. If you're interested in alternate realities, particles and frequencies, and quantum mechanics, then you'll enjoy this story. The theory that there are different realities with different frequencies, and that we are like antennas tuned in to these frequencies is the core idea behind Aftermath. It's fascinating, and I would have loved a longer novel that delved deeper into this. But as it is, John Reizer managed to keep me entertained and wondering what's going to happen next. Aftermath is an imaginative, well-written page-turner that science fiction readers would enjoy. I kept thinking about how awesome it would be if we could prove this theory. It will definitely change how we perceive our life, ourselves, and the world around us. Reading Aftermath was certainly worth my time.


I loved this book and the way the author writes. Aftermath is a cool story, and it has a fantastic ending.