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Book 1 of the Brink Series.When an outbreak of walking dead appear throughout the cities and towns of Idaho it sends a shock wave to the highest office in the land. Seemingly a spontaneous event, teenager Elliot Goodwin knew better. His mother, a nurse of many years, told him of a diabolical illness that had swept through Idaho a few years before... not long after the pota Book 1 of the Brink Series.When an outbreak of walking dead appear throughout the cities and towns of Idaho it sends a shock wave to the highest office in the land. Seemingly a spontaneous event, teenager Elliot Goodwin knew better. His mother, a nurse of many years, told him of a diabolical illness that had swept through Idaho a few years before... not long after the potato growth hormone had been - somewhat mysteriously - approved for general use. The hormone meant larger potatoes which in turn meant more French Fries which ledto more profit. The greed of one man to control the fast food industry was seen as a catalyst by a decades old clandestine group that secretly controlled world affairs. When the outbreak occurred Elliot is forced to flee with his girlfriend, Cindy and a tough no-nonsense cop Mulhaven. Who bore more than a passing resemblance to Morgan Freeman. Their escape from Twin Falls is accompanied by danger at every turn from green puking zombies to out of control rogue cops and National Guard. They meet up with a tall stranger who is as mysterious as he is knowledgeable and adaptable. Together with gun store owner, rescued by the 'Tall Man' earlier, they make tracks for Canada and a safe haven in the form of Elliot's Aunt Kath.Along the way they discover the un-dead are not as a result of pollution, waste and chemicals in the food supply but a deliberate plan to reduce the worlds population by up to ninety percent. That plan, however, soon goes awry and leads the world to the brinkof destruction. Toward the Brink details the lead up to those event as seen through the eyes of a small group from Twin Falls as they attempt to make good their escape. Book 2 At the Brink to be released in June 2015. Sign up for the authors newsletter at craigamcdonough.com and keep up to date on this and other new releases.


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Book 1 of the Brink Series.When an outbreak of walking dead appear throughout the cities and towns of Idaho it sends a shock wave to the highest office in the land. Seemingly a spontaneous event, teenager Elliot Goodwin knew better. His mother, a nurse of many years, told him of a diabolical illness that had swept through Idaho a few years before... not long after the pota Book 1 of the Brink Series.When an outbreak of walking dead appear throughout the cities and towns of Idaho it sends a shock wave to the highest office in the land. Seemingly a spontaneous event, teenager Elliot Goodwin knew better. His mother, a nurse of many years, told him of a diabolical illness that had swept through Idaho a few years before... not long after the potato growth hormone had been - somewhat mysteriously - approved for general use. The hormone meant larger potatoes which in turn meant more French Fries which ledto more profit. The greed of one man to control the fast food industry was seen as a catalyst by a decades old clandestine group that secretly controlled world affairs. When the outbreak occurred Elliot is forced to flee with his girlfriend, Cindy and a tough no-nonsense cop Mulhaven. Who bore more than a passing resemblance to Morgan Freeman. Their escape from Twin Falls is accompanied by danger at every turn from green puking zombies to out of control rogue cops and National Guard. They meet up with a tall stranger who is as mysterious as he is knowledgeable and adaptable. Together with gun store owner, rescued by the 'Tall Man' earlier, they make tracks for Canada and a safe haven in the form of Elliot's Aunt Kath.Along the way they discover the un-dead are not as a result of pollution, waste and chemicals in the food supply but a deliberate plan to reduce the worlds population by up to ninety percent. That plan, however, soon goes awry and leads the world to the brinkof destruction. Toward the Brink details the lead up to those event as seen through the eyes of a small group from Twin Falls as they attempt to make good their escape. Book 2 At the Brink to be released in June 2015. Sign up for the authors newsletter at craigamcdonough.com and keep up to date on this and other new releases.

30 review for Toward the Brink: The Apocalyptic Plague Survival Series Book One

  1. 4 out of 5

    K Dz

    Toward the Brink Craig McDonough Fascinating story line. This is an adventure that everyone can relate to. The ground zero event is awesome. You are thrown into the lives of simple people that are only trying to survive and find that their world is catapulted into chaos and mayhem. There is nothing about this that you will not like. I was hooked from the beginning and it only gets better. I booked marked more than a few pages so I could go back and read again. The cherry on top is a conspiracy. Ca Toward the Brink Craig McDonough Fascinating story line. This is an adventure that everyone can relate to. The ground zero event is awesome. You are thrown into the lives of simple people that are only trying to survive and find that their world is catapulted into chaos and mayhem. There is nothing about this that you will not like. I was hooked from the beginning and it only gets better. I booked marked more than a few pages so I could go back and read again. The cherry on top is a conspiracy. Can’t get any better than that!!! One of my favorite reads.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    I'm not going to rate this because I didn't finish it. But I did get about 75% of the way through because I was holding out hope it would improve. The premise is not bad. The writing is though. :( I feel bad saying that but it's true. I've continued reading books with a good story but bad writing. So I guess this time the story telling is not good? Not sure what it is but it's not enjoyable. I'm not going to rate this because I didn't finish it. But I did get about 75% of the way through because I was holding out hope it would improve. The premise is not bad. The writing is though. :( I feel bad saying that but it's true. I've continued reading books with a good story but bad writing. So I guess this time the story telling is not good? Not sure what it is but it's not enjoyable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    chucklesthescot

    I found it interesting that this apocalypse is started by an out of control growth hormone in potatoes, something that people do have concerns about these days. It was an interesting way to start the book, with the hormone first causing serious birth defects and then mass deaths. Naturally this hormone is corrupted by a bunch of psychos and a full disaster occurs, wiping out the local population. The foamers themselves were interesting enough-infected people spewing green foamy liquid onto other I found it interesting that this apocalypse is started by an out of control growth hormone in potatoes, something that people do have concerns about these days. It was an interesting way to start the book, with the hormone first causing serious birth defects and then mass deaths. Naturally this hormone is corrupted by a bunch of psychos and a full disaster occurs, wiping out the local population. The foamers themselves were interesting enough-infected people spewing green foamy liquid onto others and thus spreading the infection, with their aggressive behaviour very zombie like. The infection breaks out in Elliot's town and he teams up with his girlfriend Cindy and local cop Mulhaven to try and escape town. I did like Mulhaven, the gruff cop. I also liked The Tall Man, the shadowy enforcer working for the company who flees when he suspects that he is to be killed because of what he knows. He was much more interesting to follow. If the story had involved him and Mulhaven as MCs it would have worked much better. I do have issues with a lack of realism. I can put aside scientific reality for how apocalypses begin so that never bothered me but it was things that happened in the plot that I found dumb. Elliot of course is Mr Knowledge because his mother saw some things connected to the virus before she died of cancer. Elliot gives out orders that the cops follow for evacuating the area and pulling back to a safe area to regroup. Why exactly is a teenage boy doing this instead of the cop in charge? Most cops would be telling him and Cindy to get out of the way, not handing over control to him! Elliot leaves Cindy for a moment to call his dad then turns round to find another cop sexually assaulting her in the cop car in broad daylight in the town. Seriously? Come on, let's get real here! Elliot also tells his dad to leave his shop and head out of town to safety-as if a father recently widowed is going to leave his teenage son in danger alone-but in this case it seems what Elliot says goes and when Elliot reaches the store his father is gone. Sure! Just abandon your son! Cindy is able to just kill a man without blinking or any emotion about it and obtain the weapon from a securely locked area in the cop car while Elliot is more like some kind of military hero (like the cover suggests) than a teenage boy and I just don't buy into it. Too many things make no sense and while I liked a few elements, I just didn't like the overall plot and won't be reading on with the series. 2/2.5 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vickii Bendit

    Good storytelling. I’m not a big fan of zombies, but this series is pretty good. The author plays on the current fears of what gmo foods that are currently sweeping social media. The secret society of billionaires, The Chamber, devised a way to get rid of 90% of the worlds population through a “super potato.” The potato causes zombies to be formed; zombies that keep evolving. Just trying to survive, a group of friends and strangers become aligned in search of a safe harbor. Racing against time, Good storytelling. I’m not a big fan of zombies, but this series is pretty good. The author plays on the current fears of what gmo foods that are currently sweeping social media. The secret society of billionaires, The Chamber, devised a way to get rid of 90% of the worlds population through a “super potato.” The potato causes zombies to be formed; zombies that keep evolving. Just trying to survive, a group of friends and strangers become aligned in search of a safe harbor. Racing against time, disease, zombies, and napalm, our intrepid group of survivors head of into the sunset. This author keeps you on your toes. I’ve had to go back several times to refresh my memory, but it was a trip worth taking.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Britta Grissom

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received a ARC of this book, and it was Awesome!! I'm a strict vegetarian and now of course I will never look at French fries the same again!! This is was a easy book to fall for, it had everything the description promised and more!!! Can't wait for book 2!!!!!! I received a ARC of this book, and it was Awesome!! I'm a strict vegetarian and now of course I will never look at French fries the same again!! This is was a easy book to fall for, it had everything the description promised and more!!! Can't wait for book 2!!!!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Quite honestly while Toward the brink had a great premise as to the cause of a zombie outbreak, little else of the story brought freshness to this genre. I could not connect with any of the characters. They all felt like archetypes to me. The action sequences felt bland to me. My excitement, interest, pulse rate never changed while reading. There were elements of the story which made no sense to me. How was one character able to get access to a police shotgun from the vehicle. To my knowledge th Quite honestly while Toward the brink had a great premise as to the cause of a zombie outbreak, little else of the story brought freshness to this genre. I could not connect with any of the characters. They all felt like archetypes to me. The action sequences felt bland to me. My excitement, interest, pulse rate never changed while reading. There were elements of the story which made no sense to me. How was one character able to get access to a police shotgun from the vehicle. To my knowledge they are locked securely in place. Secondly, I understand that the police officer was supposed to be bad, but for him to try and sexually assault a young female character in the back of his police vehicle made no sense. I am unaware of door handles being inside the backs of such vehicles. How did the officer intend to get out of the vehicle afterwards? After this I began noticing typographical errors. These included misspellings, wrong words and words incorrectly ordered within the sentence. Perhaps I become more aware of these types of errors as I get more annoyed at a story in general. I'm not sure but errors like that do not help a story that is lacking in other areas. I had never experienced his writing before so I decided to give McDonough a chance. After reading this story I can safely say I do not plan to read any more of his stories, nor can I recommend him to anyone.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Enjoyable First in Series For a zom-poc novel, there was ingenuity and a lot of thought put into the details of what creates the zombies. Or should I say 'foamers.' Unfortunately, there are some points off for a few inconsistencies in the crafting of the characters. Some characters were very flat, others were over the top, and then there was the actions of a few that didn't really match what their individual personality seemed to indicate, even in the chaos of a zombie invasion. That said, I was s Enjoyable First in Series For a zom-poc novel, there was ingenuity and a lot of thought put into the details of what creates the zombies. Or should I say 'foamers.' Unfortunately, there are some points off for a few inconsistencies in the crafting of the characters. Some characters were very flat, others were over the top, and then there was the actions of a few that didn't really match what their individual personality seemed to indicate, even in the chaos of a zombie invasion. That said, I was still quite happy with the book and I believe this series will get more cohesive and fleshed out properly as it goes on. So I will be reading the rest. For zom-poc, post-apoc, dystopian loving readers - thumbs up, give this series a go! Lots of political intrigue coming and hopefully we will find out what is happening with Elliott's dad. :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mystee Pulcine

    I'm afraid I won't be continuing this series. While it is surprising to say about a zombie apocalypse book - it was... boring. There were way too many characters doing way too many things - but mostly talking, so action was few and far between. We learn very little about the zombies, and their behavior, and that is what a good zombie series starter should be about. I'm just not interested enough to continue. I'm afraid I won't be continuing this series. While it is surprising to say about a zombie apocalypse book - it was... boring. There were way too many characters doing way too many things - but mostly talking, so action was few and far between. We learn very little about the zombies, and their behavior, and that is what a good zombie series starter should be about. I'm just not interested enough to continue.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    Although the book begins with less action than I anticipated, only because the cause of the pandemic is convoluted, I really enjoyed reading. It also made me a little wary of what I eat! This could be become our reality very easily, well maybe not the final stage. Or at least that's what I'm hoping. If you love a good apocalypse tale, as I do, this one is for you. It is a series and I already got book 2 started. It promises to be even better than book 1. Enjoy! Although the book begins with less action than I anticipated, only because the cause of the pandemic is convoluted, I really enjoyed reading. It also made me a little wary of what I eat! This could be become our reality very easily, well maybe not the final stage. Or at least that's what I'm hoping. If you love a good apocalypse tale, as I do, this one is for you. It is a series and I already got book 2 started. It promises to be even better than book 1. Enjoy!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joan Barstad

    The start of an interesting and scary topic. When all trust goes out the window..what can you do? I'm looking forward to reading the rest of Craig McDonough's books The start of an interesting and scary topic. When all trust goes out the window..what can you do? I'm looking forward to reading the rest of Craig McDonough's books

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cliff Deane

    Well done The author has written a relay turned out zombie book, or perhaps I should say foamer book. The characters are well-developed and subplots abound.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Bryan

    If you never want to look at a potato or french fry ever again then I suggest you read this book. Not only does it keep you thoroughly entertained from beginning to end but it's a diet aid as well :) Teenager Elliot has nothing planned for his future other than helping his dad out in their Army/Navy surplus store. That plan soon goes awry when people start getting sick and dying from eating growth hormone injected potatoes. All part of a global plan to decrease the worlds population. That plan so If you never want to look at a potato or french fry ever again then I suggest you read this book. Not only does it keep you thoroughly entertained from beginning to end but it's a diet aid as well :) Teenager Elliot has nothing planned for his future other than helping his dad out in their Army/Navy surplus store. That plan soon goes awry when people start getting sick and dying from eating growth hormone injected potatoes. All part of a global plan to decrease the worlds population. That plan soon backfires as the dead begin to rise again becoming vomit oozing zombies and craving the flesh of the living. Elliot changes from your average teen to a reluctant hero as he tries to save his girlfriend and other townsfolk from the walking dead. Caught your interest yet? It should. Craig A McDonough has created this amazing world filled with zombies, suspense, corporate greed and corrupt government officials. What more could you ask for. The group formed by Elliot, Cindy, the cop Mulhaven and the tall man is an odd one but it works. I also enjoyed the fact that the story is told from the beginning. It explains how this zombie state came to be instead of the reader suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse with no backstory. McDonough does a great job with the world building. The action is non stop and I could not put this book down until I read the last page....and then I still wanted more! Five shiny stars for Toward The Brink! I personally cannot wait for book two.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tom Leeland

    My 5 star review of “Towards the Brink” written by Craig McDonough I’d like to start by saying this book was a beta edition and the first book I’ve read by this author. The storyline was very interesting and seemed to flow naturally. The character depth was very well done and I found my interest in the main characters too grow deeper as the story progressed. The afflicted were very different in appearance and demeanor and not really like most zombies portrayed that I’m used to reading about. The My 5 star review of “Towards the Brink” written by Craig McDonough I’d like to start by saying this book was a beta edition and the first book I’ve read by this author. The storyline was very interesting and seemed to flow naturally. The character depth was very well done and I found my interest in the main characters too grow deeper as the story progressed. The afflicted were very different in appearance and demeanor and not really like most zombies portrayed that I’m used to reading about. The delivery system used to spread the sickness and how the afflicted in turn spread the virus was just brilliant. Evil characters that came up with the infection were just diabolical and I found myself being genuinely unnerved time and again. This story seemed like a terrorist plot that was carried out against our country through our food distribution system, while at the same time I felt like the author focused on the city he centered on. So this was a book about a terroristic plot, a worldwide attack and most of all horror. I recommend this story to anyone into apocalypse/ pandemic worldwide collapse. Buy this book and be prepared to be fearful about eating certain vegetables.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Gray

    Reading and reviewing books Good..I reallyy enjoy reading books like this. It gets me to thinking about the what ifs...and what people would do in extreme situations

  15. 4 out of 5

    BookzBookzBookz

    Toward the Brink, The Apocalyptic Survival Series by Craig McDonough, snatched my attention from the moment I opened the newsletter! If you've been with me a while, you know I'm a sucker for a good looking book cover. This one caught me instantly... This story was very interesting, but it wasn't implemented well. The story had bits and pieces that appeared to place well together but didn't quite fit; the first being Elliot; the boy hero. Because this is a New Adult novel, I can't beat it too ba Toward the Brink, The Apocalyptic Survival Series by Craig McDonough, snatched my attention from the moment I opened the newsletter! If you've been with me a while, you know I'm a sucker for a good looking book cover. This one caught me instantly... This story was very interesting, but it wasn't implemented well. The story had bits and pieces that appeared to place well together but didn't quite fit; the first being Elliot; the boy hero. Because this is a New Adult novel, I can't beat it too badly; people want to see the kids of today save the world.(just like YA). I get that, but this was just silly! The boy who has to help dad run the surplus store was suddenly an expert, because his mom said she'd seen first-hand proof of what was happening in town. All he ever shared was here-say, but evidently in Twin Falls, that's enough! Then there were parts like, kissing amidst people being green-foamed to death. Finding romance in the worst of places; it was very foolish to me. Then Cindy, the love interest, was a feeble-minded ninny one minute, and a shotgun blasting maniac the next- how in the world!? Okay, that's the simple stuff. Now Picture ​to get to the Goo-Shooters. to the rumors and monsters, Baer Industries (I think that was the name) created a hormone that was used on spuds all over Idaho and possibly nationwide. They had spuds in their pockets and brought about brief illness. But after a scare, the goo came back, with a vengeance. I didn't understand it, due to lack of detailed information, but it did. First the green, foamy goo was vomited. Anyone near to smell or be touched by it was immediately infected. They in turn, spewed it on to others - instant plague. BUT, then somewhere in there, some people were changed by it. They began to either cry green tears of goo, or attacked people covered in the stuff. Then, out of nowhere, they began to eat. People. I was confused by what McDonough wanted them to be! And since the boy wasn't military, the cover was deceptive. I just got too confused. ​ There are two other books to this series; maybe you'll enjoy them, but sadly, I was not. I'm off to the next read! *Full Review:http://www.areneehunt.com/the-reviews... Toward the Brink

  16. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    'Toward the Brink' isn't your typical zombie story. The story centres around a teenager named Elliot, who we find out has some survival skills, but isn't a superman-hero. Author Craig A. McDonough includes all the elements of a classic apocalypse theme: suspense, mystery, zombies with one surprise after another. Using this formula, McDonough provides thrilling reading without the need for graphic violence on every page. I think the realness of the story is what hit home the most. It made me want 'Toward the Brink' isn't your typical zombie story. The story centres around a teenager named Elliot, who we find out has some survival skills, but isn't a superman-hero. Author Craig A. McDonough includes all the elements of a classic apocalypse theme: suspense, mystery, zombies with one surprise after another. Using this formula, McDonough provides thrilling reading without the need for graphic violence on every page. I think the realness of the story is what hit home the most. It made me want to go out and make myself a survival bunker (with no French Fries)! I thoroughly enjoyed this book so I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Kelley

    Overall I rated the story 3.5. I through the story concept was very good but the book initially moved slowly. There were editorial problems, which should be addressed. The book ended abruptly with a cliffhanger, which I did not appreciate at all. That means more books, which are in fact serials. I hate that and I feel that it is a rip off of the customer by the author and wish it would stop. Characters needed more depth and development. As it is, the characters are wooden and not real. Not sure Overall I rated the story 3.5. I through the story concept was very good but the book initially moved slowly. There were editorial problems, which should be addressed. The book ended abruptly with a cliffhanger, which I did not appreciate at all. That means more books, which are in fact serials. I hate that and I feel that it is a rip off of the customer by the author and wish it would stop. Characters needed more depth and development. As it is, the characters are wooden and not real. Not sure I will continue with this book at this point.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    Action-packed reading cover to cover! Yes - I am a fan of zombies. This story, however, doesn't "just" take you know a thrillride. It does that. It also gives readers a solid understanding of the "why" and makes us think. TOWARD THE BRINK Book 1 makes the apocalypse seem closer to reality, which is a different kind of scary. I love that! Well done, McDonough. I'll be reading Book 2 in the series soon. Action-packed reading cover to cover! Yes - I am a fan of zombies. This story, however, doesn't "just" take you know a thrillride. It does that. It also gives readers a solid understanding of the "why" and makes us think. TOWARD THE BRINK Book 1 makes the apocalypse seem closer to reality, which is a different kind of scary. I love that! Well done, McDonough. I'll be reading Book 2 in the series soon.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    This book was surprisingly liberal. What with the monopolized food industry, media black out and the idea to follow the money. While I, myself believe in these points, I found the author was somewhat shoving it down my throat. It was an interesting idea of how the apocalypse would start and I found myself drawn to the characters and storyline. Exciting to read the second book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    PJ Lea

    Chilling. A complex book about the outset of the zompoc, bought on by an innocuous item, but engineered by a powerful and shadowy group. Alternating between the survivors and members of The Chamber, it is extremely well written and very easy to read. Violent and chilling, I would totally recommend this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marcus

    This was a different take on a popular theme, zombies. It was/is a very delightful read because what was proposed in the book is entirely possible. The characters were well defined, the plot was magnificent, and the action was just enough to keep you engaged throughout the book. To me, it was a very good read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deb G.

    Fantastic!!! Loved it. Moved quickly with the different groups views. What a refreshing read. NEVER a dull moment and I'm so looking forward to jumping into Bk-2. Heartfelt thanks from a brand new Fan!! Fantastic!!! Loved it. Moved quickly with the different groups views. What a refreshing read. NEVER a dull moment and I'm so looking forward to jumping into Bk-2. Heartfelt thanks from a brand new Fan!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Phillips

    Good read Great character development, and written with a good even flow. A few unnecessary details in the beginning which may be clarified in the next book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I'm ready for the next one!!! Loved it!! I'm ready for the next one!!! Loved it!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Race to Doom Faster than a speeding train flying off its rails, no time to buckle your seatbelt, just be ready to jump before impact!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yalonda Butler

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Tribble

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

  29. 4 out of 5

    BarbaraH

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol

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