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Genesis Button The entire U.S. has been left without a means of communication with the outside world. Cell phones, televisions, practically everything that possesses a computer chip has been wiped out because of a sudden electromagnetic pulse attack. Nothing works and people are starting to worry as to what this could mean.

Sneaking out of school moments after the attack occurs, Christin Kinney, her brother, and his best friend find themselves running towards the mountains of Georgia in hopes of weathering the disaster. Unsure of how their mother is doing or her current whereabouts, seeking safety is their only option.

Ensconced within their grandfather’s cabin, the children realize that their safety is not guaranteed. They have the only working vehicle, something the residents of Mountain City are keen to obtain. Realizing that they must band together to keep what is rightfully theirs, they soon discover that they possess extra-ordinary powers that they can’t explain. Powers that prove to help them in their quest for survival.

As they struggle to make use of their super powers, the children agree that they’ll need to return to civilization once it’s possible to do so. Acquiring several others along the way, they band together in keeping one another alive.

The realization that everything has truly changed is apparent everywhere they go. Yet rampant wars and angry masses do not deter them from achieving their goal. Relying on their powers, they know that it’s their only means to survive the new and completely unknown world that they now live in.

I very much enjoyed this book. John was able to put together such a vivid picture of what the world would be like if such a thing were to ever happen, thus leaving the world without power or communication. Imagine the world being forced to go back to its roots because of this before the existence of electricity and electronics. I’m looking forward to the next book in the trilogy. Genesis (Return To Eden) is a definite must-read!


Genesis BC Synopsis: The end of the world was just the beginning.

Now they have to stay alive.

17-year-old Christin Kinsey started the day with nothing more pressing than an English exam. But when an EMP attack knocked out all technology across the globe, she found herself in the mountains of Georgia trying to stay alive in a world suddenly thrown back in time a hundred years or more.

And when she starts shooting lightning bolts out of her hands, things get really weird. Christin, her younger brother Matt, and Matt’s cute friend Dave have to figure out what this new world is about, why they suddenly have super powers, and what happened to their mom in this apocalyptic fantasy novel geared for audiences 16 and up.

Mad Max meets X-Men: First Class in the first book of the Return to Eden trilogy by the best-selling author of The Black Knight Chronicles.


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John G. Hartness is a recovering theatre geek who likes loud music, fried pickles and cold beer. John is an award-winning poet, lighting designer and theatre producer, with a theatre career spanning three decades.

His first novel, The Chosen, is an urban fantasy about saving the world, snotty archangels, gambling, tattooed street preachers, immortals with family issues, bar brawls and the consequences of our decisions.

He followed up The Chosen with Hard Day’s Knight, a new twist on the vampire detective novel and the first book in the highly successful series The Black Knight Chronicles. The second book of The Black Knight Chronicles, Back in Black, landed in March 2011 and enjoyed immediate success. Knight Moves, the third Black Knight book, was released in August 2011.

John has been called “the Kevin Smith of Charlotte,” and fans of Joss Whedon and Jim Butcher should enjoy his snarky slant on the fantasy genre.

He can be found online at and spends too much time on Twitter, especially after a few drinks.


Connect With Him Online:

Twitter: @johnhartness