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Recovering from disaster

823295

I've recently read Unending by Reluctant_Sir and Picking Up the Pieces by Wes Boyd, and I really liked the whole recovering from a disastrous event with the help of family and friends to build a new happy life.

Can someone recommend some more stories in the same vein? It doesn't have to be a terrorist attack, or the death of a significant other, but I'm looking for something where disaster struck and the main character has to cope with it and move on with the help of family and friends.

LonelyDad

It's not a long story, but 'Yellowstone' by Howard Faxton is like that.

https://storiesonline.net/s/56154/yellowstone

'Aftershock' by DotB works as well.

https://storiesonline.net/s/43310/aftershock

sunkuwan

@823295

Are you excluding post-apocalypse?

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823295

@sunkuwan

I really liked the whole recovering from a disastrous event with the help of family and friends to build a new happy life.


I'd like to emphazise the build a new happy life part. So, no, as long as it's about coping with the situation to become happy again and not about misery on top of misery, I won't exclude post-apocalypse or any other settings.

Replies:   John Demille
John Demille

@823295

My farourite post-apocalyptic story and should fit your definition is Aftermath by Al Steiner. A classic on this site:

https://storiesonline.net/s/34601/aftermath

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sunkuwan

@John Demille

but it's heavy on fighting and misery

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John Demille

@sunkuwan

He didn't say he didn't want any tension. Specified a happy ending.

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823295

@John Demille

I don't mind fighting and tension. I'll use Unending to explain what I mean so beware of some general spoilers from that.

In Unending the protagonist loses his fianceé, his left arm and injures his legs in a terrorist attack in the beginning of the story. From there on there are still people who wants to kill him, more terrorists attack him etc, but it's all "manageble" drama.

What I meant with misery upon misery would have been if his remaining family or friends were killed in another attack, if he had managed to get over the loss of his fianceé and fallen in love with a new girl who proceeds to break his heart by cheating or things like that. Things that he has no control over that just fucks him over and tramples his feelings that are already on the mend from the loss of his fianceé.

Replies:   John Demille
John Demille

@823295

In that regard, Aftermath is good. No misery upon misery.

pcbondsman

@823295

Try "Winter Layoff" by Wes Boyd.

Replies:   JohnBobMead
StarFleet Carl

@823295

Can someone recommend some more stories in the same vein? It doesn't have to be a terrorist attack, or the death of a significant other, but I'm looking for something where disaster struck and the main character has to cope with it and move on with the help of family and friends.


Dead tree series of books, series name is Black Tide Rising, by John Ringo.

I think I would call a world changing bio-started zombie apocalypse a disaster ...

Replies:   helmut_meukel
JohnBobMead

@pcbondsman

The Last Place You Look, also by Wes Boyd.

Snowplow Extra would also qualify.

Square One, Forgotten Killer, Stray Kitten might also be appropriate.

Really, a lot of Wes Boyd's fifty-some novels involve people dealing with adversity with the help of their friends. Only a couple have it be a major disaster, but while he does tend toward strong characters, they aren't lone wolves; he was very big on people helping people when the chips were down.

sejintenej
Updated:

Age destroys memory which is why I don't remember the title and author.

Set in Canada close to the US border, MC is at sea when a tsunami strikes. Coming out of the fog he discovers that his destination has been razed to the ground but finds the sole remaining bit of totty. Then disease hits the continent making movement illegal.

Surviving various unpleasantnesses and the movement ban rescues wheelchair bound friend and family at night in the middle of a storm and returns to their island home. There gets involved with drug and radioactive material smugglers.

Despite all that it is not a bad read and surprisingly there is nothing which individually is not possible

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@sejintenej

Age destroys memory which is why I don't remember the title and author.


sounds like

https://storiesonline.net/s/43310/aftershock

Replies:   sejintenej
sejintenej

@Ernest Bywater

sounds like
https://storiesonline.net/s/43310/aftershock

Absolutely correct - AND you posted that eight seconds before my edit!

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@sejintenej

I've a basic rule, and good story set in western Canada, = check DotB / K Pell story list first.

Replies:   sejintenej
sejintenej

@Ernest Bywater

I've a basic rule, and good story set in western Canada, = check DotB / K Pell story list first

That should be in the Coincidence thread; I'm currently reading for the umpteenth time "Beyond the Mirror"

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Ernest Bywater

@sejintenej

I'm currently reading for the umpteenth time "Beyond the Mirror"


I'm waiting for him to get back to Dolda Hem and Jack's Journal.

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Centaur

Hunter by Lazlo Zalezac

PrincelyGuy

@Ernest Bywater

I'm waiting for him to get back to Dolda Hem and Jack's Journal.


I would also vote for "Thor's Child" and "Detour to Otherwhen".

helmut_meukel

@StarFleet Carl

If you prefer ebooks, you can get the series from the publisher's site as ebooks DRM-free in 7 different formats, including HTML and RTF.

HM.

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