THE SURVIVALIST #32 THE QUISLING COVENENT BY JERRY AHERN SHARON AHERN BOB ANDERSON

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Copyright 2014

The aliens are still working at destabilizing human society. They have allied with Neo-Nazis to cause terrorist attacks and destabilized governments. A cabal of the super wealth are also manipulating the currency for their own nefarious ends. A mutant strain of bugs carrying the hantavirus are released. And a faction of Russians are at world domination again. They have allied themselves with the Ki the other alien faction that wants to take back the Earth for themselves. John Rourke finds out that before the Night of the War the President transferred secret documents on the U.S. governments dealings with extraterrestrials. The documents are stored inside Mount Rushmore. The national landmark is under a sheet of ice from a glacial and under cover as an archeology project Rourke recovers the documents. At the end he is attacked by the aliens and a traitor manages to make sure that John Rourke is captured.

The third book in the revived series is a great improvement. A lot of interesting stuff is happening. It does represent the times we live in. Secret cabals of superwealthy manipulating the economy. Terrorism and mutant strains of bugs carrying deadly diseases. Mysterious alien races. And of course the old reliable enemies in the Survivalist series Nazis and Russians. An interesting continuation of the series.

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THE SURVIVALIST #31 EARTH SHINE BY JERRY AHERN SHARON AHERN BOB ANDERSON

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Copyright 2013

Aliens have attacked the inauguration of Michael Rourke as president of the United States. Over 1,200 dead and large parts of Honolulu are destroyed. Later Michael Rourke’s car is attacked in the countryside and he must survive and evade the alien clones. John Rourke leads the fight against the alien threat in searching for his son and attacking their secret base in Hawaii. They also have to contend with traitors in the government working with the aliens to further their own power.

The second new book in the revived Survivalist series was somewhat of a let down. I didn’t think that the story was focused and tended to just meander along. They also had a tendency to over describe stuff like the tunnel system in Hawaii or the philosophy of the alien Ki. Still the series does get better. Sharon and Bob do a good job of staying true to the characters that Jerry established. The basic storyline is sound and there are plenty of interesting enemies to keep the Rourke family occupied.

THE SURVIVALIST #30 THE INHERITORS OF EARTH BY JERRY AHERN SHARON AHERN AND BOB ANDERSON

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Copyright 2012

It has been about sixteen years since Dietrich Zimmer and the Neo-Nazis of New Eden were defeated. John Rourke has now settled down with his new wife Emma and his two teenage children. Paul Rubenstein and Annie also have kids as do Michael and Natalia. Wolfgang Mann and Sarah are now married and Mann is president of New Germany. Still there are occasions for conflict. Rourke has to rescue his wife who is kidnapped by Neo-Nazis terrorists. His son Michael is running for President of the United States.

A routine underwater archeological find in the Mediterranean sees the arrival of a new enemy. Men in advanced suits with energy weapons attack the expedition. When its over one of the attackers is revealed to be a clone of Captain Dodd the commander of the Eden project. Dodd died a century ago but someone has cloned him. The evident points to an alien race that intercepted the shuttles and took DNA samples. Other Dodd clones continue to mount attacks. Another alien race show up. The Ki were the Atlanteans of old and have come back after abandoning the Earth due to the grey aliens. The book ends with Michael winning the presidency and the grey aliens attacking the inauguration.

So back in 1993 the series ended. It had a clear and happy ending so I thought that would be the end of John Rourke’s adventures. But Jerry Ahern still have some ideas and was working on getting back the rights to the series. Sadly on July 25th, 2012 he passed away from cancer. He had the rights and had the story plotted out. His widow and best friend took up the reigns and continued the story. I think its a great tribute to his work and glad to see that the series is successfully continuing.

So now its two alien races that are a threat to the human race. Add in some human traitors working with the aliens and you have a great continuation of this series.

THE SURVIVALIST #27 DEATH WATCH BY JERRY AHERN

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Copyright 1993.

Rourke has been saved with the transplanted heart of a clone and was able to destroy Zimmer’s base in the Himalayas. Now with his empire and plans for world conquest coming apart Zimmer is set to implement his plan B. Option Omega involves releasing a virulent form of AIDS virus that mutates constantly and is airborne. Inoculating himself and his adopted son Martin he will kill off all other people. Then when the virus burns itself out he will emerge with the genetic material of the Rourke family and create a new master race. A race he can download whatever he wants them to think. Also he will create a slave race that will serve this master race. This with his ability to download his brain pattern into a clone of himself will make him a virtual god.

But he first needs the ‘inferior’ mongrelized races to prevent the volcanic rift that threatens to destroy the world. Rourke knows of his plan and that he must act quickly. A plan is formed to assault his base and steal the vaccine. So will he succeed in time and will the Earth be saved from imminent destruction.

So this is the final book in the original series. Back in the ’90s after the Soviet collapse the various post-apocalypse series went with it. Many just sort of ended abruptly. This series lasted a while longer and actually ended with its eminent demise in mind. Rourke does stop Zimmer’s mad plan and the nuclear explosion seals the volcanic rift. He manages to marry his love Emma and the others also settle down with those they love. It ends with Rourke having children. His son and daughter also having kids and the world is at peace. There was closure to the series and I found it satisfactory.

But the Rourke family isn’t one to just sit around peacefully. So we will look into that with the recently revived series that continues the saga of John Rourke and his adventures in the far future.

THE SURVIVALIST #26 COUNTDOWN BY JERRY AHERN

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Copyright 1993.

The world is facing total destruction. The volcanic crack started in Hawaii is heading toward the North American plate. When it connects it will cause the largest volcanic explosion in history literally destroying the Earth. Rourke has other troubles also. He has rescued his estranged wife but Dietrich Zimmer implanted false memories in her that it was Rourke who shot her in the head. A Nazi fifth columnist manages to almost succeed in killing Rourke. His heart is damaged and only a transplant will save his life. Zimmer has clones of all the Rourke family including John. Locked in his impregnable fortress in the Himalayas. Thus the Rourke family comes up with a desperate plan to infiltrate and steal a clone.

The old series is coming to a close and sets up a fascinating scenario. The world faces doom. They need a clone but also they debate the ethics in killing a human being for that is what the clone is. An interesting dilemma and one that gets you to thinking. Well everything works out in the end and will come to a conclusion in the next book.

THE SURVIVALIST #25 WAR MOUNTAIN BY JERRY AHERN

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Copyright 1993.

War between the Nazis and the Trans-Global Alliance has broken out. Dietrich Zimmer starts it by launching a nuclear attack on the gathering army of the Alliance. This is very dangerous because the planet has still not recovered from the last nuclear war. If this wasn’t enough the volcano eruption in Hawaii has opened a rift. The rift is heading toward the North American Plate. Once there is was go down the fault all around the Pacific and blow the Earth out of orbit ending all life. Only a large nuclear explosion might seal the rift but they would need the Nazis weapons with the ones the Alliance possess. With all this potential doom Rourke still has to rescue his wife. Thus he puts in motion a daring raid to capture the Nazi headquarters in Canada.

So the Earth is once again is serious danger. If not from another nuclear war then a doomsday scenario with the volcanic rift. Then he also has to rescue his estranged wife who may or may not be a clone and not the real thing. The story keeps the reader in suspense on how it will be resolved. One thing I didn’t like is a new character that was introduced and killed off. Alan Crockett a archeologist and adventurer had a lot of potential. It was sad to see him go so soon.

THE SURVIVALIST# 24 BLOOD ASSASSINS BY JERRY AHERN

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Copyright 1992.

Nazis have managed to assault the secret bunker where Sarah Rourke and Wolfgang Mann are in cryogenic sleep. Now with Rourke’s wife in Dietrich Zimmer’s custody he receives an offer. To trade Martin Zimmer for his wife and Mann. In addition Dietrich will perform the life saving surgery to remove the bullet from Sarah’s brain. Only problem is Martin died in the last book. He decides to bluff and uses his son Michael to impersonate Martin. So the Rourkes go off to Dietrich’s headquarters in Canada to make the trade.

Once there Dietrich announces he has revived his wife and performed the surgery. There is one more condition that he has to return his wife. An underground base in New York has survived and still has a civilization. It also holds the frozen body of Adolph Hitler where the US government stored it after the war. Rourke must lead some Nazi commandos into the underground civilization to retrieve the body. So taking his friend Rubenstein and a group of Nazis penetrate the base. They find a civilization stuck in the 1950’s run by a white supremacist government. The government keeps control by manufacturing a phony war going on against hordes of Jews and blacks. To maintain the fiction they periodically kill a number of young men to stimulate casualties. Rourke finds out a much more insidious reason for Dietrich’s plan.

The story takes a very interesting turn in this book. Open war is breaking out between the Trans-Global Alliance and the Nazis who control Eden. It is also learned that Dietrich has perfected cloning and the Martin that died was actually a clone. In addition to Hitler’s body he also wants research that will allow him to download his conscious into a clone thus achieving immortality. Now I don’t know why the government would bother to save Hitler’s corpse. I would think they would just cremate it like they did with other Nazis after to war. But government does some stupid things so it is plausible.

The whole cloning thing came out of nowhere and the revelation that Martin is alive was quite unexpected. Could his wife be a clone. There is evidence that he was able to retrieve years ago samples of all the Rourke family DNA while they were in cryogenic sleep so there could be clones of all of them. Quite an interesting development for the Survivalist sage.