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Top Ten Items You Need to Survive the End of the World: A Post-Apocalyptic Checklist by Jeremiah Franklin

1. Water. Once the grid goes down, basic services like water treatment facilities are going to shut down as well. Without drinkable water, it takes only a few days before your kidneys and other vital internal organs begin to fail, and no more than a week before you are dead. In an apocalyptic scenario like Dark Tomorrow: Cult of the Crow, having access to clean water is absolutely the difference between life and death.

2. Shotgun. When the SHTF, people are going to panic, and panic leads to chaos, and chaos leads to violence. You can have access to all of the potable water left on the planet, but it will do you no good if you can’t defend what is yours. Other weapons might do the job, but few firearms beat a 12-gauge Mossberg 500 when it comes to close-quarters combat and home defense. 

3. Ammunition. The shotgun’s no good without ammo. Some quality 00 buckshot cartridges and a steady trigger-finger should get the job done.

4. Knife. Quite possibly the most useful tool in any survival scenario, a knife can be used for a variety of needs, including shelter construction, hunting, food preparation, and self-defence. Not to mention that pretty much everyone looks badass with a foot-long bowie knife hanging from their hip.

5. Food. A person can live for up to three weeks without food, but in a chaotic, post-apocalyptic scenario, you are going to need to be at the top of your game, and you will definitely want to secure food as soon as possible. 

6. Fire-Starter. Whether it’s a lighter, matches, or steel wool and a 9-volt battery, you are going to need a method to build a fire. Fire not only will serve to cook food and deliver light as needed, it will also provide much needed warmth and comfort when every single night is a challenge to stay alive. 

7. First-Aid Kit. When you have psychotic survivors like the Cult of the Crow roaming the streets, killing for fun, it’s good to have some medical supplies hanging around.

8. Cord/Rope. Use it to climb, build shelters, make traps, and subdue enemies as needed. A long-term survival necessity.

9. Bolt-Cutters. Sometimes the difference between life and death can be something as simple as a padlock barring your path. When others are locked out, use the bolt cutters to access abandoned buildings and investigate once off-limit areas that may give you a survival advantage.

10. Backpack.  At the end of the world, only those who can quickly move and adapt to new surrounding are going to survive. Whether you call it a bug-out bag, survival pack, or whatever, when it’s time to get mobile, you’ll need something on your back to carry your gear. 

Dark Tomorrow 2: Cult of the Crow
Dark Tomorrow
Book Two
Jeremiah Franklin
Genre: Science Fiction/Post-apocalyptic
Publisher: Month9Books

Date of Publication: November 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-948671-95-8

Number of pages: 304

Cover Artist: Danielle Doolittle

Book Description:

Kill or be killed is the new normal for Sawyer, Sara, and the survivors of the deadly virus that has all but annihilated the human race.

With the death of Sara’s father and the disappearance of the strange boy known as Mason, the teens are left reeling, but alongside the enigmatic ex-Marine, Edward, they soon forge an alliance with a collection of young survivors led by the sage and charismatic Kai.

Nevertheless, when their new companions begin to mysteriously disappear, the group is once again thrown into a desperate struggle for survival, where only the most cunning and relentless will prevail.

Ultimately, among whispers of top-secret military bunkers, lost gold, and a shadowy group known as the Cult of the Crow, Sawyer and Sara must face the grim realization that death and betrayal lurks in every corner, and when it comes to the end of the world--nothing is what it seems.

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Sawyer leveled the shotgun at the nearest set of bushes, but just as he was about to begin the countdown, there was the faintest sound of a gun cocking, and suddenly the thick brush ahead of him erupted in a hail of gunfire. Sawyer had once heard his father say that sometimes in war all you can hope for is to “return fire and pray,” but with bullets flying only inches past his body, there was no time to talk with God. Instead, he dropped to one knee and squeezed the trigger as fast as he could, pumping three rounds of double-zero buckshot into the brush.

He heard a shriek of pain and a low groan as the last round of buckshot tore through the bushes, but there was no time to breathe easy. The boy looked back at the cliff behind him and grit his teeth. There was no question that Sawyer had been born with luck on his side, but even he knew that he could not hope to survive another volley of gunshots at such close range. He could hear movement in the brush, and with only one bad option left on the table, Sawyer emptied the last three rounds from the shotgun into the bushes, swallowed hard, and leapt off the edge of the cliff.

About the Author:

Jeremiah Franklin is a former private investigator, arm-chair survivalist, and author of the Dark Tomorrow trilogy. When he is not creating thrilling post-apocalyptic worlds, or discussing himself in the third person, the author enjoys reading, staying active, and spending time outdoors with family and friends. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, and several other certifications that no one really cares about. He lives, writes, and plays in beautiful central Oregon, USA.

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