This book is the first in the Survivalist series featuring the hero, John Thomas Rourke. This is the story of the ultimate war, the final nuclear holocaust and the unrelenting quest of John Thomas Rourke as he begins his search across war-ravaged America, following every haunting clue, however fragmentary, to locate his missing family.
The Survivalist is the generic title of Jerry Ahern’s long-lived series of pulp novels. While he was pre-dated by six years by the novel The Survivalist by Giles Tippette (1975). Ahern was the first novelist to create a series of novels with an iconic central character with distinctive survivalist attributes. Other “Men’s Adventure” titles, sharing similar attributes, include works by D.B. Drumm (“The Traveler” series) David L. Robbins (the “Endworld” series), Victor Milan aka Richard Austin (“The Guardians” series, loosely adapted from the role-playing game “The Morrow Project”), and Ryder Stacy —a pseudonym shared by Jan Stacy & Ryder Syvertsen (the “Doomsday Warrior” series).
World War III is now a bloody page in American history. With nuclear holocaust killing more than a quarter-billion people worldwide and the United States just a memory, John Thomas Rourke, ex-CIA Cover Operations Officer, weapons expert, and survival authority is enduring the ultimate test. Soviet Occupation Forces have landed and must begin the “pacification”(…)
World War III has passed and John Thomas Rourke, ex-CIA Cover Operations Officer, weapons expert, and survival authority has at last reached his home only to find that his wife and two children have fled for their lives. With the knowledge that his family has survived the nuclear holocaust, Rourke, with the aid of young(…)
John Thomas Rourke, ex-CIA Cover Operations Officer, weapons expert, and survival authority, is pursuing the trail of his wife and children from whom he was separated when World War III began. As he sets out from his retreat, he meets a beautiful woman scientist, who has learned that the nuclear bombing on the Night of(…)
John Thomas Rourke, M.D., ex-CIA Cover Operations Officer, weapons expert, and survival authority, has accomplished one of his goals – he’s helped his young friend Paul Rubenstein locate his parents. Now, Rourke’s search for his own family must continue, hampered by severe storms raging along the Eastern Seaboard caused by the earthquakes which destroyed Florida.(…)
The sight of the sunken remains of San Francisco is a grisly reminder of the Night of the War. The horde of half dressed savages waiting on the shore, a deadly example of the madness of this brutal post holocaust world. Surrounded now by murderous madmen and threatened by a mysterious officer who has been(…)
In post apocalypse America, John Rourke, CIA trained weapons and survival expert, comes up against the Wildmen. A blood-crazed gang whose objective is the missiles in their silos that survived the Night of War. A prize that he knows he must stop them winning.
World War III was only the beginning. Inevitable death now awaits every soul who lived through the holocaust as the earth’s atmosphere is about to explode into a searing blaze of fire. But one man refuses to die, refuses to accept the horror: John Thomas Rourke, the ex-CIA Covert Operations Officer, weapons expert and survival(…)
The Russians, consolidating their brutal hold on America after the bloody horror of World War III, are planning an act so vicious that mankind, itself, may never recover from the blow. John Thomas Rourke, the ex-CIA Covert Operations Officer, weapons expert, and survival authority is the only one with a prayer of stopping them. But(…)
No human being could possibly escape death when the earth’s atmosphere explodes into a blazing wave of global fire. But John Thomas Rourke, ex-CIA Covert Operations Officer, weapons specialist, and survival expert would not be denied another chance at life. His family and friends are alive and about the enter a cruel, desolate new world.(…)
World War III and its aftermath of all-consuming fire left civilization on the brink of extinction. But John Thomas Rourke, the ex-CIA Covert Operations Officer, weapons specialist, and survival expert still lives, fighting the elements and the odds. And those odds have never been more heavily stacked against Rourke than when he finds his son(…)
It’s a new world after the apocalypse, and John Thomas Rourkeex-CIA Covert Operations Officer, weapons specialist, and survival expertfinds himself in a strange alliance with a former Nazi in the hope of thrwarting a Communist take-over of the devastated planet. Rourke isn’t sure if he can trust his new ally, but to save the Eden(…)
When John Rourke’s daughter is kidnapped by a Russian agent, Rourke follows their trail across a frozen Arctic wasteland and stumbles upon a small pocket of humanity living in a tropical paradise surrounded by ice and snow. The community of Icelandic descendants has flourished in seclusion during the long years following the fiery holocaust, unaware(…)