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Ashes, The

Out of the Ashes

Written By:William W. Johnstone - 1983

  • Out of the Ashes - William W. Johnstone cover
  • Out of the Ashes - William W. Johnstone cover

    Pinnacle - 1996


The nightmare of war... The dream of America Reborn...

Ben Raines, contact us the message has gone out on CB radio and up on billboards as a nation brought to its knees by nuclear holocaust begins to regroup and look for a strong leader.

Ben Raines, a retired soldier and mercenary known throughout the world for his best-selling novels expounding an America far different than the one that exits, is one of the survivors... and does not want to be put in charge of anyone or anything.

As he travels across the country, searching for his family, Ben discovers that his weapons and knowledge of survival techniques are among his most valuable assets—and that we have learned nothing from the war.

Finally tired of battling alone against the roving gangs and the repressive rule of the new government, Ben contacts the soldiers and civilians of the Resistance forces, leading them to an isolated area of the West. There, in Tri-states, the threat his vision of America presents to the established order brings the final outrage: an armed attack by government forces.

America, itself, hangs in the balance, and Raines must win to bring the country Out of the Ashes.

Pinnacle - 1996

Come and take it

"People have got to learn that they, and they alone, control their own destinies. Why is the Rebel philosophy so difficult for people to understand?" —Ben Raines

America has been brought to its knees by nuclear apocalypse. Gang, looters and vandals have seized the streets. Decent citizens have united and are praying for a leader who can protect them. Luckily, one of the survivors is Ben Raines.

Rebel mercenary, retired soldier and tireless patriot, Raines is searching for his missing family in the aftermath of a devastating war. His relentless pursuit through the ruined cities of the West unites him with the civilians of the Resistance forces. They become his recruits—his revolutionary army dedicated to rebuilding America and creating a new vision for the future. They comes the final outrage: an armed attack by government forces. The fate of America‚Äôs New Patriots hangs in the balance and—the government be damned—Raines vows he will survive, find his family, and lead his country... out of the ashes


Fellow Americans

Como was fighting to keep his anger under control. "Get the airborne dropped," he barked.

"The drop zones have not been laid out, Sir," Krigel replied.


"Sir, the Pathfinders went in last night, but they all deserted and joined the Rebels. To a man. They said they won't fight fellow Americans, and anyone who would is a traitor."

"Goddamn it!" Como yelled. He pointed a finger at Krigel. "You get the airborne up and dropped. Start the push. Right now!"

This was the moment Krigel had been dreading. "We have a problem, Sir. Quite a number of the residents of the Tri-states were..."

"Paratroopers, Rangers, marines, SEALs, AF personnel." The CG finished it for him. "Wonderful. How many are not going to follow my orders?"

"About fifty percent of the airborne have refused to go in. No Rangers, no Green Berets, no SEALs. About thirty percent of the marines and regular infantry refuse to go in. They said, Sir, they'd storm the gates of hell for you, with only a mouthful of spit to fight with, but they say these people are Americans, and they haven't done anything wrong. They are not criminals."


Pinnacle - 1996

First in the the famous Ashes series




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