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"So many snatches come back to him, little moments which are big moments in hindsight. At eight, a TV program - Hiroshima blast: men, women, children, their shadows caught and appliquéd to walls. At twenty-five, the collapsing accordion of detonated buildings. And at thirty-two, sitting at a barbecue, Kerrie kneels beside him.” Rex has always fostered a bleak view of human"So many snatches come back to him, little moments which are big moments in hindsight. At eight, a TV program - Hiroshima blast: men, women, children, their shadows caught and appliquéd to walls. At twenty-five, the collapsing accordion of detonated buildings. And at thirty-two, sitting at a barbecue, Kerrie kneels beside him.” Rex has always fostered a bleak view of humans. He suspects the world would be better off without our species. So when a virus, designed to make pests develop an insatiable appetite for their own kind, affects humans instead, it is as though Rex's wish has come horribly true. With his dog, Soldier, he wanders a devastated landscape armed with a gun and only one bullet. Days-long car chases … shoot-outs … cannibalism … unyielding desert sun. His situation deteriorating, he seeks solace in recalling life before, with his girlfriend. But as these flashbacks become increasingly real, and fuse with the murderous present, are they more than memories? Should he turn the gun on himself or has he, his relationship, and humanity got one more shot? Suspenseful, shocking, and often brutal, One Shot is both a lyrical evocation of the unique Australian landscape and psyche, and a thoughtful contemplation of love, guilt, and ultimate responsibility....

Title : One Shot
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ISBN : 21524700
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Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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One Shot Reviews

  • Richard Collins
    2019-03-09 05:00

    I almost gave this book a 3 Star rating because, though the story was compelling, the ethereal flashbacks kept getting in the way. It seemed that whenever the story gained momentum, a flashback would interrupt. I realize flashbacks are often necessary for backstory. Perhaps, though, there could be fewer of them or maybe they could be more strategically placed.But make no mistake; this is a good book. It does what a book is supposed to do; it entertains. The authors make the post-apocalyptic theme much more interesting then the usual gloom and doom. Outside of a few dour references to how the human race deserves destruction, the storyline reads much like a good, quest-for-survival movie script. The characters are vivid and the action scenes are Bonnie and Clyde exciting.The compelling one shot sub-theme carried throughout the book turns out to be a double entendre. But I'll not spoil it other than to say it makes the ending an unexpected emotional uplift.

  • Vanessa Kittle
    2019-03-18 03:56

    What caught my eye first with this novel was Rex's outlook on society. There's just something oddly relatable there. After this I was drawn in more deeply by the overall landscape of the book, which was often stark and penetrating. I enjoyed the pessimistic outlook of narrator who, instead of constantly trying to survive, was actually looking for a clean way out. Some of my favorite parts were the tampering with multiple realities. This can be very thought provoking if done well. In the end we are also left with some hope for the narrator's future, which feels appropriate to me after what he has endured.

  • Sara Roethle
    2019-02-18 04:24

    Really interesting! The author portrays a unique point of view that I found very refreshing. This is not your run of the mill survival novel, but something much deeper. The author provides astute insight into the psychological aspects of the narrators outlook. An unexpected ending wraps up a truly thought provoking narrative.

  • Sherry Roberts
    2019-02-19 05:23

    With lyrical writing, Tom Conyers drops us into a forsaken world where mankind is infected by a water-borne virus that was designed to make pests develop an insatiable appetite for their own kind. The virus affects only people, not animals. But Conyers goes beyond a story of "put down the zombies before they put down us." His protagonist Rex is a photographer who loves dogs more than humans, who is an onlooker in life, and a man with a guilty conscience because his girlfriend Kerrie is the one who developed the virus in a top-secret military installation.When the infected Kerrie dies, Rex takes on the bleak Australian desert, dodging thirsty bands of survivors, with only his dog Soldier and an old gun with one bullet, one shot. That shot is for him when he becomes infected.This is both a story of survival, remembrance, and finally renewal as Rex's flashbacks of life with Kerrie become increasingly real. The man who dodges responsibility gains a family (a woman survivor and her child). The vegetarian who abhors killing learns to murder. The indifferent bystander discovers that he really wants the humankind he has disdained to get one more shot.Conyers makes me root for Rex, even when I am confused by some of the flashbacks. But am I any more confused by Rex's situation than he is? It becomes evident that surviving the apocalypse is a thoughtful matter and a shocking one.

  • Jim Liston
    2019-02-19 01:12

    Leaving the cellar after spending a month hiding there, Rex and his wife discover that the fate of the world is even worse than they feared. Animals are unaffected by the virus, but the human population is almost completely devastated. Finding bottled water is crucial, but what's left to live for? Rex knows he’ll die and doesn't care; his main concern is making sure that his dog will survive after he's gone."One Shot" isn't one of the typical zombie apocalypse stories where the main character spends his time hunting and killing zombies. This is a realistic look at how a disaster affects the life of a real person. Watching Rex as he came to terms with his fate captivated me from the very beginning. I felt a strong connection to him that kept me engaged throughout the story. Thought-provoking and exciting, I’d highly recommend “One Shot” and plan to read more of the author’s work.

  • Crystal
    2019-03-07 03:08

    I was surprised with this book and what my expectations were when I started it. Definitely not the typical post-zombie apocalypse story. This book was very thought-provoking, as well as captivating. The end was a huge surprise for me, but was also gratifying. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a book that actually makes you think, and process the possibilities this story brings. For me this book was not a quick read, as it jumps from present to past, however it was well worth my time.

  • hIpnoticraQs
    2019-02-23 04:05

    Interesting zombie read.Not your typical zombie apocalypse book. The itself story has a very realistic and yet dreamy feel to it, it draws you in. The characters are easy to relate to.You really have to put your thinking cap on to keep up with all of the flashbacks, they somewhat put me off a bit and was confused a few times about when the scene was taking place.Thought provoking and enjoyable.

  • Danielle Evans
    2019-03-12 02:16

    I have been debating on whether I should give this book 4 or 5 stars, so I decided to go somewhere in between and give it 4.5 stars. And then I decided to round it up to 5. In this post-apocalyptic novel, a virus has gotten into the water and turns people into vicious, zombie-like cannibals. They're not actual zombies since they're not dead; they're considered the Turned. It may sound like the same old, but there is nothing typical about this book. There are no zombie hordes or long drawn out descriptions of zombie violence. And even though there are some intense scenes, this story is not filled with non-stop action. It often reads more like literary fiction. The main protagonist is Rex, who is a very realistic character. He is flawed but easy to relate to. And he is a dog lover, which made me love him even more. Rex is left with just his one dog, Soldier, and he treats her as if she were his child. My husband and I are the same way with our dogs because they ARE our children. There are so many nuances to this that dog lovers will appreciate. As a matter of fact, it is very clear that Rex prefers dogs over humans. I certainly can't blame him! Rex is not your typical hero. Survival is not his number one priority. He is more concerned about having enough bullets to kill himself and his dog quickly so that they will not have to suffer. Yet, he still holds on for as long as possible, and he meets some horrible people along the way (and some decent people too). Some of the uninfected end up being more dangerous than the infected.I loved the flashbacks (and other encounters) he had with his girlfriend, Kerrie. Their relationship was depicted very well. They definitely had a lot of issues, but it still seemed that they loved each other. You really get to know Rex; a psychiatrist could easily do a psychological profile on him. There's a certain rawness to this book that I admire. It's a heavy read filled with depth and meaning. Rex doesn't believe that humans are worth saving. But then he reflects on what he could have done to prevent this and how he should have lived his life. He often relived moments from his past and attempted to change decisions he made. The writing in this book is often metaphorical and quite beautiful. Descriptions of the Australian landscape were well captured. There were times when I had to re-read certain passages to make sure I fully grasped everything. There were also some Australian terms I was unfamiliar with, but I always enjoy learning more about other places (especially a place that I would love to be able to visit someday). Some of the scenes were emotionally charged, and one scene in particular had me very upset, but I don't want to give away any spoilers. The ending was also very unexpected... I really enjoyed this book, and I would definitely recommend it. If you prefer high action dystopian, this may not be the book for you. But if you are looking to read a thought provoking story with well developed characters, you should definitely check this one out.

  • Zichao Deng
    2019-03-07 03:09

    I began reading Tom Conyers' work a few months back, with Forever Human, and then moved on to Morse Code for Cats immediately after. I gave both 5 stars, and One Shot is no different...Which is maybe odd, because they're all such different books. While they share certain themes - altered states of consciousness, mainly - they fit into (or more realistically straggle across) different genres, playing with different ideas and heading in different directions. I loved this partly because it deals with one of my favourite office fantasies: humans are wiped out and nature slowly takes back the planet. We start with a group of scientists, plus their friends and partners, working at a research base in the outback. It's never entirely clear who is sponsoring the research and why, or even exactly what is being researched. One guy seems to be working on theoretical ideas about parallel universes, while another team is synthesising viruses. Thus is is that when a research project gets into the water system and starts turning every human who drinks from it into a mindless cannibal, we're not even entirely sure whether it's the result of viral tinkering or another universe leaking into this one... Or maybe even something else entirely. Is Rex dreaming? In limbo? One of a million alternate Rexes? Most of the book centres around Rex's hallucinogenic and philosophically ambivalent journey through the desert in search of enough bullets to give himself and his dog a quick, clean death. Trudging through the heat with a series of random human, animal and ghost companions (most of whom he manages to kill off, either accidentally or on purpose), he looks back on the events that led him here, half praying for survival, half rejoicing in the destruction of the human parasites that have infested the world. As the bottled water runs low, and the animals and plants begin to reclaim human infrastructure, Rex's universe grows ever more surreal. Time slips? Hallucinations? Who knows? And when you're hiding from a herd of rampaging elephants in an outback swimming pool full of undrinkable water, who's asking?It's basically The Walking Dead on shrooms.

  • Willa Jemhart
    2019-02-20 03:20

    The few people he loved are dead, finding clean water is next to impossible, survivors are few and far between, and the fear of running into infected people is a constant. Rex roams from place to place with his beloved dog Soldier, constantly wrestling with the decision on whether to fight for survival or to give up and end their lives. One thing he knows for certain, he will not take his own life without taking Soldier’s, because he refuses to leave his dog to fend for herself in this mad world.As he fights to keep them both alive while making this all-important decision, Rex has flashbacks of various moments in his life. Flashbacks in a book can often be confusing or boring, but not in this case. It was necessary to look back and examine Rex’s dull life, to see his regrets and his disappointments, so that we could see parallels of our own lives in his, and so that we could understand as Rex comes to understand, how important it is to actually ‘live’ while we are alive.Rex also experiences visits from his dead girlfriend - who by the way, played a major part in contaminating the water and ended up dying from the virus she helped to create. These visits from her were a mystery to me for a long time… Was she a ghost? Was Rex hallucinating/losing his mind? But towards the end of the book I began to understand what was going on, even before it was revealed. It’s one of those things that makes you scratch your head and try to think back on whether or not there were clues throughout the story.This was a great post-apocalyptic read. The premise of contaminated water is very real and scary possibility. The only thing that I did not like was the fact that those who were infected turned into almost zombie-like creatures that needed to eat other humans for survival. For me, that was a bit over-the-top for a story that was so thought-provokingly real.But all in all, this was an interesting book, and I would definitely recommend it. The writing is excellent, and I will not hesitate to read any future works by Tom Conyers. I am a fan!

  • Surabhi Jain
    2019-02-19 23:07

    Started the book as its my first book from this author.a very nice,thought proking and beautifully written. I couldnt keep it down till the end.end was a hugggge surprized but I loved the book.

  • Holly
    2019-02-21 00:23

    Rex has been locked in his cellar for a month. One month, while the world fell apart outside because of a secret project that his girlfriend had been working on, a project to create a virus that could make the targeted creature “eliminate” itself. After that virus was released into Australia’s water supply, people quickly became Turned, zombies of a sort, and soon, almost everyone was gone. And now that Kerrie has killed herself, all Rex has left in the world is Soldier, his beloved dog. With no food left and no drinkable water, because not even boiling can destroy the virus, Rex hits the road, doing his best to prolong the inevitable end. It seems that the end of the known world really does bring out the worst in people, and Rex finds himself both doing unimaginable things and avoiding being killed by others, knowing all the while that he could have tried to stop this. As Rex encounters the last dregs of humanity, he simultaneously searches for answers in his past, wishing fervently that there was some way to change the present. Did he really only have one shot?Tom Conyers has written a fantastic, deep-thinking novel with "One Shot." It explores not only a dystopian future, complete with rabid zombies and horrible humans who think only about themselves, but also parallel universes and the concept of an afterlife. It is extremely well-written, and, while each chapter is prolonged, the story is so fascinating that readers won’t even notice. Rex is a fascinating character, struggling with his perceived guilt over the situation while evolving into someone who takes responsibility for both himself and others in his care; his obsession with having a “humane” way to end things is one of the major driving points of the story. The ending is brilliant, making "One Shot" a novel that will keep your brain spinning long after you’ve read the last page.Originally written for San Francisco Book Review.

  • Pam
    2019-03-09 23:21

    One Shot is by Tom Conyers. It is a post-apocalyptic novel. I generally do not like novels like this; but this one caught my attention at least for a little while. About halfway through, I lost interest as things just kept repeating themselves. By the end of the book, I wasn’t sure what was real and what was not. It was an interesting twist. Kerrie and Rex live in the Australian outback near an American base. Kerrie works there in the research department. She is helping to research viruses. The virus they are working on makes pests cannibalistic. So, theoretically, one could give a cancer cell a virus and it would eat all other cancer cells. Something happens and the virus contaminates the water supply and as people drink the water, they become cannibals and kill each other. Boiling the water does not kill the virus. After Kerrie drinks the water, Rex chains her in the backyard and eventually kills her. He and his dog Soldier set out to find lifesaving water. What he finds is chaos. Will he find water? What else will he find? Is it all a dream or is it real? What is reality?

  • Christopher Buckner
    2019-02-26 22:57

    One Shot is a decent read that is quick and filled with wonderful descriptive detail about a post-zombie outbreak. While not original by any stretch of the imagination, this book does remind me a lot of other such material that I've enjoyed in the past such as the Walking Dead or The Last of Us - never before has finding a bottle of water so entertaining!I like how realistic the book was and how the author did a wonderful job of painting a horrific world and how the survivors are faced with a grim future. I would say, however, that the chapters were way too long - so much happens so quickly in one chapter that it can be difficult keeping track of everything that is taking place as some characters are introduced only to be snuffed out in a manner of paragraphs. I would have preferred if the chapters were better spread out for a better reading experience, as these kind of books can be quite tiresome to read giving the graphic nature of the story.

  • Kate Nixon
    2019-02-22 01:02

    Somewhat well written but it kind of fell apart for me at the end, like it didn't come together properly. I'm torn between thinking the end was rushed and that it should have finished sooner. Decent read though.