Surviving the Fog

Rated 4.71/5 based on 35 reviews
Have you ever been to camp? What would you do if the adults left “for a few hours” and they had not returned a week later? What if your parents never showed up to take you home? What would you do if you realized that the area below was surrounded by a mysterious brown fog that was dangerous? How would you survive the winter? What would you eat?
Warning-sexual situations, cursing, violence
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Words: 116,770
Language: English
ISBN: 2940000706541
About Stan Morris

Retired, former computer tech, married, two grown children, now a grower of coffee, veggies, plumeria and other trees, and an incredible amount of weeds.
But mostly I read and watch sports.

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Review by: William Akin III on Nov. 06, 2014 :
An engaging story with many different interesting characters. The fact of the matter is you can put differing groups of people together cut off from the world and get many different outcomes. I enjoyed the poking around at social norms too. This was an interesting take. Sure it could use an editor, but still a fun story.
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Review by: Victoria Zigler on April 06, 2014 :
This is a really good book. I would have prefered a little less of the story to be focussed on people hooking up though. I get that teenagers are generally slaves to their emotions, but I would have thought the few adults - especially the abused women - would have taken a lot longer to become slaves to their hormones, and that at least some of the teenagers would have been more strongly affected by what they'd seen and therefore reluctant to engage in such activities.
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Review by: Peter Stass on Aug. 06, 2013 :
Great book, couldn't put it down, well done. Smashwords has a great selection of authors you fit right in. My other favourite author is Christian Clarke, he wrote A SYNTHETIC ILLUSION & LIVING THE ILLUSION also great reads.
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Review by: read more on July 24, 2013 :
Yes the reviews are right a excellent novel.
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Review by: Virginia Conlin on March 25, 2013 :
I absolutely loved this. A terrific, book with what I imagine would be a realistic view of life when a group is cut off from the previous decision makers. Anarchy or order?
I'd love to read anything written that is written from this viewpoint.
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Review by: claus olsen on Dec. 09, 2012 :
I was surprized when I first read this book a year ago. It was very well written. My second reading confirms this.
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Review by: Gordon Howard on Oct. 22, 2012 :
Action, Adventure, Survival! What happens when 50+ teenagers are trapped in the Sierra mountains by a deadly fog that turns their mountain retreat into a virtual island? This book explores the many challenges facing the tribe including over a period of years. The beginning was a little slow but it really peaks your interest after a few chapters and holds your attention throughout the book.
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Review by: lotus left on Aug. 06, 2012 :
Surviving the Fog is a really engaging read. The narrative moves well and the story pulls you in. The characters are clearly drawn as their mettle is tested by the circumstances they encounter.

Although characterized as a novel for young adults I found this a very enjoyable read.

I hope to see more work by this author.
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Review by: Blacklight Design on Aug. 01, 2012 : (no rating)
I could not finish this book. I am sorry to be against the most of the opinions here, but Mr. Morris has to read the book again. From 100000 words he count in there, 1/3 are useless.
Like here: "Of the cabins on each side of the river, one on each side was reserved for the counselors. Two counselors shared each cabin. The counselors slept in comfortable double beds, instead of the bunk beds used by the teenagers."
Dear reader, count yourself the repetitions. And his book is full of them. The good thing: Mr. Morris masters well the grammar and I assume most of his errors are typos. But the text as a whole needs a good shake.
Thank you for making the book free, though. We all can learn. Please do not consider this a malicious comment. It's a alarm sound over the writer's gaucherie. A think easy to fix.
I hope I didn't generate resentments.
Open for comments, Gabriel
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Review by: minimaniac on June 22, 2012 :
Awesome read. Couldn't put this one down.
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Review by: Karin R on April 30, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. Thank you for the free read!
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Review by: Tammy on April 13, 2012 :
I have mixed feelings about this book. I feel that the idea of the book was a good one (what would survival after a catastrophic event look like).
However I felt the characters were not appropriate for the adversity and the challenging experiences that the author wanted to explore.
Let me say that I felt there was a fair amount of thought put into the steps needed to have the characters survive. This was a strong plus towards making the in the book creditable, if not for the characters ages.
I liked that the book took place over two and a half year time frame, giving opportunities for us (the reader) to see how the characters lives might unfold and what other issues would come up.
What I did not like about the book can be narrowed down to two things.
One (and this was the biggest) was that the age of the characters was simply too young to cover the issues that the author was trying to tackle, making it all seem less believable.
For example our main character 'Chief' Mike. At age 13 and a half, he takes on the role of leader of the surviving teenagers. The concerns and decisions that he comes up with are far greater then what a 13 year old would come up with. Even given that he might be more 'mature' emotionally then others his age, there is no explanation as to why he would be more mature. So his 'judgements' and 'rules' do not sit right with reality. I am left to say, "That's pretty wise for an early teenager, and where is his teen emotions?"
I could do this same break down with the remaining characters, but you can get the idea with this one and I shouldn't go on and on about that.
The next issue that I have with the book is that often the mini-crises in the story do not flow with the over all story. They seem to be cut and pasted into the storyline. It would have been more realistic to have less events play out then to have the extra mini-crises.
For example the whole lodge situation, it was announced, then left until the last part of the book to be hastily played out. I felt it was poorly played out leaving me feeling flat about its resolution.
So what do I think of the story and do I recommend it?
I think it is worth the read, but one should have low expectations, just as you would for a 'made for T.V.' movie as opposed to a 'made for the theater' movie. If you lower your expectations you probably will enjoy this book. Because I actually did enjoy it once I finally decided just to let the 'issues' be and imagine the characters say five years older (each).
Due to some of the content (rape, murder and violence) within the book, I would recommend it to readers above the age of 16.
I would like to see other works by this author, as I enjoyed the storyline, and feel that maybe in time the author will improve his craft.
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Review by: Joe Chromelogic on Jan. 11, 2012 :
Very good book! Could not put it down till I was finished. Hoping there will be another one!
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Review by: Jigs on Jan. 05, 2012 :
Excellent well thought out theme
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Review by: Mary Weaver on Nov. 04, 2011 :
Story, narrative, scene, and characters are vibrant and transparently comprehensible, and still complex enough to present gratification upon a second look.
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Review by: Rodney Blake on Nov. 04, 2011 :
The story is powerful, adventurous and astrological. Read it!
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Review by: James Caxton on Oct. 24, 2011 :
A good book. I enjoyed reading it.
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Review by: anita colonia on Oct. 14, 2011 :
Wow! This was so great! I didn't want it to end!

I, too, am calling for a sequel.
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Review by: Neha A on Sep. 27, 2011 :
Great book. I really enjoyed reading it.
& As others stated as well... I hope there is a sequel to it.
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Review by: Ecowitch on July 12, 2011 :
I was strangely taken by this book, despite it appearing like (and me kind of expecting) a post-apocolyptic/end of the world story when it really isn't. This follows the fortunes of a group of young teens as they try to survive following the appearance of a strange and deadly fog that has covered much of the planet (it can't go above a certain altitude) that has resulted in the 'disappearance' of the adults that run the camp. Ultimately this is a story of survival and of how, given the right leadership and tools, even the youngest can survive the most extreme situations.

The writing was descriptive and engaging and created the right mix of tension, fear, hope and optimism to give credence to the work and the possibility that kids really could do this. But some of the more difficult situations and how they're resolved didn't quite sit right given what we know about the kids present. They not at a survival training or outdoor activity camp, it is in fact a sexual abstenance and education camp so the fact that every kid/teen present is able to use spears, bow and arrow, hunt etc to some extent does at times seems a little streched at times (especially when taking on 'bad men'). However this does not detract from the story too much as Morris' writing makes it somehow okay, acceptable and strangely believable.
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Review by: Cat K on July 08, 2011 :
Long and rambling, but a good read. Easy to forget Mike's real age, as well as the other kids. Interesting how the adults related to the kids and how the kids fared without adult supervision. It's worth reading for sure. Surprisingly feel good in many ways.
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Review by: Eric Marcelo on June 29, 2011 :
I haven't finished the book but I must say that it's one of those that you don't want to put down. I was thinking it would be similar to The Fog or The Mist but this is totally different. There were several typos but they didn't take away anything from the story. Good job!
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Review by: oldcar on May 16, 2011 :
Great book. Thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Review by: Ray Daley on May 12, 2011 :
This is a right cracking read, well paced, good characters. Deep in the right places and very well written indeed. I'm certainly up for more of the same!
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Review by: helen james on April 27, 2011 :
Surviving The Fog is a don't want to stop and where is the sequel books!
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Review by: Remyboudreaux on April 26, 2011 :
Nothing but good things to say about this book! The comment about it being like lord of the flys but with a positive ending seems appropriate. I had thought the same thing myself, exept that it was for me a much more enjoyable read. It also reminded me somewhat of Stephen kings short story, The Fog, which is meant as high praise for the book. To the author, thank you very much, great job, and I m hoping for more of the same!
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Review by: D Lee on April 18, 2011 :
This was a surprise - it kept me up, as I had to finish it. Almost a "Lord of the Flies" with a "happy" ending (not as disturbing). Great read, hope the characters will continue in a sequel!
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Review by: KrazyKat on April 15, 2011 :
Absolutely Wonderful-yes some typo/editing errors but I could have cared less--the story and characters were great ! Hope there is a sequel.
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Review by: Robert M. Yelverton on April 07, 2011 :
Throw the numerous typo's right out the window. I so enjoyed this book that I easily overlooked them. The author cunningly draws you into the book, characters, situation, and more. Then you are hooked. An excellent read that I was sad to finish. I to hope there is a sequel! Bravo!
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Review by: Siobhon McCoy on March 27, 2011 :
Please tell me you are planning a sequel!
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Review by: jackie mee on March 18, 2011 :
Great book! I couldn't put down.
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Review by: Superfly on Nov. 16, 2010 :
loved it!! it is a must read.
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Review by: dawnie61 on Sep. 19, 2010 :
Oh I so enjoyed this book, you got to know the characters & their flaws, leadership etc. Highly recommend it, found myself wanting to keep reading to find out more.
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Review by: Roy A. Lawrence on Sep. 09, 2010 :
I loved this book. It's one of my favorites. I totally recommend that you read it.
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Review by: cbell on June 11, 2010 :
I enjoyed this book very much and I was reminded of the wonderful Tomorrow series by John Marsden.
I don't finish books if I'm not enjoying reading them after the first couple of chapters - too many good books, too little spare time.
This is a great story, believable and captivating. There's some wonderful characters and I enjoyed watching them mature and interact. I guess it's directed more towards young adults, but that didn't stop me reading and enjoying it!
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Review by: Sue Erickson on May 21, 2010 : (no rating)
Wow, that was a good book!! I would recommend this book to anyone. Keep up the great work!! Sue
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Review by: Gayle on Feb. 08, 2010 : (no rating)
I was also pleasantly surprised. This was a good read. Interesting story idea, well thought out. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would recommend it for others to read.
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Review by: jammie on March 05, 2009 :
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The characters are likeable and although there are a lot of them, they're easy to keep track of. The story is very entertaining to the end. There is some editing that needs to be done, but not so much that it affects the story. I highly recommend that you give this book a read. --Jammie
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