The One



If you had a dream warning you to leave the city, would you? What if your family didn’t want to leave just because you had a dream? Would you still go? In a dream Jo promises something, but can’t remember what it is. She sees warnings on billboards and TV. She hears the same warning from a colleague and client, ‘The time is near; you must prepare’. Jo and her family decide the warning means something big is coming and they must prepare for it. They decide to act on the warning and move out of the city. When the unthinkable happens, Jo finds herself alone in the city, not knowing where the rest of her family are. She must make her way home, hoping that the rest of her family are doing the same. Find out what happens to Jo on her journey home. Discover with her how the world has changed forever.

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“What did you say Jo?” Jo heard the voice ask and recognised it as Grant’s voice.

Jo felt another brisk shaking of her shoulder. She lifted her hand and swatted at Grant’s hand, before she finally opened her eyes to stare at him blankly.

“What’s the matter?” she asked, yawning and stretching her arms above her head.

“You were talking in your sleep again. This time you were nodding and promising to do something.” His irritation was obvious in the tone of his voice.

“Honestly, Grant!” exclaimed Jo, annoyed that she had been woken up. “Can’t you just let me sleep?”

The midsummer humidity levels were high, even the thin cotton sheets felt damp. Jo fluffed out the top sheet to circulate some cool air between the sheet and her skin. She then turned back onto her side, facing away from Grant, immediately falling back into a deep sleep.

Grant angrily punched his pillow back into shape and flipped over onto his stomach. Jo was already asleep and did not feel the mattress bounce dramatically as he settled himself. Then he too, went back to sleep, not waking until the alarm clock chimed at 6am.

The alarm buzzed at exactly six o’clock and Jo was tempted to press the snooze button for another five minutes. The day hadn’t even started yet and she felt tired. However, it was a work day and she knew there was no benefit in trying to catch a few more minutes of sleep. The mattress bounced slightly as Grant got up, stretched out his tall frame and after a quick ‘morning’ to Jo, made his way to the bathroom. While she waited for him to emerge from the shower, Jo made her way to the kitchen to make the lunches for the day. Humming softly, she opened the fridge and reached in to take out the margarine and meat for sandwiches. Her hand paused mid-air. Jo was sure there was something she had to remember, it was there hovering in the background of her mind. All she knew was that it was something very important. She briefly closed her eyes, trying to remember what it was. Nothing came to mind. So after deciding to put it aside for the time being, she carried on with making lunch.

Jo had the lunches packed by the time Grant walked into the kitchen, stretching out his chin and wriggling his tie into place. She gave him a quick inspection, noting he was impeccably dressed, as usual, in a light grey suit and dark grey tie. His short, salt and pepper hair, was neatly combed back, with gelled spikes on top.

“Morning, love,” she said, pressing a quick kiss onto his clean shaven cheek.


“Well, who’s a grumpy old man this morning?” said Jo smiling, as she watched Grant open the cupboard above the fridge and take out his thyroid medication.

“I would be a lot less grumpy, if I hadn’t been woken up again last night,” he stated flatly, filling a glass with water and drinking it with the pill. Looking at Jo’s blank face he sighed. “You really don’t remember do you?”

“Not really,” said Jo, with a frown marring her brow. “I think I remember you turning me over, but that was all. Why, what did I do?”

“The same thing you have been doing for the last four nights. You kept saying over and over ‘yes, I will’ or nodding and saying ‘I promise’. Every night it’s the same thing. I tell you, if it happens again we’re sleeping in separate rooms.”

“Well, I’m sorry. I can’t help what I dream. I wish I could remember it though. It sounds as if it was something I should be remembering. I’m sorry, love.”

“Yes, well, I’m sorry if I’m grumpy. Not getting enough sleep does that to a person.” Grant grabbed his lunch and car keys, giving Jo a quick kiss goodbye, and closed the ranch slider behind him.

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Jo felt a tugging on her skirt, and looking down, realized that Petra was staring at her.

“The time is near; you must prepare.” While it was Petra’s lips that moved, it was a masculine voice Jo heard, definitely not Petra’s.

“The time is near; you must prepare.” The voice said again. Petra then turned back to face her computer screen.

Jo touched Petra on the shoulder to gain her attention. She turned towards Jo, her head slowly following the rest of her body as she tore herself away from the screen. Petra’s beautiful deep green eyes looked directly at Jo and her eyebrows rose querying the interruption.

“Why did you say ‘The time is near; you must prepare’ just then?”

“I never said anything, I’ve been watching the screen, just like you have,” stated Petra.

“Yes you did. You turned around and said ‘The time is near; you must prepare’. Then you turned back to your screen.”

“Sorry Jo, I didn’t say anything of the sort. You must have imagined it.”

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“I know, I know,” groaned Joshua. “I will answer your question, but first please promise me that you will listen to what I have to say. I am telling you this because I believe the time is near and you must prepare.”

“What did you say?” asked Jo. She was shocked to hear those words again.

“The time is near and you must prepare,” he replied, shaking his head as if to clear his thoughts before continuing. “One day in the near future, you are going to be somewhere, I don’t know where, if you are using anything electrical and it just stops working, check that your phone and mobile phones are working. If they aren’t working either, go out and try your car. If your car won’t start, grab your emergency bag, the one I told you about when I made this appointment, and start walking. Get out of town as fast as you can. The world as you know it will have just ended.”

“I would need to get in touch with my husband and children, to make sure they were all right first,” stated Jo, rubbing her wrists, which were still tender from Joshua’s harsh grip.

“You won’t have time for that” he said. “Make sure you tell them what I have told you, so that they too will know what to do. That way you can be confident that they are making their way home, too.”

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By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2016

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This book is an upbeat hopeful post apocalyptic book. A good book for a cold winters afternoon , its rather perfect scenario isn’t going to fill a reader with fear . I can’t but hope there is another book coming so I can see what a society formed under “The One” will look like as the apocalypse processes!

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I absolutely loved this book! Written by (apparently) a Kiwi and loaded with that sort of terminology . The author is obviously a Christian. What a comfort to read about how a Christian would approach survival in the apocalypse. With some obvious assistance from above (which I absolutely believe in). It was a relief that there was no graphic rape or murder. There is some violence, but that is totally going to occur, even to us Christians in this type of situation. The author wrote with sometimes extreme detail in describing characters actions and movements, as well as their emotions and thoughts. At first this sort of bothered me, but after a few pages, I found it smoothed out the plot so there was no jumping from scene to scene, leaving me to imagine what might have happened or what might have been said. This book is not for everyone. But as far as I’m concerned, I sure hope the author writes more books. (But please no Christian romances…. or romances period…. {smile})

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This novel is set in the modern world but I like how it melds well with the supernatural elements also present. Another thing – I’m a big fan of apocalyptic type scenarios (think Zombies or 2012) and I think this was also handled well. I won’t say anything about the ending other than it was a satisfying one.

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Very well written, in New Zealand vernacular. Strong story line, riveting characters and intense plot, with surprises all through to the end. The author writes with authority about things she knows very well. Reading this book is like visiting modern small town New Zealand. Pure delight.

☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars.

Great Book

My friend wrote this book. I read it while she was here in Perth. I couldn’t put it down. I really made me wonder how I would survive without all the modern appliances I have around me. Loved the main character and could see a lot of my friend in her. Definately would recommend this book.

By LilNana on February 14, 2016

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Enjoyed the book. There was no bad language and the plot was well developed
Gerri reviewed The One
Very good read July 26, 2016
           I really enjoyed this book. It had a good story line and well developed characters. I look forward to book 2.

Good things comes in small packages. And when it rains, it pours.
This series had come in small packages. One at a time. And we are now feeling the effects of it pouring literacy rain on us.
I congratulate Ms. Matson, for a job well done. Literary geniuses are born. Not made.

I recommend this book and first book in the series with no reservations.


Oladayo Sanusi, MD.
Founder of Sarah book publishing.