One Of The Most Disturbing Stories You'll Ever Read

Distant for many years, Franklin out of Pennsylvania and his step-brother Everon out of Nevada are connected by a single link: Their sister Cynthia.

Enter The Nightmare

A nuclear bomb is detonated in New York. Banker, wife, mother, Cynthia lives in New York.

The military has quarantined the city. All bridges and tunnels have been destroyed or blocked. Easterly winds have forced the bomb's huge radiation cloud out over Long Island. But the wind is about to change.

Franklin climbs mountains and truly understands people. Everon can fly anything. And Cynthia's brothers are determined to find her.

If it were your sister, what would you do?

***A ripping good tale of how intelligence and determination can overcome the near-impossible. And of the true price of altruism.

Before there was Wool there had to be a Loss Of Reason.

Editorial Reviews


Intense. I tried reading this at night but found myself staying awake to see what happens next. It's that good. Very suspenseful. I could picture the scenes in my mind like watching an internal movie. In fact, I think it would make an excellent movie. -- Word Addicted

If you want to lose yourself in a story for a few hours I highly recommend this one. -- L Roger

These people became real to me and I just have to find out how they survive, and if they do. I will not be a spoiler, but all this is possible and all too real in most of our minds and nightmares. Everon and Franklin have only one agenda, and that is to find and save their Sister Cynthia,her husband and baby girl. I don't know how the owl figures in, but it will be fascinating to find out.
. . . I am a skim reader if there is tons of description, but that did not happen in this book. These people are so real, I can still picture them in my mind.Make sure you have time to read in one setting, because it will draw you back so hard you will be hurrying home to get comfortable to climb back into one of the airplanes or the crappy helicopter to race away from the hell a diseased mind created and let loose on innocent people. -- Time Traveler

This book is full of wonderful, kind, compassionate characters as well as the selfish,arrogant and ignorant type . . . I think a lot of us think this is the way things would play out if someone had the audacity to attack us. The title says it all, a total Loss of Reason. -- Patricia Fairweather Romero

Loss of Reason is a wonderful book by a wonderful writer. What Miles A. Maxwell has done with a book about a nuclear explosion is great. This was my first book by this author and will not be the last. Authors with a great writing style are rare. This is a great author. -- Laura Furuta

Darn good book. I was really shocked at how much I liked this book. I couldn't put it down once i stared reading it, this book was so good I had to immediately get the second book. Thanks for a great read, can't wait to read the next one. -- Gladys Parker

Oh my God! What a scary, yet beautiful, story! Scary that something like this could actually happen in this crazy world! No way could we ever really be prepared! -- Amazon Customer

Spell binding!!! Keeps you reading as fast and hard as you can just to see what is next. Answers questions of what it would be like if an atomic bombers dropped on New York and the fallout on the eastern shore. -- Rachel Dillard

A real roller coaster of a ride with this one. Fast, spiralling ups and downs . . . -- Amazon Customer

I absolutely loved it and couldn't stop reading, all the while rooting for Cynthia's family! 
-- Maulana Ridha T.

I loved this book so much I am now reading the second book. This book was very fast paced.I didn't want to put it down. Actually I read it in two nights. It fit what could be happening in our world today. -- Amazon Customer

Fast paced action and all-too-real seeming disaster scenes make this story both easy and difficult to read. I liked the characters of both Everon and Franklin, both heroes in their own right. Some of the side stories were encouraging and some were sad. -- Cheryl Stout,TOP 1000 REVIEWER, VINE VOICE

Rip roaring story. Heavy duty sled ride through really nasty weather. Really liked this book. Extremely fast paced and extremely frightening as we spend time worrying about such things in this day and age. I like how Mr. Maxwell has woven each person's tale together to form a cohesive narrative. . . I can see this made into a movie. -- Susannah St Clair Foxy Loxy, VINE VOICE

Ever wondered how you'll handle the end of the world? When everything you've ever known about life changes in the blink of an eye? This is a well written story about how 2 step brothers, who live very different lives, find each other and try to save the rest of their loved ones. It'll definitely make you think. -- Angela Reed

Five Stars. I have not read a book this fast since, Dan Brown's Deception point. -- Amazon Customer N C

If you are in to End Of The World stories, This book is a must have.... It is a great book.
I read almost straight through . . . It could really happen. 5 Stars. -- Dawn

. . . fast paced and full of intrigue. I really liked the adventure and action in this story. The story line is full of plot twist and turns, but at the same time is very believable and easy to follow. -- Larry B. Gray

Franklin and Everon will take you on the ride of your life on their quest to find Cynthia. -- Stacey B

I adore post apocalyptic fiction, and this was one of the great reads of the month for me! -- Amazon Customer

I especially like that the author made his main female characters strong women, instead of wimpy, subservient ones. -- Mary Lisa Fitzgerald.

I also liked how the author really mapped out the geography for you - giving you a real sense of what was happening and where. The characters were certainly compelling. It is not as good as the movie, The Day After, when Kansas City was destroyed by a nuclear attack, but it is a close second! -- Steve Cosentino

Beautifully Intense.Seemingly normal days for millions of New Yorkers turn unnatural in this book. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading! -- Meghan Davidson

We humans appear bound and determined to kill each other over religion. Why not just bomb ourselves back to the stone ages. We've done it before. This novel is an excellent read for the genre. -- Amazon Customer

A Thrilling Mystery -- Kindle Customer

Too realistic. I'm having nightmares and sometimes, during the day, wonder what's real and what's not. The book is so intense and because it could be a reality has me terrified! Not something one can easily brush aside....the terror, horror, destitution . . . -- Angie

This is a well written novel with a very scary scenario. -- Patricia Brightwell

This book got my attention from the very first page and held it until the end and I almost could not stop reading it, keeping my up to early morning hours. Quite an exciting book. -- Amazon Customer

This is a great book, it's very exciting. It's fast paced and well written. The only thing I didn't like is the sexual content, which there wasn't much of. I would still recommend it. -- Deborah Harrop

The fast pace and uncertain future kept my attention throughout . . . -- Bill Cohee

Action from the start, this book has you intrigued and wondering what will happen next . . . -- Christina Cullimore

. . . I was blown away by this book, very well written. -- Amazon Customer

This novel moves very quickly and completely captures your attention. -- Ann R

Wow!!!! Scary and sadly could be a reality in the future! Couldn't put this book down!I might have nightmares but it's a fascinating read! -- Luvreading

The characters are ones I want to follow. They act like real human beings . . . --Kathleen L.

"A fast-paced ride! Bang! Right out of the gate! Believable in a very scary way!" --Thor, New River, AZ


Before there was Wool, there had to be a Loss Of Reason.

EVERYTHING in this story is possible. For questions about Everon's snow landing in Ohio, please search You Tube: "Approach and landing in snow at Seething, Norfolk" -- or, "The most Epic and Beautiful landing on snow in Russia" -- or, "Landing & Takeoff in the heavy snow @New Chitose airport"

From the Author

The State Of Reason series was not created quickly, but carefully. Plotted, crafted and edited -- over not weeks or months -- but a period of fifteen years. A friend once told me, "Great Books aren't written, they're re-written."

With that in mind, once I became financially independent, I spent nearly every waking moment (and a lot of dreaming moments as well) working full time for more than fifteen years, on nothing but writing these stories, the people who inhabit them -- Franklin, Everon, Cynthia, Victoria and all the others (some not yet Revealed) -- the places they go, the things they do. Studying languages, religions of the world, economics, history, philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, aviation and psychology.

These books are my magnum opus, my masterpiece. Every bit of understanding, empathy, focus, wisdom and appreciation for life has gone and is going into these books. I truly hope you enjoy the two that are available now, with more to come.

Please feel free to write me. Tell me what you like and what you don't. Tell me what you hope to see in Book 3. I really appreciate it. I answer every email personally. Miles at broadington dot com. 

Miles A. Maxwell — out of Cheyenne, Wyoming — is the author of Drone, Loss Of Reason, Search For Reason, the forthcoming Finding Reason of the State Of Reason series and the Mystery-Thriller Die By The Pen. An IFR certified private pilot, Miles speaks bits and pieces of ten languages, surfs, skis, sails and scuba dives.