First Journey: After the Shut Down is the third in W. R. Flynn's series of vels depicting life in the small surviving Corbett, Oregon, colony following the abrupt catastrophic worldwide collapse of civilization. It is set mid-winter during the fourth year of Corbett's struggle to survive intact under conditions both radically changed and unforeseen. The community sends a small group on an exploratory journey into the ruins of Portland, Oregon. On the outskirts of downtown they encounter a well-armed band of men led by a Marine, Jeff Cowley. They are members of a collection of families who distrust and fear strangers. They have survived the collapse of civilization by learning basic new skills and defending themselves with deadly force. The three vels in this adventure series, Shut Down, Buck, and First Journey, will appeal to readers of all ages.