The "Ashes" series by William Johnstone consisted of 36 books, according to WilliamJohnstone.net. Zebra published the first book in the series, "Out of the Ashes," in 1983.
The "Ashes" books depicted a future United States undergoing the aftermath of a nuclear attack. Pinnacle released the 36th book in the series, "Survivor: The Last Rebel," in 2004, although some considered it the first book of a new series rather than the ultimate book of the "Ashes" series.
William J. Johnstone was born in Missouri in 1938. After some time in the Army and working in radio, he turned his hand to writing in 1970. He published his first book in 1979 and went on to produce more than 200 written works in a variety of genres.