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Gregory T. Wallace

I love me some audiobooks

Downsville, Louisiana United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 39 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 267 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Retreat Security and Small Unit Tactics

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Kobler, Mark Goodwin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Detroit high-priority 911 calls average 58 minutes for a response. How much longer will it be until budget cuts, natural disaster, or a total collapse make you responsible for your own security? Retreat Security and Small Unit Tactics by David Kobler and Mark Goodwin will teach you how to organize your team or neighborhood into a force to be reckoned with. You'll get tips to harden your home and protect your family, life, and property, both now and after the stuff hits the fan.

    Gregory T. Wallace says: "Basic Preparedness"
    "Basic Preparedness"
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    This is a very simple, short look into the world of preparedness. This is a great list of fundamentals that everyone should be aware of, if not practice. There are several good podcasts that cover these ideas with about as much detail, and they won't cost you a credit. Actually, you will learn a lot more by simply listening to the author's own podcasts.

    I would recommend this book for someone new to the idea of securing themselves and their family. However, this book just barely scratches the surface.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Reset: Book Three of the Economic Collapse Chronicles, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mark Goodwin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    In American Reset, the final chapter of the Economic Collapse Chronicles, the ultimate contest between liberty and tyranny reaches the apex. The Bair family and their neighbors learn the true value of community as they rely on each other to survive the war and the effects of the financial meltdown. Will the collapse bring an oppressive regime that enslaves the American people, or will the patriots prevail and guide the country back to a place of freedom, peace and prosperity?

    C. Dissmore says: "Fantastic, this series is best in the genre"
    "ENDED TOO QUICKLY"
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    I thought this series had the potential to be far more than a "survivalist" story. The author paints a very plausible picture of where we stand today as a country and what tomorrow will most likely entail. Everyday I watch the news and see how "prophetic" these books may hold to be. The description of our political system led me to think about how this story could have evolved from an american collapse to the rise of a global new world order with its often refereed to leader, the "anti-christ". It would have been very interesting to see this story arc over into a 7 year Tribulation event.

    This book offers a satisfying ending though certain existential threats were not adequately addressed. It didn't end with a happy ending necessarily, but a realistic one.

    This book will have lefties marching in their pride parades demanding reparations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forsaking Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (566)

    Morgan Carter has weathered the weeks after the collapse of the nation's power grid, reuniting with his family and ensuring their safety, but his struggle isn't over yet. Carter must focus on survival in an increasingly unstable society - but the challenges he faces are beyond his wildest imagination. Meanwhile, the enclosed quarters of the nearby government-run refugee camp make for an environment where injury, assault and murder are the norm.

    Jan says: "Completes the series nicely... with a 3.5 read"
    "FORSAKING A CREDIT"
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    Book 1 of this series started out well enough. It had me hooked sufficiently to get Book 2. Book 2 meandered around but I still wanted more and spent a credit for Book 3. Book 3 tested my resolve to keep going but thought the author was really going to surprise the faithful following with Book 4. Book 4 sucked.

    If you want to spend 30 to 45 minutes listening about making soap, an hour or so describing food gathering, preparation and eating, an hour or so describing teenage girl depression, then this book may be for you. Little action, poor writing and an ending without a credible reasoning for this whole mess!!

    NOT WORTH YOUR CREDIT!!!!!!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1679)
    Performance
    (1551)
    Story
    (1560)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Promising, but....."
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    I just finished Book 4 which should be the final of this series, I hope. Book 1 started with the protagonist being quickly thrust into a grid down, lights out situation while stranded hundred of miles from home. At first I thought this was going to be a dud, but the more I listened the more compelled I was to continue with this journey. I know that most listeners will find it distracting at how the author describes in detail the survival supplies and gear that the lead character (Morgan) uses along the way, but I found it to be somewhat informative and well thought out. Obviously things go from bad to worse and Morgan encounters drunk rednecks, thugs, bandits and eventually, the government. Although it's becoming more common in the survivalist book genre, this is the first series I've listened to that seems to latch on to Alex Jones notions of a hostel national takeover by government agencies such as DHS, FEMA, IRS and others. It's a sobering notion to consider and this first book really convinced me to buy Book 2 and find out what happens.

    Book 1 wasn't great. The narration is mediocre at best and some of the subplots were too formulaic. Books 2, 3 and 4 didn't improve in the narration department and took things too far by introducing characters and subplots that just became stupid. Some of the dialog between characters was idiotic. Book 4 especially. In fact, Book 4 had quality of writing you'd expect from a teenager. I totally lost interest in the characters and story. It is obvious that the author was stumbling around trying to build a suitable story and explain why the world fell apart. Book 1 set a standard that Book 2 barely met and the other books completely missed. Books 3 and 4 should have been condensed into one book. They don't deserve your credits like the first two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (771)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "Progressive Dream Come True"
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    From the reviews I read I thought this was going to be an intelligent EOTW survival novel centered on family facing the real threat of a pandemic. In my opinion it only made my blood pressure go up without offering much else.

    The good: This book tackles the subject of a pandemic with a fair degree of accuracy. It portrays a virus that originates overseas and quickly spreads to all nations, including the USA. The book centers around one family that apparently expected such a scenario and stocked up appropriately. As the pandemic worsens so does the behavior of the neighbors that surround this family. The tensions between families and neighbors is realistic.

    The bad: The main character, Alex, is described as a former marine who saw combat, but approaches situations in this book like a naive idiot at times. The author tells the reader/listener about the chaos and societal breakdown going on all around the main characters, yet they seem to sleep soundly and play games like they're living through a trivial snow storm and the roads are just temporarily closed. They seem to have every provision necessary to cope with this chaos and don't need to rely on anyone but themselves. The publisher must have forced the author to cut back on the "conservatives are idiots, and liberal progressives are smarter" banter, knowing that this would alienate most of the readers/listeners to this type of novel. However, this northeastern mentality still creeps out and is scattered throughout the story. Did it matter to the story that family hates Fox news, is PC in their conversation, does not mention faith and is disgusted at the thought of eating red meat? I'm no neo-con but It made me relate that much less to the main characters. I felt an undertone that the author is somewhat satisfied writing about the world's mass population dying off and leaving the "intellectuals" remaining.

    This isn't a terrible book but I wouldn't listen to it again. I wasn't left thinking that I got anything substantially useful from having spent the time listening to it.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • American Meltdown: Book Two of the Economic Collapse Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Goodwin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    Written from a Christian constitutional worldview, American Meltdown, Book Two of The Economic Collapse Chronicles uses dystopian fiction to take an in-depth look at the economic and political trends that have taken America to the edge of bankruptcy. The book assesses the current course of the nation and projects it into the near future. In Book Two, America has entered into a full scale financial meltdown. The members of the Bair family do the best they can to navigate a complete currency collapse and the social disruptions that come with it.

    Gregory T. Wallace says: "Pre-Tribulation Survivalist Story"
    "Pre-Tribulation Survivalist Story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. As we approach the 2016 elections this book and its predecessor should be distributed in churches across the USA. Fictitious names have been created to protect the guilty but listeners will quickly decipher the characters in national leadership and realize this storyline is very plausible.


    Would you recommend American Meltdown to your friends? Why or why not?

    Especially to a democrat.


    What three words best describe Kevin Pierce’s performance?

    Not very charismatic. I felt that he didn't capture the author's true emotional intent. There were several places where I wasn't clear which character was talking.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but there's no way Hollywood would touch this. Spielberg would have spastic fits.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read the Bible, the political news, the financial headlines and such then you will like how this series ties them together. This book often quotes our Founders, who often quoted the Bible, and they warned us not to go where this country has now gone. This series describes the most plausible near term outcome, world war or natural disaster notwithstanding. It will definitely encourage you to start preparing any way you can.

    This book will cause lefties to scream and spill their latte.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Exit Strategy: The Economic Collapse Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Goodwin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (167)

    Liberty minded individuals and those who believe in the Constitution will find this near future dystopian novel to be right up their alley. Those who are looking to be more informed about the potential threats to America's financial stability will learn what to watch for and how to prepare themselves for an economic collapse. America is on the cusp of financial annihilation. Matt and Karen Bair face the challenges of Main Street during a full scale financial meltdown. Government borrowing and monetary creation have reached their limits.

    Gregory T. Wallace says: "Almost Prophetic!!"
    "Almost Prophetic!!"
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    Would you listen to American Exit Strategy again? Why?

    Yes. As a matter of fact I'm on my second listen. Some of the chapters of this book seem ripped from the headlines... of our near future!


    What other book might you compare American Exit Strategy to and why?

    "Patriots" and "One Second After" come to mind, with a little A. American thrown in.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Everything. Scott Brick or Joe Barrett would have been sooooooo much better.


    Who was the most memorable character of American Exit Strategy and why?

    Al Mohammad. Is anyone not going to know the author was describing the high an lofty BHO??


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very plausible scenario for the collapse of the USA. The story was hindered by the narration but not such that I couldn't connect with it. This isn't an in-depth survivalist guide but you will learn a lot from this book.

    This book will make lefties cry and exhibit signs of road-rage.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4495)
    Performance
    (3420)
    Story
    (3426)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "A Prepper's Classic"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I thought the story would be very outdated and irrelevant. I was surprised! Though technology has certainly changed, it wasn't a distracting issue.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I believe nuclear war is still a reality and any serious prepper/survivalist should understand the nature of that threat.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Apocalyptic thrillers and survivalist stories, minus the zombies, are my favorite genre. This novel provides a well written story with what was a realistic and plausible scenario 50 years ago. With the rise of EMP warfare and decline of the cold war much of our fears of a nuclear holocaust have been pushed aside, along with that type of storyline. I assume most modern authors of prepping/survival novels don't want to tackle radiation sickness and mass contamination in their efforts to glamorize bugging out and living off the grid. This story brings to life the fears many people felt a few decades ago, and could once again. It portrays provocative ideas that are still worth considering.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing. His tone and cadence was very suitable to a story set back in 1960.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2147)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2024)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Die Hard Meets 28 Days Later"
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    This author must have gone to Stephan J. Cannell school. The action is intense, the bad guys are pure evil and protagonist constantly finds himself in situations that go from bad to worse. Unlike Cannell, this is much grittier and apocalyptic in scope.

    I gave this series a try since the reviews were so positive, though I don't typically go for zombie type fiction. However, I was very surprised at the quality of writing and narration. I have gone on to listen to several more in this series and they all hold up to the same quality. I wouldn't call this a "zombie" series because the "infected" humans are more capable and enduring than walking corpses. They are relentless though. D.J. Molles does a terrific job of conjuring up a fairly unique story with good character development. The story is action packed and it's hard to pull away from, like getting on a roller coaster!

    Be warned that there is a LOT of cursing. As the story advanced it seemed that the author took glee and inserting as many F words as possible. It does add reality to a point but at times it's too gratuitous.

    Overall this is a wonderful audiobook to try if you are getting board with your other favorite audiobook series.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    If the world as we know it ended tomorrow, would you survive? When the United States suffers a major socioeconomic collapse, a power vacuum sweeps the globe. A newly radicalized Islamic government rises to power in Indonesia, invading the Philippines, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and finally Northern Australia. No longer protected by American military interests, Australia must repel this invasion alone.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A good one from this up and down series"
    "On Par With Survivors"
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    I didn't listen to Founders since it got such poor reviews, but I did listen to Patriots (thrice) and Survivors (twice) and found this book to be equal to the latter in action, suspense, drama and practical information. The characters and locations are new and much of the book is spent developing their backgrounds and interrelations. Some of that got a little tedious for me but it did help with remembering characters as the story threaded between subplots. I thought the characters were just as developed and likable as in the other novels mentioned above. Unlike those novels this book isn't primarily set in America and therefore isn't as useful as a preppers guide, unless perhaps you're in missions. Even then, the book doesn't offer much more than the authors other books.

    These books are sources of practical information wrapped in fiction. There are nuggets of good info found in each, however, Patriots contained more than the others combined. I'm not saying this isn't a worthy addition to your library though. You can get all the prepping info you'll want by scouring JWR's survivalblog site but that can get tedious and time consuming. These books tend to put that kind of information into a useful academic exercise with mostly entertaining and provocative results.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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