Includes all three installments of the Refuge Inc. series.
Before the Darkness (Book 1): After an asteroid strikes Earth, a series of violent earthquakes destroy secluded Phoenix and leave survivor Elliot struggling to stay focused in the bleak aftermath. He meets fellow survivor Adam and together they search for reliable shelter and other survivors while distant, murky clouds fast approach. Their hunt for shelter leads them down an alternate path when they find spray painted symbols directing them to a mysterious place: Refuge Inc.
Amid the Darkness (Book 2): Weeks after an asteroid strikes Earth, hurling Elliot and Adam into a fight for their survival, the two take shelter in an underground compound known as Refuge Inc. Shaking their past seems impossible as it comes back to haunt them, weakening the foundation of their relationship. Elliot, hung up on guilt over his former actions, tries to right his wrongs which leads him face-to-face with the troubling secrets of the compound. Adam's run-in with the enigmatic prophet makes him question Refuge Inc. and the survivors' future.
Beyond the Darkness (Book 3): Phoenix - a dark, vast ruin, speckled with sporadic rays of light pushing its way through the dark, dense clouds. Adam and Elliot wander the collapsed city for days before taking shelter at the nearly-standing Arrowhead hospital. Their days are filled with hopes of rescue and a deep need for emotional and mental closeness, until a harsh reality take over their thoughts - their food and supplies are dwindling, and they are in desperate need of assistance and reprieve. They're forced to return to the hellish compound, also known as Refuge Inc.
Warning: Contains explicit male-male sexual practices, graphic language, some violence, and brief descriptions of the dead.
©2013 Leslie Lee Sanders (P)2014 Leslie Lee Sanders
Listening to the complete Darkness Collection was both interesting and entertaining. The story of Elliot, Adam, and Triton encompasses the gambit of emotional twists and turns and is somewhat exhausting...which is what would occur at the time of the apocalypse (I would assume). This is a tale with coming to terms, mystery, intrigue, lunacy, and things that make you go hmm. Enjoyed the story, the narrator took a bit getting use to but once that happened, the story flowed nicely. Certainly recommend for anyone who wants a taste of what might be...
I like the story but was generally irritated throughout the story because i really Didnt like the narrator. He is not AS bad as some i have encountered but still NOT good - he is overdramatic and at the same time monotone - weird combination.
I thought this might be interesting: I had enjoyed a few apocalyptic / end of the world type books, and I had never listened to any book where there was a same sex romance, relationship with the main characters; so I thought I'd give this a listen.
however, I'm quitting after listening to about a third of this. I almost never stop without finishing a book, but I just can't go any further.
Take this gem exchange between the two guys:
"We've got to prepare for tomorrow."
"Tomorrow isn't coming."
"Then we've got to live for today."
"You're right. I can't believe I letting this asteroid get to me like this."
It listens like a bad soap opera, and the narrator reads the sex episodes like they were lifted right from a cheesy porn flick. In fairness to the narrator, he can only read the words that were written; but he interprets the sex scenes in a way that cause me to giggle and cringe simultaneously.
I hate to mock anyone's work. I'd like to think that all authors put a lot of work into what they do, and that they are proud of it. As a consumer, I want to know what not to waste my time and money on, so I offer this review.
One great thing about Audible, is that I can get my credit back and try something else.
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