Frontier Justice is the first book in the post-apocalypse Survivalist series by Dr. Arthur Bradley. (Series Order: Frontier Justice, Anarchy Rising, Judgment Day, Madness Rules, Battle Lines, and Finest Hour).
The Superpox-99 virus has wiped out nearly the entire human race. Governments have collapsed. Cities have become graveyards filled with unspeakable horror. People have resorted to scavenging from the dead, or taking from the living. The entire industrialized world has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, decaying bodies, and feral animals.
To stay alive, U.S. Deputy Marshal Mason Raines must forage for food, water, and gasoline while outgunning those who seek to take advantage of the apocalyptic anarchy. Together with his giant Irish wolfhound, Bowie, he aligns with survivors of the town of Boone in a life and death struggle against a gang of violent criminals. With each deadly encounter, Mason is force to accept his place as one of the nation's few remaining lawmen. In a world now populated by escaped convicts, paranoid mutants, and government hit squads, his only hope to save the townspeople is to enforce his own brand of frontier justice.
Halfway across the country, a killer is released from prison. With hopes set on a fresh start, he rescues a young girl desperate to get home. As they travel across the wasteland that once was the United States, they must call upon every bit of strength and courage to survive not only the horrors of the new world but also a violent government agenda.
©2013 Arthur Bradley (P)2014 Arthur Bradley
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
Dr Bradley wrote a pretty good story about a post apocalyptic America but I have to say Mr Buck needs a lot of work to become a competent reader. His pacing is terrible with no pauses at natural breaks in the flow of the story. Periods seem to have no meaning to him as he keeps speaking right into the next sentence with no pause. The dialog is treated the same way. He speaks like he's speed reading. The characters voices need work as well. Some of the men are overdone and some are indistinguishable from one another. The female voices are terrible. Mr Buck has a good voice but he needs some more training and honing possibly with books that are straight narration instead of character driven. I'm giving the story 4 stars but dropping the overall score to 3 stars because of Mr Bucks amateurish performance. I'll continue with the series but I hope Dr. Bradley will give serious consideration to finding a better reader for the next audio version in his series.
If any effort would have been made to make the various characters more unique, that would have helped. The narrator spoke with very little timing or flow, choosing at times to sound robotic or ignore any semblance of emotion or empathy. The story itself quickly became predictable and I found no reason to really care about any of the characters. The premise for the story took all of a few minutes, with no effort made to make you care that most of the world was going to be destroyed. The main character was an amazingly good shooter, the hauntingly beautiful love interest is instantly smitten and all the rest of the characters quickly and predictably fit a stereotype and proceed to obediently play their roles.
No. I've listened to others in the genre already, including some that spanned multiple books, and managed to stay interested for the entire series.
The narrator was wooden, robotic and unable to distinguish between characters most of the time. Pacing was flat and void of flow or emphasis. Maybe I've been spoiled by the good narration for most Audible selections, but this was one of a few that I have abandoned due to poor narration.
With some work the storyline itself could have been compelling. The premise was at least plausible.
I'm a apocalyptic story fanatic...maybe that's why I prep. I've read to many end of the world as you know it books.
No...much better audiobooks out there.
Use a different narrator
The story has a good plot and could have been great with the right author and narrator. The guy speaking sounds like the book was narrated by a computer for the first half and the last half he tries harder but was still exceptionally awful in my opinion. The performer's inflection needs a lot of work I had to force myself to listen to it. The author made the characters say a lot of goofy stuff no one would say and a lot of things happen that are just to silly to believe. It's almost like the author read to many Dick Tracy stories or something and watched a lot of B movies. Others seem to like the book and its the reason I purchased it. I can only assume most haven't heard quality books. You can see from my library I've listened to a LOT of post apocalyptic books and this ranks near if not the bottom of my listening list. the first story was so bad I don't think I can risk trying another in the series. Very rare for me....
This book was horrible. With this genre my expectations aren't very high so a well thought out book with average writing usually makes for an entertaining listen. This, on the other hand, read like it was written by a 1950's teenager who was undersexed and had watched one too many westerns. As far as the performance......Well, the script he was reading must not have had any punctuation.
He has never met a comma, period or question mark he cared for.
Not that I found. Oh, wait, it finally ended. That was the book's best quality.
First half a bit "dry"....but then, look out!! Great story!! It gives me hope that there could be real people like Mason. The dog is also a great character! Kept making excuses to drive somewhere so I could listen to the story more as I listen to my books whilst driving...Already downloaded book 2!!
If he actually had thought about what he was writing. Honestly the whole thing was so cliche and the father Paul character was a complete insult to Christians, portraying him as a coward and a moron.
Probably not book 1 but still not sure yet.
I am about half way through this and figured I'd start a review. We've already heard about the terrible narration so I won't go into that. There are two things I'm having trouble with regarding this first book in the series: 1) The writing is a bit juvenile - people just don't talk like that (in any era), the metaphors are ridiculous (in an eye rolling way), and there is really not plot/story building going on here. 2) The story (so far) has not been developed well. I mean, we go from "oh no the pox" to "rebuilding society and we are all happy and calm about it" in about the first 45 minutes. I would have expected more discovery, chaos, paranoia, etc. at least for a little while. Also, the primary nemeses (vague so as not to spoil) is just not believable at all -- really? They talk like 1920's gangstah's. "Youse no what's I mean Bugsy?" "Yah! Yah! Boss, you want should I show him my heatah?" I'll update my review once / if I finish but so far, I'm yawning a bit.
Definitely not. Maybe if he is narrating a Casey Kasem biography or something.
Not sure yet. So far it is mildly entertaining (a few gems here and there such as the dog, "the girl", etc.)
My finger is twitching over the [Return Button] but I'm still giving it a little more time...
The story makes it obvious that it was written by a man with little or no understanding of women when you consider the actions of the main character with the miraculously single and attractive doctor he meets in literally the first town he goes to after a plague kills 99% of the population. The rest of the story is just about as probable.
I've listened to and read a lot of books in this genre. This by far has to be the worst written book in the history of the genre.
I listened to over 106 books on audible and this is the worst one. I don't know how they have more of these books but I won't be buying them.
The main character is a deputy US marshal and that can kill six guys with a 1911 in under 3 seconds the love interest falls head over heels for him after she met him for the first time and had sex on the second day and then you have the quasi zombies.
This is nothing more than SHTF romance novel it is ridiculous.
This is my first review, so dont flame too hard.
Once you get past the fact that the narrator sounds like a 1940s dick tracy radiodrama, there ends up being a good story. The dog is one of my favorite characters. Well worth the listen.
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