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Half Past Midnight | [Jeff Brackett]

Half Past Midnight

The Doomsday Clock gauges the threat of nuclear war. Currently, the clock is set at six minutes before midnight. What happens after the hands reach midnight? Survivalist Leeland Dawcett finds out when he and his family are plunged into the nightmare of their country returned to a third-world state. No phones. No computers. No television. At first, Leeland thinks basic survival is the answer. Until he crosses the path of the wrong guy…Someone who wants to do more than just survive...
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The Doomsday Clock gauges the threat of nuclear war. Currently, the clock is set at six minutes before midnight. What happens after the hands reach midnight? Survivalist Leeland Dawcett finds out when he and his family are plunged into the nightmare of their country returned to a third-world state. No phones. No computers. No television. At first, Leeland thinks basic survival is the answer. Until he crosses the path of the wrong guy…Someone who wants to do more than just survive…

©2011 Jeff Brackett (P)2014 Jeff Brackett

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    Teresa 06-05-14
    Teresa 06-05-14

    Reading is supposed to be fun and relaxing, not stressful and demanding.

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    "Excellent book about Surviving an Apocalypse"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Half Past Midnight to be better than the print version?

    The audio version of this book was fantastic! It was very realistic. I will listen to this again. Very thought-provoking.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Half Past Midnight?

    I liked this book from the very beginning. I was hooked right away. When Leeland hears what is happening he wastes no time in kicking his survival skills into high gear; giving his whole family a task to do in order to prepare for immediate evacuation from their home. This was clear throughout the whole story where he proves his leadership skills even when he has to let others do things their way.


    Have you listened to any of Corey Snow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I will. He is a very gifted narrator. Corey Snow is a natural. I will look for other books narrated by him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This book SHOULD be a film. 'Surviving a Midnight Apocolypse'.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how the author Jeff Brackett leads in each chapter with a Nastradamus Quatrain. It makes this book cohesive and reminds us that D-day is possible. It brings a certain reality to this book. A wake up call. What WOULD you do? How WOULD you survive? It was a great listen!I received the audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    PerryMartinBookReviews 06-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Post WWIII DRAMA, Survive or Die"
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    Jeff Brackett's Half Past Midnight, Narrated by Corey Snow is a great book. It keeped me rivited to my speakers throughout the entire story.

    The story is in the same genre as Televisions "Revolution" except this book is much better; sticking to a single storyline and this story is complete.

    The story starts quickly, and the characters are established with the depth needed according to the story line and then grow as the story moves forward.

    In short, World War III starts and Leeland Dawsett is a survivalist that has prepared his family for the possibility of war. When he sees a second "sun" in the sky outside Houston he knows he only has a little time to move his family outside the target rich area of Houston, Texas.

    As Leeland and his family move North to his Mother-in-laws home the outlaws are already out in force. This story moves from one man's effort to protect his family and moves forward to him becoming part of a community that is trying to survive and rebuild after Nuclear bombs and EMP blasts have left all modern electronics useless.

    Nothing is boring in this story as it keeps you on the edge of your seat. The author's use of humor is balanced with the bloody violence of war.  I was presently suprised at every aspect of this story. Truely gripping and realistic in my limited knowledge of the subject matter.

    I highly recommend this audiobook .

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Berg GAS CITY, IN, United States 06-20-14
    Terri Berg GAS CITY, IN, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A killer thriller!"
    What did you love best about Half Past Midnight?

    Wow, I loved all the thrills & excitement. There is so much to think about in this book and it really could happen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Half Past Midnight?

    When Leeland went over to his dad in front of the nuke cloud & realized his dad died!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked a lot of scenes! I loved how the town pulled together & accepted Leeland & his family. Then had Leeland teaching everyone how to defend themselves.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It really gave me so much to think about. This really could happen any day & any where! What would we do if it did happen?


    Any additional comments?

    The author, Jeff Brackett had a huge job writing this book. He did a great job. So many things can happen in a nuclear war. The narrator, Corey Snow did a great job reading it too. I found him easy to follow in the story & he did a great job with all the voices. I truly enjoyed this story & intend to listen to it again!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chippie 02-16-15
    Chippie 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Torturous"

    So boring. The story could have been told in a couple of hours. The narrator's French was an abomination. Waste of time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yancey 03-04-15
    Yancey 03-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I could not finish this book"
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    I really enjoy the genre, but could not finish this book. It's a poor attempt at every level. I tried to get through it, thinking it would be a waste of money to leave it unfinished. But decided finishing it would be a greater waste of time. I'd really like to get my money back for this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M.W. SW USA 02-17-15
    M.W. SW USA 02-17-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Save your Credit"

    It took a while to finish this book. I found myself opting for BBC Global News podcasts over this. From the lack of character development to the completely predictable plot, there was nothing that compelled me to want to finish this book. I bought it based upon the strength of its reviews, but I can't imagine what those people were thinking or what they are used to reading.

    Save your credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 06-25-15
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 06-25-15 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "For a survivalist it is all about what to do ..."

    For a survivalist it is all about what to do right before the and immediately after a crisis – the safe house, the supplies, the family and the survival! Leland Dawcett was prepared but not really – how many people can prepare for nuclear bombs? Hoarding and making a plan is easy, it’s the dealing with death of loved ones and the horrors of what lies “out there.” What Leland had to discover himself was what did they do after things settled down? Once the fallout passed and they could resume living?

    It promised to be a beautiful morning for Leland who worked closely with his dad in their family factory. No one else was at work but when the lights went out and Leland moved to the front where his dad was – he saw the cloud and discovered his father dead. Racing home on foot, his wife and children are already packing and ready to hit the road. Thus begins their adventure into the world of the unknown.

    Leland, a martial arts expert and survival enthusiast meets up with his arch nemesis, Larry. Over the course of two years, we see Leland and his family surviving the fallout; begin anew establishing themselves in a new community and his stepping into a leadership role when Larry rears his ugly head again – along with thousands of military personnel he has conned.

    This book is less about who did the bombing and why – it is focused on the aftermath – surviving, coming together with others and making a society that works. We are never told they why or who, instead we are guided to focus our attention on Larry, Leland and the growth of the community and its people.

    Strongly written towards surviving as a society in a world where luxuries are limited and treasured. Technologically moving backwards where bartering is valuable and money means nothing. Friends and family are valued beyond all else.

    Jeff Brackett does an excellent job of setting up the storyline and building his characters. No one is a military expert or has all the answers. Brackett demonstrates the necessity of a small society where respect gains friendships and protects your family.

    Brackett develops this apocalyptic tale in a thorough and detailed fashion. His research appears to be flawless. While most would want to know “the who and why” of what happened to drive Leland and the world into survival mode, Brackett kept us focused on the truly important aspect of surviving an apocalypse. Knowing the details would have taken from the story he so carefully built and would not have brought anything to the story.

    Brackett’s writing style is clear and concise with believable twists and turns. I hope he continues on his path to becoming an author because he has a hit here.

    Corey Snow did an excellent job of narrating and keeping the interest flowing through his skillful rendering of Brackett’s story.

    There were no production issues, it flowed flawlessly.

    Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.

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    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    M. Birdsall 05-07-15
    M. Birdsall 05-07-15
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    Not my usual type of book, I'm more a romance novel type person. But this story kept me captivated. Don't have alot of time to read so I chose the audible version. Every moment in the car, cooking in the kitchen, getting ready for work and lunch hours had me listening to this story. The reader did a great job with a very good story line. Jeff is a detailed writer, I was able to visualize each scene as he described. Glad I stepped out of my comfort zone with this book.

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    Dan 03-02-15
    Dan 03-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable Post-Apocalyptic Read"
    What made the experience of listening to Half Past Midnight the most enjoyable?

    I'm not a big fan of the post-apocalyptic genre, but I enjoyed this one because it focused on a family and communities efforts to rebuild, not a bunch of survivors running around trying to take eveyrthing they could. I certainly enjoyed the fact that decisions made had consequences and that the characters for the most part were real people with foibles and flaws as well as redeeming qualities.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I actually enjoyed the character of Megan the best. She matured in the book and for me her reaction to the actions of the main villain seems to be the closest to what I think someone in her situation would do.


    What about Corey M. Snow’s performance did you like?

    Corey has a natural voice for audiobooks and he did a good job voicing Leeland and helping the reader see what was going on in the world around him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could have I would have broken this book down into about 2 sittings. The first half of the book before the main villain shows up and then the rest of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book, but I felt that the main character Leeland was a bit too much of a superhero. He didn't have the powers but he always had the right answer to the problem and he could do almost anything. Luckily the surrounding cast was a bit more realistic.

    I found Corey to be a very good reader, but I'm not sure his voice was perfect for this book. His voice is almost too soothing to read a post-apocalypic thriller and it didn't convey the urgency it could have in some situations.

    I think using Nostradamus's quotes at the beginning of the chapter was a neat idea in concept, but in reality for me it took me out of the moment.

    Other than some smaller things I did enjoy the book and I will certainly read more by Mr. Brackett and I would not hesitate to listen to more books read by Mr. Snow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    August LA VERGNE, TN, United States 01-25-15
    August LA VERGNE, TN, United States 01-25-15
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    "Start with Nukes and go from there!"
    Any additional comments?

    I was a little thrown off at the beginning of Half Past Midnight, mostly because I had no real foundation of who Leeland was, when or where I was, before the nukes went off. Still, I found I didn't mind. Brackett so grabbed me with the threat of nuclear war that I was more concerned about general survival than who I was dealing with. By the time things settled, that imbalance had been righted by Leeland's plans and abilities, and I found myself safe with him and his family.

    It actually startled me a little that the bulk of this book was just about surviving in general. For much of the book, the environment and the situation was the main antagonist, and sometimes, that sort of foe makes me dislike a book. While I did feel a little afloat, I did find myself engrossed in how Lee and the people of Rejas rebuilt their lives.

    Of course, that was when the proverbial dung hit the fan and the fairly minor skirmish at the beginning of the book turned full circle to ramp up the action, tension, and body count. Brackett does an amazing job gathering little threads of plot, details that seem trivial, to bring them into the end. It was extremely satisfying, to say the least.

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  • Kate McDougall
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    "A must read/listen!!"

    I have listened to this and read the both books twice. one of the best post apocalyptic fiction stories I have read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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