As an emergency paramedic, Lauren Boyer is dedicated and highly capable. Until an earthquake strikes, trapping her beneath the freeway with a group of strangers - including Iraq war veteran Garrett Wright.…
Handsome and take-charge Garrett aids Lauren in her rescue efforts, even as the steely look in his eyes seems to hide dark secrets. When a gang of escaped convicts goes on the attack, Garrett's bravery makes him more than a courageous bystander to Lauren. If they can save the others before time runs out, maybe, just maybe, they can explore the fire igniting between them - if the truth about who he really is doesn't pull them apart forever….
©2012 Jill Sorenson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I am a huge Jill Sorenson fan and have read all her other books so was very excited when I found this one as an Audible offering. It wasn't her best, however. The action takes place almost entirely inside a concrete structure created after an earthquake. Maybe due to the lack of external stimulus the story is quite slow and revolves entirely around the survivors trying to find a way to escape, at the same time dealing with the threat posed by some escaped convicts. It reminded me in part of one of the earlier (albeit better) episodes of Lost.
The narrator reads very deliberately and doesn't really ratchet up the tension much, adding to the so-so element of this book.
Not a bad listen but a bit disappointing.
This was a good story but the audio production is poor. The narrator already has a rather weak voice and is the wrong choice for a suspense/action romance. The entire experience was made worse by the muted, woolly sound which is the result of poor quality control in the production dept rather than the narrator's fault.
I tested the other two books and the productions seems better. Hopefully, it will help minimize the weakness of the narrator's voice.
It’s no fun to root for good guys who keep losing.
Nine people are trapped in a closed area. Escaped prisoner Jeb has a gun and uses it to take food and water from the others for himself and Mickey. Garrett and the good guys try to ambush and fight Jeb and Mickey, but they repeatedly lose until the end. The reasons they lost were bad luck, incompetence, lack of smart planning, and some heroine stupidity. Some of these are mentioned in Spoilers below.
Garrett sneaks up on Jeb but his crowbar accidentally makes a noise which alerts Jeb, who starts shooting. Garrett sets a trap, but it’s not well done. Lauren screams in surprise, but Garrett thinks she’s in danger so he abandons his ambush to go to her. Garrett tells Lauren to tie Mickey. She uses tape. Garrett says Mickey will get out of the tape, but he does not tell her to redo it with rope. Mickey gets out. Lauren is stupid and gets too close to Mickey and he grabs her.
I was also frustrated with Owen. He is helping the good guys, but they don’t like him because they think he is a hate monger. He should have told them one sentence. “He got his Nazi tattoos because it was the only way to survive in prison.” But no. He lets the good guys think he’s a white supremacist. And he’s not. I felt this was an excuse for conflict and it did not fit Owen’s motivations. Owen was my favorite character. He had been a victim of his environment. He was a good guy. He did good things for others even when against his own interest.
The set up was good for some exciting suspense. The character definitions were good. But what the author had the characters do was not. I’d prefer my hero have better skills.
There were a few brief sex scenes, not much detail. There was one attempted rape, stopped before he unzipped.
There’s not much relationship development between Garrett and Lauren. It was sexual lust amidst survival disaster. I thought Lauren got mad at Garrett for unfair reasons, so I didn’t like her as much. There was a happy ending for them.
Piper Goodeve was good.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: romantic suspense.
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I listened to Aftershock after Freefall (book 2) because Audible had labeled the books in the wrong order. Therefore I knew crucial facts that ruined most of the suspense for me.
The plot had great potential, but I didn't think there weren't enough lighter moments to balance out the death and destruction. Plus, the "good guys" kept making dumb and naïve decisions.
Most people, especially ex-military men, who were trapped in a confined space with killer convicts would be proactive, not wait to be attacked. While the convicts were getting drunk or sleeping, they could have been easily neutralized.
The author did an excellent job of creating engrossing characters, especially Lauren, Penny, Dan, Owen and Candy. While parts of the story - being totally trapped in a freeway underpass - stretched the imagination, Piper Goodeve did a great job with the various voices.
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