Evil doesn't become extinct; it evolves. Our world is a violent place. Murder, terrorism, racism, and social inequality are some of the forces that attempt to destroy our society while the state is forced to increase its response to these actions. Our own annihilation is barely held at bay by the belief that we've somehow evolved beyond our ancestors' base desires.
From this cesspool of emotions emerges a madman, intent on leading the world into anarchy. When his group of computer hackers infiltrate the Department of Defense network, they initiate a nuclear war that will irrevocably alter our world.
Aeric Gaines and his roommate, Tyler Nordgren, survive the devastation of the war, only to find that the quaint, politically correct world where they'd been raised was a lie. All humans have basic needs such as food, water, and shelter...and we haven't forgotten how to fight for what we desire.
A Path of Ashes is the first book in an exciting new series about life in post-apocalyptic America, a nation devoid of leadership, electricity, and human rights. The world as we know it may have burned, but humanity found a way to survive and this is their story.
©2015 Brian Parker (P)2015 Brian Parker
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
I really liked this book,aside from the nasty torture parts.Stephen Bel Davies does a nice job with all the voices in this book.Eric and tyler meet in their college dorm room.They start school and the end of the USA happens.There is a cyber attack,bombs,nukes,everything happens within a few weeks of each other.As they trek from Texas to Missouri to check on Erics family they encounter good and bad people.They get caught by worse people on their way back but eventuelly make it to their goal.
I was given this book for an honest review.
Loss, Betrayal, Redemption
I am a big fan of the genre and this is a great story.
These stories are not all sunshine and puppies and the characters have to determine within themselves what they are willing to do in order to live with their actions, or inaction..
Nothing really, its funny how some narrators try to portray a female charactor.
This story reminds me of a Ken Follett novel, sometimes it takes decades before the main charactor gets a break and sometime they never do!
A Path of Ashes: The Path of Ashes, Book 1 by Brian Parker was an enjoyable book. The book starts with an elderly man talking to children, including his grandchildren, and telling the story of how the family got it’s name. The family name is Traxx. As he tells his story, the book goes back in time, to before, the before the apocalypse.
The two main characters are freshmen at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Both boys were signed to play baseball for the University. Aeric is from Springfield, Missouri and is glad to escape his overprotective parents. Tyler is from Lincoln, Nebraska and is hoping to escape the homophobia from his family. The two boys hit it off and settle into a routine of classes and baseball practice. Around them the world is sinking into chaos with various terror groups mounting weekly attacks but it does not really penetrate the boys’ lives.
One night the terror attacks are led by a local quasi-religious group called the Vultures. They manage to destroy most of the campus, take down the electrical grid and kill thousands of people in fires and violence. Aeric and Tyler decided to leave Austin while they can and head to Missouri and what they think will be the safety of his parents.
The story follows Aeric and Tyler as they change, not always for the better, in response to the dangerous world around them. When nuclear weapons take away any hope of return to normalcy, it becomes a darwinian struggle to survive and find a safe haven.
Stephen Bel Davies does a nice job narrating. His voice is a consistent level so there is no fiddling with the volume necessary. The production values are good. All in all, it is an enjoyable listen and a nice introduction to what looks to be a good series.
Retired US Army, lifelong lover of science fiction, space opera, dystopian and prepper fiction.
Fantastic story, I cannot wait for the next book.
If you like this book, check out Convoy 19 by Mark Rivett.
He did a good job overall he just mispronounced some town names. For Instance, Mexia is pronounced "Muh-Hay-Yuh" not "Mex-e-uh" and Seguin is pronounced "Seh-Geen" not "Suh-gwin". But overall he did fine. And yes, I am a native Texan who served in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood where much of the story takes place, at least he pronounced Killeen correctly.
Yes, it was awesome.
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