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First Activation Audiobook

First Activation: Activation Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Brothers Harry and Jack leave Manchester for New York City for their annual weekend getaway. But upon arrival, they find a silent, deserted JFK, where the few ground crew they can spot have all been slaughtered.

Harry and Jack are military veterans, but they've never encountered anything like this.

As they witness the carnage and stumble across murderous madmen in a postapocalyptic New York City, it becomes clear that escape is the only option--that is if there is anywhere sane to which to escape....

©2015 Darren Wearmouth and Marcus Wearmouth (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 05-13-15
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, different in a good way."

    I really liked this story. It was very original when dealing with other books in a zombie, or post apocalypse category. Two brothers on vacation scrape by to try and save humanity.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 05-26-15
    Brian 05-26-15

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    "A solid post-apocalyptic tale, with a few holes"
    Where does First Activation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story has some shortcomings but Jack and Harry are solid characters that you want to root for. I immediately picked up and started the Second Activation once I finished up the First Activation. It's not my favorite post-apocalyptic novel but it's an interesting story.


    What other book might you compare First Activation to and why?

    The First Activation stops pretty suddenly the Second Activation picks up at the exact moment the first book ends.


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    James' girl voice is a bit strange, the male characters are solid.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get attached to anyone Jack and Harry meet.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 10-22-15
    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 10-22-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Will you survive the first activation?"

    They just landed after a cross-ocean flight from the UK to NY. The pilot cannot reach the ground and has to perform an emergency landing. What they find when they land is just the beginning. Follow two brothers as they discover what has happened to people while they were in the air and try to figure out what exactly is going on.

    The narration for this was really enjoyable. I honestly didn’t realize going into this that the book was from the point of view of two British brothers – so the fact that the narration was done in a British accent was a total shock to me. But, I’m glad it was. It added a lot to certain scenes where a word or phrase was said and either they didn’t understand it, or the people around them were unsure what they meant. It helped me really get into the story. James Langton has a great voice and used it in numerous ways in the narration of this book. He voices different characters differently so you as the listener are more confused. The quality (both performance and recording) were excellent. Top notch with no issues.

    The story really got me from the first chapter. When they are on the plane waiting to land I just knew something was going on. The thing that I really enjoyed is that this was unlike any other “post-apocalyptic” story I’ve ever read. I like when I’m presented with a story that I have never read or watched before. Usually when reading a story, I compare it to other movies or tv shows I’ve watched. But this one had nothing to compare it to. This uniqueness made me fly through this book.

    I also enjoyed the two brothers who are the main characters in the story. They are both a likely and totally unlikely set of protagonists. Seemingly normal and thrown into extraordinary situations you find out who these brothers really are. The other characters that you meet along the way all add to the story and all felt necessary to the story.

    There were numerous times when I thought I had the story figured out, and I was wrong every time. A great mix of thriller and post-apocalyptic survival. This story has it all. A great read/listen from beginning to end.

    All I can say is I’m glad I have the second book in the series queued up right now.

    This review was originally posted on AudioBookReviewer dot com and was given to me by them in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 11-09-15
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 11-09-15 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "The story really got me from the first chapter."

    They just landed after a cross-ocean flight from the UK to NY. The pilot cannot reach the ground and has to perform an emergency landing. What they find when they land is just the beginning. Follow two brothers as they discover what has happened to people while they were in the air and try to figure out what exactly is going on.

    The narration for this was really enjoyable. I honestly didn’t realize going into this that the book was from the point of view of two British brothers – so the fact that the narration was done in a British accent was a total shock to me. But, I’m glad it was. It added a lot to certain scenes where a word or phrase was said and either they didn’t understand it, or the people around them were unsure what they meant. It helped me really get into the story. James Langton has a great voice and used it in numerous ways in the narration of this book. He voices different characters differently so you as the listener are more confused. The quality (both performance and recording) were excellent. Top notch with no issues.

    The story really got me from the first chapter. When they are on the plane waiting to land I just knew something was going on. The thing that I really enjoyed is that this was unlike any other “post-apocalyptic” story I’ve ever read. I like when I’m presented with a story that I have never read or watched before. Usually when reading a story, I compare it to other movies or tv shows I’ve watched. But this one had nothing to compare it to. This uniqueness made me fly through this book.

    I also enjoyed the two brothers who are the main characters in the story. They are both a likely and totally unlikely set of protagonists. Seemingly normal and thrown into extraordinary situations you find out who these brothers really are. The other characters that you meet along the way all add to the story and all felt necessary to the story.

    There were numerous times when I thought I had the story figured out, and I was wrong every time. A great mix of thriller and post-apolcalyptic survival. This story has it all. A great read/listen from beginning to end.

    All I can say is I’m glad I have the second book in the series queued up right now.

    Audiobook purchased for review by ABR.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    CaroChel 03-31-16
    CaroChel 03-31-16
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    "Cliffhanger ending"
    Would you listen to First Activation again? Why?

    No. It's memorable enough the first time.


    Would you recommend First Activation to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe. It would depend on their particular interest and whether they're agreeable to a thus-far unending and bloody series.


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

    Not that I recall, although I'm starting to keep an exhaustive database of such details. But he did a fabulous differentiation of characaters through his amazing ability to change his voice.


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

    Blood and gory death everywhere.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're into lots of gory deaths, by all means try this series. But be forewarned, things do not end with book one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 12-14-15
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 12-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "You first...then it's my turn!"
    If you could sum up First Activation in three words, what would they be?

    Original
    Surprising
    Driven


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting...the source of the "issue".
    Least...some of the characters have side issues that are derivative and don't easily move the story forward.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The confrontation with the perpetrators was compelling and complicated.


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

    I almost did. It came across as a short book, and, obviously, is the first of a series, which definitely left me wanting the sequel right away!


    Any additional comments?

    The performer, James Langton , is outstanding in this effort. His charcterizations are consistent, original and lively. He brings a great deal to this dystopian story, and does so with energy and thoughtfulness. His performance alone makes this a worthwhile credit!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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