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Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1 | [A. American]

Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.
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Publisher's Summary

If society collapsed, could you survive?

When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: The country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back. During the grueling trek from Tallahassee to his home in Lake County, chaos threatens his every step but Morgan is hell-bent on getting home to his wife and daughters - and he'll do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Fans of James Wesley Rawles, William R. Forstchen's One Second After, and The End by G. Michael Hopf will revel in A. American's apocalyptic tale.

©2013 A. American (P)2013 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Randall 02-01-14
    Randall 02-01-14 Member Since 2005
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    "A page turner, if. . ."
    Where does Going Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If audio books had pages, this entire series would be a page turner. I enjoy TEOTWAWKI themed books because they tend to have lots of action plus I like to see/hear how different authors view life on the other side of civilization. The "Going Home" series is one of the best I've read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A. American uses the TEOTWAWKI standard device, an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) to usher in the end of civilization. This quickly gets us to the meat of the story. He introduces plenty of main characters, often developing multiple story lines so we can see each character develop. I think the author does an excellent job of painting what the other side of civilization will look like (since we agree so often, he must be a genius, right?). He weaves in survival tips and strategies, some of which make sense, some I could argue with. It is important to note that nobody really knows how people will react. Any theory posited by an author should be used as a launching point for your own thought exploration. Hence, the reason I enjoy reading this genre.


    Which character – as performed by Duke Fontaine – was your favorite?

    The retired Army Sargent First Class is my favorite character. His role would be useless without his well selected team but together they make a great story. NOTE: I cannot judge the reader's performance because I listen in a fast forward mode which speeds up the beat and changes the reader's pitch etc.


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

    Re: Listening in one sitting. . . .not only did I panic when my battery needed charging, I loaded the other two books on my player so I wouldn't have to stop!


    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 04-27-14
    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 04-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Very good series!"

    Normally after 3 books a series gets stale, however, A. American has managed to hook me in, and now I'm waiting for book 4 to come out this summer.

    A mix of 1 Second After, and the failure of society after a Zombie attack, this time the "Zombies" are the DHS; who doesn't like to hate the DHS?

    I wouldn't want to call this a "Prepper" book, however, I like that this book made me think about the story, even after listening to the 3 books in the series. If you're thinking about becoming a "Prepper", this book is going to make you think more then you may have before. Are you really ready?

    Fontaine does a really good job keeping you in the story, so even with 3 books it's not sounding old.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 04-11-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Loved it!"

    What a great book! For those of us out there that enjoy a good SHTF novel...this is a good one. Not as good as One Second After in my opinion, but still a very good book. This one was a little different from a lot of the others in that the story follows a few people as they attempt to get home after everything falls apart. They are stranded a few hundred miles form home and the journey to get home is what this book is about.

    I think that some of the situations, and the short amount of time it takes for society to completely degrade, might be a little bit of a stretch...but then again, who knows. We, as a society, MUST spend some time and make plans for how we are going to handle these kinds of possible scenarios. The thing that I really like about these kind of books, is that IT COULD REALLY HAPPEN! When you read this book, it's almost like you are reading a self-help book. I love to take the situations that the characters are put into and think about how I would handle them. Would I do something different....would I be able to, emotionally or physically, do what needs to be done. It is something that I think about a lot, and personally prepare for. LOVE IT!

    The narrator also did a fine job. Great, consistent characterization and voicing. This one is a winner!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Hookway Barrington, NH, US 02-19-14
    Chris Hookway Barrington, NH, US 02-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Intriguing "prepper" story, terrible writing."

    After reading this story, I decided to write a review. I sat down at my desk, and turned on my HP Pavillion desktop computer, running 32 bit Windows 7 Pro on an Intel Core i5 650 at 3.33 GHz. I turned on the computer, listening to the whir of the fans and the clicking of hard drive starting up. When the screen came up, I logged in with my regular user account, rather than the admin account I created for emergencies. As I did so, I thought about my other computer, my favorite actually, that is a Dell desktop with a Phenom II motherboard running Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon with a modified desktop, a custom dock and 4 standard workspaces. Once the OS booted, I saw that I had 14 new emails, many of which could be about work. Then I ran Chrome version 32.0.1700.107 m, as I like it better than IE 11 or Firefox, and I logged into Audible.com. I navigated to my library and found the option to review this book there. I considered what the best headline would be for quite a while, not knowing how to capture my feelings about this book in one statement. I finally arrived at "Intriguing 'prepper' story, terrible writing", and typed it in. And, so I wrote a review in the style of writing that the book is written in - with waaaaaay too much irrelevant detail and technical jargon that bogs down the whole experience immeasurably.

    I did enjoy the story somewhat, and find it an interesting "what if" about the cause and aftermath of the downfall of our technological society, but that was in spite of the very poor quality of the writing. The story unfortunately has the feel of a first draft rushed to publication (maybe to get it out there before the electricity stops flowing), which needs some hefty revising to become even moderately polished - like a great idea for a story that hasn't yet come to fruition. There were times when I didn't want to put it down, but there were also at least as many when I yelled "Come on!! DO something! I am not interested in what brand of knife that guy was carrying, what the specifications of his rope are, or how he cooked breakfast, and I don't even know what an SVG is!!" at my car stereo.

    If you like exploring the concept of what may happen when the lights go out for good, don't mind your head spinning a bit from a barrage thinly veiled product endorsements, can deal with some right-leaning anti-government paranoia*, and can hold your nose through the rough writing, I recommend this book. It fits into the genre including The Road and One Second After, although it is at the opposite end of the quality scale for writing. As the first in a series, it would get about 3 stars as well, as I am intrigued to check out book 2, although I'm not willing to pay full price or to spend a whole credit on it - I'll wait for the next sale.

    Enjoy! And, someone tell me what the hell an SVG is, please.

    (* which, I think, is fairly healthy and well-deserved in this day and age)

    51 of 63 people found this review helpful
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    victoria Washington, DC, United States 11-26-13
    victoria Washington, DC, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2003
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    "This is how we wash the dishes..."

    Funny book this. As mentioned by other reviewers, there's enough 'gear glee' to make you think the author works for the marketing department of some survivalist supplier. But more than that, just as the story starts to get going we pause to wash the dishes, pack the backpack, make dinner, wash dirty clothes, make hot chocolate, wash the dishes again, put on socks, tie our shoes, make the bed…seriously, most of us know how to do these things.

    Really bad writing, so I think the narrator was actually doing the best with what he had, and the politics will be off-putting to some. I hung in till the end though, so author must be doing something right. I'd be interested to see if book two has the same attention to minutia. Oh, no wait: That would mean I have to buy it.

    53 of 68 people found this review helpful
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    Anne F. Philo, CA United States 08-16-14
    Anne F. Philo, CA United States 08-16-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Don't waste your time"

    I bought this thinking it was science fiction but instead got political propaganda. Terrible writing and the delivery is often flawed; given other reviews I've read about the terrible punctuation, I think the reader was doing the best he could with bad material. Lots of wasted time while teeth are brushed, food is cooked, clothes are washed. The first part of the story was good and engaging but it really gets bogged down for the final third - I only finished because I hate not finishing a book. Don't waste your time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John 07-27-14
    John 07-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "this book is just a big advertisement for gear"
    Would you try another book from A. American and/or Duke Fontaine?

    I'd rather stab my hand with a fork


    Has Going Home turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Duke Fontaine’s performance?

    I think the problem is with the material not the narrator


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    Any additional comments?

    be interesting to know if A American gets a stipend from the gun lobby

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christina kirke hyllinge, Denmark 06-02-14
    Christina kirke hyllinge, Denmark 06-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "So boring I gave up before the end"
    Would you try another book from A. American and/or Duke Fontaine?

    Nope - I'd rather read his shoppinglist (it can't be that different from the book).


    What could A. American have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Take a writing class. Try to create tension and excitement. Stop naming every Little thing they pick up, pack. eat and drink, unless it has som point in the story. Even the dishwashing is explained in detail....(!)


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He tried - but with such bad material, there isn't much to be done....


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Going Home?

    All of them. A Waste of time


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely give up on a book - especially since I really like the post-apocalyptic genre and have listened to many a story of various quality. But this time I had to. I simply didn't care about knowing how the characters ended up. Besides - beginning the book with only one point of view and then - almost at the end - also starting to narrate from the other characters pov does NOT Work! Be consistent!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Jorgenson 05-30-14
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    "Well Intentioned But Low IQ"
    What disappointed you about Going Home?

    It was hard to bear through this title. The long descriptions seemed to brag about what the author knew. Much of the jargon used is the kind used to make the individual feel self important. I would rate this title as age appropriate for 6th graders, as that seems to be the level the story and writing were at. Attitudes presented were over confident, fool hardy.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Narrator was very good.


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been a real winner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Worley San Diego, CA USA 05-25-14
    Marc Worley San Diego, CA USA 05-25-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Product placement anyone?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have read many books of this genre and have never been so deluged by product placement in the first 20 minutes. It almost caused me to stop reading. The plot otherwise is interesting, but a bit slow.

    I sure hope the author got some freebies for all the items he mentioned (even including model numbers). Really took me out of the story.


    What didn’t you like about Duke Fontaine’s performance?

    Adequate, but will probably not select another book just because he is the narrator


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Going home. I was gripped form the start"
    Where does Going Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this. (and the next 2 in the series) I get through about 4 audiobooks a month. I would place this in the top 10.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Difficult to decide between Morgan and Thad. Both do what has to be done. but neither like doing it.


    Have you listened to any of Duke Fontaine’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Other than the next books in this series, No. But I will look for out for some. I liked his reading style. It sounded like he was enjoying the book too


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Veronika
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    8/11/14
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    "Book with a great premise but an agenda"
    What disappointed you about Going Home?

    I do admit that as a 30 something female I am probably not the target audience for this book. But the story had an interesting premise and I thought I’d give it a ago. It started really well and I actually believed the scenarios that the main characters were finding themselves in. But as the story progressed I got slowly tired of the constant references to backpacks, guns, ammo, food rations, radios and other various 3 letter acronyms for survival gear. Once the right wing politics underpin the story it really lost me.


    What was most disappointing about A. American’s story?

    This is obviously guys’ book. The female characters are sketchy at best and in case of Jessie just plain annoying. Her main contribution to the story is to flirt a bit and put others in danger because she can’t deal with the situation. Luckily she is only present in the book for a relatively short time.


    What three words best describe Duke Fontaine’s performance?

    Solid and well delivered.


    What character would you cut from Going Home?

    Jessie!


    Any additional comments?

    I’ve been tough on this book and maybe it's more of a 3 star book than 2 star. But I just can’t shake the disappointment. The story and the characters had a great potential so I just feel a bit let down by the story’s direction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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