Neal managed to survive the initial weeks after an EMP decimated the grid and all critical infrastructures. Using his cunning, skills, and mindset, he navigated the harsh new landscape. Life became harder when the weeks turned to months but still he survived. As he settled into his new normal, complacency set in with it. At first everything was fine, but then the deadly realities came to his doorstep. When tragedy struck all he wanted to do was give up, but a promise he had made kept him going, barely. He was a man without a home, a purpose, and, more importantly, hope. That changed one day along a desolate highway in the desert. There he'd discover a new reason for living.
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I have to admit I knew the book length when I bought it. Still, why no more story then what we get? I obviously like it since I want more. The character development is excellent. A reader makes an informed decision about liking or hating the people in this book.
This is about average people and how they react to an apocalypse. They make a lot of mistakes - some that are fatal. The language is rough compared to other works by these authors.
Without a spoiler, the FEMA/military actions are bizarre. I expect an explanation in a future book.
Now the bad. The narrator seems to be immune to periods. Why waste time on breathing between sentences? Really, can't the producer hear the problems? How about some pace and inflection? It is tough to keep listening.
This is a good story and worth the time. But perhaps it is better in this case to go with the printed version.
The biggest issue was that its a 'short story' - not a full novel or series. These kinds of stories dont reach their full potential or any type of satisfactory 'ending point' in short stories. The only exception to that is if the short story is based off a character within a series.
These are two of my favorite authors (A. American and the Going Home Series, G. Michael Hopf and the Long Road series).
Yes, Joseph Morton is 'tolerable' to me. He isnt my favorite or first choice, but he is FAR better than some I have listened to.
It was written by two of my favorite authors.
Yes, his surviving series is the best... this is a huge miss..
By A. American..
His voice was harsh and mono tone. Hard to engage with him.
If you have a pre-teen (10-12 y/o) interested in post-apocalyptic fiction then they might find this interesting. However, an adult will likely conclude the story to be childish and the writing juvenile.
In the first half of the book I was slightly disappointed but it really got to me by the end. The thought that any government much less our government could be so cruel, or was it the Chinese 😡
"decent but not as good as usual"
story lacked action and did not have me on the edge of my seat. compared to both authors usual books this one was tame and not their best. nothing terrible happened with little emotive connection. bit disappointed.
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