Robert Ralston is an average guy living in one of America's largest cities. He is the perfect definition of an American prepper. When three events in succession trigger a breakdown in society, Robert Ralston has to survive with his wife and two children.
Knowing the general rule that society totally collapses when there is no food or law and order, for three days he does his best to save his family. He makes many mistakes along the way. Although Robert is the perfect definition of a modern day prepper, he finds that much of what he learned about preparing to save himself and his family and to prepare for society's coming collapse wasn't enough!
This is a thriller that is both educational and suspenseful, with nonstop action. It will leave you wanting more, and it is written by one of the best authors of today.
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Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
1st a compliment... this book is complete on its own and although there is a volume 2 the story is finished and it is by choice if you go on. It is also a very unusual EMP set-up so kudos for creativity and a few of his theories. If this SHTF stuff rocks your boat it's worth the read (my brother liked it). There isn't much swearing or over the top sex. There is a good bit of violence... but a main character with a conscious as he shoots people (unlike "The End" series).This book beats "299 Days" series to pieces but is miles behind "One Second After" or "Jakarta Pandemic."
I went to the authors web-site which actually looks interesting and I will probably go back and to peek at some of his info. He claims to be a ghost writer with top-10 books to his credit. If so, he rushed though this one or failed to use an editor because there are lots of redundancies, inconstancies, areas where I had to suspend my disbelief (and couldn't) and quite a bit of cheese.
The narrator wasn't bad when not doing voices... but those occasional children's voices, accents and place names were pretty bad. I had more issues with the audio editing that had repeated sentences and static filled pauses.
Not sure if it is the narrator or was just poor recording, but it sounded poor compared to other Audible productions.
Story was decent, but the dialog between characters was very poor at times. Author needs to understand what 4 year olds are capable of saying. Same with 12 year olds. The dialog with the kids was terrible overall. Dialog among the adults wasn't much better. BUT the story was interesting and when there was just straight narration - it was well written and descriptive.
As for the narrator himself? He has no business attempting to alter his voice for women and children characters. It was awful. Awful.
Poor choice of narrator.
Sorry to be negative, but these issues REALLY distracted from what was otherwise an interesting story line.
Real Estate Junkie
Definitely use a different narrator. The story was like one of those disaster movies where the onslaught of catastrophe's is just relentless. A disconcerting listen. Also, in multiple spots the editing overlaps and the narrator repeats the same couple of lines twice.
Have not listened to any of his other books.
This narrator used a tone and reading style that just drove me crazy. Speeding up when he shouldn't slowing down when he shouldn't, and using voices for different characters that just did not fit. A couple of the voices he used grated on my ears like fingernails on a chalkboard.
Not really. Between the style used by the narrator, and the poor story line, I turned it off with over 2 hours to go. Just couldn't spend anymore time trying to follow it.
11 year old boys
At least the horrible writing and unbelievable plot distract you from all the technical inaccuracies. I feel bad saying this, because I could not write a book any better. I love the Prepper, SHTF books I have literally listen to an read hundreds of them and, every book has things you may not think are realistic, but in this book 10 days into a collapse and the author writes about a District Attorney who with no rule of law has joined a Rouge Biker Gang who pillage and rape. In the book after just 3 days of the little town is publicly executing people at the court house. I just could not even enjoy some of the good parts of the book because they were immediately followed by 9 more unrealistic plot twists. So sorry to throw the author "under the bus" but it read like a comic book version of the Apocalypse.
Okay story however, it just seemed like the writer was writing about himself and how he fantasize how everything would work in the end of the world scenario.
clumsily trying to tell you how to be a prepper. unrealistic stiuations. protagonist constantly doing things out of character just to make a small point. very bad.
He shouldn't have watched so much doomsday preppers. Was that show his ONLY point of reference for prepping?
Kevin Pierce, but I'm not sure he would have narrated the book
This is the genre of book which I will read and listening to all the time. This was without comparison the worst written story line and worse narration I have ever attempted to listen to. I made about halfway through the book before I cut it off.
GOOD LORD NO!!!!
There is not enough space! Without doubt the WORST ever!! Idiotic is a compliment. Voices are literally painful to listen to.
Not one thing! Absolutely the worst book ever in this genre. It's like a 10 year old boy wrote it. Completely unbelievable and childish.
If you have read Alas Babylon, Lucifer's Hammer, any G. Micheal Hopf, Franklin Horton or One Second After, this book will have you wanting to scream. The characters are beyond stupid, the author obviously knows very little about guns, prepping or general survival. The conversations between characters is ridiculous. Like I said, it's like a 10 year old boy wrote this book. There is literally mention of boobies numerous times. UGH!! I was embarrassed for the author. The narrator is actually painful to listen to. He is HORRIBLE!! He tries to do voices, and fails miserably. DO NOT DO IT!! DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. Even if someone GIVES it to you, they are not your friend. Friends wouldn't do something that cruel.
The narrator's voice has so much bass in it hard to listen to in a car.
Story repeats some concepts. Gets a bit unbelievable with the continuous action when realistically improbable.
The author either has no concept of the details of his topic or he stretched literary license to it breaking point.
Clips, not magazines are just the simplest to point out. Adding not one, but two disasters still didn't give his hero any significant issues.
Inconsistency runs rampant. To avoid any spoilers (other than the book itself) I won't give the details, however they are plentiful.
The narrator sounds as though he is trying out for a dramatic part in a play with every single sentence.
If you want to read a purely fictitious book which has little or no basis in reality, and you can stomach the narration, this may be the book for you. If not, find another.
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