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Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story Audiobook

Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story: The World Burns Saga

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Publisher's Summary

A raw and gritty standalone novel in The World Burns saga.

Life after an EMP puts the US in the dark ages is not an easy one. Life is dangerous and difficult enough without humans preying on each other. Don, an alcoholic, and a gamer girl called "Z" make an odd introduction together and find themselves thrust into a survival situation neither of them are prepared to endure.

A ghost from Don's past surfaces - one who's responsible for his pain and suffering. Can both Don and Z endure in a world that has gone crazy, when all they want to do is keep on living?

©2015 Boyd L. Craven III (P)2015 Boyd L. Craven III

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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 10-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An enjoyable listen."

    I haven't read any of the A World Burns books before this and while I enjoyed this, I felt like something was missing! I think if there was maybe a little round up of how the EMP happened, it may have taken away the nagging feeling of the story being incomplete! I do think, if you have read and enjoyed the other books, then you may love this.

    This is told from 2 very different peoples POV. Don, an alcoholic man, and Z, a woman just trying to survive the gangs. Each of these were well written! Don being so broken and dealing with his alcoholism, and Z, just trying not to be raped and dragged off by the bikers. When Don is beaten to within an inch of his life, Z is the one to find him and help him heal. I liked both characters and felt for each of them.

    This isn't focused on the aftermath of the Apocalypse, this is more character focused. It brings us on both of these characters journeys and their struggle to survive. I'm actually really looking forward to the next one to see where they go from here.

    In all, this is a dark, yet hopeful read. It has definitely peaked my interest and I look forward to more.

    Kevin Pierce did an amazing job, as always. He seems to have a voice for post apocalyptic books!! He is easy to listen to and has a wide range of tones.

    *I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Franklin Horton 10-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Engaging Post-Apocalyptic Drama"
    Would you listen to Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story again? Why?

    Absolutely. The story was engaging with no flat spots. Boyd Craven is growing as a writer with each novel. The characters in the story are well-developed and realistic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Z. The portrait of a girl who was always an outsider when the world was normal, who has adapted to the post-collapse world while remaining an outsider, adds a different perspective to the story.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?

    Again, it would be Z. I found her view of the unfolding of the story to be very fresh. Kevin Pierce portrayed this in a manner that seemed very true to the intentions of the author.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    While I did not have an extreme reaction, this story ran the reader through a range of emotions. There are poignant moments and scenes of extreme brutality, but all of it is delivered with grace. None of it seems gratuitous or heavy-handed.


    Any additional comments?

    I am extremely impressed at how this author grows with each book. His talent shines through and I'm excited to see where he will take us next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 10-19-15
    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 10-19-15 Member Since 2004

    Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds.

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    "EMP, Booze and Bikers Oh My"
    What made the experience of listening to Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story the most enjoyable?

    A fast moving and realistic story line with believable characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was zombie free. Zombies are OK, but there has been a real excess of apocalyptic books written about them recently. None of that here.


    Any additional comments?

    A very entertaining, well written and well narrated story. A good example for all apocalypse genre writers. Deeply flawed and scared characters who are struggling to survive make the plot line realistic and believable. There are not a lot of the usual unbelievable situations although the finale could be a bit of a stretch. The story moves along quickly, jumping back and forth between the two main characters individually and eventually as a team.
    Luck not preparedness for a disaster plays a big role for both characters. The male character survives mostly by knowing where a refuge is and having access to it due to his job. The female has access to a radio and is given good advice and guidance by others that allows her to survive. While these characters are fortunate, it is clear that most people either died shortly after the EMP event as is usually predicted due to starvation. The minimal remainder survive by foraging or plundering. It is pretty clear that having self defense resources and being in a group ensures a better chance at survival than being a lone wolf.
    This book actually deals with the mental impact of the disaster especially as it relates to the two main characters. The deep fear and loneliness resonate throughout the book and is only assuaged by contact with others. This is a refreshingly realistic view of survival. Not one often portrayed or examined deeply in the genre.
    I look forward to listening to other books by this author.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Bough 10-19-15
    Tony Bough 10-19-15
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    "Narrated brilliantly. I really liked this book"
    Would you listen to Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story again? Why?

    I thought this was a good stand-alone offshoot of the author's other "World..."books. The main characters are flawed, but manage to forge an unlikely relationship in the PA world. The story was slightly unpredictable which kept me listening. I’d come back again to review the characters and the plot so yes I’d definitely listen again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    For me, the characters come alive and have a believable connection to each other. The story's not predictable with good characterisation and a plot that moves along at a good pace.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked Don's terminator style man on rampage rescue at the end.


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

    Yes. I listened to it in the car and it was great.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-04-16
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-04-16 Member Since 2016

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "IN AN APOCALYPSE ITS SURVIVORS THAT ARE YOUR ENEMY"
    What did you love best about Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story?

    I loved it all...the story was good, and the narration was good too!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The bond between Z and Don!


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?

    Z and Don....


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

    Same as my title!


    Any additional comments?

    ** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

    I like Kevin's narrations, and this was a good story..I like P/A books....this is a story of a friendship that developed by accident between Z and Don..after the world comes to a bitter halt..She saves him, and they become friends...and in return he saves her...they keep each other sane and make each others lives better...it was a good story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amiesbookreviews Ontario, Canada 11-26-15
    Amiesbookreviews Ontario, Canada 11-26-15 Listener Since 2008

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    "Compelling & believable characters drive this book"

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


    This audiobook is a stand-alone story. It does take place in the world of Boyd Craven III's "The World Burns" saga, but it is the unnecessary to have any knowledge of those books to understand or enjoy "Rebel Radio".

    An EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) has destroyed all electronic devices and the world has been sent back to a time before electricity. This is a fairly common storyline in the post-apocalyptic genre. There is some of the typical hunt for supplies and shelter going on in this audiobook, however there is much less of this than one would expect. This is a story first and foremost about people. Yes, the setting is post-apocalyptic, but that is really just the backdrop to the actual tale.

    This book is written from two different points of view. Each chapter is either told from Don's perspective or from Z's perspective. Don is male and around 33 years of age and Z is a 23 year old female.

    The narrator does an incredible job as the voice of Don; the depressed, alcoholic, but I found it both strange and disconcerting that the same voice also narrated the chapters that were written from Z's perspective. I would have preferred to hear two different narrators (one male & one female) so that it would always be clear whose perspective that chapter was being told from.

    Boyd Craven III has created amazingly realistic and completely believable characters. It is those characters that drive the story.

    Ben is a severely depressed, suicidal alcoholic and was this way even before the EMP. He decides each morning whether or not he is going to kill himself that day.

    Z is a gamer girl who has spent most of her recent years living life through her computer screen. She now realizes that no matter how amazing she was at playing (and winning) post-apocalyptic video games, that those skills are completely useless in her new reality.

    When the two misfits cross paths they each need to decide how to proceed with their own survival, and whether or not to team up and help each other, especially considering that their individual trust and faith in humanity is in short supply.

    I was drawn in to the audiobook and listened to it in a single session. It's length of only 4 hours and 38 minutes made this easy to do.

    I do not want to reveal any spoilers, but I will say that I recommend this audiobook very highly.

    If not for the male/female issue, I would have rated this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars. But, I have decided to deduct half a star because of that; resulting in a 4.5 out of 5 Star rating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


    ~ I received a free copy of this audiobook through AudioBookBlast dot com in exchange for an honest review

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 11-23-15
    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 11-23-15 Member Since 2016

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    "dark but hopeful tale of unlikely duo in PA story"

    A dark but yet still hopeful post-apocalyptic tale of an unlikely pair of survivors. We aren't given much detail into the EMP that caused the apocalyptic event (apparently this book is a stand alone that is tangentially part of a PA series that I wasn't aware of when I read this), but that didn't bother me. The PA world is familiar enough and enough detail is given that the reader falls into it neatly. I sort of liked the unexplained nature of the big event, since if it really happened, how much would survivors actually know about what had happened?

    Our main character is a early 20's gamer girl named Z (Zelda after the Princess in the video game), who has been holed up for months after the big bang, trying to survive by staying hidden. Gangs of thugs are roaming the world now, scrounging supplies and women. Z decides to seek another sanctuary, and while she is out, witnesses the beating of an man. She helps him, and they end up sharing his secret hideaway. Don, who is a heartbroken alcoholic who turns out to have a flair for survival skills. They have a better chance of survival together than on their own.

    There is lots of action in the book; much peril and fighting. Our two characters have their own demons and fears to fight, but still seem to present a hopeful future in the gritty, increasingly dangerous world.

    The strongest parts of the book were the very realistic violence and fear in the descriptions, and the realism of the awkward budding relationship between Don and Z. The writing is smooth and high tensioned, very readable.

    I was a little annoyed by Don's self-pity and weakness at first, but he finds his strength when he has someone to protect. I was also a bit disappointed that a romance developed - as that seemed rather cliched, but it makes sense in the context of the story and their reliance on each other. Some of the plot is a little far-fetched, but then, this is a PA story and we expect a lot of peril, violence, ingenuity, and risk-taking.

    Kevin Pierce did a bang-up job narrating the story. His delivery is smooth and helps to underscore the emotional tide of the story. I liked his portrayal of Z, which can be difficult for a male narrator.

    I'd definitely read more of the World Burns Saga.

    NOTE: This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 11-12-15
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 11-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Good listen"

    This was short, but it was good. The story line was interesting and engaging. The only hitch for me was in having the female characters voice read by a male. The only thing unusual about that is that he makes no attempt to read the part in a feminine voice. Once you get past that minor observance, I enjoyed the book. I would be interested in a sequel, but the story was wrapped up nicely enough if that does not occur. I recommend it.

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    josh rangel 11-06-15
    josh rangel 11-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love these stories."
    What made the experience of listening to Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story the most enjoyable?

    The way that it tiered in with the first book, even though the characters never met they still have an impact on one another.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is really good, the struggles that would probably really go one after and EMP. The way that this story ties in with the first one is very clever, I love how the people from the first book had such an impact on Z, the struggles that Z and Don went thou, I loved following them and seeing how they grew as individuals and grew with each other. That there can be hope even after the end of the world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Henryville, PA, United States 10-27-15
    Michael Henryville, PA, United States 10-27-15

    Mike

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    "Not what I was expecting, but I loved it."
    If you could sum up Rebel Radio: A Post-Apocalyptic Story in three words, what would they be?

    Enthralling, Engaging and Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Don. He was a tragically flawed character but had a rich backstory and his flaws made sense. He also went on a path of redemption that set him apart from what I had expected from him.


    What does Kevin Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is the second time I have listened to a book narrated by Pierce (the other being Warday). He has great intonation and brings life to the character's thoughts. He makes them feel real.


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

    In the apocalypse, redemption is as important as survival.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected something different from this book, but honestly I was pleasantly surprised. I found myself connecting with and caring about the characters. The story itself was surprisingly in depth given that it was relatively short. Some parts of the story were slightly cliched as other reviewers pointed out, but in my opinion it made it no less enjoyable. I hope to read more by this author!


    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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