The strongest emotion of man is fear, and...fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.
Could you face fear head-on?
Can you forget all those moments when you thought you wouldn't survive, but did?
This fast-paced post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction series from author Bobby Akart (The Boston Brahmin series and the Prepping for Tomorrow series) has been hailed as a masterpiece of EMP survival fiction. Prepare to learn, as well as be entertained, as the Blackout series continues with Shiloh Ranch.
After a perilous journey replete with highs and lows around every turn, the Rymans reach their destination only to face guns pointing at them from all directions. Did they make a mistake? Should they have stayed home where familiar surroundings may have outweighed the threats closing in on them?
They quickly learn that there is one constant in a post-apocalyptic world - the threat from their fellow man.
This is the fourth book in the best-selling Blackout series. This book does not contain strong language. It is intended to entertain and inform audiences of all ages, including teen and young adults. Although some scenes depict the realistic threat our nation faces from a devastating solar flare, and the societal collapse which will result in the aftermath, it does not contain graphic scenes typical of other books in the post-apocalyptic genre.
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The narration. It is difficult to switch narrators after listening to the first three narrated by Kevin Pierce. Kevin Pierce is not my favorite narrator, but he is easy to listen to and he makes the listeners "feel" the character's emotions. I often have to take a break after listening to a series by Kevin Pierce because his voice really "sticks" with the characters and I find it difficult to change gears. I listen to a few other books by other narrators, then come back to SHTF with Kevin.
Nice voice, clear reading.
I have listened to all the Black Out books and several others by this author. You get a voice and character in your head, changing the narrator is a mistake.
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Shiloh Ranch is the fourth book in the Blackout Series by Bobby Akart. The first three books tell the tale of the Ryman family as they try and figure out what is going on in their quickly changing world. In this book, they find out that they are still "fugitives" while also learning to live on the farm and provide for themselves and the group that is living there.
Akart definitely understands the audience in the Blackout series. He's able to provide information (a lot of it totally factual) in an entertaining way. In Shiloh Ranch, he writes a lot about what it would be like to hold up at a farm (or travel to one). He talked a lot about the things that they were doing in a way that made sense and felt completely real to me.
The only reason this loses a little in the rating from me was because it felt like two stories where one of them was getting to be a little out of hand. Sure there will definitely be crazies in the apocalypse, but the "Ma" character is certifiable. I think that her story could have been spun off into a novella or another novel explaining who she is and why she's as nuts as she is. I understand that her part in this leads to what happens towards the end (trying not to spoil), but it still felt a little forced.
Shiloh Ranch saw the introduction of a few new characters and they were all really enjoyable. Every new person from the ranch made the story a little more interesting and feel a little more real. To be honest, this book feels a little like it's an interlude story. One of those needed storylines that move the characters and story along to the big and crazy finish line.
I was a little worried about the narration switching, but to be completely honest, I really enjoyed John David Farrell's work. He sounds similar enough to Kevin Pierce to where series veterans like me won't think "what the?" during the first few mins. And he was different enough that each Farrell felt like he really took ownership of the story by the end of it.
Overall, I finished Shiloh Ranch in about a day (a few hours at night and a few more the next day), so I obviously enjoyed it. Farrell's narration was a change, but not enough to upset series listeners. And the story itself was a part learning experience and part "what the?". I will definitely be eagerly awaiting Hornet's Nest's release on audio. I think that Akart is building up to something big here and I can't wait to figure out what it is.
I received a free copy of this book, it has not affected my review in any way.
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Absolutely , it's a fantastic book and as always with this author it's worth a re-listen .
Allison , she seems to have adapted to and become far more comfortable with her situation then her parents .
Yes I have , his work is always proffesional on point and he has a great depth to his characters male or female . He ranks right alongside other great narrators like Kevin Pierce .
Shiloh Ranch , once again the past predicts the future .
This is a fantastic series along with Bobby's other works and as well with the others start at book 1 to get the best out of the series .
I have experienced adventures and objectives others have only read about. Perhaps one day my story can be told? Until then, I will listen!
The book was tough to finish! I grew tired of the stereotypical southern voices and the ignorant decisions made by the main characters.
this was a great continuation of this series. can't wait for the next book. my only criticism is that the narrator changed. you can't go from Kevin Pierce to anyone else. nothing bad to say about this narrator, he did a good job, he's just not Mr. Pierce. other than that all good.
Wow this series never fails to entertain! I would be a bare face lier if I said I'm not upset where this one ended! But that's what a great author does I suppose. Patiently waiting for the conclusion to this fight!
Retired. Mom with 4 grown boys. Addicted to audio books also a news junkie. Favorite genres are Sci-fi, prepping, space and apocalyptic.
Shiloh Ranch is the continuation of The Blackout series. Great story, has lots of conflict and suspense to keep you interested. The Ryman family is a normal family trying to cope with a blacked out world. It's a different narrator this time but he does really well. If you have been reading this series, keep reading. It's really good.
First off.....I really like the reader. Please please...keep him for the remaining book(s).
As a prepared individual, I'm always learning or gleaning from works like this. If SHTF/TEOTWAWKI OCCURS, as I believe it will, I'm sure that the many scenarios that could befall me will. I'm hopeful that I will be able to handle some of them accordingly.
To the author, if he sees this...THANK YOU!! Ever so much for your contribution to those of us that are paying attention. Keep it frosty friend. -Mick J, Northwestern Ct. Litchfield County-
I read a lot of post apocalyptic works and the Blackout series is one of the best. Action packed and hard to put down. This series is full of useful knowledge for a possible SHTF situation. Narrator is great, look forward to next book in series.
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