Award Winner in the 2016 Readers Favorite International Book Contest and the 2016 Shelf Media Best Indie Contest
Dylan Townsend stands on the beach watching commercial jets fall out of the sky like oak leaves twirling in the wind. A wing shears off the one closest to the shore just before it splashes down in the sea. Why was she telling him this outlandish story? What sort of tourist agency would offer people a front row seat to the end of the world? More importantly, why would anyone book such a vacation if there wasn't any way home afterward?
"Why would anyone buy a ticket on the Titanic if they knew it was doomed?"
"Relax Dylan," she assures him. "If you know it's going to sink, you could bring a raft."
As she paces in the sand watching the sky, he realizes that however wild her story may be, he loves her. Maybe Izzy is a time travel tour guide after all. In truth, he is more likely to be harmed by her boyfriend than the imminent apocalypse. What's he going to do about that sticky situation?
"Come on," she orders, pulling on his arm. "We need to see a man about a raft."
Disclaimer: This novel contains no profanity, some violence, an office princess in bondage, cowboy coffee, classic cars, love triangles, domestic violence, birthday cake, Lion Country Safari mishaps, beach volleyball, road rage, a prosthetic shotgun, text messages on gum wrappers, and the strong belief that people are a product of their experiences and not just genetically predisposed to mayhem.
Any resemblance to actual historical events or persons alive or dead is purely coincidental.
©2016 C. F. Waller (P)2017 C. F. Waller
This is one of the better books that I've listened to in a long time! Although I received this audiobook for free in exchange for my review, if there had been a follow up book or continuation of the story, I would have immediately paid a $15 credit to listen to it.
I loved the story, probably because there was a little bit of romance mixed in. The only thing I can complain about, is that it ended. There's closure, but the ending is such that a second book could easily pick up where this one ended.
The narration was perfection! Mr. Bennett did an excellent job with all of the voices and there's a flawless transition between male and female voices.
Dylan Townsend is an ordinary kid, dealing with a violent home life, until a mysterious group of people move into the new homes at the end of his street. About a dozen years of his life unfolds around the end of modern civilization. This was a great coming of age while getting a grip on a new reality story.
Waller chose one of my personal favorite apocalypse scenarios. The end of the power grid. Lights out. The preface confirms that this scenario is actually possible, which makes it outright frightening. I’m also acquainted with someone in the power grid industry who has told me that under a few unlikely, yet possible situations, America could plunge back into a preindustrial society for years.
There were plot twists I misread early on and I was delighted with how the story played out. The apocalypse happens, don’t get me wrong. The title event is not one of the twists.
I admire the subtle characterizations that went into sideline characters like Dickey. Waller didn’t waste a word on any character who doesn’t prove to piss you off or become your friend. You may not think they matter in their first scenes, but near the end they suddenly become important and you already know a bunch about them! Scenes that may have felt extraneous early on proved to be the ends of carefully woven plot threads.
I don’t want to reveal the story’s antagonist, but I will say that his character is a bit over the top and prone to extreme decision making. They proved to be unyielding, insensitive, and clingy in a way. I found it strange that the love triangle bit was so pivotal. Not like I’m complaining and calling a bluff, people in real life do irrational things with far less provocation. That’s the beauty of apocalyptic settings, people who were once civilized are now free to shape the world as they see fit.
The book was divided into acts and I really liked how each one carried its own weight and seemed to reach a finality within itself that lent to the larger story.
I received a free audiobook copy and enjoyed it while navigating the highways in what will hopefully stay a pre-apocalypse society until I learn to farm, hunt, and perform minor surgery.
All genre stuff aside, this book would be great for anyone the characterization and scenery were astounding.
This surprised me. It started a little slow but picked up nicely.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
I really enjoyed the human interaction, and the descent into chaos! It was an interesting look into humanity
The topic of post-apocalyptic life, in my experience of books, has rarely delved into the currencies people turn to when they're picking up the pieces and just eking out their survival. Furthermore, discussions of how preparedness can make a difference brings new elements into the picture with something like an agency from the future that can 'bring a raft'.
The author educates we ignorant readers through the education of our friend and protagonist, Dylan. As he learns, we do. It's always 'value-added' content for the book. I never found the content dry or boring when it was serving to explain or teach.
I enjoy the apocalypse look on life, it is always interesting to see the different, yet very similar takes people have on how things would play out. For the most part, authors have a very low respect for what us humans would do and how we react. This book is no different in that front and not really original. But still offers engaging characters and story and the backdrop to how things all come together is well done and I found myself enjoying the book a lot, including Scott's narration. I plan to check out some of C.F. Wallers other books and see if is abilities carry beyond this one.
It's taken me a week or so to get my thoughts around writing this review. Not because the story is poor, because it isn't. It is a great read. No, my delay is driven by the mix of emotions it left me with.
On one hand, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in the book. In fact, the relationships between Dylan, Izzy, Graham and others are interesting, woven very well, and thought provoking. Whilst on the other hand, the author kept certain details back from us, such as why these people were even in this small town and what they were building in the desert. This kept me interested but impatient for a revelation to pull the story together.
The story does start out a bit confusing, but hang in there, because the final hours of narration pull that together, and it comes together well.
The culmination of the story left me hoping for the perfecting ending but instead provided a satisfying, if unexpected, alternative.
Overall, I really enjoyed Tourists of the Apocalypse. The premise was different: a time traveling vacation to witness the end of the world. I hope there will be a sequel, but I am not sure how C F Waller will achieve that.
My thanks to the author/publisher for providing me a copy of this book via Audiobook Boom dot com in exchange for an unbiased review.
Brian's Book Blog
Tourists of the Apocalypse was like peeling an onion. It had many layers, and each one got you closer to the core. The book was broken into different parts and each one built upon the next (except the first, but that is addressed later in the book). Each part was built on the last part really drawing the reader into the story.
I didn't purposely read another time travel book so close to All Our Wrong Todays, but this was a totally different take on time travel (ironically ironing out some of the paradoxes that AOWT's brought up.
The story follows Dylan as he stumbles upon a group of people that are moving into his neighborhood. He befriends them one-by-one and finds himself almost brought into the group. After Dylan finds out exactly why this group is here, he isn't sure what to think. There is a lot more to this story, but describing any more of it will definitely spoil it for other readers.
The story itself was really fun and different. I was a little lost at the beginning, but as I mentioned earlier, once the book was near finishing I now understood the first chapter(s). Mainly following Dylan as he grows up, learns of his fate and the fate of the world around him, finds love, loses love, loses love again, and continues to learn and grow. I found Dylan to be really easy to read and understand. He was a likable character who lent himself really well to Tourists of the Apocalypse.
The last two hours or so had me riveted to my seat. I needed to know what was going to happen. I had some ideas and I also had an idea that it wasn't going to be a complete "Hollywood" ending either. Without saying too much, I will say that Waller didn't let me down. The ending felt very thought out and realistic (for a time travel book).
A totally different take on both post-apocalyptic and time travel novels. CF Waller really does a great job weaving heartache with laughs and love with loss into Tourists of the Apocalypse.
The narration was done by J. Scott Bennett who does a great job voicing Dylan. I really enjoyed this narration and it allowed me to get into the story deeper and deeper.
I was given a copy of this book which has not affected my review in any way.
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Loved this book, now one of my all time favorites! The story was imaginative. The action thrilling.the love interest compelling.left me wishing for more story of the characters.the reader for this audiobook had fantastic inflection.all in all a highly enjoyable listen.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I really did enjoy the depth of this story. It left me wanting another story following the main character. The build up kept me on the edge and I particularly love the twists contained within. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an awesome end of day adventure.
""Don't ask questions you don't want the answers.""
The author takes time to precede the opening chapters of his book to give his audience background information about E.M.P.s, and how just three strategically exploded nuclear devices could put out all of the lights in the U.S.A. He even commends to the reader a Government report about the dangers which was published on the same day as the one which investigated the happenings of 9/11 (and so was overlooked by the press).
And then the story begins...
From the very beginning the listener is drawn into a strange determination of a single female employee of some unknown facility, nuclear based, to blow up the building. All is set in motion but then she waits ... It will be a long time before we meet her again.
The scene changes as we are introduced to a teenaged boy, the main protagonist, named Dylan : and it is his life we follow as he is befriended by newly arrived neighbours with mysterious backgrounds, falls in love and survives the apocalypse. And discovers his neighbour's secrets.
It is a book of several parts, very unusual, mostly quite thrilling and not at all the usual story of total social breakdown found in most other post apocalyptic stories (although, inevitably, there are some such harrowing scenes). Plus, running through most of the book is the simple mystery - what does the person named as the Failsafe actually do?
The character building in Tourists of the Apocalypse is good, excellent in some cases - I especially enjoyed the development of Dicky, one of Dylan's near neighbours who had suffered brain damage as a youth. Yet somehow the people never really seemed to come fully to life, despite the best efforts of the marvellous J.Scott Bennett, whose narration was superb and each voicing individual and distinctive. An air of unreality seemed to hang over the central part of the story, as if the little group of individuals was somehow not part of the aftermath of the devestation. After the intriguing, exciting first hours, I found my attention wavering during this central section, only to be vigorously revived again in the latter part of the book. And the ending was superb.
So nearly a five star - for the originality, the different approaches, a sense of mystery, the absolutely thrilling chases towards the ending of the book, and even for the portrayal of Dylan and Dicky - yet for me it did not gel as seamlessly as a truly five star book should.
That said, it is an exceptionally good listen and my thanks go out to the rights holder who gifted me my copy, via Audiobook Boom. I would certainly recommend it to all post apocalyptic fans.
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