Best-selling author Chris Pike brings a fresh voice to the post-apocalyptic genre with another pulse-pounding, harrowing story about survival.
He was a man of quiet faith and determined courage who lived by an unwavering code of honor. He was a firm believer that the good guys would win and the bad guys would lose, although it didn't mean there wouldn't be casualties or injuries in the process of winning. EMP survivor Chris Chandler wasn't one to back away from overwhelming odds, and as of now, the odds weren't stacked in his favor. One way or the other, people were going to get hurt here or killed.
Amanda Hardy and Chris Chandler have been living comfortably at the Double H Ranch where they took sanctuary after the EMP. Deciding it was time to head to Austin, where they both have relatives, they leave the safety of the ranch to embark on a journey filled with unknown perils.
They have meticulously planned for the trip, carrying extra food, ammo, and water, and they think they are prepared for every possible contingency, except for one. Amanda hasn't been completely truthful with Chandler about her past - a past that will have tragic consequences.
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I am really enjoying this series. The way Mr Pike has allowed us to follow along as some of the newer characters of book 2, of the series, headed off on their own journey is great! Narrator, Mr Pierce is wonderful as always!! I am really looking forward to book 4!
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It's been a fun process to follow Pike's writing from books one until book three. It started strong but has really picked up in Unknown World. Pike knows how to weave a few stories into one without taking away from the overall story arc.
Unknown World's main storyline is Chandler and Amanda traveling across Texas to get to her aunt's ranch. Of course along the way they run into lots of trouble from more than one type of person. I won't ruin who or what happens, but I will tell you that it involved two different 'baddies' that really cranked the action up to 11.
Both Chandler and Amanda are pretty well explained in the first two books, but we are treated to a little more back story on Amanda -- which ends up having a pretty big part of the story. I like reading a book and thinking that I know the characters and then an author can throw in a story you didn't know or didn't expect and it changes everything.
My favorite part of Unknown World came when we are introduced to Chandlers brother and his ability to always pick the wrong moment. I found myself laughing at the parts with his brother, especially in the final "bonus" story.
The narration for Unknown World was done by the Post-Apocalyptic master Kevin Pierce, who, surprise surprise, does a great job. He's narrated the first two books and I'm glad that he was brought back to narrate the third.
Overall, this book was really enjoyable. I could tell that book two was leading up to something, but this wasn't at all what I expected. It had a lot more action and a lot more human connection than the first 2 books. Which really 'matured' the series a bit (don't worry it's not heavy like some post-apocalyptic books can be).
I honestly could have left the series here. I wasn't sure if this was going to be a three book series or more when I started it, but I would be happy with the way it ended. With that being said, I know that Pike is writing the fourth right now that's due out sometime in 2017.
Like a lot of authors you can tell this book was either rushed or just another book for more sales. Way too many coincidences throughout the book and not a very believable story. Still a great author with lots of good books though!
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Forced myself through this one... I enjoy a "prepper" story now and then and realize the writing is often sub par... but you listen for the information and ideas.
The first two books in the series were ok... but this one devolved to the point of the ridiculous and had nothing to do with prepping.
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