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  • Stand Your Ground

  • American Strong Series
  • By: Chris Pike
  • Narrated by: Becket Royce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf Coast States of the United States have been decimated in a germ-warfare attack. Air Force One is down; infrastructure has failed; and enemies of the United States are after the president. Ella Strong and a group of survivors are thrust into a chaotic world of compromised infrastructure and unforeseen complications. They will have to fight traitorous villains, even those who have sworn their allegiance to protect the president.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent intro to a new series!

  • By RJ on 10-19-18

Terrifying

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

The thing that I find the most troubling are the things the most plausible. Things like biological attacks. Tiny bacteria or virus particle that may give us a bit of a runny nose or a virus like that of the 1918 flu.

That is the villain in this book. A biologic. The story centers around two teen girls and how they adapt to a changing world that in a flash is different. Where do you go? How do you survive ? People you meet are they a friend or are they a certain foe ?

These are the Changes that they face. The book is part of a series and the premise is a your college student wishes write book based on one of the now near 70 yr old woman’s story. It bounces a bit from the current day to her past. After awhile you get used to it but it’s a bit challenging to follow at first. After a few chapters it was a non issue.

The narration is the always great Kevin Pierce. He adds his unique inflection and pace as he builds up tension in his narration that leads you to thinking .... “Oh no!” at times.

I was given this book to review by the author and the thoughts and options are my own honest feelings after listening.

  • Pilgrimage

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Story
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Pilgrimage is a stand-alone post-apocalyptic story of survival. It was previously published as three separate novellas: Crossing, Refuge, and Advent. High School teacher James Rockwell is vacationing in Maine with his family, when an earth-changing explosion sends them on a race for their lives. Their first step is escaping an island in the midst of a tsunami, and it only gets more dangerous from there. Can they find their way home as civilization crumbles around them? And if they do, what horrors will they find?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Collection Of Three Stories That Read Like One

  • By Brian on 08-29-18

How to survive when the vacation goes all wrong

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-18

This is the story of a fairly average family on the the eastern seaboard. They go away for vacation and relax. It's anything but relaxing as the world falls apart for them. A event happens and it forces them to struggle to survive and escape . How? Where?

The characters are well rounded and believable. Some are good, the majority are somewhere in the middle. They type that want to be left alone and mind their own business. The ones when your car is broken down just drive by and don't even bother making eye contact. The bad ones are really bad. They type that become criminals and are very dark. I mean really bad news. Yes they run into those too.

So what happened ? How do they survive.? I won't tell. Give it a listen it’s a good tale of survival.


I was given this book to review . I listened to it twice and my opinions are my own

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • United We Stand: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel of the Coming Civil War in America

  • Ava's Crucible, Book 3
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 213

The worst has happened. Texas has fallen. It's up to Ava to get it back. Without the support of the Lone Star State, the Alliance has no hope against the powerful and corrupt regime which has hijacked the majority of the United States. Still mourning her loss, Ava has seen more death and destruction than she ever bargained for. She's finished with fighting, but she may hold the key to America's survival. An unexpected visitor implores her to take on one last impossible task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic.

  • By Tuvalu Longstocking on 07-14-18

A great conclusion to a fine series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Mr Goodwin is one of my favorite Christian/ dystopian authors. This has been my favorite series he has done to date. The heroine is a mid 20s dental hygienist that is just going through life. She has a lost a lot in her life and has deep rooted trust and relationship issues. The the world as she knows it changes. This is all covered in books 1-2.

The third book is the conclusion of the Alt Left vs the Alt right and how it’s tearing the nation apart. What will happen to the group of guerrilla fighters ? What will happen to the nation ? Where is God in the picture ?

Well listen to the 3book series and found out ; it’s a great series

  • Tyrant: Main Core

  • Book 2
  • By: L Douglas Hogan
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

This action packed sequel to Tyrant: The Rise follows the surviving victims of a violent raid on their southern Illinois homestead to their trek north where their intentions are set on liberating prisoners of a FEMA and UN-controlled facility located on Goose Island, in Chicago, and overseen by a brutal dictator, whose goals are calculated and evil. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a pleasant view of a possible future

  • By SunsetSam on 08-07-18

Not a pleasant view of a possible future

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This is book 2 of the series Tyrant. It’s a story of survival in a harsh new reality it was written a few years ago and I jumped at the chance to listen to the audio version of a series I enjoyed. I was not disappointed. The narrator is very good and adds a lot to the drama with pauses at the stress points to build tension. I was listening so intently that I did another 15 on the elliptical without realizing it

The story starts where we pick up in America. Now a failed state and overrun with UN “ helpers” that’s sole goal is to rape and pillage the nation of its resources. The people are in hiding and very much like refugees in their nation. They do fight back starting in book 1 and it really heats up in book two. I really enjoyed book 2of the series. The audio version adds a lots and if you like apocalyptic fiction give this series a listen

I was given the book by the author to review and the opinions are mine alone and honest.

  • Fighting the Cold War: A Soldier's Memoir

  • American Warriors Series
  • By: John Galvin USA (Ret.)
  • Narrated by: Tom Lennon
  • Length: 22 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

As NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during the tumultuous five years that ended the Cold War, Galvin played a key role in shaping a new era. Fighting the Cold War illuminates his leadership and service as one of America's premier soldier-statesmen, revealing him to be not only a brilliant strategist and consummate diplomat but also a gifted historian and writer who taught and mentored generations of students.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An understated title for a great memoir

  • By Kingsley on 03-08-16

A true American hero

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This is an excellent biography on the General John Galvin one of the lesser known ( until know) military leaders that helped prevent the Cold War from becoming hot as the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe.

He is a very interesting person , very well educated from West Point through Comubia and later a fellowship at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. What makes him interesting although he was a extremely capable military leader he viewed war as not a tool of diplomacy ( get rid of the threat ) but a failure.

The narration is good but what carries it is the story of a man that spent his whole life preventing the very thing he was trained to execute. If you would like to better understand the background of military leaders, how decisions are made and the inter workings of the Cold War era give it a listen

I was given the book by the author to review and my opinions are my own and honest a couple listens

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tombstone Jack

  • Volume 1
  • By: Dan Winchester
  • Narrated by: E. M. Carberry
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

When bounty hunter Jack Coltrane delivers his latest catch to the sheriff in El Paso, Jack is hoping to take a few days to relax and then collect his cash and hit the trail. But now the sheriff has been shot, and the Belton boys are on the run. Jack sets out to catch them. But Marcus Tanner, the brother of a man Jack killed, is hot on Jack's trail and eager for vengeance. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bounty Hunter

  • By Neesie315 on 07-04-18

A great old time western

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This was a fun book to listen to as I grew up watching Bonanza, Gunsmoke and a host of other TV westerns. This book had it all. A crack shot in Tombstone Jack that had a soft side and a town drunk Burt that finds redemption in the Wild west. If you like the old cowboy style novels this one has it all. The girl in distress, the hero and lots of bad hombres. A fun listen that I really enjoyed

I was given this book to review and the opinions are my honest thoughts after listening to the book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Our Walls

  • Behind Our Walls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Chad A. Clark
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Ortese
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The world has fallen to ash. Governments have collapsed, police and armies no longer exist and the people of the world have been left behind to fend for themselves in the midst of escalating violence and nuclear fallout. One community of survivors find each other, come together, and try to rebuild, to start over. Confronting the threats from without and within, they do everything necessary to find the only thing left, the most scarce resource of all. Hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A different take on end of the World scenario.

  • By cosmitron on 06-21-18

How to survive the apocalypse

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This audiobook follows the journey of Sophie, a survivor of a massive nuke attack with her family and other companions. Its not the type tale of woe, it is a journey of survival. Its clear fro the start that the people they encounter are both good and bad, honest and dishonest. They quickly realize they have to band together to survive, but the challenge is who to trust and who not to trust. In a nutshell they book is a story of adaptation and trust in a changing environment.

This is a different type of story with deeper characters and events. It’s a good tale of human behavior under a tremendous amount of stress

I was given this book to review and the opinions are my honest thoughts after listening to the book

  • Ash

  • The Alt Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

Four college friends, an ex-con, a lonely fry cook, and a secretive group of prepared civilians each battle to survive in southern California after a series of nuclear attacks. Theirs is a gray world covered in ash and nuclear fallout. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new series...

  • By Lee McGinnis on 05-24-18

Interesting book all worth a listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I enjoyed this book. The characterization is very good and the storyline is different. The author is doing series with the same characters and different outcomes; each book is self contained novel. This should highlight strengths and weaknesses of the personality types and is an interesting and promising format

This story focused on loss. The book takes place post a nuclear attack and follows several groups of survivors and the events that effect them from an uncertain future to finding their next meal.If you like survival / dystopian fiction this a good choice

I was given this book to review by the author

  • Discipleship at Any Cost

  • Practical Helps for the Overcommer, Book 1
  • By: Zacharias Tanee Fomum
  • Narrated by: Alana Campbell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

 Discipleship is a very costly business, and in moments of severe trials, one may be tempted to ask, “Why go into all this trouble of suffering with Christ? Why not give up? Is there any reward?” A disciple of Christ is a person who has, first of all, received the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior and is therefore reconciled to God, and, secondly, has set his whole heart, mind, and all to seek him. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good book for Christians in their walk

  • By SunsetSam on 05-30-18

A good book for Christians in their walk

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Zacharias wrote a very interesting book on the challenges and obstacles and I Christian walk. This was not a overly Biblical book, as I believe the author knows we are well-versed in the Bible and it is more focused on application of biblical principles to our walk with Christ.

Personally, I am going through a difficult period in my life as I have relocated to a new state and I am helping take care of my mother that is in her late 80s. She is living with me. She was raised Catholic but has not practice the faith for many years and I know it is my responsibility as her son to share the good news with her.

The book is helping me to keep a balance; and show her how to live by faith and what it means to be a disciple of our Lord and how works. The author is very good at challenging you with questions and statements about obstacles and overcoming which I found very helpful in my current situation.

I was given this book by the author to review and the opinions are mine as a Christian man for a very long time and through that lens I reviewed the book. My opinions they are honest and sincere

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Lines: An EMP Prepper Thriller

  • 911, Volume 1
  • By: Grace Hamilton, Jack Colrain
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

911 operator Jim Parker wants - more than anything - to be useful again. When a catastrophic EMP strikes, and he’s the last person a kidnapped girl speaks to before the lines go dead, he knows he can’t let her down. Especially when the circumstances are so similar to his own daughter’s disappearance. With the world falling apart around him, he wants to do nothing more than retreat to his prepper cabin. But with a fresh lead on his daughter, and another innocent girl’s life on the line, the disgraced cop will do everything in his power to track them down. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great new series by Grace Hamilton

  • By SunsetSam on 05-30-18

A great new series by Grace Hamilton

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

This is a great start to a new series by Grace Hamilton. If you like her other series that just concluded this is different but still have some similarities in the ability of the author to make intriguing and interesting characterization.

The basis of the story is about individuals forming; into a group of people as they are forced to interact with each other in trying circumstances to get along and a level of cooperation in a world that is obsessed with the basic needs such as food shelter and security

Grace has a unique ability to make the female characters not just tagalong's. They are well developed people with needs opinions and abilities that make them complementary to the male characters. not barbie dolls

If you like dystopian or apocalyptic fiction this series is a good one as well as her prior series which is one of my favorites

2 of 2 people found this review helpful