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  • Texas Strong

  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

Through prudent planning, Texas protected its power grid from the impact of the devastating electromagnetic pulse attack, but was it enough? The new nation is but an island surrounded by chaos and devastation. Food is running out for its nearly 30 million citizens while millions of refugees press against the border fencing erected to keep them out. The pressure is on and an unexpected catalyst is about to create havoc for all Texans, including the Armstrong Ranch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By kmass76 on 06-01-18

Damn, this series is good!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

Texas is going through growing pains but as is usual with politics, what is good for the people they represent, the poiticians will fight, argue, pout and toss verbal grenades at each other. As if that is not enough, Halloway and his North Korean team are wreching havoc as they cross an unguarded part of Texas border, killing and taking what they want as they advance toward the most vulnerable part of the new nation that is Texas. (possible spoilers)
The Armstrong ranch is also facing their own trouble not just from out of country refugees but Texans as well as the food crisis grows.
President Burnette has allowed the UN to bring in humanitarian aide not just in Texas as well as but to use a small area airport as staging ground for them to send humanitarian aid further north. But of course they are merely a Trojan Horse to bring in dissidents to further create trouble.
Duncan has also come to the realization that his part in this entire thing is not over and he might himself be a target playing his own cards close to the vest.
As always, assaination from many directions is faced by several of the protagonist unbeknown to them.
As danger from all sides comes at the Armstrongs, they are now more fiercely dedicated to each other, protecting their property from any and all intruders. But will the strong bond they have for each other be enough to get them through what is coming their way? Only time will tell. One thing is sure , they will meet it head on...
As I stated before, this saga is great not only for its eye opening topic but because it is so well written that no gratuitous violence or sex is written into the story line or even needed. This is about family and the love, unity and respect they have for each other, something sorely lacking in these sad and difficult times.
This is a must read series for those that follow politics, expecially in this daay of volitil rehtoric between both parties and their followers.

  • Beyond Borders

  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

American political leaders failed to heed the warnings as two bullies of the world unite. North Korea and Iran - the Axis of Evil - bring the battle to American soil. Most of the country is without power, and the new president must decide whether to retaliate and risk escalation of hostilities or focus on recovery to minimize loss of life. Through careful, prudent planning and protection of their power grid, the state of Texas emerged relatively unscathed from the EMP attack. But what now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Great (A Love Letter To Texas)

  • By Brian on 04-06-18

Don't Mess with Texas

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

The President, in her arrogance has decided the fate of Texas(possible spoilers), take her resources, distribute them as they see fit; the most needed particularly the densly populated cities. And she plans on using Texas as a dumping ground to transport thosands of refugees on Texas because "they have the room anyway". In short Texas would loose it's autonomy and become nothing more than one large refuge base with no say as it's fate.
Yes that went over well with the Governor who immediately declared Texas a free Repulic and secceded.
Meanwhile the Armstrongs are facing their own dilemma at the ranch as hundreds of people are pouring over the border and looting. The Rodeo kids are hundreds of miles away and slowly attempting to make their way back home but face their own troubles as town after town has closed it's borders and now Canada is also expelling all foriegners.
Ducan and Soke are also attempting to leave the very dangerous situation that he has inadverdantly placed the family in and make an attempt to make it to international waters in the hope of rescue.
This is just the beginning of the conflict they and many Americans now find themselves in as the rule of law crumbles and lawlessness is rampant. How each group faces adversity will test their courage, innner strength and faith in a deity that appears to have forggotten them.
Very well written and as authors note state, there is no vulgarity of words, sexual or violent gratuitous scenes. The scary parts are extremely plausible actions that might actually occur if the chess pieces fall into or are placed in just the right place.
Will you be ready for it...?

  • Axis of Evil

  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657

For decades, American administrations have forced our military to be neutered in many respects - hampered by restrained rules of engagement, passed in strength by Russia and China, and tested by rogue nations like North Korea and Iran. As a result, nuclear Armageddon hangs over us like a mighty sword. Military analysts agree that the United States can't start World War III. Why? We might lose. Sabers are rattling, and the war of words escalate between America and her enemies....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sure hope Akart isn’t a visionary

  • By CJ Bartholomew on 03-16-18

Realistically scary

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

DIdn't know what to expect but as I began listening to it, it really shocked by as to the accuracty of the political atmosphere that is now prevalent in this country. (possible spoilers) The story centers around a tight knit Texas family whose patriarch has seen the direction the country is heading and does not like what he sees or hears. His wife is a strong woman; mother and wife and she herself has taken steps to ensure the family is well taken care of as well as the people that work for them. Three sons and a daughter rounds out their family. But there is so much more to them than just basic family dynamics that has to be read/listened to to understand the bond they share.
But the most frightening part is what is happening in the political world or Washington and a President that believes she was born to be in the position she is in and completely disregards the direction of the world. She plays to her constituants and is determined to continue the agenda she has always felt is her duty to achieve. But when the North Koreans appear to be doing someing shady, no surprise there, she begins to feel the wieght of her office and with almost no real political experience tries a dipolmatic approach taking it to the UN. We all know where that is heading. As they have been for a long time, it is a worthless assembley of people who for the most part are dictators themselves along with those while they come from Democratic countries, are determined to allow the Little Man in Korea continue to test his missiles as long as that is alll he does. Sound familar?
Of course there is way more to him than meets the eye and since he has adopted the "Enemy of my enemy is my friend" he has now joined forces with the Iranian government to take down the "Great Satan".
The most dangerous threats to the country are a man made EMP(electro magnetic pulse) that could devastate the United States but the politicians are not willing to listen to the danger as long as they have and eye in the sky on the missile test the North Koreans are doing.
Further north along the Canadian border the infiltration of a very Elite Gaurd of North Koreans has almost been completed as they pour in through pourous borders, poursous because the eviromental groups have won round after round of no walls, fences or patrols so that rare fauna and animals be protected...yeah it gets better....
I thought it would be slow considering the amount of time it took to remind us all of just what N. Korea and Iran are capable of, we've all heard it before, but when it it put into words that explain the poitical climate of today where groups of Americans fighting amongst ourselves for power and often times the right to take away citiens rights...well it gets really scare how well the narrative is stated, simply and succiently,
And of course it does help that one of my favorite narrators, Sean Runnette is at the helm here.
There is nothing new that has not been heard here but it is scary when you are the captive audience listening to what has been going on in the country NOW and realize, just how real is this? Can it happen? I leave it up to you to decide.
It is very well written with enough political background to make thi a horror story of sorts.
Really looking forward to the next installment

  • Missions from the Extinction Cycle, Vol. 1

  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith - foreword, various authors, Jeff Olah, and others
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

The best-selling Extinction Cycle series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith first introduced listeners to a world ravaged by an engineered virus that turned men into monsters. Now, for the first time ever, comes a collection of Extinction Cycle short stories that explore the human spirit and the fight for survival in the face of overwhelming odds from some of the leading voices in the post-apocalyptic genre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read!!

  • By Natalia Martinez on 01-16-19

Great Stories

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

Loved the new stories behind the scenes of those left behind, fighting, hiding and surviving the Variant threat. Stories include The Bone Collector, his past and how he became as well as how Kate and Big Horn's daughters were captured and recovered. Also the story behind Big Horn's wife and her demise.
With some very notable authors taking the reins of these short stories you will not be disappointed as each has continued the exact feel that NSS has placed in EC. Loved it and eagerly await other favorite authors to take up the challenge with more behind the scene stories.

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  • Extinction Red Line

  • The Extinction Cycle
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Tom Abrahams
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

For a dozen years, villagers along the ancient Da River in Vietnam have feared a nightmarish creature who hunts and consumes human flesh. Only in whispers do they mention its name, The White Ghost. To the United States military, this creature has a different name - Marine Lieutenant Trevor Brett, the chemically engineered experiment gone wrong that they will do anything to hide. Sole survivor of his platoon, Brett has stalked the jungle for prey. But the men who made him into a monster are searching for him, and when they find him, the line between hunter and hunted will be blurred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Prequel we have been waiting for!

  • By Jorge on 12-20-18

beginning of the end...

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

a must for all who follow NSS's Extinction Cycle...from the Soldier that was lied to as he and his team injected themselves with what they believed would be their salvation in a war that this country demonized, to the two mad men and their who yo see this disastrous plan through the end. ...Great to read, better to listen to for the full impact of the first VX99 soldier that survived a 12 year nightmare.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Tide: Devil to Pay

  • Tide Series, Book 8
  • By: Anthony J Melchiorri
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56

A fanatical organization led by a rogue Russian biowarfare expert continues to expand its arsenal of biological weapons. Each design is more diabolical than the last. Now, the group plans to launch a new airborne agent that will destroy every last pocket of humanity eking out an existence in this horror-filled world. Captain Dominic Holland and his team of elite covert mercenaries are assigned to stop the launch of this terrifying new weapon. In a desperate race against time, they must navigate the treacherous waters and cities around Europe to save humanity. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Carrie on 02-16-19

Will it ever end...

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

It is the predominate question in the Hunters mind as Dom, Merideth and the Hunters continue to face one dangerous aspect of the Oni agent after another. Even as they come up with a possible cure or the destruction of the Skulls in all possible aspects and mutations the bioweapon, Lorraine and Navid are called upon to go even further in their research to stop the Skulls. For the Mad Russian has yet another surprise in store for what is left of Humanity. Now, the Hunters are forced to fight on two fronts as more discoveries and atrocities are discovered. It is up to Dom and his team to stop another aspect of the Oni Agent before it is released while Loraine and Navid are given an almost impossible task of finding an answer to stopping the Skulls if not a cure. For Meradeth, she much go against all her instinicts to save what is left of humanity and decide to use the one weapon that could not only destroy the Skulls but the innocent humans who are stil fighting to retain their humanity.
And finally coming to grips with his demons, O'Neil has come to the realizaton that if he is ever to feel like the Hunter that everyone has accepted him and believes him to be, he must let go of the eternal inner struggle and be exactly that ; a Hunter. And so he does with results that surprised even him.
Melchiorri continues to keep the story line riviting toward the even just as one believes it can not get any better, for the reader not the Hunters, he surpasses those expectations.
As always I look forward to not only the books but the Audible as well which was narrated by Ryan Kennard Burke and doing an excellent job.

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  • Void

  • Nightlord, Book 5
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 40 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,337
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,334

Eric - or King Halar, or Vlad, or any number of aliases - doesn't want to be bothered. It's hard to pin down what he does want, if anything. He lives a quiet life, almost a solitary one, mourning in his own way for the loss of someone dear. His quiet solitude can't go on forever. Despite the empty places inside him, events and creatures move through the worlds and across the void between, forcing him into action, into fighting, into confronting things perhaps better left alone...even forcing him into being a King.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best. Series. Ever.

  • By Eric on 11-08-18

I am so hooked on this series!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

this is one of the best series out there. A vampire with a soul, half the time, and he is no angel. He knows what he is, fights it as much as he embraces it and this time he not only has a pretender to the throne of the Lord of Light to contend with but energy brings that can only be described as Angels. Returning to Carvalin because of a possible war with the fanatics of the church of light he tries to stay out of it but when assassins target those close to him, Gellar must now decide whether to try to end the war as fast as humainly possible or unleash his inner Demon King.
wow!

  • Harden

  • Lee Harden, Book 1
  • By: D.J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681

It’s been three years since Lee Harden emerged from his bunker into a world gone mad. Governments have fallen. And new ones have taken their place. In the United Eastern States, Lee and his team of battle-hardened operatives walk a tightrope of survival, keeping their fledgling society safe from the creatures beyond their gates - and from the enemies within. Then, an ambush in hostile territory reveals a traitor in their midst - and leaves Lee barely clinging to life. Wounded and on the run, Lee and his team race to uncover the leak before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Exceptional

  • By smb072 on 10-27-18

Great new series

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Once again Lee Harden is called on to care for people, most of which neither like or mis trust him. But he does it because "that is who he is". A mantra that he continualy speaks to himself.
Lee is a Harden Vet of the Primal virus doing what he can to protect the people knowing there is only so much he can do but being able to stop.
Unfortunately for him,(possible spoilers) inside the safe zone he has helped to secure there are forces working against him and Angela who is the newly elected president of the Eastern States. A traitor is in their midst is creating havoc.
Enter a new player, who with the help of the man who once gave the order for Lee's termination, has claimed the Gulf Coast as his own and will do anything and everything to protect the resources Lee and his people need setting up for a battle Lee is not sure they can win.
To add to their mounting troubles, the Primals are changing, evolving with new surprises coming.
D.J. Molle has once again hit a home run with HARDEN.
I was sorry when he completed The Remaining series, knowing that there was still so much story to tell where Lee Harden is concerned. Apparently the author felt the same because he has come out swinging with this new series. A must read for any fan of both D.J. Molle and The Remaining series

  • Lifting the Veil

  • Winter, Volume 2
  • By: John O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Mark Gagliardi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

The seven Seals were broken and the trumpets sounded, their notes echoing around the world. Four horsemen had emerged from the midst of roiling storms and set loose upon humanity. Civilization ended in smoke and flame with clouds of radioactivity encircling the globe. 144,000 had been marked and were the only survivors, driven underground by the poisonous conditions and the nuclear winter which followed the exchange of atomic weapons. The exception is a valley held under the protection of four angels holding a corner of the world free. Those few who remain hold the future hope for humanity in a land where the darkness holds sway. As demons walk freely among the sanctuaries, will they be able to upset the balance and drive the last vestige of light from the land? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great second part to a great series

  • By Amanda Felix on 10-25-18

great second part to a great series

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I read it, loved it! But listening to it is a whole different level of horror as to what can very well become of humanity if pushed to the limit. some will break, others will gain strength to do right and wrong each believing they are right. Others will use it a an opportunity to continue there way, whether for good or bad.
John O'Brien has given us these scenarios in spades. The action is centered on the aftermath of humanity's near destruction with a smattering of hope and desolation which in my opinion is but a stepping stone to the true horror yet to come.
I was also impressed with the amount of research he has done to give us an idea of what the reader can expect.(his research of Angels and Demons is very well done, although he does admit to some liberties taken). In all, it was very well written and left me just a little unsettled in his insight of events that, while they might not be plausible, could very well be possible. Kudos once again Mr. O'Brien for a very well written take of....terror...horror? you decide...

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  • The Predator

  • By: Christopher Golden, Mark Morris
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

The official novelization of the summer blockbuster The Predator, Shane Black's new movie with a screenplay by Shane Black and Fred Dekker. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Amanda Felix on 09-21-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

If the movie is half as good as this storyline then it will be a great movie.
(Possible Spoilers) As usual the Predators are her on a hunt and he has found his targets, group of black ops military personel that have no idea what they are about to face. McKenna, a sniper, is the only one survives and when located, he is taken back interrogated and deemed unstable. Good way to get him make his story unbelievable expecially when more than one government entity as well as private have placed all their monies on the location and eventual study of any and all alien artifacts. They will not allow anyone to get in the way, especially when one is located and now also a prisoner...the enevitable happens, he escapes and begins looking for his weapons and anyone that gets in his way...well the enevitable happens. And McKenna, bound for a VA psych ward with other inmates happens to get in the way. Yeah it will get interesting.

Enter another, bigger, stronger and far more dangerous, predator into the mix and you have hell unleased in a small town on Halloween night.
There are several other players that come into it as they try to stay ahead of the first predator and they too make the storyline.

It is well worth listening to it simply because there is more explanition about the Predators as their thoughts are also shared, something that hollywood has never gotten correctly unless they change the script and even then it's not always that great.
If however you have seen it are intend to see it, you should also listen/read this as well just for the background info on both predators and the players involved.
This is the sequeal to the first book; Predators-Hunter and Hunted.
That too is a great read/audio because it too gives a bit more info on the Predators...damn good storyline.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful