A Path of Ashes

The Path of Ashes, Book 1
Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
Series: The Path of Ashes, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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Evil doesn't become extinct; it evolves. Our world is a violent place. Murder, terrorism, racism, and social inequality are some of the forces that attempt to destroy our society while the state is forced to increase its response to these actions. Our own annihilation is barely held at bay by the belief that we've somehow evolved beyond our ancestors' base desires.

From this cesspool of emotions emerges a madman, intent on leading the world into anarchy. When his group of computer hackers infiltrate the Department of Defense network, they initiate a nuclear war that will irrevocably alter our world.

Aeric Gaines and his roommate, Tyler Nordgren, survive the devastation of the war, only to find that the quaint, politically correct world where they'd been raised was a lie. All humans have basic needs such as food, water, and shelter...and we haven't forgotten how to fight for what we desire.

A Path of Ashes is the first book in an exciting new series about life in post-apocalyptic America, a nation devoid of leadership, electricity, and human rights. The world as we know it may have burned, but humanity found a way to survive and this is their story.

©2015 Brian Parker (P)2015 Brian Parker

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A Path of Ashes

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Path of Ashes?

A post apocalyptic tale told by a grandfather
Very immersive and even provokes some emotion as if you have a connection to the characters.
Aeric and Tyler are a couple regular guys in college... they quickly learn to fight and survive. Enjoyed this apocalyptic audiobook

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Excellent

As a fan of all things apocalypse I really enjoyed this one
The author does a fantastic job describing a bleak landscape and heavy situations added realism
Well narrated with great characters highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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A Path of Ashes

I really liked this book,aside from the nasty torture parts.Stephen Bel Davies does a nice job with all the voices in this book.Eric and tyler meet in their college dorm room.They start school and the end of the USA happens.There is a cyber attack,bombs,nukes,everything happens within a few weeks of each other.As they trek from Texas to Missouri to check on Erics family they encounter good and bad people.They get caught by worse people on their way back but eventuelly make it to their goal.
I was given this book for an honest review.

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Great new story

If you could sum up A Path of Ashes in three words, what would they be?

Loss, Betrayal, Redemption

What other book might you compare A Path of Ashes to and why?

I am a big fan of the genre and this is a great story.

What does Stephen Bel Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

These stories are not all sunshine and puppies and the characters have to determine within themselves what they are willing to do in order to live with their actions, or inaction..

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nothing really, its funny how some narrators try to portray a female charactor.

Any additional comments?

This story reminds me of a Ken Follett novel, sometimes it takes decades before the main charactor gets a break and sometime they never do!

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Great Book, Narrator Needs Some Help.

What made the experience of listening to A Path of Ashes the most enjoyable?

Fantastic story, I cannot wait for the next book.

What other book might you compare A Path of Ashes to and why?

If you like this book, check out Convoy 19 by Mark Rivett.

What about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance did you like?

He did a good job overall he just mispronounced some town names. For Instance, Mexia is pronounced "Muh-Hay-Yuh" not "Mex-e-uh" and Seguin is pronounced "Seh-Geen" not "Suh-gwin". But overall he did fine. And yes, I am a native Texan who served in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood where much of the story takes place, at least he pronounced Killeen correctly.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it was awesome.

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What a utterly fantastic apocalyptic tale!

If you could sum up A Path of Ashes in three words, what would they be?

Better be prepared!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tracks and Ty share this honor. They are the perfect complimentary duo!

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Eric and Ty met for the first time.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book fires me up and makes me want to solidify my apocalypse plan! No big laughing or crying, but there is plenty of emotional scenes here.

Any additional comments?

Brian Parker is a brilliant writer and has really thought through how it would all go down if the nukes go off.

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The story of Aeric and Tyler...

A Path of Ashes (The Path of Ashes, Book 1) by Brian Parker and narrated by Stephen Bel Davies sets the path for a great post-apocalyptic series. It’s well-written and you connect with the characters. Highly recommend for those who enjoy dark post-apocalyptic worlds. 4 ½ stars for story, 4 stars for narration.

What’s it about? Tyler and Aeric are two normal college kids doing their thing when a group of hackers, called the Vultures, sets off and EMP followed by nukes. From there, the world quickly spirals into chaos, with those left trying to survive the aftermath. Make no mistake, there are dark parts to this book, so if that isn’t your thing, might want to stay clear. It starts off semi-light, you’re not always sure where it’s going to go, then picks up the pace to a fantastically dark post-apoc world. Honestly, in the beginning I wasn’t sure if this book would cut it for me, but after it picked up speed, it did and I’m already on to the second book. There’s that hint of realness to the story, which helps bring it to the next level.

The narrator, Stephen Bel Davies, overall did good. Some things were a bit off at times, but overall he’s enjoyable to listen to.

“Yeah, we’ve seen a lot of stuff out there, but it’s mostly been bad people who made the choice to become evil, not these other things that you’re talking about.” (mutant dogs, mutant humans)

Overall I highly recommend for those who enjoy dark post-apoc worlds.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: one of the MC experiences homophobia from family, rape, prostitution to get food/safety/etc., torture, suicide, murder, castration, sex slaves, and other like situations due to the post-apoc world. Language used: Fx47, Sx54.

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Great book!

This was a well constructed story. It kept me engrossed from start to finish. A good amount of action and shocks. Looking forward to book 2!

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  • BT
  • 01-04-20

A forgettable Post Apocalyptic novel

I received a free review copy of this audio book, at my request, and am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.

After reading Brian Parker's Easytown series, I was excited to listen to this book. Unfortunately it is not quite as good as Easytown.

This is a post Apocalyptic book about a couple of teen aged college students. It deals primarily with the ethics of the new reality and the justification of actions of the survivors.

It is completely American centric, with a long journey through the southern US and there is no information or details provided about the rest of the country or world.

So much of this book is "by the numbers" that it felt repetitive. Glimpse of pre Apocalyptic life, bombs dropping, food shortages, prostitution, power struggle and violence. At this point, with so many entries into the market, I want something more. The ethical dimension is newish, and it is played harder than is typical for a post Apocalyptic book, but it isn't enough to make it stand out.

The characters, however, are well developed and complex. The main characters are definitely multidimensional and as they are the primary ethical focus of the book, they rarely see things as black and white.

The settings are feel full and described, even when details are sparse. This is one thing this author is really good at, making one be able to visualize the plot without wasting words.

The voice acting, by Stephen Bel Davies, did not feel like a good fit to me. The narrator does a good enough job of voice range and the audio quality is good. However, I don't feel his voice is a good fit for the main characters. They are described as large baseball players, and Stephen's voice is too soft and proper. It gave the college athletes voices a more Niles Crane kind of vibe.

All in all, a kind of a forgettable post Apocalyptic book, in a sea of other post Apocalyptic books. It's not bad, just doesn't stand out to me. I likely wont proceed further in this series, waiting instead for Brian Parkers truly excellent Easytown series.

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Impressive post-apocalyptic tale

A PATH OF ASHES is the first book in the PATH OF ASHES series. It is about two relatively normal college kids, Aeric and Tyler, who find themselves travelling through a post-apocalypse wasteland triggered by extremists armed with nukes. I actually really like the introduction as both Aeric and Tyler are believable leads. Both of them have flaws and take a bit of adjusting to each other but soon fall into a warm easy friendship. It makes the subsequent end of the world all the more gut wrenching. Brian Parker is an amazing author and I started this series after loving his awesome Easytown novels. This is more relevant, in my mind, with a lot more social awareness as well as the dangers of extremism. I'm definitely picking up the other books in the series. There is great world-building, action, danger, and excitement. I recommend the audiobook version as well with top notch narration by Stephen Bel Davies.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-26-19

Th!at dismal future in the movies was now.

A post apocalyptic world. An old man telling the story of their origins to the children in the village. And the story itsslf, how the modern world ended and their great grandfather's part in the remaking of a life for himself, his family and descendents.
It all starts when Aeric was a college student on a baseball scholarship at Austen University, Texas, and sharing a room with Tyler, who becomes his close friend. Unrest and political demonstrations were growing and government response was the ever tightening bondage of security. A disgruntled and resentful computer hacker secret!y gathers a following of other unhappy hackers to form the Vultures, set on world reform through a near messianic, four horseman approach, as well as setting fire bombs in many public buildings also infiltrated the command control of the world's nuclear armoury, directing missiles at major cities. Austen, being the centre of the Vulture's operation, avoids the nuclear attack but not the fire. The two college friends not only have to survive in a very changed and hostile world, also seem to find Aeric's parents and a place of safety where they can all live peacefully together

The writing by Mr.Parker is visual and detailed, the web falling like snow, sticking where it lands. The two main characters are quite well developed, though Aeric more so than friend Tyler, who is, for this reader, the more interesting person. There is a lot of natural conversation between them, which further sets the scenes as well as giving insight into their personalities.. And the story close easily, almost elegantly, and with a feeling of actual possibility...mostly. But for this reader there was something not quite right, especially in the latter stages of the book: a feeling of disbelief which began to insinuate it's way into what had seemed to be a tale of, if not plausibility, at least possibility.

Narration by Stephen Bell Davies is excellent, his pacing and intonation as well as tone of voice helping to project the story forward, conveying both emotion and the tensions of the events. He also gives good vocal interpretations for each character individually: a good performance and one which enhances the writing.
My thanks to the rights holder of the first in this new series by Brian Parker, A Path of Ashes, who, at my request via Audiobook Boom, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. Despite occasional internal objections, I did enjoy this book, one of the most personal of the post apocalyptic novels I have read. Anyone who likes this genre would probably enjoy it, also, especially as it is seen from a slightly different angle from most others.