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Aftermath of Disaster: Books 1, 2, and 3 Bundle + Bonus Book: When Jack Met Diane

Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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In this bundle, I've included the first three books and a short story bonus - "When Jack Met Diane". Find out how the leading characters met and started their journey together. 

Book 1: It Has Begun

Could you survive a post-apocalyptic world? 

Jack and Diane were two average Americans living in small towns, or so it seems. Jack is a prepper and has been most of his life. The day started out like any other; Diane and Jack started their morning routines and equipped their every day carry items. Survival is for the prepared. 

But when disaster strikes the United States, Jack's lifetime of preparing will be put to the test. Grabbing his two dogs and their bugout bags, the duo must escape their hometowns and find a safe place to seek shelter. What really happened, and will Jack's years of prepping be enough to keep them all safe? 

Find out why this made best seller! 

Book 2: Diggin In

The follow up to the best seller has arrived! 

Continue the journey of Jack and Diane as they navigate the new reality. With more attacks, the duo and Jack's group decide this is not a one-off attack. 

It's time to dig in and prepare for what's coming next. Meet new characters and find out what the terrorists planned next. 

Diggin In has more action, more dialogue, more characters, and intrigue. 

Book 3: Summer's End

Two months have passed since Jack dug in. Jack and Diane offer to help Robin find her family as new threats emerge close to home and in far-off lands. 

The country is still without power and the coming winter will be brutal. Jack’s group is prepared, but how will everyone else make it through a cold winter? 

Summer’s End has more action and new characters as Jack and Diane expand their reach. 

Start the journey today.

©2018 Kevin Barry Maguire (P)2018 Kevin Barry Maguire

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A realistic look at a realistic disaster.

The disaster in which Kevin Barry McGuire is a very plausible attack that could happen on American soil. The book follows a prepped and his friends as they find ways to survive in a world post electronics and infrastructure.

The story was a bit rough around the edges but I enjoyed it. Generally, I'm not a fan of realistic disaster fiction but I did find that I liked the characters McGuire wrote.

The narrators of the books were also a little rough. some of their narrations were a little stilted.

I think it's a good story and worth a listen if you're interested in realistic disaster/post-apocalyptic stories.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Promising author!!!

I really enjoyed the stories. Very realistic and good story line. Would definitely listen to more in this series.

I was given this free review copy and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good Adventure Series

Relatable situations happen often. Narration flows well, though the editing needs a bit of polish. Progressively organized well.
I recommend this book to ages 16 and older due to detailed violence and some language.
I was freely given this audiobook, and I freely give my opinion

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A great book by a new writer of dystopian fiction.

I had not read any of the author's prior books. It seems this is his first attempt at a series of dystopian novels when I researched him. It is a very good start to what I am sure will be a promising endeavor.

The story centers around a couple that had met initially while at work. They became boyfriend-girlfriend.

The story kicks off while out to lunch; an event happens that will change their lives for the foreseeable future. The man had been preparing for some unknown event for a long time in Washington state. His girlfriend more or less goes along with that quirk and enjoys the peripheral activities such as archery.

The story really starts after the event.He has a small cottage near Mount Rainier that they escaped to as they are unsure what has just happened to the United States. They have a small band of like-minded individuals that they are working with cooperatively she is not aware of. Along the way, they meet good people and bad people.

How do they handle the events? How will they make it through the harsh winters near Mount Rainier? Where will they get food from?
What has just happened?
This is the framework of the story

The narrator is a new one as well. He is good and he impressed me with his ability to correctly pronounce some of the names in Washington state that are from native Americans and can be tongue twisters. He does a good job of mimicking male and female voices young and old

If you enjoy dystopian fiction I think you will enjoy the first book It will give you a taste of the series. All three will bring you up to speed for the series. I for one will be listening waiting eagerly for the next book in the series
I was given this book by the author to review. The opinions are those of mine and mine alone and are honest after reflection upon the book

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Survival of the prepared

I was provided this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this story a lot. I liked it enough that I wanted much more. Even though it is 3 books in one recording I found it too short. It was over too fast.

I liked most of the characters. The villains could have been painted in greater detail. The narrator in book 1 was not great.

Overall it's thumbs up. I will keep an eye out for more.

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  • Cody
  • Fargo
  • 04-29-19

This is a really fantastic book.

I really enjoyed this one. It reminded me a little of seeing Red Dawn as a kid (the Swayze version of course). The characters were great and the story moved pretty quickly without seeming rushed. I really liked the way the world view is played out. It makes for a nice change of pace from the same old tropes of the "collase" genre. Also the main character isnt too gung-ho or badass. Hes just a mostly competent kid who is stuck in his circumstances and he does the best he can without being perfect or always making the right choices. All in all it's a great read and worth a credit.

Some things that put me off:

Some of the charachters die (not really a spoiler since he mentions it in the first chapter) but it was hard to care about most of them because they didnt have very much depth. They felt like they were red shirts in an old star trek episode.

The main character thinks about weird relationship stuff a lot. I guess I've never been a teen in a life or death situation, so maybe this is realistic, but it seems like he has bigger fish to fry.

But dont let that scare you away. The book(s) on the whole is a great read.

I recieved this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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dystopia

I loved the first book I listened to and I was happy that I had the next two without doing anything. However, books two and three need a little work. I did not believe in Diane after what she did. I found it really hard to believe. It felt like she changed personality all of a sudden. I also felt like we were missing a few scenes of course these are novellas so we can't get everything we want. Other than this it is a really good bundle. I did listen to it from beginning to end. If there are any more in this series then I would definitely listen/read it.

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  • TU
  • 02-13-19

This was pretty good

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a pretty good disaster/adventure story. It is built well and had plenty of action and story line to keep my interest throughout all the books. Granted, the whole thing is 5.5 hours, so each book is not very long by themselves. If you like a good surival story with a decent narrator(s) this is a viable choice. I'd be open to more by this author.

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Great series

I highly recommend this Audiobook and series. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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pleasant read

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a nice story in that it was realistic and believable. I thought the narrator of the first book was very dry and reminded me of a non fiction tv show narrator. But the person that performed the remaining books was easy to listen to.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-12-19

Fish, hunt or starve.

This is, one might say, the bare bones of a story comprising three shorts, plus a bonus, strung together to form a novella. In some ways it is good: following an attack on the USA by an outside team of military terrorists, reports reach Jack and his co-workers during an out of town lunch meeting that radiation bombardment had poisoned the inhabitants of all major towns and cities. Liking to think of himself as an always prepared prepper, Jack, together with girlfriend Diane, head for the bungalow he'd held ready in the country, together with their bug out bags. Over the following weeks, Jack and his (mostly) Park ranger buddies try to keep the area free of trouble until finally deciding that the refugee population will have to fend for itself over winter.

There is very little character development, little emotional impact, either. After the initial determination that a radiation attack had killed much of the population, none of the characters seem in the slightest way concerned that a drift might come their way or that it could impact on any other aspect of their lives, and instead act as if they were clever to have provided themselves with alternative power. These so called preppers actually seem very unprepared other than having buried guns and bows in the garden, purchasing some chickens on the way to their cottage and Jack hiding from Diana the fact that his couch converts to an extra bed!I

There's a bit of trouble, a few deaths beyond the many killed in the first strike (which later seems to morph into a hacking of the electrical system) and lots of talk about how few would survive the winter. All very emotionless. The book is also badly in need of an editor, sliding from third person into first for a couple of chapters and some repetition: chapters 34 and 35, Best Laid Plans, being identical.
Two narrators, Kevin L.Knights and Warren Keys, the latter of these being far superior to the former, whose delivery is hesitant and slow. I increased playback speed to 1.25 which improved it slightly and, despite the slightly faster narration speed of Warren Keys, left it there without any diminution of quality. His performance gave individual voices to the characters and was much more pleasant to hear.

Whilst I hate to give really poor star ratings to a book, I cannot in honesty rate Aftermath of Disaster any higher. My thanks to the rights holder of Aftermath of Disaster who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. Rewritten, this could be the start of a refreshingly good survivalist story but with conflicting ideas, poorly sketched characters, tedious protagonists and bad - or non existent - editing, it really cannot be recommended. I did, however, quite enjoy the little bonus short, When Jack met Diane.

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  • J Smith
  • 01-22-19

Very Enjoyable Adventure

I enjoyed listening to this survival adventure. The books are well written and the stories are easy to follow.
All are well narrated, although I preferred the second narrator (book 2&3) although it’s harder to distinguish his character voices because he has such a deep voice.
I’m glad this was a trilogy as at about 9hrs, I find it about the perfect credit/listening time to get value for money.
All in all, a good listen and am looking forward to finding out more about the overall picture and completion of the story.
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.