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One man's desperate journey to get home in a post-apocalyptic world.

Steven Porter had a mostly charmed life, one that most people would envy, that is until it all vanished. He was far from home on that day when his world changed forever. How far does the devastation reach - the whole country, the world? Millions of people are fleeing the cities trying to find safety. Steve finds himself as one of those lost souls wandering the highways. Each step forward is fraught with peril. What will he find if he even makes it back home?

To survive the dangerous journey, he must battle hunger, thirst, and the relentless attacks by others as well as a seemingly brutal response by our government that raises more questions than answers. What's left of his world? Normal is a fading memory, survival is all that matters. His challenge is simple, adapt or die.

American Exodus is a companion novel to the popular Catalyst series. This gritty standalone get-home journey offers an intimate view of one man's harrowing mission to return to his family.

©2017, 2018 JK Franks (P)2017 JK Franks

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Keep Them Coming!

I was provided this free review copy audio book by the author or narrator." This review is for the audio copy of: American Exodus: A Post-Apocalyptic Journey: Catalyst by JK Franks and narrated by Steven Varnum. So you need to know that this is my favorite genre of audio books and that this is the third book by this duo that I have listened to. So here goes: It was great. That’s it. That is all you need to know. So get it and listen to it and if you disagree with me, then leave a review. I’ll leave you with the fact that the first two books were as good and you can find my reviews for them. This one is a different storyline for a different group of people set in the same world. So a great idea that was well thought out and executed. While the story for this group has a satisfactory ending, it can keep going. I for one hope that it does and I cannot wait for the next book. Oh, yeah. I was listening to a different book when this opportunity came up and I jumped this book ahead of that and 2 or 3 others that were already in my listening queue. Great work JK and Steven, please keep it up!

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Most realistic post-apocalyptic story yet

The main character Stephen was a successful businessman before the event struck. Away on a business trip, he now has the daunting task of getting back home to his autistic son who needs him. Along the way he befriends a man and a young boy. They run into their share of roadblocks, aggressive people and physical challenges. They witness government official-looking teams helping the citizens… but what are they really doing? Do they keep going or turn back?

This is the second book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another.
There are situations I have considered but not wanted to really let my mind think about, about what would happen to the average person if this kind of scenario were to be true. There were things brought up in this book along the lines of what I was thinking about, but now hearing them it’s hard to get them out of my head. What a horrific, terrifying thing to have happen. The worst was the daycare center scene. This book and the Catalyst series brings a realism to the post apocalyptic genre that I have not read before.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I would listen to another. He brings the emotion and life into the story that allows me to forget I am listening to a book being read to me.

There are no explicit sex scenes, or excessive violence. There is the very occasional swear word.

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

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American Exodus

This is a really good apocolyptic book from JK Franks.He seems to be able to figure out ways to survive in every area of the country.Whie the ne government is putting people into work camps ,Steve and his new friends are trying to go south without detection.Steven Varnum is an excellent narrator for these books.“I was given this free review copy audiobook and have voluntarily left this review." 

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plot thickens

JK did a great job with this one. We got a little more back story to what is going on with the government that wasn't covered in the first books plus a new plot set up to the in with the previous mentioned.

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Survival without weapons. That’s new

The second half of the book for me was better than the first half. Though I don’t know how realistic it would be to survive this situation with virtually no weapons, it was good to see this version. He makes a point of avoiding trouble rather than meeting it head on, which is different than most books in this genre. Main character is no coward, but is smart and goes around trouble if possible. And there is a lot of trouble.

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  • S A
  • Portland, OR USA
  • 01-31-18

Great Addition to the Catalyst Saga

Great story of an unprepared average guy caught in a bad situation. If you are familiar with the Catalyst world, this slots in nicely.
The main character is a fish out of water in a world that no longer respects his money and influence. He stumbles through, grows up and learns to take responsibility for himself and others.
He does get lucky a few times too many, but nothing the really stretches credulity other than the blimp episode. The book seems short compared to the other books in the Catalyst series and it is by about a third. The story moves along well, but leaves one hanging at the end with the possibility of a sequel or a merge into the other books.
Well narrated by Steven Varnum.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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One of my favorite series continues!

I LOVE this series and I have recommended it to many people. I love how the characters grow from being every day normal people to survivors.
I hope Steve & JD meet up with Scott and the others from the first 2 books in the series in an upcoming story line. I love these two and I was so happy about Elvis. (That may be a tiny spoiler)
Franks is a master at creating characters you can relate to and love.
Varnum is an amazing narrator and does a fabulous job as expected.
I’m ready for the next installment in the catalyst world.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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Happy surprise

What did you love best about American Exodus: A Post-Apocalyptic Journey?

The character development of the characters through the story.

What did you like best about this story?

This book had great local detail of the route the characters traversed. A lot of thought went into this.

Have you listened to any of Steven Varnum’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. This book is on par. Excellent narration and emphasis at the right point. Multiple characters are easily distinguished with his use of different voices and ranges.

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

The death of Gerald and Trey

Any additional comments?

This book was provided for free in exchange for a review.

This book is in the same universe as the Downward Cycle but with different characters and slightly different local. It is highly realistic in the problems encountered trying to travel across any distance during such and event.

One might wish for more "good guys" but this is the author's choice. The level of fall from civilized behavior is quite believable as is the way the government works to depopulate the world after the event.

Look forward to more works in this universe.

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  • tina
  • GREAT MILLS, MD, United States
  • 02-27-18

Awesome story,

If you could sum up American Exodus: A Post-Apocalyptic Journey in three words, what would they be?

Great believable story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of American Exodus: A Post-Apocalyptic Journey?

When main character finally makes it home and finds his son :(

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

The moment when he discovers his son.

Any additional comments?

Great story filled with excitement . Totally worth spending a credit. I was given this audio book for free for my honest opinion.

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  • thomas
  • fort madison, IA, United States
  • 02-21-18

bad Narrator

good book but poor narration. The story starts slow and the main character is very weak though out the whole book. some how they survive with out gun. to me this is impossible but the book dose touch on some other good survival points and has some pretty good realistic scenes. watch out, the narrator is really bad