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Publisher's Summary

Why do some societies collapse into lawless savagery while others prove resilient and lasting?

On Zero Day of the first and last cyberwar in human history, the internet went dark, transport and power grids collapsed and cities began to starve, showing just how vulnerable the world could be to a targeted campaign of online sabotage. This final instalment of this prescient epic of civilisation collapse finds the small ragtag band of survivors come together to face a new, but eerily familiar threat - the rise of a fascist militia among the ruins of a failing country.

With American Kill Switch, John Birmingham’s End of Days trilogy comes to a high-octane, thrilling conclusion.

©2021 John Birmingham (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Fantastic mix

This whole series is defined by exceptional imagery, an exceptional range of characters, a realistic background, and a precise array of tricks and misdirections to keep you hooked from page 1 book one to hours and hours later

I wish I could forget about this trilogy so that I could find it again and listen from scratch!!

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A very satisfactory conclusion.

Wraps it all up well. The usual gallows humour and explosive action balanced with memorable characters. Another excellent trilogy.

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  • RJ
  • 03-21-21

Tony "The Tripod"

Jonas Murdoch helps lead the good folk of Silverton. Getting out of Silverton slightly ahead of the motorcycle gang that took over the town. He devised The Legion of Freedom, and with his one hundred cohorts and a slick tongue was busy taking over towns, building an empire. It’s good to be king. Jodi Sarjanan and Ellie Jabbarah navigating the inland waterways of California. Damo and Carl join them, helping Maxi, Pascal, and Beatrice get home to Canada. James O’Donnell and his friends Michelle, Rick, and Melissa traveling cross-country. Rick and Nome were still a team. Nome is my favorite character. James and friends meet up with Damo, Carl, Jodi, and Ellie in the town of Batham where they encountered religious zealot Preacher and his followers. Religious fanatics seem to appear regularly in this genre. James and crew, including Damo and crew, continued heading towards James’ parent’s ranch outside Livingston Montana. Livingston had been destroyed by The Legion. Everyone was welcomed at the O’Donnel’s ranch. Damo’s home was still many miles to the north in Canada, where he and his friends would bring the children home. A pig roast and an open invitation celebrated James’ homecoming. Everyone was happy, in a state of make-believe, and felt safe for the first time in a long time. Michelle set about doing her professional risk assessment. Back in the town of Three Forks, which The Legion had taken over before Livingston, all hell was breaking loose. Michelle, Rick, and a few from O’Donnel’s ranch went to Three Forks to negotiate a settlement but were finding out much more than they had imagined. What was taking place in Three Forks? Hold on to your seat!

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Great series

Enjoyed all three books in the series. Author thoroughly entwined the lives and stories of each character. Each character had flaws, bouts of heroism, weakness and strength when needed. Highly recommend

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I had high hopes!

Story started out strong with some original ideas and interesting characters. The author really developed some characters , while just using stereotypes for others (usually evident by his bias). Sadly this took a 5 star story to 3 star. If there had been only a few biases, it would not be an issue. However it is used regularly throughout. Which felt lazy and lacking. Several times I almost stopped listening but really fell in love with the story line and a handful of main characters (Mel, Rick, Ellie and Michelle).

Narration was well done. The voice of each character was unique and easily distinguished from each other.

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Did the author do any research?

Good story, but why an Australian author would write a book about America with American characters and use Australian lingo doesn’t make any sense…just too lazy to do the research?! Also the book had an overly taxing amount of profanity and constant sexual references…also Australian characteristics perhaps? I would not have paid for these. They were free.

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the ending will leave you screaming!

The third book just throws the plot out the window. you know from the beginning almost who will get killed and who will live, but what happens to the world? to the government.

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Unnecessary ickiness

I enjoyed this series. Loved most of it. God help us if this ever happens to us for real!! OMG!

The narrator was spot on with the Aussie accent and the characters were believable.

Only large complaint was at the very end when things got more "icky" than I thought was necessary. Other than that, interesting story that held my attention.

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Good story

The foul language was over the top. Especially the last few chapters made it hard to listen to.

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Overall it's good

this review is for the whole series. overall the story is decent. it's honestly better at the beginning than the end, I really wish we would have learned more on the wider world. and honestly felt a bit rushed at the end. also I hate the end where the guy watches his girlfriend kill someone who completely needed it and then suddenly has his moral crisis about being with her. completely unneeded, dude has seen hundreds people killed if not thousands and freaks out cuz the girl is doing it? I really hate the trope of not caring about all the other people that died but suddenly it's super important not to kill someone when they're the leader of the obvious bad guys.

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  • Mrs F.
  • 09-23-21

Top Notch!

First: Rupert Degas - outstanding performance. Superb character voices and accents.
Second: story and plotlines - also outstanding
- some real surprising plot twists and some moments of pure comedy genius.
Third - the ending was perfect

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  • Owen Phillips 2
  • 09-06-21

American Kill Swit h Review

Saw the title on the Audible plus catalogue, thought it looks interesting,so I gave it a shot.

initially, I thought here we go, another end of the world American survivalist story.

it is. However, its really fast paced, engaging and well narrated. I was hooked in the first 10 minutes! Definitely worth downloading

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  • Johnny
  • 08-15-21

Intelligent apocryphal tails

Slow burning story but the pace builds good throughout the three books and it’s finally.. original and realistic situations and characters reactions to there situations..

A good story made great by a talented narrator that really brought the characters and story to life

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  • Amanda
  • 09-27-21

Grand Finale indeed ...

I listened to all three books over a few days and genuinely found them to be a journey of love, war, madness, greed, passion and friendship.
I really engaged by the characters
and plotline. I actually shed tears at the end ...
The narrator is superb. I LOVE RC Bray as a narrator, and I put this guy up there with him.

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  • chris cain
  • 09-21-21

Well worth a listen

Kept me entertained for a while with a different take on the apocalypse without being too far fetched

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  • daniel c.
  • 09-20-21

This is closest to how it will go down, if it does.

Of all apocalyptic fiction, this is one of the very few where all the people don’t conveniently disappear or turn into zombies, making it one of the most realistic. Of course they take a few liberties for the sake of the story arc, but whatever.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-21

Another awesome trilogy

Mark Birmingham has nailed it again, engaging characters, worryingly believable premise for the core story and a great mix of humour, and action. Really enjoyed Rupert Degas narrating also. More soon please!

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  • Mumblecrust
  • 10-15-21

Brilliant trilogy.

I don’t normally read this kind of book. But I can honestly say it was brilliant. Great characters. Great storyline. Superbly put together. I was totally engrossed from the beginning of book 1 to the last sentence of book 3.

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  • Alejo Sanchez
  • 09-29-21

Great ending for the saga

If you ignore some not-so-subtle PC BS, it’s a great story. The characters are built very well and the story reaches suspension of disbelief easily.

Narration is quite good, maybe even better than the previous books.

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  • Ai King
  • 09-13-21

Action packed stuff, I enjoyed it like walking dead

Sadly wish I had not wasted time on listening to the 3 books as it was time and opportunity wasted

I was expecting inception / dark water … sadly got Rambo / walking dead with out the zombie

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  • Hawk
  • 03-04-21

Final instalment for the end of the world

A well written, well narrated and very plausible story about the collapse of civilisation and the subsequent rise of a warlord militia.

And the fightback of course. Never forget about the fightback.

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  • Joey
  • 03-06-21

Fantastic!

Was so looking forward to this novel and it didn't disappoint. Absolutely loved the series as a whole, a good reminder as to why I subscribe to Audible, free and exclusive books like this!

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  • Happy chef
  • 03-06-21

Captivating

I love that Damo is Australian. I really enjoyed all 3 books, giving a perspective from all sides. Narrator is very good at delivering the nuances. Highly recommend all 3 books in the ‘end of days’ series. Thank you John Birmingham for this incredible series.

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  • iphone freak
  • 03-26-21

Character arcs or different characters?

Some time has passed before events in the last book and this one, leading to a confrontation between the Legion and the protagonists. Everything building up to this feels perfunctory, for instance a long, tedious and unnecessary drawn out battle with zombie-like religious zealots. I found the character arcs of a few key players unrecognizably grating. The main protagonist has gone unfocused and soft in a few months of leadership, after finding himself in the post-apocalyptic world. One character has gone from being a desk worker to an actual ninja, while for some reason keeping this a secret from those around her. And the resolution is way too easy for the protagonists, who barely have to do anything to win against overwhelming odds. The book tries to make this into a message about the fragility of rule by fear, but it’s not that deep a book. Overall, a huge step down from the first book, and a decent step down from the second.

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  • Christina Houlihan
  • 03-23-21

disappointing ending

The entire story just ends.

I wanted a little more about what life was like when they were settled. But we got nothing. It's a big build up for zilch

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-21

More excellence from JB

Rupert brings JB's world to life with his narration.
Bloody ace, thank you both.

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  • Therese Tucker
  • 03-06-21

Awesome trilogy

Loved this series. Very believable senario and fightening to think humanity could actually end up in this situation. Makes me want to learn how to feed myself and shoot.

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  • Benjamin Newman
  • 05-23-21

You've already read it elsewhere.

The bad guys are cool, the heroes are boring, and nothing here is original.

The writer just doesn't understand people well enough to make them interesting.

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  • Gene W
  • 05-05-21

pass on this

vulgur, verbose and stupid.
not worth my time most likely not worth your either. run

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  • Steve Callagher
  • 03-20-21

just kill me!

a real anti climax and very much an over stuffed book end to a trilogy that should have encompassed only two installments. I am left feeling severely underwhelmed ☹

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