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A nuclear attack. A collapsing society. A world covered in ash.

The Alt Apocalypse is the newest ground-breaking series from Tom Abrahams.

It explores survival under the most extreme circumstances, but with a twist (and no cliff-hangers). This series, which can be heard in any order, features the same core characters in each complete story. But every audiobook dunks them into a new, alternate apocalypse and a nuclear holocaust - an earthquake, a flood, a wildfire, a hurricane, a plague, and even zombies.

Different heroes will emerge in each novel. Different characters will survive and perish. Your favorite character dies in one audiobook? He or she will be back in the next. In the end, you'll unwind the loose thread that connects every character and every stand-alone story.  

In Ash, Abrahams tells the story of four college friends, an ex-con, a lonely fry cook, and a secretive group of prepared civilians as they each battle to survive in southern California after a series of nuclear attacks. Theirs is a gray world covered in ash and nuclear fallout.

Do they hunker down? Do they bug out? Do they find their salvation above ground or below?
 

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Great start to a new series...

I like the idea of using the core characters in different post apocalyptic situations with differing outcomes for each book. Curious to see what the next book has in store. Kevin Pierce does great narration once again. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A Different Take on a Book Series

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of Ash The Alt Apocalypse, Book 1: by Tom Abrahams and narrated by Kevin Pierce. I asked for this book because Kevin Pierce is my favorite narrator. He does the best reading of this type of genre of books. He does not disappoint in this book. I was very pleasantly surprised when at the beginning of the book a description of the intent for this series was described. Basically, each book in the series will be a stand-alone story; subsequent books will keep the same characters but will change up the scenarios they will be face. The outcomes will be different in each book based on the character’s abilities to deal with that particular scenario. As far as I am concerned this is an outstanding method that inspires thought provoking ideas. A person can learn from these stories and apply these learnings into their preparedness plans. This particular story was interesting, character development was consistent throughout the story, and the ending was satisfactory. I don’t want to spoil the story line so you will have to get the book to see what the characters are faced with in this scenario. This was a satisfying story; I rate it among my upper third favorite books of this genre. Of course Kevin makes it come alive in my mind as I listen to him and I always give a book a try if he is the narrator. I recommend the book and highly recommend the narrator.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 05-22-18

A Brand New Take In The Post-Apocalyptic Genre

I'm going to directly quote Abrahams here because I wanted to point out the exact thing that he's hoping to accomplish with the Alt Apocalypse series:

"It explores survival under the most extreme circumstances, but with a twist (and no cliff-hangers). This series, which can be read in any order, features the same core characters in each complete story. But every book dunks them into a new, alternate apocalypse; a nuclear holocaust, an earthquake, a flood, a wildfire, a hurricane, a plague, and even zombies. " So there you have it - he's going to re-use the cast and characters throwing them into different situations. I love the idea behind this because it will show you that some people are geared to survive one apocalyptic event but not another. I think that this is a unique take on the PA genre and I can't wait to read the other stories he's crafting. 

I don't normally stop to highlight a quote in a book while listening to the audio unless it's really quotable or something that stuck out to me.  I ended up stopping while reading Ash to highlight four times.  One of them was: “this is LA. There are as many hills as there are douchebags.” “Probably more hills,” added Jesse. “A lot of those douchebags are dead.” - I died when reading this line.  I don't know why it felt so perfect in this book - definitely my kind of humor. 

I'm sure that the ven diagram of pop-punk listeners and post-apocalyptic readers isn't very big but I couldn't get a specific song out of my head the entire time I was reading Ash.  Grey by Yellowcard basically the chorus is "It's all gone grey..." and the way that Abrahams wrote Ash - this fits pretty darn well.

So, to quote him again, Ash tells the story of "four college friends, an ex-con, a lonely fry cook, and a secretive group of prepared civilians as they each battle to survive in southern California after a series of nuclear attacks." each one of these groups or single people brought a different side to this story.  I think I liked the secretive group and the college kids the most.  They were totally different but had me totally enthralled.

Overall, Ash is something that I don't get to write and mean too often.  An original post-apocalyptic story.  Sure, some of the things in it you can find in other books but I'm looking at the series as a whole.  This is something that no one that I know of has done in this genre and I'm excited for things to come. 

The audiobook was only taken to the next level by the voice of the apocalypse himself, Kevin Pierce.  His narration really helps take an already great book and make it better.  I'm thrilled that Abrahams and Pierce are working together on another series. 

I request a free copy of this audiobook - it has not affected my review in any way.

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Lots of fun!

First of all, I read the description wrong on this book. I thought the book was a series of vignettes that explored different apocalyptic scenarios. It's a book SERIES that does so - each book covers a different scenario. But I was intrigued about the idea for the series. Take the same cast of characters in each book and put them in different scenarios. Their outcomes could differ.

For Abrahams' first book in this series I was really impressed - and he starts it with a bang. This book follows three main groups; a group of college students, an ex-con, and a surfer dude with his dog; right after Los Angeles gets nuked. The author does a good job of moving the story along. Sometimes, during this genre type, authors tend to plod along or get tied up in existential crisis too much. Obviously, those themes need to be addressed but the book doesn't wane in moving characters forward. Honestly, the biggest thing that made me happy when reading this book is when a character finds shelter and immediately fills up the tub and sinks with water. I've read so many post-apocalypse books that this small, intelligent action wins me over quite a bit.

The book does a good job of giving each group of characters their arc and doesn't delve into unnecessary sci-fi like mutants or monsters that seems to be a genre staple. I would say that the college students are sometimes hard to differentiate from and their character build kind of takes place later in the book. However, this book is a lot of fun and does a good job at the primary goal the characters have - to survive. I will definitely check out the other books in Abrahams' series as they are release. Final Grade - A

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Sims

Wow just wow. A must read and KP does his usual tremendous narration This is the best book I have ever heard

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3.5* - interesting multi-story concept

I've read/listened to other post-apocalyptic fiction, some I've enjoyed more than others. I'd put this one in the middle.

I got to know the characters but didn't particular bond with any of them. There were spots in the story where I saw opportunities to introduce tension, which didn't materialize into anything of substance (e.g. a sense of cult-like menace or foreshadowing regarding the motives/interests of the folks running Oasis). My strongest overall impression after finishing the book is that 'survival' is mostly a matter of luck and being in the right place at the right time, that the ones who thrive are the ones who started prepping (with significant financial investment) years before the apocalyptic event, and that everyone is probably going to die anyway.

Having said this, I don't regret listening to the story, for the following reasons. First, I really like the idea that you can't depend on the military to come charging in like white knights to the rescue. They may be decimated, disorganized, or prioritizing and people surviving in small clusters will be lower on their priority list. Second, I enjoyed the debate about being charitable/altruistic versus being self-interested. I can understand that this would be a significant inner struggle for some people, but no struggle at all for others -- that's fascinating to me. I've done thousands and thousands of hours of volunteering over my lifetime (so far!) and I wonder how easily I'd be able to switch into an 'every man for himself' mentality and possibly risk my own well-being to help a vulnerable family. Third, I'm curious to see where the author takes us in future books with the same cast of characters in different perilous situations. One of the things I enjoyed most about watching 'American Horror Story' on television was that we got to see the same actors/actresses reincarnated into different roles and storylines. I'm curious to see how Tom Abrahams reincarnates the characters we got to know in Ash. Finally, the narration was very well done - I wouldn't hesitate to listen to Kevin Pierce in the future.

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

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining!!

I have to say that the blurb for the book sums up the plot perfectly....In Ash, Abrahams tells the story of four college friends, an ex-con, a lonely fry cook, and a secretive group of prepared civilians as they each battle to survive in southern California after a series of nuclear attacks. Theirs is a gray world covered in ash and nuclear fallout. Do they hunker down? Do they bug out? Do they find their salvation above ground or below?... so I'm not going to rehash it in my own words because there's no need!!

First and foremost, I have to applaud the author on what he's doing here. It's a unique and fresh way to do the post apoc books. The series he plans deals with the same core characters but puts them into different situations. He says that different heroes will emerge with each book and if some characters die in one book, they will be back in the next. I love the idea of this and am looking forward to reading them all!!

Anyway, this one deals with a Nuclear Attack. The fallout is bad and life as we know it is gone. I loved that the author dives into the action straight away. We get enough information on the attack to satisfy me and we get enough character development to keep them interesting. It's a very easy story to get into and its easy to pick out some favourite characters too! One of mine died here but I know he will be in the next book so I'm ok about it.

In all, this was a great read. I gave it 4 stars because I didn't like the way the kids believed the group over the radio so quickly!! They were willing to eave everything behind so easy that it just felt wrong. Other than that small bit, I loved everything else about it. It's well written and thought out, it's fast paced and exciting and it's the start of something fresh and new in an over-saturated genre.

Kevin Pierce is as good as always. He is easy to listen to and was clear and concise. He has plenty of tones for the characters and even does the female voices really well.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Exceptional alternate apocalypse book.

I loved this book. Not a story that follows the normal outline of apocalypse stories. Kevin Pierce was solid as narrator. cant wait to hear more of him. will be terrible to wait until August to see what happens to who.

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A nice twist on Apocolyptic books

I've listened to or read all of Abrahams' books, I like his writing and the style he has in the books. I haven't run into any that I haven't liked so far. I like the premise behind this series, it basically will be a series of various apocalyptic events, and how a certain group of people survive or perish during the event. It states in the beginning that different people live or die depending on what event has occurred, and that is something I find interesting.

Ash is about a nuclear bomb/warhead exploding in LA and the survival and demise of the citizens. It is a great story, and has pretty much everything you'd expect in an apocalyptic book, death, survival, fights, guns, etc. The next book in the series comes out in about two months, and I will be waiting for that one as well.

This review was written from receiving a credit to listen to the book for free. It has not altered the review or opinion in any way.

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So good

I am a big fan of this audiobook. This was a great start to a new series/ stand alone. There are 3 separate storylines that seem to meet in a dark, ominous fury of ash. I loved the completely different lifestyles and walks of life the characters came from. The author gives us a great and original start to a very creative idea of having the same characters thrust into different disaster sanarios. You are thrown right into the meyham in this story and it does not let you go. The story is not bogged down by extensive character development, however there is enough development there that you care about the characters while growing to like some and hate others. I found this title to be somewhat dark and frightening. Not in a sense of a horror novel but instead of this is what life could be like if something like this took place. The descriptions of the landscapes and buildings painted a great picture only adding to the story’s allure. Kevin Pierce was the narrator of this work and he provides another top notch performance. He is definitely made for this type of story. He gave the character’s voices and at times made them feel happy, hopeless and even angry at points throughout the entire story. The pacing was great and it is easy to get lost in this story not only because of the great writing but also the fabulous performance. Even at the end of the audiobook they give a small teaser of the next book in the series called Lit. It sounds great and I am definitely looking forward to it. Great start to this innovative series. Huge score for Abrahams and Pierce. I was given a copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of this work.

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