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A rogue Russian nuke sails toward the harbors of Los Angeles in the hull of a ramshackle sailboat. Without destroying a single building, the bomb shatters the latticework of the American dream, toppling one piece of the economy after another. A group of Special Forces veterans and their prepper friends scramble for survival in a worldwide catastrophe so psychologically disruptive they are left questioning everything they ever believed to be true.

©2018 Jeff Kirkham and Jason Ross (P)2018 Defiance Press & Publishing LLC

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a digestible work of fiction with some instruction

the recording quality leaves something to be desired but it's well written. over all 4 stars but for the love of God next time work on the edits.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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The Narrator was a Black Swan.

The story was great, the characters were real, and the situation was epic. The narrator was a mix of William Shatner, pee wee herman, and the most annoying guy you work with. He wasnt the worst narrator, that honor goes to whoever narrated the Deckard novels by that guy from SOFREP. At least this guy got Kalishnikov right. And Im not even docking him for mispronouncing Tooele or Nephi, shit they even have a song about weird names for Utah towns. This is the best Post Apocolyptic story I have listened to, and dispite the narration I am going to listen again.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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good story marginal narration

book was great. but it seemed like the narrotor struggled to read words, loved the story. really anticaptaing the next book cant wait

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The characters kept me listening.

The first thing that occurred to me was that Ross and Kirkham know the technical side of of their story extremely well, and if you're a Clancy fan, that will speak to you. I tend to read for characters as well as information, and I think that that is where the authors found their sweet spot. It's dangerous to base a character off of oneself, as both do here, because of our tendency to want to embellish our best parts and gloss over our faults. Ross and Kirkham are not afraid to face their characters' weak spots. They have created a book full of believable, likable (and sometimes unlikable) humans, battling chaos, in a very realistic post-collapse America. I am again reminded of the line by fictional chaos theorist Ian Malcolm: "The kind of control you are attempting simply is... it's simply not possible." Maybe not, but its fascinating to watch it all unfold.

The voice performance is good, but I gave the performance only 4 out of 5 stars because, aesthetically, I prefer a different performance style.

I strongly recommend the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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*yawn*

I struggled with this book. The narration was so bland it about put me to sleep. Totally monotone and boring. The storyline was hard to get into. It passed a couple afternoons for me as I putzed around the house and thats about all I can say.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good story, bad narration

I really enjoyed the story, but the actor/narrator was terrible. His tone, fluctuation and speed weren't the greatest. It's as if he was rushing through the book, and reading the news.

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horrible narration and very slow story.

horrible narration and very slow story. the narrator sounds like he is speaking through a toy microphone

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Character tones are odd sometimes.

Great story. Realistic and thorough.

Sometimes the narrator would give teenage-like attitudes to the characters that just seemed out of place and very strange.

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Excellent first book eye opening

This book is quite an eye opening view into the reality of the real world. Prepare yourself for the introspection because it hits like a Mack truck. Fantastic storyline, very up to date concerns, narrator was good just not great.

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PLEASE DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!

horrible! horrible writing and an unbelievably worse narration, worst narrator ever! these writers obviously have a problem with mormons and with other races.. too bad they couldn't have taken this story line and had an actual writer put it together. The entire book they keep just showing how smart and clever and better they are and how everyone else in the world are morons. if they could have kept there ego out of the book.. maybe not based it on themselves and how incredibly awesome they are and kept the obvious dislike for mormons and for other races and an actual author wrote it then it could have turned out to be a good book.. oh and did I mention HORRIBLE NARATOR!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-18

Realistic survival of a Black Swan Apocalypse.

No clear right or wrong. Shades of grey.... Ambiguous morality of action and unpredictable consequences from each act.