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Having been bolstered with the supplies sufficient to carry them through the winter, the survivors of the Jackson commune must now hunker down and endure the bitter Wyoming snows, while to the south, factions are beginning to form, coalescing from the ashes of the dead world.

Out in Arizona, the leftovers of the US Military encamped in the last known surviving tent city: the Elysium Fields.

In Nevada, a clan of scavengers grows ever larger, each day bringing them a step closer to collapsing under their own weight.

Resources are becoming scarcer by the day as the world trudges on, and as it so happens, the folks up in Wyoming appear to be sitting on prime real estate....

©2018 Joshua Gayou (P)2018 Joshua Gayou

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The best series in sci-fi for great characters.

This series is like many others in theme, after it happened for example. what sets this apart is the amazing depth of characters and the realism in personalities. the focus on personal challenges and not always defaulting to the quick easy negative approach is totally unique. As the author points out, a true leader would not be a cliche tough guy or killer. People gravitate to leadership by example and people of integrity and belief. This series is written cleverly in so many ways and as the character count grows none are without depth. you find yourself rooting for most of them and not just 15hours of good guy vs bad guy. So much to love in this series as it is world building beyond just stuff but a growing community. Amazing work by both author and the legendary RC Bray and great additions with the new characters in this particular book. My only bone to pick is that this is clearly half of what was meant to be one book and shares an arc with book four. Grateful it is coming very soon. thank you Josh. Everyone should buy this and start at Book 1.

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  • Marina
  • Lone Star, TX, United States
  • 11-19-18

Great Series!

I was drawn to this series after the first 30 minutes of the first book because of the incredible character development. These characters come across as normal, everyday people with the average amount of "oh duh" moments. What I love about this author is that he allows us to get to know characters as real people, even the heroes are just people. Too often these types of books are filled with groups of preppers against the evil that occupies the new world. These are not preppers and are just trying to figure things out as they go along, what I imagine the majority of us would be trying to do in similar circumstances.
C3 checks in on Wang and his progress, follows Ronnie back to his group and introduces his boss Clay. I actually like Clay a little.
Understanding from the beginning that is book is a "bridge" connecting C2 to the conclusion of the series was helpful. C3 basically positions the characters for the last book.
I enjoyed the interactions between the military members, often laughing out loud at the insults and lingo, which were so familiar from my time in the service. While Otter is interesting, I'm not convinced that someone in his position would proceed with that mission or even consider it. I think he would have seen the inevitable failure of attempting to exert force in that situation, he wouldn't have been able to pull it off long term without becoming a dictator and using the military to police the group. I'm content with the resolution and the placement of the characters at the end.

The narrator throughout the series has remained the same and that is probably my favorite part of the whole series. R.C. Bray is absolutely perfect and really brings the books to life. I was very happy to hear that he would be doing the final book. The author and narrator make a great team!

This is a great series. Well worth the time and credits. I highly recommend it.

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WOW

WOW, simply WOW. From the excellent story, to the Top Notch narration I can not recomend this and the previous 2 parts of this story enough. I salute you Mr. Gayou and Mr. Bray for your team work on this series. I can't wait for the next installment.

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Fantastic series

I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy book 3 as much as 1 and 2 because the story and characters broaden out, but I loved it. Obsessive Otter, villainous Robby and crazy Clay but they are much more complex than that and people in our little valley keep on trying to make home and family.
Joshua Gayou has written a wonderful multi level story here worthy of multiple readings. RC Bray has bought the story and characters to life.
There is a lot of gun talk if that interests you but it's balanced out wonderfully with tender intimate moments.
On to book 4 asap please.

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wow

R.C Bray and Joshua Gayou combine is just amazing.One of the best books so far, can't wait for book 4.

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Outstanding

Leaves you wanting more. Great writing and the best narrator ever. Amazing story and unbelievably awesome storyline and characters

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Best book of the series this far.

Great, likeable characters, utter misery and hope for the future. What more can you ask for? Characters being really fleshed out, yet still more to come! I can't wait for the next one.

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Best book yet!

Best book of the series yet! Didn’t want to finish it so quickly but once I started I didn’t want to stop. Looking forward to book’s 4-10!!!

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Best one yet!

Great series with great characters. I've never had a book that could make me laugh or make me cry. This series has done both of those things. R.C Bray delivered another excellent performance! Joshua Gayou has a lifelong fan in me!

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Hoping for book IV soon!

After reading books 1-3, I've given all three 5 stars across the board. Its a very believable apocalyptic theme with very life like character development (mostly) and story progression. You will become very interested in nearly all the characters as the story plays out from multiple perspectives- all of which are very well done. The narration is done by RC Bray who is THE reason I even discovered the series. He, like always, is brilliant in his portrayal of characters, moods, events.. I'll be waiting for book IV with great anticipation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-18

Not as good as the other two books

This book feels like more of a filler between the last book and the next one.

It’s disappointing but I’ve no choice now but to buy the final book

Would have preferred more action

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  • Spaniard
  • 01-14-19

amazing and brilliant

Stroyline is a fasinaticing take on living through an appcolypse. easy to follow and you simply sympathys and trully get to know the charcters thanks to the brillant writing and also not let us foeget the Legend that is RC Bray. if you listed to book 1-2 then stop reading this review and get this book!! Trully a page tunner!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-19

Loved it

Another great book in this series. I'm really looking forward to the next book. Just hope the wait isn't too long.

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  • neil jarvis2
  • 01-10-19

Great 3rd book

Unlike some of the other reviews, I though this was a good 3rd book and deserves its place in the series.

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  • Jsun-LG
  • 01-07-19

ok.im ready for book 4 !

I did struggle with the beginning of this book and I believed it wasn't going to stand up the the two previous titles. however it did improve and on finishing the book I listened to it again. I come to realise it is actually just a good as books 1 and 2.

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  • psy_yates
  • 01-05-19

Great continuation of the series

I enjoyed the latest instalment of Joshua Gayou’s Commune, the depth of the story explaining the different sides of the story fliting between Jake’s on going struggles to help get his people onto a sustainable survival track whilst dealing with the encroachment of Otters people to the intrigue that lies behind Clay’s camp left me looking for more, excellent work Mr Gayou, all delivered with Bob‘s usual brilliance.

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  • Marko
  • 01-02-19

Starts slow, only to enter a masterpiece territory

I began reading this series after seeing R.C. Bray recommendation. Even though I'm not a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre in general, this one was... different. It made me think about true human nature and how anyone can become a different person given the circumstances.

Books 1 and 2 were, more or less, one storyline each, written from a character's POV. After reading this installment, it was clear those were merely intros to the vast story Mr. Gayou envisioned in his head. While some may have problems with somewhat slow development and detailed chapters of apparently nothing important happening, I found it immensely interesting to hear the level of details it got into. After finishing this book, I feel like every single of those details will be in some way important to the final resolution of the series. All the characters, both old and new, are well thought through, their actions bear significance both in the storyline and their development, and none of them seem unrealistic or stereotype.

R.C. Bray is magnificent - it goes without saying. The man is the powerhouse of the audiobook world and he's proving it with every narration.

All I can say - can't wait for the book 4!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-19

fantastic book love jake great detail and people

fantastic book love Jake great detail and people r c bray is a fantastic at reading

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  • Mr
  • 12-24-18

First two were great, this one meandered.

I’m slightly frustrated by this episode. I might not have been had I not listened to the author’s introduction. He refered to this as the story of Jake and alologised for needing to push the story into a fourth book.

The idea that this is the story of Jake is bizarre. In fact until the last 10% of the book he plays almost no part whatsoever. What we get is odd encapsulated stories of the survivors. Some of which are dull. The Elizabeth stuff is simply not interesting. Actually let me change that, it might be interesting with less detail.

The other issue is needing to push this into a fourth book? Why?? Very little happened in this book. The last two were pretty much non stop action with some decent thought provoking elements within. This book felt like hours of being lectured. Personally I don’t need a chapter to describe the end of the world bbq being made nor Lum making up with Samantha. It felt like filler to me. Being honest it felt like someone wanting to spread the story into another book.

Now in the interests of fairness, I love this series. I’ve been buying other audiobooks but secretly using them to try and mitigate the boredom while I wait for the next instalment of this series. This is probably the best post apocalyptic story I have read unlike dreadful miserable bores like Cormack McCarthy.

As many great authors manage, the last two chapters were great. I’m unsurprisingly now desperate for the next instalment. All I request is a return to the first two books in terms of quality and excitement. Not the third.

All moaning aside, thank you Joshua Gayou, I love your characters and plots.

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  • zombie reader
  • 12-18-18

Great story

This was another great chapter in the commune saga can’t wait to see where the group ends up

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  • Leah
  • 01-03-19

Great Book

Can't wait for book four to see where it ends and to find out a bit more about Jake.

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  • Mr Timothy N. Clarkson
  • 12-29-18

Great listening

Thoughtfully written, and with a real direction to the writing. A very good example of the post- apocalyptic genre.

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  • marcus woodlock
  • 12-20-18

Best gets better

Joshua, thanks for bringing back some of my favourite characters to continue one of the best stories of this genre. The character development and depth makes this an intriguing and insightful progression. It is also full of wisdom and humanity. This series can and should go far! R.C. Bray is a master narrater and brings the people to life successfully. Thanks from Australia

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  • Jlobb
  • 12-11-18

Fantastic

I am blown away by this book. The characters back stories are gripping, each with their own turmoil. Also, each character no matter how much you dislike them, are relatable. The scenery is vivid. The underlying themes are relevant and timeless.
RC Bray is fantastic. He really gives these characters justice.