Crossroads of the Apocalypse

A Duck & Cover Adventure Post-Apocalyptic Series, Book 5
Narrated by: Phil Thron
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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He’s got pirates behind him, sea monsters ahead of him and a boatload of passengers that refuse to get along.

It’s been a year since the events in Niagara Falls. Things have generally gotten better in the wasteland and civilization is starting to take hold along the rivers.

No one knows where the Librarian is, or if he’s alive, but there’s a man and a mastiff running passengers from Hannibal to Cairo that might have an idea as to what really happened.

Life is starting to return to normal along the river if you don’t count the pirates and the sea monsters. But all of that is about to change and the end of the world may never be the same again.

The Duck and Cover Adventures continue in book five, Crossroads of the Apocalypse.

It’s still the end of the world as you’ve never known it.

©2019 Benjamin Wallace (P)2020 Benjamin Wallace
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Just As Much Fun As The First 4 Books

I'd been checking Wallace's web site for the 5th book every month since finishing the last book, so I was thrilled to see it hit Audible. I went in with high expectations, but they were met and exceeded. If anything, there's more great humor in this one (even poking fun at itself at times). And the new setting and characters were a blast. The reader does an outstanding job and shifts between characters seamlessly. Just bummed I have to wait for the next book to come out now that it's over. Because, while I'm loathe to agree with that idiot Kane, everyone really DOES love a sequel. 😉

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Best one yet

loved this series, but this was my favorite. Phil Thron's performance as narrator was GREAT.

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just amazing!

the post-apocalyptic story continues! This series is great! I need more! fantastic narration, and absolutely great writing. And the whole "your mom" bit got me every time. I have never been so entertained and laughed so much. thank you so much for this incredible adventure!!!

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Another fun audiobook

I had hoped that this series would continue. It is a good series with many laughs. The narration is spot on again!

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It's Audie Murphy!

When I first started the Duck and Cover series, I wasn't sure where they were going... But MAN I am glad I've stuck around for the ride.

Benjamin Wallace and Phil Thron are back with the next installment to give us more of everything that has made this series so great. Humor, danger, intrigue, humor, talking dogs, and people in leather pants wearing shoulder pads. No, seriously.

If you've already made your way through the first 4 in the series, as well as "Tales of the Apocalypse" you can't miss out on this one as it is building up to the biggest threat the post-apocalyptic world has seen since the apocalypse!

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Loved it!

Amazing follow up to the previous book and leaves you wanting more! Love the series and can't wait to hear more about the Librarian and where his adventures lead him.

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Weakest of the series so far

This series has been a bit up and down for me, First book was great, second felt a little less so, the third was a wild ride, and the fourth struggled a bit at the start but found its step in the end. This one, I think is the first one I would say I just didn't enjoy much at all.

Let me start by saying this has nothing to do with Phil Thron. Phil is an absolute gem among narrators and really understands how best to convey emotion and inflection into the characters.

Where this book really suffers is in the characters themselves. The Librarian is not the main focus of the book, which is fine, a new direction doesn't hurt, but we're presented with a new character named Eve who honestly comes across as a very bland Marry Sue replacement for Erica. Her perspective brings nothing of interest to the story and is too similar to that of the Librarian in that she does what is right and is a fighter. These are more or less her only character traits. The rest of the characters, with a couple exceptions, are very uninteresting and seem more like they're there to facilitate moving the plot. The worst character issue by far though, is the talking dog. I've loved the slightly tongue in cheek nature of the apocalyptic mutants in the series, so a talking dog could have worked, but instead we get something that should never be in any work of fiction: a Scrappy Doo type character. The talking dog is unimportant, has no plot relevance. The talking dog has no witty or funny dialogue. The talking dog tries to serve as comic relief and only serves to cut tension when it needs to build or ruin an emotion driven scene. The dog could have been omitted from the entire book and it would have been an improved product for it.

The biggest story issue of the book is that it meanders without purpose for the vast majority of the first act. The Librarian talks to people on the river and people discuss that it is nice that the world is getting back to normal, repeated ad nauseam. This is aggravating most because what is missing most from this post apocalyptic book, is the apocalypse. Very little is effected, to the point where the genre barely applies and could have been changed with minor tweaking. It is reasonable to say things would get better, but this much and you lose the charm and interesting nature of a post apocalypse. The author gets it in gear towards the third act and sets up for what could be something interesting down the line, but I fear the damage has already been done. I don't think I will be purchasing the next book in the series, and I can't recommend anyone else does either, which is a shame given the promising start of this series. I think the author has tried to change too much too fast and won't let enough of a status quo to build to really make the changes matter.

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well worth the listen
anticipating the next one
great series
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loved the continued story

this book seemed a bit short and lacked a suspenseful story line, however it was still a great book if you follow the series and I look forward to the next book.

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if you love Old School Spaghetti Western / Trigun

love the story, the voice actor, the characters/dogs, the situational humor, and the "360 degree turn around on character building."

love it. I am glad the series will continue.

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  • Lucy C.
  • 02-25-20

Apocalyptic fun-fest.

I got a three-book package and thought it was a risk worth taking for a credit. What surprised me was how a seemingly generic set of scenarios could be woven into an unmistakable series of adventures. To be taken as seriously as Indiana Jones and with credulity suspended, these have entertained me, no end. A combination of Boys Own adventure and teenage humour, beautifully written and flawlessly entertaining in it's narration, transported me in a way only the finest stories do. I love these romps because, for all the genericism, they are the finest in their genre.

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  • Michelle O'Dwyer
  • 02-06-20

Gripping from beginning to the end

Just when i thought you couldn’t add something new to a post apocalyptic book then came along Duck & Cover.
Comedy, pirates, amazing battles under unthinkable odds, a talking dog & a touch of romance . These books just keep getting better.

I hope these not a long wait until the next one

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  • Adrian Addicott
  • 03-27-20

Fantastic

Another great book from Ben i can't wait for more.
It would be great to have a more on that cat.

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  • J. Roberts
  • 03-12-20

Brilliant set up to continue the saga

As the story began it felt like a casual epilogue into the life of our favourite Librarian from the aftermath of his tumble from the Falls. As the story unfolded it quickly turned that assumption right around as it setup up a rather brilliant continuation to the saga.

Narrated, as always, with comedic timing perfection from Phil Thron.

Next book, please!

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  • Byron
  • 02-04-20

love this series

such a great read you are wanting to get through it cause you are so invested in what is going to happen but you cry when you have finished due to Benjamin hasn't finished the next book.

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  • Richard
  • 01-24-20

Absolute Perfection

Benjamin's at his best here. Phil Thron is the perfect choice of voice actor for this series. I wish I could listen to this book for the first time again. The action is gripping, the humour is on point, the whole production is outstanding. I can't get enough.