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What if your fate was put in the wrong hands? What if taking it back was your only option?

The Second Alliance presses on.

The town of River's Edge is under their control. In two years since the virus, Xavier finds himself alone. His sister is dead. His mother is missing. His father is out searching for her.

He thought it couldn't get any worse, but the Second Alliance proves him wrong - cracks in their facade reveal the grim truth of their presence.

While the other survivors submit to this harsh new reality, Xavier refuses to bend. Someone must ignite the revolution before the Second Alliance swallows the town whole. Alone, Xavier doesn't stand a chance. But if defeat promises death, will anyone follow him into the darkness?

The world of Almawt seemed so simple before, but the second installment in the series will change your perspective on everything.

This dystopian, post-apocalyptic thriller is the second book in Robert Wilson's Days Since... Almawt Virus series. Look for the third installment of the series: Days Since... Jenny: Day 986 

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Thrilling!

Days Since...: Xavier: Day 853, the second installment in the Almawt Virus Series is an entertaining and thrilling post-apocalyptic tale. The world-building is brilliantly done, portraying a stark and bleak dystopian setting where humanity is on the brink of extinction. This time around the storyline centers on Xavier, and it's compelling, gritty, and suspenseful with dark elements. I don't want to give the plot away, so the only thing I will add is that this was an excellent follow-up to the previous book with a totally epic ending. I can't wait for the third book!

Matthew Crow did an excellent job with the narration. I thought he captured the characters' personalities and emotions very nicely. Overall, this was a great audiobook, one I recommend. I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Loved it

Robert does an excellent job bringing us back to the world after the Alwart virus. In this story we follow a young kid who lives at Rivers Edge, his former school. The narrator does an excellent job at bringing the characters to life and keeping you on the edge of your seat. Love the story and the character Xavier. The author uses a great hook in the prologue keeping you listening to find out what has happened and why. The listener feels like they are going through the same struggles and triumphs Xavier does. This is a must listen to story. A totally different take on what happens after the apocalypse.

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Kept me guessing!

I decided to listen to this story about a world that has been destroyed by a virus in the middle of a pandemic. Depending on your outlook, it is either the perfect time for this kind of story or not the right time at all. It turned out that this was a good time for me to tackle this kind of story and I ended up really enjoying my time with this book.

This is the second book in the Almawt Virus series but it was a completely different point of view than we saw in the first book with very little connection. It is my understanding that the third book really ties the first two books together but I feel like the first two books can both be read as stand-alone stories in a pinch.

This book follows Xavier. Xavier is a rather normal teenage boy. He has no special abilities and is alone in the world. His sister died during the outbreak and his mom never came home from her position as a doctor at the local hospital. After helping to form the community that Xavier lives in, his father left to find his mother and hasn't been heard from since. The Second Alliance has taken control of the community and things are changing but not for the better. Xavier comes across some privileged information which helps him to see what is actually happening a lot more clearly.

This story was told from Xavier's point of view in both the present day and in the past through flashbacks. I expected to see some flashbacks in this story so I was really looking for them which helped to eliminate some of the confusion that I had with the first book in the series. This was a story that was able to keep me guessing and I have to admit that I was completely surprised by the way it ended.

Matthew Crow did a good job with the story. He has a very clear voice which I found very easy to follow. I think he did a good job with all of the character voices which added to my enjoyment of the story. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more of his narration work.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy end of the world stories. I found Xavier to be a character that was easy to cheer on and I loved that the story kept me guessing until the very end. I look forward to reading more of this series very soon!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author/narrator and have voluntarily left this review.

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OMG such an ending.....

I will not list any spoilers but WOW.

I am REALLY beginning to love this series so much so that I am going to read the next book instead of having it read to me.

I will miss Matthew Crow’s realistic and fabulous narration but he has more books out there.

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Who Can Be Trusted?

The second book of the 'Almawt Virus' series, 'Days Since...:Xavier: Day 853', gives the reader a different perspective from Book One. This book centers on Xavier, a 15-year-old who, along with his father, started a community at the local high school in the wake of the devastation from the virus. River's Edge is meant to be a safe haven for its residents, a place to start over after so many have died. At the time the book begins the community has had to defend themselves from those who would take what they have. Enter the Second Alliance, offering military protection.

In this second book of the series, there is a more explicit description of how the Second Alliance operates. It is left unclear how many townspeople realize the measures being taken against them, but one person who doesn't buy their message is Xavier. If the SA were there for benevolent reasons, then why are their guns pointing inward?

Robert Wilson gives the reader a lot of suspense with his writing. There is a foreboding feeling that gets stronger the further along in the story the reader gets. The ending is believable, if tragic and depressing. I don't think the book needs a cliffhanger, but there is a final scene that gives the reader hope for the future of these characters.

The scenes with Xavier and Grant resonate well. They have a nice mentor/student feel to them. I enjoyed these scenes quite a lot. When Xavier is outside the walls of the town his character truly shines. He's young but there is a sense that he could handle himself, if not for the SA.

Like with the 1st book, Matthew Crow does an OK job. I still feel like the narration is a little flat and unemotional, especially during dialogue. I'm thinking this may be a deliberate stylistic choice, but I would prefer it be more dramatic.

This audiobook was provided to me for free as a review copy, at my request. I have written this voluntary opinion of it in exchange.

Recommended.

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Post-apocalyptic Series (overtones of Walking Dead

With each book in this series, I am drawn into this world more and more! The world has been wiped out by a virus and the survivors are trying to ...well, survive.

This book centers on Xavier. He is a teenager, too young to date according to Second Alliance Rules, but not too young to torture. Xavier stumbles into a hard truth. He has to choose to stand up for what is right or follow along pretending everything is ok. if he chooses the truth, it could cost him everything.

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Wow

Wow! That was a 180 degree turn from the first book. These people are not good people in the long run, but how can you decide who is good and who is not? Xavier tried to do what he could for the benefit of all the people in the town his father built and it ended bad for him. I understand the need for law and order in trying times but to kill children really sucks. In times such as those depicted in the book you almost feel like you are back in WWII. The Second Alliance might think they are good but their actions say something entirely different at times. I am going to get the next book in the series to see what happens with one of the escapees but I am not sure after that. I was a soldier for a long time and I would never have thought to do something like this in all my time. But I will say the story is well written and narrated. It follows the life before and after for a young man who just wants stability, but see’s a wrong and wants to right it.

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Xavier

I hope this series has a fantastic ending. It is a slow build to what could be a great tale. This book was much better than the 1st. I enjoyed it.

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A good bridge to the third book

Definitely lacking some of the action from the first book, but the story is worth a listen. This book really opened up the series and where I think it is heading. The Second Alliance really felt like the good guys in the first one, but now... I'm not so sure. Pretty cool how the perspective changes to Xavier and with it, my perspective on what the SA is trying to do. So kudos, on that.

I felt the narration was stronger in this one than the first. The voices were great and Mr. Crow did a great job with the story overall.

I'm excited for the third book. I've only listened to the first two, but might have to pick the third on up on Kindle. Very interested in seeing what happens to Jenny.

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3.75★s It’s very important to read Book 3!!!

*Sigh* Being this is a "bridge" series I feel it need to give some leeway in my frustration. I'm truly not certain at this point where the series is going. I think we're getting disjointed stories. There is no strong connection between Thomas & Xavier really.

For all intents and purposes he has been totally abandoned and left to fly on the memories of his dad's shirt tails.

I'm hoping the next book brings the first two books together! I feel like the story after plooding through 4½ hours just abruptly ended. And it was NOT a good ending. With no cliff hanger either.

The narrator was okay but he didn't feel invested in the story...just my opinion.

My star ratings include these 5 elements:
.5★ story line
.5★ engaging characters
1★ use of world building/descriptions
.75★ the ending
1★ narration or editing

*→Update after reading book 3: you HAVE to read all of the book for the ending here to make sense!!

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  • Alexandra
  • 08-23-20

Xavier

Book 2 , this book carries on from Thomas and in my opinion even better than Thomas . By the looks of this book you best not get attached to some pivotal characters but I have book 3 Jenny downloaded and ready to go coz I need to see what happens . Once again give the series a go you won’t be disappointed

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  • Janalyn
  • 08-26-20

I do believe this one is better than the first

Well let me give you the good news first you don’t have to read book one to enjoy this book throughout the book they pretty much explain the backstory. Now the greater news this book is freaking awesome I do think it’s better than the first one and the first one was really really good. Onto the brief summary Xavier is a teenager who’s biggest wish is to be Reunited with this family at least his mother who he last seen when the world was still normal. Now Xavier is a cadet in the second nation who he believes in, but he can’t say the same for his best friend Taylor who miss trust everything about them. Xavier wanted to get higher up in the organization, but now he thinks he just wants out And in my opinion this is when the book gets good. I really do not read books like this usually, but the first book was now rated by one of my favorite narrators it’s a win the second book came out I was like signed me up and Matthew Crowe now rated it and I could see why they switched he is awesome the book is awesome and I can’t wait to re-book 3.

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  • Ian
  • 08-25-20

Dark days

They’ve had the virus and all the hardships and now they have to deal with fascist
The peopleIn the story are interesting and i can’t wait to read book 3.

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  • JPB
  • 03-06-20

Slow build

A little slow to get going and an unexpected ending. it felt a little disjointed from the first book but maybe the storyline will come together in the third installment.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 03-03-20

Xavier: Day 853

The second instalment of the Ahmet series, the struggles continue, Xavier is left in Grant's care when his father leaves to go and find his mother, his life is maintaining the school, a new treaty for protection welcomes the Second Alliance to their community. My favourite part is when Xavier realises things are not as they seem, and starts to mature as he realises the conspiracy surrounding them. I'm looking forward the book 3 to discover whats next.

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  • JimCW
  • 02-24-20

A solid story

A good continuation of the story. Still think the audio performance needs work but credit to the author on the writing. This is shaping up to be a great series with a good bit of world building narrative underlying an intriguing storyline. Well worth getting in to.

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  • Linda
  • 02-07-20

Good listen

This book was an enjoyable apocalyptic tale. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book, but it's still worth a listen if you enjoy dystopian society type books. The narration was good.