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Dead Lines: An EMP Prepper Thriller

911, Volume 1
Narrated by: Andrew Tell
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)
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911 operator Jim Parker wants - more than anything - to be useful again. When a catastrophic EMP strikes, and he’s the last person a kidnapped girl speaks to before the lines go dead, he knows he can’t let her down. Especially when the circumstances are so similar to his own daughter’s disappearance. With the world falling apart around him, he wants to do nothing more than retreat to his prepper cabin. But with a fresh lead on his daughter, and another innocent girl’s life on the line, the disgraced cop will do everything in his power to track them down.

Finn Meyers has lost Ava, her best, and only, friend in the world, but she knows where the missing young woman might be - and perhaps Parker’s long-lost daughter. Now, Parker must form an uneasy alliance and tackle his own internal demons as the two begin a perilous journey that will take them to the headquarters of a mysterious cult in Indiana. But what they find along the way will shatter all their preconceptions - and threaten the world as they know it. Can a has-been and a has-not save the innocent, and stop a disaster from happening?

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A great new series by Grace Hamilton

This is a great start to a new series by Grace Hamilton. If you like her other series that just concluded this is different but still have some similarities in the ability of the author to make intriguing and interesting characterization.

The basis of the story is about individuals forming; into a group of people as they are forced to interact with each other in trying circumstances to get along and a level of cooperation in a world that is obsessed with the basic needs such as food shelter and security

Grace has a unique ability to make the female characters not just tagalong's. They are well developed people with needs opinions and abilities that make them complementary to the male characters. not barbie dolls

If you like dystopian or apocalyptic fiction this series is a good one as well as her prior series which is one of my favorites

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A great example of this genre

A great read with more depth than at first expected. Parker is a damaged hero but is determined to come good. Fast paced with lot's of action.
Narration is excellent and Andrew Tell has a voice that is easy to listen to.
I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request, and voluntarily leave this unbiased review.

A great example of this genre,

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Dead Lines

Original thriller with a very good storyline. One reviewer thinks the writers are communist subversives. I don't see that, it's part of what makes a good story and this one is good.

The narrater does a wonderful job narrating.

I recieved this audible free at my request and am more than happy to leave my review

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okay

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

amAfter listening to this audiobook I believe I much prefer when Grace Hamilton writes by herself instead of with a partner. Even though this is a book based after an EMP I felt that fact was pretty lost in this story. It was more of a mystery thriller. While I enjoyed the characters I do wish the story has been more about survival in the EMP.

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Could not finish

Infused with left wing politics and anti white overtures. My take is that the writers are communist subversives.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 01-25-19

Okay, But Not For Me

Ex-cop, Jim Parker, is now a 911 operator. He gets a call from a girl to say she's been kidnapped and is just about to say where when the phone goes dead. Something has happened and Jim soon realizes that an EMP has hit. Communication is down! The only thing he knows about the girl is her name. He realizes that he is the only one who can help her and so he sets out to do just that.

I went into this with high hopes, but unfortunately, it fell flat. My main problem with this was overly descriptive writing. I love when a scene is well described and easy to visualize, but you can also be too descriptive. I felt like it was too wordy at times and my mind wandered frequently.

I also found it a little hard to believe that Parker would be so focused on saving this girl, with such determination. I know he is the last person to hear from her, and I know he has issues, but that is all he thinks about. If something like that happened, would it not take some time before it sinks in? Would he not at least try to contact the police, or get some help? I feel like he jumped straight into the rescue without thought or reason.

I just couldn't connect to the plot and didn't really connect with the characters, other than Finn, now she was a great character and is the only reason I finished the book. Parker and Ava weren't as well developed nor as likable as I hoped. Parker is an ex-cop and a prepper who preps for every scenario. He is supposedly prepared for everything, yet he doesn't have a bunker. He stores his food in his house, in whatever space he can find. I know not every prepper has a bunker, but I felt like making him a prepper was a bit much. It didn't ring true to all the other post apoc books about preppers I've read. I think I would have liked him better if he was just an ex-cop trying to survive in a world gone crazy.

In all, this was ok. I don't think I'll continue on with the series though, it's just not for me.

Andrew Tell read this really well. He was clear and easy to follow and he had plenty of tones and voices for the characters.

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This is a great book.

The story is well written. It is the story of a guy that lost his daughter and spirals down and then hits bottom with an EMP attack. After receiving an distress call from a young girl, a 911 operator makes it his duty to save her, while experiencing an EMP attack. The book was well written with nonstop action. I can not wait on the next book.

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Another engaging story

This is the third book I’ve read/listened to by this author.
I’ve previously listened to Dark Redemption and Dark Revival and look forward to finishing that series. Problem is, now I want to read this series too!
I won’t give a synopsis, audible did that well enough. The book does not have a lot of prepper stuff, it focuses more on Jim and the other girl he crosses paths with. There is drama, mystery, some intrigue and a bit of “one guy against them all”.

This is the third book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I would gladly listen to another. He does great with all the character voices and context. His reading is clear enough I could easily increase the playback speed. I felt it necessary to increase it a bit more than I usually do, since the narration was too slow for me.

There are no explicit sex scenes, or excessive violence. There is swearing.

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

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Dead Lines

This was really good!I liked the premise of an 911 operator trying to help someone who called the number.Looking forward to book 2!Andrew Tell was a great narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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No real storyline...

I really wanted to enjoy this one, but it fell flat. The narration was excellent, but that's about the only thing that was good about it. The storyline was thin at best, and what was there was wholly unbelievable. Additionally, when it came to equipment such as breathing equipment and other tools, the author failed to do proper research resulting in a story that contains a number of errors. The language was also over the top. When there's a point to the language and it fits with the story, that's one thing, but this was cursing for the sake of cursing - it was really irritating and made it difficult to finish the book. ***This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.***