Descent into Darkness

American Apocalypse, Book II
By: AJ Newman
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce, Sara Morsey
Series: American Apocalypse, Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Romance, Science Fiction
4.6 out of 5 stars (481 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Book 2 of the series American Apocalypse continues the heroic struggles of an unlikely band of survivors in Southern Oregon. Joe Harp, the leader, was an overweight auto mechanic without any special survival skills. He had never been in the military but did know how to hunt, fish, and camp. He also had some notes his Grandma left him plus some survival books and supplies his Grandpa left him in an old cabin in the woods. Cobie Simms worked as a clerk at an outdoors store. She was working hard to survive before the SHTF while raising her daughter alone. Joe and Cobie team up to fight the evil around them and make life better for those in their small group. Cobie has been abducted in Book 1, and now Joe has to find her and bring her back to her back to him and her daughter. Many perils from gangs, starving neighbors, and disease still have to be dealt with, as Joe leads his people through the apocalypse.  

Could you survive an apocalypse? Do you have military or special survival skills? Joe does not. If Joe can survive by using common sense, survival manuals, and good luck so can you.

©2018 Anthony J Newman (P)2018 Anthony J Newman

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Still a good series

My favorite character is Grandma hands down. I wish more of her letters and bits of biting wit and wisdom were in this book as it was with the first. I've recommended this series to a couple of friends I know would enjoy it. This book felt a bit more rushed and honestly Joe isn't running into enough struggles where he needs to really plot his strategy out or make a hard moral decision. I'd imagine TEOTWAWKI wouldn't be so cut and dry... some times you can't see what "hat" they wear. Sometimes it's a grey hat. Joe seems to know who the "bad guys" are - convenient. buuutttt what about the "thug" who feel as if they have no choice? They aren't survivors, they attach themselves to the biggest kid in the school yard to keep their family safe or fed? Or the "good guy" being morally stuck between a no win situation? Why are there no, and I mean no, shell shocked kids, teens, adults? In this scenario many would flee to the hills, even city people with no clue how to survive. Just knowing most of their kids, mothers, fathers, friends, other relatives didn't survive would send most people staring at nothing and rocking in a corner. If a preteen... or any normie person with no prior training had to shoot someone, nausea, unreasonable fear, night sweats, nightmares, phobias would present itself. so all that said, for entertainment value and some light tips this is a great series. I think AJ Newman did a great job on that score and anyone who loves guns will enjoy this. If you want more realism to mentally prepare for the true hell TEOTWAWKI would be, along with grounding wit like grandma gives, and practical survivor tips for those who don't have any prepper haven with hidden caches, or any library full of prepper knowledge... this is much lighter reading. AJ Newman, if you are reading this review please don't think I am disparaging your work and knowledge. I would pay full price to read a book of yours. I would love for you to consider the deeper meaning behind all that was lost for the survivors and a closer connection to the charecters by making them vulnerable, ugly, weary, scared, triumphant, proud. I want to feel what they feel. thank you.

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Great story

I only wish the books were longer. Please come out with the third Audio book already. Loved it. Cant wait to see how everythig pans out. Love the suspense.

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Apocalyptic Soap Opera

The series is a bit of a romance/survival finding love at the end of the world kinda story. Interesting but some parts just seem too far fetched and unrealistic even in this genre. It was decent but I’m done at book 2. No regrets reading this. But I’d rather move on to something else.

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Should be categorized under "Romance Novels"

I listened to and enjoyed the first book in the series, but book 2 "Descent into Darkness" should have been re-titled "Rise of Ridiculous Romance". The characters spent more time assuring each other how much they loved and would take care of each other no matter the circumstance. This felt like a substantial portion of the book. Some of it didn't make plausible sense. The only saving grace was the narrator, Kevin Pierce.

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Awkward personal relationships!

I was excited for this story after book one but I found the relationships between the characters to be rather awkward. Although I think the author is a very good technical writer I found it difficult to relate to the social interactions between the characters. The social situations felt rushed and unrealistic.

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Descent into darkness

Good book, good story, i will buy the next one , will you. They need to cost less.

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  • 08-21-18

TEOTWAWKI soap opera with great narration

Other than Kevin Pierce's usual excellent job of narration, this book really stinks, so much so I could not finish it. More time was spent trying to prove how women, being the superior sex, make or break the men in their lives, even young teenage girls who talk about the intimate details of sex with their parents in a condescending, I am liberated and super mature for my age mentality. The action scenes were sloppily thrown in the mix and were far too simplistic and unrealistic. Kevin Pierce deserves better than this nonsense to narrate.

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  • 08-18-18

Odd at times

Decent story but has some odd bits. "Perverts" are a constant theme, every strange man is suspected of being one. And the main character says some questionable things to a 12 year old girl that is blown off as playful banter.. This was like a 2 dollar Walmart romance novel, the author nailed it with book one but book two doesn't even seem like it's by the same guy. Kevin Pierce was the only good part of this.

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preparing

true preppers know silver has far more uses than money I enjoyed the book thanks

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great book

great book looking forward to the next one. great hero is Joe!! next one please

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  • Maly C
  • 08-30-20

Love

Love this series! Lots if action and just an amazing story. You will love this series!

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  • Rhona
  • 07-05-20

Another treat!

This has been a great series so far. I feel like I know the characters and new characters are constantly added keeping the story fluid. Recommended listening!