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Publisher's Summary

After the EMP brought America to its knees, Jack Miller and his family barely escaped Baltimore with their lives. Wyatt and the Millers made the trip to his West Virginia homestead, but without supplies, they are unprepared to face the difficult winter. Jack is forced to go far from his home in search of food. He stumbles on a cache of food large enough to feed his family for months but encounters another group who claims the resource for their own, setting in motion a conflict that will spiral of control.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 John Winchester (P)2018 Tantor

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Good if you are a preteen boy

Disappointing sequel to Book 1. I was expecting a story about how Jack and his family traveled to Wyatt's home town and got down to the business of living simply but well. Instead there was no good transition from Book 1 to 2. In Book 2 Jack and his family are already in Wyatt's area and living off acorn bread with the younger son starving due to food allergy to acorns. They seem inept.

Introduction grabs your attention. Two concluding soliloquies by the Chief of Police and Jack pretty good. In between the beginning and the end, mostly shoot em up running around - boring and nasty. Villain Shane really vile. Wyatt, Dutch, Chief of Police seem to be the only mature men.

Not really a prepper novel. Interesting points about how to leach the tannin from acorns and how to get warm if you are dunked in a cold river. Not much useful information. This might appeal to 8 to 12 year old boys, but would you want your sons to listen to this since most of the men's examples are bad and appeal to the baser instincts? I was thinking this could be played on a car ride with young boys, but I think it would only encourage them to hit and punch each other more.

Travis Baldree, the narrator very good. I kept thinking the author, John Winchester, must be under age 25. Book 1 shows John Winchester's potential, this just does not live up to it.

Book 1 was so promising. I had planned on listening to Books 2 and 3, but after listening to Book 2, I will not get Book 3.

I cannot recommend this book.

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  • 06-02-18

Better than most in this genre.

Good story telling but a little short. Can't wait to listen to book 3.

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My thoughts

I thought this was a pretty good book, not as exciting as the first one to me but still a good read. I’m pretty excited to see what happens next

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Second book not as good as the first

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, I was looking forward to this one ending

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Skipped much time from reuniting with family to moving to the farm. Not much at all was heard about Jacks Wife.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It was ok. I could do without all women sounding like total idiots

Any additional comments?

I realize this is fiction. But so many "near death" experiences was just too much.