An unputdownable EMP thriller with a brilliant twist! Best-selling EMP thriller author James Hunt, author of Surviving the Collapse and Static, which have collectively accumulated 200+ five-star reviews come together in this audio set for the first time....
Coral survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her....
Life in a remote oceanfront town begins to spiral downward after a massive solar flare causes a global blackout....
Sylvie has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option....
For reclusive germophobe, Frank Talbot, dealing with his crippling fear of contamination and germs has always been a challenge, but now he may have no choice....
The world had less than seven hours to prepare. When it hit, the coronal mass ejection from the sun rolled back hundreds of years of technological innovation....
An immense coronal mass ejection, the likes of which the modern world has never seen, blankets the Earth and destroys the power grid worldwide....
It started in the Middle East. A flu-like plague that infected thousands and killed roughly 10 percent of its victims. Those who died awoke once again, but they were no longer among the living - they came back as soulless, carnivorous corpses who desired only one thing: to feed on living human flesh....
Four audiobooks in one box set: Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse, Last Stand: Patriots, Last Stand: Warlords, and Last Stand: Turning the Tide....
The United States of America is falling before the armies of the dead. Leading the sole survivors of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division out of the overrun city of New York....
After the EMP: Darkness follows the Sloane family as they attempt to survive after a geomagnetic storm destroys the nation's power grid....
This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series....
What would happen if a viral agent was released on American soil? How would local agencies react? How would the military respond? What if it was one of their own....
The biggest solar flare since the 1859 Carrington Event is about to bring the world to its knees....
Gunny and his band of survivors continue their journey along the Zombie Road, saving as many as they can along the way....
Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone....
Society will collapse in days... and that's the good news....
After decades of planning, the contagion was unleashed, and overnight hundreds of millions died and came back as rampaging, undead monsters....
It starts as a whisper, barely audible.
Rumors. Paranoia. Conspiracy theories. Subterfuge.
Like lightning, the plague moves across the globe, spreading out in all directions and leaving few alive. But the end is only the beginning.
Discovered in the Alaskan permafrost, the ancient virus was reanimated and genetically altered. The new strain showed great promise in curing many of mankind's afflictions. When the specimen fell into the hands of the Russian theocracy, their inept scientists attempted to create a biological weapon - a weapon that outsmarted them. Now, the androvirus is a deadly airborne plague, conquering the world in a matter of days. With a communicability of 100% and a mortality rate of over 90%, there is no immunity. For the survivors, who can suppress the virus, there is only change. A few adapt, but most become walking, talking gray horrors with an appetite for flesh.
Primarily set in the American city of Memphis, four loosely-connected strangers, caught up in their lives, find their worlds annihilated by the swiftly-moving plague. Alex Connelly is a wealthy young executive, living an idyllic life with his pregnant wife, Madison. Kirk Foster is a self-absorbed aging gay man, desperate to hang onto his youth and sex appeal. Meredith Brinkley's ongoing war with breast cancer takes a turn for the worse, and she faces an impending double mastectomy. Logan King is a closeted baseball jock, playing for a minor league team while coming to terms with his true identity. And only together will they survive....
Includes Book 1: Pathogen, Book 2: The Curtain Falls, Book 3: Creepers, and Book 4: Numbers.
Please note: There are straight and gay characters and a few that exist somewhere in between. There are characters of different races and religious backgrounds. There are opinionated characters. There is profanity. There is intimacy and clipped love scenes, some being of the male-for-male variety. There are also guns and graphic violence.
If you could sum up The Harbinger in three words, what would they be?
I love books with lots of characters and I like how these developed. They seem real, with real struggles and flaws. But here's the thing. While this was a decent book to listen to it was very similar to The Stand and it is heavy on the gay sex thing. All in all its not a bad book. I got through it. But was not as good as I had hoped or as good as it could have been.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This would have gotten more stars from me if it was not so unilaterally good and bad. The villains were a little too one dimensional and the “cat hatred” a little too pointed. Still, there was a solid plot and interesting storyline.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A few comments said this was gay porn...its not but is graphic in some sexual situations and that includes all human sexual activities.. the plague event was good, better then other books that are similar and over all a fresh and fun ride
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Listened for less than 2 hours (Chapter 11) . Sex between the characters before the characters are developed .... yuck. Not my cup of tea. Could not relate to any of the characters in the story.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Where does The Harbinger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
First, I felt the need to defend the author against the lies and misinformation being spread by 'basic' people. Scanning the reviews on this new title, I was shocked by the misleading review by a listener named 'Ebony.' She called this gay porn, but that's untrue. Interestingly and perhaps very telling, the listener had zero problems with the heterosexual intimate scenes. Sure, people start 'getting busy', but the love/sex scenes fade out before anything hardcore happens. I've read more explicit scenes in Jackie Collins books. So don't believe the blatant lies! <br/><br/>This isn't a quick-fix book. It is an epic novel that actually has character development. Mr. Kennedy builds an incredibly descriptive world within a nightmarish scenario. But at the core of this book is the humanity of the characters. Instead of stale archetypes, these are realistic, flawed characters. I've read some hideous apocalyptic books, written by authors who sound like right-wing gun nuts or ghoulish teenage boys, but this, by far, is superior. I would put this up there with Stephen King's The Stand and Sarah Lyons Fleming's Until the End of the World. <br/><br/>I commend Mr. Kennedy for including two major gay characters and having the testicular fortitude to stick to his guns. Keep railing against the haters!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Kirk! As one of the lead characters, not only is he tough, he's also realistic. I would almost call him an anti-hero. Instead, you have a tough, short gay man who is a one-man killing machine. I love characters who speak their minds and he has no time for any BS. I also loved Lauren, Empress, Alex, Ammon, Beulah, and Nina.
What does Michael Ahr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Michael Ahr did an amazing job!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The end is only the beginning.
Any additional comments?
This is a more intelligent offering than the normal shake-and-bake apocalyptic books.
7 of 11 people found this review helpful
I can't say this novel didn't have its good points because it did. The zombie/end of the world scenario is well done and interesting for the most part, but it comes very late in the story line, when most people, I'd say, most likely would be already turned off by a few aspects of the introduction of characters and the narration. It tries too hard to be as inclusive as possible of all types of modern issues with race, sexuality and people's obsession with youth, among various topics. This reduced its effectiveness as a sci-fi novel, in my opinion, especially when it dealt with sexual situations in nearly pornographic detail. Personally, these explicit descriptions often bordered in the vulgar and could have easily been edited out, especially when they hardly added anything in particular to the storyline. The narrator did a good job except for the female characters, which sounded ridiculous. With so many characters, at least two narrators should be involved.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book is incredible :). This is NOT GAY EROTIC! I WILL REPEAT..... THIS IS NOT GAY EROTICA. I promise :) This is a well rounded novel with a diverse group of characters. Intimate moments are both homo and heterosexual but as another Person stated, the scenes fade out before sex actual occurs. To be honest, there are very few moments where characters have time for sex lol... they are too busy surviving!
Personally, I feel the author does a great job pulling the reader into the story. Great character development. After 29 hours, I want more.
This book is Real and Raw. I laughed, I cried, I was mad, etc. I felt like this was happening in the Real world.
Give it a try... It is well worth the price and/or credit :)
4 of 7 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Harbinger the most enjoyable?
It was a very well written post apocalyptic story featuring a large ensemble cast including many LGBT main characters. The premise of a lab generated super-flu was realistically told, and the group of people that made up the prominent roles was very diverse and all of them were interesting. I liked the slow build up and the way each main figures personality was gradually fleshed out and revealed.The various side effects of the drugs was engrossing with the future potential for all kinds of good and bad super powers to be revealed. I am truly hoping that future installments will soon be available on audio.
What did you like best about this story?
That the "zombies"; weren't really zombies, the people were still alive, thinking, functioning base beings that somehow were even creepier than zombies. Also I really liked the any of the storylines with Kirk, Lauren and Aries, or Alex, Beulah and Amon the best.
What about Michael Ahr’s performance did you like?
I thought his performance was great, very nice distinction between each character and there were a lot!!!Being able to tell and distinguish between each person is a deal breaker for me. I will generally not finish a book were I am just being read to. Michael Ahr did a great job.
If you could take any character from The Harbinger out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Umm, no. I love an author who spins a tale that is vivid, descriptive and allows me to fall into the story and lose track of time. This book did that. I don't care about taking them to dinner. That is a dumb question.
Any additional comments?
I am very very hopeful that future installments will be available in audio soon.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
First let me start off by stating that I loved this book. The character development and the storytelling ability of Keegan Kennedy kept me entranced throughout the book. The cast of characters are representative of today's society, which explains some of the reviews about the book. Yes, there are gay characters, principle protagonists within the story; Yes, there is gay sex but no more than heterosex and the manner in which Kennedy interlopes the act into the story, one really doesn't focus on the sex, which as mentioned in several reviews, fades away before the nitty gritty occurs. NOT GAY EROTICA...A great story about the real potential of an end of the world scenario involving a manmade viral agent and the possible effects of the spread of such a virus. I think Michael Ahr did a fantastic job distinguishing the characters. I had no problems with his inflection and tone. He did a great job enhancing the story offered by Kennedy. The story was 29 plus hours and it took me a while to get through it...not because I wasn't enraptured with the story but life happens...I so enjoyed the story and I researched to see if the next segment was in audio. I will wait a bit to see if it happens but if it doesn't I will be buying the continuing books in the Harbinger series!
One final note...a spoiler of sorts but not really...let me just say...fried dark meat was fitting justice ;-)
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about The Harbinger?
The biggest issue I have is the narrator. The reading did not seem to flow as it should but this may be due to the fact there are too many characters for one voice actor.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Use a full cast of voice actors.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Ahr?
Again I would include other narrators in addition to Ahr. That said I don't think you can go wrong with Iggy Toma, Gomez Pugh, Greg Tremblay or Tristan James.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I found the story interesting and will read the paper version once I am able to forget the voices.
Any additional comments?
Not sure if Keegan Kennedy is friends with Manilla Luzon or wants to be but there seemed to me to be one too many name drops.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Story OK, but I sense a TV deal drove the storyline. Narrator's attempt at Australian accent laughable, ditto most of the women.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
For the most part I enjoyed this and would probably look for the sequel. Given that, the author spends 2/3rds of this book - some 20 hours setting the scene and introducing the characters and their backstories. Then in order to bring the book to a close the last section feels very rushed; there are a few one dimensional "evil" characters introduced who swiftly get their comeuppance and everything comes together. Having said that, I enjoyed the narration and the idea.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
People into gay porn
What could Keegan Kennedy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Remove the descriptions of sex.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
While the narrator did a sterling job, the storyline was poor. The caracters seemed more interested in having sex than the impending end of the world. While that could have been tolerated the long rambling sex scenes just didn't fit into this type of story. I has no interest in how large a blokes penis was or how big a women's brests were while they were lay on a bed breathing their last. The main caracters seems to think back to the last time they had sex with the unfortunate dying before their eyes. I didn't finish the book as it was just to sex based for this type of book. If you stick around I'm sure the remaining population of the earth will grease themselves up and indulge in some Romano Greek wrestling.