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The day is like any other day until it becomes The Day. At 4:05 pm the United States is attacked with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon. A 20-megaton nuclear warhead is detonated high in the atmosphere above Kansas, blanketing most of the contiguous United States and parts of Canada and Mexico with an electromagnetic pulse that damages nearly all microprocessors and electronic controls beyond repair. Nearly every system that depends on computers and electronics has ceased to work. The electrical grid goes down. The water system goes down. The sewer system goes down. The phone system goes down. The cellular system goes down. Cars stop. Tractors stop. Radio and TV stations go dark. The Internet is no more. No more ambulance services. No more emergency services. No more government services. No more 911. In the twinkle of an eye, America is sent back deep into the 19th century.

Jill Barnes, a single mom, finds herself stranded on the side of Interstate 459 near Birmingham, Alabama. Jack Chance, a bank vice president, is stranded on Interstate 85 near Montgomery, Alabama. John Carter, a contractor, finds himself stranded near Leeds, Alabama. Each has a different mind-set and level of preparedness. Follow them as they make their decisions and journey home to Clarke County in rural Southwest Alabama.

Author's note: This is a new performance of the revised version of book one. It has been revised to reflect a first-person point of view for each chapter's main character. Take note of which character leads in the chapter title.

This is not a book on religion or religious ideology; however, two of the main characters are Christian. They pray often and acknowledge God's influence upon the events taking place. If you find praying, acknowledging God, or seeing Jesus' name used in a positive context offensive, then I suggest you do not listen to this book.

©2015, 2016 Thomas J. Motes, Jr. (P)2017 Thomas J. Motes, Jr.

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  • Tom
  • AL,USA
  • 05-17-17

Wow. A great and informative story.

Different than any other post-apocalyptic I've encountered before. Fast moving, gripping and informative. A great character study on the preparedness mindset.

You can give this to your wife or mother or daughter without hesitation.

Using both male and female voice actors is refreshingly different.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Thought provoking.

Makes me wonder how prepared I am and/or should be!

I love how they hold true to their Christian beliefs and live them out inspite of taking the easy or 'safe' choices.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great EMP Book!

I have listened to several EMP book series and this one is at the top of my list of favorites. I think the character development is great and that it give a good look into how quickly things can fall apart. The story is compelling with some great hidden tips to pick up along the way. The second book in the series is great too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great story w/true to life implications

Shows how important it is to always travel with a backpack full of everything you would need should it take you 5 days approximately to get home if an EMP hits when you are in your car. The lists they give are great of what to put in the backpack & all the other information is good too, about what kind of danger you can meet on the road trying to get home, and how fast that danger hits after an EMP does. This is not to be taken lightly but very seriously in the days were living in. Make sure you have a piece of paper ready and a pen for when they give you certain notes because I believe they're imperative for survival. It's also a very good story and you will enjoy it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Narrators

The only thing that buged me was the double perspective of the same event. Saying that I very much liked female voices done by Holly Henrichs her range local dialects vocal control were most excellent. Even more so for Michael Stadler.
when scenes using the radio transmissions the voices indeed sounded as if the speakers were on a radio.
So not quite a 5 but still a lot of fun to read and listen to.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Different Kind of Book

What disappointed you about The Journey Home: Revised Edition?

Wow, this book was interesting and different.<br/><br/>Pros: This book has tons of tips to give you an idea how to survive an apocalyptic event. It covers things that you wouldn't think of and gives you tips on how to keep yourself safe.<br/><br/>Cons: Unfortunately this book was very poorly written. Listening to it reminded me of those old sexual harassment movies work would show you. Almost like they threw together a script and bad dialogue to teach you about something. I found myself making fun of the dialogue throughout the book. The main character is a religious nut that has no problem murdering people in the name of safety/or what he believes is the right thing. The main character is also a misogynist who believes the women's place is in the kitchen. Even though the main woman in the story has proven herself, the main man still makes her hide and guard the truck while he does the "manly" work. Give me a break. This book sets equality in women back 20 years. The woman in the book is so happy the man is there to save her... pfft<br/><br/>The description of the book mentions that the main characters are Christian and there is praying. That is an understatement. There is a ton of praying and old school religious reference. I'm okay with mentioning it here and there, but this book was pushing a Christian agenda.<br/><br/>Final Thoughts: Even though the book was very poorly written, I did learn a lot from it. It wasn't the worst book I've listened to, but if you can look past the bad writing, offensive material, and Christian idolism... then you can probably learn something.

Has The Journey Home: Revised Edition turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I'd still try other informational books on the apocalypse... just not by the same author.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The readers were pretty good. They did good for what they had to read.

What character would you cut from The Journey Home: Revised Edition?

John would need to go

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Could have been better

I struggle to write this because I actually liked the story and characters quite a lot. I'm a big fan of this genre and the story was different enough to keep my interest. Here's where I struggle. The dialogue was very forced and unnatural. Many times I would think that while somebody would say something similar to what the character did your average person would not do it in that particular, very stiff way. The narration didn't help either. It uses 2 narrators who alternate chapters and also within conversations, making the book more of a performance than a narration. That would have been great if the narrators were actually decent actors (which they are not) and the dialogue wasn't so poor to begin with.

However, like I said, the story itself was good, the characters likable and the author is good at setting a scene. The characters are religious, so if that turns you off be prepared for frequent brief prayers. I'm not religious and I didn't find it off putting. I do have to agree with another reviewer that I was a little annoyed that the 'traditional' roles between the genders, but not enough to not make me dislike them.

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lol bad!

i had to forced a finish on this one. first bad review I have ever left.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed listening, but glad I didn't have to read it.

Story was long and drawn out, but I was already committed and had to finish.



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Christianity???

This portrayal of "Christian" survival could not be further from the truth!
Anyone who lives by the sword will die by the sword. If you live for yourself then you are not a true follower of Jesus. Tacking Jesus name on to what YOU want isn't how it works, and God is NOT in it. Very sad unbiblical view.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful