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Publisher's Summary

From the best storytellers of Phalanx Press comes a frightening tale of Armageddon.

It spread fast - no time to understand it - let alone learn how to fight it.

Once it reached you, it was too late. All you could do is run.

Rumored safe zones and potential for a cure drifted across the populace, forcing tough decisions to be made.

They say only the strong survive. Well, they forgot about the smart, the inventive, and the lucky.

Follow five different groups from across the USA as they make their way to what could be America's last stand in the Lone Star State.

©2018 PHALANX PRESS (P)2018 PHALANX PRESS

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great story, can't wait for the next round!

I loved the story. I listened to it on a long, solo road trip and it passed the time . I found my speed related to what was going on in the book! if I had to come up with a minor critique, it would not be the story, but the performance. the narrator reads a bit like Captain Kirk talks. 'The world had become...a big pot...of shit stew... and THEY held...the wooden spoon.'

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An excellent collaboration

Given the number of authors, I was surprised at how cohesive and tight the story lines are in this novel. Although you have a number of characters that one needs to keep track of, I was satisfied with the development of each of their personalities. Obviously, I want more of this story!

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Better than I expected.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

This wasn't quite what I expected, it was even better! I thought it would be more of an anthology book, considering there were five different authors involved, so there would be five individual stories but that's not what I got. While each author had their own storyline, they were also connected and felt more like a single author showing a story from different POVs. It really made the story that much more enjoyable and kept me interested. I got to see how different people handled the situation, how they survived and how they handled the aftermath of the event.

I'm not even sure which characters I liked more. They each had their good parts and bad but I found myself either liking a character through the whole thing or not liking them at first and then having them grow on me as their story continued. I found myself really angry at the true villains of the story and their reasoning for what they did both a surprise and not a surprise at the same time. Some of the actions the characters take doesn't always make sense (did you have to kill the doctor? He could've told you so much information! And the army people are complete bastards) but for the most part, I can see normal people doing what the characters do. I don't want to get into too much detail as it could take away from the story but I found that I wanted to keep reading the rest of the series so I could find out what happens to everyone and how they're going to stop the villains. I can't wait for the rest of the books to come out!

Of course, Mr. Wehrlen did a marvelous job at keeping the story going, ramping up the action when it calls for it and slowing things down after to give us a chance to recover. He does a good job at keeping the characters voices separate enough that you're not completely lost on who's talking and giving them each their own personality.

If you love End of the World stories with intrigue and captivating characters, make sure you give this one a listen!

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Excellent New Take on the Zom Poc Genre

Five Roads to Texas by W.J. Lundy, Brian Parker, Rich Baker, Joseph Hansen, Allen Gamboa and narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen is just an excellent new take on the Zom Poc Genre. There are times when a collaboration of five authors can be a real mess to listen be this is not one of them. With W.J. Lundy leading the pack you know you are in for some good zombie fun and there is a great storyline carried through each set of characters. This is one of my top five audiobooks of the year so far. The highlights are something bad happens in Africa. Stupid people get samples and bring it back to the USA. Military tries to keep it covered up and contained from the citizens. Bad things happen. The authors each have created some really great and memorable characters that really make this collaboration work and make it enjoyable. The narration by Andrew Wehrlen is as always fantastic. He does great work with such a large and diverse cast. Each person gets their own unique voice and they all really work for the character. I received this free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Overflowing with zombie butt-kicking goodness!

The few collaborative fictions I've consumed recently have been less than impressive (exceptions being James A. Corey and most of Sean Platt's collaborations). Five Roads came as a refreshing surprise, and it reminded me to not give up on genres or writing styles that may have disappointed me in the past.

Five Roads is one story told by multiple authors. The beauty lies in just how well the stories and characters have been woven together. It held my interest with an iron grip and kept me guessing. Emotions were raw and uncensored, action was fast and exciting, and justice was served Deadwood-style! No family-friendly language, fluff or filler was found here. Just a post-apocalyptic zombie drama overflowing with butt-kicking goodness! I'm looking forward to more from the Five Roads universe.

Andrew B Wehrlen lends his narrating talents, enhancing the story with lively emotion and a natural voice. Having heard several of Andrew's other narrations, he is clearly progressing in his craft and I would love to hear more from him.

(I requested this free review copy audiobook and voluntarily posted this unbiased review.)

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Five Roads

I give this book 5 stars for story , performance and overall excellence!! I have the next two already lined up to read and cant wait to get back on all five roads.

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Really good apocalypse story

Multiple authors blended together multiple stories of the same apocalypse. Stories went well together as they are taking place at the same time with different characters in different locales. Really well written and great narration.

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One of the very best zombie stories I've heard!

This is one of the very best zombie stories I've ever listened to! It is 5 stories by 5 authors in one book. These characters are likeable and make you care about them. The idea of these 5 different groups all intersecting is what I am looking forward to. I really hope the next audio book comes out soon. The narrator did a great job. I received this for free for an honest review.

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Good Post-Apocalyptic/Horror

I totally enjoyed this book especially the character development and fast paced action (even though 12hrs long). Cannot wait for next book to find out about Sidney and Sarah and what happens at the hospital zombie ward. Recommend if you enjoy Post-Apocalyptic books. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank You!

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Surprised AT All The High Scores

I’m not surprised that often. I have come to accept that if I score /review certain authors poorly, then some people in their fan base retaliates by going to my review page and squeezing down on unhelpful on most of my reviews. It’s actually kind of sad, but I guess the ratings system is skewed by these actions as well as the blatant fake reviews that friends and families complete. I suspect that is the case with this book.

This book is very uneven, probably because of the 5 different authors that worked on it. It is not seamless as some have said. There are clearly 5 authors with varying writing abilities. It’s a clever idea, but not easily executed. And, why go to the trouble?

The story itself is drawn out, repetitive, etc. You are following 5 different stories. 5 different groups of people. It’s just a mess. The characters are mainly stereotypes and are paper thin. The dialogue is all over the place. I really didn’t connect to anyone. Their plight is so uninteresting and has mainly been covered by the authors in previous works. All I can think, is that these guys were sitting around drinking one night and someone suggested they all write a book together, probably like they do in some high school classes, with post-its. Then put it all together and create a masterpiece.

Finally, the narrator is awful. Probably one of the worst I’ve ever heard. All of his characters sound very similar. And, as some reviewers have stated, he sounds like William Shatner. He actually does talk like William Shatner, but in an even more pronounced manner. All of the characters talk in this manner. Andrew must have been having a bad day, because I’ve enjoyed some of his other narrations.

Very HARD PASS. This genre is so bloated. Look around for at least an average writer with an average narrator. There is no reason to settle. So, unless you are a Shatner fan, walk on by.

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This has to be one of my top 10 audio books this year i hope hope that work to give more