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Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse: John Mack, a prepper and former soldier, struggles to save his family and community after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) takes out the country's electrical grid. With most electronics, communications, and transportation destroyed in a matter of seconds, the nation quickly collapses into anarchy.

For John and the other residents of Willow Creek Drive, the breakdown of social order throws them back to the 1800s. As the community tries to come together, a powerful outside force appears that threatens their survival. Will John's years of military and prepping experience be enough to keep them safe?

Mixing tons of useful prepping tips into an action-packed story, Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse is a must-listen for any fans of survival fiction.

Last Stand: Patriots: Three months after the EMP cripples the United States, John Mack and his family find their peaceful new existence shattered when a tyrant seizes control of the nearby town of Oneida. Soon John encounters a group of patriots who've sworn to stand against the growing despotism. But John will learn that nothing in this new post-EMP America is what it seems - and that the deadliest threats are often the ones you didn't see coming.

Last Stand: Warlords: Tormented by a past he can't forget, John Mack is about to face the toughest fight of his life. The tiny town of Oneida, Tennessee, stands in the crosshairs of Russian and Chinese armies threatening to push across the Mississippi river. With the United States fragmented and on the brink of military collapse, John will need to dig deeper than ever to defend his loved ones from enemies both foreign and domestic.

Last Stand: Turning the Tide: Foreign armies are poised along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains preparing for the final assault and America's inevitable defeat. For John, turning back the tide will mean going deep behind enemy lines and organizing the very insurgency he fought so hard against in Iraq. But more than that, it'll mean coming to terms with the brutality of war and the realization that sometimes the deepest scars are the ones that can't be seen.

©2017 William Weber (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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The story is good but the main character is just a little too perfect.

Have you ever read a story that the main character seems to know all the correct answers? Well if you haven’t you really need to read this book. This character would be infallible if he would just stop claiming that he may be wrong when he makes everyone else look childish and borderline stupid. After the third book you realize that this guy is batting a hundred constantly. The author does appear to know some history but if I were to have to guess I would say he is a realllllly big fan of Ulysses S Grant. Overall a good story but it would have been nice to see the main character do something that was wrong once or twice. Come on, you can’t quote historical facts and quotes constantly off the top of your head while being a top notch special forces coordinator and a interrogation specialist. Not to mention great husband, awesome father to both his biological children and a semi adopted one, great friend, perfect mayor, and so on and so on. If this book would have had 3 or 4 more characters like this there would be no need for the allies.

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Well worth the time & money invested in this book!

With this long of s book, one would often expect to become slightly bored at some point. I'm happy to report that surely wasn't the case with the "Last Stand"! Nicely done Sir!

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Excellent

Good character development. I particularly enjoyed the detail provided in the narrative regarding equipment and tactics. Especially enjoyable was the historical references to military battles in the past that contributed to their success or defeat. lots of good twists and turns in the plot. It was refreshing to read a book series without gratuitous profanity. The authors' faith in a higher power is apparent, however, the book does not come across as preachy or overtly spiritual. I have read many books of this genre and highly recommend this author.

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Excellent writing. Mixed feelings about the story

Would you consider the audio edition of Last Stand: The Complete Box Set to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but the audio performance was solid. His male voices were excellent, although his southern accent is a bit cartoonish on some characters. Female voices were pretty bad. You get used to it, but they were a bit distracting. Overall though, his reading and voice is a pleasure to listen to.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The box set contains 4 books. Each book follows a similar pattern, which is often a daring rescue followed by a showdown with a bad guy. Basically the protagonist is put in an impossible situation, he recollects some battle in history and employs their tactics, he wins the day. There are some good twists which makes each book enjoyable, but the formula is there.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The box set is 17 hours long. That said, I was eager to finish each story.

Any additional comments?

The first book is a true prepper novel. I loved it. The fact that you get 4 books for 1 credit is an incredible value. The 3 books after the 1st were no longer prepper novels, but were rather patriot novels. It was no longer about survival or self-reliance, but switched gears fast into military conflicts.

After the first book, the whole idea of a grid down situation is basically ignored. Nobody is really starving. Resources like gas and bullets are abundant. There's no social unrest or crime. It's basically a patriot novel where America has lost its technology advantage, but the military is still intact and functioning.

Bottom line:
- Excellent value at 1 credit.
- Book 1 is for preppers. Book 2-4 is for vets, patriots, militia and III%'ers.
- Voice acting is excellent, with the exception of female voices.
- Writing is fantastic. Love the author.
- It's a very clean book. No crude language or sex scenes. Lots of war scenes.
- Characters were well developed, especially in the later books.
- Pacing was good. Maybe a bit slow in places. Action was high. Strategic ideas were cool.
- All the military equipment names and fawning over past generals was painful.

I'll buy from this author again. Hopefully he continues to put out more prepper stories and less military manuals.

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Fantastic Page Turner

I know there are a lot of post-apocalyptic books out available to listen to and you might think this is one of them, but it is not!! The box set makes for a really compelling story that fits into today's news cycle. There is a lot of very good prepper information that made me want to get really for the any unknown disaster that might happen. The character's are well developed and could not stop reading. This would be a great TV series or movie. Well, worth the purchase.

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Nothing special.

I've read my share of prepper books, there's nothing special here. If anything it's pretty boring. Way, way, too much preaching and history. The hero of the story knows everything and can do no wrong all while appearing humble, of course. I know I zoned out many times but when I did check back in I felt in no way compelled to hit rewind. The narrator wasn't awful but not great either. A better, and more interesting, series is from William R. Forstchen beginning with One Second After. It's not perfect, what is, but when I did zone out I always hit rewind! I'd recommend passing this one up unless you are a die-hard fan, I'm obviously not there.

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Worth the credit! Such a good bang for your buck

I️ highly recommend this audiobook for its entertainment value. I️t was hard to put down and a good listen. You com to care about the characters and it’s good it’s not filled with too much tragedy for the genre.

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one of the very best series I have read<br />

Really well researched and written book. very talented writer and couldn't stop listening. Compared to the dozens of SHTF books I've read- this easily comes in second to the One Second After series ahead of dozens of other books and series. If SHTF books are your thing, you will not regret this one

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SPOILERS. Gets progressively more childish

Prepper authors are destroying post-apocalyptic stories (a genre I love) for me personally. They always have to be the single greatest hero/human being alive on the planet, the 2nd best is either their daughter or wife depending on the story, here it's the wife.

The 1st book was acceptably decent, I wouldn't recommend anyone read/listen beyond that.

Further, historically authors have been of above average self awareness, and it was that keen awareness that unlocked great story telling that delved the human psyche. Alas, that is not the case now that producing books/audiobooks is cheaper than ever. That said, this author in particular needs therapy and needs to be receptive to said therapy. I've wasted enough time on this series as is, so if you are curious to the specifics, listen to all the books.

In closing, the author has potential, they need to learn about their hidden self a bit more, then not model the lead character after themself. Also, draw upon the realism they created in the 1st book vs the fantastical world of every book in the series. ie most Americans are literally stupid, except the hero, yet even the profoundly ignorant Americans are superior to the 3 major powers that colluded to perpetuate the most devastating attack America has ever seen. The heros wife is even physically superior to russian invading forces in hand to hand combat.

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Keeps you listening

Loved the whole series. Made me want to get back in the truck just so I could start it back up again.

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  • Anonymous User
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Corny

The story was quite corny and full of dominant American rhetoric boarding on racist, but the performance was OK.

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