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Point of Impact: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

Nuclear Dawn, Book 1
Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
Series: Nuclear Dawn, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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Surviving the blast is only the beginning....

Dakota Sloane, a tough-as-nails former foster kid, has spent her life running from the past. Logan Garcia, a man haunted by secrets, has only one goal: to drink himself into oblivion.

They're two strangers in a bar - until the news reports nuclear bombs in New York City and Washington, D.C. Fearing Miami may be next, Dakota's first thought is to grab her little sister - still trapped in the system - and get the hell out of Dodge. 

Then the world explodes. As buildings collapse and fires rage, utter chaos erupts. Trapped in the burning city, Logan and Dakota have less than 10 minutes to seek shelter before the lethal cloud of fallout descends. 

But Dakota's sister is still out there. To rescue her, Dakota will need Logan's help, but can she trust him? And how far is she willing to go to save the only family she has left? 

Point of Impact is an apocalyptic survival thriller exploring what could happen if terrorists successfully executed a coordinated nuclear attack on the United States, told from the perspectives of regular people determined to survive. 

"I absolutely loved this book! Multidimensional characters...great writing...I recommend this promising new PA series." (Ryan Schow, author of the best-selling Last War series)

"Great! A good story with unique characters and thorough research. I was pulled in from the first page." (Kate L. Mary, author of the best-selling Broken World series)

©2019 Kyla Stone (P)2019 Kyla Stone

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Action packed!

This first book in Kyla Stone’s Nuclear Dawn series is addicting. She has woven a cast of characters with very real human flaws and failings all trying to survive a nuclear attack on America. This story immediately grabbed my attention and kept me on edge until the final word. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series to see how Dakota and the group fare in post-apocalyptic Miami. Stacey Glemboski's narration make this story come alive!

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Great Storytelling

I have listened to Book One 3 times in 4 days. I wanted to squeeze out the last drop before moving on to the Book Two.
All I can say is it ended too soon. I was just getting wrapped up in the characters and they're gone. Should have been twice as long.

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  • JP
  • 09-21-19

Nuclear event

I will not summarize this story because it was already given in the description of this book and I do not want to give any of the plot away. The purpose of this review is to give potential readers information to make an informed decision about reading or listening to this book.

What I enjoyed about this book:

• The concept of a nuclear attack that was not from a missle.
• I learned a lot about radiation and how a nuclear bomb works.
• How the novel was told from the viewpoints of the four main characters.

1. Dakota
2. Logan
3. Eden
4. Maddox

• The narrator did an excellent job in differentiating the various characters' voices. I will want to listen to more books narrated by her.

What I did not enjoy:

• The constant graphic description of nuclear damage to people. I would have preferred general descriptions, after the initial description were given.

This novel is part of a series, so there is not an ending, yet.

I was given a free audiobook by the author. My review was voluntary and my opinions were my own.

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Loved it!

Really enjoyed this book. It was my first by author Kyla Stone and it won't be my last. One thing that stood out to me is the seamless interweaving of different character's POV about what drives the decisions they make regarding their personal circumstances. Even if we don't agree with their choices, it makes the story that much more interesting. Highly recommend!!

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Wow!

I loved this book. There was so much action and danger. It had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning all the way to the end. It's scary to think that someday something like this could really happen. It felt so realistic and was written to make me feel like I was in the middle of this nuclear disaster. It is book 1 in a series so it does end in a cliffhanger. I will definitely go on to book 2 and would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves this type of genre. Stacey Glemboski did an excellent job bringing the characters and their emotions to life. I received this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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This one sure gets your attention!

I must admit that I had no idea what a nuclear attack would look like. If anything, I learnt some new facts.
This first book grabs your attention. I found myself clenching my hands along with the characters and everything they have to endure as they wait for the radiation fallout to end and then to face a new world where no help will be found.
I definitely want to listen to the next book and find out how this group of people survive!

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An incredible series.

I was spellbound from the start just reading it and the audiobook brought even more to life!

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Intellectual and entertaining!

You can tell that the author has done thorough research on the subject matter and does a great job of weaving facts into the storyline. This is an audiobook that is hard to turn off!

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Survival in Miami after Nuclear Bombing

Steely Dakota and mysterious Logan are in a bar when a nuclear bomb explodes. Dakota’s single focus is to reach her sister, Eden, who’s in a foster home, but she needs Logan’s help to negotiate a city that’s turned from a resort town into a radioactive version of the Wild West. Their alliance is uneasy at best, but neither has a choice.

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I liked how this started

I really like the premise of this book and was really into it when it ended. I’ve often wondered what a nuclear attack might look like but the thought of it being so “local” to large cities is frightening. Once I finished this book I quickly searched for the second in the series and it hasn’t been released to audible yet - my eyes will be peeled!

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  • TerryHeth
  • 07-31-19

Enjoyable

Enjoyable post apocalyptic story. Dakota has tried to make a life so she can take care of her sister who is still in the care system. She meets up with Logan as the world is turned upside down.
They must get out of the way of the fallout before it’s too late.
I enjoyed the story but it felt very much like a beginning only, really wish it had more of an ending, I do listen & read series books, but better to have an ending with an option to carry on. Saying that it’s still very good
Narrator is good & kept pace great.

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  • Lotty
  • 08-31-19

Wonderfully narrated

The narrator really brings this book to life. The story is very exciting, intriguing and has an amazing down to earth heroine. Well worth listening too.

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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 08-18-19

Surviving the blast is just the beginning

Surviving the blast is only the beginning...

Following a catastrophic nuclear attack which targeted 13 major cities, millions are wiped out in an instant while others are left to deal with the after effects of radiation poisoning. Troubled teen, Dakota Sloane has been working in a bar in Miami, trying to save enough money to get her younger sister Eden, out of foster care. Two years ago, they escaped the Everglades from a cult called the Shepherds of Mercy, which is run by the fanatic Solomon Cage. Dakota has changed her name and stayed incognito since.

Minutes before the attack, Dakota spots Maddox Cage, the cult leader’s son, getting into a taxi through her bar window. Realising he’s tracked down Eden’s whereabouts, Dakota decides to up her plans to leave with Eden sooner than she had anticipated. As different cities come under attack on the news bulletin, Dakota comes to a horrifying realisation and is able to text Eden seconds before a blinding light flashes and Miami also succumbs to an attack.

Following the blast, Dakota and a few survivors from the bar seek refuge in a movie theatre as they wait for the radiation levels to drop. The survivors include Julio, the bar owner, Shay who has some medical experience and Logan Garcia, a loner, haunted by his past who seeks solace in a bottle.

Forty eight hours later, Dakota’s anxiety for Eden has worsened as she suspects that Maddox may have survived and will possibly head out for her sister. Sensing that he can handle himself with a gun, she makes a deal with Logan; access to a secure safe haven deep in the Everglades in return for accompanying her while she rescues her sister. Logan agrees. With Julio and Shay also insisting on going her, the group set out on a journey through wasteland that is fraught with danger not only from radiation but from aspects of humanity itself. Will Dakota save her sister in time?

Point of Impact is a post apocalyptic survival thriller and is the first instalment of the Nuclear Dawn series. The story is told from four points of view; Dakota, Eden, Logan and Maddox. From the offset, I found myself totally immersed in the premise of the story. The impact on survivors from a nuclear explosion where knowledge and survival skills could be the only thing standing between life and death? Luckily our group has Dakota, who thanks to her mentor Ezra, has been taught survivalist skills.

The strength of the book lies in the fascinating world building that the author has managed to create. It’s apparent throughout that the author has done a lot of research which sets it apart from other novels of similar themes.

The characters were quickly introduced, developed and understood. Dakota, Eden and Logan are troubled protagonists, each with a dark past which is only hinted at in this instalment. We learn that Dakota and Eden were sent to a religious compound by their Aunt, following the death of their parents. They escaped and sought refuge with Ezra, a hermit who lived in the Everglades. While Dakota is tough, resilient and a survivor mainly because she’s HAD to be, Logan chooses to drown his demons in a bottle. Eden, despite being alone and hearing impaired, handles her situation admirably for a fourteen year old. Her faith in her sister, unshakable. The secondary characters were equally appealing. Julio and Shay came across as decent, caring people. Unfortunately when society breaks down, it brings out the worst of humanity too and I suspect this will become a regular occurrence now that our group has decided to venture out into the open.

All in all this was an intriguing well executed, gritty, realistic and fast paced instalment with an ending that will ensure any reader will want to pick up the next instalment.

I received an advanced free audible copy of Point of Impact and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Stacey Glemboski has masterfully brought the characters and story to life with her clear, concise delivery which made it easy to differentiate between characters.

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  • S. M. Wong
  • 08-11-19

good listen

was given via audiobookboom for honest review,i enjoyed this book narrator is good would have liked a bit of a better ending seemed to cut off to nowhere and none of the others on audible uk

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  • Marie crookes
  • 08-10-19

first full book listened to on audio

never really liked audio books but thought i would give it another try, this narrator was different, well read and not monotone in their reading, i loved the book, the story is great and i loved the narrator.

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  • Sharon
  • 08-01-19

Great Listen

What a really educational, exciting, enriching listen. The narrator was amazing and the storyline epic!

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  • PotsnPans
  • 07-25-19

Great Writing

Characters feel real, gritty and are thoughtfully developed as the story builds. The narration is really well done. First time I have plugged in and gone beginning to end. Pockets of fact which are always interesting. Great new storyline in the genre and well worth the listen. Excited for the next installment.