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Clayton Shepard dropped from the sky. Twice.

Now, in the wake of twin cataclysmic blasts of energy from the sun, he is earthbound and far from home.

While his family and friends seek safe harbor in an increasingly dangerous Texas, Clayton is forced underground in Colorado.

He must free himself and finally find a way home in a world quickly slipping farther into the dark ages.

©2017 Piton Press LLC (P)2017 Piton Press LLC

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One foot in front of the other...

This was a fitting ending to the Spaceman journey. I was rooting for our characters throughout the entire series and it kept getting better with each installment. It seemed like all the separate storylines converged into one grand storyline at just the right time. The author does a great job again using a combo of wit, sarcasm and pop culture references to keep the listener engaged while having them laughing at moments. The narrator (Kevin Pierce) does not disappoint with his performance and kept it consistent throughout the entire series. He took the author's wit and brought it to life. The author does leave somethings to mystery at the end of the book and personally I can smell some spin off stories or side novellas. I am okay with the mystery on one hand but on the other I am nosy and want to know what eventually happens to all of our rag tag group of survivors. This is a really good series with great narration that will leave you cheering for our group and sad at other points of the story. So give it a try and you will learn to love the Spaceman.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 08-03-17

What will the SpaceMan get into now?

4.5 out of 5 stars

This series, in general, has taken a big leap from where it started, but I’ve been enjoying the new twists and turns that Abrahams writes into each new chapter. Retrograde is a novel about a crash astronaut trying to find his family and return to them. Along the way, he finds out a lot more than he bargained for.

Retrograde is a novel about a crash astronaut trying to find his family and return to them. Along the way, he finds out a lot more than he bargained for.

Retrograde was much more “conspiracy theory” focused than the other two books and honestly one of the first books in the post-apocalyptic genre that I’ve read that was this focused on a government-wide conspiracy. The scary part about it is that it didn’t seem far from the truth. Abrahams wrote about it in a way that didn’t feel kooky or far fetched. It was incredibly realistic and believable.

The sad thing about this book is that if I write any more I will give it away. There are definite twists and turns and some new characters introduced, but Retrograde is full of “endings” to stories that were brought up in the first two books. The series could end here and I would walk away happy. But, I have a feeling there are one to two more books left up Abrahams sleeve.

The story itself felt like it competed with the first book in the series for “most complete”. It really followed a nice arc throughout and didn’t leave a lot of things hanging. As a reader, I always enjoy finishing a book that feels finished.

Kevin Pierce narrated Retrograde and, as always, does a wonderful job with it. His narration allowed an already enjoyable story to become more enjoyable. It flowed from beginning to end with his narration leading the way.

I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.

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Great

I loved this latest installment to the series. Tom Abrahams is a master story writer.

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Good story

Thanks for all your hard work and letting me listen. Excellent characters and compelling story.

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  • Virginia
  • 05-25-17

phenomenal series

Where does Retrograde rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

exactly what I've come to expect from Tom Abrahams

Who was your favorite character and why?

Deep Six Nikki. any girl who fights in an MMA ring has my respect.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?

Treadgold. I love the way KP does the villain's voices.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the ending, of course. family reunited.

Any additional comments?

thanks, Tom. for once again doing such a great job of making the eloquence of writing seem so simple. fantastic job. Kevin Pierce is just the icing on the cake.

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Awesome trilogy

Amazing story!!! Loved it!!! Tom is an amazing wrier!!! Can't wait to listen to my next purchase!!!!

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Good apoc story. Well done

Good apoc story. Didnt get lost in tech talk. Very good. Enjoyed it very much.

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 07-08-17

Degrading Book by Book

What did you like best about Retrograde? What did you like least?

Best...some of the thoughtful scenarios and dialogue scenes were worthwhile.Least...without a doubt Abrahams used this series as a bully pulpit for what appears to be a libertarian/prepper/individual rights rule over community/government is bad POV. Granted, the author has full right to do so, and I paid for these books so in some way I am responsible for funding this, but as this book moved on it became so explicit that it overwhelmed other aspects of what otherwise might have been compelling. Too bad, but his choice.

What could Tom Abrahams have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Get off the soap box, and drive the story notwithstanding.

What does Kevin Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

KP was excellent in this series, being consistent, creative and dynamic. I would note that even he seemed to tire of the histrionics towards the end as well. Plus, was there really and end?

Could you see Retrograde being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I sure hope not. Maybe on Fox, or The Blaze.

Any additional comments?

OK look. Interesting, character driven series, with a great deal of creativity, and research. Well done there. HOWEVER, turned into a political screed as anything else, and became more and more pronounced as it moved on. Candidly, even TA seemed to revisit this at the end when some of the primary characters questioned their own motives and actions ( which, at times, were ridiculously selfish ). All told, a decent series, but certainly with many caveats as laid out here. Moderately recommended, with asterisks.

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