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After leaving Spence and the rescued girls with Jӧrgen and the remainder of his group, former Sheriff Jessie Townsend traveled the new and unforgiving world alone and on foot, continuing his quest to find his sister.

Still suffering tremendously from his tragic loss, Jessie walked the Earth a prisoner of his own thoughts. Although each of his days had a purpose, continuing on his quest that may or may not end before his death, Jessie felt a certain level of emotional numbness that only being alone could provide him.

After his loss, as well as the other tragic losses of life he had witnessed since leaving his homestead high in the Rocky Mountains, Jessie enjoyed the solitude. He knew that the joys of friendship and love could lead to heartache and tragedy. No, if he died alone in this world, no one would have to shed a tear, no one would have to risk their life for his, and his choices would only put himself in harm's way. That cold, and empty simplicity seemed to be a good fit for Jessie as he headed east into the unknown of what may lay ahead.

Although Jessie found solitude in his empty heart - solitude that he felt he desperately needed - not a day went by that he didn't think back to those who he had encountered along the way. In this mad and twisted world, devoid of law, order, and the civility that people around the world had come to expect as the norm prior to the great collapse, Jessie knew that there were still good people out there. Good people who would have to face the evil that this lawless and dangerous new world had spawned once the walls of society came crumbling down around them.

©2016 Steven Bird (P)2016 Steven Bird

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Nobody talks like that!

As the story went on, I got more and more annoyed with this book. At first, I wasn't sure if it was an issue with the narrator... he's got one voice for pretty much everyone and it has a bit of a cowboy sound to it, which wouldn't normally be my favorite, but it works for the main character. I thought the issue was that the narrator's voice didn't really match the dialogue, which is either the vocabulary of an awkwardly smart person or someone who isn't that smart, but wants you to think they are.

At some point in the book though, I realized that it's not the narrator... NOBODY speaks like that! Well, SOME people do... awkwardly smart people and people who want you to think they're smarter than they are! In this book though, EVERYONE speaks like that! Always saying "children" instead of "kids", "prepare for" instead of "got ready", "observed" instead of "watched", etc, etc. In fact, besides the bad guys, everybody is damn near the same character! With the same skills, the same knowledge, and the same morals.

Ok, I'm done complaining.

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Do yourself a favor and skip this one

The story is dumb, the dialogue is ridiculous, and there is nothing new in the story that you haven't read in the authors other books.

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EXCELLENT FOLLOW UP TO SOCIETY LOST.

Great follow up to the first book , the series could end here but the ending is open enough to lead to a continuation. Steve Bird does a really good job in the post apocalyptic genre . I find most of his characters to be well rounded and believable.

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Never underestimate a man with nothing to lose

“Never underestimate a man with nothing to lose, especially a man with an unquenched thirst for vengeance, in a society lost.” I couldn’t help myself; the quote fit the book so perfectly I had to borrow it. We continue to follow Jessie in his search for his sister. Jessie’s despair follows wherever he goes. As he travels he pits himself against wrong doers, looking for justice in a world of chaos. I wonder if Jessie is enduring some form of death wish, seeking to punish himself for surviving his family; surviving the ordeal without reason. A depressing tale to be sure.

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Awesome story

Another great book by Steve Bird. Read it, listen to it. Another great job by the narrator.

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Another good read by the author

Reminds me of Longmire. If you like that type of story, mixed with your basic apocalypse you'll like it too.

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GREAT LISTENING

As usual Steven Bird draws you in with wonderful character's and terrific storyline.

A good look into what will happen to our to our way of life if the world goes spinning out of control.
it's very easy to draw comparisons with what is happening in our country.What happens when good people sit back and do nothing and what can happen when a few good people stand up and fight for our God given rights.

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