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As a prepper, Grayson Rowan was prepared for almost anything.

...anything other than being totally alone when the sh*t hits the fan.

While he sat back and watched the United States rattle swords with Korea, play chicken with Russia, and strong-arm China, he felt sure if the lights went out that he and his family would be ready and safe - whether it was due to a natural disaster or a man-made event. They had everything they needed at their homestead.

What he wasn't prepared for was his family not being home if it ever happened.

Olivia Rowan is with her sisters, Gabby and Emma, on a girls-only trip to Myrtle Beach. When chaos erupts and there's no gas, their journey home is a nightmare, filled with predators and danger - and apparently, Olivia hadn't learned a thing her husband tried to teach her.

When your neighbors run out of water and turn on each other, what will you do?

Jake, a country boy mechanic, never believed in TEOTWAWKI, but he'd heard his brother-in-law preach about it many times. He knew what to do, but he didn't prepare. He lazily left it all up to Grayson - he was the prepper after all. When catastrophe strikes, will he continue to keep his head stuck in the sand while his clueless neighbors destroy each other, and his wife is stuck out on the road, or will he stand up and fight like a man?

And if you're alone? Bug in or bug out?

Graysie Rowan, a freshman at university, just wants to go home. When no word comes from the government, and the state capital is overrun with looters, chaos, and mayhem, the college administration puts the students on lockdown. But her dad, Grayson, had prepared her for this. Now, if she can only remember what it was he said to do....

If they want to survive this post-apocalyptic event, they'll all have to learn to fight like a man.

©2017 Lisa L. Akers (P)2017 Lisa L. Akers

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first book of the series and I am already hooked

I really like this book series so far and I'm a fan of this narrator as well he doesn't excellent job of reading

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A decent, if not groundbreaking, SHTF series

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a good, if not unique, book about a prepper and his family surviving the collapse of society. I liked the realism the author went for, but again, this was definitely not groundbreaking material. It was written well, and entertaining, though it was a bit political for me. The narrator was fantastic, so I would consider this a credit worthy audio book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Engaging, character intensive SHTF story.

Grayson, a firm prepper, is the ‘patriarch’ of his family and has prepared the family farm so everyone will be taken care of. Although the rest of the family have agreed to prep and the rendezvous plans, they don’t take the threats as seriously as Grayson does. They are all startled … and unfortunately separated… when the grid goes down. Grayson is home alone since his wife and sisters-in-law are 200+ miles away for a girl’s weekend at the beach. His daughter is an hour away at college.

Jake, one of the brothers-in-law, a mechanic, has been experiencing some funky mood that he’s been trying to hide from everyone. He hasn’t had much motivation and it takes him a little time to accept that a SHTF event has occurred. He still doesn’t take the steps he knows need to be done and drags his feet getting on the road to the family farm. Plus he remembers that he got lax on some of the tasks he was supposed to take care of. When he finally gets ready to go he runs into one problem after another.

Grayson’s wife, Olivia, is enjoying the beach with sisters Gabby and Emma. Olivia loves her husband but never really bought into the prepper mode. As the beach resort descends into chaos, Olivia plays ostrich and hides her head in a book on the beach. Gabby is ready to move out and try to get home but is rightfully upset when she discovers she is the only one with her bug out bag. The girls are extremely vulnerable as they try to find a ride home and begin to run into some dregs of society.

Graysie is a freshman at college who is stuck with her clueless roommates. University authorities have told the students to stay put. But after several days, as conditions deteriorate, Graysie decides she is going to get past the security guard to her car and head home.

Everyone may have to "fight like a man" as Grayson has tried to teach them. The story follows all four threads with the fears and dangers the characters face as technology, normalcy and society break down around them. The characters evoked various emotions: curiosity, annoyance, anger, dread, fear, and relief. There are some political statements which didn't bother me but sadly there is unnecessary bad language. There are a few alarming scenes that are consistent with an EOTW scenario. I liked the prepper information, including what could go wrong with the best of plans. I am interested in continuing the series.

Audio Notes: Kevin Pierce has become a reliable sci fi narrator. He doesn’t always provide completely unique voices but he still manages to convey the distinct personalities. The narration enhanced my enjoyment of the story and I hope to continue listening to the series on Audible.

I received this from the narrator for an honest review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 10-27-17

Interesting perspective on apoc. lights-out tale

Our protagonist Grayson Rowan spent the last several years preparing for an event that he hoped would never come to pass. Grayson is a prepper, and he diligently taught his family to be prepared for the unexpected. He taught them several survival skills such as gardening, canning, camping, and the use & maintenance of firearms. As is the norm where Kilroy is concerned the EMP event struck while the wife was on a vacation get-away to Myrtle Beach with her sisters and the daughter was away at college. The story transitions through several individuals or groups of survivors detailing their travels and the hardships they encounter during the crisis. The characters are well-defined and likable. Kevin Pierce is wonderful as usual. There is a follow-up novel, Shoot Like a Girl, but it is not available on Audible at this time. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Non-stop listen... thrilling novel!

Immediately upon completing this novel, I searched Audible to see if the sequel was available... unfortunately it wasn't in audio format but I'll definitely be purchasing it when available!

I thought the writing was well done. The storyline and character development had me hooked and I completed this in one sitting. If you're a fan of post apocalyptic fiction, then you're familiar with Kevin Pierce... and you'll really enjoy the book.

*I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Post apocalyptic beginning story of series

I was given this book by the narrator and I am reviewing it based on my own opinion of the quality and enjoyment of this novel

Kevin Pierce is a great narrator and I always find his narration very enjoyable and inthralling.

The beginning novel like most beginnings is an attempt to get the reader to invest in the believability and crisis that the author has created . I found this book interesting and informative but not being a prepper myself felt the world fell into chaos faster than I find believable. If you accept the premise of the chaos I found the general character’s events believable though they have taken on the character of most post apocalyptic novels filled with biker gangs, meth heads and long journeys home that require shooting people and lack of resources.

All that being said I think there is some character development and If I continue to read I think that they need to to expanded. I like the learning aspect of how to prepare without having one character being Uber prepared and “running “ the whole show.
I would like seeing more merging of knowledge between characters to address the crisis and retooling of everyday living and security.

I enjoyed this book and will read the next to see if this story continues to develop

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Excellent Performance

It's been a while since I've listened to a decent EOTWAWKI book so when the surprise opportunity to review "Fight Like a Man" came up I was excited to dive into another post-apocalyptic novel featuring an epic reading by Kevin Pierce. I was not disappointed one bit by his narration, it was excellent as usual. This is the kind of story I believe Kevin does best and, honestly, it was the only reason I was able to complete the book.

I love listening to this kind of novel and I really, really wanted to like it. Right from the beginning I was concerned simply because of the the name of the book but I went for it anyhow because...well...it was free and hey, Kevin Pierce is the narrator! It started off fine and after a while I even began to think that my initial reactions to the title were unfounded; it wasn't half bad!

But somewhere along the way it got lost. Character and personality development from early on seemed to be ditched leaving the various protagonists responding and acting in ways that made no sense after what the listener had been setup to expect. Many actions became completely frustrating and unbelievable while the characters got dumber and dumber before my very eyes.

I was willing to put up with these inconsistencies just to get my "prepper fix" presented by the great Mr Pierce but there were two things that finally killed it for me.

First, and it's probably just nitpicking, I don't like it when an author ends a chapter by telling the reader what's about to happen. For example, lines like "They thought their troubles were over, but soon they would realize just how wrong they were" drive me nuts. They remind me of Dukes of Hazard episodes, circa 1980, when leading into a commercial break leaving the General Lee suspended in mid-air after rocketing off yet another uncannily placed jump over a washed out Hazard County bridge while Waylon Jennings says "you know, them Duke Boys might've got themselves in a heap o trouble this time..."! I prefer that an author let the reader discover what's going to happen on their own, otherwise why keep reading (or listening of course).

Second, the political ranting. Akers went on, and on about Trump and Clinton and Sanders, his thoughts about the election, etc. It was annoying and made absolutely no addition to the progression of the story. I could care less about the authors political views to begin with so having to sit through his "schpeal" multiple times almost made me give up altogether. Even with an epilogue to claim that these views were those of the characters in an attempt to give them depth and credibility (my words, not his) made absolutely no sense.

So unfortunately I could only give the story itself 2 stars. I really appreciated the listen but it just didn't cut it.

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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great start to a new series!

I love end of the world’ stories! Whether the 'end' is via zombies, flu, whatever. Anything that is WSHTF. I enjoy reading and thinking about how one copes with harsh new environments, trying to survive. The drama that is involved. and I love learning new tips. though most stores don’t have a lot of new tips, this one did! totally- refreshing.

The was good! and starts off good right off the bat. I did enjoy listening to this, but I did have a few small issues with it. I thought the main Prepper was a bit whiney in some parts.
but other then that, great story and amazing, wonderful charactersI I can't wait to read more of of this series

Kevin Is by far one of the best to readers of when SHTF stories, and he did a great job bring this story to life for me.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good story!

The story starts out with Grayson being rather passive. He's home alone as his wife and her sisters took a trip to the beach and his daughter is away at college. Its just him and the dog when the electricity goes out. Now he's a bit prepared as he's spent a couple years putting away food and supllies for such an event.

The story follows Grayson, his wife and sisters and daugter as they work to reunite. Each meets aadventures and calamities of their own. Its pretty realistic and exciting all the way. When they get out of one pickle there's another to take its place.

The characters are three dimensional and the story is nicely put together and flows smoothly.

Excitement, suspense and action filled!

I received this book free for an honest review.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Edain
  • New England
  • 10-30-17

A Great Book!!! Finally Normals VS the Apocalypse!

I really loved this book!!! It truly was the every mans story of the apocalypse. There are no super preppers, no magic bags with everything they need inside. Basically it was regular people with their own phobia's and failings having to deal with TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it).

The Characters were normal's, just like the rest of us having to deal with a disaster outside of what they ever really believed would happen. Even though they attempted to "prep for it". The story shows our everyday complacency when faced with the busy-ness of our daily lives vs our prepping choices.

The characters were well developed and made you want to root for some and scream at others - a definite trait of a well written book. I am not sure of where Puk fit in to the overall story line but I hope to see that fleshed out in the next book.

I can't wait to see where the next book takes us!

Kevin Pierce is a fantastic narrator and ads a huge amount to any book he narrates!

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

While I was given this book in exchange for a review, I have reviewed the book honestly to the best of my ability. I would never recommend a book to someone else if I would not purchase it myself

4 of 5 people found this review helpful