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If society collapsed, could you survive?

When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: The country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back. During the grueling trek from Tallahassee to his home in Lake County, chaos threatens his every step but Morgan is hell-bent on getting home to his wife and daughters - and he'll do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Fans of James Wesley Rawles, William R. Forstchen's One Second After, and The End by G. Michael Hopf will revel in A. American's apocalyptic tale.

©2013 A. American (P)2013 Penguin Audiobooks

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Fun book can't wait for more!

My new favorite post apocalypse series! With a good blend of action, plot development and practical prepping information “Going Home” is a fun read which draws you in and keeps you interested from start to finish. Although it’s not, the writing made me thing of more of a journal being told (mostly) through the eyes of the main character Morgan. It has a great bit of detail and takes you through his thought process making it easy to get engrossed in the story. The characters are a bit static and the author’s ideology comes through loud and clear, but the story is just too good. Also, I’d like to give a big thanks to the author for writing a series where the story continues from book to book but makes each one stand alone! I am certainly going on to the next book but with this one being wrapped up so nicely I don’t feel as if I’m being made to read the next book to get the whole story!

The narration was very good!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Very good series!

Normally after 3 books a series gets stale, however, A. American has managed to hook me in, and now I'm waiting for book 4 to come out this summer.

A mix of 1 Second After, and the failure of society after a Zombie attack, this time the "Zombies" are the DHS; who doesn't like to hate the DHS?

I wouldn't want to call this a "Prepper" book, however, I like that this book made me think about the story, even after listening to the 3 books in the series. If you're thinking about becoming a "Prepper", this book is going to make you think more then you may have before. Are you really ready?

Fontaine does a really good job keeping you in the story, so even with 3 books it's not sounding old.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Promising, but.....

I just finished Book 4 which should be the final of this series, I hope. Book 1 started with the protagonist being quickly thrust into a grid down, lights out situation while stranded hundred of miles from home. At first I thought this was going to be a dud, but the more I listened the more compelled I was to continue with this journey. I know that most listeners will find it distracting at how the author describes in detail the survival supplies and gear that the lead character (Morgan) uses along the way, but I found it to be somewhat informative and well thought out. Obviously things go from bad to worse and Morgan encounters drunk rednecks, thugs, bandits and eventually, the government. Although it's becoming more common in the survivalist book genre, this is the first series I've listened to that seems to latch on to Alex Jones notions of a hostel national takeover by government agencies such as DHS, FEMA, IRS and others. It's a sobering notion to consider and this first book really convinced me to buy Book 2 and find out what happens.

Book 1 wasn't great. The narration is mediocre at best and some of the subplots were too formulaic. Books 2, 3 and 4 didn't improve in the narration department and took things too far by introducing characters and subplots that just became stupid. Some of the dialog between characters was idiotic. Book 4 especially. In fact, Book 4 had quality of writing you'd expect from a teenager. I totally lost interest in the characters and story. It is obvious that the author was stumbling around trying to build a suitable story and explain why the world fell apart. Book 1 set a standard that Book 2 barely met and the other books completely missed. Books 3 and 4 should have been condensed into one book. They don't deserve your credits like the first two.

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Still intense the 2nd time around!

If I enjoy a book, I usually listen two or three times. I did this a couple of years ago when I first found this one.

I just now picked it up again, and it is still a thriller! I will have to listen to the whole series again now.

A American did his homework and created an intense tale.

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  • Nate_D
  • Payson, Utah USA
  • 04-11-14

Loved it!

What a great book! For those of us out there that enjoy a good SHTF novel...this is a good one. Not as good as One Second After in my opinion, but still a very good book. This one was a little different from a lot of the others in that the story follows a few people as they attempt to get home after everything falls apart. They are stranded a few hundred miles form home and the journey to get home is what this book is about.

I think that some of the situations, and the short amount of time it takes for society to completely degrade, might be a little bit of a stretch...but then again, who knows. We, as a society, MUST spend some time and make plans for how we are going to handle these kinds of possible scenarios. The thing that I really like about these kind of books, is that IT COULD REALLY HAPPEN! When you read this book, it's almost like you are reading a self-help book. I love to take the situations that the characters are put into and think about how I would handle them. Would I do something different....would I be able to, emotionally or physically, do what needs to be done. It is something that I think about a lot, and personally prepare for. LOVE IT!

The narrator also did a fine job. Great, consistent characterization and voicing. This one is a winner!

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  • Justin
  • United States
  • 03-19-14

Meh

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Depends. If you're into prepping, and you're of the opinion that people will almost-universally turn into animals when faced with adversity, then this book is for you.

What was most disappointing about A. American’s story?

There is one very big Deus Ex Machina moment, along with a couple smaller instances. Somebody swoops in to save the lead character out of nowhere. For a book whose whole premise is "you can't call 911 and have help arrive anymore, the world is different," this strikes me as poor writing, and a way for the author to hand-wave his way out of a corner (and to simultaneously introduce a new character.)

Any additional comments?

Look, this book is obviously a reaction against some of the other works in the genre, especially Patriots. One of the characters even makes a joke about "that stupid book" once.I'm definitely not a fan of that book either, but the author goes overboard in his reaction against it. The whole tone of the book just oozes "no, this is how it would actually happen." The author is not trying to tell a good story, he's trying to one-up the other guy's version of how an end-of-the-world scenario would go.

I have no complaints about the narrator. Would definitely listen to something else narrated by him.

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Intriguing "prepper" story, terrible writing.

After reading this story, I decided to write a review. I sat down at my desk, and turned on my HP Pavillion desktop computer, running 32 bit Windows 7 Pro on an Intel Core i5 650 at 3.33 GHz. I turned on the computer, listening to the whir of the fans and the clicking of hard drive starting up. When the screen came up, I logged in with my regular user account, rather than the admin account I created for emergencies. As I did so, I thought about my other computer, my favorite actually, that is a Dell desktop with a Phenom II motherboard running Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon with a modified desktop, a custom dock and 4 standard workspaces. Once the OS booted, I saw that I had 14 new emails, many of which could be about work. Then I ran Chrome version 32.0.1700.107 m, as I like it better than IE 11 or Firefox, and I logged into Audible.com. I navigated to my library and found the option to review this book there. I considered what the best headline would be for quite a while, not knowing how to capture my feelings about this book in one statement. I finally arrived at "Intriguing 'prepper' story, terrible writing", and typed it in. And, so I wrote a review in the style of writing that the book is written in - with waaaaaay too much irrelevant detail and technical jargon that bogs down the whole experience immeasurably.

I did enjoy the story somewhat, and find it an interesting "what if" about the cause and aftermath of the downfall of our technological society, but that was in spite of the very poor quality of the writing. The story unfortunately has the feel of a first draft rushed to publication (maybe to get it out there before the electricity stops flowing), which needs some hefty revising to become even moderately polished - like a great idea for a story that hasn't yet come to fruition. There were times when I didn't want to put it down, but there were also at least as many when I yelled "Come on!! DO something! I am not interested in what brand of knife that guy was carrying, what the specifications of his rope are, or how he cooked breakfast, and I don't even know what an SVG is!!" at my car stereo.

If you like exploring the concept of what may happen when the lights go out for good, don't mind your head spinning a bit from a barrage thinly veiled product endorsements, can deal with some right-leaning anti-government paranoia*, and can hold your nose through the rough writing, I recommend this book. It fits into the genre including The Road and One Second After, although it is at the opposite end of the quality scale for writing. As the first in a series, it would get about 3 stars as well, as I am intrigued to check out book 2, although I'm not willing to pay full price or to spend a whole credit on it - I'll wait for the next sale.

Enjoy! And, someone tell me what the hell an SVG is, please.

(* which, I think, is fairly healthy and well-deserved in this day and age)

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Interesting Twist

I read a lot of EOTWAWKI type books... my favorites being "One Second After" and "Alas Babylon." The premise of "Going Home" is an EMP while the main character, Morgan, is away from home and family... very similar to the premise of "77 Days" or "The Walk," except Morgan is a prepper and walks home with a complete inventory of supplies. Like "Patriots" this book states brand names of supplies, but honestly it was less blatant... no model numbers. Although I'm pretty sure if you liked Patriots you will like this, they fill a similar niche in teaching along with the story.

There is a lot of gun violence, but I appreciated that it was in self defense by likable characters who didn't want to harm others (unlike "The End"). Swearing is a lot more than I would like but is limited to specific characters and much less than in "The Walk" which I couldn't bear. There is un-witnessed sexual assaults reported and a few sexual innuendos. If made into a film it would have to be R rated but the book felt PG-14 to me.

The writing is very basic, the narrator not great, some internal inconsistencies... and you do have to suspend your disbelief regarding the government takeover. That said... I loved this book and its characters...didn't want to go to bed and shut it off. The twists are different than any EOTWAWKI books I have read and the author does a great job of showing us the many and varied ways people and communities might respond.

Now for the series... yep, I have finished all three available this week and the next isn't due out until June of 2014. This book is the best of the three and there is a logical end point where you can stop and be content. Books 2 & 3 do not stand alone and leave you hanging. I am frustrated the 4th isn't available and am worried there might also be a 5th... as the 3rd book is much, much shorter... marketing game? Well I guess it worked as I will certainly buy the next when it comes out.

24 of 31 people found this review helpful

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An indulgent prepper fantasy

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'll be recommending this book to several veteran and prepper friends of mine, but I wish I hadn't wasted my time with it.

Has Going Home turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm definitely not turned off books in the TEOTWAKI/post-apoc genre, I just don't think this one was particularly well written or narrated.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator regularly mispronounced common words (e.g. saying "N-A-P-A" instead of "Napa" to refer to the auto parts chain store, calling Eglin AFB "EE-glin", etc.) and tripped up in the middle of sentences. It really took me out of the flow of a book I was already having trouble staying with. There were also no audible cues (pauses, tones, etc.) when the focus shifted to another character so it often took me several seconds and a rewind to get back on track with the story.

What character would you cut from Going Home?

I would have cut Jess from the book completely. It seemed like she had some promise as a character when she first appeared and in their early travels, but she quickly faded to the background with the introduction of another male companion (Thad) for the lead character. She transforms from spunky sidekick into rape-victim-to-be and we get to watch the other characters rescue her and her helpless family, then never hear from her again.

Any additional comments?

The whole story truly felt like the author had a checklist and was methodically moving through survivalist scenarios like a field guide. Scene with gangsters threatening the main character, check. Scene introduce an awesome black character so people don't think I'm racist, check. Scene with main character rescuing a damsel in distress, check. Scene introducing a female character who is not a damsel in distress so people don't think I'm sexist, check. At every encounter where something goes wrong the author takes pains to have the characters determine who's at fault and who's responsible just in case the reader is uncomfortable with moral ambiguity. But never once does the author describe the main character as what he is: a murderer. I rolled my eyes so hard reading this book, I'm surprised I can still see straight.

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a story as subtle and creative as the pen name

What would have made Going Home better?

I've listened to plenty of bad books and plenty that have been badly narrated, but never until now have both those qualities been so successfully combined. I've never left a bad review for a book before (or any review until this, to be fair), but the only thing more clumsy than the storytelling in this tale is the almost laughably awful narration.

At first this combination had me convinced that Duke Fontaine and A. American had to be the same person, but the narrator misses or mispronounces so many obvious references (who refers to NAPA auto parts as N-A-P-A?? There aren't periods in NAPA!!) that the only offensively patronizing explanation I can think of is that the author and narrator both benefitted from the same 5th grade education in english and literature following their emergence from under massive boulders. I haven't looked at the actual text, but either the comma key on the author's keyboard is stuck down or the narrator can't get past six or seven words without a comma-implying pause to check his pulse.

I'd take issue with the casual xenophobia and racism (dot not feather indian convenience store owners; post EMP bombing of Israel by the ragheads; Mexican gangs running amok in Phoenix), sexism (annoying helpless screaming women who cant handle a weapon and who listen when told to shut the f*** up), homophobia (the three muskiqueers), obliviously arrogant morally superior white male characters and offensively stereotyped black characters, but I can't be convinced the author actually is intelligent or self aware enough to know any better.

You should definitely give this book a listen if 1) you are looking to be bombarded with undefined acronyms for brand-named gear manufactured by companies whose PR departments would almost certainly take issue with their products being referenced in this book, and/or 2) you are interested in comically low brow disaster stories that you only keep listening to because you can't quite believe what you're hearing, and/or 3) you are a white guy who voted for trump because dammit its your right to be casually offensive to everyone else.

What do you think your next listen will be?

not any more of this series. how did this get past one book???

What didn’t you like about Duke Fontaine’s performance?

It was pretty much the worst. Please never let George Guidall or Jim Dale or Patrick Tull (rip) hear this because I'm pretty sure they'd shake their heads in bewilderment and immediately retire from the whole narration thing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

none that come to mind but i promise to think about it.

Any additional comments?

yikes.

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  • Gary
  • 03-17-15

A review for the whole series so far books 1-5

I have just finished book 5 in the series and thought I would write a review on the whole series (so far) as I loved all of them the same.

So if you've read the synopsis you'll now that Morgan was on his way home to his wife and 3 kids when.... the power goes out, an EMP maybe? and plunges the world back into the stone age. Now you might be thinking that there is a couple of other books on the same line and a successful TV show.

However what makes this different?
Morgans story and the situations that he finds himself in with people that are trying to survive. I continually thought "yeah, that is what would happen, thats how people would act in that situation" it is brilliantly thought through. The characters are fantastic as well all with very different backstories which really makes you care about what happens to them.

But the stand out thing is the narration by Duke Fontaine it is fantastic it probably the best I've heard, he puts constant voices on all the characters so you know every time who is talking but is still clear to understand.

The only thing I would have liked is an explanation to why Morgan prepared the way he did, it sort of does near the end of the series, its only a small thing but it bug me a little.

If you like excellent narration, brilliant characters and a believable story (with a little hollywood drama chucked in) give this a go.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-14

Going home. I was gripped form the start

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

I really enjoyed this. (and the next 2 in the series) I get through about 4 audiobooks a month. I would place this in the top 10.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Difficult to decide between Morgan and Thad. Both do what has to be done. but neither like doing it.

Have you listened to any of Duke Fontaine’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Other than the next books in this series, No. But I will look for out for some. I liked his reading style. It sounded like he was enjoying the book too

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  • Dave
  • 05-18-17

I did this , I did that !

Morgan's first person prospective became tiresome. literally the whole novel was written like this. "I took this branded cup, out of this branded pouch. I filled the cup with this branded food and set it on my branded stove while scanning the environment with my NVGS
(NIGHT VISION GOGGLES)"
Story had promise , definitely novel with an agenda for any one wearing a tin foil hat. hated the switch between first and third person naritives. I like the characters Thadd and Sarge the dialog was believable when writen in the 3rd person narritive.

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  • sarah MacHattie
  • 07-01-16

favourite of the series

this was most definitely my favourite book from this series as we were able to really get to know own the character who was a lovable character. his journey was one of captivating events and episodes that meant you really really don't want to put it down and don't want it to end. great new favourite author.

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  • Veronika
  • 08-11-14

Book with a great premise but an agenda

What disappointed you about Going Home?

I do admit that as a 30 something female I am probably not the target audience for this book. But the story had an interesting premise and I thought I’d give it a ago. It started really well and I actually believed the scenarios that the main characters were finding themselves in. But as the story progressed I got slowly tired of the constant references to backpacks, guns, ammo, food rations, radios and other various 3 letter acronyms for survival gear. Once the right wing politics underpin the story it really lost me.

What was most disappointing about A. American’s story?

This is obviously guys’ book. The female characters are sketchy at best and in case of Jessie just plain annoying. Her main contribution to the story is to flirt a bit and put others in danger because she can’t deal with the situation. Luckily she is only present in the book for a relatively short time.

What three words best describe Duke Fontaine’s performance?

Solid and well delivered.

What character would you cut from Going Home?

Jessie!

Any additional comments?

I’ve been tough on this book and maybe it's more of a 3 star book than 2 star. But I just can’t shake the disappointment. The story and the characters had a great potential so I just feel a bit let down by the story’s direction.

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  • ckais
  • 05-07-18

Interesting story, mediocre execution

I found the plot of this book quite compelling; it was interesting enough that I was motivated to keep going to the end and listen to the second in the series. However, it’s worth noting that the story does feel, at times, like it’s pandering to the survivalist community in a sort of “Aren’t ordinary people stupid for not anticipating societal collapse” sort of way. (I believe the word “sheeple” is used at one point.)

Where I feel this book is let down is in the quality of the writing. Some of the dialogue is rather unnatural and in quite a few places, repeated words ruin the flow of the sentence. I started Going Home shortly after finishing a Stephen King novel, and the difference in writing ability was very obvious.

If you enjoy this genre, and you’re willing to endure rather clunky prose for the sake of a good narrative, then I’d recommend this book. Otherwise, you can afford to give it a miss.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-18

Great read

Great book, couldn't put down.

looking forward to next in series and seeing where the story takes the characters .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-18

an eye opener

loved it really puts you in the action look forward to the next installment definitely recommend it

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  • Jonathan Griffin
  • 12-09-17

Great Books, but A American but beware

Would you try another book written by A. American or narrated by Duke Fontaine?

No. A American has now started a subscription model for $10 a month which you need to pay to get some of the back story on Sarge.

What did you like best about this story?

All of it. Truly great.

What about Duke Fontaine’s performance did you like?

One of the best narrators around.

What character would you cut from Going Home?

Sarge, so you don't have to pay $10 a month to read his story.

Any additional comments?

Despite being a great series I wish I hadn't bothered now. I am not paying $10 per month to get some of the back story. A American has forsaken his core readers.

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  • Jodie
  • 11-22-17

Disappointed

I had very high hopes for this book. I wanted to get stuck into a series. The overall storyline is believable and I wanted to get immersed in the new way of life for the characters...... the thing that let it down was the narration. The narrator was monotone and robotic. The story swings from POV to POV with no indication of who was talking until the narrator said the name or something that indicated it was one or the other. Most of the characters sounded exactly the same so I lost the story many times. Every man sounded exactly the same so it was incredibly difficult to follow. I rate my books based on how gripped I am and how much extra cleaning I find to do in my house to keep on listening. This book made me zone out especially towards the end and I lost so much of what was going on that I couldn't even finish it.
Really disappointed

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  • Katherine Dawson
  • 03-13-16

Good story but confusing reading

The story itself is interesting, if a little high on technical detail and abbreviations. I found it confusing to listen to though, as there were no pauses or other distinctions between changing scenes. Made it hard to follow in some places.

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  • michael
  • 10-17-16

good

only have one gripe....
in the latter half of this book it needs to do something about switching between characters monologue. you will be listening to one character then all of a sudden it's another character talking. it was hard to keep up. But other than that it was another good story.

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  • Leigh
  • 02-03-18

easy listen. more realistic than others

good attention to small details. nice easy listen. constant reference to brands was a little annoying after a while. other than that I recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-28-17

Awesome

Great story, loved the detail within the story. I'll will now go to the next book in the series.