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Don't just survive the apocalypse -- live!

His son died, and his wife left him. Then the world ended. It was about to get much worse.

Tom was already prepared for society's collapse when the nonstop solar storms arrived. He just hadn't planned on the loneliness.

When a woman and a little boy show up, they bring with them much more than Tom had bargained for. He'll not only have to battle for his life; he'll need to fight for a reason to live, as he recalls the painful memories and the songs linked to them in Hell's Requiem.

©2017 Toes in the Water Publishing, LLC (P)2017 Toes in the Water Publishing, LLC

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 08-09-17

KEVIN PIERCE DOES END OF THE WORLD LIKE NO OTHER!

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

I was confused with this story at times, it jumps around a bit, and once you listen to the whole thing, you will go... hmmmm? I loved the playlist, and it is a very realistic take on the end of the world... when his wife cries because there is no wifi in the beginning.. I totally lol'd, because that would be me! I felt bad for Tom at times, because he never stopped grieving his son.. and I can totally relate with that. Kevin Pierce does End of the world/Apocalypse/Prepper like no other... I really like listening to him... he rocks this genre!

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  • Edain
  • New England
  • 08-07-17

Music and the End of the World

I enjoyed this book though it was a little on the darker side. Not so much from the story but more from the internal mental struggles Tom puts himself through. It was refreshing because it was not the same old story line. It felt a little like the Stand mixed liberally with other apocalyptic elements. The story twists with the addition of the boy and his mother which took me by surprise and makes me wonder where that plot line will go. I look forward to the sequel.

Kevin Pierce did a great job on the narration as usual. I feel that if Kevin is narrating that it will be a good story.

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

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

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A great twist to a saturated market

If you could sum up Hell's Requiem in three words, what would they be?

realistic, chilling, powerful

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell's Requiem?

Hell's Requiem: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller by M.L. Banner narrated by Kevin Pierce is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. I am really saturated with zombies and apocalyptic books but I am always on the look out for new authors, new to me, their books may have that new twist that is needed in this flooded market. This book has a bit of a twist I needed. In the start of this book, these things could happen to any of us, sadly so. The rest is a very big possibility so this isn't one of those very fanciful stories, this could be real. The worst real parts come when you throw in the cruelty of everyday people living in a world falling apart. This book has lots of emotion, action, chills, and danger. The narrator is great showing these powerful emotions, I think it added a lot that maybe I wouldn't have read into the story. The extra feeling and the right time, it was perfect. This voice is just what this book needed. I can't picture a different voice to this story. This was a powerful apocalyptic story and I am one who usually shy away from them.

Any additional comments?

I think the narration was as powerful as the book!

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 07-30-17

Music & memories go hand-in-hand.

This is an interesting story to be sure. A bit off the beaten path of apocalyptic survival stories; this tale focuses on one man’s sorrow and guilt. Guilt for a tragedy he could neither avoid nor claim responsibility for. But he did feel responsible and it ruled his life. The unique twist here is the importance music played in this man’s life. His memories, both good and bad, along with major events are anchored in his mind with music. Each memory wrapped in its own song according to the time it played over the air. I think most, if not all of us, can relate. I know certain songs bring up memories for me. The story follows our protagonist Tom as he leaves his home heading for Cicada. An interesting story with well-developed characters, but more suited as background to Banner’s Cicada series, which I have not read. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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This was an unexpected delight.

This story delivered all it promised and some more. The main character has a strong knowledge base of survival and prepping, but at no point did I feel like he was too busy criticiszing librals to get to being in the story. That alone made the story enjoyable.

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A very different dystopian book

A story that's set in a world post solar flare.
a tragedy on many levels but mostly centers on 3 individuals a father ; mother and son

The most intriguing is character I found was one called the boy. He is a bit off and has insights beyond his age.

The writer is excellent at his craft and the story is captivating. The plot is deep and rich.

The narration by Mt Pierce is similar to other books he has narrated. No other narrator I have heard can pace a book a build it to a crescendo as well as he can.

He adds a level of tension that reading a book cannot give

I was given this book to review and my opinions are honest and my first impressions after finishing. I believe it's the best way to review as it's the most raw emotional thoughts.

This book will not disappoint

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Always listen to your gut!

I did enjoy learning about Tom and his life. How can you not feel for him?
I loved how they took lines from songs to make remember things. this happens all the time in real life.
Man, Tom just seems to keep getting hit by hard balls in his life. I kind of felt like i was rooting for the under dog. I wanted to shout, "listen to your gut Tom"!
This is a good start of a EMP series!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Hell's Requim

I found this to be a good prepper/end of the world book.It had a lot of different things going on in it.The back story of the main character was sad but very real.Kevin Pierce is the perfect narrator for this book.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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i despise being jerked back

and forth through time. Lazy way to make a futile attempt to make your story interesting. Story is depressing, inaccurate, and unrealistic.

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thin on everything

What was most disappointing about M. L. Banner’s story?

it reads like an out line with way too much guilt and self loathing.

What aspect of Kevin Pierce’s performance would you have changed?

you get to know Kevin's style after a few books. He's right in the middle of the pack of readers in my opinion. not bad all in all.

Any additional comments?

i wish it was cheaper!