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History speaks of a folk hero hundreds of years ago who fought against corrupt kings and saw the good in everyday people.

Legends say that this might not have been just one man, but many heroes to take up the name and mantle of Robin Hood throughout the ages.

The legend has been reborn in the American apocalypse.

Rob 'Hood' Huntington was an easygoing 20-something kid who loved house parties with good friends and bad jokes. He never thought about a life of survival.

Then in one day everything he knew was gone.

Lucky for him, he learned quickly he is a truly gifted marksman. Learning to live with pulling the trigger is something else entirely.

Two years have passed since the fall of civilization. Hidden away in the mid-Atlantic countryside rests the small town of Clearwater, where Hood, his sister Taylor, and an ex-cop by the name of Whiskey lead a group of survivors. Raging through the remnants of the northeast, two kings, the Kaiser and the Crusader, fight a bloody war for control of the land.

Hood, Whiskey, and the Clearwater crew survive by stealing just enough from the Kaiser to keep the town going. But they cannot stay hidden away forever.

If you loved The Last of Us, I Am Legend, or The Road, you won't want to miss Hood!

©2016 Evan Pickering (P)2016 Evan Pickering

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A Different Kind of Post Apocalyptic Novel

If you could sum up Hood in three words, what would they be?

Intense family connections

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Hood. He felt a deep connection to family, community and humanity in general. The times he lived in were bleak yet his optimism and belief in the goodness of people shined. Hood had to do some hard things that came with a lot of emotional and physical pain and I found his reactions to be authentic to his character.

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

Certainly the bickering between Whiskey and Hood would not have been the same. Although the words might have been tough/rough, I could hear the underlying love that these two characters had for one another. Mr. Jameson also did a great job of expressing Hood's thoughts and feelings in the final scenes of the book (I cried).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

We are all family.

Any additional comments?

I liked how realistic the characters were. All were flawed, none were perfect.

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Exciting different post end of the world scenario!

I really enjoyed this take on post-end of the world scenario that is so prevalent nowadays. This one is different in that it doesn't just focus on surviving this period of time but on the humanity of the survivors. I am glad that this is the first book in the series because that means that there are more great reads ahead!

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do not buy this book!

the main character is a idiot. when ziptied to a railing the character grabbed a rock and smashed his hand rather than the ziptie to free himself wtf. the narrator is bland and without and monotone. oh and you can't return this book! don't buy it!

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Not sure if I listened to a different version

After reading the reviews I'm a little confused. I'll admit I'm only on chapter 3, but the narration is pretty bad. He is monotone and too quick paced in non dialogue portions of the story and the voice changes are so slight or non existent during the dialogue you can barely tell the difference between characters.

So far I'm really enjoying the story, but the narration is a struggle to listen to. There is a considerable amount of swearing (which I don't mind at all and it fits the storyline), a good balance of violence and actual human emotion and as another reviewer mentioned, the characters are very 'real', as is the dialogue. I just wish the narration matched the level of the story.

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Hood

Any additional comments?

I received a free audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This was a pretty good book - it had a decent plot with good characterization, but the narrator was spectacular. He had a way of bringing you in to the novel and making you care about the characters a lot quicker than most narrators. All of the characters were necessary, which is rare because normally in a novel you can imagine the novel without a specific character, but all of the characters in this post-apocalypse Robin Hood novel were necessary.

Great book - so great that I had to finish it in one sitting!

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An post apocalyptic story any living humanoid would enjoy!!!

Oh my god.

Finished this in like three days.

It was THAT good.

I fell in love with the main character, Hood, and his kind heart and jock-like ways.

The story itself is wonderfully written. Even in audiobook you can tell that Mr Pickering is a masterful writer, with an eloquent voice and a skill for the descriptive.

I had hoped to pick up a copy of the novel but when I saw there was an audiobook I was delighted, as a new job has meant spending long hours commuting.

Um, NOT LONG ENOUGH.

Once I began listening to 'Hood', there wasn't enough hours in the day. I developed a full on crush on Rob and cannot wait for the sequel, though the tragedy of this story will certainly stop you for six. I'm going to listen to Harry Potter now so that I can escape from the realistic horror that this novel describes, and the viewpoint it provides on both human nature and animals, and the thin line which divides us from the latter.

Please note, this book is awesome. You're missing out if you don't read/listen.

I'll definitely be waiting for the audio of 'Whiskey' too. Get on it, Pickering.

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Dystopian dark

What did you love best about Hood?

The pace was consistent and flowed well. The situations described in detail.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are well defined, even when they surprised me. We got into their heads.

Have you listened to any of Michael Jameson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. This was very well done.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Staying alive and out of evil's way

Any additional comments?

In a dystopian world you expect dark and disturbing. This small band of survivors are trying to stay alive and hide from the evil left in the world. When Hood finds himself on his own, the world gets darker and survival even less probable.

The characters are well defined, even when they surprised me. We got into their heads.
The pace was consistent and flowed well. The situations described in detail.

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Mike Sims

An excellent audiobook!! It twist through the storyline full of surprises.
Character development was good, I wish these authors spent more time telling what the characters looked like but they don't.
Narration was excellent the narrator was easy to listen too, good voice with just the right inflection in his voice.

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  • Evan
  • Kalispell, MT, United States
  • 10-22-16

Great postapocalyptic audiobook!

Would you consider the audio edition of Hood to be better than the print version?

I'm a big fan of the print version of Hood, so it's hard not to give the audiobook version the same rating. If you like great postapoc fiction with characters you can empathize with and not just a bunch of fluff, I highly recommend it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Whiskey, duh!

Why? Cuz he's me.

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

A voice to Hood. It was nice to have a narrator who sounds pretty much exactly how I imaged Hood to sound.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I recommend it!

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Thou shalt not take the Lords name in vain.

could not get through the first chapter. Every other word was a G D. Not for me.

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