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Widespread violence. An impending epidemic. A love discovered, and then lost. Alex came of age under the shroud of a looming threat of national and personal catastrophe. Now, in a time when chaos and depravity reign, Alex will stop at nothing to make right what has gone so wrong. Into Jackson: Everything in Between is an edgy, apocalyptic tale of love, hate, and a relentless journey toward redemption. Contains some violence, mild profanity, and suggestive themes appropriate for mature listeners.

©2015 Jaxon M King (P)2016 Jaxon M King

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The journey would have been better if we knew why

The story mechanic of switching back and forth between past and present is a tried and true one, and I appreciate the author attempting to use this tool to provide an entertaining and suspenseful listen. But the choice the author made *where* to start the book and then continue forward is confusing at best. We are dropped into the start of what appears to be a major quest for the main character, Alex. But *why* Alex is on this quest we only learn in tiny bits and pieces that extend the length of the book. In fact, the exact reason why isn't revealed until 90% into the book.

This leaves the listener wondering the entire length of the book why they are listening. Yes, Alex needs to get into Jackson. But why? Until we know, all the trials and tribulations Alex goes through to get there are less important to why he is going and therefore not as appreciated. When it was finally revealed I mentally let out a relieved sigh, but the book was almost over by then. In my opinion, knowing why Alex needed to get there from the outset would have greatly elevated the stress and thrill of the journey for the listener.

I also didn't get a huge "end-of-the world" vibe anywhere in this book. Apparently the night was filled with zombies, but never was I instilled with a sense of dread or foreboding about them. They were a paper backdrop in the story, a means to provide characters in the book with drugs, and that's it.

Rhett Samual Price has a wonderful deep, resonant baritone - perfect for audio books. I did have some minor nitpicks with this performance though (sorry Rhett!). He needs to figure out a better voice for children and most of the women in his story and stay away from the screeching high falsettos he currently uses. They made me physically cringe at times and are blemishes in an otherwise spectacular performance. Also, Craig, the son of the main baddie, has a weird, changing accent: is it Irish? Brooklyn? South African? It seemed to change and was different at the end of the book compared to the beginning. And where did he get his accent from if his father didn't have one at all?

This audio book was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for a unbiased review.

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Into Jackson

This sounded like a book I would like.Some of it I did.I found the narrator,Rhett Samuel Price dry to boring.He was vary easy to fall asleep listening to.The story switched between the past and present and at some point I didn't care about the past story at all.The 'present' story had a lot of violence, horror and then there is a buddy story.IDk.A cut in length and a new narrator may have helped.I was provided this book free by the author,narrator or publisher.

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Promises much but doesn't deliver

What would have made Into Jackson better?

It started slow and did not make sense so maybe a better beginning

What do you think your next listen will be?

not sure

Would you be willing to try another one of Rhett Samuel Price’s performances?

yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed

Any additional comments?

I received this book in exchange for a review. The book stated slowly and I just could not get into it.

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Into Jackson

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<br/>I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, I had a really hard time with it. The story started off strong then I lost interest with all the jumping back and forth between past and present. It was like reading 2 different books. <br/><br/> The story is told through the past and present of Alex's life.<br/><br/>The parts dealing with Alex's present were full of action, intrigue and suspense. Then the next chapter was Alex's past and while it added detail to the story-line it wasn't always interesting. Some of the "past" parts could have been left out. I realize it was setting up the backstory for the current actions but the constant back and forth every other chapter just threw the story off and affected the flow for me. <br/><br/> Overall the story was entertaining and enjoyable. I was much more interested in what was happening in the present vs the past. I was interested enough to want to know how it was all going to play out and what exactly would happen in the end. <br/><br/>After an outbreak of a mutated flu, cities and territories are quarantined in an attempt to contain the spread of the disease. Alex's wife is inside Jackson a quarantined area. He left her there in a moment of anger. Alex is going to try and get her out. Alex is joined on his quest by Justice and ex Sheriff from a nearby county. They are both being pursed by a relentless enemy who will not stop until they are both dead. <br/><br/> Interesting and creative twist on an apocalyptic virus. A virus that it is the catalyst for the new drug of choice 7. Seven is a by- product of the H5 mutated flu vaccination. Contaminated victims are being used to gain a key ingredient for the drug. <br/><br/> I am somewhat confused to what exactly Alex and his father did. They weren't engineers, but there is never an explanation of what they actually did. Sounded covert/secretive/government though. That could have been a really interesting story-line. <br/><br/> Rhett Samuel Price does a really good job with the narration. Nice voice. Easy to listen to for long periods of time. Smooth even pace to his narration. Some really good character voices. Of coarse the guys voices were great. There were a lot of male characters and each one was distinct. The deep voice for Justice was perfect. I know he was trying to convey her emotion, which he did but during the parts when Katie was screaming it was hard to listen to (like nails on a chalkboard) when it was just Katie's normal voice it was okay. He was able to make you feel the emotions of the characters and what they were going through as well as bring the story to life. Overall very enjoyable.<br/><br/> I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.<br/>

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Story jumped around a bit much

I really enjoyed this book. It's fast paced and pulled me right in. The characters are awesome. This had me on edge the whole time. I was not however a fan of all the jumping back and forth in the story. I felt it broke up the whole pace of the book.

Loved the narration. Great performance.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Good enough to be sad about a character

I would have to say that this was a well crafted story since I was engaged enough to be disappointed in a character. That being said, if the writing wasn't well done I would be disappointed in the writer not that character. That is to the authors credit.

Overall this is an solid story. I found it suitably crafted and some of the characters are quite engaging.There is a lot of back and forth between the characters past and present. More then I like, but in context it was an understandable choice for the story.

The author does a good job of being descriptive enough and does not drone on into minuet detail on unnecessary scenery. He presented the emotions and perspectives of the characters in a very relatable way throughout the story.

The narrator is solid for the main characters but is challenged when having to do the voices of very young children. The voice is spot on for one of the main characters so I view it as a fair trade.

I found the story and performance enjoyable but take away a memory of disappointment in how I would have liked one of the characters to be. I guess if it wasn't good, I wouldn't care.

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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A twist on the typical apocalyptic virus

I enjoyed Into Jackson from its start. The story was well-told, the plot lines sound, and the catalyst to the apocalyptic event was a unique spin on the typical viral epidemic. Readers are swung back and forth along two timelines in Alex's life. While the ending is satisfactorily complete, the epilogue did seem to leave room for a future follow up, and I, frankly, would like to see one! Narrator, Samuel Rhett Price, gave a great performance. He brought depth to each of the characters, particularly by enhancing their emotional states. (I increased narration speed to 1.05%.) Overall I think it was fantastic, especially since the scenario presented by the author is totally feasible and frighteningly plausible in real life.

I received a promotional copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for an unbiased review. Many thanks to the narrator for this opportunity!

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Excellent!!! Loads of Excitement *****

Exciting, scary, action packed, and a little romance...loved the story, the characters & narration! Looking forward to reading more from Jaxon M King for sure!

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WOW!!

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I love apocalypse books and this one was no different. The books with events that could actually happen are my favorite, such as this one with the normal super-flu. The narrator did a great job.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Different take on the Apocalypse...

I went into this story wanting to really enjoy it. First off I am from the Midwest I understand the Southern Accent well. I do not know if the narrator was trying to read in one or over doing one but that was the first thing that put me off about the audiobook. I know the setting is in Jackson MS. I get it but his over done slow slow pace forced me to adjust the reading speed to 1.25x for the whole audiobook.

The story was the normal super-flu people become infected Government seals each city and state into separate regions and infected overrun city's are sealed off and cut off. The words zombies apocalypse never really used. Not really anything like a zombie story which was fine. My problem was one chapter was in present day next chapter was flashback to start of the story. That's how the whole audiobook went leaping back and forth for the whole thing.

The characters were interesting but details were just given short throw away explanations like Alex and his Fathers work for the company towards the end of the book. This is something that could have really been a great arc for the story but the needed better direction from an editor. Just my opinion for what its worth.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom.

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"Every good goalie ... needs a good defense team"

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It is hard to find a 'Zombie Apocalypse' book with a difference. This is one. Yes, there is a 'flu pandemic which mutates the sufferers into something other, but these are not the flesh eating mindless monsters more usually seen but sick people who might even be treatable in the earliest of stages, who become, not cannibals as such but filled with violence and anger, given to unprovoked attack - especially when left to starve. In an attempt to block the spread of the infection, outbreak cities are closed for both entry and exit and those locked inside, sick and untouched, adapt to coexist to a certain extent.<br/><br/>One such city is Jackson. Alex needs to get there, get in and out again. It is a rescue mission and far from easy with dangerous terrain to cover between Alex's home in Angel's Ferry and the prison-like Jackson. Plus, he's made an enemy who, with a ferocious and drug fuelled gang, will stop at nothing to hurt him in everyway possible. This is the story of Alex's journey, with a friend, into Jackson.<br/><br/>The book is interestingly written, with the past sliding effortlessly into the present events to both flesh out the characterisations and motivations of Alex and others, and give a broader understanding of the state into which the country has fallen, infecting even those free of the disease. Visual and visceral, the full picture slowly emerges and it is certainly not the usual them and us of most zombie stories.<br/><br/>With numerous protagonists, this was an epic task for any narrator. Although not totally perfect with occasional odd word pronunciations, Rhett Samuel Price , definitely gave a five star performance, with his excellent voicing of all characters, male and female, each distinctive and clearly differentiated (even if someone named TJ did have a strangely suspect accent). Mr.Price's reading is slow, steady and constant, his warm, slightly gruff voice mirroring the text beautifully, conveying emotions encountered and speeding to fit the frequent action. Listening to his storytelling most certainly enhanced the overall story experience.<br/><br/>I was fortunate in being gifted my copy of Into Jackson by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. It was one of the most enjoyable of it's type that i have read. Although the story is complete in itself, there is still the potential for a further book set in this world: as one of the characters says along the way, "Maybe our stories still ain't over ..." I truly hope that this is the case and that the author, Jaxon King, soon returns with more tales of Justice, with or without Alex. I, for one, will certainly want to read, or better yet, listen to them as recounted by Mr. Price.