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It Began: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Audiobook

It Began: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival: Zero Power, Book 1

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The EMP strike was just the beginning of it all.... Clara Thomas was a 9th grade English teacher, living a simple life at home with her sister and grandmother. She always had plans to settle down some day and become a writer. Sometimes, plans are just dreams left unfulfilled. They thought that the widespread outage was just within their vicinity. They were wrong. Without any electricity and power, Clara needs to help her family survive. The people in society have become restless, and will do anything for food. With the fall of power, law and order have become nonexistent, letting people get away with crimes. Will Clara be able to be strong for her family and those around her to get them through this crisis? Will she be able to get herself through it?

©2017 Max Lockwood (P)2017 Max Lockwood

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    Montzalee Wittmann Missouri, USA 08-05-17
    Montzalee Wittmann Missouri, USA 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "an okay EMP story, cliff hanger beware!"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Max Lockwood again?

    yes but not in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    It Began: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival (Zero Power #1) by Max Lockwood is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. The first third of the book Clara should be in Pooh's Corner as Eeyore. She sounds just like him without anti-depressants. This is before the power goes out. She lives with a crazy sister and grandmother that is going senile but I think she is just as bad. The last part of the book gets better but now she thinks she knows everything, I think she found some drugs along the way. It ends in a cliff hanger, a pet peeve of mine. If you don't mind those, good for you...I don't. It does depict, here and there, of what life might be like without power. Makes a person think. It is also different from other EMP survival stories. I doubt, out of all the people there she would have been picked to go find help from politicians seeing how she was just some random school teacher that hated her job... but...it was an okay read overall. What made it all better was the narration. This is it's saving grace for me. The narrator added a lot to the story. If I had been just reading it, I probably would have given it lower numbers but the narration was good and gave it that extra oomph that it needed to keep me going and interested. Worth a read, I mean listen. Will I try another of this author's work? Yes, can't see why not. Just not in this series.

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    Kindle Customer 07-28-17
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    "okay"

    I was provided a free copy of this book at my request and exchange for an unbiased review.

    there are things in the boat that I believe should have been brought up earlier on in the storyline such as what is the accident that happened with the parents and sister? while I enjoyed the book, the main character wavering on her morality began to be annoying toward the end of the book.

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    Erika 08-08-17
    Erika 08-08-17
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    "A cautionary tale"

    It Began is a cautionary tale. Clara is a teacher. A career that leaves her unfulfilled but it pays the bills and supports her family. At home she provides for her grandmother whose mind is slipping and her sister Tessa. Her sister has visions or a heavy sixth sense that predicts the future. Clara and everyone mostly consider her insane. When an EMP strikes and takes out electricity it changes their lives. All the conveniences used in the characters daily lives is gone and food is in high need.

    The story wasn't as suspenseful as I was hoping but was an interesting story. The pace is very slow. There wasn't much solved in this segment except the showing of how Clara and the town she lives in deals with everything. There is a bit of mystery surrounding Tessa and a few spots where delinquent behavior is displayed. I tend to think people would act far more rashly than the book paints but these people are pretty mild. There was a couple other things that didn't add up either but I don't give away any spoilers.

    It's a decent listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Hempel Batavia, IL 08-08-17
    Kyle Hempel Batavia, IL 08-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "What if YOU witnessed the world coming to a stop?"

    This book starts out slow, building a back story which I can appreciate but after picking up a little bit of steam it does not seem to end up going anywhere. In that sense I believe the author does an amazing job on focusing on what would happen to you and the people around you should all the power go out anywhere you could get to.

    This book is not about the terrorist or the government or natural disaster that may have cause "It" to happen but rather how regular everyday people would behave if thrown into the situation with no information and no way to get any. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    I have high hopes that the next book in the series will start to have some focus. If it does this will turn into a tale that I would not be able to put down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Nampa, ID 08-07-17
    Kindle Customer Nampa, ID 08-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Not your average EMP tale – By a long ways"

    This story comes from a different perspective. Definitely first person and takes place in a small town. Lots of details (for better or worse – you decide.) Personally I liked the details. Sometimes it seemed to drag on a bit but it always came back to the important stuff.

    One thing that I kept thinking throughout this novel… The roles are reversed. This story is a first person narrative of a female character. Through life’s trouble and turmoil she has become the sole bread-winner in her family. This is mentioned several times throughout the book and these as well as other times I am thinking that these are the thoughts of a male character. Her neighbor is also a sole breadwinner while the husband stays home and takes care of the kids. Also, besides that one, the other primary male character is very soft spoken and avoids violence. They are both walked on by the women in their lives. The feminism might not be in your face but this is very definitely a story about women who are taking care of themselves despite the men in their lives

    If you are looking for zombies or violent hordes this is not the book for you. Things progress reasonably downhill for this small town as they discover and deal with the problems caused by the EMP and realize they are on their own because everyone else has their own troubles and can’t come help them with theirs.

    This Audible edition included a preview of book 2 in this series. It was a fairly long preview of what felt like several chapters. The story continued almost exactly where it left off and if they hadn't told me I would not have known the first book had ended.

    The narration for this story by Becket Royce was well done. It was easy to listen to and the voices fit the characters.


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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SunsetSam 08-07-17
    SunsetSam 08-07-17
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    "3 females caught in the apocalypse"
    If you could sum up It Began: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival in three words, what would they be?

    3 people in the web of a disaster. A psychologic look at a electromagnetic pulse disaster . The old confused grandmother, a bratty sister and the main character Clara the we view her new world from her eyes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It Began: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival?

    I think it was the realization it was not a bad dream... But real and Clara who had "issues" was the leader of her family even if not ready and clueless


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

    I had not heard him before and he was excellent. He adds a lot of drama and timing is great. One of the things I can't stand in books is a rushed pace.Mr. Royce is good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    perplexed I believe. They seemed at the start as if fat chance they would make it - but they grew and adapted. I had believed they would be emotional wrecks


    Any additional comments?

    I was given this good to review and the thoughts are my honest feelings after listening

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R.Bishop Moose Lake, MN, US 07-29-17
    R.Bishop Moose Lake, MN, US 07-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    "An Unrealistic Dystopian Fantasy"

    If you are interested in a post apocalyptic soap opera where the main character is an anti-gun liberal who is promiscuous and lacks morals, then this book is for you! The main character spends too much time in inner dialogue and reveals that she is a headcase that easily gets sidetracked. The characters have little chance of surviving with the lack of preparation and the weak storyline. I was jealous of the characters that died early in the story!

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    D.Rob 07-27-17
    D.Rob 07-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "BORING and seriously lacks detail!!"

    As a reader (or listener in this case), I expect the author's detail to draw me a picture of each scene. What do the main characters look like? (height, build, hair ,clothes, etc) Where does this story take place? (if not specifically, at least regionally... give me an idea of the weather and terrain). I gave this book over 4 hours of my time and still can't answer these simple questions.

    The MAIN character is not likeable nor relatable... How do you expect to captivate your audience if your main character has less personality than a pine 2x4?? A post-apocalyptic novel is supposed to be exciting, informative, or maybe even funny. This novel contains NONE of these characteristics.

    I feel like the narrator did a good job, given the boring storyline. I've listened to some of her previous work and have enjoyed her style.

    *This audiobook was provided to me at no cost in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra 11-09-17
    Deedra 11-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    This book was chick flick apocolypse lite.There were way too many feelings and wishy washy moments in it.There were no answers as to what exactly happened to cause the power to go out and planes to fall from the sky.The days after were just weird.The narrator was good,but I expect that from Becket Royce.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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    Lori 09-05-17
    Lori 09-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "It Began"
    Any additional comments?

    Overall an entertaining listen. This is more of an apocalypse "light" story. I had a really hard time with this book. It's a slower moving story that gives a lot of background/inner dialog which made the story drag at times, so it wasn't holding my attention. I kept waiting for something "more" to happen. Eventually the story does pick up a little, gets a bit more interesting and then it ends. Just when we are about to get more insight to Tessa. So a slight cliffhanger.

    It's a story about people who have no clue what to do in an emergency situation. Those people who never take a second glance around them or think "what if". It's different in the sense it's about people who are not prepper's and therefore not prepared for any kind of disaster. Even though they are not prepper's they just seem clueless. It's hard to remember sometimes that there are really people in world who are this clueless.

    Clara was not an immediately likable character. She was not a strong female character. She was depressing, weak and had low self esteem for the first half of the book. Add in her relationship with her neighbor and she was even more unlikable. She is suppose to be a 9th grade English teacher but she has no clue what an EMP is? Doesn't she do a lot of reading being an English teacher? She is completely naïve about the world around her until it changes. Slowly she starts to become a more self assured and independent person. She still isn't equipped to handle the changes in the world around her. She is learning as she goes. Which is a good way to get killed in the way she does it.

    Cooper was likable but again not someone with a good grasp on their situation. He came across as a puppy dog especially in the beginning.

    Her sister Tessa had more sense than she did at times even being "crazy". Tessa was the most interesting character in the story. There is definitley something going on with her.

    Beckett Royce did a fantastic job with the narration as usual. She has a voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Good character voices. Her narration is what kept me listening especially in the beginning. She portrayed the characters perfectly, as they were written. Very enjoyable

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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