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No Direction Home Audiobook

No Direction Home: Ordinary People Surviving Extraordinary Times, Book 1

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Ordinary people surviving extraordinary times.

A college student in Knoxville. An Irish couple on their dream vacation in Orlando. A bank robber in an Atlanta prison...what do they all have in common? They are survivors of vPx073, the most deadly virus ever to be unleashed on the planet. One that has brought civilization to a standstill.

Haunted by the tragic death of his Gulf War veteran father, Cody Parsons is a struggling student at UTK when the pandemic hits Knoxville. Soon the sharpshooting skills his father taught him as a 14-year-old are put to good use - especially when an ex-US army combat engineer takes him under his wing. As food and water runs out, and roving gangs take over the cities, the paths of some very determined survivors are destined to meet...with surprising consequences.

With strong, original characters, this is a fast-paced story that fans of post-apocalyptic survival fiction will appreciate.

©2017 Mike Sheridan (P)2017 Mike Sheridan

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    Adam 07-29-17
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    "Prepping in the wake of pandemic"

    Given a devastating enough pandemic, a survivor can get prepped as thoroughly and as affordably as possible. Good story along these lines.

    Sheridan references Franklin Horton a few times and has a similar feel and tone to Horton.

    Interesting storyline and likable characters.

    Superb narration as always with Kevin Pierce.

    I'm interested to see where this story goes.

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Mahoney 07-26-17
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    "No Direction Home Excellent Plague Survival Series"

    This is an excellent new series from Mike Sheridan. vPvo73 gets out of a Lab and wipes out everyone expects that small part of any population with natural immunity. There are three settings to start with. Knoxville, A prison in Georgia, and Orlando Florida. I don't want to go into too much detail this is a short book but it is well written with great characters and plenty of action. It is set up to be part of a series. I really enjoyed the book. Mr. Sheridan has a winner on his hands. I much prefer his post apocalyptic plague series over Bobby Akarts plague series.

    The narration was provided by Kevin Pierce. Mr. Piece once again delivers another high-quality performance. I truly enjoy his work. I know that I will always get a great story and his delivery is always masterful.

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 08-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not for me."

    I've put off writing this review for a week or so because I didn't really know what to say because most of what I want to say will spoil it!! It started with, and this isn't a spoiler, nearly everyone dying of a virus within the first few passages. This in itself isn't anything new with this type of book, but we don't find out how the virus came to be at all!! Then we have multiple POVs, which again isn't anything new, but there wasn't any character development at all. I just didn't care about any of them at all!

    Plot wise, it fell flat too. Apart from not knowing how the Pox came to be, it's quite slow going and had no development either. I mean, how could a prison function with only 2 men, plus why would they leave just 2 prisoners go?? It didn't make sense. I just didn't connect with anything in the book, and I really don't think I'll continue on with the series.

    Kevin Pierce was just as good as he always is! He has a pleasant voice and always delivers a great performance, I do have to say though, that he needs to work a little on his Irish Accent, it was pretty bad!! But I'm Irish so I know a good one when I hear it. Other than that, I enjoyed his performance.

    I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D.Rob 07-25-17
    D.Rob 07-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Extraordinary! I was hooked until the last word!"

    At the beginning of the book, it appears to be all over the place, bouncing from new character to new character. It's easy to follow along and as the characters' stories merge, you'll really appreciate the author's attention to detail and character development. I really enjoyed this story and didn't want it to end. I listened all the way through without stopping!! I'm very much looking forward to enjoying the rest of this series.

    The narration by Kevin Pierce is awesome as always. I often refer to him as "the voice of the apocalypse". And although his Irish accent sounds more British, at times, he really brings the characters to life with his excellent performance.

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 08-03-17
    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 08-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "It Fell A Bit Short For Me"

    Sometimes a book feels like everything is too easy — that’s how I would describe the story in this. Everything seemed to come a little too easy for all of the characters. While in general, I want everyone to succeed. This isn’t always the way that things go, especially after a major pandemic that wiped out 90% of the population.

    Sheridan wrote a story about different kinds of ‘normal’ people surviving in extraordinary circumstances. I understand that he got to pick exactly who he wanted to write about, but each person was perfectly set up to do well in the new world. Sometimes you just want to see someone struggle, even for a few moments.

    The story itself after I got about 50% of the way through it flew to the end. That’s because this didn’t really have a proper ending either. It just kind of ended (what felt like mid sentence) . I completely understand that this is billed as book one in a series but sometimes you need to have more of a completion of the story that I just read. I always feel a little gipped when things just start to get good and the author writes “continued in the next book”. The last book I remember this happening in was the Redfall series. The story started to get really good and it just ended. No Direction Home did the same thing. Right as I was started to really dig in and enjoy myself it ended.

    I’m hoping that in the rest of the series that things aren’t as easy for the survivors and that they realize that things are going to get easier as they learn the land and how to survive, but the world isn’t on their side.

    I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.

    If you enjoyed this review, please vote for it! Every vote helps. If you'd like to see more books like this please check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

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    "Solid start to a new survival series."

    I'm a huge fan of survival stories, whether they deal with the aftermath of an EMP, zombie outbreak, nuclear war, or in the case of No Direction Home a viral outbreak. There is just something gripping about the stories of people struggling to survive as all around them society breaks down.

    I really enjoyed this first book in the No Direction Home series and was disappointed when it came to an end. NDH Book 1 tells multiple stories of small groups struggling to figure out how to survive in a world where the population has been devastated by a viral outbreak that kills like 98% of the population. Each group has a gripping story and I really like how many of the stories come together in this book, and also the promise that more of them with come together in future volumes. I think this is the first by Mike Sheridan that I've experienced but I can guarantee you it would be the last.

    What can I say about Kevin Pierce's narration? He's quickly become of my favorite narrators. In fact I feel pretty confident in saying he's in my top 3 narrators. And when I think of survival books I think of Kevin Pierce. Heck even when I'm reading a survival story, it's Kevin's voice I tend to hear in my head. Not sure I can give him a better compliment than that.

    I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edain New England 07-26-17
    Edain New England 07-26-17 Member Since 2001
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    "When telling Bad and Good apart is difficult"

    This story is a little different than the typical ones I read. A pandemic that runs wild killing most people who encounter it. After the VPOX the world is a drastically different place.

    I enjoyed the story and its subsequent twists and turns. I really enjoyed not knowing who the bad people ended up being. I can't wait to see how Cody, Walter, and Pete's story line develops. This was a well written story and I look forward to the next book in the series when it is released.

    Kevin Pierce was an excellent narrator! He knows the genre so well that I am getting spoiled on his narration. He is setting the bar really high for the others that follow after.


    "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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    Anonymous 07-25-17
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    "Enjoyable audiobook"

    This was an enjoyable audiobook, but not recommended for teens or younger. The sections I would consider "adult" were tastefully done, with nothing too explicit. I was quite pleased with the accuracy of topographical descriptions given, because I'm a Knoxville native and have worked on several occasions in all the areas described in the story except Ireland.
    I would recommend this a good audio, and look forward to the sequel.

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    HeatherY 07-24-17
    HeatherY 07-24-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A Good Entertaining Read"

    This book begins at the tail end of the V-Pox annihilation, most of the population already dead or dying and the survivors scrambling to find their new place in this world. With only about a 2.5% survival rate, there are still plenty of people around to make trouble. The US settles into two types of people, those ready to build a new civilization and those waiting to take it from them.

    The story follows five different groups of people, just enough to keep things interesting and still allow time for character growth. I was never confused by the switch to the next group, the characters were fleshed out enough that they didn't blend together. The stakes weren't too high, as each group happened to contain either an expert hunter, military man, or post-apocalyptic expert, sometimes all three. This kept the survivors from making real mistakes or falling into real danger.

    The narration was well done, Kevin Pierce reads with a great pace and tone, and is easy to understand. The characters hail from Ireland, Florida, and Tennessee, but he doesn't attempt heavy accents for them.

    This book doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but there's obviously plenty more to come for the survivors. I'm looking forward to the sequel! I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Kindle Customer Nampa, ID 07-24-17
    Kindle Customer Nampa, ID 07-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story read by an excellent narrator"

    This story follows several story lines that most all come together by the end of this volume. The people are believable and so is the scenario. There do seem to be a lot of people left over considering the high mortality rate of the virus. Each story line is engaging and distinct, It is easy to determine which story line you are listening to. (not like many others I have listened to that take half the book to figure out who is who) This is a story I will be following to the end.

    As usual Kevin Pierce does an excellent job narrating this kind of story. His voice fits the bill and his character definition is good. Can't wait to hear more.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Amazing"

    Can't wait for the next book to be audible great story line. Character come to life... lovely writing sir

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