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Publisher's Summary

Mason Loss was a single father separated from his seven-year-old daughter, Lydia Nicole, when the United States was suddenly devastated by several massive coordinated EMP attacks.

Having sustained life-threatening injuries in his search for her, he awakens from a two-year coma to find that the world is not the way he left it. To make the situation worse, Yellowstone has erupted and expelled an ancient microscopic organism that threatens the course of human survival.

Now, Mason must traverse the ashy suburban landscape in search of his now nine-year-old daughter. Along the way, he discovers a far more terrifying enemy than humankind can safely manage.

©2017 Leslie D. Hogan (P)2018 L. Douglas Hogan

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A story for Trumpland

Would you listen to No Light Beyond again? Why?

No once is enough.

What other book might you compare No Light Beyond to and why?

No other it is unique nothing can compare to the dark nature of the story.

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

She amplifies the emotion of the various charactors.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

N/A

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Scattered and Erratic Effort

The start of this book feels like I wandered into a sequel and was getting a summary of book one. I had to double check that there wasn't a prior book. The writing is choppy and full of clichéd statements, and the plot line jumps around in fits and starts with detail in some places and then a summarization in others. The characters don't necessarily act in ways that I would think someone would act two years into a collapse situation. There areto many convenient plot twists that don't add to the realism of the book. Having an EMP, Yellowstone blowing and zombies is a bit of overkill as well. There may be a sequel to this book, but I won't bother.
The narrator isn't particularly effective either and struggles with the choppy writing and plot. Using a female voice for primarily male characters is distracting and not a good foray into audiobooks.
I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Meh

I had high hopes for this one. The idea of the story sounded great. But the execution was poor. The story jumps around so much it’s jarring and hard to follow. The characters are unrealistic imo. The narration was only ok, which didn’t help.

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

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  • TU
  • 04-13-18

pretty good for what it was

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily
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This wasn't the best written zombie apocalypse novels I've ever listened to, but it was still quite good. I thought it was well narrated and very entertaining. I'd certainly be interested in more from this duo.

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very interesting listen

the book was very interesting and very well written I liked it quite much the characters were very well described and the story itself was interesting
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Interesting twist on today's EMP stories.

It's a matter of debate what the real world consequences might be of an EMP attack on the U.S., but in No Light Beyond, detonation of the manmade weapon triggers an additional disaster, one originating from within the planet itself. It is through the resulting destruction that devoted father Mason must set forth to  search for his kidnapped daughter, Lydia.

Serving only to complicate an already dangerous and fragile existence, roving gangs of thieves and cannibals consistently thwart Mason's efforts to locate Lydia. But Mason will find an angel in this hell who will reinvigorate his resolve to destroy all the evil beings that stand between him and his daughter... that is, if Mason can keep ahold of the fraying threads of his sanity -- and his humanity.

Several mispronounciations were sprinkled throughout the narration, but they didn't affect my understanding. Also, parts of sentences were repeated on a couple of occasions, as if they were missed during the audio editing process. Otherwise, Chelsea Stephens gives a good performance. Overall, this was a pretty good book, and offered an interesting twist on today's popular EMP stories.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge. My review is unbiased and the opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

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not good

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

I'll be honest, I didn't like this book. After reading the summary I had high hopes for an original story. There was so much potential but it fell flat. The narration should have been male also in my opinion.

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  • DKM
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  • 03-30-18

I like the different approach

So many of these books fall into the same formula. I enjoy this genre so I have accepted that.

No light beyond is a big step above the norm. The hero has a real purpose. He lost his daughter when the world fell apart. Now he is on a mission to find her. His singular focus is interrupted by his need for support, so he finds himself helping others along the way.

If things were not bad enough with thugs and warlords running the streets, an ancient virus has returned that brings the dead back to life. These are much better than your typical zombies. These are fast, feral, bullet soaking monsters.

Chelsea Stephens narration was excellent and I hope this story continues.


I received a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review. Have a great day.

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A new story from a great author!

I thoroughly enjoyed this outing by Mr. Hogan
This story ends leaving you wanting more.
I just started listening to Audible books as my actual “reading” time has been cut into.
This one is one that you can still actually picture what is happening in your head just as I do while actually reading.
Give this one a try, I do not believe you will be disappointed.

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  • Genaro
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  • 03-26-18

Nice story

Great story had me on edge at times. Good ending very enjoyable. Check it out

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  • Nat 87
  • 03-22-18

Interesting idea

I liked the story with it's mix of post apocalyptic, dystopian and zompoc. It had several stories within stories, which made it an interesting listen, however I found the narration a difficult listen. There were several errors where lines were repeated and it just didn't flow with the narrator trying to create too many character voices, especially the "journal writing voice" which was in my opinion just uncomfortable.