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The Scattered and the Dead saga continues in this short volume featuring four returning point of view characters and two new ones.

Survival. Murder. Snow.

Winter is here. The cold spreads over the land, shriveling and choking out all the plant life. Harsh. Unforgiving. The first winter without electricity will surely claim more human lives as well. The isolation may do more damage than the cold, however. Too much time alone drives people to unthinkable acts.

©2016 Tim McBain & L.T. Vargus (P)2017 Tim McBain & L.T. Vargus

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What a treat!

In the last book I was hoping to hear more of L. T. Vargus. This book was almost all her! Tim McBain does an excellent job as well! I rarely enjoy self narrated books, but these two are great! This series so far is a collection of individual experiences through the apocalypse. Each story has been great. It looks like a few of them may finally start to intertwine. Great book, great narration, 5 stars!!!

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very good writing and excellent pacing

This is the third book in The Scattered and the Dead series. I enjoyed this one as much as the last two. It advances the storylines of several characters. It follows Fiona, Lorraine, Ray and Marissa. There are very brief sections with Baghead and Decker. Ray, Lorraine, Baghead and Decker are all characters from previous books. As with previous books, the timeline is fluid. One section may take place before the event while others take place weeks or months after the event. As you come to know the characters, it is not hard to follow.

Book 0.5 and Book 1.5 are much shorter compared to Book 1. They are not bridge books by any means. Each book is a contribution to the series, just as much as the larger Book 1. As I mentioned in earlier reviews, the universe is unique. The Scattered and the Dead universe is more real. Possibly because it is told from many points view, possibly because the characters are from such different backgrounds and personalities.

One thing I really like is how the authors break the sections up. The narrative switches between the characters. It is not one large section narrated by one character followed by the next big section by another character. Instead, it is a series of very well done cliffhangers for each character. For instance, in one of Ray’s sections, the last sentences are “And then the screaming started again. Somewhere ahead of me.” Just as you are dealing with that you are thrown into Fiona’s latest situation. It really is very good writing and excellent pacing.

The Scattered and the Dead, Book 1.5 is narrated by the authors, Tim McBain and L. T. Vargus. All the books in this series so far have had excellent production values. The clear strong voices of the narrators, who happens to be one of the authors, L. T. Vargus and Tim McBain, do a fantastic job narrating the book. They both have pleasant voices to listen to. Perhaps having authored the book helped in their ability to narrate it so well. They did not seem to be reading it as much as telling it, as one survivor after another shared their with the listener. It makes for a very intimate narration.

I highly recommend The Scattered and the Dead series. If you have not started it yet, now is the perfect time.

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Edge of your seat great!

This was another fantastic book in the series! It was edge of your seat the whole time! The narrators were excellent and I look forward to the next in the series.

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Cerebral and Disturbing

I think my title says it all. This is one of those stories which makes you think, what if.... It follows the same track as the rest, by jumping from pre- to post-event, and goes to some pretty dark places. Usually, authors narrating their own books is not my thing, but I make an exception for a few. These two pass MY muster. They are very talented in all aspects of their fields. I only hope they will also one day voice their other series.

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