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For a brief period after the world changed forever, the self-reliant community of Trout Run Valley managed to avoid conflict. They practiced subsistence, and found safety and security within their numbers. As the post-apocalyptic timeline moved forward, it began to spiral downward. Takers had made their presence known, and their malevolent intentions clear, transforming the once benign community into a violent battleground.

In What's Left of My World, a precarious surprise attack had left the community in a state of repair and reevaluation. Even now as the community rebuilds and continues their livelihood, a new, more sinister enemy is lying in wait, and it poses a threat more dangerous than anything the community has encountered before.

A fight is coming to Trout Run Valley, and every person living there knows it. Previous encounters with their new enemy had foretold the tale. Before the collapse, Lauren Russell had learned many skills necessary to fight and to survive. Her father had made certain that she'd been trained to be a warrior. In This We Will Defend, in order to preserve her way of life, along with the lives of everyone she knows and loves, she will have to become one.

©2017 C.A. Rudolph (P)2017 C.A. Rudolph

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Totally Enjoyable and educational too

The second helping of Lauren and company leaves you yearning for more. I loved the first installment and loved this one too. I know I'm going to tune up the iPod for a second listen. Narrated by the best voice around, Kevin Pierce does his job to perfection! The language is a bit tough at times, but then so are the characters.

I really enjoyed how the story gives a hint of history of the characters in bits. You really have to pay attention to catch Sasha and others. The beginning at the end is intriguing as well.

The story is one that could easily play out in "real life" and just may someday sooner than we want to think. There's good tips to be gleaned.

Anxiously awaiting book 3!

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 01-26-18

A Story of Growth

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For the first part of the book I had a hard time figuring out who was who and trying to remember who these people were and why I cared about them (sometimes it’s hard to know if you should put a “previously in ___” in books like these. Depending on how long it’s been since people read book 1 to book 2 it can be troublesome. But, after I got into the book and figured out who was returning and who was new the story picked up the pace for me.

Rudolph is a great storyteller and this story was a breeze to read even being a lot longer than the typical post-apocalyptic fiction I read. He was able to switch between stories without causing much confusion. And he is able to make you care about these fictional characters in a way that other authors should envy.

I like to try and write out about the different characters when I can but there were too many to list here, but know that Lauren and her growth as a person and a character is central to this story. Thankfully, she’s easily one of my favorite characters in any story, so that made this book really enjoyable for me.

Overall, This We Will Defend was a good story with a little more meat on its bones than the last book. I would bet that more people are happy about the longer runtime (or book size) at the end of this since Rudolph is able to really fill this book with character growth and a good story arc.

Kevin Pierce, as always, does a wonderful job on the narration and brings life to these characters. Male or female — listening to Pierce’s narration of the world ending just has the perfect ring.

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

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Great continuation of a good storyline

I thought book 1 of the series was a good read and couldn't wait for the follow up. Well, book 2 didn't disappoint! Enjoyed some of the twists brought out in this book and the storyline through both books is well thought out and entertaining. Looking forward to other works from C.A. Rudolph. I also hope the collaboration with Kevin Pierce is continued. His reading of this series as well as others is on point time and time again. Highly recommend this series to others.

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  • Bluewave
  • poth, TX, United States
  • 08-17-17

I wish this had been better organized

I love the book and the directions it goes. This story jumped around to before, during and after the first book and kept throwing me off. People were introduced at such a pace I gave up on figuring it out. I'll listen to the next one for sure and will be giving the feed back to chad.

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Pretty Good Book

I'd recommend it but it does suffer some from what seems to be the author's desire to simply make a longer book. There are whole chapters that deal with some emotional, drawn out conversation between two characters that could've been covered in maybe two paragraphs.

Then there's the odd inclusion of the woman preacher putting her blessing on homosexuality. Not sure why that was even thrown in there unless it's purely some personal thing the author felt she needed to put in there.

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  • KS
  • 06-13-18

Masterful storytelling

This second book in C.A. Rudolph’s What’s Left of my World series is even better than the first. I love seeing Lauren become the person she was meant to be, while learning more backstory, through flashbacks, of how she became prepared for an event such as this. The author does a masterful job weaving the story, with various subplots and a few flashbacks all coming together in an excellent book. While the main focus is on Lauren and her community, we are also introduced to other characters who impact the story. If you pay attention, you will notice some “hidden” connections, and gain even more of an appreciation of C.A. Rudolph’s creativity and planning. Full of action and drama, which Kevin Pierce does a great job narrating, I finished the Audible in a day because I couldn’t put it down. While action-packed, there are events and conversations that tugged at my heart strings, and realistic emotions and cadence are interjected through Kevin’s performance. I definitely recommend this series, book, author and narrator.

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if you like rape and sexual stuff this is for you.

I was just looking for a pg13 post-apocalyptic story, felt more like x-rated story at times. There is scaring people into the reality of the situation, than there is a point where it becomes the whole story line.... I figuring the next book will become more of a sex slave book now. just sad that the author felt they have to spend so much time on that stuff.

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  • Nathan
  • Spanish Fork, UT
  • 05-02-18

Poor character development

I had a hard time following and caring about the characters except for some of the flashbacks. Poor character development.

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good series

awesome but I liked book 1 more at this point. onward to book three. the beginning of 2 was a bit slow for me.

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Good book

Post EMP survivalist story, Great reader, good story. If you like books in the survivalist nature of a post EMP world then this one will be enjoyable.