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Award Winner in the 2016 Readers Favorite International Book Contest and the 2016 Shelf Media Best Indie Contest

Dylan Townsend stands on the beach watching commercial jets fall out of the sky like oak leaves twirling in the wind. A wing shears off the one closest to the shore just before it splashes down in the sea. Why was she telling him this outlandish story? What sort of tourist agency would offer people a front row seat to the end of the world? More importantly, why would anyone book such a vacation if there wasn't any way home afterward?

"Why would anyone buy a ticket on the Titanic if they knew it was doomed?"

"Relax Dylan," she assures him. "If you know it's going to sink, you could bring a raft."

As she paces in the sand watching the sky, he realizes that however wild her story may be, he loves her. Maybe Izzy is a time travel tour guide after all. In truth, he is more likely to be harmed by her boyfriend than the imminent apocalypse. What's he going to do about that sticky situation?

"Come on," she orders, pulling on his arm. "We need to see a man about a raft."

Disclaimer: This novel contains no profanity, some violence, an office princess in bondage, cowboy coffee, classic cars, love triangles, domestic violence, birthday cake, Lion Country Safari mishaps, beach volleyball, road rage, a prosthetic shotgun, text messages on gum wrappers, and the strong belief that people are a product of their experiences and not just genetically predisposed to mayhem.

Any resemblance to actual historical events or persons alive or dead is purely coincidental.

©2016 C. F. Waller (P)2017 C. F. Waller

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 04-06-18

State of the Art Bang-Bang

I immensely enjoyed this sci-fi time travel tale. It was just lots of fun and for some reason, brought to mind the bobiverse books, if you know what I mean. No similarities in story line but there was definitely a similar feel.

This book had interesting, well-enough-developed characters and a good-enough story line to make me suspend my imagination and enjoy it the whole way through.

I am sure you could imagine a future tourist agency that takes people back in time to witness landmark historic events. You could even imagine some of the events that would be most popular, and I am betting they would not be the feel-good ones, right?

The apocalyptic EVENT in this story is in our future, also. I don't want to give too many details as this book should have NO spoilers in order to be enjoyed to its fullest. That's why I won't say a word about Dickie--oops. We follow Dylan from the age of about 13 to adulthood as the main protagonist. Along the way he meets a host of characters, good and bad, in his attempts to survive the apocalypse. There are great shootem-ups, some romance, lots of drama, time travel, and reality-based outcomes, in other words, don't expect a totally feel-good, touchy-feely ending.

Yup, the first "volume", (chapter, that is), can be a bit confusing, but it still easily grabbed my interest. Have patience and it will all come clear in the end.

The narration was excellent with just a little nitpick from me. The narrator sounded quite a bit older than Dylan for much of the story. Yet his expertise with this narration made it only a tiny bother for me.

4 and a half stars rounded down just a tad.

Enjoy this one--it is definitely worthy of a credit! Trust me.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Thrilling, chilling and excting GREAT listen

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I really liked this audio at first it is a little confusing but the author ties it all in at the end. What a great story about dooms day. The author goes into how the world changes, how long it takes people to turn against each other when they find they have lost everything. The author take today’s world and shifts it back to the 1800 before electricity, before cars. You have a cell phone, a car, heat, air, you have all the things we have today but with one flip of a switch you lose it all. What would you do if you couldn’t get home, maybe you are on a trip but now you find cars, trains, and planes no longer run? This book is about a small town in Texas and the families there taking you through the hardships of today going through the years as one small 13 year old grows up. A kind man comes to town buys up houses throws money around as he helps this family. They talk about strange things, seem to be doing strange things. What could all this be about?

Mr. Bennett’s narration is outstanding as he brings to life the story with strong emotions, confusion, power, control, anger, loss, heartache. You can hear all these in his voice as he builds each character giving us their strengths and weakness. His female and male voices are wonderful you always know who is talking and just what they are feeling. There are no background noises, no volume changes just a very clean clear audio that really pulls you in. If any breaks were taken you cannot tell. What really makes this an outstanding audio is how the narrator really brings it to life, you have no trouble getting lost in his pleasant voice which makes it very easy to picture the scenes in your mind. He really gives character to the characters as he puts his self in their place. Dickie is so sweet and kind with a mental issue after an accident but he is very strong and determined. Mr. Bennett gives the full impact through his voice as your heart goes out to him and later cheer him on. Each character goes through a trying time, the narrator has no trouble showing you exactly what they are feeling. It is a great narration that really pulls you in leaving you laughing and sad at other times.

The author as well as the narrator has put a lot of time and thought into this book/audio. We may set and think about what the future will be like when the end is near. I can promise most of us have not really come close to what the book brings to the table. Who will you save, who will you walk away from and why? How will you keep your home and family safe? How will you get home to your family and what will you have to go through before you get there? What about food, water and so much more. I was very surprised at the detail that was given this story sometimes ia shocking but very believable. But at the same time the author gives you humor that makes you smile or downright laugh which is very well balanced with the sadness, horror, and fear. It is an exciting read with thrills and adventure but can be downright chilling. He gives you very detailed scenes that you picture in your mind as he takes you to a place that we all fear and hope we never see. The characters are very vivid and real as they deal with day to day issues, their fear, needs and issues of the unknown. I really enjoyed getting to know each one and all that they bring to this story. What you are given is a story about time travel as a group comes back to the past, how they change things and the power they have. It is a compelling read that pulls you in from the first page to the last. It was a story I could not put down. I had to know what these people were going through and what would happen next. The ending is wonderful and could be setup for a series. There are places you think oh no this isn’t the way I wanted it to go, but the author twists it around to make it a better ending giving hope for the future. There is romance but it isn’t over bearing it blends well with the story. I totally enjoyed it and this book as one of my favorite reads/listens of the year. If you like time travel, adventure along with a few chills, fears and thrills you do not want to miss this exciting story with a twists that holds your attention leaving you spellbound


6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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time travel with a twist

The blurb was enough to spark my interest. It was quirky enough for me to buy instantly. The style of the blurb reminded me a lot of the style used in ‘Z-Burbia’. To my surprise the disclaimer was very accurate. I felt for certain that it was a joke, but stuff me! It was not… it was spot on. This is one of the stories in which I did not even notice the lack of profanity.

I had never heard of the narrator nor the author before… which is always a bit of a punt for people like me… by that I mean people who don’t have two coins to rub together! I soon found I had no need to worry. Both the story and the narration was great. The narration was a little slow, so I sped it up to 1.25x speed, but the story was so good that I sped the narration up to 1.5x speed. I will still able to understand the narration and not notice the increased speed after a few moments. I certainly would not hesitate in purchasing any title with these two names in them.

The story was unique enough to a genre that has stood the test of time… haha you see what I did there? ‘Time’ it is a ‘time travel’ story. I know I am lame, but who cares. The important thing is I make ‘me’ smile.

The flow of the story was good, always leaving me with just the right amount of tension. Towards the end of the story I was thinking ‘ok there is not much length in terms of listening time. How is this going to end so quickly?’ The story certainly does end with a good solid conclusion. But, I think it is good enough for there to be a second one! I know I would jump on it. I would even pre order it!

For this cheap fatman I am giving this one the fully treatment. Two fat thumbs held high in the air with a big fat smile and a long drawn out ‘heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey’.

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  • Marcus
  • SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States
  • 06-23-18

Simply Amazing

I had the opportunity to request a review copy of this book some time back and declined just because I had so many books on my plate at the time. The idea of the story always stuck with me though, and so I finally decided to plunk down a credit on it.

I'm so glad I did.

Off the bat, things were a little confusing with how we seemed to jump to a whole new character after being introduced to one for a good chunk of time. For anyone feeling that jar, just know that Dylan is the main character, and you can sort of consider the beginning a prologue of sorts.

After that, the book is broken down into acts, starting with Dylan as a kid and working through his life. There are some time jumps, but we always seem to get enough info to understand where Dylan is at that point in his life.

Things kick into high gear once the Apocalypse finally happens and we get to see Dylan try to make his way home in the midst of the chaos, then adjust to life in many different ways. Things come to a head and time travel gets to once again play a part in the story, but not int he way you might assume. I know that all sounds a bit hollow, but I don't want to ruin anything -- just know that this story isn't just "on the road, trying to get home" like most.

While most characters got to be very well fleshed out, I did have a few niggles. First, Dylan's mom has been there since nearly the beginning of the story, and she's apparently a well-liked figure for all parties involved, but CF Waller does nothing to really form an attachment to her with the reader. Heck, we can mostly only assume how much Dylan actually cares. Same goes a bit for Izzy. We get that she loves Dylan wholly, but it's not really clear WHY. Her character isn't developed enough on that front (I actually felt he and Fitz had more chemistry on the road).

While I'm there, Dylan sadly never seems to grow up. He seems to be about as clueless as a kid as he is as an adult later on in the story, and though he's the protagonist, Snape's line from one of the Harry Potter books kept coming to mind: "He's survived through a combination of sheer luck and more talented (and intelligent) friends".

Narration was pretty good, though I did get confused, as mentioned above, with the transition from a female to a male protagonist. The voice was similar enough for me to wonder for a while which would be the main character going forward. Still did a great job though.

All that said, this is still a GREAT story that I'm sure you'll love. I was falling asleep but didn't want to stop listening as the endgame came into focus. Lots of tugging on heart strings here. I would love to see more of these characters, but I think things were wrapped up well enough that a sequel wouldn't do them any justice.

Get it for sure.

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I like it!!!

I took several days to decide whether or not to buy this book and I'm glad I bought it. I love the SHTF books a lot but am kind of getting tired of the cookie-cutter stories. This book is refreshing as it obviously isn't trying to be an almanac of survival facts but more of a sci-fi apocalypse type of story. I loved how the book got more exciting as I listened - I highly recommend listening to this one.

Think of this book as a combination time traveler/apocalypse story with an interesting people angle thrown-in.

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed this! It goes right along with my two favorite genres, time travel & the apocalypse.

It was very original, fun, fast & entertaining!
Great narrator too, he did an amazing job.
I did feel like I missed something at the very end & wonder where the money was coming from....

I highly recommend this books it would be great for adults & older teens too.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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Time travel and the apocalypse? interesting..

This is a great story! lots of twists and turns, and a great ending!
While listening to the story at first, I kept wondering what it was about. it took a bit to get into the apocalypse. But its a very fast paced great book while getting to it.
I was unaware it had anything to do about time travel, and was surprised when the topic came up.
This is my first book ever about time travel, and I was worried that once it was mentioned, I would get lost about the explanation of it. But Thankfully, I wasn't. and its really not about "time jumping". It actually turned in to a great way to explain a lot of things.

This was a great story, and did move quickly. I would of given this 5 stars, but I really could not stand Izzy. though I did try to like her, but I could not understand, or care for her. things are falling part all over the US, and she just didn't have a care in the world. Even though she knew it was going to happen. I would think that with everything going on, the apocalypse, she would not be so carefree.


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


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Tourist of Apocalypse

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


Enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Good character building and good story with a little surprised at the ending.

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  • Reg
  • McKinney, TX
  • 02-02-17

The Apocalypse & Time Travel…What Could Go Wrong?

Dylan meets Graham right before Graham kills Dylan’s mom’s boyfriend. The boyfriend is a jerk and deserves to die so don’t feel sorry for him. Graham takes care of Dylan and his battered mom from then on by employing them both.

Soon after, Dylan meets Izzy and sometime after that, the two of them fall in love. The only problem is that Izzy’s boyfriend is a jealous maniac and her and Graham’s boss. Dylan joins the military to get away from an impossible situation. Izzy tells him not to re-up after 2015 so he doesn’t. When he comes home after being discharged, things at home haven’t changed except now pretty much everyone on his little street is now employed by Graham and building a mysterious facility in the middle of the west Texas desert. Dylan finds he still can’t have Izzy so he leaves again. Graham tells him to come back no later than July 4th. Dylan doesn’t listen and ends up in Florida on a beach when the apocalypse happens. Izzy, who has come to get him to save his stubborn butt, explains what she and Graham and the others have been doing for the last 10 years. Soon, the two are trying to get back to Texas and running into all sorts of trouble.

Don’t expect this to be an everybody dies or a happily ever after story. Life is complicated and so, it turns out, is Dylan. I guessed much about the ending so I wasn’t totally surprised and found it quite satisfying. Of course, I am a sucker for happy endings so had my fingers crossed that everyone would live but, c’mon! it was the apocalypse so, of course, people died!

Loved F. Scott Bennett’s narration. He got it right in all the right ways, as he does in everything I listen to by him.

I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! In exchange for an honest review.

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 02-01-17

Enjoyed this start to finish

I listened to the audio version of this and I am glad that I did. The story of the characters and how they interact over a period of time, and through the 'end of time apocalypse', moving forward into the future and how 'the story ends', was very good. More than a time travel or apocalypse, it was a story of how the characters co-exist. The author does an excellent job of developing the characters and their relationships. We get to see them all grow into who they are supposed to be and why. Scott Bennett does an excellent job of character acting and it was easy to keep each character apart based on who was speaking, which is very important to me. The actual narration is engaging and easy to listen to and follow without getting bored or distracted.
All in all, I enjoyed the story and the listen!

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  • deafmick
  • 07-19-18

100%

This has got to be one of the best audio book out this your scott Bennett is good as all ways

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  • Placid
  • 07-16-18

Very entertaining

This book was offered free of charge in expectation of an honest review.

This book has an interesting concept of a far future where the very rich and very bored can escape by going into the past to experience some event. This event happens to be the explosion of EMP and the destruction of the technical world we exist in.

The story revolves around a young boy who unknowingly becomes involved with the team that has returned and the events in his life as the team prepare for the event and the aftermath of the event.

This story line is very good. The story is a first person narrative of the boy throughout a dozen years and the changes in his life. Well knitted and entertaining. It is a story where you hesitate to put it down even when it is 12 hours long.

The narration is outstanding. The words are well articulated and the multiple voices are well done. Even the voices of people who have trouble speaking.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-31-17

"Don't ask questions you don't want the answers."

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The author takes time to precede the opening chapters of his book to give his audience background information about E.M.P.s, and how just three strategically exploded nuclear devices could put out all of the lights in the U.S.A. He even commends to the reader a Government report about the dangers which was published on the same day as the one which investigated the happenings of 9/11 (and so was overlooked by the press).

And then the story begins...

From the very beginning the listener is drawn into a strange determination of a single female employee of some unknown facility, nuclear based, to blow up the building. All is set in motion but then she waits ... It will be a long time before we meet her again.

The scene changes as we are introduced to a teenaged boy, the main protagonist, named Dylan : and it is his life we follow as he is befriended by newly arrived neighbours with mysterious backgrounds, falls in love and survives the apocalypse. And discovers his neighbour's secrets.
It is a book of several parts, very unusual, mostly quite thrilling and not at all the usual story of total social breakdown found in most other post apocalyptic stories (although, inevitably, there are some such harrowing scenes). Plus, running through most of the book is the simple mystery - what does the person named as the Failsafe actually do?

The character building in Tourists of the Apocalypse is good, excellent in some cases - I especially enjoyed the development of Dicky, one of Dylan's near neighbours who had suffered brain damage as a youth. Yet somehow the people never really seemed to come fully to life, despite the best efforts of the marvellous J.Scott Bennett, whose narration was superb and each voicing individual and distinctive. An air of unreality seemed to hang over the central part of the story, as if the little group of individuals was somehow not part of the aftermath of the devestation. After the intriguing, exciting first hours, I found my attention wavering during this central section, only to be vigorously revived again in the latter part of the book. And the ending was superb.

So nearly a five star - for the originality, the different approaches, a sense of mystery, the absolutely thrilling chases towards the ending of the book, and even for the portrayal of Dylan and Dicky - yet for me it did not gel as seamlessly as a truly five star book should.
That said, it is an exceptionally good listen and my thanks go out to the rights holder who gifted me my copy, via Audiobook Boom. I would certainly recommend it to all post apocalyptic fans.