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When the world ends on Halloween night, Jaz, a retired US Marine, thinks it's all over. His friends, his family.... They're all gone. He's alone and on the run.

On his desperate dash to the desolation of North Dakota, as far away from the slaughterhouses of the cities as he can get, he encounters Jennifer, a waitress hiding in her dad's roadside diner.

While they come to terms with the fact they may be the last two people alive, they discover there is something more sinister at work, and Jaz and Jennifer realize the attack was just the beginning.

©2017 CJ Rutherford (P)2018 Colin Rutherford

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Treaters was a treat!

Great post-apocalyptic book! Almost biblically apocalyptic! I couldn't put this book down! The end of the world came on Halloween night! Instead of the typical zombie story, the Treaters are demonic beings that want to rid the planet of life. Jaz, a retired Marine, and Jennifer, a waitress, and Tray, the dog, set off to find a safe place to live out the end of days. As with any great post-apocalyptic story, the dog plays a very important part. There is no better companion to have that would do anything to protect it's human! There's a bit of romance in the story between Jaz and Jennifer, but nothing inappropriate for a younger reader. I won't ruin the ending, but it was a twist I didn't see coming! I can't wait for book 2! This is the second series I've enjoyed by CJ Ruherford. Great author with a great imagination. Michael and Kelly Ables are new to me. I really enjoyed their narration, especially Michael. He expresses the emotions beautifully!

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Superb!

Absolutely loved this book! There were a few times I almost put it down, because of something awful about to happen, but I'm awfully glad I finished it. It's a very skin-of-the-teeth pageturner. I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Heather
  • ABERDEEN, MD, United States
  • 01-30-18

Keeps your attention!!!

Keeps your attention from the start!! Different take on the end of the world story. Narrator a little different from what I’m used to but he was very good!!

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Fantastic!!

It's the end of the world as they know it , so Jennifer, Jaz, and Trey are thrown together as they try to understand what has happened and how to continue to survive.

I loved this book so much. It is a fast paced scifi thriller with lots of humor and pop culture references. The characters were well developed and worthy of the exciting journey. The story has twist and turns with surprises. I am purposely trying not to give specific information as the less you know, the more I think you will enjoy this book. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Seriously stop reading this review, and start reading Treaters! You will not regret it. This book engages the reader and leaves you wanting more. I am excited to read what happens next.

I should mention that I listened to the audio book. The narrators were perfect.

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Not exactly what I was expecting!

Well, to be fair for some reason I thought this was a Dragon story. That said I really did appreciate the story. Interesting start to this one. Even better ending! Very glad I took the time to listen.

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All hell breaks loose

Treaters is an end of the world novel that makes you happy the gates of hell haven't opened. Survival horror is a new genre for me, and I like it. I have long been into apocalyptic stories and settings, but I really enjoyed the horror aspect a lot.

This is only the first book in what looks to be either a trilogy or a series. And it centers on two survivors who make their way with a lovable pooch, finding love in hope in the darkest of places. I know Rutherford is a newer writer, but he never comes across like a novice. Go read his Neverwar trilogy and see what I mean. Treaters is a descent into despair and terror as you try to survive in a world populated by demons out for your heart, blood, and soul. Jaz and Jennifer are likable characters, and you will feel everything that they feel as they make their way in the world.

The book does end on one heck of a cliffhanger, but then, this is a series so no worries. My only issue, and it is a small one is the flipping of narration. I really prefer just one person to do a book, and they can do all the voices from each gender. Having two narrators distracted me a little at first, but I got used to it. The Ables do work well together, and they are seamless in the transitions.

Treaters really looks to be a great start to an exciting series. I cannot wait for the next one to come out so that I can find out what happened after the end of this book!!!

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Amazing story and narrations! Can hardly wait for next book!

Treaters was an amazing apocalyptic tale written by CJ Rutherford and outstandingly narrated by Michael and Kelly Ables. It was unlike anything I've read before.

Michael did a wonderful job of narrating Jaz's portion of the story and Kelly was terrific at recounting Jennifer's part. They each gave the characters voices a naturalness. The emotions they depicted came across as real whether it was being playful, hurt, loving, etc.

Cj Rutherford did a marvelous job of developing his characters. Jaz, Jennifer, and even the dog, Tray were characters you come to love and badly want them to survive this horrific ordeal they are having to live through. I laughed and cried with them. I was terrified with and for them. I mourned with them. I can hardly bear to wait for the next book in this series.

The pros in this story are well developed characters, good descriptions of surroundings and events, and believability within the parameters of the story.

The con in this audible book was there was a duplication error of a couple of the chapters in the copy Audible downloaded me, but I just used the chapter button to bypass until I got the story back on track. I compared with an ebook copy and story is complete just with a repeat of, I think, a 2 chapter section. When I finished listening, I was so wowed by the ending I temporarily forgot the repetition issue until I was writing my review. The only issue I have with the story is I would prefer less profanity particularly of the f bombs that often plague it. I do understand that in real life certain events do seem to elicit some profanity (I have been guilty of it myself) but I do find f bombs particularly distasteful.

I was gifted this audible copy through a giveaway I won but as I thoroughly enjoyed it I am voluntarily reviewing it. Thanks go to CJ for this amazing story and Michael and Kelly for their wonderful narrations.

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Mother always said to eat your vegetables before dessert, so I'll start with the vegetables.

Vegetables: This is not a post-apocalyptic dystopian book. It's a romance/soft-core erotica book with a post-apocalyptic backdrop. The story starts out well enough, like a bacon-wrapped brussel sprout. First bite, mmm, salty bacon, monster-shooting, flesh rending goodness. But then you reach the romantic, mid-life crisis, barely-legal sexual fantasy brussel sprout. My first instinct is to spit it out, but I can still taste the bacon, so I keep on chewing. Maybe it's just my reality, but I think the last thing a girl wants for her high-school graduation present is some 40 year-old man riding her like Hidalgo across the apocolyptic plains for hours on end. It's so bad, they stop at the girl's parent's house where they were slaughtered and were like, "This is so sad! Want to do it on my old bed?" Not only that, but they sleep in late (who doesn't need that post-coidal nap) and damn near get killed because of it! But at least they learn their lesson. Just kidding! No they don't. I assume big daddy marine is popping Cealis like tic tacs because these two can't go more than hour without stopping for a quicky or three. After the first two chapters, the story breaks down into a lot of romance narrative until the last 1/3 of the story. Now we get to eat dessert!

Dessert: The story is well-written and well-narrated. The underlying story is quite good, and the ending promises an even better sequel. Better for romantically handicapped people like me anyway. It's good enough that I'm still giving it 4 stars because I don't believe in docking a book or author because they failed to pander to my particular interests. That's not how you're supposed to review something. You look at the quality of writing: Very good. Actual story: Good. Narrating: Very good. I would have liked to have heard the the narrators speaking the lines of their characters themselves regardless of the current POV. I think that would have made it even better.

Final Synopsis: If you like sex and romance in your story, then I think you'll like this. If you just want gun-blazing survival fest, maybe take a pass, maybe. I think it still might be worth listening to to get to book 2.