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Zero Hour Audiobook

Zero Hour: The Blackout Series, Book 2

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Would you have the mindset to survive?

To provide for and defend the ones you love at all costs?

Willing to confront the depravity of man?

This is a true story, it just hasn't happened yet.

Book one of this new post-apocalyptic survival fiction series, 36 Hours, provided the listener a glimpse into the rapid decline of society once word of the catastrophic solar flare racing towards Earth began to spread.

Book two, Zero Hour, continues to follow the obstacles faced by Colton Ryman, his wife, Madison, and their teenage daughter, Alex. In 36 Hours, the Ryman family and the rest of the world was thrust into the darkness of a post-apocalyptic world. A catastrophic solar flare brought with it a blast of solar matter in the form of an EMP, leaving America in darkness.

The Rymans weren't preppers and had no concept of what prepping entails. They applied common sense, logic, and a will to survive to their decision-making as they prepared for the post-apocalyptic world created by the EMP.

The dangers they face are not from the solar flare itself, but from their fellow man. Who can they count on? Who is a threat? The words of Colton Ryman's grandfather repeated in his mind.

Never underestimate the depravity of man!

Note: This book does not contain strong language. It is intended to entertain and inform audiences of all ages, including teen and young adults. Although some scenes depict the realistic threat our nation faces from a devastating solar flare, and the societal collapse which will result in the aftermath, it does not contain graphic scenes typical of other books in the post-apocalyptic genre.

©2016 Bobby Akart Inc. (P)2016 Bobby Akart Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-24-17
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-24-17 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "Is This a Joke??"

    JUST BECAUSE IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, DOESN'T MEAN IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD.
    Akart hits the ground running, with the action. Akart can write and he writes good action scenes. I gave book one four stars for story and five overall thanks to Kevin Pierce's great performance. Pierce continues to give a great performance in this book.

    Robert Heinlein
    It is my understanding that Robert Heinlein wrote STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND to make people think. To make people more open minded. Part of me wonders if Akart is trying to make conservatives see themselves in a different way. You have to be blind to not see the numerous hypocrisies in this story. It seems as if they were put there on purpose. I kept waiting for their to be a epiphany moment in which the main character sees what he is doing is wrong. Instead in the last hour it got even worse. when the main character shows himself to be a total racist. It was not necessary, except the author seemed to want to make a political statement against BLACK LIVES MATTER.

    Hypocrisies
    They are numerous, but let me go with what I remember. This guy is member of a Neighbor Association. He hates it and the liberal bankers, IRA agents and psychiatrists that run it. Anyone who wears a suit is considered an idiot. I have never been rich enough to live in this type of neighborhood, but it is a free country and I am pretty sure he could have lived somewhere that did not have an association. He and his daughter loot the neighborhood and that is okay, but others who also loot are viewed as bad guys. At one point they almost get caught looting by another group of looters. He tells his family we must loot the dead, cause if we don't another family will and than their family will be stronger than ours. His teenager daughter who we are told more than once has nice legs, uses her femininity to steal guns from a neighbor. We are told it is okay, cause the teenage boy gives her the guns, but we all know those guns are not his to give away. She claims she does not like the kid, but even gets in close to his personal space to make him nervous with her female closeness, in order to steal his daddies guns. The daughter kills a man, but lets the man's son take the blame. In book one his wife gets beat up at an atm. In this book the neighbors notice the bruises on her face and they are worried the husband may have beat her. We are told they are just being nosey. Abusive fathers and husbands are all too prevalent in our society and I stronger don't believe we should ignore it and let it continue to happen. It often leads to death. While he claims they are not that concerned or they would have checked on her earlier, he claims he is worried about his elderly neighbor, but waits too long to check on her and by the time he does she is dead. Then he steals from her. I am used to political statements in these books, but this makes anyone with an open mind, especially a Christian to question. Religion is not pushed heavy in this, but we are made to believe in a couple of statements that this is a religious family. They obviously did not read, what are preacher read to us today in church, that Jesus told Peter to take care of his sheep. This family is all about themselves.

    COBRA
    In the last hour I am expecting some explanation for all this when, the real bad guys make an appearance. A group of blacks are going house to house and beating everyone to death and than stealing from them. This is a large group and their reasoning is to get us back for slavery. Black Lives Matter is not mentioned, but it is worded in away that we know what he is talking about. The main white character than gives a speech on how we can all live together. First of all their was no reason the author had to make this group of monsters, all be black unless he wanted to make a statement about blacks. Second, racism does still happen to today, I have witnessed it. A black man has to worry about his life and has less rights and opportunities than whites and if you don't see that your lying to your self. It was terrible what Cobra was doing as written in this book. I had a problem with a white man who knows nothing about being black, making speeches on how we can all get along. The author went out of his way to make this most improbable situation an issue.

    I won't buy another Akart book.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    kanundra 04-15-17
    kanundra 04-15-17 Member Since 2017

    Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!

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    "Scary Story with excellent characters"

    What I really like about this and as a second book is that it's so so real. It may be fiction, but the true facts behind this are scarily real... and it puts you in the heart of a worst case scenario with devastating consequences.

    Bobby Akart brings us characters here that survived the first couple of days, reunited with his family and now is trying to do right by them and the community around them.

    When the world collapses and people become desperate, these events would be more likely to happen in your street. The characters here, really make you want to help them, to route for them and of course for their survival.

    It is again a shorter piece, but the story moves so fast I think it was gone in a blink of an eye and I so wanted more, to see where the Rymans end up, do they even make it out the street So much is going on around them, so many scared and terrified and dying people.

    What I really like about this series and the narrator who does a very excellent job of the story is that as I'm from the UK and essentially not a 'prepper' I have picked up several tips and things that I would need, that would be likely just as important over here as in the US.

    All in all an excellent second book and I'm going on to pick up the next as I thought I saw it floating out there.... :)

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    essie 05-10-17
    essie 05-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Stereotypes abound"

    I like the pace and the science is believable. If you can get past the abundant misogyny, racist stereotypes, and thoroughly predictable characters, you will enjoy this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Stafford, VA 04-05-17
    Amazon Customer Stafford, VA 04-05-17
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    "I am now hooked! I like the premise..."

    I like the characters, it's usually what draws me in, so far so good on to book 3

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 03-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "It's time!!"

    This starts right from the ending of book 1, so we are thrown into it from the start!! It's Zero hour and the Solar storm has hit. The Ryman family were lucky enough to heed the warnings and prepare some bit. Colton got home in time to see that his wife and daughter had managed to get an impressive amount of things in a short space of time. Now that it's Zero Hour, can the community come together to help each other, or is it a case of every man for himself?

    Having loved book 1, I couldn't wait to dive into this and am so happy to say that it's even better than the first. 36 Hours sees them having to scramble to prepare but this one sees the fallout and what they have to do now. This time the family have to try to protect themselves and their home from not only raiders, but neighbours.

    I loved that this also gave us POVs from all the Rymans. We get to see how and what each of them do in any given situation and it really adds to the overall feel of the story. The tension and worry is palpable and makes for such an exciting read. You literally can't put the book down because you need to see what will happen next.

    In all, a brilliant second book and one that will leave you wanting the next one ASAP. It's fast paced, gripping and entertaining. It really makes you think of "what if?" and how quickly things could escalate if something like this did happen!! It's scary. Well written and researched, it's a must read for everyone, whether you like these types of books or not :)

    Kevin Pierce has narrated a lot of Post Apocalyptic books and I do think he does it well. He has a clear, crisp voice and knows how to read the story perfectly. He doesn't change his voice much for a female but more often than not that works better than if he tried to do a falsetto voice! He is easy to listen to and makes the story pop.

    I was voluntarily provided this free copy by the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas J. Olofsson 12-05-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good Stuff"

    I liked it and have just bought the 3rd audiobook.

    There are always little things to pick apart but the story makes up for any of that.

    There is a ring of truth in this book. The new shooters are not always effective. People agonize over shooting bad guys. This is some of the stuff that people involved in real shootings experience.

    Good stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cody C Miller 12-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A simple, young Adult book, pandering to readers"

    Started ok, but so many obvious comments to pander to the far-right politically (references to Drudge Report, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, etc). Language is simple, story is heartfelt but unoriginal. Ending is only set up to sell the next book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 11-14-16
    Gabriel LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 11-14-16 Member Since 2010

    Criminal defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read mostly non-fiction.....history, science, military biography. My quirky side likes Zombie Books? Will also pick up a fiction bestseller once in a while. Favorite movie: Being There

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    "Good carry through from Book 1"

    The author has a good story going here. In my review of Book 1, my main complaint was that it was a little heavy on the politics. Parts of it read like a Tea Party guy complaining about the Democrats. This book backs off the politics to a great extent and is better for it. I plan to follow this series.

    Greatness as always by the Master Narrator, Kevin Pierce

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 11-13-16
    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 11-13-16 Member Since 2009

    word man

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    "Never underestimate the depravity of man!"

    Book two chronicles the Ryman family; Colton, Madison and Alex as they struggle to remain a close-knit family and survive the generated EMP from the huge solar flare. As is usually the case in this genre, your neighbors and other survivors present the biggest danger to you. As Colton’s grandfather said to him, “Never underestimate the depravity of man!” In these disasters people’s reliance on the government for help or assistance is almost always fruitless. The dreaded FEMA camps are more dangerous and filthy than the streets the refugees come from. As Mr. Akart opined, “Their government left them bloodied and mentally broken.” Obviously penned with a right wing bend the story is still good and relays a lot of good information. I look forward to book three when it becomes available.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jay 11-09-16
    Jay 11-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "change is coming"

    I wish we didn't have to think about this stuff but in the modern age this sounds more and more like what I envision things will be like.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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