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Publisher's Summary

The Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf Coast States of the United States have been decimated in a germ-warfare attack. Air Force One is down; infrastructure has failed; and enemies of the United States are after the president. 

Ella Strong and a group of survivors are thrust into a chaotic world of compromised infrastructure and unforeseen complications. They will have to fight traitorous villains, even those who have sworn their allegiance to protect the president.

They will have to stand their ground to survive. But do they?

©2018 Deane Gremmel (P)2018 Deane Gremmel

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Good start.

America is hit with germ warfare and millions die. Ella Strong is one of the survivours, and along with her sister and some others she meets along the way, she sets out to get to her uncles farm, a safe haven for her and her sister.

I enjoyed this for the most part, but there were a few things I struggled with. I found parts of the plot to be.... hard to believe. Some of them are spoilers so I won't discuss them here but one part was where one of the secret service men put on a gas mask and runs away from Air Force One. The plane takes off and then crashes. Maybe I'm wrong, but I would think that if that happened, the other SS would be worried and double check the plane. There were other things I just found hard to believe which stopped me from totally loving it.

I liked Ella, she was well written and developed and easy to connect with. I liked that we get to see her when she's older! She is telling this story to a reporter so we get a back and forth timeline. The rest of the characters were well written too, which is the main reason I kept reading.

In all, this was a good start, and I am eager to read the next one to see what happens!

Becket Royce read this well. She was clear and easy to listen to and gave a good performance. The only thing was that her tones for some characters were very similar and it was easy to lose track of who was talking.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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A good read

This is a well crafted story with a good variety of characters that will entertain most listeners.


A good performance by the Narrator makes the Audio Book an entertaining experience.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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stand your ground

Descent read. Was it over the top as in the description? Not so much but the story line was good. Will probably pick up the next in the series.

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So-So For Me

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of Stand Your Ground, by Chris Pike and narrated by Becket Royce. The book started out okay. Character development was fair; the plot was slightly different and interesting. It just didn’t grab my attention like other books in this genre. This may be because of me being too critical of the actions of the characters. It wasn’t a bad story, just not a great story in my opinion. It is the first time I have listened to a narration by Becket Royce and she did a very good job with reading the story.

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A creative SHTF novel with a twist...

Chris Pike did an amazing job, the details in character and storyline development are fantastic. The development of creatures caused by a reaction from the attack, adds another edge of creativity. I'll be honest and say that this novel didn't grab me as much as his previous series (which I'm a huge fan of), but I'm still interested to see where it goes from here.

Becket Royce did a great job in her performance, I think she did an excellent portrayal of the characters and really brought them to life.

*This audiobook was provided to me at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

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A Good read / listen

Stand Your Ground: American Strong Series.. I know it's the first of a series and biuld up can be everything But I found the book to be slow and by the end I felt as if nothing had happened (there was action) but the style of writing made it seem longwinded. I'm really torn about this series - I think I'll read book 2 in the hopes that it develops.

Becket Royce's performance is outstanding by her efforts I was able to finish the book, listening to her narration was like sitting there listening to Ella so believable.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • KD
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  • 11-01-18

Skeptical at first

one look at the cover and i was ready to not pick it up. It has this generic picture of an eagle and a flag. But once the story kicks in and plot gets going the story is really engaging. Just wish the cover wasn't so bad.

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I just love this genre

No matter how many ways I listen to/read about an apocalypse, I still absorb something new. The is a very fine book and looks like a great series. I highly recommend this series. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 10-19-18

Decent intro to a new series!

High-octane and pulse-pounding? Maybe not. It’s not a bad story, but it’s nothing to get all excited about. Stand Your Ground is an average survival tale, but there’s not a lot of information on who or why or certainly not how the virus or whatever it is spread so far so quickly. Ella Strong is a decent character with enough background that you get to know her fairly well. Narration by Becket Royce is excellent and she is one of my favorite female narrators. I assume this is the intro to a series, but there is nothing further available. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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Unfinished, but no cliffhanger

This is another unfinished story. It doesn't end in a cliffhanger, exactly, but it's obvious there's more to the story. It's typical post-apocalyptic suspense, some parts more believable than others. The characters are fairly well developed, but rather flat.

Becket Royce delivers an outstanding performance. I hope to have the opportunity to review future books in this series.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.