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Surviving the Fall Box Set

The Complete Surviving the Fall Series, Books 1-12
Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
Series: Surviving the Fall Series , Book 1-12
Length: 29 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (360 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The critically acclaimed Surviving the Fall series, now in one complete edition!

Surviving the Fall is an epic survival/thriller post-apocalyptic series that asks the "what if" question that lurks in the back of everyone's mind.

When a devastating attack cripples and destroys every Internet-connected device in the country, Rick Waters is stranded a thousand miles from his wife, Dianne, and their children. To get back home, he'll have to draw on every survival instinct he has as he's pulled into a web of lies and conspiracy that threaten not just his survival but that of the entire world.

Surviving the Fall is a thrilling post-apocalyptic episodic series that focuses on Rick and Dianne Waters and how they each deal with the apocalypse. Stranded across the country away from his family, Rick must travel from California to Virginia to reunite with his wife and children, all while struggling to comprehend and deal with the horrors along the way.

At home with her three children when she experiences the beginning of the end in a dramatic and deadly fashion, Dianne Waters has experience as a prepper and survivalist, but not even years of training and preparation have readied her for the darkness that comes with the end of the world. Now she must draw upon those skills to protect her loved ones and fight back against those who come against her and her family.

This complete edition of Surviving the Fall features all 12 books in the series, each one full of action, suspense, and drama, as Rick and Dianne struggle to survive the end of days.

©2017, 2018 Mike Kraus (P)2019 Mike Kraus

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This could have been great, but it is not.

I wanted to like this post-apocalyptic series, but it is just not a finished work. I mean it proceeds like something that was written in haste and without any actual experience or research. I made it as far as Rick leaving the company of the Military, then I had to quit. I found that the story just made me mad because I wanted to rewrite nearly every single part of it. Not to mention the abysmal telling by Chris Abernathy, more on that at the end of this review.

The two main characters, Rick and his wife (don’t remember her name because the 3 kids just call her mom), conveniently have just enough experience and knowledge to get by on their own, but their common sense, something one desperately needs to survive in a post- apocalyptic world, is nearly completely missing. If you can listen to the part about going into town for the first time and find it even remotely believable, then you must not know any mom’s or not have kids of your own. It is stupid to put it bluntly.

The story plays out like a video game, the characters have to solve one problem at a time and conveniently find what they need. How Rick manages to traverse across several states and only run into a handful of people is laughable. Are we to believe that 99% of all people just stayed at home, walked single file to a shelter or died? Please.

The parts that really got to me was Rick’s interaction with the Military. There is no part of it that is believable. I was a lower enlisted that spent 90% of my time working at the Brigade and Corps level. I interacted with every rank from 1 Star General down. Officers and enlisted alike don’t act or talk the way they are written in this story. Not only is it infuriating, it is disrespectful.

The entirety of what I listened to, 7 hours and 41 minutes, leads me to believe that Mike Kraus got the itch to write this after watching a bunch of movies and doing a little research online. Good writers write what they know. Writing about topics outside your wheelhouse is risky at best and outright tragic in cases like this.

If I never hear the “name” kiddo again, it will be too soon. How am I to believe that a mom would have only 1 pet name for all of her children. Kiddo is a name you would hear coming from a long lost uncle or acquaintance. So irritating.

Chris Abernathy reads this story like he is getting paid by the minute. He…..is…..so…..frustratingly…..slow. I listened to this at 1.3 the normal speed just to keep from pulling my hair out. And the gravely voice he chose for Rick, the computer nerd, is confusing. Only hard living or screaming will give you a “gargling asphalt” voice.

I wish I could have those hours back.

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bad set up.

the story is missing a lot of elements like segways and poor character background, however the narrator is great as always. a lot of character development needs to be expanded. overall the book series seems rushed.

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author has very little knowledge of subject

the author knows little of nothing about any of the locations or technology used in his book. The entire population of every city seems to have magically disappeared from every city the hero passes through, except the bad guys. it was difficult to make me continue due to the unlikelyhood or every step along the way.

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This author should stick to writing children’s books.

If you are going to write about something you should understand your subject matter. Stick to stories that don’t involve prepping, firearms, fighting,gangs, hiking..... just go write vampire romance.

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HYPOCRITES

What is it with this genre? It's the same premise every time: the husband is stranded far away from his family when SHTF and he must get back to them - because after all, they prepped and so they're better than you. I got to chapter 18 before the wife out and out murdered a guy with her laser and strobe light rifle - because he stood next to her barn with a pea shooter (in his pocket) asking for food. She then rationalized it to herself and to her kid that she HAD to kill that guy, even though all he said was that he was hungry. He was doing exactly what her husband was doing five states away - going around trying to scrounge to stay alive. How ironic that if the husband would have encountered someone just like his own wife - he'd have been shot on sight. But "as Christians," they were blessed because they prepped - and darn it, they deserve to kill hungry people. The thought of sharing food with the hungry man never occurred to the wife - just putting five bullets in his chest. Even stupid novels like this matter because they reinforce the profound hypocrisy and fraudulent righteousness that religious people practice but don't seem to recognize.

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Spellbinding

This series is very very good. Lots of suspense and humanity at its worst. Unfortunately this seems so believable. Great writing and the narrator is the best

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Never Worked So Hard To Try To Like A Book

From now on, I look to see who is narrator before I get a title. Chris Abernathy makes me crazy. I couldn't tell if the story was any good for trying so hard to NOT become irritated with the narration. Monotone mostly, but when he did put a little life in his voice it was in the weirdest places. I really tried to finish this, but realized I was wasting my life and just had to stop.

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Good story but...

Pros: stories plot had great potential. Most of the narration was very good. Cons: The plot had to many weak technical aspects for us geeks who have even a minimal computer and other technical backgrounds. Some of the dialog was just silly for our characters, they made unlikely statements or asked stupid questions. The tactical seens were often illogical given the backgrounds of the people involed. Towards the end of the story i was ready for it to be over. Again, great story potential, I'd like to see a rewrite that removes silly dialog, technical inaccuracies, and improve the tactical details and errors . Also the dialog between books have got to go, they got old real quick, just aren't necessary.

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Gas just dumping from the fuel tank?

I have been a mechanic for many years and have never seen gas just get vented from the tank no such valve

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Author becomes annoying.

Good book not great but the author finds it necessary to tell us about his feeling in writing each and every book. It is not only annoying but 100% not necessary.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-19

A must read

got it thinking it wouldn't be a good read but no o was wrong brilliant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-19

Forgettable

Not terrible, but pretty contrived and predictable in my opinion. I feel there are much better pieces of work available in the genre. That said, one credit for circa 30 hours of listening can't be ignored.

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  • Becci Burrows-Watson
  • 06-09-19

Outstanding plot

Really original story line . The detail around the main characters journey across that states could have been a little more detailed . Good detailed on the IT part of the story lines

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  • Steven hynd
  • 05-19-19

Good read draws you in

loved the story. I have read a few books of this type and cant remember the characters from them. But with this book feel i know the characters very well also the way it builds to a heart thumping finale will have you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Helen Louise Catt
  • 04-25-19

Same old re-hashed story you’ve read before

Such promise. Such disappointment. Good writing style very readable or listenable in my case. But the research is weak on technology and the characters are all either (a) good, pure, honest people that would pay in cash for groceries in the apocalypse or (b) insane, homicidal, motorbike maniacs that kill anyone they see. These authors need to read or get out in the world and experience how real people behave in a crisis. Do they all really believe that most of the US population will turn violent the same day the power goes out? That’s really not what happens. People are so much more complex than that. Sorry for the rant but so many books and the same skewed view on humanity...

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  • Sean Hambridge
  • 04-17-19

Excellent and memorable story from Mike Kraus

Exciting, intelligent and meticulously planned storyline that holds your attention throughout. I highly recommend it.

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  • 07904545016
  • 03-17-19

Excellent story<br />

And never a reality we hope
well told kept on the edge of your seat!

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  • Nat 87
  • 03-11-19

Enjoyable

I enjoyed the storyline and the characters and was pleased this was a 12 book/episode set as individually they would have been a bit short.
The narrators range of voices was not as extensive as I've listened to, but the story always told you who was speaking so it wasn't too difficult. RIck's voice was a little harsh, but I got used to it in the end.