The Aftermath

A Great State, Book 2
Narrated by: Lessa Lamb
Series: A Great State , Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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In The Aftermath, Julie Atwood is settling into a new normal in remote Smoky Flats, along with her son and father. While the US continues spiraling into violence and instability, Julie and her family hone their survival skills as they prepare to endure their first harsh winter in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Joining with others and building new friendships, Julie bolsters Smoky Flats' security, sense of community, and commerce among residents. Together, they protect themselves from outside intruders, mountain lions, and food shortages. 

Meanwhile, back in Oregon, life for Julie's ex-husband, Steve, and his new infant worsens. He falls victim to a crumbling employment sector and housing crisis, and is forced to live in horrendous conditions while working to further a radical liberal agenda. His money and supplies are quickly dwindling, and nearby protests are becoming more violent. Before long, Steve is beholden to a local gang and their demands on him become a matter of life or death. 

Although hundreds of miles apart, Julie and Steve's worlds collide when circumstances become so grim that he is forced to ask for Julie's help to save his daughter's life. Julie is now faced with a dilemma. She must weigh her moral obligation to help an innocent person against putting her own life in danger to do so. 

In this second book of the A Great State trilogy, the everyday realities for those who prepared clash with the realities of those who did not. Lives are lost, and danger and uncertainty creep around every corner. Despite it all, there remains a sense of hope and renewal, and a vision for a future when people and the country can thrive again.

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Loved Book1, Book2 is a swing and a miss

I loved Book1, I also wanted to bash in the head of the scumbag a-hole who perpetrated such evil on the protagonist...what father wouldn't?

But Book2 wasn't a continuation of the protagonist OVERCOMING but more of coping with issues to achieve a relationship with little tid bits action sprinkled in. What was ACCOMPLISHED in this book? Was Madison rescued? Nope. Did Ned succeed at winning the love of his life? Nope. What happened with Ned's ex? Not a clue. All story lines continued until instalment.

How about solving a couple, starting a couple, and wetting our appetite for Book3.

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A different perspective

This is a great series that keeps you entertained while also teaching you some new things along the way. The part that stands out to me the most is having a book series from a female perspective. I am a husband and father to a young girl and this series provides some insight into challenges a female may encounter, which can help me to better prepare my daughter for the world we live in. Keep up the good work and looking forward to the next book.

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A maturing auther

I enjoyed the first installment of this story but struggled a bit with the writing style. I am very pleased to to say that is no longer the issue. Shelby's writing style has matured within one book. This part of the story was engaging and well written. Enjoyed The Aftermath very much. Good job Shelby! Can't wait for the next book.

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Little slow

Good listen tho. Not sure how probable. A good mix of what people would be in this setting.

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Just Awesome, her attention to detail is thrilling..

If your looking for a book that will make you think about if you are prepared or not you found it. This sequel was better then the first book. The characters she has created make you relate to them friends, sister, dad just great details. An absolute emotional roller coaster, pity for victims anger for criminals book 3 let’s Go!!

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Phenomenal

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. An essential for the prepared mind!

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Love this series!

Another excellent entry from Shelby Gallagher! Can't wait for book 3! I love how she brings the characters to life!

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The series just keeps getting better!

This series just keep getting better! This is a must listen to or read story..

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I don’t wan it to end

I am enjoyed this book so much. I looking forward to bing reading them again when the full series is released.

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Loved it!!!

What a GREAT read. Had me addicted from page 1. Anxiously awaiting for book 3 The Rescue 👏🏻 Way to go Shelby!

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