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Publisher's Summary

The first four novels of The Day After Never series. 

They said it couldn't happen...

...the day would never come.

They were wrong.

The apocalypse was five years ago. Little has changed. There isn't any law, but there used to be. Back then, Lucas Shaw had been a Texas lawman. Now he's just trying to survive. 

In a kill-or-be-killed wasteland, death is always around. Will today be his last?

When a young woman enters his life, he must make an impossible decision: help her in a battle against an adversary who'll stop at nothing or keep himself alive. Which will he choose?

A highly acclaimed post-apocalyptic series from The New York Times and USA Today best-selling author at a special bundle price. 

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©2016-2018 Russell Blake (P)2018 Russell Blake

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Fantastic!

As a big fan of the genre, I was a little apprehensive at the beginning, as the story is set 5 years after the collapse. However after a quick set up of the situation, I was hooked. It has a great story line, and perfect use of imagery throughout. And the narration by John David Farrell is second to none. It’s hard to press pause on this audiobook! I will definitely be reading more by Russell Blake!

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Post-Apocalyptic Tale with a Western Flavor

I really liked how the tale unfolded just like the old westerns, with the lone gunman rescuing the damsel in distress. And it only got better from there with gun battles and good versus evil interactions throughout the four novels. The only thorn in my side while reading this was the continual betrayal of the primary female character as one who constantly fails to learn how to act in this post-apocalyptic world. I get why she might start out as impetuous and ignorant of how to behave when in dangerous situations. But after a while any normal person, male or female would have adopted different behaviors so as to ensure their continued survival and to prevent the need to continually be saved/protected by the big handsome male protagonist. The failure of the author to show growth in this female character throughout the 4 novels, shows a lack of understanding of women and their ability to cope in tough situations. Mr. Blake may want to study up on the role of women in the Resistance movements in WWII Europe or the Russian women of that same war and how they were even fiercer fighters than their male counterparts.

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Not that good

Look, I don’t much care for the narrator. But the story just wasn’t that good. Predictable. Also the entire last book seemed like a rushed conclusion written as an afterthought. It was good enough to listen to, and I won’t ask for a refund. But barely.

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Nice and Smooth

This is a nice and Smooth story line good book to listen to. I can't wait to continue the story l.

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Shoot em up male fantasy - argh

I kept waiting for it to get better, but after 14 hours, realized the non-stop fighting was just going to continue. Hard to follow along with all the gun battles. Boring. If I was young and a male this might be appealing. As I am not...blech.

Also skipped the chapter on detailed torture and murder, including children. Learned nothing that might aid survival in the future.

The length over 32.5 hours a bargain.

I stopped listening half way through, in a middle of a gun battle, naturally. It was not ever going to get better.

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I really, really tried to like this book

Maybe I have become spoiled with writers like Mark Tufo, Peter Meredith, Chris Philbrook, etc... I just cannot continue listening to this book. Some of the oversights in this book are just careless, and the author shouldn't have attempted to write about it without better background research.

Here are a couple of examples: Woman running away from the man that rescued her (can we say STUPID?) on a mare with a 5 year old girl behind her. Man catches up with woman/child and argues with her about the danger she is putting herself and the child in, when they spot the bad guys coming. Man takes off galloping his stallion to find a place to hide. Woman takes off behind him, pushing the mare to her galloping limits.... with the 5 year old girl riding behind her.

If anyone has ever ridden double on a galloping horse, they will know that riding behind another person is very difficult even for an adult. I cannot see a situation in which a 5 year old child could possibly ride behind the saddle (or even in the saddle behind the rider) when a horse was at full gallop. If it was done, I would think there would be much dialogue about how the child almost fell off, how she couldn't keep a purchase on the woman/saddle/etc... If the author had said the child was in front of the rider, I could might consider it plausible if the rider had enough upper body strength to hold the child while the horse galloped.

The other example: Woman and man dismount from their furious ride to the cover of rocks. Man leaves the 5 year old child with the stallion and mare. He instructs the child to "get on the stallion and ride away" if strangers come around. I am a 5'3" grown woman that would probably find it challenging to mount that stallion, unless he was really short (and the story gave no indication of that). This is a 5 year old child. She would be lucky to even reach the stirrups, much less gain enough leverage to climb up them and clamber into the saddle. Where are the reins tied? In a tree/bush. Could the child reach the reins, throw them over the stallion's neck, clamber into the saddle and then take off like the wind? Probably not.

There were many other reasons I decided to quit this book. I really wanted to like it, because 32 hours for a single credit is a steal. But my OCD about details has reached its limit.

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Weak storyline and less than believable characters.

I couldn’t get into the story. Mediocre at best.
Weak character development and lack of knowledge of the weapons used. Good guys have AR-15s and bad guys have AK-47s. And the author has a total lack of knowledge of how things work. For example. Almost all fuel is bad after 5 years and tires on vehicles have all but disintegrated For the most part. I love post apocalyptic stories however this one seems amateur at best. I would pass on this one.

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Not bad for a bundle deal

Not my favorite series, the narrator was a little lack luster in the voices and emotion. A few too many impossible situations that ended up turning out ok. Otherwise a good listen.

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Enjoyable read

Different from most of the 'end times/survivalist' type stories and I thoroughly enjoyed the change.

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Really liked it.

Non-stop action ...more "big picture" would have been nice. Would love to see this one continued.

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Loved it

I love detail and lengthy books, this did not disappoint. My favourite genre. I would put in top 10, behind the likes of the passage by just Cronin.

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