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Dark Retreat
Three months after life as she knows it was decimated, Megan Wolford has only one goal: protect her daughter, Caitlin, at any cost. When a mysterious illness strikes Caitlin, Megan is forced to forage for medical supplies at a remote lodge. The last thing she wants is help from her fellow survivors when so many in her life have let her down - but soon she'll find herself with no other option.

Ex-Navy SEAL Wyatt Morris is doing everything he can to hold his family together after the tragic death of his prepper Dad, so when Megan enters their lands, he is mistrustful at first despite feeling drawn to her. He won't turn away an ill child though - no matter how deadly the world has become. But the arrival of another stranger named Kyle soon gives them all a new reason to be suspicious. Wyatt knows he’ll have to forge alliances in order to keep his family safe, but trusting the wrong person could be a deadly mistake. 

When Megan and Wyatt discover her daughter’s illness may be linked to Kyle’s arrival, it sets off a race to discover the truth before it’s too late to save Caitlin - and the rest of the Morris clan. Can they work together for survival...and something more?

Dark Hunt
In the post-apocalyptic aftermath, Megan is settling in with her makeshift family at the safe haven of their lodge, but she remains wary of trusting others. Despite her growing feelings for Wyatt Morris, the leader of the group, she still feels most secure on her own. But when she becomes separated from her beloved daughter Caitlin in a storm, Megan is in danger of losing the one thing keeping her fighting to stay alive. Injured and desperate, she must fight every instinct within her to rely on the others for help when they find evidence that Caitlin has been kidnapped. 

Wyatt is determined to do everything he can to bring her home, and he organizes a search party to visit a set of old adversaries in the guise of traders to try and find the missing girl - but Megan would rather take matters into her own hands. With Megan setting off alone to face unknown enemies, she is more vulnerable than ever. When a mysterious stranger known as the Green Woman appears to be a lead in finding Caitlin, she’ll have to track her down.

Can she put aside her stubborn need for independence and accept help from her newfound community before it’s too late?

Dark Defiance
Strength in numbers can make the difference between life and death - but only the right numbers.

Megan has finally found herself a family she and her young daughter can rely on in terrifying times. Their group is small, but they trust each other with their lives. With a long winter looming, they’ll have to hunker down in the lodge to survive, but there are deadlier threats to their safety than harsh conditions....

©2018 Relay Publishing (P)2018 Relay Publishing

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Not well written

I couldn't finish this book because it was not well written for the genre. The woman spends chapters thinking about how she needs to leave the safe place she s found......after a breakdown in the nation. Sure, a person who is really worried about her 7year old child that has no weapons and apparently no self defense skills thinks; hey, I don't want to be a burden so I really should leave. " This in spite of multiple people in the house beg her to stay.

The main make character is supposed to be an ex navyy seal and he falls in 13 year old love the moment he sees her.

I was seriously bummed about spending almost $20 bucks on this.....

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Really Really Bad

The story is poorly written with no forethought.
one minute they are out of coffee and the next they are sitting around drinking a cup. the lead dude is an ex navy seal who knows nothing about hunting and has no tactical skills. the lead chick is a badass hunter but doesn't know how to use a compass. they kill bad guys and leave their weapons and vehicles. its just a really bad story that could've been good. the lead chick is extremely dumb and makes it hard to keep listening. if it wasnt for a long car ride with nothing else downloaded i would not of finished. kinda like watching sharknato after awhile. its so bad it becomes more enjoyable to look for all the bad mistakes

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • GMJ
  • Michigan
  • 10-28-18

Disconjointed & many, many questionable decisions.

A carnival of folly's (Hey, carnivals can be enjoyable at times too!).

Most of the story is written in a first person perspective of the two lead characters. However, Kaitlyn's "FPS" of her individual trial lasts for only a moment and we are afterward "left in the dark" until either of the first two leads lay eyes on the situation.

There were far too many folly's made in the characters decision making, oversights or just plain forgetfulness. Much of the contents were merely clean up of said. In this regard it was very reminiscent of The Keystone Cops, The Three Stooges or Kids in the Hall. I wanted to like this trio of books, I really did. I gave them my attention until the end ultimately with little redemptive value.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Survival lite.

Whether EMP, nuclear war, virus outbreak, I'm a fan of the survival genre. I'd classify Grace Hamilton's EMP Lodge series as survival lite. Why lite? Mainly because I'm used to the scope of a post apocalyptic series being much broader. When book one starts the EMP incident has already happened some time back and we meet our heroine as she is struggling to find a place to rest with her sick daughter. We don't really learn that much about the event or the time just after the incident as society breaks down. We're given a few snippets, but not a ton of detail. The story is tightly focused. That's not necessary a bad thing, but it does feel quite different from the usual survival books I read/listen to. As enjoyable as the stories were, each of them had issues. I felt the writing could have been a bit tighter. Grace Hamilton crafted some enjoyable tales, but I felt she spent too much time telling us the character's thoughts. Readers/listeners are intelligent, they don't need to hear the same thing over and over again. Heck, we don't really need to be told how the characters are feeling at all. I think most people can figure out how a character is feeling by how they react to the situations they are in. I also found some of the character's (typically the antagonists) actions perplexing. I'd site examples, but I refuse to post spoilers. All that being said, I really did enjoy the stories and hope she continues working on her craft, and if Audible allowed half stars I would have given the story section of the rating a 3.5.

I've listened to his work before and I am more than pleased to say that Andrew Tell does an excellent job with the narration. I will definitely continue to listen to more of his work in the future.

I received a copy of this audio title in exchange for an unbiased review

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Solid Series

Dont let my rating mislead you. This was a really good series. I gave the story a 4 star for two reasons. First I felt the battle seasons had too much emotional aspect there and second I think the book was slow at times and filled with a little too much introspective content. Some is great but too much is just good.

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Megan was to wishywashy all over

there were some good parts but other suck bab to me .thats all I have

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Emp 1-3

I enjoyed the first three books in this series.It was nice to get to know the characters There was a bit of repetition,especially in the mind of Megan..They made some weird decisions,but they probably didnt read as many survival books as I have read.lol Andrew Tell is a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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it's ok

it was ok. the Narrator did a good job. I wish the author Would have look up More into what a Naive seal would know

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 09-25-18

A bit confused, but entertained!

Book one: Dark Retreat, the apocalypse is in full swing and people are in survival mode. Megan and her daughter Kaitlyn are stumbling through the woods looking for help and safety. Kaitlyn has been ill and getting worse, Megan was definitely worried. Fortunately they came upon Wyatt and his family of survivors. We learn much of each of the survivors, what they did before the lights went out and what benefit each brings to the group. Every story must have a villain and this one finds our group while searching for Megan and Kaitlyn. Our villain, Kyle has ill intentions for the pair as the little girl saw something Kyle wishes to keep secret. This first book in the series is full of background and introduction to the many characters.
Book two: Dark Hunt, there are several things that confuse me. I would think people living in that situation would certainly know who and where their neighbors are within a 5-10 mile radius. Also, after settling in the area I’m surprised that they; a.) Have no horse(s) b.) Have no livestock to contribute to their food supply; such as chickens, rabbits, or goats (I spoke too soon, they finally bartered for three goats) and c.) Have no garden (they’re talking about building a greenhouse). Wyatt’s father had made several additions and upgrades to the cabin, laid in a stock of canned and dry goods, and solar panels were mentioned at one point, but the lack of fresh food stores is a definite blunder IMO. A fair portion of book two chronicles the disappearance and search for Kaitlyn. The writing is crisp and interesting; the day-to-day occurrences are documented without being tedious.
Book three: Dark Defiance, introduces the evil renegades or raiders to the act. The barbarism and outright stupidity of some people are truly mind boggling. I have no doubt that the acts portrayed in the story could be realistic in such a setting. We follow our beleaguered survivors as they struggle, plot, and plan to confront and overcome the raiders. 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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Exciting Survival Books!

This is my first encounter with Grace Hamilton and Andrew Tell. I am looking forward to listening to more. I liked how the main focus was a strong woman who knew how to hunt, and wasn't afraid of fighting for what was hers. Hamilton gave a lot of details about how the family had prepped for such a catastrophic event. And also how they continued to prep for the coming winter. Each book was paced very well, with survival, suspense, and excitement. Andrew Tell is an excellent narrator.