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The Rift

Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
Length: 30 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fast-paced and terrifyingly real, The Rift is a blockbuster novel of destruction, heroism, and survival that is sure to grab fans of recent disaster movies.

It starts with the dogs. They won’t stop barking. And then the earth shrugs - 8.9 on the Richter scale. It’s the world’s biggest earthquake since Lisbon in 1755, and it doesn’t hit California or Japan or Mexico, but New Madrid, Missouri, a sleepy town on the Mississippi River. Seismologists had predicted the scope of the disaster - but no one listened.

For hundreds of miles around, dams burst, engulfing entire counties in tidal waves of mud and debris. Cities collapse into piles of brick and shards of glass. Hospitals and schools crumble. Bridges twist and snap, spilling rush-hour traffic into rivers already swollen with bodies. Within minutes, there is nothing but chaos and ruin from St. Louis to Vicksburg, from Kansas City to Louisville. Every bridge down, every highway torn, every house gone.

America’s heartland has fallen into the nightmare known as the Rift, a fault line in the earth that wrenchingly exposes the fractures in American society itself. As a strange white mist smelling of sulfur rises from the crevassed ground, the real terror begins for the survivors, who will soon envy the dead, including: 

  • Jason Adams, a teenager separated from his mother; 
  • Nick Ruford, an African-American engineer searching for his estranged daughter; 
  • Noble Frankland, the television preacher whose visions of hell have become all too real; 
  • Larry Hallock, a technician working frantically to prevent a nuclear meltdown at his power station; 
  • And Omar Paxton, a sheriff and Ku Klux Klansman who seeks racial vengeance in the turmoil of disaster.

Walter J. Williams has created a modern American disaster saga, a story based on terrifying fact, filled with non-stop action, peopled with characters who are heartbreakingly real. Witnessing authentic heroes surfacing in the unlikeliest places, you will share their horror, feel their despair, and triumph with them in their struggle to survive. One thing you will know for sure: It can happen here. And sooner or later, it will.

©2013 Walter Jon Williams (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Unexpected great book

I tried this book based on readers recommendations. Do you ever have one of those experiences where you are reading a book and something happens in real life that makes the book even more believable- that’s this book.
I started it right before the recent earthquake hit in California.
Excellent character development and a story that continues to draw you in and root for the good guys!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ethosian
  • Earthquake Zone, California
  • 06-06-19

Best of the best in post-Apocalyptic Fiction

I've been a fan of apocalyptic fiction for several years, but this one really stands head and shoulders above many greats in that genre. The story is very believable, full of tension and conflict, yet founded on the struggles of ordinary people trying to survive in a terrible situation.

What would happen along the Mississippi River if there were a repeat of the magnitude 8-plus earthquake that shook that region in 1811 and 1812? The action in the story is interspersed with first-person accounts from the 1811 earthquake, which lends credibility to the author's imaginings about what would happen in today's world.

Great narration gives distinct voices to all the characters making the story very easy to listen to and follow.

If you like post-apocalyptic fiction, this one is a sure bet.

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Not for me! Too slow and boring.

I normally LOVE end of the world, dystopian, EMP, zombies... everything. The was so PAINFULLY slow, I couldn't even justify it playing in the background as I worked as white noise. I want to like this story because the premise is interesting but I can't ever see myself listening to this slow, soft voiced narrator for 30+ hours. Pretty disappointed because I would've loved a longer audiobook,

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  • 07-22-19

way to slow

way to much back story, hours of never getting to it
I stopped. reader was good

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This book is awful

I cannot listen to this book anymore I've made it only 6 chapters and it is just Mine numbing no point behind the story

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Awful

I kept waiting for it to get better, but it didnt. I really wanted it to.

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All over the place!!

It was like I was listening to 12 different books at once...as a whole it made no sense...Nick and Jason’s story was pretty good...Jessica’s story was ok...Omar’s story ok...but the first 5-7 hours of this book...I was like did they mix up the audio tapes or something? The stupid journal readings...the president talking to his aids...had me wishing an earthquake would swallow up this audio book! The narrator was awesome and he was what kept hanging on.

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Racist

It started out ok but then took a sharp turn deep into racism and I could not take it.

Yes everyone is allowed their beliefs and feelings I just was not ready for it in a modern book

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