Once Upon an Apocalypse

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 396 ratings

The Journey Home: Revised Edition Publisher's Summary

The day is like any other day until it becomes The Day. At 4:05 pm the United States is attacked with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon. A 20-megaton nuclear warhead is detonated high in the atmosphere above Kansas, blanketing most of the contiguous United States and parts of Canada and Mexico with an electromagnetic pulse that damages nearly all microprocessors and electronic controls beyond repair. Nearly every system that depends on computers and electronics has ceased to work. The electrical grid goes down. The water system goes down. The sewer system goes down. The phone system goes down. The cellular system goes down. Cars stop. Tractors stop. Radio and TV stations go dark. The Internet is no more. No more ambulance services. No more emergency services. No more government services. No more 911. In the twinkle of an eye, America is sent back deep into the 19th century.

Jill Barnes, a single mom, finds herself stranded on the side of Interstate 459 near Birmingham, Alabama. Jack Chance, a bank vice president, is stranded on Interstate 85 near Montgomery, Alabama. John Carter, a contractor, finds himself stranded near Leeds, Alabama. Each has a different mind-set and level of preparedness. Follow them as they make their decisions and journey home to Clarke County in rural Southwest Alabama.

Author's note: This is a new performance of the revised version of book one. It has been revised to reflect a first-person point of view for each chapter's main character. Take note of which character leads in the chapter title.

This is not a book on religion or religious ideology; however, two of the main characters are Christian. They pray often and acknowledge God's influence upon the events taking place. If you find praying, acknowledging God, or seeing Jesus' name used in a positive context offensive, then I suggest you do not listen to this book.

©2015, 2016 Thomas J. Motes, Jr. (P)2017 Thomas J. Motes, Jr.
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  • Book 1

    • The Journey Home: Revised Edition

    • Once upon an Apocalypse, Book 1
    • By: Jeff Motes
    • Narrated by: Holly Henrichs, Michael Stadler
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 144

    The day is like any other day until it becomes The Day. At 4:05 pm the United States is attacked with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon. A 20-megaton nuclear warhead is detonated high in the atmosphere above Kansas, blanketing most of the contiguous United States and parts of Canada and Mexico with an electromagnetic pulse that damages nearly all microprocessors and electronic controls beyond repair. Nearly every system that depends on computers and electronics has ceased to work.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow. A great and informative story.

    • By Tom on 05-17-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • The Search

    • Once Upon an Apocalypse, Book 2
    • By: Jeff Motes
    • Narrated by: Holly Henrichs, Michael Stadler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    John and Jill have finally made it home only to find their children are not in Repose. Where are they and why aren't they here? Questions are answered and new ones abound as we go back to The Day. Follow along as the Repose Alliance Group comes together to brace themselves and their community for the trials ahead. Some will thrive, some will die as desperate people begin to do desperate things.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great EMP Book!

    • By Tim on 08-08-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Gathering Home

    • Once Upon an Apocalypse, Book 3
    • By: Jeff Motes
    • Narrated by: Holly Henrichs, Michael Stadler
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    The fabric of American society has been torn asunder by an EMP attack on the United States. The enormity of what has happened is sinking in to the population. No area of the country has been spared. From the big cities to the rural countryside, all have been impacted. Loved ones are stranded far from home, their suffering families not knowing their fate. Food is in short supply, transportation has come to a halt, and a short trip across the county can become deadly. Law and order has fallen by the wayside. Desperation is setting in, and desperate people will do desperate things. The struggles and the fight to survive is real. The physical, mental, and emotional scars will last a lifetime.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story / Hard to listen

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-17

    Regular price: $19.95