Five years after a pneumonic plague killed two-thirds of the world's population, army veteran Marcus Battle is isolated. He's alone with his guns, his food, and the graves of his wife and child. Unaware of the chaos that's befallen everything outside of his central Texas ranch land, Marcus lives a Spartan life. If anyone steps onto his property, he shoots first and never asks questions. But when a woman in distress, chased by marauders, seeks asylum, Marcus has a decision to make. Does he throw her to the wolves to protect himself, or does he help her and leave the shelter and protection of home?
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By Brian on 26-02-16
One man, his home, his rules.
Marcus Battle was a prepper, he wasn’t sure what was going to happen, but he knew something was going to happen sometime soon. He was prepared for almost anything, but when the pneumonic plague started to breakout in the US, he could only be so prepared. After nearly losing everything, the only thing that Battle had left was his home. The home that he prepped with his wife and son. The home that he needed to protect against anyone or anything.
Narration was done by Kevin Pierce, and I knew I’d listened to another book he narrated — once I looked it up I laughed. It was another prepper tale. He really has the perfect voice of a prepper, especially one that has a military background. Pierce just allows for the perfect flawed main character to shine strong (that and really good writing on Abrahams’ part).
The funniest thing about this book to me is that it wasn’t toted as being a bio-thriller. The name “plague” wasn’t in it, there were no biohazard symbols on the cover, and yet the scourge that was taking over and killing people was better documented than in most of the books I’ve read lately. Seriously, I wouldn’t in any way describe this as a bio-thriller, but it has elements of it.
Battle was an interesting main character and protagonist. There were things that he would say or do that could or would turn off most people from liking him if you didn’t understand his story. But the way Abrahams would flip back and forth from backstory to present day made the story really fall together. Honestly when an author flips so much it’s usually hard to follow but this really helped make a “simple” story come to life. Yes, its about a man surviving on his land by his terms, but it was so much more.
Overall, this was a really enjoyable story. I found myself wanting to sit in my car longer to hear just a little more, or staying up a little too late. Abrahams has a way of keeping the readers hanging on every word. This finished, and I really wanted more. But at the same time it was the perfect, the story arc was complete with room to add more in the next book.
Another thing that I noticed was that a lot of prepper books feel like they have an agenda. Either trying to see things the way they do, or promoting a certain political party. This book was different. It was written as a post-apocalyptic and dystopian novel first, with a little bit of prepper mentality sprinkled in.
Now, I have to wait until the next book is on audiobook and hope that Kevin Pierce narrates it.
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By TXcoach on 20-04-17
Good all around but...
Just too dang short. All 3 are short. Make it 2 books instead of 3. This book 1 leaves off mid story. I appreciate mystere, but this is mid plot. Plays "desperate for 3 books" vs "interestingly crafted cliffhanger"
Kevin Pierce is awesome, as usual.
Ready to see what happens in book 2, someone owes me a audible credit! :)
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