Under a Tell-Tale Sky : Disruption

  • by R.E. McDermott
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • Series: Disruption
  • 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a massive solar flare fries the electrical grid, Captain Jordan Hughes' problems are just starting. Stranded far from home with a now-priceless cargo of fuel and a restless crew, Hughes weighs his options as violence worsens ashore and the world crumbles around the secure little world of his ship, the Pecos Trader.
"Wait and see", is not an option. Hughes has to get his ship and crew home, but FEMA arrives with other plans.
Resisting the demands of an increasingly corrupt and self-serving federal bureaucracy, Hughes leads a ragtag band of sailors, preppers, and dissident military personnel on an incredible voyage to reunite them all with home and family - only to find their real journey is just beginning.

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"What do you do...if the disaster is everywhere?"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, indeed have made the recommendation to a friend to listen to this book. Unlike the more frequent zombie apocalyptic stories, this one is predicated on a more likely event, that of long term power loss following solar flares. But it is no less frightening. The actions of various groups are followed, even to the highest government responses, and as a disaster on this scale - covering a major part of at least the northern hemisphere - makes repair and relief almost impossible Into the foreseeable future, lack of food, water and most of the amenities we take for granted will force people into previously unprepared for situations. So often post apocalyptic stories focuse solely on individuals and their survival strategies. This is refreshing in giving more wide ranging group dynamics also.


What does Kevin Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A narrator can make or break a book and Kevin Pierce certainly does not distract from the story. His voice is pleasant and makes for easy listening.. However, with so many characters each wanting a voice, not all had a clear definition. More a reading than a performance.


Any additional comments?

This is an intriguing insight Into how different aspects of society might well react to monumental disaster. Does it help us to prepare? No, not really. But the fascination lies in the peeping into the psyche of others, given a similar situation. And, of course, it is a rattling good story. One which I will be following Into the next book.
I received a complementary copy of Under a Tell Tale Sky, from the author, narrator or publisher via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an unbiased review.

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- Norma Miles

Credible Horrors

My my, a credible apocalypse scenario. I love a good zombie or mutated ebola super plague just as much as the next guy but this one is just a tad different. You aren’t going to find hordes of the undead here just a single, almost benign seeming event of some beauty that disrupts the power supply. This author chills not through the horror of the event but in having a credible start to the book and then with what you would imagine is the almost inevitable breakdown of civilisation that would ensue.

R.E. McDermott clearly has a level of expertise in his subject matter. This includes preparedness and at times the post-apocalyptic logistics do come to the fore including some rather imaginative preparations that I would certainly never have thought about. There is also a broadness to this book with a large cast of characters and groups being followed, both the good side and the bad. As a result if you start this then you should be aware that you really are investing in a series. I would describe it as episodic as although some plot points are resolved in this one a lot more is left very open.

The narration by Kevin Pierce is an important point to consider here. He has what I would describe as a very pleasant voice to listen to, he could tell me a story any time. It’s more of a reading than a performance though as there is little differentiation between the characters to my anglophile ears. So for example the rather nasty “Bangers” came across just the same as anyone else and as a result a bit limp for such tough guys. I was okay with this because it’s an interesting voice to listen to but it is worth mentioning.

At the end of this I’ve made a note to complete the series. The whole package is tied off with some quite revealing author’s notes and a snippet of the next book which sounds like it’ll continue in the same vein.

This audiobook was given to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- Simon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-06-2016
  • Publisher: R. E. McDermott