This is not the story of preppers with stockpiles of food, weapons, and a hidden bunker. This is the story of Colton Ryman, his stay-at-home wife, Madison, and their teenage daughter, Alex. In 36 Hours, the Ryman family and the rest of the world will be thrust into the darkness of a post-apocalyptic world.
A catastrophic solar flare, an EMP - a threat from above to America's soft underbelly below - is hurtling toward our planet.
The Rymans have never heard of preppers and have no concept of what prepping entails. But they're learning, and they are running out of time. Their faith will be tested, their freedom will be threatened, but their family will survive.
An EMP, naturally generated from our sun in the form of a solar flare, has happened before, and it will happen again, in only 36 hours.
This is a story about how our sun, the planet's source of life, can also devastate our modern world. It's a story about panic, chaos, and the final straws that shattered an already thin veneer of civilization. It is a warning to us all - never underestimate the depravity of man.
What will you do when the clock strikes zero?
Midnight is forever.
©2016 Bobby Akart Inc. (P)2016 Bobby Akart Inc.
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
It was nice to listen to Kevin again, and this premise interested me a lot due to the science of it. I must admit there was a lot to take in at first. But as each first chapter introduced us to the characters and to what was coming, I got more and more sucked into the story.
Preppers do have the mentality attatched to them of being a bit on the wacky side, but I think in all honesty having some sort of stock about you really isn't. Especially with the way the world seems to be heading. Maddison was a fab Mom and did everything she could to help calm her daughter down and protect her from even her own thoughts at first.
Alex totally different gal, you think she's this quiet kid who just wants to do what kids do, but she rescues her mom from a mugger with a golf club! There were some really tough moments in this story. And the more we got to know Maddy and Alex, and her husband Colton. The more we were routing for them being re-united.
I think my only grip is that it's so short. I know there's a sequel, but I feel it's actually really part of this story. It stopped at a good place after they met up, but the only thing that led me to want more was the bonus chapter/teaser.
Still excellent listen, Kevin has a deep, but soothing tone I really like. He puts great twists with his male and female characters and I'm happy to listen to anything he narrates because of that. Next one please :)
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"Outstanding and Realistic"
This story is really good. It's not about a well prepared survivalist but is about and everyday person and his family. The characters are well written and could be my next door neighbors. I found my self emotionally involved with the characters. This story is an easy read. It is the first 5 hours of what I think will be a great series. As always Kevin Pierce did a wonderful job of narrating. Although it is not a teaching book you will learn and you will be entertained. My only complaint is book 2 is not ready yet. The author has several series out. I finished a book one of another series of his and started this book waiting for the next book. It is the only reason I give the book and overall 4. Otherwise I highly recommend this book.
"A "Pre-Apocalyptic" book with tons of action"
A fictional non-fiction book (well Akart and many other think that something similar to what 36 Hours is based on will happen in the near future). The sun is the giver of life, but what happens if it suddenly wants to take that life away. That is what this book tries to show. 36 Hours is a book about a non-prepper realizing the prepper ways.
In one of the first non-prepper (but kind of prepper) books I've read, Kevin Pierce still shines. He definitely has one of the easiest to listen to voices. Especially in books where the world is falling apart.
My favorite parts of this novel were all of the different scientific sections. You can tell that Akart really did his research before putting words to the page. The science feels real, which in turn makes this book incredibly terrifying. I kept thinking, oh wow, well that's terrifying, every time that Akart would have the characters explain the science behind something.
Parts of this book could almost be used as a prepper's guide (which is what Madison basically reads to get prepared). And I think that prepper's and non-prepper's alike would really enjoy this.
36 Hours: A terrifying look at would happen in the hours leading up to a direct hit of an EMP sent directly from the sun.
My only issue is that this was really the "prep" book, the next book will have all of the goodies in it. This was, for lack of a better term, a "Pre-Apocalyptic" book.
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"Dystopian Junky Heaven"
I received this book in exchange for a review and I am going to give it.
This is a great start to a series, it has just enough real science to validate the story line without boring you. The characters are developed and engaging which makes for a fantastic listen.
Action from beginning to end, it leaves you waiting for the next book to come out.
I like the way the author used existing real people of some notoriety to add color and background to the story, very well done.
"Kevin Pierce helped the medicine go down."
Present day… We are gifted with a timely warning that a massive solar flare is going to hit the planet, specifically the United States. The solar flare will have the same effect as an EMP and set our country back 200 years. The story is fairly interesting with developed, likable characters. My only issue is that the entire book consisted of talking about and preparing for the solar flare. Now you may say, what else would the book be about? After all, the title is 36 hours (until the solar flare hits). It just felt a bit dragged out. Kevin Pierce helped the medicine go down. Hopefully book two is an improvement.
"Could have been 5 star!!!"
Gave it 4 stars because it is too short. It is right up there with one second after--- my all time favorite book in this genre. I don't like getting 1/3 or 1/2 of a book--that is my only complaint. The writing is excellent. I didn't have to suspend disbelief--and the narrator was perfect. I have already purchased the next one--I have more cleaning to do!!!
"Scary because this could happen!"
This was so scary because it's something that could happen. The summary above tells exactly what the book is about so I'm going to get straight to my thoughts.
While reading this, all that was going through my head was, if this happened now, I'd be screwed!! Lol. I live in the country, the nearest town isn't that far away but it isn't a massive one. We don't have a mall near us, the nearest being 40 miles away, we don't have a place where you can easily get some of the things needed to survive, plus I wouldn't have the money to go buy all the things needed, so like I said, I'd be screwed!!
But Alex and her family have the resources to get whats needed. Alex is a smart girl and knows that what the media aren't saying about the coming solar storm is just as important as what it is saying. She urges her mother to prepare but both her mum and dad think she is wrong. Yet 36 hours before the impact, they are warned to prepare. Can they pull it together in that time while panic is setting in every where and people are all trying to do the same. How do you prepare in the right way when you have no idea what you need? Can you and your mother do this while your father is hundreds of miles away, trying to get home?
This book reads both like a post apocalyptic book, but also a "what to do just in case" type of book, which I liked. It's also not bogged down with the language and gore of a lot of other books in this genre. There is enough in it to get you to realise exactly what life could be like and how humanity is tested, but it's suitable for younger kids to read.
Anyway, this was a fast paced, educational (you'll see why when you read it) and entertaining read. It really makes you think "what if". What if this happened, what would you do?? As the author says "The characters depicted in The Blackout Series are fictional. The events, however, are based upon fact."
Kevin Pierce was just as good as always. I've said it a few times before, he has a good voice for this type of book. He is always clear and concise and knows how to tell a great story.
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
"Enjoyable, Clean, Informative"
The narration perfectly fits the subject matter and is very enjoyable to listen to. The writing is informative as an introductory narrative to help get your mind geared towards thinking about preparation and basic issues (this was my first prepper novel or book of any kind). Having lived in the Nashville area for a year made it extra enjoyable to hear all of the familiar streets and landmarks.
If a scenario like this doesn't unfold in our lifetimes, this is still a very well-narrated and interestingly written book. You really care about the characters and the compelling and yet realistic scenarios.
If a scenario like this actually does occur in our lifetimes, then the ideas and techniques put forth here can only be beneficial.
Nice job, Bobby Akart.
I liked this book.Narration by Kevin Pierce was perfect.A huge solar flare is about to hit earth.Lead by their teenage daughter a family of non preppers must figure it out fast.My only issues with this book is the themes running through that the female president(whos husband had been president) was a moron and that if 1 gun is good more are better and 'WHY can't I take it home now?' are definite digs at us with a liberal leaning.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
"So the daughter is the hero? That's New"
This was one of those you don't want to stop listening to so you extend your daily 3 mile hike to 6. It is a good change of pace to listen to a situation you don't often hear about- a CME. I thought I knew a lot about them. The author did his research and some. Without giving to much away the husband is trying to get back to his family. The Mom and daughter are trying to stock up using a prepping book as there guide. They basically have one day. So they were not prepared but learning fast as they go. As the Country knew a few hours before the CME hit Earth it was interesting to see how people reacted. I think the author got it right. I learned things and was entertained. I'm on book 3 now and still hiking more than I usually do. I'm post surgery and walking is my PT. My Surgeon said he has rarely seen someone get better as fast as me. I atttribute most of that to this series and the long hikes. Kevin Pearce is the best author period. I chose this book because of him.
That is tough. This is why I like this book so well. Maybe the A American series but the main character in that story was a professional Prepper and this is not. In the A American series he had daughters and they were independent. The daughter in the Blackout series is smart, complex, independent and a leader yet still a kid. She is by far the strongest young adult character in all the TEOTWAWKI books.
Tie 1 The Dad trading cars. I think I know those guys. . 2 The daughter saving her Mom and 3 The description of how it feels at the grocery store when everyone gets the feeling something bad is coming. Slow building panic.
I really don't think it will be that bad! Spoken by Govt officials, the media and your neighbor.
If you are looking for a great series and /or want to know everything there is to know about CME's look at this book. For some that feel authors are too preachy they will like this. They are Christians. I dont know what church. They pray or give thanks but not over every issue. They aren't preachy.. it's just something people in there situation would do.
riviting story line and great character development. Kevin does a great job as usual. book 2 lets go.
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