Brian Cartwright just wants to work and run his farm in peace. The police keep showing up as the HOA from the new neighborhood keeps filing nuisance complaints against him and his farm. What makes matters worse, his former boss George and his son built a big house overlooking the farm. His prepping lifestyle and following the news online is his only other hobby other than church activities.
George's son is the teenager responsible for causing the accident that killed Brian's wife. Every interaction with the power hungry father drives him insane. To make matters worse, George's son has been trespassing and gets injured on Brian's property causing him to build bigger and taller fences.
The neighbors that once shunned Brian Cartwright now need him like never before. America has been attacked with an EMP and they find themselves requiring the help of the widowed farmer the same time he realizes he needs them as well.
When things get dicey, can they mend the wall, or do good fences make good neighbors?
©2015 Boyd Craven III (P)2015 Boyd Craven III
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"By a Prepper for Preppers…"
I enjoyed this book much more that I thought I would. While I like the genre, I tend to be pretty critical of authors that are looking only to write a “how to” book with a thin veneer of fiction or write a “perfect scenario” for the prepper protagonist to flourish in. This book did have a bit of both of those issues but not to the extent that I couldn’t enjoy the story.
This book has really locked itself into a point in time (now) in mentioning names of current political figures and popular podcasts and Youtube channels, but for me that added some reality to it and illustrated that this author is genuinely interested in the topics he is writes about.
I also like the narration by Kevin Pierce. Pierce has narrated several books that I have listened to (The Borrowed World, Ashes of the Unspeakable, The Days of Noah and the "299 Days" series by Glen Tate). For some reason the genre has latched onto Pierce, and my only issue is that hearing his voice and having listened to several of his narrations the stories sometimes will run together in my mind. But maybe that’s just me.
“Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.”
"I'm Surrounded By Idiots"
Kevin Pierce does an excellent job with all the characters without distracting from the story. I've listened to quite a few books that he's narrated and often search for books by good narrators instead of subject or author.
Kevin Pierce is one of those narrators.
The book points out the difficulties in having a prepared environment in the middle of a urban/suburban area. The main character is forced to make difficult decisions when dealing with looters, neighbors, HOAs and other idiots.
The book is well written book with more focus on relationships than the event. The characters all have flaws and discover that life is better together than alone. It seems that the EMP crises actually ends up being good for several of the characters as they find each other, find love and purpose as they learn to survive.
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"I'm a prepper, he's a prepper, she's a prepper..."
For starters, Kevin Pierce. He was made for reading this type of story. Add to this an author who does much better than the mediocre I've been listening to lately and you have a well spent chunk of time.
I like when this genre of book spends a lot of time on the homestead living day to day, building community, dealing with the struggles of a post-event life. I was disappointed that it was so short.
The protagonist, Brian, is a likable character and is reasonably well developed. His personal demons and his difficulties were relatable and written in a way that elicited empathy, this seams to be rare in a genre where the emphasis tends to be stoicism, God, and military prowess. I liked this.
All in all this was an enjoyable listen. As I mentioned before, it hit an itch for me; the rebuilding of a new life and community under the changed parameters in a SHTF world. I like to hear about the homestead, the group, the equipment, the implementation, and the grind of every day life.
Very little time was spent on the actual event, it was just pre-event setup and post-event life.
There were also some very specific references or "plugs" in the novel. I was torn on how I felt about hearing specific YouTube channels, web sites, and retailers mentioned but by the time I was done I was going back to find them again so I could check them out. I'm a sucker for information.
One slight annoyance, more comical than annoying maybe, was how the author portrays everyone coming together. It was starting to feel like every single positive relationship in the primary protagonists life turned out to be with yet another hidden prepper. "What? You're a prepper too?" - it was constant! I was able to look past this since there was so much more I enjoyed but there were a couple of times when I was riding in my car listening and said out loud "oh come on, another one? Really?" but it was fine. I think if the novel was more detailed, perhaps a little more drawn out, this wouldn't have been that noticeable.
On the note of length, although I have come to realize that I am almost always left wanting with these shorter EOTWAWKI novels (I just can't seem to get a fully satisfying story in only 5 hours) I was not ready for this to end, I wanted to hear more. There is definitely room for a book 2+, whether or not this is in the works I have no idea but I will definitely grab it if it is.
"Wow! Where did this story come from?"
This book is amazingly well written with superb narration. The story is introduced nicely with great character development and plot.
I loved how the author really made the characters feel like real people with real issues and problems in dealing with a difficult situation.
His narration style makes me feel like I am in the background just listening to the characters talk to each other. He is an amazing narrator.
Absolutely! This story was hard to pause as it was so easy to get involved and feel like I was there.
This is a very good book and I hope there will be more like it in the future.
"Survival, friendship, love..."
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast. I would recommend this book, it's well worth a credit! I am not usually a fan of these types of books, but I must say I was engaged from beginning to end! The character were well rounded and animated to a tee by the narrator. This book was fiction, but in the event of an EMP, the events in this book could definately happen. So many ups and downs in this book and props to the author. I can't wait to hear more by this author and from this narrator!
"Excellent story and narration!"
I loved the story and Kevin Pierce was absolutely perfect for this title. Awesome job! I am really looking forward to searching out more of his works.
The beginning really set the background and there were several memorable moments
He's freaking perfect for this title! His voice seems to match this character dead on, I don't think the story would be the same without him.
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"Great prepper story with a few twists"
I have not read the print version.
Does it make me a bad person to say my favorite part is when I found out George committed suicide? Seriously I connected with Brian Cartwright so much and I found myself loathing and despising George. What an awful human being. When the rules and structure of society broke down he could no longer hack it without bureaucracy to get his way and push his will on others. I hate injustice and that guy just reeked of it.
Additionally I just loved how the book highlighted something I think others don't: the way preppers are often afraid to talk about it for fear of seeming crazy. Granted, I feel the fact everyone Brian was running into after a time seemed to also be a prepper which seemed a bit far-fetched, but the fact there were several people all sort of keeping it to themselves I think is kind of accurate to real life.
This is now my third book narrated by Kevin Pierce. The guy is great. He has the right tone and inflection to draw me in and get me interested in the book. His narration is perfect. He is a real find!
Yes absolutely. I really enjoyed the story and cared about the characters. That is difficult to do these days I find. Many of the books I listen to the characters start to run one into the next and feel disposable. In this book, the little group Brian forms at his farm mostly by accident were the kind of people I would hope I could find if things ever went south.
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"Good Fences Make Good Neighbors"
Good Fences is well researched and the story is fast paced. Dialog between the characters stands out as natural and at times humorous. Craven knows his subject matter and makes sure the reader is entertained beginning to end.
Brian Cartwright, the protagonist of the novel, personally knows tragedy. As a recent widower, he struggles with feelings of guilt and loss, made worse by unrelenting harassment from his wealthy neighbor. Cartwright desperately seeks to find forgiveness within himself, although the want for vengeance is often lurking beneath the surface. After an earth-shattering event, hope and forgiveness may turn out be the only way to survive.
Kevin Pierce expertly narrates the story. His voicing of the novel fits smoothly with both the characters and the genre.
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"Enjoyed the audio"
This was the first book by Boyd Craven that we listened to. Really enjoyed it. Could be a real scenario played out in most rural communities. Narration was well done.
"Excellent, entertaining & educational"
As usual Kevin Pierce does an phenomenal job as narrator. I've listened to so many by him that I feel like I could recognize his voice even if he coughed! Lol
The story was great. I loved the struggles to be good & do good while still trying to save yourself. I hated George Senior too. The problem is there really are people in this world just like him. Cruel for no reason. I understand his motives in protecting his son but his methods were despicable.
I will definitely be looking for more by Boyd.
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