He thought he was prepared. He thought his family was safe. He was wrong.
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?
©2015 Tom Abrahams (P)2016 Tom Abrahams
"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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"A Uniquely different dystopian book"
This is definitely a good story, probably in my top 25
Yes, he does an excellent job of conveying emotions and character development
I don't do spoiler reviews. This book does a wonderful job of telling a story within a story using flashbacks to build up the current story line. It's not an easy thing to do but the author does it well by keeping the flashbacks short and intense but without taking away from the main story. I will be using next month's credit to get the next book in the series.
"Nice start to 3 novel dystopian adventure"
I'm currently listening to Canyon the second novel in The Traveler series. Home is set in 2037 five years after pneumonic plague killed 2/3 of the world population. The US government has pulled out of a vast area of the southwest as ungovernable and the Cartel, a huge criminal gang set up as a military organization has taken over. One man named Battle fights them. He plays by his rules and he kills Cartel members without pity; he believes in an eye for an eye but prefers to take his opponent's eye before his opponent can commit his evil deed. Those who are fans of post apocalyptic novels will like this series. Narration is superb.
"You'll find what you are not looking for."
What can I say, it's read by Kevin Pierce. He just has that way about him makes me just sit and listen to him tell the story It honestly reminds me of the older days when people would sit around and tell stories.
This is a very good book about someone helping and finding someone else even when he was not looking to do either one of those things. This is a very good start to a series and is well worth listening to - just don't start it if you don't have some time to listen or you may end up staying up too late or being late for an appointment.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast. However, I'm a huge Kevin Pierce fan and honestly would have purchased this one eventually on my own.
"***** Tom Abrahams"
Battle was a special operations solider who retired so he could build a home with his wife and expecting child. With his knowledge from working in the military, he starts prepping his home against any future disasters. He builds his home way out from any town, fills his barn with food, water, fuel, etc. The house is set up to completely live off the grid.
Years later, when on the news it shows there is a deadly outbreak of a flu-like virus, advising people to stay at home, wear masks, etc. Battle and his family are prepared, but one mistake, by allowing a person into their home leads to the death of his wife and son. Now he is on his own.
Battle lives, guards and mourns his family at the home he built. Then one night a woman shows up and is running across his field with men pursuing her. Battle saves her and reluctantly takes her in. She shares stories with him about the world is now, how the virus decimated the population and that vicious Cartels rule the remaining people and towns.
She asks Battle to help rescue her son who is being held by the Cartel, who may even kill the young boy just because his mother ran away. At first Battle just wants to be left alone and tells her she needs to leave as soon as possible. Battle also semi-rescues one of the Cartel's lower ranked members. This guy wants to be with Battle and help to rescue the woman's son as well. Battle is not sure if he can trust the outside world, nor himself as his PTSD over losing his family conflicts with him needing to become a soldier again. He agrees to help only after the Cartel brings the fight to him, at his home.
This first book gives you a lot of how and why Battle is the way he is and how he begins to change his mind to help others and leave the past behind.
This book is really great, the narrator is perfect of course, I love Kevin Pierce's voice. Can't wait to listen to the next one! I'm completely hooked on this story now.
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"I really Like this story"
it is different from most other Post Apoc, Stories, no zombies, common sense realistic scenario
A MUST READ/LISTEN, CLEARLY A TOP 5 FOR THE YEAR
common sense, believeable, acurate Tech, at this point of the 100+ books in my library this story is #1
Kevin is always able to put create charactors individual inflections
YES and I DID
Do not pass this one by, it is worthy of Praise and if you do not Love it I garuntee you will like it but you will not dislike it
"Great post-apocalyptic book without the propaganda"
Great book with lots of action. And best of all, it wasn't loaded with all the paranoid, political nonsense some of the books are plagued with. It was just plain enjoyable and I can't wait for the next book in the series!
"What would you do to protect your home?"
Despite being a prepper and thinking him and his family are ready for anything, Battles life is devastated when the pneumonic plague called The Scourge hits. He loses everything he holds dear and now protects the only thing he has, his home. But even now, his home is under treat when a woman turns up unexpectedly and looks for help. He knows nothing of the outside world so is shocked that mafia style rulers are ruling the area and they aren't happy that one of their servants has gone missing. Can Battle survive and protect all he has left?
I have to say that I loved this and absolutely flew through it. I loved the way it's told in both present format with snippets of the past. We really get a feel of who Battle is and how he came to be the way he is. He has prepared his whole life for something to happen, and while he is ready by being totally off the grid and self sufficient, he isn't ready for a plague to come and his wife to make one mistake! My heart broke for him by what he has been through, but he still has so much spirit and spunk left in him, that its hard not to like him! He is totally like Rambo ;)
The plot of this was fairly fast paced and absolutely entertaining. The idea of the prepper being prepared but being able to do nothing about the plague was unique and refreshing. Usually all these books have a common theme but I liked that the author used the plague coming back rather than making a new, never before seen virus. Also, Battle was totally and utterly kick ass!
In all, this was a quick and addictive read and I can't wait for the next one!! Give it a go, you won't regret it.
Kevin Pierce has once again nailed his performance. I've said it a few times now, but he has such a perfect voice for this type of book. He is easy to listen to and quickly grabs your attention and is a narrator I know will always deliver.
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
"Captivated from the very start."
Captivated from the very start. I cannot wait to continue the journey. I love my commute now.
"Short and very sweet."
The thing I liked the most about this apocalyptic story was that the author didn't feel like he had to explain every little detail! The story picks up after "the event", and I loved that! There are some flashbacks, but this story, for the most part, is set years after the world changing event. The protagonist is an unlikely bad ass, but kind of has to be in order to have a story, haha. What would be the point if he wasn't?! I usually don't like Kevin Pierce's narration, but he did a pretty good job in this one. All in all, a pretty good book, and I will absolutely move on to the next book in the series!
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