Four college students head to the Colorado mountains for two weeks of rest, relaxation and winter fun on the bunny slopes. What they get instead is the end of the world as they know it as the city of Denver is destroyed by a nuclear explosion shortly after their arrival.
With no electricity, no cell phones or communication, they are isolated on the mountain top and have no way of knowing what is happening elsewhere in the country.
Was it a nuclear accident or a deliberate attack. Was it limited to Denver, or is this the start of World War Three?
In the absence of law enforcement and the threat of punishment from the criminal justice system, those with anti-social, criminal urges are free to do as they please. The former guarantees of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are gone. Now it's up to every man and woman to provide and secure these things for themselves...
...Or die trying.
©2013 Edward M Wolfe (P)2014 Edward M Wolfe
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"Not much of a story line"
Not have left off where he did. Gave it some kind of closure.
Not made the characters seem so stupid. A lot of unintelligent people were in this story.
The voices were too close to each other..especially the women.
Was not worth the money....and I would not buy the sequel....if there ever is one
"One plot with four sub-plots that converge."
It was interesting. I doubt I will listen to it again because of the poor quality of the narration, but the story was worth the time. Unlike the last book I listened to, I don't regret the time I took to listen to this one.
Mr Young's narration was poor in that I honestly think I could have done a better job. The quality of the editing was extremely poor in that there were several places where audio was spliced in that sounded like it had been recorded on an old fashioned tape recorder years ago. It happened so often I began to wonder if this was done on purpose, but I couldn't find a common thread that would have tied them all together. I will end up listening to at least one more book that Mr. Young narrates, though, because I want to find out what happens to all of the characters who finally came together in that last hour of the book.
This just seems to be a rephrasing of the first question so I will say that it was worth the five-and-a-half hours it took to listen to the book.
I only gave the story three stars because I thought the writing was pretty simplistic. It sounded like a long version of something I might have written for a high school English composition. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just means that I expect writers to do a better job than I could.
As I said in my headline, there is one big plot (the nuking of Denver, CO) and four sub-plots that don't converge until the last 20% of the book. Once everyone comes together, though, they all work together to survive.
This is the first book in the series. The last chapter of this book is actually the first three chapters of the next book in the series which, according to the narrator, should be available now. I won't spoil the ending of book one by telling you anything about book two, but this story was good enough that I want to find out what happens next. I can't say that about the last book I listened to.
I received this audio book from the author in exchange for an honest review
"A nuclear bomb was not in their vacation plans"
IN THE END: A Pre-Apocalypse Novel
Author: Edward M Wolfe
Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged
Narrator: Christopher James Young
Length: 5 hours, 34 minutes
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
Release Date: January 8, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Jim and Angela and two other friends are on vacation high in the mountains of Colorado when a mushroom cloud rises over the city of Denver. What was supposed to be a fun vacation has suddenly turned into a fight for survival.
Carl and Trey are members of a Denver motorcycle club, but that is where their similarities end. Carl sees the detonation of the nuclear bomb as a free pass to commit robbery and rape. Trey is more concerned about the fate of his younger sister and her young daughter. They are supposed to closer than brothers, but can Trey turn a blind eye while Carl commits atrocities?
The bomb took thousands, perhaps millions of lives, but as Jim, Angela, Trey and others are about to find out: the nuclear bomb and it's fallout is the least of their problems.
This book sets the stage for a much larger story and series. I am very interested in reading subsequent post-apocalyptic books in this series.
At the end of this audiobook there is a free preview of IN THE END 2: An American Apocalypse. This is SMART. Listening to that preview made me even more interested in listening to the second book.
The narrator did a good job of voicing the various characters.
I give this audiobook 4 out of 5 stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Edward M Wolf was a field reporter for an online news site. He has authored several other books.
Not a lot of story line. Narration was good but the individual voices seemed too off...left me wanting more
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