Refuge, New Hampshire, is a small town. The kind found on postcards. Their biggest concern is the rowdy summertime revelers making their way up from Massachusetts and New York. And with most of the town's residents in neighboring Ashland, for the Fourth of July fireworks show, Refuge is quieter than usual. That is, until the Baptist church's bell starts ringing - on its own.
The bell chimes faster and faster, reaching a frenetic pace, as though rung by the Devil himself. But the bell is just the beginning. The air shimmers. The night-time sky fills with a burning red aurora. The moon, previously a crescent, is now full. And just hours after dusk, the sun returns to the sky, revealing an endless desert where there was once a mountainous pine forest.
Led by ex-Army Ranger turned surrealist painter, Griffin Butler, Sheriff Rebecca Rule and her deputy, Helena Frost, the residents of Refuge must weather an ever changing onslaught of otherworldly dangers while trying to uncover how and why the landscape beyond town shifts every time the church bell tolls.
As a sequence of horrific events threaten to destroy the town, the residents must band together, search for answers and find a way to defend their homes, or Refuge will be lost.
Refuge is a serialized novel, co-authored by #1 Amazon.com horror author, Jeremy Bishop, and five other authors, including Amazon.com best sellers Kane Gilmour and David McAfee, USA Today best seller, Robert Swartwood, and newcomer Daniel Boucher. The novel was released in five parts, every two weeks beginning in late 2013, but it is now available as one complete novel. So listen for the individual parts or the whole completed novel. Either way, you're in for a creepy ride.
©2014 Jeremy Robinson (P)2014 Jeremy Robinson
Not read the printed version.
The new idea, a whole town disappears, the new worlds the differing characters from a normal town who have to radically change to meet each new environment.
This is the first performance I've heard and I'm impressed.
When the character Sam realises he's been bitten and will soon change, he wants to protect his children.
This is an amazing story idea, that would make an excellent TV series. So many worlds to explore ! Compares with my other favourites, yesterday's gone and contamination.
"I am still not so sure about this one..."
The books spins off in so many ( sometimes wild directions ) that is it hard to find one point either way. This is an at times violent, jarring book, with a number of direction changes, well developed characters and surreal circumstances.
I enjoyed it for the most part, but it certainly does sound/feel like it was written by many different authors.
Not sure it could be the same book if it was altered. Maybe edited to be more linear, although I think the point is not to do that. It is also somewhat deriviative of some other " small town/altered realities" books I have listened to.
That said, it is sort of a "greatest hits' of that genre, and well done as such.
Not that I recall, and he does a fine job here.
SyFy with no names.
I wanted to give this offering a higher rating, but it spins abit too far out of control for my tastes. May just be mine. It sprawls, it's messy, but it is performed well, and on balance I recommend it.
"Steven King But Better"
oh yes, in a minute. The story was awesome.
Griif, of sourse
Great story, great characters ... I wanna know what happens next!!!
This is a pretty good story with lots of adventures and cool characters
I think Refuge stands on its own
This was my first book with him and he's a capable narrator
The last Battle with the Giant
A good story. No definite ending. hoping there's another to wrap it up, settle it.
If you are anything like me, you are looking at this and thinking.....five parts and five different authors, this is not going to work. But like me, you would be very wrong. It worked wonderfully, the authors really complimented each other and the story flows pretty flawlessly. Jeremy Bishop has once again created great, memorable characters and brought together a group of talented authors to tell an interesting tale.
This series captures your attention and imagination, you cannot help but wonder what is happening to the town of Refuge. I couldn't stop listening, I refused to sleep until I had finished. What a wild ride!
The only negative thing I can say is that it ends, like all good things. But I really hope we will see more of Refuge in the future, fingers crossed.
Jeffrey Kafer puts on a top-notch performance, I think everyone should listen to it.
Loved it! I can't wait for the next installment. It started off a little slow, but by the time I got to the 5th book it was racing along. Very good narration, easy to listen to and plenty of difference between the characters. Recommended listen.
"Round and round we go"
What a great book. At first it isn't quite clear, but then you think you figured it out, but you didn't! You never know what you will see or what will happen when the bell rings, but I promise, if you like a good horror meets mad scientist book, you will love this.
A new author in my favorites
"New Hampshire accents waaaat?"
Don't let the heavy accent kafer tries to lay on thick in the intro dissuade you from this amazing series! Jeremy Bishop has done it again folks! The books blend together seamlessly despite each book having a separate coauthor. It is my hope that season 2 of this great series isn't too far off. Kafer once again pulls off an incredible performance as he has with all of Bishop's work.
We loved that it is all in one, and the characters are real people in impossible realities.
Each book was done with a new author but the series was seamless. They showed real people with real flaws overcoming the impossible.
This compares very will. We have listened to the Rebecca Cantrell and the Chess team series. He does very well in all of them.
The sheriff, she was a real lady who lost her husband and still brought the town together.
My favorite series.
"A good compliation"
I thought this was well written all around. It definitely gave me some other authors to look into reading / listening too.
"What an amazing journey!"
How to describe this book? I was absolutely spellbound as each part of the story progressed. I found myself listening for the "BONG" right along with the residents of Refuge. The only problem I found was that I did not want it to end! I loved the character development, as even the not-so-great residents felt like family by the end of the book. I wish I could find another story like this to listen to now.
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