When they killed his family, they killed a part of him too. The good part.
Seven years after a global war has devastated mankind, Frank Brogan and his family live in the safety of New Haven, a newly-formed authoritarian state deep in the American northwest. Beyond the Exclusion Wall lies the Outzone, a lawless territory ceded from federal jurisdiction. Brogan never thought he would go there. He was wrong.
When three Outzone bandits cross into New Haven and murder his wife and daughter, Brogan quits his specially-trained police unit to hunt them down. Entering the Outzone, he travels to its de facto capital, Winter's Edge, and picks up the bandit's trail. In a violent city controlled by rival gangs, he needs to use all his hard-won skills as a police officer and war veteran to survive.
It isn't long before Brogan's quest takes him out of the city and deeper into the territory, where a beautiful but dangerous woman takes a keen interest in him. Can he survive encounters with the nomadic tribes that roam the Outzone's mountains and plains to finally confront the men who murdered his family?
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Definitely. The story is carefully drawn together around a really interesting set of characters. It makes it the type of book that you can go back to really easily.
Frank Brogan was a great lead character. Really well written. The horror that sets him on his path for vengeance doesn't lead to a character that's twisted or unlikable which can sometimes happen, rather he has a personal mission and a hero's journey.
Kevin Pierce has a great voice for a strong male character. The leader/hero type of voice. Whilst its great narration in general it does bring our lead character to life.
My strongest reaction was to look forward to the next instalment. Brogan is a brilliant character that we want to see more of!
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"A solid PA read"
Let me be honest - I am one of those readers that expects an author to grab me by the seat of my pants from the get. This one didn't initially. At the end of the 1st chapter I thought to myself, "Hmm, gonna have to listen to this whole book, since I got it in exchange for a honest review, sigh". Good thing I was wrong. Didn't take long at all before I was into the story and listened to it non-stop. Furthermore, I was upset when I was done with the book and immediately went to Audible so that I could purchase Book 2. Book 2 isn't out yet. Mr. Sheridan - if you see this, could you speed it up please?
In summary - This book is worth buying, worth reading/listening to and I enjoyed it immensely and I highly recommend.
"How soon can I expect book 2?"
this is a great dystopian based novel without zombies or plague and a ton of excitement. Riveting story line that you do not want to stop listening, even if it is 4am
I would buy more software if they guaranteed that Kevin Pierce was reading the software purchase agreement. He could make a listing of toilet manufacturing companies sound interesting.
You will have no regrets if you buy this book.
"I Thoroughly Enjoyed This Audiobook"
Absolutely. This is a well written story, with a great narrator. A winning combination.
Even the least memorable moments somehow work their way back into the story, becoming a key piece of the puzzle.
Kevin Pierce never fails to deliver a stellar performance.
The book ends rather abruptly. Kind of a, "Wait? What? Our Eight Hours are up already?" and leaves you with questions. Questions like "But... But... What happened to the little Mexican Kid at the Bus Station? What about the pretty blond girl? And... Did our hero catch a nasty disease from that hooker in the hotel room that he doesn't know about yet?
I guess I'll have to listen to Book Two to find out...
"A Great Listen"
Once again Kevin Pierce does a nice job of narrating the book. This book is about the trials and tribulations of someone who leaves a place of safety in order to help him mend his past. It is very well read, has a solid plot, and does not go beyond believability. I recommend this book if you love SHTF and adventure stories.
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It started out a little slow, however from there on it rocked. And of course Kevin Pierce makes it incredible.
Can't wait for book 2
Yes. This book was good enough to continue with the series
I could have done without the farming stuff. It sort of broke up the flow. The beat down scene with Brogan was intense. Kevin as always did an excellent job narrating.
"HBO series quality"
Most definitely. I have listened to many post apocalypse novels and have really enjoyed the ingenuity and creativity of most of the writers. However this one has a story line that really sticks out. Its character development isn't any better than others I've listened too but the story line has you hanging on and wanting more. I really think this one could easily be an HBO series.
I think what I liked best and is so frustrating, is that I really can't wait for the next one to come out. I have felt that way about others but this saga of novelty and excitement creates an appetite that is hard to just set on the shelf till the author decides to come out with the next volume.
Kevin Pierce is the standard. He never lets you down
I almost did.
"Great new take on our bleak future"
Another great performance by Kevin Pierce! He is definitely my favorite narrator for this type of book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm looking forward to seeing where the relationship with Rojas ends up. I also can't wait to find out about Ritter!
I loved how the tribes were of mixed race. I know that the treatment of women & the down trodden is always going to play a part in books like this. I'm glad this one includes revenge too.
I would recommend this to older teens & anyone who like dystopian SHTF type books. If you pay close enough attention you may actually learn a thing or two in this book.
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"Awesome post-acocalyptic vegence"
I would say it is in my top 50 favorite audiobooks, and I have a lot so that is actually saying something.
I like that the Outzone wasn't "Just" a lawless land. The ways that the people have learned to survive were rather genius and there are spots that are actually safe and normal. In a lot of post apocalyptic novels everywhere the characters go is fraught with danger and evil and this book kind of moved slightly away from that.
Kevin's voice is very soothing and just fits with the ruggedness of the book. He did a very good job at doing definitive voices for each character and he does a very subtle, but still strong conveyance of each characters emotions and I really liked that.
This book made me really feel for the pain that Brogan felt for the loss of his family. It doesn't go into a lot of detail about his feelings, but you can tell by his actions in the book that he really feels their loss.
"The Wild Wastes - Another type of Apocalypse"
This was a Great Book. I enjoyed the listen and though the premise was an interesting change from the regular post-apoc setting. The characterizations were fresh with a broad and intriguing story line set in a new-age landscape.I was so into the story when it ended it took me by surprise. I look forward to his next book in the series.
At the beginning of the Book the scene when Frank commandeers the bus to winters edge to rescue people who should have known better.
I felt there were two that stood out - Bear and RoHa. Kevin is such a marvelous narrator that i firmly believe that the quality of his reading adds a huge amount to the story
Yes and I almost did!
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