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  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1 & 2
  • By: Devon C. Ford
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,495 ratings)

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After It Happened

By: Devon C. Ford
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
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Summary

This omnibus edition contains Survival (book 1) and Humanity (book 2) of the After It Happened series.

Survival, book 1:

Set in the UK in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious illness which swept the country and left millions dead, the series follows the trials facing a reluctant hero, Dan, and the group he forms around him. They must battle the elements, find sufficient supplies and equipment to survive, and protect themselves against the most destructive force on the planet: other people.

Banding together those he found along the way, he has to fight to keep them safe.

To keep them alive. To survive.

Humanity, book 2:

The survivors have established a home, but they still have to face the brutality of human nature.

Not only do they have to survive, they must keep their humanity.

©2017 Devon C. Ford (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Very Good Story and Very Enjoyable

Okay. First of all, it's narrated by RC Bray, So even if it was a shopping list it would sound spectacular, The story is good as is the character development. The story is realistic, not your usual, unlimited round magazines and indestructible hero's, running on broken legs.

The only thing that concerns me; is the length - 12hrs 38 mins for 2 books and a chapter or two of book 3 is worrisome. I would love to continue to purchase this series but that is reliant upon the author providing the hours of entertainment per buck. Too many authors now think 4 to 6 hours and only half a story is worth the cost of a full story. Hopefully, this author, will realise what most people want and will endeavour to provide value for money, rather than lose customers due to subjective overpricing.

Getting back to the books - The storyline is incredibly believable, the characters too seam realistic portrayals and the story moves at a quick pace without the usual dead spots, that whilst necessary, the listeners hate, as they wait for the next installment of the storyline. Can't wait to get Society when it's released. I'm sure this series will prove to be long-lived and eagerly awaited. I don't see the point of detailing the story as it would be pointless only know that it's definitely a Zompoc fans must have.

As a final point - Well worth the investment and you will not be disappointed with the story or the purchase.

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Logical Survivors

Devon C Ford chose his title well. There's nothing new about the premise, a terrible disease wipes the vast majority of humanity out. But this book isn't about that part and it's all over and forgotten about with breathtaking speed. The characters seem to immediately accept it's pretty much game over for the whole planet and largely get on with things.

What it is about is a group of survivors trying to build a new society for themselves. They actually get very logical very quickly and the story speaks to the human need for identity and purpose which while the book possibly skirts a lot of the other situational psychology is often overlooked in the genre. There is action, violence and disagreement but there is also a lot about the building of a fledgling society. To me it was very satisfying as a read.

So what about the narration? Hmm, this is where I hope not too many people read this one because I love RC Bray but I can't quite give him the usual five stars. This is a very English book and I have to say that while he does his usual brilliant job I do think one of the better English narrators might have given the book a little more of a unique local character.

Finally I note that the publisher / author have decided to combine each pair of books into these Publisher's packs. I say bravo! Shorter books are fine but I think that if you are going to produce a series each book should be a reasonable length. I don't expect every author to match the imperious Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight series at nearly 50 hours per book but 5 or 6 hours would definitely have been too little.

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Great story, great characters dodgy narration

I really enjoyed these two books. The characters are great and it's nice to read a survival story that doesn't include zombies. Unfortunately, the usually good RC Bray was a poor choice for narrator. He reads well but as an American is pretty much completely incapable of reading in an English accent. His Scottish is ropey too and I'm pretty sure he's never even heard a Welsh accent because his attempts at one are laughable. Such a shame because it's easy to forget this is a British story with the constant American accent. And when Bray attempts one of the British accents it is jarring and pulls me out of the story. Ruins the enjoyment somewhat. BUT having said all that, it's still worth listening to for the characters and story. I've bought the next two books on the strength on these two.

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Absurd Escapist Prepper Fiction. Not All Bad.

I should say that I did get to the end. It's strangely listenable despite everything that comes next. Partially owing to the quality off the narration.

So clearly this book is strongly targeted at a specific demographic with which I fit enough to have had the book mistakenly recommended. Bad algorithm. One example of how the demographic is served is in the bizarrely intense focus given to the intricate specifics of the story's guns, and the various attachments and modification applied to them. I feel like I know our survivor group's arsenal better than I know its members. Another example is in the clear political pandering of the author to traditional prepper notions and values. "Far truer if harsher justice than that found in the world before" narrated the main character, as he planned its enforcement in accordance with his own whims. "Left wing" is used as an insult (by the narrator, not in dialogue) to describe fools who don't immediately expect the world to fall into mad-maxian anarchy, and aren't eager to go with it.

Fortunately for our protagonist, the author makes this psychopath correct. Apparently about half the population of the UK just can't wait for "the event" so they can unleash their inner monsters, doing so ludicrously promptly in the apocalypse's wake. There's no continuing danger (as for example in a Zombie Apocalypse fiction) to drive people to such evils; it's just how the author thinks we all intrinsically are I guess. Survivors are almost always encountered in the clutches of savage petty-despots (despite the ridiculous statistical improbability of this repeatedly happening in an apparently near deserted world), and our "hero" is always ready to step up and save them. His only flaw is the dangerous rage and unparalleled lethal capabilities he has, but always keeps nigh-perfectly under control, such that they're clearly not really flaws other than as lip-service to the stereotype of a flawed genius of his field (survivalism).

He is witty (not actually, but we're always told that he gets laughs from the helpless sheep who surround him), and popular, an inspiring leader of the group, and yet a lone-wolf, who has a deep soul and hidden depth, backed by a cliché traumatic past. He spends all his time worrying that the armed forces of the group are woefully undermanned, even early on when they outnumber the band's farming contingent. I don't think the author really paints the picture of a sustainable society in terms of division of labor. Why is the medical team so large, and why are people not taking turns performing the more menial tasks? Our protagonist accuses others of trying to set up communist dictatorships, whilst himself observing that "rank has privileges" and forcing others to obey rules he sets and then permits only himself to break.

The adversaries to the group are all poorly fleshed out, and frankly dumb. All our hero's plans come off flawlessly, his opponents behaving exactly as he plans (IE: not as remotely rational actors). If he launches an ambush, you can be damn sure the opposition will all stand ready in the open. It is a world where these men can be effective enough to build large bands of followers, oppressing numerous slaves, and yet will stand in the open, guileless and entirely ineffectual in the face of The Special One.

If you're looking for absurd escapist fantasy, this could be enjoyable. A realistic portrayal of post-apocayptia it is not, nor a guide to surviving anything other than a narcissist's delusions of grandeur.

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LOVE RC BRAY - best Narrator there is

The first two books are good. Shame none of the others have been added to Audible. I would almost advise not getting this until the rest are added.

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Can't wait for the next one

Normally I use audio books to help me sleep but sadly this one failed in that respect. I found myself listening for hours totally engrossed.

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Brilliant<br />

R C Bray could read the phone book and I'd enjoy it, I'm off to buy book 3 *)

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Loved it

Loved it can’t wait till next in series. Please Don’t keep us waiting audible. Would make a great uk tv series

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good story, dodgy accents

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and normally love RC Bray's performances. the accents were a little annoying but I soon got over it.

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Loved it

So refreshing to listen to a survival story set in the uk. Good believable story line well narrated.

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