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After It Happened

Publisher's Pack 3
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: After It Happened, Book 5-6
Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary

This publisher's pack contains Sanctuary (book 5) and Rebellion (book 6) of the After It Happened series.

Set in the UK in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious illness that 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.

Sanctuary, book 5: Scattered, the group must come to terms with their new reality. They face more danger than they can deal with. They have no idea if they can win the race against time before one of them becomes critical. Meanwhile, back at home, a plan is hatched to overthrow a tyrannical rule.

Rebellion, book 6: Steve, now recovered from his horrific injuries, forms a plan to restore the balance of power in their camp, but his opposition is also playing a dangerous game. Meanwhile, Sanctuary reveals its secrets to Dan and the others, and they find safety and comfort behind the high walls. But safety is an illusion, and there are forces converging on them with a malevolence that they have not battled before.

©2017 Devon C. Ford (P)2018 Podium Publishing
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A Real Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

The first couple of books in this series were remarkably calm affairs for post-apocalyptic fiction. A logical and steady building of a new small society interspersed here and there with examples of the threat such a world might deliver. Things cut up rougher in books 3 and 4 and it was obvious this was going to be no easy ride for the group.

These last two books though have real bite. Book 5, Sanctuary, is almost reminiscent of series like Arisen with almost non-stop jeopardy and action. The final book has a little more down time in patches but it ends with fantastic action and combat scenes. That ending is hugely satisfying.

As for the narration, with the first two books I did suggest for the first time ever that as good as he was maybe another narrator would have been better than RC Bray to give the book a better feeling of local character. Heresy obviously and here with the higher pace the natural sense of urgency that he brings to any story pays handsome dividends.

So, a quality series offering a real progression in terms of its story and character development from the soft, relatively comfortable grazing of the first two books to the snarling wolves that end it. And once again an additional bravo to the author and Podium Publishing for taking the step of putting the books into higher value publisher's packs!

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post apocalypse with a stiff upper lip

Where does After It Happened rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

If you enjoyed the Mountain Man or Arisen books you'll enjoy this. I particularly enjoyed the unique British humour and sensibilities that Devon Ford captured. These books are not meant as world class literature but they are great entertainment and well worth a read / listen

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

R.C Bray is probably the best (or at least top 3) performers working in audiobooks, how he manages to portray the gruffest of British soldiers in one sentence and switch to a teenage girl in the next to a psychopathic foreign soldier the breath after is beyond me, his ability to bring every character to life in such a way you can almost picture them just from his performance makes me search out every book he's performed

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The epilogue of the final instalment really brought a lump to my throat, the books aren't perfect but the emotions the epilogue brought forth made me realise how much I'd enjoyed them and how much the central characters had touched me

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Must listen to

The whole series has had me gripped from book one to six.
You have to listen to the brilliant series.

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I’ve died and gone to apocalyptic heaven

One of the best post apocalyptic books I’ve ever read. Literally up there with the Road. Absolutely gutted it’s over. Always wanted to write one myself but this is what I’d write so happy to bathe in the memories of this book for a while

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DCF pulled it off!

Nicely wraps up the whole story - I enjoyed all 6 books immensely and R C Bray adds his own magic to the audio version.
If you are looking for some serious POW escapism, then this is the series for you...
Will be looking out for future titles by Devon...

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An epic tale from start to finish

Loved this book, love this series. only gripe is the epilogue... Wish it didnt close off so much. Would have liked more, would have liked to lived what happened next

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Epic

Completely gripped till the end.
Brilliant finish to a wonderful story.
Highly recommend the whole series.

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what a totally epic series of books

Brilliant, epic, edge of the seat story, not sure what to do now. Couldn't wait to listen to it every day.

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Amazing!!

Really great series of books, I have really enjoyed listening to all of them.
The last two in particular are brilliant, and it ends brilliantly
Also the narration is really good!

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Great end to a superb series

I've listened to around 30 books from Audible and this series is in my top three if not number one. This instalment picks up nicely from the last as did the others, and has a satisfying conclusion.

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  • Jordan
  • 31-01-18

Great end

I loved this series, I laughed and cried. This book made me want to be like Dan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-03-18

great boo

loved it! best story ever so real. love all the charachters and was nearly bawling when it ended!

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  • Jack
  • 25-01-18

Amazing Story!

Great series! Enjoyed it immensely! 2 thumbs up and a high five! Great characters and a perfect ending. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-18

Amazing

I would recommend this book to anyone. Story line is amazing and I’ve already listened to it twice and still love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-03-18

One of the best reading experiences I ever had.

I have enjoyed pretty much 98% of the book. The story telling was amazing and I never got bored of it. Readers performance was more than perfect ane each character will live in my heart for as long as i will remember.

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  • conor
  • 21-03-18

That ending though

Most books I've read or listened to only provide a slight amount of closure but I thoroughly enjoyed the full closure at the end of this series.

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  • mike pestano
  • 19-03-18

One in a million

So far the best book yeti the truth be known .would listen to it again start to finished

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  • josh
  • 24-02-18

Really great conclusion

Perfect climax and conclusion. I was engaged throughout this whole book and was extremely satisfied with the ending. Highly recommend all 3 (or 6 I guess) books!

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  • Jeremy S. Thomson
  • 04-02-18

No Zombies, No Aliens, Just people

Absolutely brilliant! Plus, the story continues after this book with Leah's story. Don't pass this up!

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  • tn
  • 31-01-18

Exhausting!

I liked the first 2 but this one was absolutely exhausting and I couldn’t wait for it to be finished. Approximately 95% of the story was them getting attacked and injured. Definitely lacking in character development and story detail. Disappointing.

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