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Allison's Secret

By: D Stalter
Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
Series: Allison, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
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Summary

Allison has a secret. Like any farm wife, she is prepared for bad storms, bad times, and bad luck. But even her husband is unaware she is more prepared than the average farm wife. (But don't ever call Allison a prepper!)

Riley and Will are motorcycle buddies on a mission to rescue Riley's nephew, who's been kidnapped by his father. When a solar flare throws them all together, there's going to be problems.

©2018 D Stalter (P)2018 D Stalter

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They will do whatever it takes.

After the effects of a Coronal Mass Ejection not the earth, panic descends on Rockford and Chicago, in part because of news bulletins warning of anticipated Muslim terrorist attacks. But it was everyday mean minded Americans who prove to be the actual terrorists. Alison, prepared, as she puts it to her sister, not a prepper (excuse me, perhaps it's just my British bias, but purchasing $100 of ammunition per month, plus other gun related devises, to feed into her armoury, sounds very much more like prepping to me), has amassed a large supply of survival goods, from food to guns to toilet paper, far exceeding the needs of her and her husband to see them through a week of bad weather, her reason for squirrelly it all away. Where did she get the money? And how could her husband not know? Bossy and self satisfied, she comes over more as one of those people just waiting for a disaster to take control, and the political rants against Democrats might well mirror some reader's views but to this one, felt bigoted and totally unnecessary, more like a Nazi agenda than that of a caring citizen. No, I did not like Alison and her small town cohorts.
In contrast, the two biker friends, Bill and Riley, also gun toting and not afraid to use them, came over as compassionate and capable, as they ride into the area to retrieve Riley's nephew for his sister from the violent father, George Wilson. Their story is engaging and a reason to continue reading.

Characterization is good, situations, though, felt contrived, although for wannabe peppers there is useful information. J.Scott Bennett's narration is, as usual, superb, with full textual understanding, good pacing and intonation as well as separate and appropriate voicing for each of the characters. A fine performance. He is a pleasure to hear even when what he reads becomes less than enjoyable.

Will I be reading the next in this series? Probably, as I formed a literary attachment to Bill and Riley. Would I recommend it to others? No.

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great story

I would like a sequel to this, it feels unfinished for me, I'd like to know how they all get on long term. I do hope they had enough toilet rolls to last them.

an enjoyable story, that was easy to listen too.

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OK but ...

It did keep me entertained most of the day but there was an awful lot of concern about toilet paper and huge rant about the lazy democrats! Alison’s world is black or white and had no connection to the rest of the world. The lack of knowledge about their own history and how people managed without electricity was astounding.

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After a solar flare wipes out most of the worlds technology, Allison and her neighbours join together to try and make her town more self sufficient.

However there are people who are believe that they can just take what they want with no consequence. And after trying to help four strangers, all hell literally breaks loose.

There’s a bit of everything in this action paced book for everyone... there’s fun fights which in turn leads to a boy getting shot, bombs, and plenty of sass from Allison herself.

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Surprisingly good story

This story primarily involves the story of a woman who was obsessed with being prepared for an emergency. What she did not realize was that the emergency was the end of life as she knew it. It describes what occurs when a solar flare reaches earth and knocks out the power grid for most of the Northern Hemisphere.

There are many obstacles and she has to assist organizing a community so that they can survive the Winter. In the midst of this is a group who are involved in the rescue of a young boy and their encounter with the boy's father and his friends who intend to kill the men and the boys mother.

All very exciting action and too real life in such a situation. The story was well written and involved for a story of this length with no wasted verbiage.

The narration was excellent. The use of multiple voices for individuals by the narrator lent realism to the story and kept it very interesting throughout.

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  • Claire
  • 25-08-18

Prepared, but not a prep-per...

Allison is such a quirky character, she cares about people deeply but prefers not to meet a lot of people, she's been stockpiling supplies for years 'just in case' but objects to being called a prep-per. Surrounding her are a bunch of people from all walks of life who all come together to create safety for themselves and each other.

This book is full of characters who show both the best and worst of people. The story is well written and I loved listening to it. The narration is well done, great character voices and the tone and pace of the delivery worked well for the different phases of the book.

There's some great information on survival wrapped up in this story, enough detail to make it feel real without overwhelming us with information not needed for the plot.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • sherry Christenson
  • 07-08-18

Great Story

Love the author’s spin on the end of the world. It was so hard when I had to stop listening for annoying things like work. I mean how could I work when the world was ending? I love the characters and how Allison helped out her neighbors in need. Will and Riley cracked me up. I was completed captivated through the whole book and will definitely be looking for the next book. The narration was spot on perfect, he really did a great job bringing the book to life

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  • Marla
  • 29-07-18

Hoping for a book 2

This book had a different slant on other prepper books I have read. I liked that in this book it is about people helping people. Of course there are always the bad and greedy people of the world. I did not like the short blurb in it about politics. Glad they did not go on any longer about that. It is amazing what Allison does. Cannot wait or hoping for a book 2.



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  • Annette Schwartz
  • 26-05-19

This could happen and it’s scary as hell!

A Post-apocalyptic tale and the first book in the series. The author of this story has a wonderful imagination and hit really close to home. I definitely would recommend this story. I absolutely loved listening to this book.
The narrator does a fabulous job with the telling of the story. I definitely enjoyed listening to this narrator.

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  • Reader
  • 24-05-19

Smart

A smart, apocalyptic novel, Allison's Secret is well researched and written, with flesh-out characters and an interesting premise. If you like apocalyptic fiction, this is a book worth checking out.

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  • Raven
  • 19-05-19

Solar Flare drama

This story follows the lives of a few characters, during, and after a solar flare events which knocks out power. The world becomes a harder and dangerous place where people will struggle to survive. There is some action in this book, but it's not what I would call fast-paced. The characters spend a lot of time talking and planning. However, this is only part one of a series, so perhaps the following books will see the characters having to deal with even more difficult situation. I felt the writing was good and the narrator also did a fine job with the audio and production.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 24-01-19

Entertaining story with great characters

This is an enjoyable story with a bit of a different slant on the usual prepper books. A sun flare plays havoc with society and it brings out both the worst and best in people. Alison denies being a prepper but she has enough “just in case” supplies packed away to last a year, and her organizational and herbal skills help her neighbors, and the town as a whole, prepare to survive the trying times ahead. Will and Riley are also great characters and the repartee between the two of them is very entertaining. The narrator brings the story to life and gives both the males and females individual voices. He fits the book well and sets the pace just right. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing how things progress in the next book in the series.

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  • Kandice C.
  • 03-01-19

Very good

I found this book to be very good. I have not read books of this style before and found that it totally kept my attention. The narrator has done a wonderful job.

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  • Lisa M
  • 15-08-18

End of the world

This is a great take on the end of the world. I really enjoyed hearing this book. It was very good and had great description. The narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life, wonderful voice. I look forward to hopefully there being more spin offs of the book.

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I would most definitely recommend this book

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  • Arielle Joy
  • 11-08-18

not my usual kind of book

It was better than I thought it was going to be. the book was well written and as usual the voice acting was spot on. the only thing that kinda bothered me was the jabs toward Democrats, but the main character addresses it. I am like Alison, I vote for the person not the party.

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