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Dark Titan Journey

Sanctioned Catastrophe, Book 1
Narrated by: Jaret Sears
Series: Dark Titan, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
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Summary

The ultimate prepper's adventure. The journey begins here!

Nathan Owens was just topping up his tank when the gas pump stopped working. So did the radio. And the lights. Then planes starting falling out of the sky, and plutonium-powered satellites began to explode.

A massive solar storm - the Coronal Mass Event that had been predicted for years - finally hit Earth, and the electromagnetic pulse it created instantaneously threw the world back to the Bronze Age. Soon, the radioactive fallout from space would spread death and disease across the globe.

Owens and his friends had been preparing for something like this for years, and now it had finally happened. But when it came, it came at the worst possible time. He was 1,000 miles away from his family and his redoubt - and it was his only chance to survive the dark days ahead. If he ever hoped to escape, he would have to draw together a team of survivalists to save those nearby before he could even begin the last, most important journey of his life.

And there was one thing he hadn't counted on at all: the EOTWAWKI wasn't just a natural disaster. There was a sinister, almost omnipotent human force, behind it...and it wanted him dead.

©2015 Thomas A. Watson (P)2015 Permuted Press

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I really enjoyed this book.

I don't know what happened, it started kind of slow but then I got sucked in and the night was gone. Great characters, gets a bit overly vicious with the bad guys, I thought at one or two points, but survival is survival! The narrator is great once he gets into it, a little slow at first, but just hang in there as it is very much worth it! I got feeling of joy at the wonder of how truly generous of spirit people can be to one another! I have experienced it in real life and it was a lovely reminder, of course there were a few of those who are totally lacking in that spirit! All in all it felt like I was reading a true story instead of fiction! Ok so on to book 2, I couldn't find book 3 though, but hopefully it is somewhere in audible!

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the narrator was quite poor & story drawn out.

the story was ok, but the narrator was like reading out loud at school rather than including any emotion or character. the idea for the story was interesting, but it seemed drawn out in places when every detail was described even when it wasnt important in building an image or advancing the story. sometimes it got a little repetative.

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  • Jason
  • 10-01-16

haters really hated

I liked this book. It's not the best but far from the worst. I don't like reviews for thus book it nearly kept me from downloading it, thankful I did. This book us worth a shot. The main man is a prepped group unto himself with all his training and knowledge. I really dislike in the comments about how unrealistic the guy was. ITS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER! anyway give it a chance or not the choice is yours audible will refund the credit if you are unsatisfied. My vet is a former navy SEaL he has a rescue for dogs that are trained in S&R and by nephews orthodontist is a former EOD tech and NLDSA winner. I'm just some random jerk from Michigan whose to say was a wealthy guy does with his money if he is so inclined.

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  • Craig
  • 17-07-16

Wow......I feel bad about it but.......?

Couldn't get thru enough to tell if it was worth it.......narrator is absolutely horrible.......I tried and tried but,it was,so bad that after 20 minutes realisized I didn't know what was going on because I was gritting my teeth listening to the whine of the,narrator......

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  • BE
  • 16-11-15

Don't waste a credit.

I don't return very many books but this is by far the worst book I've ever had.
The first few hours went ok until the main character wasted time hanging out at the truck stop which is just about the entire story. I agree with the other readers/listeners in that the story is boring and unrealistic.
I also agree the story appears to have been written by a child not an adult.
What is even worse than the poor storyline is the narrator who by far is the worst narrator of the hundreds of audiobooks I've listened to. It's as if he is reading on a 5th grade level. He doesn't end sentences correctly and almost slurs the words. I checked his name and found he has not narrated anything but this book. At least I don't have to hear him in any other selections I come across. I can put up with a bad storyline but the narrator makes listening to it unbearable.

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  • Brad B.
  • 19-11-15

This one will make you use Audible's return policy

I don't know Thomas Watson, or his prepping or vocational background, but his protagonist isn't someone most people could probably relate to. He's a single nurse that contracts all over the country and makes a huge amount of money which he dumps into prepping. Plus, he's a Reserve Sheriff's Deputy that's a member of a special response unit and has a trained working dog that travels with him. So, to be clear, the protag is rich(ish) medically trained, highly tactically proficient LEO (in his spare time) with a dog that's smarter than most of the secondary characters.

In Watson's book, Nathan (the protag) spends days (the whole book mostly) acting as this Prepper Messiah to a group of store employees and a stranded family while defending the store from the growing civil unrest. Nearly every decision the Nathan made was counterintuitive to most experienced people who prepare for similar disasters. For example, after he's stranded by the EMP, he spends thousands of dollars buying last minute supplies at this particular store/restaurant/casino most of the book is set at. He bought so much that I expected him to try and buy a working car or ATV to start his 2000 mile trip home. Nope, well over 100lb pack and he's going to walk it. Hahaha; no way.

Beyond that, the character seems written more for an action movie than a realistic treatment of a disaster. Nathan kills people with the same nonchalance has opening an envelope with no reason or explanation as to why he can do this. In better books people defend themselves without hesitation, but they understand the gravity of their actions despite the necessity of it. As many military and LEO veterans know, just because the taking of a life is justified, sanctioned, or within the ROE, you still live with it. Mr. Watson never conveys this with his character.

Every time Nathan is about to put on his "hero hat" he has to make some sort of cheesy comment that had me rolling my eyes. Not one LEO I know would run up to a group of guys about to loot a store and yell "Pain train's coming! Who wants tickets?" or something similar. You just can't take this work seriously with content like that. Its pretty consistent throughout the book, as is his character's need to always remind people "I'm a cop." I should've counted how many times Nathan played that card, even when doing illegal things himself... "Its okay, I'm a cop". If he was going to throw out his moral compass after the disaster that's fine, but to constantly hide behind his badge became a worn out plot device.

Anyway that's about it. I'll be getting my Audible credit back on this one.


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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-15

Worth trying out

Would you listen to Dark Titan Journey again? Why?

Maybe. It had a lot of characters at times. I might be able to enjoy the story more the second time since I will already know who's who.

Would you recommend Dark Titan Journey to your friends? Why or why not?

I might but not for their first book in this genre.

What three words best describe Jaret Sears’s performance?

Annoying. Really annoying.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Pick your friends carefully in the apocalypse.

Any additional comments?

I liked the book but thought the story focused on the store and diner too long. This section was still interesting, I was just ready for him to get on the road. I am looking forward to the next book.

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  • William Lewis
  • 09-12-15

Strange bi-polar feel

The overall story and plot was fine, but the main character had a very odd feel to him. One minute you're cheering him on, and the next its like where did that come from? The ethical and moral ambiguity Nathan showed was troubling... especially for a LEO and a nurse. Also, the narrator made it extremely difficult to understand the tone the characters were taking. The reading was very monotone, and blah. I don't think I'll be finishing this series, or recommending it.

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  • Alice
  • 03-06-20

Third listen and still excellent

I love this! The people -most of them- are believable. What a scary situation... scarier than the pandemic and now the riots. sigh. Why do people destroy?

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  • Robert William Keehn
  • 24-05-20

Awesome beginnings

awesome pink Jennings to what's sure to be a great story this is a storyline that always continues the interest me I just love the fact that you introduced it as a character who's a nurse and a survivalist

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-05-20

just black and white and nothing between

story is well written, but lacks depth, all characters are bland and very conviniently made to look main character good. protagonist never really is forced to make any choice because other characters are purely good or poor evil. also main character somehow is perceived by everyone like santa klaus and is worshiped like a god and despite relatively young age patronizes everyone and acts like some elderly wise main showing some heathens error of their ways.
i still want to know what happens next, also i saw that some future books has allen as co-author, so that brings hope.

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  • Gabriel
  • 03-05-20

Great story but it's runined by a bad narrator.

This guy sounds more bored and uninterested than me in my communications class. Ruined to for me because it put me to sleep.