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Summary

The lights are out for good....

The Riley family is preparing to start a new life as owners of the River Rock Hotel in Galena, IL, when the lights go out and the world plunges into chaos. Matthew Riley wants to believe that people will come together to overcome the challenge, but as panic sets in after the massive EMP event, he has to face the harsh truth that the only people he can trust are his family.

His ailing father, David, has the skills the Riley family needs to survive in the dark new world, but with no medication for his heart condition on hand, his health is failing. Matthew’s wife, Kathleen, doesn’t share his optimism, but she will do what it takes to keep the family together and defend the hotel from the violent survivors who want to take it for their own.

As resources grow scarcer, family is the only bond that can be counted on. But those bonds are strained and frayed as the tensions of the new world begin to pull them apart. In a broken civilization, the only way to survive is strength in numbers. How can one family and their allies survive when the world has turned upside down?

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Interesting take on the genre

Okay yes like some of the other reviewers I did want to shake Matthew and I struggled a bit with some of the story lines but overall this was a refreshing take on this genre and there were some very interesting characters. I would have liked to have known more about the why but that didn't fit within the story parameters so get it.
The narrator suited the story.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review

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Realistic Characters with Gripping Storylines

It is a luxury to have box sets especially when you can get the audible narration for the set. I very much enjoyed this series and was glad not to have to wait for the next episode to come out!

The family that was the main focus of the series, were all strong and full of ideas and opinions that didn’t always coincide with that of other members of the family. This led to arguments as different family members had different priorities. The arguments were so realistic that they made me feel slightly uncomfortable! Despite these arguments, the family held together because of their love for one another.

It was good to read of an apocalyptic event where there were signs of people from the local area working together in a proactive way, putting their own skills and knowledge at the disposal of others. There were obvious dangers from people in the community who had always been takers rather than givers who were freer to pursue their selfish ends once law and order had broken down.

The audible narration was very good. Matthew E Berry read clearly and at a steady pace. A highly recommended box set.

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  • Charlotte
  • 27-05-22

Snowflakes in the apocalypse

Matthew and Kathleen are a couple of idiots …. If a lion were chasing them - they would probably stop to try and reason with it. I think my eye balls are permanently stuck in the back of my head after all the sympathetic dribble these folks spewed. Too bad David and Jade were not in charge. They would have taken care of business.
Jade was a badass they kept trying to convert.

2/3rds through. Hope I can finish this silly sap.

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  • healthyisbeautiful
  • 27-05-22

Matthew and Kathleen are entitled, ignorant idiot

UPDATE 2:
MATTHEW CONTINUES TO BE THE STUPIDEST PERSON THAT COULD EVER EXIST ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. Why in a million years anyone would ever write a character like him continues to blow my mind. I can't even listen to half of the parts of the book that he's engaged in because he's literally so dumb and flies from the seat of his pants all the time without thinking creating massive issues both in relationships and in people getting injured because he's impossible to deal with and things that he knows everything. why would anybody write a character like Matthew? I've had to skip through multiple parts just to prevent myself and my blood pressure from going up because he's so stupid...

REVIEW 1: I can't believe how stupid the author made these people. they are so entitled and ignorant and I would have shot them myself if I had to be in their group. so freaking stupid it's hard to listen to...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-22

Painful

I had to force myself to finish this series. This was like listening to Charlie Brown having a bad week..ugh. Honestly, who says that, especially in an apocalyptic story.
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  • Cheryl Walton
  • 21-06-22

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This was a fairly interesting story. The characters are the first that I’ve ever screamed “how stupid can you be”, to. It just needed something it didn’t have. I think it could have been much better than it was. Loved the setting. Not the characters. Still happy I read it.

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  • mother of many
  • 21-06-22

I tried to stick with it but it was way too silly

These characters were so unbelievable. A man who has heart trouble and then gets shot is able to walk for miles and then bounce right back and work to fortify the hotel? Really? A girl who is sweet then suddenly turns on them and commits a murder, only to repent and endear herself to them again. Oh brother. A little boy who teaches his grandmother how to preserve food. A grandma and little boy who carried enough food up the mountain to feed them all with one trip to town? A mom who won't tell her husband she had to kill a man on her way home and sulks in her room all day every day? I wanted so badly to like the story but it was just really bad. I hope I can return it.

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  • MyOhMy
  • 02-06-22

The complete series.

I love that this is the complete series so I don't have to search out another book to keep going. This is the story of a family that must fight impossible odds to stay together to survive after an EMP. The personalities of the people make the story. Matthew is the father and husband and he wants everything to be 'nice'. Kathleen, his wife, doesn't have the same belief in the goodness of mankind. The grandfather has the skills they need but his health is very iffy and it will take all of them to hold on. The family dynamic changed rapidly from hope to terror to determination and there are problems inside and out.

The place where each character starts out isn't where they end up and there were some places where I wanted to slap one or another of the characters for being stupid. I recognize in this situation most people will assume (and want) everything to go back to normal but burying their heads in the sand won't fix anything. I was particularly unhappy with Matthew and his "everything will be okay if we are nice to each other" attitude, which I believe lasted way way too long. There were other spots that annoyed me but fell into line with the story but that was my biggest problem with the story. That being said, you will root for the family to make it and it was a great listen.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.