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Instant Darkness: A Post Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

EMP Crisis Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
Series: EMP Crisis Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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Summary

A massive solar flare is about to bring the country to its knees.

When Abram Patterson learns about an impending solar flare, every moment matters. Loaded up in his trusty 1976 Land Cruiser, he must get his wife and daughter from their home in New Hampshire to their remote retreat in Central Vermont. But can he reach his bug-out location before civil unrest makes travel all but impossible?

A father who must protect his children from certain death.

Nick Caulfield, a single father of two, is always in work mode. But when the country is on the brink of collapse, he must focus on getting his children to safety. His neighbor, Abram, has left in a hurry, and he quickly realizes that the region will soon be plunged into chaos. He discovers that his son has acquired directions to his neighbor’s compound, but he suspects they will not be welcomed.

A harrowing journey with an uncertain outcome.

A good Samaritan takes a risk to aid a man and his teenage son and young daughter, but when his services go unappreciated, he feels slighted by the man. Will he take the high ground and be the selfless man he strives to be? Or will he seek revenge, allowing his morals to crumble as humanity quickly unravels?

The solar flare is only the beginning. What would you do to protect the ones you love?

Instant Darkness is the first book in the EMP Crisis series, a post-apocalyptic survival thriller series about regular people struggling to survive after a solar EMP.

©2019 J.J. Holden & Mark J. Russell (P)2019 J.J. Holden & Mark J. Russell

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Excellent & Exciting Post apocalyptic Story

This is the first in a new series of books by J.J. Holden & Mark J. Russell, I love Post Apocalyptic books and this one kept me listening almost straight through. It did take me a while to warm to the two main male characters but I was soon hooked. I must say that I really enjoyed the narration by Kevin Pierce.
I am really looking forward to the next installment which I hope arrives soon.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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  • jake
  • 03-10-19

This is more like it.

I have not read any books by the authors in this series. I have read countless Post apocalyptic books and this story was a nice change of pace from the normal genre. The characters could have been developed a little more for my liking but over all I got to know them and their personalities well enough that it fit with the story pace. What I really like about this particular story is the believably of the whole scenario. There was no sudden "No one knows what just happened" type of event. There was a slow progression of decline with a pop at the end. But things had taken place to get to a real story...no drowning the story in travels on the road to get to a home that is getting attacked or the family is split and the main character had to get home while the family barley fends off some evil. I like how it portrays a normal family that follows a prepper family to their bug out location. The internal conflict and turmoil is more real life. This scenario is something that could really happen and most likely would. The group is at odds in a stressful situation....that is real. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series and hope it stays down to earth. As always Kevin Pierce is the best post apocalyptic narrator out there. I think Kevin could read shampoo bottles and i would listen. I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Backlash
  • 07-10-19

Northern bug out

When a solar flare kills the grid on the east coast few are prepared for the fallout. Two families will have to unite to survive but it might not be enough. Great characters, and a moving plot. Its getting so I wouldn't recognize a post apocalyptic audio without Kevin Peirce narrating he does so well. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Jayde
  • 14-10-19

Post-Apocalyptic Done Right

I have listened to many books in this genre. Many have the same formula. As in how many ways can the SHTF?
This one is a bit different and is much better for it. This one has a focus on the family and the community that you create for your family. Nobody is perfect and as in any situation decisions are made. Some might have been better than others when looked at in hindsight. But we have to live with the choices we did make.
There are lots of good ideas for preparedness without listing the manual. Some are easy, others not so much so without more money. We all do what we can to protect those we love.

As usual, Kevin’s narration for this story just fits. Some have more range and variation but Kevin has it down to what works and does it well.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Edain
  • 14-10-19

Interesting twist on the Genre!

Solar flare to strike Earth and the Government is not informing the populace of the severity. Prepped family heading out to a bug out in Vermont. Unprepared neighbor gets the bugout bug after being convinced by his son, to follow his neighbor hoping for entrance.
The story has everything you could want along with adventure, excitement, teen angst and excellent narration.
The characters are likeable and engaging and the story pulls you along. Kevin Pierce, did a fantastic job as always on the narration.
This is a great book and would be a nice addition to anyone's Post Apocalyptic Library.

This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

While I was given this book in exchange for a review, I have reviewed the book honestly to the best of my ability. I would never recommend a book to someone else if I would not purchase it myself

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  • michael martins
  • 01-11-19

PA EMP Survival Thriller with Amazing Narration

Instant Darkness is a great start to Post Apocalyptic survival series. They are already on solid ground because they got the great Kevin Pierce, possibly the King of Post Apocalyptic story narrators. I have listened to a lot of the books he has narrated and have enjoyed them all probably much more than I would of with a different narrator. The book starts off with vague news stories of Solar flares that the government and news are down playing as nothing serious. Abram Patterson(a prepper) knows different though and has contacts in the scientific community and online that let him know that this is going to be very serious, life changing for the East coast as it will take out the power grid possibly for years. He packs up his family in their 76 Land Cruiser and heads up to his 'bug out compound' in Vermont. His family consists of his daughter Emma, his wife Shelly and her sister Maggie and they are going to meet his best friend Gary(another prepper) at the compound.

Abram's neighbor Nick Caulfield sees Abram and his family leave early on a Sunday with the Land Cruiser packed to the brim and thinks it's odd but doesn't give it much thought. Nick is a single father, his wife having died of cancer 5 years previously and is taking care of his two kids, his son Corey and his young sister. Corey and Emma have been best friends since they were little and she couldn't leave without him so she had snuck Corey a letter telling him of the impending disaster and a map to their compound in Vermont. Once Corey sees the letter he tries to convince his father to take the family up there. It is a tough sell but finally Nick relents and packs his family up. By this point a lot of other people have started to figure things out and things are getting pretty crazy out there. Nick isn't even sure he will be welcomed by Abram once he gets there as they don't necessarily get along that well but at this point he is desperate and decides it is what he has to do.

This is good PA novel that is full of tension between characters and situations that are very morally challenging. It is very interesting to see how characters and groups deal with each other and how some people choose to react when things get really tough. This is a good first installment in the series and am eager to read more to see what happens and if Kevin Pierce is narrating those I am sure they will be entertaining as well.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Blip
  • 30-10-19

What would you do for your children

Your child begs you to save the family and leave before the collapse of society. What do you do? Will they make it, yes. Will there be hard times, yes. Great book.

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  • Levi
  • 24-10-19

Scary To Imagine

This story is one that I wasn't expecting to hear but glad that I did. I know there are levels of preparedness for emergencies but when all the power goes out how are you ever really prepared for it? It's scary to think that people you've known your whole life can change and turn against you in desperation and not to mention an entire population turning on one another just to survive another day. I'm really looking forward to reading the next entry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-19

great book

this was a very well-written book kept you on the edge of the seat can't wait for book 2.

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  • Zachary Craft
  • 24-10-19

Should Have Waited

I should have waited for more books in the series to be published. I got to the end and only wanted more!

An A+ read/listen. I recommend this title.

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  • Jeremy
  • 22-10-19

Great book!

I enjoyed this book, fast paced and action packed. I would recommend it.
Have fun

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