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Summary

It took three weeks to destroy civilisation. It won’t be rebuilt in a day. A year after the outbreak, a sharp winter is followed by a sudden thaw. Spring has come early to Nova Scotia, bringing new hope. For the 13,000 survivors who’ve found sanctuary in northern Canada, and for the first time since the apocalypse, extinction isn’t imminent. But it looms large in the near future, a legacy of the nuclear war that destroyed civilisation.

As the weather improves, some survivors quit the small community. Even more plan their departure. The old-world supplies of food, oil, and ammunition have been consumed. More will have to be grown, drilled, and made. Medicine, paper, clothes: in a few years there will be none left to salvage. If it can’t be manufactured, it will have to be forgone. What knowledge can’t be preserved will be lost.

Humanity’s future appears bleak unless more people can be found. Hoping there is some truth in the rumours of a redoubt in Vancouver, an expedition to the Pacific is launched. The journey will be perilous as North America was ground zero for the outbreak, and for the nuclear war.

Set in Canada and beyond, as survivors from the Atlantic and Pacific meet. Please note, this audiobook includes heroes and villains, places and events from the Pacific-based series, Life Goes On, Books 1-3.

©2021 Frank Tayell (P)2021 Frank Tayell

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This one was hard to get through till the last 1/2

My thoughts about the first half of this book were basically me screaming in my head: "TOO MANY MISSED OPPORTUNITIES!" at the author.

The story was a little boring but that wasn't even the worst issue for me. It was the missed chance to write a future for his characters that could have the possibility of being better than the exclusive, terrible, cruel society of the past. After 20+ books in this franchise, I had hoped for better.


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I honestly nearly walked away from the series in general when they introduced money and tried to recreate all the shit of the past. It's such a male way of doing things & so clearly doomed to failure. I was so close to done. Then finally, FINALLY, things started to shift a little bit (though imo it would be damage done to their society! 🤷🏻‍♀️) and it slowly dragged me back in again.

The second half of the book was serviceable. And with some decent ideas about how their people could go on without repeating the mistakes of the past. But really once you introduce money, how do you go back and do better? *Shrugs*

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Another great book in this series

Another Frank Tayell at his best. Just a great blend of exciting story and thoughtful musing. Can’t wait for 19 to come out as an audio book.

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Wow

I hope there is a lot more to this set of books got to give it 5 out of 5

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  • 17-02-22

Slow moving story

I love this series but not this book. This book was mostly filler. Filled with Bills thoughts on everything and that is getting old. There’s very little action and too much of Bill stumbling, limping, tripping and fumbling his way across Canada while thinking of the future with very little getting resolved. It’s just a 14 hour set up for the next book.

I skipped part 3 of the story and went on to finish the rest of the book before going back to listen to part 3 and am so glad I did. Part 3 has nothing to do with the story as a whole, it just tells you what happened to a different character months before. That’s something I’d recommend to everyone who buys this.