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Summary

In the first five minutes, over a million people died.

In the months since then things have only gotten worse. Much, much worse. Earth reels in the aftermath of a devastating solar flare; the effect of a savage solar storm that has resulted in a global disaster of unprecedented proportions. Most of the world is without electrical power or the means to restore it. In the blink of an eye, the life we lead today became history: the infrastructures of modern American life ceased to exist. Cities, nations and governments are no more. The economy has collapsed and lawlessness reigns. Billions have perished and survival has become a way of life in a world that seems intent on wiping out humankind; or at least its humanity. Those who remain seem to operate on opposite ends of the moral spectrum.

Whether it's a group of religious zealots delivering evil, a mysterious military faction with a secret agenda, the dispersal of the world's most terrible bio-weapon, or an approaching hurricane, there is much to threaten the survivors of Harris Springs and indeed the whole of mankind.

Scott Montgomery and his unlikely group of friends try to hold on to what remains of their community and help the countless shattered lives within it move on in the wake of the apocalypse. But what lies ahead appears to be even greater darkness.

©2017 J K Franks (P)2017 J K Franks

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  • Peter
  • Guildford, United Kingdom
  • 31-08-17

Another great book in this series

We get to learn more about what is going on in the world bit by bit but not too much. Building on the foundations of the events and character development in the first book Kingdoms of Sorrow continues on with everything that made the first book great the writing and narration are still on form keeping me engaged in the events through the lens of the characters, This story has great characters with that you could believe are real people due to the depths and wonderful voices they each have.

Now whether this book is a good at the first is very much a matter of personal taste. The story moves a bit away from the more down to earth dealing with the end of the world story from the first book upping the ante with larger battles, evil cults, the bioweapon etc. Now all this either means the book is more exciting and interesting or it is less believable and engaging depending on your personal taste. I liked it and I think this series of books would make a good TV show.

I enjoyed listening to this book and can recommend it if you have listened to or read the first book. I can not wait to find out what happens next.


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

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  • neal
  • 21-08-17

Not Happy! I want my credit back.

First book was great.
Prepper based survival story.
The author turned it into crappy zombie story, with this follow up story.

Couldn't finish it.
Audible should let us know in the description that this is a zombie type story.
I want my credit back!

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  • Margaret
  • 28-09-17

Wonderful dystopian ! Now I need book 1&3.

I have not read book one, that being said, I feel this book explains just enough that it is not necessary I do. But I want to! This book does leave you wanting book three since there are some story threads that are left hanging.
I thoroughly enjoyed this semi-unique, realistic dystopian story. The interactions between characters are believable and they are developed enough that I felt involved in their stories. There is some intrigue due to some characters with undefined roles and organizations with unclear motives.
There are no zombies and no long chapters describing how the characters are searching for food.

As I've already said, I can't wait to listen to another book by this author (it's waiting in my library right now).
I would love to listen to another book by this narrator. The narrator did a great job voicing each character and portrayed them in all their craziness and sensibility. Thankfully, he also has realistic female voices.

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

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  • SunsetSam
  • 05-09-17

A bit of a let down from book one

What did you like best about Kingdoms of Sorrow? What did you like least?

The accuracy of the event Be it a solar Flare High altitude Nuke the result is an EMP. The book I believe is based on what we do know about EMPs and is accurate on what will work and what will not.
The writing style is excellent.My problem was with his description of the the Vague "Religious Zealots " It was clear in my mind the author was referring to Christians by the customs and beliefs. This I found inaccurate as the evidence is that Christians are the most caring religious group with the Red Cross, Salvation Army and charities. Look who provided meals and shelter during Katrina and now Harvey. The second issue was the false narrative that was stated that more wars are created over religion than anything else. Not true. Search out Democide

If you’ve listened to books by J. K. Franks before, how does this one compare?

Book one was great this one I found a bit flat. Id like to know more back story. I am sure book 3 will be great

What does Steven Varnum bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He seemed to fit the Characters . He did not try to over act in the narration and he speaks clearly and well; well done

Did Kingdoms of Sorrow inspire you to do anything?

After reading the 2 books and Harvey .... Get my house in order

Any additional comments?

I was given this book to review and these are my opinions alone. My hope is to give the reader an accurate look into the book through my eyes and/or ears

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  • Deedra
  • 28-12-17

Kingdoms of sorrow

I liked this book.It is the end of the worl as we know it.This is an interesting take on how we would aurvive.Steven Varnum was a good narrator.

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  • Cycletrash
  • 16-09-17

Why is Everyone Getting Sick Around Me?

If you could sum up Kingdoms of Sorrow in three words, what would they be?

This is tough!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kingdoms of Sorrow?

There were many.

Have you listened to any of Steven Varnum’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great as alwaysl

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

Sheep need not apply.

Any additional comments?

I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the author or narrator." This review is for the audio copy of Kingdoms of Sorrow: Catalyst Book 2 by J K Franks and narrated by Steven Varnum.
The saga continues. Again, it kept me engaged throughout the whole book. The story line is believable as stated previously. The story does a good job of build up for a particular part, jumps to another area to update you on that situation and then goes back and resolves the previous predicament. It does so such that I never got lost or irritated. I rather enjoy that style of storytelling because it keeps you on your toes and involved in the story. Steven did another excellent job of narration. He helps me see the story in my mind as he is acting it. Again, a very enjoyable end of the world read…! The only problem with this book is the end. Now I need the next one! That is not to say that you can’t stop with book 2. You can leave it here if you wanted to, but I for one want to hear the rest of the story…

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-17

The catalyst saga continues

Kingdoms of Sorrow is the second book in Catalyst series. This book expands the world we were introduced to in the first book, continuing not only the tale of Scott and his friends but also introduces several more characters and goes into more depth about the disease that only briefly touched on in the first volume. It's another wild ride, with plenty of excitement. Hopefully it won't be too long of a wait for book 3.

Steven Varnum, who narrated the first book, returns and once again delivers a great performance, giving personality to all the characters and really brings the story to life.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • TinkerMel
  • 11-08-17

exultant!

I really have enjoyed both book one and now this 2nd book of this series.
I love the story line, and all ( most) the characters.
The characters are engaging and well developed. The plot was fast paced. I found this series to be a nice break, and different from other books in this genre. I would recommend this book, but i would read the first book in the series and go from there.

the narrator did an excellent job bringing this story to life!
as did the writer!


I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Kevin
  • 23-07-17

Outstanding!

I'm not sure if a second book in a series has ever been so well written. Franks has become one of my favorite dystopia authors.

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  • Ashley
  • 02-04-18

I need more!

I need more. Don't leave me hanging like this. This series has opened my eyes to do much. I can't wait to read more!

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  • chieftwidgit
  • 15-03-18

Full bore exitemement

If you could sum up Kingdoms of Sorrow in three words, what would they be?

Full of issues

What did you like best about this story?

The description of the scenarios as the story progressed

Have you listened to any of Steven Varnum’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. It was along the same level of professionalism

Any additional comments?

This book was provided free in exchange for a review. I listened to book one and two of this series. The two books followed seamlessly across the story line. It was good at detailing that not all good guys would survive such a situation and the problems people would face and the challenge to keep any type of community together. The main characters were not perfect but managed to continue and mostly make it happen. The book was left with a real cliff hanger at the end, so I hope there is in fact more books in this series. Very enjoyable and believable. The narrator did an outstanding job on the different characters and even put a good deal of emotion into the performance.