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Survive the Chaos

When the lights go out, anarchy reigns supreme.

After journalist Austin Merryman’s wife died, he and his 14-year-old daughter left home to travel the country in an old RV. But the comfort and renewal they sought soon descends into chaos.

After a message from an old college buddy leads Austin to a bridge in the middle of nowhere, he finds his friend - now an NSA agent - waiting to give him a USB drive. Before the contents can be explained, machine gun fire strafes the bridge, killing Austin’s friend and forcing Austin into the raging river.

Rescued downstream by a beautiful veterinarian, Austin learns that EMP attacks have thrust the world into eternal darkness and separated him from the only person he has left. Now, he’ll move heaven and earth to locate his daughter and make it to his brother’s prepper hideaway in Utah.

But the post-apocalyptic world is no longer a friendly place. Resources are growing scarce. Factions break out along ethnic and religious lines. Everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to survive in an increasingly hostile environment. And Austin’s daughter is caught right in the middle of this splintering society.

But an even deadlier foe stalks them as they struggle across the landscape. Someone who hasn’t forgotten about the USB drive Austin possesses.

And they’ll do anything to get it back.

Survive the Aftermath

The new world order is at hand.

Civilization has crumbled since the EMP thrust humanity back into the Stone Age, and dangerous factions now scavenge for scarce resources in this terrifying new world.

Austin Merryman wonders what the future holds for his teenaged daughter and if the madness surrounding them is even worth surviving. For now, the group is safe in his brother’s prepper house nestled in the Rockies. But the calm can’t last forever.

With 16 people crammed together in the tiny mountain home, tensions are bound to erupt. It doesn’t help that his brother’s lazy friend gets twisted pleasure from stirring up animosity, pitting brother against brother and daughter against father as battle lines are drawn.

But decisions about who stays and who goes are ripped from their hands as information on the USB drive lays bare pieces of the NWO’s plans. Austin realizes the horrifying truth of why he’s in their sights, as well as the danger he’s brought down on those he loves most. When tragedy again strikes the small group, it will be up to Austin to make the hard choices necessary to ensure their survival.

Until a dying man utters the single word that changes everything.

Survive the Conflict

The world has descended into a nightmarish hell. Death and destruction reign at every turn.

Everywhere Austin Merryman has led his tightknit group of survivors has gone from bad to worse as enemies pursue them for the intelligence he possesses. Yet, his group remains steadfastly together even as the infighting continues.

It’s only when the cryptologist traveling with them finally breaks through the last coded barrier, exposing the full extent of the data on the mysterious USB drive, that their luck finally seems to be turning. So many have already given their lives to secure the information, and now, they know why.

Now, a small window of opportunity remains for stopping the new world order from succeeding in their plans, but Austin and his cohorts will have to move fast.

©2019 Relay Publishing (P)2020 Relay Publishing

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Conspiracies, New Powers on the Rise and survival.

I received this audible title via a Audiobook Boom promo code and this is my voluntary review.
This boxset comprises 3 titles by Grace Hamilton. Survive the Chaos, Survive the Aftermath & Survive the Conflict.
This series follows the journey of grieving journalist Austin Merryman as he travels cross-country with his 14 year old daughter Savannah. In the first book the two are separated after an EMP knocks out power to the US and a strange gunman tries to kill Austin, forcing him over a bridge after a college buddy of his hands him heavily shielded USB. Austin survives but his friend does not. Stranded with a broken leg, he is rescued by Amanda, a vet who patches him up and then joins him on his quest to reunite with Savannah. Thankfully his brother Ennis is one of those crazy prepper types and he's got a slice of safety carved out for himself as the post-apocalyptic world is no longer a friendly place. Savannah is suffering all kinds of hormonal teenage girl problems and dealing with the end of the world as she knows it, alone on the road with a group of bible thumping revivalists, she's accompanied by Malachi and his family the group travel towards Salt Lake City & her uncles prepper house nestled in the Rockies. Someone is feeding the mistrust and winds of discontent encouraging different factions to rise up and murder their fellow citizens and it soon becomes apparent that this New World Order, has its own nefarious intentions, and as the dangers increase, Austin finds himself hunted for the information on that USB drive enlisting the help of his new family group to complete his NSA Agent friends mission to strike back at their new oppressors before their apocalypse becomes permanent.

The Writing... Some parts of this book weren't for me, I'm not overly into religious sentiments so the constant praying from some characters was a bit much, and there are slight overuses of certain phrases (like how thin or tired someone was, or how 'useful' a person would be) I didn't get the same tone from previous books by Grace Hamilton but if it continues I probably wouldn't continue.

Maxwell Zener did an amazing job at the narration, 291/2 hours is a long time to listen to a book but he held my attention as I devoured the it over 5 days.

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  • Mrs. M
  • 14-04-21

It was okay

It was okay, some interesting parts but there were a frw slow parts that almost made me give up on it. Listened all the way through.

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  • Deedra
  • 07-04-21

Small town EMP complete

audible:Survive the Chaos
I loved this book!It was about a father and daughter who live in a camper when they are seperated after an emp hits.Many miles and events go down in between them losing then finding each other again.Grace Hamilton is full of great stories! Maxwell Zener was a terrific narrator.
Survive the Aftermath
Book 2,Small town EMP.I loved it!Austin is trying to get along in the house his brother built.It was a prepper place for 1,now holding too many.Should they split up?Who is in charge?It just keeps getting better as society gets worse. Maxwell Zener was a fantastic narrator.
Book 3: The end,or a new beginning?The house is gone,the group splits up to try to find a way to stop the NWO.Loved it! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Ethosian
  • 06-04-21

Not bad, but a nutty unbelievable premise

This story started off pretty well, with interesting characters facing a believable set of challenges, but goes off the rails with a completely unbelievable premise that after an EMP lots of people will blame God and start killing religious people. That's just plain crazy, and boring, and possibly intended as propaganda to inflame the divisions in America that are ruining this country.

I also find the constant bickering between protagonists tedious, and think at a minimum, if the author is going to write about guns in her stories, she should know a bit more about them.

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  • Brian David
  • 15-01-21

more holes than donut day at the police station

a difficult book to listen to. it's hard to listen when you're banging your head against the wall screaming stupid stupid stupid. so far I must be a month or two in on the book timeline, and not a single mention of a running vehicle. knowing someone may be trying to kill you and get you leave a note laying around that says you're headed to your brother's house?

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  • red
  • 08-12-20

I think this book is ok.

Couldn't find a good main character. He was always complaining and angry. The group was always fighting and arguing with themselves. Wanted to find someone to like good or bad guy. There just wasn't anyone in the book that i liked. Sorry wish i had better things to say about it.

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  • Sparky's Girl
  • 03-12-20

Entertaining

I enjoyed this series quite a bit. There were a few times I got irritated with Austin, but in light of the happenings in his world, he is entitled to get a little cranky!

*I requested this book for free and am voluntarily leaving this review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-10-20

not worth it

the whole story line doesn't make sense author obviously forgot to do her research

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  • Seward Shaddock
  • 13-07-21

If you know about SHTF senarios don't bother

I was eager to listen to this series, then it started. There are blatant technical errors through out the series, and then you get to the characters. There is friction, mistrust, paranoia, and jealousy in every page. no one trusts the other to have any competence, common sense, or empathy for more than a few minutes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-21

good story but

I liked several things about this story but there were several things I did not like. Racism is pulled into it at one point but the characters being talked about in a racist fashion are the same color of the racist , then 1 chapter later it is never mentioned again.
Other main characters are so frustrating with bad choices I actually pulled for them to not make it .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-21

awesome

the narration is pretty good the characters are likable and well written. loved the story.