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State of Emergency

Jack Emery, Book 2
Narrated by: Todd Menesses
Series: Jack Emery, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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What is the true cost of security?

Amid a wave of unprecedented terrorist attacks on American soil, a panicked and inexperienced president declares a state of emergency and hands over control of the country to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The quiet and unassuming Administrator Hall soon becomes the most powerful man in America. Determined to stop the attacks, Hall enforces his order across the US, using a newly empowered State Guard to deal with anyone who gets in his way.

As totalitarianism descends across the country, battle-weary reporter Jack Emery is faced with a terrifying new reality when friends, colleagues, and sources are imprisoned before his eyes. Among weekly terrorist attacks, FEMA atrocities, and the clamp tightening on every element of society, Jack becomes one of the few struggling to stop the madness.

This time though, he's on the wrong side of the law and fighting the very government he's trying to save.

©2015, 2017 Steve P. Vincent (P)2018 Steve P. Vincent

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State of a good book

I enjoyed this book, like the first book it is slow to start but soon has you hooked as you are never quick sure which direction the author is going to take the story and with a few twists and turns it keeps you on your toes. This is the second book but you don't need to have read or listened to the first to enjoy, I did like the fact a few of the original characters made it into this book. The story jumps from different character perspectives so you always was knew what was happening and why. A great political thriller that so easily could come true.

The author choose to use a different narrator from the first book and it took me a while to get use to the new reader. Even though he did a good job and you could tell who was speaking I am not sure Jack (the main character) needed such a deep voice and it made me laugh at the beginning.

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  • Jan M
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  • 30-11-18

FEMA Threat

State of Emergency by Steve P. Vincent is a gripping thriller that has some romance interwoven. The premise of this book with FEMA taking over the United States government was very original and thought provoking in a scary manner. I loved the imagery and action in this book. Todd Menesses did a great performance. I could hear exactly who was speaking. He had the right emotions and voice inflections for this thrilling suspenseful listen. I highly recommend this book. This is the second of the series and a standalone listen. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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Seriously Terrifying!

This scenario is way to possible. It could happen. Yikes! Same great characters and action packed story full of twists and surprises as the first book. Definitely worth a read!

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  • Nicole
  • 06-08-19

Even better than Book 1

As much as I loved Book 1 in the Jack Emory series (The Foundation), I loved this one even more. The narrator was amazing, a much better fit than from The Foundation. As with the first book, it was very relatable. I could definitely see something similar happening, no matter how scary it would be, unfortunately. Steve P. Vincent did a great job roping you in, getting attached to a character, and then breaking your heart when one ended up dead, lol. I went through this book much faster than the first because I did not want to stop listening. I even got the ebook so I could continue reading when I wasn’t able to listen. I am definitely glad I found him and his books, I can’t wait to read more.

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  • BritMick
  • 25-06-19

Another great book

I thought the first Jack Emery episode was outstanding but this one blew me away. Just what I needed at work to help pass the day. Jack Emery is a news reporter finds himself into some dangerous places. A group of terrorists is attacking different locations in America; they seem to be undetectable and are able to disappear by time help arrives. Richard Hall the head of FEMA has convinced the President that he can use FEMA to help stop them and keep Americans safe. But to do so Americans will lose their freedoms and many end up in prison camps. Many will die!!! Hall has the President convinced it will all work out and is for the best. But when it seems hopeless as time after time his ideas fail and people die Jack leads a group fighting to inform the public that this is a real. Looking forward to seeing what book 3 will bring.

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  • Robin Diebold
  • 04-12-18

A must read

This book scared me. A story line that is so easy to imagine happening. There are a series of terrorist attacks, in order to stop the attacks FEMA is given authority that threatens America With FEMA in charge of the USA There are armed State guards that are shooting Americans, marshal law, and censoring of the press.
A great book to read.

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  • Brian
  • 25-10-18

I've Never Read A Book Quite Like This

It's interesting to jump into a book two where you don't really remember much about book one. Thankfully with books like these is that they don't always completely build off of each other. There are always character growth (and relationships) that will persist from book to book, but the plotline is usually so different it doesn't need to be read back to back.  Vincent did a good job of reminding me of the things I missed or couldn't remember (relationships, former issues, etc).

The premise of this book was super interesting to me - I've read a lot of post-apocalyptic books where FEMA is involved but nothing like this. Sure, it's not a Post-Apocalyptic book but this was an about-face from the typical books where FEMA is involved.  Basically, there are terrorist attacks that just won't stop - and FEMA jumps in to help. I can't really talk too much more about the plot for fear of giving more away but things just go off the rails.

This book had a little bit of everything.  There was a love story, major thriller aspects, a government off the rails, and a resistance trying to stop said government in any way possible. Vincent wrote a story that flowed well and kept my interest from beginning to end.

I wanted to see this one through.  I needed to know what was going to happen.  It felt hopeless at times. I really didn't know what was going to come of the US or the main characters.  I kept thinking that the book was over and it wasn't.  There were so many false endings that Vincent had me questioning everything. I like when a book can do that because it means that it's something new and different.

When a series switches narrators - it's usually a big pet peeve of mine - but thankfully it had been long enough from the time that it didn't really bother me. Also, there was only one book done by another narrator - so it wasn't like there was this epic 10 book series that Vincent switched for book 11. With all that said, Todd Menesses has a great voice and it lends itself to this book well.

Overall, a book that threw me for a loop.  A book that kept me interested until the last few minutes.  A book that made me feel.  State of Emergency was a unique book that I enjoyed. I requested a copy of this book - it has not affected my review in any way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-10-18

FEMA running the Govt is scary in itself

The story was well thought out as Jack Emery once again finds himself in the middle of another plot to take over the government but this time from within and from FEMA no less. Not to give too much away but I don't think anyone has ever seen a FEMA like this in the states and hopefully, we never will. The FEMA take over is not due to a natural disaster but due to acts of terror and with the clamp down on the media that FEMA imposes it makes things even harder for our hero as he becomes public enemy number one just trying to get out the truth. Scary thought when all news stories have to be "approved" by FEMA/FEDS before they can be published for all media both TV, print and internet.

The narration was nicely done and each character was distinct and easy to decide who was who...really liked how the main villain in this was portrayed, unassuming to many until his plot is figured out.

In all, a good listen and worth the credit.