When a massive solar flare fries the electrical grid, Captain Jordan Hughes' problems are just starting. Stranded far from home with a now-priceless cargo of fuel and a restless crew, Hughes weighs his options as violence worsens ashore and the world crumbles around the secure little world of his ship, the Pecos Trader.
"Wait and see", is not an option. Hughes has to get his ship and crew home, but FEMA arrives with other plans.
Resisting the demands of an increasingly corrupt and self-serving federal bureaucracy, Hughes leads a ragtag band of sailors, preppers, and dissident military personnel on an incredible voyage to reunite them all with home and family - only to find their real journey is just beginning.
©2015 Robert E. McDermott (P)2016 Robert E. McDermott
I am an avid reader and listener of books and audiobooks. I love my new Kindle as I can enjoy both mediums! I live in Australia and love thrillers!
Pierce has combined with McDermott to provide another engaging & exciting journey that wraps your imagination up and runs with it. Outstand characters that captivate you, with excitement and suspense.
Definitely takes you to a time and experience that questions your abilities and survival in similar circumstances.
"McDermott Has Raised the Bar for Post Apocalyptic"
Real Hair-Raising Entertainment
It has to be Captain Jordan Hughes who is made to be SO real that you become sure that he is someone you know.
It is hard to pick a favorite scene when they are all likely to keep you glued to the edge of your seat. The Cuban hijacking comes to the top of the list by a narrow margin.
If you have a pacemaker stay home!
My hat comes off to Mr. McDermott for his work creating 12 full hours of fantastic entertainment while so many are getting by producing books of the Post Apocalyptic type that are far less researched and unbelievable characters. This goes hand in hand with their lack in volume of content in each book of a series.
I can't wait for Mr. McDermott to release his next Best Seller.
"Riveting Story, stayed up late to finish it"
This is a great dystopian novel, exciting, fast paced and entertaining
Can't wait for book 2
"Looking forward to book two!"
I never read the book so I have nothing to compare it to. However, Kevin Pierce is an excellent narrator, especially with this type of fiction, so the audio version of the book was indeed an excellent listen.
Yes, in both Franklin Horton's "The Borrowed World" trilogy and Tom Abraham's "The Traveler" series. I enjoyed Horton's writing more than Abraham's but Pierce was a solid narrator through both series. "Under a Tell-Tale Sky" is another example of Pierce's smooth, conversational tone with believable dialect and inflection. I would choose another book based solely on his narration, hopefully he continues for the remainder of this series.
There were a couple of places where shifts from one scene to another were done without any kind of pause or change in tone which made for a couple of confusing transitions.
This was an excellent start to a series. I'd never read or listened to anything by McDermott before and after my experience with this book I will likely seek out another of his works.
Having read and listened to mostly post-apocalyptic fiction over the last year I have covered a pretty wide variety of sub-genre: zombies, nuclear attacks both with and without mystical overtones, stock market crashes, EMP's, viruses, killer bacteria's, comets...you name it. Unlike many of these reads/listens, in "Under a Tell-Tale Sky" I feel that McDermott did an excellent job at portraying a potentially realistic series of events resulting from what are certainly worrisome shortcomings in an aging infrastructure. On the other hand, surrounding this realism were exciting, fictional scenarios not requiring me to suspend too much disbelief while keeping me entertained. I also enjoyed the mixture of "big picture" scenarios with individual character plights and stories, there was good variety.
Furthermore, I don't know what it is about books in this genre but it seems like I'm constantly finding annoying editing issues in most of them, seemingly more than with other genre's. Happily, this was not the case here. Although there were a handful of annoyances that jumped out at me they were few and far between.
A couple things would have made this a 5 star rather than a 4 star for me. First, the portrayal of inner city gang culture was not believable, especially the dialog between gang members who came across as rejects from early 90's "Yo! MTV Raps" host hopefuls. Also a couple of the scenarios involving them were, to me, very much out of character (no spoilers so can't be specific). Fortunately there wasn't major time spent with these characters but some of the subplot development leads me to believe we will see a lot more of them in future books; if this is the case we will hopefully see fewer, or at least more accurately placed, Aight's and MoFo's.
Another shortcoming was the amount of moving around between different groups of people, or at least the timing of the transitions. Although many of these disparate perspectives started to converge in fewer, larger communities the moving back and forth was sometimes exhausting.
Overall, I definitely recommend the book and look forward to the next one.
This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
Great surprise book. This is a new author for me and it was a great surprise.
While this is not a genre that the author typically writes (see the many other books by R.E. McDermott), he gives a good summary of how he came to write this book / series. I am very glad that he did. This is a great story and performed by one of the best narrators in this genre.
This was well written with great character and story line development. Even with a large number of characters to keep track of, the author and narrator do a great job of keeping you in the story. The characters are likable, or despicable in reference to the bad guys, and the story lines run a wide range of the emotional platforms.
This is not a book for younger readers, there are some adult situations and adult language is used. I did not feel that the usage as over done considering the genre but I personally don’t enjoy that particular aspect of the story.
I don’t give summaries of the story lines or do spoilers, see the books details for a better summary then I could ever write. I do give recommendations and this book definitely gets my positive recommendation. Well worth the purchase and I am looking forward to the other books in the series.
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"Really good Post Apocalyptic book!"
This is a simple tale of a disaster and what happens after. What if an EMP knocks out the power grid? What do you think would happen and how would you handle it? This is what the author brings to us in this book, it's his vision of a "what if" scenario.
I'm surprised with how much I ended up enjoying this as at the start I found it hard to follow who was taking as there was a lot of different characters, but once I found the rhythm, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed finding out about each groups stories and seeing how they survive the lawless world.
The plot was fast paced as we are thrown into the story from the start, and was well written. The characters were all well written, though I still found it hard to follow them all!! I also liked that most of the military were decent even though the government suck!!! And I really enjoyed the authors note about how he came to write the book. it was informative and a great glimpse into the authors mind.
In all, this was a really great post apoc read and I hope we see more from these characters in the future.
It's hard to say something about Kevin Pierce that I haven't said before. I have listened to a lot by him and enjoyed them all. He knows how to tell a story and always delivers his best performance. Easy to listen and captures the attention, he is a narrator to try!
*I received a copy of this for review via Audio Book Boom. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
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What is he thinking. No Mutants, Altered Beings, ZOMBIES. What the hell. I Loved It. What a book. This is possibly one of the most realistic scenarios that could happen to end the world. Humans trying to survive on a planet that is without electricity. I love it.
You have a Captain of a vessel that is loaded with fuel and trying to get back home to find their families. All the trials that go along with that and the perils that pursue.
Government being the ^&^%&&(*$ that they are get in the way. FEMA only looks out for themselves and the Gov't.
Read it. Wait for the next book. Tell your friends about it. This book was great. Not all 5's was because the narrator was sorta a monotone in a lot of places, but that evened out through the book.
"McDermott and Kevin Pierce Collaborating? WOW"
Title says it all! Robert, Kevin, new series. It took four words
Captain Hughes, the action whirls around him. The narrator Kevin Pierce, is one of my favorites. He does another admirable job on this audio book. He brings the politicians, the military, the everyday characters to life.
I've had the pleasure of listening to a handful of titles running the spectrum from true crime to biography. He is able to translate true feeling from the authors' characters and setting. This work is a fine example of his talent.
I savored it over several sessions. I got caught up in the evolving story of a national and international peril and the personal stories of the effects on the characters.
Much enjoyed this one. I'm looking forward to future works in this series. R. E. McDermott is also the author of the Tom Dugan series. Which I have read in ebook form.
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"RE McDermott Rocks!"
Awesome, just awesome.
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I like apocalyptic books but most stretch the imagination quite a bit. This book actually has me worrying a bit. The writing is well done, the research is obvious and the narrator is great. I need to go because I have to buy some solar panels.
"Disruption Book 1"
Refreshing and exciting twist on post-apocalyptic novels. The characters (both bad and good guys/gals) keep my attention and I could hardly wait for the next chapter to begin so I could see what adventures popped up and how they handled the difficulties as the author ingeniously detailed survival techniques. I especially liked the dastardly way the President tried to control everything. Frightening to think it could really happen. Maybe time for me to be a “Doomsday Prepper.” Can’t wait for next book to see how everyone is coping.
The narrator was excellent and made listening to all the different characters enjoyable.
""What do you do...if the disaster is everywhere?""
I would, indeed have made the recommendation to a friend to listen to this book. Unlike the more frequent zombie apocalyptic stories, this one is predicated on a more likely event, that of long term power loss following solar flares. But it is no less frightening. The actions of various groups are followed, even to the highest government responses, and as a disaster on this scale - covering a major part of at least the northern hemisphere - makes repair and relief almost impossible Into the foreseeable future, lack of food, water and most of the amenities we take for granted will force people into previously unprepared for situations. So often post apocalyptic stories focuse solely on individuals and their survival strategies. This is refreshing in giving more wide ranging group dynamics also.
A narrator can make or break a book and Kevin Pierce certainly does not distract from the story. His voice is pleasant and makes for easy listening.. However, with so many characters each wanting a voice, not all had a clear definition. More a reading than a performance.
This is an intriguing insight Into how different aspects of society might well react to monumental disaster. Does it help us to prepare? No, not really. But the fascination lies in the peeping into the psyche of others, given a similar situation. And, of course, it is a rattling good story. One which I will be following Into the next book.
I received a complementary copy of Under a Tell Tale Sky, from the author, narrator or publisher via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an unbiased review.
My my, a credible apocalypse scenario. I love a good zombie or mutated ebola super plague just as much as the next guy but this one is just a tad different. You aren’t going to find hordes of the undead here just a single, almost benign seeming event of some beauty that disrupts the power supply. This author chills not through the horror of the event but in having a credible start to the book and then with what you would imagine is the almost inevitable breakdown of civilisation that would ensue.
R.E. McDermott clearly has a level of expertise in his subject matter. This includes preparedness and at times the post-apocalyptic logistics do come to the fore including some rather imaginative preparations that I would certainly never have thought about. There is also a broadness to this book with a large cast of characters and groups being followed, both the good side and the bad. As a result if you start this then you should be aware that you really are investing in a series. I would describe it as episodic as although some plot points are resolved in this one a lot more is left very open.
The narration by Kevin Pierce is an important point to consider here. He has what I would describe as a very pleasant voice to listen to, he could tell me a story any time. It’s more of a reading than a performance though as there is little differentiation between the characters to my anglophile ears. So for example the rather nasty “Bangers” came across just the same as anyone else and as a result a bit limp for such tough guys. I was okay with this because it’s an interesting voice to listen to but it is worth mentioning.
At the end of this I’ve made a note to complete the series. The whole package is tied off with some quite revealing author’s notes and a snippet of the next book which sounds like it’ll continue in the same vein.
This audiobook was given to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
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