From the best-selling author of the Remaining series...
They took everything - killed his wife, enslaved his daughter, destroyed his life. Now he's a man with nothing left to lose...and that's what makes him so dangerous.
Ten years after the collapse, Huxley has built a good life again. He has a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a strange and wonderful gift. Then the slavers come. Working out in the fields during the attack, Huxley returns too late. His daughter has been taken, and his wife is bleeding out, her last whispered words about a man with a scorpion tattoo on his neck.
Where do the slavers go? Huxley has no idea. He knows only that they head east, and so will he, setting out on foot across the desert of the Wastelands. Eighteen months into his journey, he has no hope of ever seeing his daughter alive. Dying of thirst in the open desert, he doesn't even expect to see another day.
Then a man appears out of the desert and offers Huxley water from his canteen, an unheard of kindness in these savage times. Jay is an odd man, full of violence and guided by his hatred of the slavers, but he helps Huxley survive. And he gives Huxley a new purpose: Nothing can bring back the dead, but the two men can chase down the slavers and make them bleed.
Together Huxley and Jay carve a path of destruction across the remains of a once-great land. The slavers are brutal, but they have no idea what's coming for them. Huxley has found something to live for again: blood and vengeance.
In his most powerful work yet, New York Times best-selling author D. J. Molles delivers a carefully woven novel of violence and redemption, bringing to life a devastating portrait of a man pushed to the edge of his own humanity.
©2015 D. J. Molles (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
A post apocalyptic western about a father's horror and how terrible love can make a man. A battle between what is inside us and what we think we should be. Christain Rummel plays the diverse characters and moods fantastically.
"Brilliant. I do have one criticism."
OK, so after listening to The Remaining series, I consider myself a BIG fan of both DJ Molles and Christian Rummel; I expected A LOT from this book.
As expected, the writing was nothing short of brilliant. DJ Molles is a master of descriptive words and analogies, pushing my imagination to perform in ways I didn't know were possible.
Christian Rummel brings the story to life with many different voices, expertly matched to the individual character's personality. DJ and Christian are an amazing team.
Now, my criticism... DJ takes a long time to reveal the back story of the main character and the main character's overall goal is obscure for most of the book... for that reason, even though there is PLENTY of action, I felt like I didn't know what I was rooting for. Because DJ tells us so little about the main character initially, I had a hard time feeling a connection to him... until much later in the book. By the end of the book, I was absolutely connected to him.
I understand why DJ revealed the details he did at the pace he did, but there were unintended consequences. I still absolutely recommend the book and, now that I'm emotionally invested, I CANNOT WAIT for the next book in the series!
I've loved Molles' work since his first book, I didn't know what to expect from this new series, and I was very happy with the entire story. This story is far more brutal than his previous stories, and far more philosophical. You'll find yourself in the character's head justifying evil acts, only to regret them later. And then doing it all over again. This is a story about a real person, not someone who is always strong or brave or compassionate, but totally inconsistent--like me and like you. Buckle up!
"Immersive world, raw emotion, Excellent book."
The setting and atmosphere. The author and reader went to great lengths to establish the backdrop of this story, and it worked wonders for keeping me hooked while I came to conflict with how the story was unfolding.
Jim Davies. Even though he was described as the penultimate foil to the protagonist, and for all intents and purposes represented all that is evil within the story, he acknowledges his own treachery and affiliation to it, even admits to despising it, but continues on due to a sense of duty. He's just as flawed as the protagonist, but true to the definition of a Foil is also equally skilled and witted.
I've listened to the entirety of The Remaining (also by D.J. Molles) that was read by Christian Rummel. This performance was just as good as those books, and even went farther into showing the depth and range of characters Mr. Rummel could portray.
There were several times throughout the story where I didn't readily know where the story was going to go, and I wasn't entirely pleased with the direction. I'm glad I continued listening, because it really plays to the strength of the story. I wasn't intended to openly support the actions of the protagonist, and might have been encouraged to despise him. I don't know if I consider this an extreme reaction, but the emotion within this story and Rummel's performance was laser focused on where it was intended to be. There were a few giggle-worthy points in the story, and plenty of opportunities for sadness, but I didn't find myself actually laughing or brought to tears.
This most probably pulls inspiration in tone and setting from the Mad Max and Apocalypse Now stories, and you can tell the author went to great strides to make sure this story was worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the themes of these two, all the while maintaining it's own identity. This is truly an exceptional story. It doesn't pull any punches.
"I DRAW THE PICTURES"
Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, Robert McCammon and many others have left their marks in the genre of the post apocalypse novel. This being 2016 and Molles being a seasoned writer, I was excited to see how D.J. was going to tell the story in a different way. How was he going to leave his mark in this exciting genre? What would he tell us that we have not already heard?
Evidently it was, that even good guys can be bad guys. Well meaning guys will also kill and rape. I understood the message, but did not think it should take 18 hours to say that. This is a novel about some guys heading east to get revenge and killing anybody who gets in the way and their deep dark feelings.
PIECES OF EIGHT
Speaking through clenched teeth, Rummel is the Clint Eastwood of narrators.
Well.... Molles true to form knocked it out of the park once again. The Remaining Series was fantastic. The only reason I bought this book was because Molles wrote it. And just as I thought the book was awesome. Couldn't stop once I started. At least now that I'm finished I know I will at least get some sleep. Christian Rummel did a fantastic job narrating once again. He is one of the best narrators I've ever heard. You won't regret spending the credit.
"The Unforgiven times 100."
This has gone up to the top 3 favorite books of all time. The narration was fantastic.
The story, the best way to describe the story is this. The last 5 minutes of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, but over and over. It was an amazing story of revenge, triumph, and inner reflection. I know, sounds goofy, but i loves this book. I'll be listening to it many more times.
I'll admit I was hesitant at first. I'm not usually into this style of sci-fi fantasy. I go more for zombie military apocalypse. DJ developed great characters and a great story. The struggle of the main character is what kept me listening. if you like suspense and unexpected turns I implore you to check this book out.
Great read, character development was awesome.. Interesting twist on apocalyptic worlds and the challenges to survive.
"What lay in the heart of man"
Brutal story of deeds that needed doing and men that needed killing and a soul that needed healing.
"Good Read, but not for children"
Good Story Line, but not for children, as there is a lot of violence, plus many references to raping girls/women.
"Blood n death ..."
Stunning, rip roaring death fest... a must listen!
Blood n death Hux... not for the faint hearted. a little hard to get into at first... by the end you are utterly hooked!
Great old fashioned story telling.
hated having to stop listening and eager to resume... really enjoyed it.
"yeah not bad"
good yarn bit samey towards the end. great narration tho really brought it to life
"Mad Max meets Jose Wales"
I really liked the wild west aspect to the aftermath of the apocalypse
The outcome of the drawing given to Hux by his daughter near the end
Either Borderline or the Slavers barge
Captain Lee Harden's adventure is one of my favorite characters/tellings, and The Remaining, a shining star in the undead apocalypse genre, take out the undead, and then you have Wolves, an excellent take on the modern day Wild West. come on Mr Molle, more please from Hux!!!
"5 stars is not enough for this incredible book."
No. I never listen to audiobooks or even read books twice. The surprise is gone and i like to experience other material.
Huxley is the main character and the author creates a monster. He is focused to avenging his loss, but always questions his feelings, trying to hang on to a slither of his former self.
I have listened to the entire The Remaining series and Christian Rummel is superb as a narrator. In Wolves he really surpasses even that. Simply brilliant. His emotions are deep and wide.
Not in particular. The entire book was immense.
Forget glamour, action hero post apocalypse. This is a gritty, and brutal as you could imagine. I enjoyed the western feel to it. DJ Molles pulls no punches and offers no apologies. Probably the best audiobook i have ever listened to. It was that good.
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