Would you have the mindset to survive?
To provide for and defend the ones you love at all costs?
Willing to confront the depravity of man?
This is a true story, it just hasn't happened yet.
Book one of this new post-apocalyptic survival fiction series, 36 Hours, provided the listener a glimpse into the rapid decline of society once word of the catastrophic solar flare racing towards Earth began to spread.
Book two, Zero Hour, continues to follow the obstacles faced by Colton Ryman, his wife, Madison, and their teenage daughter, Alex. In 36 Hours, the Ryman family and the rest of the world was thrust into the darkness of a post-apocalyptic world. A catastrophic solar flare brought with it a blast of solar matter in the form of an EMP, leaving America in darkness.
The Rymans weren't preppers and had no concept of what prepping entails. They applied common sense, logic, and a will to survive to their decision-making as they prepared for the post-apocalyptic world created by the EMP.
The dangers they face are not from the solar flare itself, but from their fellow man. Who can they count on? Who is a threat? The words of Colton Ryman's grandfather repeated in his mind.
Never underestimate the depravity of man!
Note: This book does not contain strong language. It is intended to entertain and inform audiences of all ages, including teen and young adults. Although some scenes depict the realistic threat our nation faces from a devastating solar flare, and the societal collapse which will result in the aftermath, it does not contain graphic scenes typical of other books in the post-apocalyptic genre.
©2016 Bobby Akart Inc. (P)2016 Bobby Akart Inc.
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"Never underestimate the depravity of man!"
Book two chronicles the Ryman family; Colton, Madison and Alex as they struggle to remain a close-knit family and survive the generated EMP from the huge solar flare. As is usually the case in this genre, your neighbors and other survivors present the biggest danger to you. As Colton’s grandfather said to him, “Never underestimate the depravity of man!” In these disasters people’s reliance on the government for help or assistance is almost always fruitless. The dreaded FEMA camps are more dangerous and filthy than the streets the refugees come from. As Mr. Akart opined, “Their government left them bloodied and mentally broken.” Obviously penned with a right wing bend the story is still good and relays a lot of good information. I look forward to book three when it becomes available.
"The Ryman’s are prepped, but are they prepared?"
The Blackout series continues with Zero Hour — the EMP from the sun has hit, causing everyone and everything to be thrown into the dark ages. No electronics work, and very few of the amenities that people are used to are working anymore. The Ryman family prepared as best they could, but were they prepared for what comes next?
Kevin Pierce narrates Zero Hour and obviously knocks it out of the park. Pierce just has that perfect voice for this type of story, no matter who is telling it inside of the book. Pierce is the go-to guy for Post-Apocalyptic fiction and I haven’t heard another narrator that can compete. Just look at Pierce’s backlog and you’ll see what I mean. Or check out the vast amount of books I’ve reviewed of his and you’ll see.
Zero Hour picks right up where 36 Hours left off. The book jumps right into the action as the Solar flare turned EMP turns everything off. It’s supposed to be the great equalizer, but it only takes those back who are not prepared. The Ryman family was prepared and this story follows them as they continue to prep and defend their homes.
The story itself was really well thought out, from the anticipation of it hitting in 36 hours to it actually being here and the “now what” feeling that most people would have. Akart really knows how to write fiction that keeps readers interested.
Zero Hour was no different. Each Ryman had their own way of dealing with things and each one of them were on display in this book. I found myself liking them more and more and rooting for their every move. The book goes through a lot of “what if” scenarios, even if you lived in a suburban area like the Ryman’s do.
Overall, Zero Hour took all of the anticipation of 36 Hours and brought it down on everyone. It was a fast-paced book full of twists and turns. And it was easily one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in this genre in a while.
I received a copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
"Continues to be engaging"
2nd book was great and looking forward to the rest of the series. Keep them coming
2nd part to the story was as good as the 1st. story of a family forced to become peppers to stay alive after the sun sends the earth in total darkness.
"Nice attempt at the same story but different approach"
The story is fine. The characters are fine. However, it appears each author that writes these sorts of bookshas to add an element of unrealistic angles such as when one teenager can manipulate
"insightful and thought out "
I enjoyed this story. The author mixes in a lot of important real life lessons and information into the story. This is a series of books is instructional and pretty accurate.
The downside is that I am getting ripped off by the author by paying for 3 books that are short verses one standard length book...
I liked it and have just bought the 3rd audiobook.
There are always little things to pick apart but the story makes up for any of that.
There is a ring of truth in this book. The new shooters are not always effective. People agonize over shooting bad guys. This is some of the stuff that people involved in real shootings experience.
"Good carry through from Book 1"
The author has a good story going here. In my review of Book 1, my main complaint was that it was a little heavy on the politics. Parts of it read like a Tea Party guy complaining about the Democrats. This book backs off the politics to a great extent and is better for it. I plan to follow this series.
Greatness as always by the Master Narrator, Kevin Pierce
"change is coming"
I wish we didn't have to think about this stuff but in the modern age this sounds more and more like what I envision things will be like.
"Bob @ Platypire Reviews"
*I received a copy of this audiobook for an HONEST review*
The story of the family continues, going into neighbor turning on neighbor. They have to do what it takes to protect themselves and their own, while still doing why they feel safe doing for friends. Again, I really loved the flow and feel of the story, and have grown quite attached to this family.
What more is their to say about this narrator? Love him!
Bob says: 4.5 Platypires
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