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After the Shift: The Complete Series

Narrated by: D.C. Newman
Series: After the Shift Series, Book 1-3
Length: 25 hrs and 57 mins
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In the dawn of a new Ice Age, families everywhere are taking to the road to escape the frigid landscape - but you can’t outrun the cold. 

No one could have predicted the terrifying impact of human interference in the Arctic. Shifts in the Earth's crust have led to catastrophe and now the North Pole is located in the mid-Atlantic, making much of the eastern United States an unlivable polar hellscape. 

Nathan Tolley is a talented mechanic who has watched his business dry up due to gas shortages following the drastic tectonic shifts. His wife Cyndi has diligently prepped food and supplies, but it’s not enough to get them through a never-ending winter. With an asthmatic young son and a new baby on the way, they’ll have to find a safe place they can call home or risk freezing to death in this harsh new world. 

After the Shift: The Complete Series includes:

Freezing Point
When an old friend of Nathan’s tells him that Detroit has become a paradise, with greenhouses full of food and plenty of solar energy for everyone, it sounds like the perfect place to escape. But with dangerous conditions and roving gangs, getting there seems like an impossible dream. It also seems like their only choice. 

Killing Frost
Nathan and his family are on the run from a catastrophic polar shift - but the bitter cold is the least of their worries. 

Nathan was led to believe that Detroit would be the proverbial promised land, but when his family arrives they find a city struggling just to survive in the frigid conditions. 

Black Ice
Losses pile up like the snowdrifts of a never-ending winter in this post-apocalyptic series conclusion. 

As circumstances continue to deteriorate like the weather, Nate turns their sights south, but the past is about to catch up to them in ways none of them will see coming. And in order to embrace an uncertain future, sacrifices must be made. 

Survival of the fittest gets real - fast.

This boxset contains violence, referenced sexual content, and referenced sexual violence.

©2019 Relay Publishing (P)2019 Relay Publishing

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  • D.Rob
  • 21-10-2019

Uncertain...

I'm usually a fan of purchasing box sets, you get more bang for your buck and it only makes sense. I feel like this set would be best if purchased over a period of time. The main storyline is exciting and entertaining but there are quite a few "fillers" that made me not-so interested at times. I'm still uncertain about my exact feelings. I'm only about halfway through, I'll certainly give a full review as I finish up in order to provide a fair opinion

*This audiobook was provided to me at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  • Wanpakumono
  • 19-10-2019

A Solid Nature Apocalypse Story

Right now, it seems like the post-apocalyptic genre is all the rage right now: either a plague has decimated humanity, or nuclear devestation has occurred-- all of it a result of humanity's short-sightedness in one way or another. This is a refreshing change in that, a natural phenomenon, plates shifting reassigning the Arctic regions of the earth, and how those in the affected area adapt.
This is a complete 3-book set which I requested from the author agreeing the review it after reading.
I enjoyed the story although I thought that the protagonist was slow to adapt to the changes (especially moral/ethical adjustments to the situations and what is required to survive).
The narration was solid and, in no way, detracted from the book.

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  • Timothy
  • 18-10-2019

I do not recommend this book<br />

Everything repeated over and over. Nat makes a mistake and someone saves him. The idea of the earth crustshifting is bad enough but there is no attempt to explain why it happened.

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  • Aquakittie
  • 16-10-2019

Too long and too many unbelievable tangents

The opening act of this story felt a little amateurish with the overuse of euphemisms. It felt like the author was trying too hard to be well written. Thankfully this habit mellowed out as the story continued. Or maybe I got used to it? I think I recall feeling that the narrator left much to be desired at the beginning but we’re talking a 26hr book so I think I was able to just get past it after a while because he didn't bother as much during books 2 and 3.

There’s also this start stop, drag on, speed up, skip around sensation that throws you off. We moving along at a particular pace then boom its miles or months later. What?? The author also makes a habit of using a writing technique of skipping to the climax of a situation and then back tracking to show you how we got there. But I think it’s often falls short of success. Most of these instances I’m confused how we got here from the previous chapter. I end up rewinding to see if I skipped a part by accident or something. Then I think “oh, why’d you do that right here in the story, when everything else up to this point has been linear?”

The sheer amount of “WTF how can these preposterous things keep happening to this group?” is a bit much…or a lot much. Very little feels plausible. My suspension of disbelief is all used up by book one. Then the start of book 2?? Geeez. Enough already. And it just gets worse as the story goes on.

The characters are mostly likeable although Striker, Sid and Lucy make you roll your eyes a lot and they feel a bit unbelievable. It feels like there’s some plot holes on how the baby can thrive in these desperate times. Diapers, formula, medicine, clothing?

This family, a mechanic, his newly pregnant, prepper wife, their asthmatic son (I may have missed how old, but youngish) and their mechanic friend decide to uproot from their post-apocalyptic wherever-in-America-home to find greener pastures or hopefully a better place to seek prenatal care. The world has had a catastrophic tectonic shift, moving the polar arctic to the mid-Atlantic Ocean. This forces the USA into a totally different set of climates and they’re currently living in the Big Winter. Perpetual snow storms and ashen skies. They decide to head to Detroit where Nathan, the father, has a friend who’s promised a greenhouse wonderland with plenty of room and amenities and more importantly, a hospital where Nathan’s wife can give birth.

They take to the road and slowly gather a ragtag group of fellow survivors. They’re met with one crazy catastrophe after another and come across enemies who seem way too set on revenge that one might think when survival should be at the forefront of life. Their resources to seek out Nathan's group seem unending and totally over the top given how desperate life in America has become.

I feel like it’s an endurance challenge getting to the end. Many times I’ve wanted to put it down and say ENOUGH ALREADY. All these misadventures are just ridiculous and one after another. Hour after hour and it all becomes rather predictable. Had I not listened to a ton of post-apocalyptic stories already this might have felt more exciting for me but it just felt very over done and a few of the subplot details copy cats from other stories. I was glad to have some resolution at the end but we did another dizzying fast forward getting there.

While I sound extra critical, I didn’t hate the trilogy. It just was a bit too excessive on the adversities the group came across. I’m glad there was a clear ending and a bit to leave to the imagination to wrap things up.

If you're into long stories and you've just begun dabbling in this genre, this is probably going to be a great adventure for you.

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  • Jayde
  • 07-10-2019

Interesting take on the apocalypse

This series starts starts out well and engages you from the start. I didn't want to put it down. Interesting concept on the apocalypse. If we are preparing for hard times then we should be prepared for anything. It's all in the attitude.

The first two books were well written but by the end of the second I started having issues.
Book one is the journey to the chosen destination.
Book two is dealing with what is found there.
But then book two also moves on to the next adventure. As this is all three books I honestly thought I was in the next book as that fit how things were working. Then I got to the third book and it all went down hill from there. One tragedy after another moving from destination to destination.
By the end the author was confused. Tommy ran off in the Land Cruiser and was brought back without it but with a knife in his back. He is eventually taken to the FEMA hospital in the F-350 after telling Nathan where to find the Land Cruiser down the road. A bit later Nathan approaches a roadblock to the FEMA camp in the F-350 and asks them if they had seen the F-350 that the other team brought with Tommy in it. After he is turned away, he is driving the F-350 again? By this point the Land Cruiser has virtually disappeared in the story as both parties have gone to the same place at different times in the same vehicle and their only other vehicle doesn't exist.
This was a bit distracting but overall this was an excellent read that is well worth the credit for a complete series.

Narration was well done and certainly added to the story.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Margie K.
  • 03-10-2019

Save your money.

Poorly written and the narrator was awful! I made it through chapter 16 and just could not take anymore. What a disappointment.

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  • chris cain
  • 05-10-2019

Typical

Ok so it wasn’t a bad story.
Enjoying sci fi, this sounded original... it’s not! It’s the same old downfall of American society and prepper hero saves the day... AGAIN! I listened all the way through because I’ve returned the last 3 books that were exactly the same storyline as this! I’m sick of the same old crap! (Yes I pick the book but I like the post apocalyptic genre with a sci-fi element)
Writers/publishers take note:
Society won’t break down in days
Government and officials won’t turn into murderous gangs overnight
If nobody is controlling satellites, they will enter a decaying orbit and burn up.
Preppers are lunatics until proven otherwise
Cattle can’t survive a continuous winter without vegetation
In 20-30 hours of book time, crossing hundreds of city’s and towns and not finding one normal person or group or society that’s not worshiping aliens or Satan, then give up the country has clearly resorted to medicating with meth!
Oh and don’t get me started on the bullet was fired and something miraculous happens to save the hero... every ten minutes! Man these guys are the luckiest sob’s in the world! And not once do they have to change their underpants!
Bit of realism wouldn’t go a miss?
Sorry but this is a slog without reward! I’d honestly rather remove winnets from an aggressive Yorkshire terriers prolapsed anus without oven mits than listen to this or a sequel again!
I hope I’ve helped you make an informed decision without revealing too much.
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  • Helen
  • 21-10-2019

ok box set

No one could have predicted the terrifying impact of human interference in the Arctic.
bit long for me it was just ok sorry to say