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Publisher's Summary

Number one best-selling author Mike Kraus's quarter-million best seller is now available in its definitive edition!

When the end of the world arrived, it came not with a bang, as most expected, but with more of a "pfft" instead.

Humanity has been torn asunder and brought to the edge of total annihilation in less than an hour. For those who died, it was a quick death, so fast that their brains didn't have time to process the pain signals from their nerves. For those who survived, the true horror is about to begin as they struggle to not only stay alive, but come to grips with the shocking realization about what - and who - was responsible.

Final Dawn is a thrilling post-apocalyptic series that follows the journey of four people who survived the end of days.

Leonard McComb - A grizzled veteran of the New York City sanitation department, trapped underground in the city's vast sewer system when the world ended.

Nancy Sims - An accountant, traveling across the plains of the Midwest towards a new job, caught in the middle of nowhere, destruction all around her.

Marcus Warden - A self-made millionaire from New York, vacationing in a national forest of West Virginia when the bombs fell.

Rachel Walsh - A wife and mother whose family is swept away in the blink of an eye, struggling with her loss and the dawning realization of what may have truly transpired to bring about the end of the world.

Final Dawn is a thrilling post-apocalyptic series by long time author Mike Kraus. If you like fast paced action, edge of your seat suspense and impossible odds, you will love this, the Final Dawn Complete series!

Contains the following books:

  • Final Dawn Episodes 1-12
  • The Brazilian Queen short story
  • The Arkhangelsk Trilogy (Books 1-3) 

Nearly 500,000 words long!

©2020 Mike Kraus (P)2020 Mike Kraus

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  • 03-04-2021

Painful

Poor illogical storyline, shallow stereotyped characters, monotonous and amateurish narration especially weak character voices... could not finish. Fathoms below standard set by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, A American, John Birmingham, AJ Sykes, SM Anderson... to name but a few.

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It’s like a Boys Own adventure story

Badly recorded with heaps of repetition. This characterisation by the narrator was average at best and woeful when it came to the female characters. I felt like ‘mom’ had been envoked scolding the naughty boys of the story. Overall pretty awful.

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awesome book

I cannot fault this book. I enjoyed every minute of it. The storyline and plot was brilliant and it was very easy to get into. I also have to praise the author too if that was him doing all those voices. Fantastic job, especially the russian accents. I thoroughly recommend this to anybody that likes a thriller with a twist to it and apocalytic surroundings. I will be looking out for other titles by this author for sure!

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Great book

Had a ball from beginning to end listened to at work paying only 25% attention to book and loved it

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  • HR
  • 15-09-2020

Great Momentum, Action Abound!

What he lacks in finesse as a writer, he makes up for with fast packed action and an interesting story in this series. Having said that I am used to listening to the greats like Wilbur Smith, Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) and Diana Gabaldon so I am pretty spoilt by outstanding authors.
The passion Mike has for the world he creates in his stories is to be commended however he should hire a professional narrator to read his books as his voice is somewhat monotone which detracts from the story and to be honest, it sounds amateurish.

Well done Mike, you have every reason to be proud of your work. 👍

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not just another post acopolytic series

great characters and loved the authors narrative. first time hearing of the author and def need to check out more works. shame the series won't be revisited but one lives in hope... go Nancy!

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  • Josh Wilson
  • 22-07-2020

Narrator/Author once again so painful to listen to had to stop

Narrator/Author once again so painful to listen to had to stop. Totally ruins it, pretty trash to begin with though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-2020

narrator is awful

narrator is awful got on my nerves trying to listen to it. story is interesting but drags out.

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  • Lawrence
  • 21-09-2020

Don't bother

poorly read. stupid plot. i bought this book for it's length. waste of time.

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  • generaladjuster
  • 02-08-2020

soooo bad

probably the worst book ever written by a 12 year old. Don't waste your brain cells trying to understand all the nonsense added by an uneducated moronic writer.

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  • paul
  • 16-08-2020

Garbage in, garbage out

Do you enjoy literature? Do you like characters who are true to their descriptions? Well thought out and developed story lines? Narration which truly brings the story to life? Then run far and fast from this "book".

Saying this was written (to loosely use that word, written) by a 12 year old would be an insult to even the most uneducated, illiterate 12 year old one could imagine.

The narrative is a confusion of monotones with the occasional ridiculous attempt at some seemingly falsetto voice. But truly, it's understandable why the author chose to do his own narration. The cost for any self respecting voice actor to actually read this would be quite out of this "authors" budget, I'm sure.

You're time would be better spent contemplating the social and political ramifications of "Go Dogs, Go!"

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  • Stephen White
  • 29-08-2020

Bad in so many ways

Firstly he should not have narrated his own book. His skill is marginal at best. Making each chapter really short makes it very jerky and hard to follow. The writing is almost acceptable but the story is hackneyed. Early on when I got to where a female protagonist gets hijacked by someone standing in the road I just had to quit.

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  • B VanDyk
  • 07-08-2020

Great Saga. Great characters

I absolutely loved the story. the characters were great, realistic that they failed and the overcame obstacles. An action packed saga of the apocalypse.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-01-2021

eh

just not a fan unrealistic pretty far fetched story to small of chapters . .

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  • Debra Planer
  • 22-10-2020

Very Raw

I enjoyed this series, but it is definitely very raw. You can tell that the author is new to this but I know he will only get better. He created very strong Characters that I hate to see the end of with the end of the series. So hop he will either continue this series or use these characters in another series. My one negative with these books was the extreme amount of cussing, I don’t think it was needed, especially with the Russians as they would not be using the same cuss words as an American would. But even with this I continued to listen. Best of luck in all this authors future endeavors.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-2021

do not buy this book

it would be an okay book if the Author wasn't reading it. he had no business at all telling it.

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  • deafmick
  • 02-08-2020

Wow

This is one of the best audio books I had for a long time I have over a 1000 audio books as being disabled I have a lot of time on my hands this one is in my top 50

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  • bethminks
  • 27-11-2020

needs a different storyteller

the story line and the story itself is really good but couldn't finish listening Mike's voice is really annoying would listen to the end if someone else read it

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  • dean dawes
  • 21-11-2020

annoying voice

kinda like the story but the author doing the reading?? I think he could have found someone with a voice that is not so grating and annoying, ruins the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-03-2021

Meh..

I found the voice characterisations a tad ridiculous. Leonard was literally one step away from becoming the Cookie Monster and Rachel's chirpy demeanor completely at odds with the fact that her entire family had been wiped from the face of the Earth along with pretty much everyone else. Then there was the most implausible situation of Nancy effectively becoming second in command of a Russian nuclear submarine.

While story itself is ok, it borrows quite a bit from the Matrix, especially in the last book.

overall...meh...

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  • lordfofballymote
  • 23-01-2021

Great

Monumental great listen. I appreciated the fact that the creator was the narrator and indeed did a lovely job. Great value and entertainment many thanks Mr Kraus from your Irish friends. Ps best of luck and good health for 2021 .

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  • Rogue
  • 19-10-2020

Great characters, great story.

I really enjoyed this series and it gave me plenty of late nights.

I only have one suggestion if you undertake an endeavour like this again. You don't have to say written by and narrated by so many times, it became annoying after a while.

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  • M. Johnson
  • 07-04-2021

Dull and Repetitive

This yearn strings on and on lurching from one improbable scenario to another equally imposable escape. the short chapters make it hard to follow, i hung in for 4 books but I finally gave in

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  • Gillian
  • 12-09-2020

I survived...just.

The first part of the trilogy was good, the second was somewhat irrelevant and the third became annoying, which is why I’m giving it 3* overall. Mike Kraus is a good narrator when reading the story but the voice characterisations are pretty dreadful. The female characters are strong, independent, intelligent women, which is a positive but Mike Kraus manages to make them sound like they belong in a Scooby Doo cartoon. Lennard, on the other hand sounds like a cartoon thug. By part 3, I was struggling to continue and this was compounded by the Russian submarine commander leaving an American woman in charge of his submarine. A woman who has no knowledge of nuclear submarines at that. For me, it stretched credulity too far. The addition of all the Russian accents left me struggling. The first part is a good story, although probably better read than listened to. I think it should have ended there since the rest of the trilogy doesn’t really add anything.

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  • S. Reid
  • 23-04-2021

Naration should have been done by a professional

The naration doesnt give the story the respect it deserves. The inflections given in the characters speach gives them a child like characteristic with an amaturish feel. A great story which would probably be better served with a professional narator like Scott Brick or the like. Couldn't finish. Will probably read the hardcopy.

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  • Lindy Hunt
  • 14-03-2021

Just my opinion, still worth the credit.

This would have been a great audio book, if the author didn't narrate it. I understand that writers would like to narrate their own work, but in this case, it really annoyed me. I feel like the characters lost some of their personality because of the narrator.

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