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As far as the east is from the west...

Marcus Battle is tired of the world. And he's certain the world is tired of him.  

But when an old friend needs his help, he steps back into the violence and corruption he's fought for so long to avoid.  

A decade after he disappeared north of the wall that separated his Texas from the rest of what used to be his country, an oppressive government threatens the only people alive for whom he cares and who care about him.  

He'll sacrifice everything to keep them safe, and he'll travel one more time to places no man should have to go.

©2018 Piton Press LLC (P)2019 Piton Press LLC

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  • John
  • 12-06-2019

Great series

I'd like to thank Tom Abrahams for writing a captivating group of series and books. They have helped me get through a difficult year caring for my dying parents. The books are just fun and entertaining to listen to. The performance was spot on. The audibly books allowed me to overcome points of utter boredom and frustration. I will recommend you work to my friends.

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  • Brian
  • 06-06-2019

“One is a blessing. Two is a curse.”

Marcus Battle is back for the 7th book in the Traveler series – and this one is the finale (part one). And what a part it was. Long-time readers of the series will be thrilled that Lou is back in this book – along with some other familiar faces.

We’re also introduced to a completely new world post-Scourge and post-Wall. Abrahams introduces us to the Population Guard. A government force that assures that the population “doesn’t get out of hand” by enforcing a one-child limit to every family (including a fantastic quote from the book “One is a blessing. Two is a curse.“)

Now, this new plot point deserves a lot of extra focus here because of the final two books in this series (this one, Hero, and the final book Harbor). We’re also introduced to the new underground railroad. This time is to smuggle families with multiple kids to a safe place (I won’t fully ruin the plot points around this here, but know that it’s easily one of the most interesting plot points this deep into a series I’ve read in quite some time).

Hero itself is such a bittersweet book. I know that the Traveler and with it Battle are coming to an end and I’m meeting that with both happiness and sadness. There are scenes in this book that tore me up. A specific scene with Lou’s son’s drawing really got to me. (Trying not to spoil anything, just be prepared to be angry at the ninjas chopping onions).

I also respect that Abrahams can poke fun at himself and his novels while inside of one of his novels. This back and forth got me a bit:

““Sounds like some dude in a dime-store novel, doesn’t it?” Marcus joked. “Like some pulp fiction writer made up some unkillable soldier type, dunked him into one horrible situation after another, and the dude survives against all odds. Like the trials of Job but worse. Makes you wonder what hell I’ve got in front of me.””

Overall, I obviously loved Hero. It had everything I wanted and it really sets the stage for what is going to be a fantastic finish. I feel like I’m in Abrahams’ head a bit and I have a feeling that we’re all going to be satisfied with how that book ends.

Just be warned – this is kind of a “part 1” to the finale of the book, so it kind of abruptly ends (setting things up for book 8 in a few weeks). I can’t wait to see where Battle and Lou take us, but I know it’s going to be good. I could go on about this book for a long time but if you’ve read the books leading up to this, you’ll enjoy this one a lot.

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  • FergStev
  • 28-06-2019

Outstanding

Have you listened to a book where the story drags and drags before the excitement begins? It won't be this one. The story hits the ground running. If you read the first 6 books you already have a good feel for the characters and almost intuitively know what they will or won't do in particular situations and they do not disappoint. As usual and as expected, Kevin Pierce's narration is outstanding.

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  • TonyC-DD12
  • 06-06-2019

Marcus, you're old!

Wow! A lot has changed since we last saw Marcus and Lou! This adventure does not disappoint, Battle, though older, wiser and somewhat feeling shunned, is still Battle. Doing things like he has since the scourge!

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  • J.Brock
  • 18-06-2020

Already Mourning the End of This Series...

Tom Abrahams is one of the most prolific, brilliant writers in the PA fiction world. His books are absolutely vivid and the characters so rich the reader feels like they know them. Hero finds Marcus Battle an older man now, living in Virginia, with Lou (the woman who was a teen in the last book) all grown up. She's in serious peril now. And the only one who can save her, and her children, is Marcus Battle. And Battle will not disappoint. Abrahams never uses profanity in his writing, which serves more as cheap thriller than anything else.

How many things can one say about narrator Kevin Pierce? He's as brilliant as Tom Abrahams. And they compliment each other perfectly. He's the voice of the apocalypse. His voice is steady as a rock, but the emotion of the story reverberates in his pronunciations. I could listen to him read the phone book, tax codes, a medical dictionary, anything. He's that good. It just doesn't get better. Now if it only didn't have to end.

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  • susan
  • 14-06-2020

Near the end of a great series

Marcus Battle makes his way back from the brink of isolation and guilt to find Lou and live again....

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  • Craig F.
  • 24-05-2020

Alittle far fetched then the past books but...

i really enjoyed the post books but thurs one has some pretty far fetched situations . winning a gun fight when 9 months pregnant against a dozen guys then another 8 or so all with semi auto rifles an other nutty things made the story to wack for my liking ..yeah ill get the last book just to finish the story but its not a comedy ill have to remind myself.

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  • James Paul Harriss
  • 17-06-2019

Slow slow slow

The previous books were captivating and suspenseful, this book too much time had expired and to many changes took place to be interesting from the start. It started no where and finished no where, I’ll still listen to the rest but this book was by far not my favorite. Still love the author and reader

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  • Dixie S.
  • 11-06-2019

Loved the entire Traveler series!!

Marcus Battle is an awesome character, very real, down to earth, and on the edge of crazy. He reminds me of a few men I've known. I enjoyed the journey. Thank you!

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  • Andrew Stephens
  • 05-06-2019

Like seeing an old friend

Hero is a tale that must be told, and quite honestly, this listener is glad it was! Great writing and narration as always from this duo.

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  • Shaun52
  • 07-09-2021

Brilliant series

Book 7 of the series. Marcus Battle is definitely a hero, you can't help but like him.
One of the best series of books you could hope for highly recommended.
You will enjoy each book. Thank you, Tom.

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