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Fight like a Man: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller Audiobook

Fight like a Man: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller: The SHTF Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

As a prepper, Grayson Rowan was prepared for almost anything.

...anything other than being totally alone when the sh*t hits the fan.

While he sat back and watched the United States rattle swords with Korea, play chicken with Russia, and strong-arm China, he felt sure if the lights went out that he and his family would be ready and safe - whether it was due to a natural disaster or a man-made event. They had everything they needed at their homestead.

What he wasn't prepared for was his family not being home if it ever happened.

Olivia Rowan is with her sisters, Gabby and Emma, on a girls-only trip to Myrtle Beach. When chaos erupts and there's no gas, their journey home is a nightmare, filled with predators and danger - and apparently, Olivia hadn't learned a thing her husband tried to teach her.

When your neighbors run out of water and turn on each other, what will you do?

Jake, a country boy mechanic, never believed in TEOTWAWKI, but he'd heard his brother-in-law preach about it many times. He knew what to do, but he didn't prepare. He lazily left it all up to Grayson - he was the prepper after all. When catastrophe strikes, will he continue to keep his head stuck in the sand while his clueless neighbors destroy each other, and his wife is stuck out on the road, or will he stand up and fight like a man?

And if you're alone? Bug in or bug out?

Graysie Rowan, a freshman at university, just wants to go home. When no word comes from the government, and the state capital is overrun with looters, chaos, and mayhem, the college administration puts the students on lockdown. But her dad, Grayson, had prepared her for this. Now, if she can only remember what it was he said to do....

If they want to survive this post-apocalyptic event, they'll all have to learn to fight like a man.

©2017 Lisa L. Akers (P)2017 Lisa L. Akers

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  • harmonyblue
    16/11/17
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    "first book of the series and I am already hooked"

    I really like this book series so far and I'm a fan of this narrator as well he doesn't excellent job of reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler U.
    16/11/17
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    "A decent, if not groundbreaking, SHTF series"

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

    This was a good, if not unique, book about a prepper and his family surviving the collapse of society. I liked the realism the author went for, but again, this was definitely not groundbreaking material. It was written well, and entertaining, though it was a bit political for me. The narrator was fantastic, so I would consider this a credit worthy audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Biermann
    Midwest USA
    15/11/17
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    "Post apocalyptic beginning story of series"

    I was given this book by the narrator and I am reviewing it based on my own opinion of the quality and enjoyment of this novel

    Kevin Pierce is a great narrator and I always find his narration very enjoyable and inthralling.

    The beginning novel like most beginnings is an attempt to get the reader to invest in the believability and crisis that the author has created . I found this book interesting and informative but not being a prepper myself felt the world fell into chaos faster than I find believable. If you accept the premise of the chaos I found the general character’s events believable though they have taken on the character of most post apocalyptic novels filled with biker gangs, meth heads and long journeys home that require shooting people and lack of resources.

    All that being said I think there is some character development and If I continue to read I think that they need to to expanded. I like the learning aspect of how to prepare without having one character being Uber prepared and “running “ the whole show.
    I would like seeing more merging of knowledge between characters to address the crisis and retooling of everyday living and security.

    I enjoyed this book and will read the next to see if this story continues to develop

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yesenia
    14/11/17
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    "Great Narration... Not so great story line. "

    Cons (may contain spoilers): I really wanted to like this book because Kevin Pierce. There were parts that were good then it would fall flat again. I've read great reviews of the author so I may try another book of hers but I'm not sure. I really felt this book should have been one of those free previews of a series. It doesn't end so much on a cliffhanger but just ends abruptly... more like the end of a chapter than any real resolution at all. It's only purpose was to honestly get you to buy the next book. Also, if I heard "fight like a man" one more time I was probably going to scream. Sure, I get it. They were trying to make the point that not every prepper is fully prepared. But this was ridiculous. Finally, the author really left a LOT open ended. I practically listened back through the entire book to figure out why they were so sad about the other brother and son and had to tell the wife terrible news. Either I completely missed it or this was another ambiguous character drama being built. The ending with the mentally challenged kid... OMG! No. I can't even.

    Pros: Kevin Pierce does a stunning job (as usual) narrating. Every now and then a good story arc would happen but then it was really short-lived.

    Verdict: I really, really wanted to like this book but in the end really felt I'd wasted 6 hours of my life. Any book that makes you go back and immediately reread it because you were missing a completely story line at the end... to find it really just wasn't there... sigh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MSEreads
    Marianna, FL
    14/11/17
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    "Engaging, character intensive SHTF story."

    Grayson, a firm prepper, is the ‘patriarch’ of his family and has prepared the family farm so everyone will be taken care of. Although the rest of the family have agreed to prep and the rendezvous plans, they don’t take the threats as seriously as Grayson does. They are all startled … and unfortunately separated… when the grid goes down. Grayson is home alone since his wife and sisters-in-law are 200+ miles away for a girl’s weekend at the beach. His daughter is an hour away at college.

    Jake, one of the brothers-in-law, a mechanic, has been experiencing some funky mood that he’s been trying to hide from everyone. He hasn’t had much motivation and it takes him a little time to accept that a SHTF event has occurred. He still doesn’t take the steps he knows need to be done and drags his feet getting on the road to the family farm. Plus he remembers that he got lax on some of the tasks he was supposed to take care of. When he finally gets ready to go he runs into one problem after another.

    Grayson’s wife, Olivia, is enjoying the beach with sisters Gabby and Emma. Olivia loves her husband but never really bought into the prepper mode. As the beach resort descends into chaos, Olivia plays ostrich and hides her head in a book on the beach. Gabby is ready to move out and try to get home but is rightfully upset when she discovers she is the only one with her bug out bag. The girls are extremely vulnerable as they try to find a ride home and begin to run into some dregs of society.

    Graysie is a freshman at college who is stuck with her clueless roommates. University authorities have told the students to stay put. But after several days, as conditions deteriorate, Graysie decides she is going to get past the security guard to her car and head home.

    Everyone may have to "fight like a man" as Grayson has tried to teach them. The story follows all four threads with the fears and dangers the characters face as technology, normalcy and society break down around them. The characters evoked various emotions: curiosity, annoyance, anger, dread, fear, and relief. There are some political statements which didn't bother me but sadly there is unnecessary bad language. There are a few alarming scenes that are consistent with an EOTW scenario. I liked the prepper information, including what could go wrong with the best of plans. I am interested in continuing the series.

    Audio Notes: Kevin Pierce has become a reliable sci fi narrator. He doesn’t always provide completely unique voices but he still manages to convey the distinct personalities. The narration enhanced my enjoyment of the story and I hope to continue listening to the series on Audible.

    I received this from the narrator for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepdog627
    Western Colorado
    13/11/17
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    "A get-home SHTF book..."

    This book was an enjoyable SHTF read. I appreciated the author taking on the problem of a disaster happening while members of the family are away from home, as well as the reluctance of certain people to accept the need to be prepared even when someone is willing to do it for them (something I certainly think about). The author clearly has an understanding of preparedness issues and makes some good suggestions through the narrative. I did find some portions of the story to be a bit too coincidental but I understand why he worked the storyline out that way. As far as narration goes Kevin Peirce is good as always in this genre. His intonation of this story makes it flow better than it otherwise might have. “Full Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sabrena
    10/11/17
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    "WARNING! This story is unfinished."

    This story begins with a prologue that's 3 months past "the event" then chapter 1 flashes back to the day after the event, yet the story never brings the reader to the scene described in the prologue. Instead, it ends quite abruptly with much left hanging. I can't evaluate or rate an unfinished story. The story is a bit too politically preachy and rather formulaic, but it has potential.

    Kevin Pierce delivers his customary superb performance. I hope I have the opportunity to hear the rest of the story and give it a proper evaluation.

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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    9/11/17
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    "Excellent Performance"

    It's been a while since I've listened to a decent EOTWAWKI book so when the surprise opportunity to review "Fight Like a Man" came up I was excited to dive into another post-apocalyptic novel featuring an epic reading by Kevin Pierce. I was not disappointed one bit by his narration, it was excellent as usual. This is the kind of story I believe Kevin does best and, honestly, it was the only reason I was able to complete the book.

    I love listening to this kind of novel and I really, really wanted to like it. Right from the beginning I was concerned simply because of the the name of the book but I went for it anyhow because...well...it was free and hey, Kevin Pierce is the narrator! It started off fine and after a while I even began to think that my initial reactions to the title were unfounded; it wasn't half bad!

    But somewhere along the way it got lost. Character and personality development from early on seemed to be ditched leaving the various protagonists responding and acting in ways that made no sense after what the listener had been setup to expect. Many actions became completely frustrating and unbelievable while the characters got dumber and dumber before my very eyes.

    I was willing to put up with these inconsistencies just to get my "prepper fix" presented by the great Mr Pierce but there were two things that finally killed it for me.

    First, and it's probably just nitpicking, I don't like it when an author ends a chapter by telling the reader what's about to happen. For example, lines like "They thought their troubles were over, but soon they would realize just how wrong they were" drive me nuts. They remind me of Dukes of Hazard episodes, circa 1980, when leading into a commercial break leaving the General Lee suspended in mid-air after rocketing off yet another uncannily placed jump over a washed out Hazard County bridge while Waylon Jennings says "you know, them Duke Boys might've got themselves in a heap o trouble this time..."! I prefer that an author let the reader discover what's going to happen on their own, otherwise why keep reading (or listening of course).

    Second, the political ranting. Akers went on, and on about Trump and Clinton and Sanders, his thoughts about the election, etc. It was annoying and made absolutely no addition to the progression of the story. I could care less about the authors political views to begin with so having to sit through his "schpeal" multiple times almost made me give up altogether. Even with an epilogue to claim that these views were those of the characters in an attempt to give them depth and credibility (my words, not his) made absolutely no sense.

    So unfortunately I could only give the story itself 2 stars. I really appreciated the listen but it just didn't cut it.

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Welch
    8/11/17
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    "not great"

    first of all the narration as always was remarkably done. second of all the storyline was okay the biggest problem with the book is how every character constantly did everything wrong not one of the characters seem to have done anything correct and some of these are Preppers with experience and no and they made the goofiest mistakes possible hopefully the author in the second book will allow these people to be a little more successful and just basic survival instincts and living

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Olivia Petty
    8/11/17
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    "Couldn't Get Past Chapter 7"

    The author writes his female characters as weak and stupid. Very disappointing. I should've know, given the title. Shame on me. I love apocolyptic books, and it stated out pretty good, but he makes Olivia out to be a complete dimwit, when according to the story, she had also been a prepped with her husband. Lame, really lame. I'm sure it gets better, but I couldn't bear the stereotypical, weak-ass characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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