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Survive the Chaos

Small Town EMP, Book 1
Narrated by: Maxwell Zener
Series: Small Town EMP, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
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When the lights go out, anarchy reigns supreme.

After Austin Merryman’s wife died, he and his 14-year-old daughter left home to travel the country in an old RV. But the comfort and renewal they sought soon descends into chaos - even before the EMP hits. 

When a message from an old college buddy leads Austin to a bridge in the middle of nowhere, he finds his friend - now an NSA agent - waiting to give him a USB drive. Before the contents can be explained, machine gun fire strafes the bridge, killing Austin’s friend and forcing Austin into the raging river.

Rescued downstream by a beautiful veterinarian, Austin learns that EMP attacks have thrust the world into eternal darkness and separated him from the only person he has left: his young, but resourceful, daughter. Now, he’ll move heaven and earth to locate her and make it to his brother’s hideaway in Utah.

But the post-apocalyptic world is no longer a friendly place. Resources are growing scarce. Factions break out and walls go up. Everyone is willing to do whatever it takes to survive in an increasingly hostile environment. And Austin’s daughter is caught right in the middle of this splintering society.

But an even-deadlier foe stalks them as they struggle across the landscape - someone who hasn’t forgotten about the USB drive Austin possesses. And they’ll do anything to get it back.

Please note: This novel contains violence.

©2019 Relay Publishing (P)2019 Relay Publishing

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  • MattyWeb
  • 19-02-2020

not the greatest

This is a post EMP survival story written by someone who is anti-gun or at best knows next to nothing about guns other than they heard the word bumpstock on MSNBC.

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  • Backlash
  • 20-10-2019

The long road home

Separated and under fire, a father and daughter must find alliances as they travel across the country in search for each other. Great story, interesting and layered characters. I liked that no one was a Superman or woman, but everyone had facets and flaws. I'm excited about where this series is going. It was very well narrated as well. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-11-2019

Slow build

Before i begin, book 2 is much better, this book was a very slow build to nearly nothing, it was only at the end it picked up for me. Im still not sure it is terribly believable in the beginning either, thats for your to decide i guess.

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

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  • jake
  • 15-10-2019

New take on TEOTWAWKI scenario.

Overall I really liked the story line and the characters. The book started out slow and I was hard pressed to keep the timelines straight. As the story progressed, I found that i was able to get into Grace's writing style and the progression of time. At first I thought the plot was going to head into another "invincible" protagonist that has uncanny luck story but she did a great job making the characters real and keeping that cover over the rest of the characters. There were characters I did not like but that is not a bad thing...they fit into the story and were developed well enough. The different approach she took on an EMP event allowed me to imagine a softer world in such chaos. Bad guys made just as many mistakes as the good guys and not everyone killed or was killed at the site of other people. I liked the idea that society wouldn't take a head dive straight into cannibalism/mass murder in the first few hours. SPOILER*** I enjoyed the wanna-be pepper brother with the compound and fortress that completely blitz on him and trapped him in his own house. I could read a whole book on just that scenario.
The narrator left me a little disappointed but I was able to get through and eventually it was ok. I will be purchasing the other books in the series and look forward to them. I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Koolaid53
  • 15-10-2019

Chaos Always turns to Reality!

Grace did a good job at keeping my attention. Was a good mix of groups that were in the story. Like the way she mixed all kinds of scenarios in different ways throughout the book. It all leads to a very climatic ending and you sitting there with a big WHAT! It's over. Great job.

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  • Stacey
  • 07-10-2019

I need book 2, and 3 etc!!

Please Audible, get those books recorded ASAP! I can’t take the suspense! Great writer and great narrator.

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  • Shantelle Hazelton
  • 03-10-2019

Great story and audio book

This story was very gripping. I couldn’t stop listening to it. The plot was amazing. EMP stories are one of my favorites! I loved the characters and the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life. I can’t wait to read or listen and see what happens next!

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  • Deedra
  • 24-05-2020

Survive the Chaos

I loved this book!It was about a father and daughter who live in a camper when they are seperated after an emp hits.Many miles and events go down in between them losing then finding each other again.Grace Hamilton is full of great stories! Maxwell Zener was a terrific narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-2020

Great Audible and book!

Great Audible version along with the book itself. Grace Hamilton successfully weaves a new twist in EMP sagas when let Maxwell delivers a flawless performance of the book.

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  • A. American Woman
  • 18-01-2020

Very good, new author for me.

I very much enjoyed the characters in this book & the story really grabbed me. Looking forward to the next book in the series.