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The EMP Lodge Series: Books 1 to 3

Narrated by: Andrew Tell
Length: 21 hrs and 13 mins
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Dark Retreat
Three months after life as she knows it was decimated, Megan Wolford has only one goal: protect her daughter, Caitlin, at any cost. When a mysterious illness strikes Caitlin, Megan is forced to forage for medical supplies at a remote lodge. The last thing she wants is help from her fellow survivors when so many in her life have let her down - but soon she'll find herself with no other option.

Ex-Navy SEAL Wyatt Morris is doing everything he can to hold his family together after the tragic death of his prepper Dad, so when Megan enters their lands, he is mistrustful at first despite feeling drawn to her. He won't turn away an ill child though - no matter how deadly the world has become. But the arrival of another stranger named Kyle soon gives them all a new reason to be suspicious. Wyatt knows he’ll have to forge alliances in order to keep his family safe, but trusting the wrong person could be a deadly mistake. 

When Megan and Wyatt discover her daughter’s illness may be linked to Kyle’s arrival, it sets off a race to discover the truth before it’s too late to save Caitlin - and the rest of the Morris clan. Can they work together for survival...and something more?

Dark Hunt
In the post-apocalyptic aftermath, Megan is settling in with her makeshift family at the safe haven of their lodge, but she remains wary of trusting others. Despite her growing feelings for Wyatt Morris, the leader of the group, she still feels most secure on her own. But when she becomes separated from her beloved daughter Caitlin in a storm, Megan is in danger of losing the one thing keeping her fighting to stay alive. Injured and desperate, she must fight every instinct within her to rely on the others for help when they find evidence that Caitlin has been kidnapped. 

Wyatt is determined to do everything he can to bring her home, and he organizes a search party to visit a set of old adversaries in the guise of traders to try and find the missing girl - but Megan would rather take matters into her own hands. With Megan setting off alone to face unknown enemies, she is more vulnerable than ever. When a mysterious stranger known as the Green Woman appears to be a lead in finding Caitlin, she’ll have to track her down.

Can she put aside her stubborn need for independence and accept help from her newfound community before it’s too late?

Dark Defiance
Strength in numbers can make the difference between life and death - but only the right numbers.

Megan has finally found herself a family she and her young daughter can rely on in terrifying times. Their group is small, but they trust each other with their lives. With a long winter looming, they’ll have to hunker down in the lodge to survive, but there are deadlier threats to their safety than harsh conditions....

©2018 Relay Publishing (P)2018 Relay Publishing

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-10-2018

Not well written

I couldn't finish this book because it was not well written for the genre. The woman spends chapters thinking about how she needs to leave the safe place she s found......after a breakdown in the nation. Sure, a person who is really worried about her 7year old child that has no weapons and apparently no self defense skills thinks; hey, I don't want to be a burden so I really should leave. " This in spite of multiple people in the house beg her to stay.

The main make character is supposed to be an ex navyy seal and he falls in 13 year old love the moment he sees her.

I was seriously bummed about spending almost $20 bucks on this.....

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2018

Really Really Bad

The story is poorly written with no forethought.
one minute they are out of coffee and the next they are sitting around drinking a cup. the lead dude is an ex navy seal who knows nothing about hunting and has no tactical skills. the lead chick is a badass hunter but doesn't know how to use a compass. they kill bad guys and leave their weapons and vehicles. its just a really bad story that could've been good. the lead chick is extremely dumb and makes it hard to keep listening. if it wasnt for a long car ride with nothing else downloaded i would not of finished. kinda like watching sharknato after awhile. its so bad it becomes more enjoyable to look for all the bad mistakes

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  • Jeff Meador
  • 19-12-2018

Good Story, but !!!

I liked the book. I'm confused by the authors' intent or maybe lack of knowledge. The author is female, so I get that it is from the heart of a woman who may not know her audience well. The book is written in a way that is demeaning to me as the former U.S. Marine ( I don't believe the author intended to offend ). The Navy Seal and other military characters [ minus female doctor ] are severely lacking in basic military skill set and awareness. As a former police officer, the lack of basic security and awareness is appalling. The women are a big part of the story and that's one of the reasons I like it. However, the good doctor and main character both being female are larger than life almost superhero-like. This brings the believability down a few points. There is a lack of weapon knowledge and basic security. I really question why any former military or law enforcement man or woman would not have a battle rifle over a deer rifle or why they would think a handgun would be enough firepower in the open and against multiple combatants who are armed. Despite these things and other issues showing lack of needed knowledge, it was a good fiction book. If you take it for the value of a fiction novel and remove it from what this genre audience expects it's good reading. Maybe the author is growing and will do better on the next one. I'll read it just to support her on her journey.

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  • GMJ
  • 28-10-2018

Disconjointed & many, many questionable decisions.

A carnival of folly's (Hey, carnivals can be enjoyable at times too!).

Most of the story is written in a first person perspective of the two lead characters. However, Kaitlyn's "FPS" of her individual trial lasts for only a moment and we are afterward "left in the dark" until either of the first two leads lay eyes on the situation.

There were far too many folly's made in the characters decision making, oversights or just plain forgetfulness. Much of the contents were merely clean up of said. In this regard it was very reminiscent of The Keystone Cops, The Three Stooges or Kids in the Hall. I wanted to like this trio of books, I really did. I gave them my attention until the end ultimately with little redemptive value.

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  • Rich
  • 02-06-2019

Worst lead character of all time .

The character of Megan is terrible. Never of I wanted to lead character to be killed off so badly. Couldn't even read the 3rd book pierhead I honestly gave it a good effort with the 1st 2 books. The character is self involved, selfish, And dangerous to everybody. This was painful to read

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-05-2019

Not enjoyable

I read other reviews before purchasing this story and really wished I listened...story was awful, Megan is a horrible person. I listened through to the end hoping it would get better, and unfortunately it did not. 21 hours and 13 minutes of my life I will never get back.

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  • Me
  • 01-05-2019

dont bother . lacks ... everything

the writer either lacked research or execution of research .. the characters were really not aligned with their abilities. hard to even finish

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 04-01-2019

Very Good!

Liked the story and narration - nicely done :)

It's different than most I've listened to thus far, but still a very good story, I really enjoyed it.

I'd be interested in reading more of the series!

It's definitely worth a shot, give it a go :)

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  • Tye Allen
  • 30-12-2018

Post Emp Story written by someone new to prepping

First why have a male narrator for books with a female main character.
Second this author seems to have little to no knowledge of the military or military life yet attempts to include characters with extensive military experience. Huge mistake in my opinion.
And third what is this author's problem with ARs? Most peppers find the AR to be a very useful tool. Also the big fight at the end is extremely implausible she (the author) portrays the main protagonists as good guys with deer hunting rifles beating the bad guys that have the "oh so deadly" AR-15s. For one that's extremely unlikely and for two what kind of prepper is against ARs and doesn't have at least a thousand rounds of 5.56? Simply written by someone that doesn't understand life and does not have a knack for believable story telling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-2018

Survival lite.

Whether EMP, nuclear war, virus outbreak, I'm a fan of the survival genre. I'd classify Grace Hamilton's EMP Lodge series as survival lite. Why lite? Mainly because I'm used to the scope of a post apocalyptic series being much broader. When book one starts the EMP incident has already happened some time back and we meet our heroine as she is struggling to find a place to rest with her sick daughter. We don't really learn that much about the event or the time just after the incident as society breaks down. We're given a few snippets, but not a ton of detail. The story is tightly focused. That's not necessary a bad thing, but it does feel quite different from the usual survival books I read/listen to. As enjoyable as the stories were, each of them had issues. I felt the writing could have been a bit tighter. Grace Hamilton crafted some enjoyable tales, but I felt she spent too much time telling us the character's thoughts. Readers/listeners are intelligent, they don't need to hear the same thing over and over again. Heck, we don't really need to be told how the characters are feeling at all. I think most people can figure out how a character is feeling by how they react to the situations they are in. I also found some of the character's (typically the antagonists) actions perplexing. I'd site examples, but I refuse to post spoilers. All that being said, I really did enjoy the stories and hope she continues working on her craft, and if Audible allowed half stars I would have given the story section of the rating a 3.5.

I've listened to his work before and I am more than pleased to say that Andrew Tell does an excellent job with the narration. I will definitely continue to listen to more of his work in the future.

I received a copy of this audio title in exchange for an unbiased review

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