RazorWire : After Civilization

  • by Troy Hallewell
  • Narrated by Troy Hallewell
  • Series: After Civilization
  • 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Once the world was beautiful and full of people. Cities filled the landscape and buildings reached the sky. But now, after The Wandering, very few portions of the old world remain, and more of the surviving fragments of a glorious past disappear every day.
Yet, it is more than just memories of the past at stake when a new enemy arrives in The Waste. Flooding over the land and leaving total destruction in their wake, these mysterious invaders will stop at nothing until all ties to the old world are destroyed and forgotten.
But there is one last hope, a rumor which speaks of a powerful people who survived The Wandering unscathed. Could they be the answer The Waste needs in its darkest hour? Could this rumored people hold back the tide of destruction or will The Waste, along with the final remnants of humanity's glorious past, disappear forever like dried grass in a flame?

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A Western with a post-apocalyptic veneer

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Rock is an indie wanderer, traveling from place to place trading news and whatever he might have come by in between. He meets Caroline and her powerful father and is given a mission to escort her to the Wall. There her mission will begin as she attempts to find and bring back the last unscathed and powerful remnants of humanity. A tide of warriors is sweeping the land. They don’t trade, they don’t take tribute and submission. Instead, they seem bent on wiping the land clean of inhabitants and Caroline won’t let that happen without a last desperate attempt to push them back. Rock will have to figure out where his loyalties lie.

Basically, this was a Western given a little post-apocalyptic flare. It followed a pretty standard, and, at times, cliched, script. The beginning held a lot of promise and I was rather excited to venture into another destroyed future that was mostly desert and full of folks who have their own agendas. Once they started circling the wagons and shooting at warriors on horseback, I had to roll my eyes a little. This is a Western, which can be fun if a bit tired and worn.

On the plus side, Rock is an interesting character if a bit standard. I always have a thing for those strong silent types that are good in a fight but bad in relationships. Still, I was rooting for him the whole way. Caroline was your standard plucky female wild west woman. She’s beautiful and knows how to shoot but is a bit brash and wants to rebel. Still, she’s dead set on saving her people, if she can, even if it kills her. There were very few women in this story, which might explain why the world hasn’t managed to repopulate itself yet. There’s Caroline (who has plenty of lines), a mysterious female leader of the warrior tribe that is sweeping the land (who has perhaps 3 lines), a little baby girl that gets to be cute and cuddly for a scene or two, and then Rock’s remembrances of his own mother (who has 3 or 4 lines as well). This story could definitely improve with some gender balancing.

I also feel the need to comment on how the invading hoard all seem to be brown skinned, instead of a greater mix of ethnicities as I had been expecting with humanity surviving an apocalyptic event. Perhaps they are akin to a Mongolian tribe or perhaps akin to a Native American tribe. Since we haven’t met any of them individually, other than that brief encounter with one of their female leaders, we don’t know much about them. Still, their feathers, beaded clothing, horse skills, and archery all add to the Western story tone of the book.

Now I am very curious what lies beyond the Wall and why everyone thinks their saviors may be hidden in that direction. After all, no one has survived their journey over the Wall and returned to tell about it. In fact, bones of those who died shortly after traversing the Wall can be seen from it. I think Caroline definitely has her hands full in attempting this quest.

Over all, if you enjoy your standard fare Western and want a little more sprinkled in, then this is a good book for you. For me, it was so-so. It started off promising but the middle was very predictable. The ending has promise for the series with the Wall and beyond.

I received a free copy of this book through Audiobook Jukebox.

Narration: The author performed his own narration of this book. It was mediocre. First, the production quality wasn’t all good but it wasn’t all bad either. The volume goes up and down but never so loud as to blow out your ears. Also, sometimes it sounds a bit tinny and sometimes it’s good and clear. Hallewell does do a good job of keeping each character distinct. However, most of his voices appear to be based off old Western serials, which adds to the whole cliched Western flavor of this book. His female voice for Caroline is OK.
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- DabOfDarkness

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With the opening passages, I thought that this was going to be yet another post apocalyptic story of one loner battling for survival as he makes his way through lands of starvation and desolation. How wrong I was. Yes, one of the main protagonists, Rock, is usually a lone traveller but the majority of the people are grouped into large tribes or smaller clans or families, some of which are nomadic but the others stay in one place, farming or trading. And, whilst most of the scientific achievements we take so much for granted such as cars, planes and the internet, no longer exist other than as fabled stories of Once Upon a Time, (like the tales of skyscrapers and vast populations), a few little electrical devices have survived - kettles and toasters, for example - but these are now rarely used, though treasured, as they need the magic of the power from shiny black Suncatchers and their little black storage boxes to make them work. Even these items are slowly disappearing as the technical knowledge to repair them no longer exists. We are not told what caused the transition but it happened just within the memory of a previous generation.

Into this reasonable settled world comes an invading army of horse riding, bow wielding aggressors, seemingly determined to destroy everyone. The story revolves around the journey of a young woman sent to seek help against them. She has to travel to, and beyond, the Wall without Walls, a place offering instant death to anyone who tries to cross it. She is accompanied by an initially reluctant Rock, whose service to deliver her there is purchased by the bribe of five old books, these being a rare and valuable exchange commodity. As well as being an exciting and rattling good story with plenty of action, there are numerous great characters all given depth and personality by the author. My personal favourite is Dickens, an odd man, himself a book collector.

The author, Troy Hallewell, also narrates, which can often be a disaster. But Mr.Hallewell's reading is good and his dialogue voices are varied, distinct and the overall performance is worthy of many of the professional readers. There are a couple of editing glitches, but these are minor. My main irritation came solely for the book title, RazorWire, being given at the beginning of each new chapter. A small thing but a distraction from the overall continuity of the action.In addition to a great storyline, well written, and a cast of rounded, interesting characters, there is also a touch of mystery. Who are these new invaders and where are they from? What do they want and can they be stopped? Why does crossing the Wall without Walls mean an automatic death sentence? What is beyond it? What caused the happening which took away the technologies and must have killed so many? And what will be in the next book of After Civilisation, RazorsEdge? I can't wait!

My thanks to the right's holder for sending me a complementary copy of RazorWire in exchange for an honest review. This I have given

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- Norma Miles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2016
  • Publisher: Asgard Publishing