• Dark Retreat: EMP Lodge Series, Volume 1

  • By: Grace Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Series: EMP Lodge, Book 1
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-29-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Relay Publishing
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 down, 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?
©2017 Relay Publishing (P)2017 Relay Publishing
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4 out of 5 stars
By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 08-06-17


This follows Megan and her daughter Caitlin. Caitlin is deathly ill and Megan is trying to find a way to save her. She stumbles upon a remote cabin that seems abandoned and breaks in to see if there is anything there to help her daughter. Extremely tired, she falls asleep only to wake up to some people in the cabin. Thankfully the people are friendly to her and agree to help Caitlin. She is hesitant to accept their help because so many people have let her down, but Caitlin is too sick to go anywhere.

This was an enjoyable read, though a little.... too easyish for Megan and Caitlin. It's hard to believe that they would stumble upon people who are so nice and so prepared, but that could be just my cynical self ;) I also rolled my eyes a bit at the predictable romance!! It felt too fast.

I did really like all the characters though. Megan is well prepared and knowledgeable in a lot of things and is well able to look after herself, but I liked that she didn't know anything and was willing to teach the family things, whilst also learning things herself. I liked the family too, especially the dog ;) They were all well written and developed!!

In all, a good solid start to what I'm hoping will be a great series. I liked the extra mystery within the post apoc element. Like life isn't hard enough, they have to figure out what happened Caitlin! I'm looking forward to thee next one.

Andrew Tell was awesome. It's been a while since I've listened to one that was narrated by him, but he is as good as I remember. He has a wide variety of tones and voices and even though the majority of the book is from a female perspective, it didn't feel like a man was narrating. Thoroughly enjoyed his performance.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tammy G. on 08-29-17

I loved this book.

Where does Dark Retreat: EMP Lodge Series, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks high on my list because it is a woman writer and women have a completely different look on survival and the SHTF. I love that she still had shopping list for the preppers and some gun porn, for my husband who also loved the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?


Which scene was your favorite?

When she killed Kyle.

Any additional comments?

I did have some issues with a few things about Wyatt.. Navy Seal, COP... You don't have to be those things to be good at surviving. But I felt the story moved along at a very nice pace. I was sad that the book ended. I hope there is another one coming. My husband called the book the An Apocalyptic Romance Novel. I loved the connection between them because it was believable and made sense that this can or will happen. People will connect and fall in love even in the worst of times.

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