• Blackout

  • Still Surviving, Volume 1
  • By: Boyd Craven III
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-20-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Boyd L Craven III
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (250 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Westley Flagg isn't your usual lawbreaker. He's a poacher, a moonshiner, and a prepper, out of necessity. Despite trying to live on the straight and narrow, he knows the law can turn things on you in a heartbeat. When Wes has to come up with money for his Grandpa's surgery, he gets involved with an unsavory group. Living deep in poverty for most of his life, he's become resilient and flexible, but college education can only take him so far. A solar storm sends the northern lights as far south as Texas, and cascading failures in the grid cripple the nation. Now, without communications, Flagg has to prove he has what it takes to still survive.
©2018 Boyd L Craven III (P)2018 Boyd L Craven III
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4 out of 5 stars
By RJ on 04-27-18

Familiar plot with exceptional characters.

After some of the books I’ve been listening to lately I was ready for a good book. Thank goodness for Boyd Craven and Kevin Pierce. Blackout is the opening salvo to an apocalypse/survival series featuring a small town community’s reaction and response when the lights go out due to a CME. In this scenario martial law is declared rather quickly and the military waste no time in rolling into town to confiscate weapons and excess food supplies. The character development and personal lives of the main characters continue throughout most of the book, which may sound tedious, but the characters are quite likable and the accounts are excellent; especially Raider (you’ll see). Then, we are fortunate to have Kevin Pierce narrating and that is always a huge plus in my book. I enjoyed this opening tale quite a bit and wish I had the next book(s) to follow up with. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 05-16-18

Raider is the Real Star

4.75 out of 5 stars

Blackout tells the story of a down-on-his-luck guy Wes.  He lives with his grandparents, is looking for a job, and oh yeah - sells moonshine on the side.  He's a likable guy who seems like he would do anything for the ones that he loves and cares about.   Insert Raider - the dog that stumbles upon Wes and his family one day.  He decides he's going to train Raider since he's part German Sheppard. Little does Wes know just how quickly he'll rely on Raiders help.

You can tell that Craven loves dogs (or maybe his dog?) I own an Imo Ino (American Eskimo/Shiba Inu Mix) and he does some of the things that Raider does in Blackout.  He chuffs and will huff when I'm talking to him and he doesn't want to hear it. He'll sigh when I'm talking about him in the same room, etc, etc.  This is the third story by Craven I've read where there was a dog main character and they are three of my favorites.

The story itself starts off a little different than the typical CME story (thank you, Boyd, for not calling it an EMP, thank you, thank you!) We get to know Wes, his grandparents, and a little about their history being bootleggers. I found that part just as interesting as I did once the lights went out. It was a totally unique take on the main character and it made him much more believable and real.

The insertion of the dog trainer (and her entire background later in the story) was unexpected and something that I did not see coming at all.  Wes, the trainer, and a third party (trying not to spoil anything) and their interweaving stories also added another dimension to Blackout that I enjoyed quite a bit.

This isn't a perfect five because I'm mad at Craven. I was driving home and I stopped at the store to grab something.  I thought I had at least 10 more minutes in the story.  Then I heard the dreaded "the end". Wait, what? Craven! Don't do this to me! Sure I want to read much more about Wes, Raider, and the families but that felt cold man. (I'm not really mad, I was just genuinely surprised that the book was already over).

Overall I thought that Craven did a great job making a dog a better character than most main characters in Post-Apocalyptic books I've read. Combine that with narration by Kevin Pierce and you have a winner. If you enjoyed the two Opus stories by him - you'll enjoy this one, too.

I was voluntarily provided with a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review in any way. If you enjoyed this review, please vote for it! Every vote helps.

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5 out of 5 stars
By daniel c. on 04-24-18

another gem

Another great read. I could listen to his voice every day. it's just perfect for these books.
Can't wait to hear the nxt one.

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