Breakdown: Season 1

  • by Jordon Quattlebaum
  • Narrated by Mitchell Lucas
  • 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How far would you go to survive?
When Thomas Monroe's car breaks down on the side of the road, he's sure the day can't get any worse...until he receives a mysterious call warning him of impending doom. Seconds later, the United States is hit by what appears to be an electromagnetic pulse, knocking the power grid almost completely offline. Millions will die in the coming weeks and Thom, like most of the country, is unprepared. Worst of all, his daughter, the only family he has left, is halfway across the state at college.
The world between them is a warzone.
Join Thom as he makes friends, outwits thugs, battles bandits, and struggles across the state to reunite with his daughter before they both succumb to the horrors of a postapocalyptic world.
Can an everyday, broken man survive the apocalypse?
Breakdown is a serial adventure. Think of it like listening to your favorite TV show, with a new episode released every three to four weeks. These episodes are not stand-alone books. Each season will be a stand-alone book containing to four to five episodes.


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the book lacks vested interest in the characters

Thomas Monroe is just a regular everyday normal guy (in the words of Jon Lajoie). He works at a job where he doesn’t get enough credit and ends up being wrongfully terminated. Worst of all, his wife has passed away and he is left with a daughter who is just starting college. As his luck starts to spiral downward, he receives a very strange phone call from one of the veterans he has helped through his job. This man tells Thom of some impending doom and that he he needs to stock up on supplies and get his family to a safe destination. But whatever for? He doesn’t know until what seems like the entire country’s power grid is shut down. Thom must fight alongside new friends as he begins the journey across the state to find his daughter, but will survival come that easy?

There are a few things wrong with the book. First, there is a disclaimer at the beginning that this novel is different from all other post-apocalyptic fiction. It’s not… It involves the same types of characters from the wanna-be heroes to the resourceful preppers. Second, the book lacks vested interest in these characters. Not once did I find myself giving a lick what happened to anyone or their situations. Third, the book couldn’t capture my attention, whether it was the (hate to say it) childish way it was written or the lack of decent setting/environment descriptions. i just felt as though I had seen this all before (and I have) and the novel was just a sad rip-off of all of those stories, whether it be One Second After or another of your choosing.

As far as the audio goes, I thought Mitchell Lucas was fine but he seemed rather bored. There was little to no emotion thrown into the characters and the voices given to those characters was hardly distinguishable. I won’t be reading any further into this series.

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Pretty OK Book

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This book was pretty ok. If the timeline had been spread out a little, it would have been more believable. I really don't think within 12 hours of all electricity, cars, internet, etc. going out, that the whole country will be raping, pillaging, murdering, etc. Yah, some places will loot, there were be gangs shooting at each other, but regular suburban folks and college kids will take a little longer before they're ready to gag, bound and rape the neighbors. Also, people don't get filthy in less then 24 hours. A couple of kids were locked in a class room with their teacher for less than 24 hours. By the time they were found, the children were filthy. How? Were they covered in cobwebs from playing around in the storage closet? And food doesn't reek in this amount of time either. In Fall temps climate, you can leave a chunk of raw meat out on the counter and it will not reek the following day. It may have a smell, but nothing to the extent that you're gagging. (I couldn't recall the time of year in the book, but no one complained about it being hot without air conditioners or too cold without heaters)

Another thing that really bugged me, and I'll try not to give spoilers. The change in a character's behavior/substance abuse had me doing a double take. I actually rewound to make sure this was the same person. You don't go from being a suit & tie exec one day to being a street junkie willing to do anything for a pill the next.....literally ANYTHING. That made absolutely no sense. Plus, if someone had done what he did (pretty bad thing at the end) I would not ask him to take care of my family. I'd made sure he died and was never around them again.

So to sum it up......if these things had occurred over a longer period of time, the book would have been worlds better and very believable as what could really happen to us if the electricity went out. And if the street junkie had been written as an exec with a horrible pill/drug/alcohol addiction from the very first, his actions could have been believable too.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-24-2015
  • Publisher: Jordon Quattlebaum