A month has passed since a deadly virus swept the country, killing millions and leaving chaos in its wake. Dale Hardy has managed to weather the storm by hunkering down on his homestead in Arizona. He grows his own crops, generates his own power, and draws fresh water from his own deep aquifer. But when a nearby town's water supply dwindles in the searing Arizona heat, Dale's peaceful existence is threatened.
The new mayor and sheriff want what he has, and they're willing to do whatever it takes to get it. With a crooked local government conspiring against him, Dale will need to stand in defiance or risk losing everything.
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Some quirks but still enjoyable
There is no character "performance" with Kevin Pierce, this is part of what makes him so enjoyable to listen to. He has a knack for slight fluctuations in voice between characters so I never feel lost but there is no annoying cartoon voice sounding characterizations.
This was a decent story about post EOTWAWKI survival where the protagonist didn't have to be either a hardcore prepper or a total idiot but rather a person that would seem normal to me in many rural, homesteading settings. Very little time is spent on the actual "event", we jump right in with action a short time after the SHTF.
Defiance was my first book by William H. Weber so I had zero expectations going in. I thought the story was entertaining and his writing was decent enough to keep me engaged for the full 5+ hours. It certainly doesn't hurt that Kevin Pierce was narrating of course but even Kevin can't save a bad book, however this book didn't need saving.
As my review title suggests, there were some annoyances. The overall premise of the story was on the edge of reasonable to me but not so far that I couldn't suspend disbelief. However, some of the events were just too far toward the "non-perceivable"; I don't want to add spoilers so will not give specifics. Also, there were some of the typical editing mistakes I've come to expect in these short, post-apocalyptic novels: some awkward repeating phrases or words in sentences, a couple of odd chapter breaks, etc. None of these were bad enough to detract from the story though.
I also wish there was more detail on their day to day lives, sometimes I felt that detail was lacking and I often felt like there was no sense of time throughout the novel. Sometimes it read as though everything was happening over a day even though it wasn't possible that it was only a day, just that there was no time-transition.
At any rate, it was a solid 3-star story for me read by a 5-star narrator. I'll likely try out other books by the same author.
This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.