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Final Impact is an apocalyptic survival tale. It follows the tropes of many books in the genre, detailing the events of a diverse group of survivors forced to work together to survive. However, unlike many books in the genre, which often times have EMP events (whether man caused or an extreme solar event) the reason the world is in peril is a mass asteroid. Yes we've seen this before in many films (Deep Impact/ Armageddon) but I can't say I've read many books with the asteroid focus. The story starts a short time after several smaller asteroids impact the country and focuses on a small diverse group of survivors attempting to get from Vegas to Florida, where a chance at salvation awaits. It's a pretty decent story, though not without some flaws, and entertained me from start to finish. I'd actually give it a 3.5 if Audible allowed half stars, but since I thought it was better than merely average I had to round up. This is the first time I've read/listened to a book by Jack Hunt, but I've looked at his catalog on Amazon and can already tell I'll be checking out some of his other work.
The book is narrated by Kevin Pierce, and as always he does a fantastic job. I so identify his voice with survival fiction that even when I am reading a survival book on my kindle, it's his voice I hear in my head.
I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
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I did really enjoy this story. It sucked me right in from the beginning with it's mystery and apocalyptic nature. It has a rag tag group of characters that blend well together. I especially enjoyed the character development and how it was short and to the point in the form of flashbacks. I also enjoyed the combination of events that occur in this story making the apocalypse. It is in the weird stage of where do we go and of course a cross country roadtrip ensues. I liked the starting point of Las Vegas and how this story took us off the beaten path. It was refreshing because most stories like this take place in the same major cities and then the back mountains of Montana or somewhere like that. This was not my first title performed by Pierce and like always he does a great job. The one thing I did notice is there is an Eastern Indian character in the rag tag group and it must have been difficult to voice this character consistently. It was just sometime he sounded more robotic then other times. However, I stand by my previous comments that Pierce is the voice of the apocalypse and I continually look for titles narrated by him. For everything that I liked about this one the end was a big drawback for me. I think going into this book I assumed that it was going to be a series, and it very well still could be but the ending felt rushed and things were not explained. From the final chapter to the Epilogue there is a ton of time that passes and so much mystery. This was so good all the way through I think I was just expecting a huge cliff hanger ending and wanted more. I did enjoy this listen and overall it was a really good experience just the ending killed it from being a 5 star rating.
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