Fireside : The Path of Ashes

  • by Brian Parker
  • Narrated by James Foster
  • Series: The Path of Ashes
  • 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Post-nuclear war America is a dangerous place. Mutated animals and deadly plants kill within seconds, while marauding gangs threaten to wipe out what's left of humanity.
Aeric Traxx, given the name after months of torture at the hands of the Vultures left him hideously scarred, leads the city of San Angelo through these troublesome times as diseases decimate the population and acid rains make the soil virtually unusable for the first few years after the war.
The residents of the city are barely surviving in the harsh west Texas wastelands, but in a rare stroke of luck, Traxx finds an engineer who helps to convert the engines of the city's construction equipment to steam power, allowing them to build full-sized walls for defense and power their vehicles for patrols outside of the fences. They're learning to fight back against the evils of the wastes and to grow crops so they can supplement their poor diets.
However, the Vultures aren't finished with Traxx. Their hatred of the man's past actions has festered through the years. They've infiltrated San Angelo and have a plan to destroy his beloved city. If successful, the gang's move will irrevocably shift the power in the region and could cause the extinction of humanity.

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interesting and unique post apocalypse story

I did not listen to the first book in this series. I do not think that it would matter. Brian Parker did well to introduce the characters and the world that he has created. It is about 100 years since a nuclear war decimated the Earth. There are bands of survivors scattered throughout the wasteland. All fighting for what little resources are left. Some of the familiar animal life that we know has been mutated from the radiation and decades of evolution, to make the best of it. Including Demon Brocks that are a mutated form of the badger. Roughly the size of a human with almost a boney exoskeleton, and vicious and dangerous as all get out.

Opening with a tense action sequence. Of an invading Demon Brock. That somehow infiltrated behind the security of the wall surrounding the settlement. This was intense and made my hair stand up on end. However, some are injured and killed. Making Grampa feel like it was time to pass on the story of is family. This is where the real story begins.

The publishers summary does a pretty good job of summarizing the rest of the story. So I am not going to try.

I found the wasteland that Parker created absolutely fascinating. I wanted to know more about what exists now out there. The different creatures and different settlements.

As far as the characters go. I wanted to know more about what Traxx went through, maybe this was in the first book? Although his personality didn’t really seem like someone who was tortured for ages. He seem too upbeat. The personalities of the main players of the Vultures seemed like it was more for shock value than anything else. I found I couldn’t really connect to any of them. Making it harder to care about any of them or what they are going through.

All in all Fireside was an interesting and unique post apocalypse story. Without the use of zombies or any other sub genre crutches. It tries to be different. Not a complete success but much more appealing than many that try to go this route. I look forward to more stories by Parker and I think he has, what could be, a very intriguing world to explore.

James Foster delivered another fine performance. Everything that I have come to expect from him, he did. Decent characterizations. Pacing changes for the action scenes. Adding in a pause here and there to help the story along. Doing everything he could to keep me engaged.

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Entertaining read.

This starts with us seeing a grandfather telling a story to his grand kids about how they got their name and how they came to live where they do. He tells the story of Traxx and Tyler and their life after they escaped the Vultures and what happened in San Angelo.

Poor Traxx, he really doesn't get a break from the Vultures!! With life in San Angelo going good, but resources dwindling, Traxx has no other choice but to leave the walled safety and head to the nearest town. He has no idea though that there are traitors among him who are plotting revenge for what Traxx and Tyler did to the Vulture leader. What he learns from an odd inmate makes him decide to face the Vultures head on, but things don't go well and Traxx knows it's only a matter of time before the walls of his safe haven are breached, can he get home in time!

Traxx and Tyler make a great team, though my heart was breaking for Tyler!! I loved that he had some companionship and that he got on with his life but I was sad to see what was wrong with him. Traxx meanwhile, became a hard man. He had to make all the hard decisions and I found myself not liking him as much as I did in book 1. I am glad that he found happiness though!!

In all, this is a good read. I liked the mutated animals, though did think we needed to see them more. This is definitely a case of being more character driven than plot driven, which I did like but also found it to be a little slow at times. I wanted there to be more action in the wastelands and more action in regards mutations etc.

James Foster is quickly becoming one of my go to narrators. He is easy to listen to and always delivers a high quality recording. He puts his all into his performances and it shows!!

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2016
  • Publisher: Muddy Boots Press