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Publisher's Summary

Brothers Harry and Jack leave Manchester for New York City for their annual weekend getaway. But upon arrival, they find a silent, deserted JFK, where the few ground crew they can spot have all been slaughtered.
Harry and Jack are military veterans, but they've never encountered anything like this.
As they witness the carnage and stumble across murderous madmen in a postapocalyptic New York City, it becomes clear that escape is the only option--that is if there is anywhere sane to which to escape....
©2015 Darren Wearmouth and Marcus Wearmouth (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-23-17


This is not going to be a classic. It is a little different. No zombies, but seemingly normal people who kill and than commit suicide. It is hard to tell who the bad guys are until they try and kill you. This makes for a more horrifying situation than zombies who are obviously zombies. The conspiracy behind how these people became monsters is a little unique. I have only read one other book with a similar type of scenario, unless you count the one with the Nazi's.

The main characters are okay. The plot has some holes you can fly a plane through, but I could not stop listening and I am at lost to as to why. Best I can figure is that it did stay entertaining and I wanted to know who and what was behind the whole thing.

If the next book goes on sale, I will buy it, but I don't think I am going to spend a whole credit.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 05-26-15

A solid post-apocalyptic tale, with a few holes

Where does First Activation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story has some shortcomings but Jack and Harry are solid characters that you want to root for. I immediately picked up and started the Second Activation once I finished up the First Activation. It's not my favorite post-apocalyptic novel but it's an interesting story.

What other book might you compare First Activation to and why?

The First Activation stops pretty suddenly the Second Activation picks up at the exact moment the first book ends.

What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

James' girl voice is a bit strange, the male characters are solid.

Any additional comments?

Don't get attached to anyone Jack and Harry meet.

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4 out of 5 stars
By LORD BANE on 04-06-18

Not ground-breaking,....but enjoyable nonetheless

I have enjoyed listening to this a bit more than I thought I would !!
It's been in my Audible library for ages now, and I've always skipped it for other books of higher quality / or better known authors / titles !!!
BUT,......on a whim, I thought what the hell, and,.......
I have actually quite enjoyed it, its not a ground-breaking story or premise, but solid enough to be engaged in the storyline & want too continue on to the 2nd book !!!
Sadly I don't think as I have done in the past, it will / would be a book I will return to at a later date & listen to again !!!
The characters are simply put, & uncomplicated, easy to relate too. Which makes it easier for a shorter book, and you can just crack on with the story, without going into long characterizations & details which can make the start of some books tedious !!
The story is a bit of a different "Post Apocalyptic" one to the usual ones & x1 of the reasons I gave it a try !!! Although, having thought about it, there is actually a lack of real details on exactly what happened & why !?! Maybe more will come in the 2nd book,.....
Overall, its not ever going to be a "Bestseller" !!! But as it is a relatively short audio book, it has been good enough to pass a few hours & get some enjoyment from !!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By jskid86 on 05-12-17

Very hood thriller

Enjoyed the book which kept you on the edge of your seat right to the end.

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