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4.25 out of 5 stars
This one has some tags that say it's a military book too, but it's really is a Post-Apocalyptic book at heart. Ryker has been surviving with his family after some unknown collapse until one day they cannot stay safely anymore. This leaves Ryker to have to go back to a life that he thought he left behind.
The narration of Patriot Protocol was done by James Foster, who does a great job voicing Ryker. It was one of those narrations that I didn't even notice because it just felt like Ryker was telling me his story.
The story was from a slightly different point of view. Most of the PA books I've read have a "been there, done that" feeling to them. This one had some of that, with some new sparks of life, too. The reorganization of the states was a little different, the way that the world was destroyed was super different from the average PA book (I will NOT ruin that for you, since it doesn't come until the book is almost over), and the outcome of the book was pretty different too (another spoiler I will not spoil).
Ryker was an incredibly likable main character. You could just tell that he always meant to do the best. He is the definition of a hero and won't let you call him that.
Overall, The Patriot Protocol was an enjoyable read, and I will definitely be curious where Cooper will take Ryker in the next book (that I didn't know existed when I started this book).
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The most recent 12 year period is known as the Golden Age of Post-Apocalypse Novels. Of the 7 post-apocalyptic series I listened to my favorite is Project Eden by Brett Battles which includes not just the post-apocalypse but also the lead up to the apocalypse. This series by C.G. Cooper has the potential to be as good. (Note: I have not listened to The Silo Saga series by Hugh Howey. It is generally recognized as the most popular Post-Apocalyptic series ever.)
The Patriot Protocol is set several centuries in the future. The story starts 10 years after the Collapse/apocalypse when the earth's population has been reduced to the population of Rhode Island before the Collapse. The story is told through the eyes of Ryker, a ex-militaryman with a wife and three children. This novel is the first in the series; it ends with uncertainty but it does not end in a cliffhanger; the novel serves well as a stand alone. The second book is the series is scheduled for release late in 2017. Narration is stellar.
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