• The Storm Before the Storm: A Novel of Preparedness and Survival

  • American Sundown Series
  • By: Joe Russell
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 02-13-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Joe Russell
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (75 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As a prepper, Dave Galanos has always made an effort to do what he can to prepare for the unexpected. But when something goes terribly wrong halfway through a backpacking trip with his wife and family, his world is turned upside down, and he is tested in a way he had never planned for. 
The trip into the Alleghenys of West Virginia starts off well enough but takes an unexpected turn when the two women, Sandra and her sister, Jen, leave camp and don’t return from a nearby stream. Dave and Mike, Jen’s new boyfriend, go looking for them and find evidence that the women may have been kidnapped. Miles from civilization and with no working cell phones, Dave and Mike will set off to find Sandra and Jen, unconnected and unconcerned about what is happening in the world around them. 
Dave has been hardened by real-world self-defense scenarios in the past and has naturally equipped himself with tools that may be required for an unexpected circumstance. He will have to work together with Mike, who he sees as more of an annoyance and a liability than a useful ally. They will have to work together to beat the clock, the elements, and a group of dangerous locals in order to rescue their companions in this realistic, rugged, and action-packed story of preparedness and survival. 
The storm is just beginning. Will Dave and his companions have what it takes to survive? 
The Storm Before the Storm is the premier novel by postapocalyptic author Joe Russell and the first installment in the American Sundown series.
©2017 Joe Russell (P)2018 Joe Russell
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ms. Christian C. on 03-05-18

God-fearing prepper finds trouble in WV mountains

Dave and Sandra are preppers who enjoy hiking the West Virginia mountains. They haven't had the best luck avoiding criminals, though, despite both being God-fearing Christians who live quiet, responsible lives. When a weekend camping trip goes completely off the rails, Dave will put his life on the line to ensure the safety of his family. But just as one hellish nightmare ends, another horror is awaiting them on the horizon.

This installment of the Sundown series is not a post-apocalyptic novel, but instead focuses on prepping, outdoor survival, and personal safety. There are descriptions of violence being committed to and by the main characters, but it isn't gratuitous and serves to illustrate teaching points in the story. A major twist at the very end sets up the next installment, and turns this story on its head. I'm already anticipating the next book!

Kevin Pierce is a flawless narrator, as usual! He brings a consistent and reliable professionalism to this story and to all of his performances, which is something I respect and have always enjoyed.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge. My review is unbiased and the opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

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4 out of 5 stars
By neal on 02-28-18

the Storm Before the Storm... So far

[This book was given to me for free upon giving an unbiased review within a set time period,I am no way affiliated with any creator/narrator/publisher]

Ok so, sticking to my usual review style here is what I think of the book so far after going about half way.

Joe Russell: New author to me, he has a smooth writing style that tends to blend the scenes and characters smoothly. I haven't done research to see how closely related Russell is to a "prepping lifestyle" but his points seem accurate. His story is easy to follow, I was able to do chores while listening and never had to rewind to catch something it was all clearly thought out grammatically and with correctly placed verbiage. So that made me happy.

Kevin Pierce: Wow...So, let me tell you how impressed I am with this man's voice. I requested a chance to review this book based solely on wanting to hear more depth and range of Pierce's narration talents; and was not disappointed. Pierce is not a man of frilly accents, nor does he worry much about high falsetto female voices. Honestly, it makes me feel like I'm out camping, listening to a story around the campfire. After listening to a couple hours I realized I knew the voice and have read other works strarring Pierce, such as "Good Fences" and "The SHTF series" and many many others. Really this man is a dynamite vocal talent, I am sorry it took me this long to realize it.

Plot: This book so far seems to play along the lines of most PAPOC stuff; characters right before something happens, oh shit something happened, characters post.... something happening. makes sense though stick with what works. However in this beginning the main character has a Tarantino style flashback to a semi-traumatic episode that helps explain why he's such a badass and can run the plot forward. As usual our main character is a rough and tumble object of masculine bravado, and is accompanied by his retinue of misadventures. All in all so far there has been some good whit, and solid character development I'm looking forward to the second half. more to come soon...

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