Tourists of the Apocalypse

  • by C. F. Waller
  • Narrated by J. Scott Bennett
  • 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award Winner in the 2016 Readers Favorite International Book Contest and the 2016 Shelf Media Best Indie Contest
Dylan Townsend stands on the beach watching commercial jets fall out of the sky like oak leaves twirling in the wind. A wing shears off the one closest to the shore just before it splashes down in the sea. Why was she telling him this outlandish story? What sort of tourist agency would offer people a front row seat to the end of the world? More importantly, why would anyone book such a vacation if there wasn't any way home afterward?
"Why would anyone buy a ticket on the Titanic if they knew it was doomed?"
"Relax Dylan," she assures him. "If you know it's going to sink, you could bring a raft."
As she paces in the sand watching the sky, he realizes that however wild her story may be, he loves her. Maybe Izzy is a time travel tour guide after all. In truth, he is more likely to be harmed by her boyfriend than the imminent apocalypse. What's he going to do about that sticky situation?
"Come on," she orders, pulling on his arm. "We need to see a man about a raft."
Disclaimer: This novel contains no profanity, some violence, an office princess in bondage, cowboy coffee, classic cars, love triangles, domestic violence, birthday cake, Lion Country Safari mishaps, beach volleyball, road rage, a prosthetic shotgun, text messages on gum wrappers, and the strong belief that people are a product of their experiences and not just genetically predisposed to mayhem.
Any resemblance to actual historical events or persons alive or dead is purely coincidental.

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time travel with a twist

The blurb was enough to spark my interest. It was quirky enough for me to buy instantly. The style of the blurb reminded me a lot of the style used in ‘Z-Burbia’. To my surprise the disclaimer was very accurate. I felt for certain that it was a joke, but stuff me! It was not… it was spot on. This is one of the stories in which I did not even notice the lack of profanity.

I had never heard of the narrator nor the author before… which is always a bit of a punt for people like me… by that I mean people who don’t have two coins to rub together! I soon found I had no need to worry. Both the story and the narration was great. The narration was a little slow, so I sped it up to 1.25x speed, but the story was so good that I sped the narration up to 1.5x speed. I will still able to understand the narration and not notice the increased speed after a few moments. I certainly would not hesitate in purchasing any title with these two names in them.

The story was unique enough to a genre that has stood the test of time… haha you see what I did there? ‘Time’ it is a ‘time travel’ story. I know I am lame, but who cares. The important thing is I make ‘me’ smile.

The flow of the story was good, always leaving me with just the right amount of tension. Towards the end of the story I was thinking ‘ok there is not much length in terms of listening time. How is this going to end so quickly?’ The story certainly does end with a good solid conclusion. But, I think it is good enough for there to be a second one! I know I would jump on it. I would even pre order it!

For this cheap fatman I am giving this one the fully treatment. Two fat thumbs held high in the air with a big fat smile and a long drawn out ‘heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey’.
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- The Zombie Specialist

The characterization and scenery were astounding

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Dylan Townsend is an ordinary kid, dealing with a violent home life, until a mysterious group of people move into the new homes at the end of his street. About a dozen years of his life unfolds around the end of modern civilization. This was a great coming of age while getting a grip on a new reality story.

Waller chose one of my personal favorite apocalypse scenarios. The end of the power grid. Lights out. The preface confirms that this scenario is actually possible, which makes it outright frightening. I’m also acquainted with someone in the power grid industry who has told me that under a few unlikely, yet possible situations, America could plunge back into a preindustrial society for years.

There were plot twists I misread early on and I was delighted with how the story played out. The apocalypse happens, don’t get me wrong. The title event is not one of the twists.

I admire the subtle characterizations that went into sideline characters like Dickey. Waller didn’t waste a word on any character who doesn’t prove to piss you off or become your friend. You may not think they matter in their first scenes, but near the end they suddenly become important and you already know a bunch about them! Scenes that may have felt extraneous early on proved to be the ends of carefully woven plot threads.

I don’t want to reveal the story’s antagonist, but I will say that his character is a bit over the top and prone to extreme decision making. They proved to be unyielding, insensitive, and clingy in a way. I found it strange that the love triangle bit was so pivotal. Not like I’m complaining and calling a bluff, people in real life do irrational things with far less provocation. That’s the beauty of apocalyptic settings, people who were once civilized are now free to shape the world as they see fit.

The book was divided into acts and I really liked how each one carried its own weight and seemed to reach a finality within itself that lent to the larger story.

I received a free audiobook copy and enjoyed it while navigating the highways in what will hopefully stay a pre-apocalypse society until I learn to farm, hunt, and perform minor surgery.

All genre stuff aside, this book would be great for anyone the characterization and scenery were astounding.

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- Shane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2017
  • Publisher: C. F. WALLER