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The Disruption Series is great storytelling, especially for those who like guns, small unit tactics, backpacking and the Merchant Marine. The books are not going to win any Pulitzer Prizes, but as long as you like a few of things I list above, you will listen to them, probably enjoy it, and won't regret expending credits for the series. You should also know that R.E. McDermot has a folksy writing style that sometimes comes across a bit old-fashion, and his efforts to keep the storyline PC are sometimes amusingly evident. But all-in-all, these are believable Post Apocalyptic yarns that take place on multiple fronts with enough diversity to hold your interest. Combined with great narration, there are worse ways to spend credits and few hours.
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HIS CHAIR SQUEAKED
Robbed again by the influenced. This is a discussion book. Start with a ship of some type of military guys (I never figured what branch they were with.) who see the northern lights at dock in North Carolina and than a bunch of transformers blow up. Switch to the president who discusses what they should do, how they should do it, who should do it. Switch to a black prepper and his black family. We don't know he is black until he happens to mention it. He is a good black so he talks like any good white. They are scared of snakes. They discuss what they have done, what they are going to do, how they are going to do it. Switch back to the ship. They discuss where they are going to go, who is going to go with them, who is not going, why some are not going and so on. Than we switch to some black mobsters. They discuss how they are going to take over the city, what they are going to attack, who they are going to kill, who will do the killing, what foods they are going to steal and so on and so on. They speak Ebonics. Three and a half hours in and the only action that we witness, is an old man in a wheel chair who racks a guy with his cane, Oh and a chair squeaks.
Pierce does a great job in Franklin Horton's Borrowed World series, but his one and only voice is all he has. If you don't have he said she said, you will not know who is talking. His black voices are really bad and his young good looking females sound like old smokers.
I did not get this for free, I paid half a credit in a sale. I was fooled by the 4.4 rating.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would, indeed have made the recommendation to a friend to listen to this book. Unlike the more frequent zombie apocalyptic stories, this one is predicated on a more likely event, that of long term power loss following solar flares. But it is no less frightening. The actions of various groups are followed, even to the highest government responses, and as a disaster on this scale - covering a major part of at least the northern hemisphere - makes repair and relief almost impossible Into the foreseeable future, lack of food, water and most of the amenities we take for granted will force people into previously unprepared for situations. So often post apocalyptic stories focuse solely on individuals and their survival strategies. This is refreshing in giving more wide ranging group dynamics also.
What does Kevin Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
A narrator can make or break a book and Kevin Pierce certainly does not distract from the story. His voice is pleasant and makes for easy listening.. However, with so many characters each wanting a voice, not all had a clear definition. More a reading than a performance.
Any additional comments?
This is an intriguing insight Into how different aspects of society might well react to monumental disaster. Does it help us to prepare? No, not really. But the fascination lies in the peeping into the psyche of others, given a similar situation. And, of course, it is a rattling good story. One which I will be following Into the next book.<br/>I received a complementary copy of Under a Tell Tale Sky, from the author, narrator or publisher via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an unbiased review.
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My my, a credible apocalypse scenario. I love a good zombie or mutated ebola super plague just as much as the next guy but this one is just a tad different. You aren’t going to find hordes of the undead here just a single, almost benign seeming event of some beauty that disrupts the power supply. This author chills not through the horror of the event but in having a credible start to the book and then with what you would imagine is the almost inevitable breakdown of civilisation that would ensue.
R.E. McDermott clearly has a level of expertise in his subject matter. This includes preparedness and at times the post-apocalyptic logistics do come to the fore including some rather imaginative preparations that I would certainly never have thought about. There is also a broadness to this book with a large cast of characters and groups being followed, both the good side and the bad. As a result if you start this then you should be aware that you really are investing in a series. I would describe it as episodic as although some plot points are resolved in this one a lot more is left very open.
The narration by Kevin Pierce is an important point to consider here. He has what I would describe as a very pleasant voice to listen to, he could tell me a story any time. It’s more of a reading than a performance though as there is little differentiation between the characters to my anglophile ears. So for example the rather nasty “Bangers” came across just the same as anyone else and as a result a bit limp for such tough guys. I was okay with this because it’s an interesting voice to listen to but it is worth mentioning.
At the end of this I’ve made a note to complete the series. The whole package is tied off with some quite revealing author’s notes and a snippet of the next book which sounds like it’ll continue in the same vein.
This audiobook was given to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
This established the premise of the book well and carried you along enjoyably right to the end.
Pierce has combined with McDermott to provide another engaging & exciting journey that wraps your imagination up and runs with it. Outstand characters that captivate you, with excitement and suspense.
Definitely takes you to a time and experience that questions your abilities and survival in similar circumstances.