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I am going to round up and give this a 3 for content.
I listened to "Vigilante: Into the Darkness", narrated by K. A. Rood on audible. This is a dystopian style story. The novel starts with a married couple out for a get-a-way trip together and hangs a "left at Albuquerque." Right at the start of the story it gets bad and we follow the MC through a series of events that nearly force our modern world into the abyss. What would happen if suddenly all aspects of our modern life came crashing to a halt?
Deane, nails the aspects of a post apocalyptic EMP caused future. He must have some experience in the world of "prepping" because this book almost lays out a "how to" survival guide for dealing with an 18th century style world. What do you do about food, water, health and safety? Would emergency services still continue to operate and would civility reign or would society breakdown into an every man for himself struggle? If you want an insight into the world of prepping and some ideas on what to plan for, then this story will feed your hunger.
If Deane, nails it on post EMP life, he misses it on the story telling. The characters are flat and fall into cookie cutter stereotypes. The dialogue throughout feels like a bad play with little intriguing interaction between characters. The scenarios that Deane proposes, are on the money, but our MC never struggles and the "good guys" always win. In this story all the "bad guys" are idiots that can't think or plan ahead. Lee Child is able to allow his Reacher character to succeed, but in ways that we love or feel are challenging despite knowing Reacher will always win in the end. In "Vigilante" our MC will always get a good deal, and everyone always wants to be his friend but it is way too easy.
K.A. Rood read this story and parts of it were painful. His normal reading voice is pleasant enough, but his character voices were challenging to listen to. Everything sounded sort of "vaudeville" like and over the top. I always listen at a faster speed and this caused one of his voices to sound like Screech from "Saved by the Bell." This does not happen for many of the other readers I listen to weekly. 2/5 for him because his normal voice was still pleasant.
I received this edition in exchange for an unbiased review.