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36 Hours

The Blackout Series, Book 1
Written by: Bobby Akart
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is not the story of preppers with stockpiles of food, weapons, and a hidden bunker. This is the story of Colton Ryman, his stay-at-home wife, Madison, and their teenage daughter, Alex. In 36 Hours, the Ryman family and the rest of the world will be thrust into the darkness of a post-apocalyptic world.

A catastrophic solar flare, an EMP - a threat from above to America's soft underbelly below - is hurtling toward our planet.

The Rymans have never heard of preppers and have no concept of what prepping entails. But they're learning, and they are running out of time. Their faith will be tested, their freedom will be threatened, but their family will survive.

An EMP, naturally generated from our sun in the form of a solar flare, has happened before, and it will happen again, in only 36 hours.

This is a story about how our sun, the planet's source of life, can also devastate our modern world. It's a story about panic, chaos, and the final straws that shattered an already thin veneer of civilization. It is a warning to us all - never underestimate the depravity of man.

What will you do when the clock strikes zero?

Midnight is forever.

©2016 Bobby Akart Inc. (P)2016 Bobby Akart Inc.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 2016-09-14

A "Pre-Apocalyptic" book with tons of action

A fictional non-fiction book (well Akart and many other think that something similar to what 36 Hours is based on will happen in the near future). The sun is the giver of life, but what happens if it suddenly wants to take that life away. That is what this book tries to show. 36 Hours is a book about a non-prepper realizing the prepper ways.

In one of the first non-prepper (but kind of prepper) books I've read, Kevin Pierce still shines. He definitely has one of the easiest to listen to voices. Especially in books where the world is falling apart.

My favorite parts of this novel were all of the different scientific sections. You can tell that Akart really did his research before putting words to the page. The science feels real, which in turn makes this book incredibly terrifying. I kept thinking, oh wow, well that's terrifying, every time that Akart would have the characters explain the science behind something.

Parts of this book could almost be used as a prepper's guide (which is what Madison basically reads to get prepared). And I think that prepper's and non-prepper's alike would really enjoy this.

36 Hours: A terrifying look at would happen in the hours leading up to a direct hit of an EMP sent directly from the sun.

My only issue is that this was really the "prep" book, the next book will have all of the goodies in it. This was, for lack of a better term, a "Pre-Apocalyptic" book.

I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

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  • Lance
  • 2017-04-26

Enjoyed the Story

The story is different from most prepper fiction because the main characters aren't preppers, at least at the beginning. The story was very short, more like a volume one, rather than book one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-01-11

Great book!

I am so angry right now. I just looked at the reviews of turning point and some idiot named Vincent named two characters who died. Who does that? Who ruins a book for someone before they read it. Anyways I just had to vent. This book is amazing, and I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

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  • JMcB
  • 2016-11-05

Could have been 5 star!!!

Gave it 4 stars because it is too short. It is right up there with one second after--- my all time favorite book in this genre. I don't like getting 1/3 or 1/2 of a book--that is my only complaint. The writing is excellent. I didn't have to suspend disbelief--and the narrator was perfect. I have already purchased the next one--I have more cleaning to do!!!

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  • The Lone Mopper
  • Brookfield, WI, United States
  • 2016-09-02

Dystopian Junky Heaven

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I received this book in exchange for a review and I am going to give it.
This is a great start to a series, it has just enough real science to validate the story line without boring you. The characters are developed and engaging which makes for a fantastic listen.

What did you like best about this story?

Action from beginning to end, it leaves you waiting for the next book to come out.

Which scene was your favorite?

I like the way the author used existing real people of some notoriety to add color and background to the story, very well done.

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  • Debra
  • 2017-03-13

Loved it!

Looking forward to listening to the entire series.
I was entertained as well as informed. Kevin Pierce is one of my favorite narrators.

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  • James & Cindy Jackson
  • Mississippi
  • 2017-08-14

Outstanding and Realistic

Would you listen to 36 Hours again? Why?

Yes, it kept my attention and would of like to finish it in one sitting

Who was your favorite character and why?

The dad when he traded cars so he will be able to get home

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

As always Kevin Pierce did a wonderful job of narrating

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Amazon Customer
  • North Las Vegas
  • 2017-07-22

Wonderful book

Makes you think about what your life would be in the 1800s. No electricity no conveniences fighting for everything you have.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2017-03-28

BEANS, BAND-AIDES AND BULLETS

PIGS GET FAT, HOGS GET SLAUGHTERED
When it comes to this type of book, this is close to the top of the list. I still like the BORROWED WORLD better. This is entertaining and I did learn stuff. The beginning might have to many lectures for some. Akart did some research on the sun and he is eager to share it.

LEFT VS RIGHT
As an author you have the right to talk as much politics as you want and most do. For years it was mostly the liberal side that did most of the talking. The conservatives have found the apocalypse novel to be perfect for supporting their platform. I still have no problem with that, but please don't try and fool us. Akart tries to say he is tired of people taking sides, which he follows with an example of how conservatives complain about illegal aliens, but then they are called racists. He tries to say he is neutral, but the book is full of examples of just how conservative he is and how he hates liberals. He tells us how smart Newt Gingrich and Shaun Hannity are. It is a shame you can't buy and get a gun without a back ground check, etc. In one part a character comes upon Hope, Arkansas and we are told it is the home of Bill Clinton AND A DARN GOOD MAN, MIKE HUCKLEBEE. We are often told about how the morals of the country have gone bad, etc.. I lost count of how many times we are told Preppers are normal and not crazies as the liberal press tries to paint them. Hey, if your a conservative Baptist, than say it and own it, don't whine and pretend you are neutral.

There is a good chance I will continue the series

Pierce makes this book even better.

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  • DSW
  • 2016-09-07

Outstanding and Realistic

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This story is really good. It's not about a well prepared survivalist but is about and everyday person and his family. The characters are well written and could be my next door neighbors. I found my self emotionally involved with the characters. This story is an easy read. It is the first 5 hours of what I think will be a great series. As always Kevin Pierce did a wonderful job of narrating. Although it is not a teaching book you will learn and you will be entertained. My only complaint is book 2 is not ready yet. The author has several series out. I finished a book one of another series of his and started this book waiting for the next book. It is the only reason I give the book and overall 4. Otherwise I highly recommend this book.

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