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Lost Valley

Written by: Walt Browning
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Series: Extinction Survival, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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War has a way of following some people....

John Eric Carver and Shrek are a retired Navy SEAL war dog team, now living in the mountains outside of San Diego. Both man and dog thought their life was now settled, finding peace on the 40-acre ranch they had moved to. But life, and a mutated virus, changed all that. 

Now, they have to survive a worldwide pandemic. Taking refuge in a nearby Boy Scout camp, he leads a group of teens and their parents as they are forced to deal with infected creatures that are rapidly consuming the world. Will John and Shrek survive another war, or will this be the end of the line for the SEAL team?

©2019 Walt Browning (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • lawrence
  • 2019-04-24

took a chance

Dang this was good.
took a chance on the book because of Bronson Pinchot who did a fantastic job. being unfamiliar with the author I was surprised, it was some good writing. the story was sound and engaging. if you are looking for a new apocalypse series to start I recommend it. looking forward to the next book

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  • erick marsans
  • 2019-05-13

more extinction<br />

this was a worthy addition to the extinction cycle saga. loved every minute of the animal points of view.

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  • Kindle Reader
  • 2019-04-30

Loved it!

You had me at Navy SEAL war dog team. The fact this is set in one of my favorite universes was icing on the cake. Great story, superb narration, and a thrilling plot. I can't wait for Satan's Gate!

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  • D.Streeter
  • 2019-06-05

Great story!

I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and changes from a typical zombie tale. I cannot wait to dive into the next book. Also great read by Pincho.

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  • James
  • 2019-05-30

Whoa

Great book and it will keep you on the edge. These creatures are fast and evil. Great story from beginning to end.

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  • Rich Post
  • 2019-08-19

good listen

loved the way you got the dogs perspective as well as the human ones. really a cool concept

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  • smb072
  • 2019-07-01

Like a fine Texas Chili

Walt Browning is living proof that you don't have to be ex-military to write a good military novel. When I read a book where the author sites something silly such as Mercs with no military background being more effective than tier1 operators (The Tide by Malchiori… I just returned that book before I got this one) I'll always refer them back to Walt Browning to illustrate how they could do better. Brown isn't Clancy technical, and doesn't spend too much time on theory, but he went as far as to reference the OODA Loop, and obviously put effort into bringing honor to the SEALs he's writing about. On the other hand he doesn't make every soldier and sailor an unstoppable hero. He balances it nicely, like just the right amount of heat in a Texas Chili. He also shows a real prowess for writing from an animal's perspective. I haven't seen the like since The Watchers by Dean Koontz. If I had to site other authors his writing reminds me of I'd say; DJ Molles and Louis Lamour. As a disabled vet I listen to a lot of audio books in a lot of genres. I can say that this humbly but very well written series is near the top of my favorites. I hope Walt Browning writes many more novels. He just made it onto my short "best authors" watch list.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-18

Just more of the goodness

add on to the extinction series, warning you can't just listen to one, once you start highly adddictive

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  • bebe
  • 2019-12-16

Love John Carver, Love Shrek, Love this book!!!

I am so glad I selected this book. It was very entertaining. The zombies are a different type than zombies in most books. They are faster and meaner than. The protagonist, John Carver, is a retired SEAL who has been in combat many times. He kept his war dog, Shrek, when he retired. Both are great characters, but I particularly love Shrek. Shrek has a voice in this book, even though it is in his head and not out loud. He is fearless and determined that he will always win. I love hearing his point of view. He and John have tremendous love and respect for one another.

John and Shrek have gathered a group of people at a Boy Scout Camp far in the wilderness of the desert. Some are boy scouts. They have plenty of supplies to ride out the apocalypse for years, which is a good thing. They do have to interact with the zombies when they go out for a few things they don't have, such as insulin. There is also side plots about a woman named Jennifer, who is at a Naval Base, and a woman named Hope who John hopes to rescue from a golf resort. There is also a very mean coyote called Cyclops. Cyclops and Shrek are bitter enemies and both are determined to kill the other. Much action, and all of it is nail biting. I am immediately going to get the second book, Satan's Gate, which is the only other book in this particular series. There are other Extinction Cycle, Dark Ages books, but that is apparently a separate series by another author and I believe it takes place a few years after this particular two book Extinction series by Walt Browning.

I am sorry to report that Bronson Pinchot did not do a good job at all in this narration of this book. Usually he is much better and I don't know why he failed so miserable in this effort. He often makes John and his Marine friend Kenny sound so mean. He yells and grits out many of their lines in a mean voice that is totally unnecessary and not at all normal. I don't understand why he thinks they should be yelling like drill sergeants. I found it to be disconcerting, but I still enjoyed the story and the characters tremendously. Walt Browning is a good storyteller and a good writer.

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  • michele
  • 2019-12-09

Couldn’t do it

Just can’t get into this book. First you have a long introduction concerning the greatness of this author and series then it segues into the dog’s view of his own greatness in a German accent and I was done!!