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Staying Alive

A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (The EMP)
Written by: Ryan Westfield
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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How long would you last?

It's been two weeks since the EMP. Getting out was just the beginning. Staying alive is proving harder than anyone could have imagined. Max knows people will come from the cities. He knows they'll be ready to fight, to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival. Will he be able to lead the others in the defense of the farmhouse, even when he's still recovering from his injuries? Georgia is in charge of hunting. Each trip into the woods brings her closer to danger. It's just a matter of time before she runs into people who will do anything to get her gun and her gear. How dangerous do things have to get before she stops trying to provide for her kids? John is Max's estranged brother. He'd always made fun of Max for worrying about being prepared. Now, he's trapped in his upscale apartment with no gear and no food. He's wishing he was more like his brother. Does he want to have what it takes to try to get out of the city?

©2017 Ryan Westfield (P)2017 Ryan Westfield

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  • GMJ
  • 2018-06-19

Confiscation ideology issues are a constant theme.

This being the 2nd in the series, I was hoping morality would make a strong showing. I was wrong. Whenever there is a perceived need, that is justification enough to wantonly take from others.

It belies the premise of humanity & jumped straight into animalistic behavior from the first day in the first book. It was never explained away. Never made to reason. Just a dog eat dog mindset with platitudes and "many miles before I sleep".

Should that not be a concern, the rest of the book & the writing therein is a bit addictive. Be it not for waiting for a come to Jesus moment or a severe humbling. There is too much rampant "man's inhumanity to man" emanating from the main characters and it undermines the storyline.

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  • Brian David
  • 2018-04-18

okay story, improbable actions by the characters

Not sure if the author lacks imagination or tactical common sense, or if he's just trying to create the stupidest moronic but luckiest characters in the world.
You're traveling down the road, being followed by bad guys who you are certain are wanting to do you harm. My very first thought is no problem make a turn off, stopping the road, lift the hood and pretend to be having car troubles. For people with rifles get in the woods on each side of the roadway and ambushed the bad guys when they stop. Easy peasy too bad guys down, very little risk to the good guys and gals. How could this not have even been brought up as a suggestion by the characters? So then the two characters with their convoluted silly logic decide the only way to go is a standoff. Why would Georgia wait until the fight between the two men is over to take out the other bad guy? She should have shot the other guy as soon as the two preparing to hand and fight had set their guns down.
These people as I said are either the stupidest yet luckiest people in the world as portrayed by the author, or the author just isn't very realistic and how people would act. Not sure if I'll be able to listen to another one of these books by this author, I can only bang my head against my steering wheel and scream stupid stupid stupid so many times before I get brain damage. Hmmm, note to author, pad your steering wheel.

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  • Patrick Marks
  • 2018-08-02

Once again,

It’s a decent story but the timeline just doesn’t work for me. People getting way too used to seeing dead bodies the travel and if I’m correct in the two books it’s only been three weeks? Way too much way too soon. Keep trying

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-01-09

now what

found at the ending left me hanging to assume and make up my own ending

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  • tony wise
  • 2019-11-19

terrible story

you just want the main character's to die so you don't have to listen to the story any more. There absolute incompetence is madding.

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  • Nick
  • 2019-10-25

I dont know

I am on the second book and I cant just get myself to listen to this straight threw. I get that max is an ordinary guy but come on stop your stupid mistakes and it seems way to setup. it is a good story but I just cant get into it. the whole time i cant help myself saying come on or what are you doing max. I love this genre but this book was hard to get into.

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  • Carla
  • 2019-01-25

Audible

Great story. Just wish the whole series was audible. Great narrative. Next e-book is Kindle only😞

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  • James Jake Thomas Ryan
  • 2019-01-22

book 2 even better way better than book 1

I was on the edge of my seat I really wish they would do more of the story about John. that was the most exciting story even more than a Max Mandy Georgia Chad I just found this story about John and the woman who lost her husband and she is now joined him on the journey John was already taking a loan. I think there are a great team and I love their story John's story should be a book all by itself. I can't stand it to go back and forth every other chapter each of character. they should have their own story and there own book they should put all the max stories in one book all the chad stories in one book all the John stories in one book and each of them have their own book series of the same event from their eyes and their point of view. anyway other than that great audiobook check it out God bless you all. May the peace of Lord Jesus be with everyone God Bless You All

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  • Hanan Wilson
  • 2018-09-08

Suffering Succotash, Sylvester!

Close your eyes and imagine the voice of the Family Guy cartoon character, Herbert, reading an episode of The Walking Dead. We couldn't get over the "tailing S's" of the narrator to decide if we liked the book or not. Seriously, the shrill was so bad we asked for a refund 5 minutes in...SSSO SSSo, SSSad!

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  • jjc32bt
  • 2018-07-25

Great Book

I really enjoyed it I was hooded on to every word can't wait to start part 3