A good continuation of the Blackout series
4 out of 5 stars
Shiloh Ranch is the fourth book in the Blackout Series by Bobby Akart. The first three books tell the tale of the Ryman family as they try and figure out what is going on in their quickly changing world. In this book, they find out that they are still “fugitives” while also learning to live on the farm and provide for themselves and the group that is living there.
Akart definitely understands the audience in the Blackout series. He’s able to provide information (a lot of it totally factual) in an entertaining way. In Shiloh Ranch, he writes a lot about what it would be like to hold up at a farm (or travel to one). He talked a lot about the things that they were doing in a way that made sense and felt completely real to me.
The only reason this loses a little in the rating from me was because it felt like two stories where one of them was getting to be a little out of hand. Sure there will definitely be crazies in the apocalypse, but the “Ma” character is certifiable. I think that her story could have been spun off into a novella or another novel explaining who she is and why she’s as nuts as she is. I understand that her part in this leads to what happens towards the end (trying not to spoil), but it still felt a little forced.
Shiloh Ranch saw the introduction of a few new characters and they were all really enjoyable. Every new person from the ranch made the story a little more interesting and feel a little more real. To be honest, this book feels a little like it’s an interlude story. One of those needed storylines that move the characters and story along to the big and crazy finish line.
I was a little worried about the narration switching, but to be completely honest, I really enjoyed John David Farrell’s work. He sounds similar enough to Kevin Pierce to where series veterans like me won’t think “what the?” during the first few mins. And he was different enough that each Farrell felt like he really took ownership of the story by the end of it.
Overall, I finished Shiloh Ranch in about a day (a few hours at night and a few more the next day), so I obviously enjoyed it. Farrell’s narration was a change, but not enough to upset series listeners. And the story itself was a part learning experience and part “what the?”. I will definitely be eagerly awaiting Hornet’s Nest’s release on audio. I think that Akart is building up to something big here and I can’t wait to figure out what it is.
Shiloh Ranch by Bobby Akart
Narrator: John David Farrell
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
Series: Blackout Series #4
Published by Bobby Akart Inc. on February 15, 2017
I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me. ~ Madison Ryman
The strongest emotion of man is fear and ...
Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.
Could you face fear head on?
Can you forget all those moments when you thought you wouldn't survive, but did?
This fast-paced post apocalyptic dystopian fiction series from author Bobby Akart (The Boston Brahmin series and the Prepping for Tomorrow series), has been hailed as a masterpiece of EMP survival fiction. Prepare to learn, as well as be entertained as The Blackout Series continues with SHILOH RANCH.
This critically acclaimed post apocalyptic EMP fiction series continues with the release of SHILOH RANCH. After a perilous journey replete with highs and lows around every turn, the Rymans reach their destination only to face guns pointing at them from all directions. Did they make a mistake? Should they have stayed home where familiar surroundings may have outweighed the threats closing in on them?
They quickly learn that there is one constant in a post-apocalyptic world - the threat from their fellow man.
In book one of this new post-apocalyptic survival fiction series, 36 HOURS, the reader was provided a glimpse into the rapid decline of society once word of the catastrophic solar flare racing towards Earth began to spread.
Book two, ZERO HOUR, thrust our characters into the perils of a post apocalyptic world. At Zero Hour, an EMP caused by a massive solar flare left America in darkness. The Ryman family, who weren't preppers, applied common sense, logic, and a will to survive to their decision-making as they faced their death, their neighbors, and the depravity of man.
In book three, TURNING POINT, the characters face a life altering decision - should we stay or should we go? The oldest and strongest emotion in man is fear, and the strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. Will American's flee the urban centers, the proverbial golden hordes, for the countryside? Will it be safer than the cities? TURNING POINT will lead the Ryman family into a complex, inexplicable world where danger lurks around every bend.
Note: This book does not contain strong language. It is intended to entertain and inform audiences of all ages, including teen and young adults. Although some scenes depict the realistic threat our nation faces from a devastating solar flare, and the societal collapse which will result in the aftermath, it does not contain graphic scenes typical of other books in the post apocalyptic genre.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: 36 Hours (Blackout #1), Zero Hour (Blackout #2), The Loyal Nine, Cyber Attack
Also in this series: 36 Hours (Blackout #1), Zero Hour (Blackout #2), Turning Point