One man, his home, his rules.
5 out of 5 stars
Marcus Battle was a prepper, he wasn’t sure what was going to happen, but he knew something was going to happen sometime soon. He was prepared for almost anything, but when the pneumonic plague started to break out in the US, he could only be so prepared. After nearly losing everything, the only thing that Battle had left was his home. The home that he prepped with his wife and son. The home that he needed to protect against anyone or anything.
The narration was done by Kevin Pierce, and I knew I’d listened to another book he narrated — once I looked it up I laughed. It was another prepper tale. He really has the perfect voice of a prepper, especially one that has a military background. Pierce just allows for the perfect flawed main character to shine strong (that and really good writing on Abrahams’ part).
The funniest thing about this book to me is that it wasn’t touted as being a bio-thriller. The name “plague” wasn’t in it, there were no biohazard symbols on the cover, and yet the scourge that was taking over and killing people was better documented than in most of the books I’ve read lately. Seriously, I wouldn’t in any way describe this as a bio-thriller, but it has elements of it.
Battle was an interesting main character and protagonist. There were things that he would say or do that could or would turn off most people from liking him if you didn’t understand his story. But the way Abrahams would flip back and forth from backstory to present day made the story really fall together. Honestly, when an author flips so much it’s usually hard to follow but this really helped make a “simple” story come to life. Yes, it’s about a man surviving on his land by his terms, but it was so much more.
Overall, this was a really enjoyable story. I found myself wanting to sit in my car longer to hear just a little more or staying up a little too late. Abrahams has a way of keeping the readers hanging on every word. This finished, and I really wanted more. But at the same time, it was the perfect, the story arc was complete with room to add more in the next book.
Another thing that I noticed was that a lot of prepper books feel like they have an agenda. Either trying to see things the way they do or promoting a certain political party. This book was different. It was written as a post-apocalyptic and dystopian novel first, with a little bit of prepper mentality sprinkled in.
Now, I have to wait until the next book is on audiobook and hope that Kevin Pierce narrates it.
Home (Traveler #1) by Tom Abrahams
Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
Series: The Traveler Series #1
Published by Piton Press on January 29, 2016
He thought he was prepared. He thought his family was safe. He was wrong.
Five years after a pneumonic plague killed two-thirds of the world's population, army veteran Marcus Battle is isolated. He's alone with his guns, his food, and the graves of his wife and child. Unaware of the chaos that's befallen everything outside of his central Texas ranch land, Marcus lives a Spartan life. If anyone steps onto his property, he shoots first and never asks questions. But when a woman in distress, chased by marauders, seeks asylum, Marcus has a decision to make. Does he throw her to the wolves to protect himself, or does he help her and leave the shelter and protection of home?
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Tom has traveled places most people would avoid.
He’s braved the stinging winds of a category four hurricane as it pounded The Gulf of Mexico, living and working without power for days.
He’s picked his way through the Amazon jungle, trekked across the irradiated exclusion zone of Chernobyl, Ukraine, and climbed the crumbling, high-altitude stone steps leading from the barrio Tacubaya, Miguel Hildalgo, in Mexico City.
He’s been evacuated in an ambulance from the barren Badlands of western Canada.
Tom is a veteran television journalist and author who’s spent the last 20-plus years telling the biggest stories of our time.
He’s reported from the East Room of White House and Capitol Hill, interviewed Presidents and presidential candidates, and was at the Pentagon while smoke still rose in the hours after 9/11.
Tom is a hybrid author (traditionally and self-published) who writes post-apocalyptic thrillers, action adventure, and political conspiracies.
His ALLEGIANCE series is published by traditional publisher POST HILL PRESS as is the stand-alone conspiracy novel SEDITION.
AMAZON commissioned his PILGRIMAGE trilogy of novellas for Kindle Worlds. They are based on the best-selling Post Apocalyptic series THE PERSEID COLLAPSE by Steven Konkoly.
He is currently at work on The Traveler Series of Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Adventures. HOME debuted in December 2015. CANYON will release in March 2016. WALL will release in July 2016. A fourth, as yet unnamed, book will release in October/November 2016.
Tom lives in the Houston suburbs with his wife, Courtney, and their two children.
Read more about Tom’s work at tomabrahamsbooks.com