To find safety, they must first find common ground.
5 out of 5 stars
Long Road To Survival is a book that takes place as container ships in major US ports are detonated, wiping out thousands of people and covering most of the coast in a spreading layer of radiation. The story follows Paul Edwards and his prepper father-in-law Buck as they begin their drive across the country to Atlanta where Paul’s wife and daughter are (Buck’s daughter and granddaughter). The only problem is that Buck and Paul do not get along.
The narration for Long Road To Survival was done by Johnny Heller, and you can tell why he has over 300 books to his name. Heller has one of those voices that can lend itself to almost anyone. He voices Buck perfectly, giving him the manly ex-military type voice that the listener is expecting. He gives each character a new and unique voice allowing for a great flow throughout the whole story. I probably have 50+ books on my wishlist that are all Hellers — and if you listen to any of his audiobooks, you’ll understand why.
Bradford and Weber wrote a different story here. Most prepper books I’ve read usually deal with an EMP or a disease/zombies taking over the United States. This one, using nuclear bombs and fallout make this story feel different and new.
Buck and Paul are two totally different characters, and most of the story was them fighting or bickering with each other over mostly stupid things. Buck is the quintessential prepper that people think of when they hear that term. Far right winged, gun-nut, and a total hard-ass to a fault. Paul’s character, on the other hand, remains a bit of a mystery, but we find out later why Buck has such an issue with Paul (it has nothing to do with Paul at all).
Overall, the story was good. Enjoyable and a different read for me. I love prepper books, but this one felt different. And a good different. It ended a little before I would have liked, but I will definitely be reading book 2 to figure out what happens.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
After container ships carrying black-market nuclear bombs are detonated in American port cities, millions are killed and the country is thrown into panic.
In Greenwood, Nebraska, Paul Edwards learns about the devastating terrorist attacks on the news. As the power grid goes down, his fear is magnified by the knowledge that his wife and daughter are a thousand miles away in Atlanta.
When his prepper father-in-law, Buck, insists on being part of the rescue, things go from bad to worse. Paul and Buck have hated each other for years. Now, with deadly radiation sweeping in from the coast and the rule of law crumbling around them, the two men must put aside their long-standing feud in a desperate race to bring their family to safety… that is, if they don’t kill each other first.