P. Mark DeBryan – Family Reunion: When the Apocalypse Happens… (Read by Joseph C. Wilson)

Family Reunion

Sometimes all you need is family.

3.75 out of 5 stars

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A deadly virus rips through the United States leaving members of the Bryant family stranded or looking for shelter.  They were all attempting to get to a family reunion  near Seattle, Washington.  Thankfully, this family is incredibly adept at survival.  Join each family member as they attempt to find safety in numbers and each other in Family Reunion.

The narration for this was done by Joseph C. Wilson — while I’ve never listened to any other novels that he’s voiced, I did enjoy his narration a lot.  Wilson gives a nice edge to each character and my only complaint was that there wasn’t enough differentiation between characters in his voices.  Granted there are a TON of characters to voice, so I can’t fault him that much.

Given the insane amount of characters (there are so many that the author has included a disclaimer at the beginning of the novel telling readers that he knows there are a lot), the book still has a pretty nice flow to it.  Now, at times I found myself thinking “who am I following now?” or “wait, which person is this?” but the author does have a nice description of each character on his website.

Now I know that he was going for a family reunion feel – with lots of families from all over — I just know a lot of people would find this to be extremely hard to follow, especially in audiobook form, because there is no way of telling who’s who right away.   Even with all of that I still found myself enjoying this book.  The different family members from different areas with different background really helped to create a nice narrative of the disease/plague that was spreading across the US.

Overall, if you can wrap your head around the number of family members and each of their stories — this was a really unique telling of an apocalyptic moment in time.  DeBryan does a great job of interweaving their stories together and I’m glad that I was able to listen to this book.

bookdescription

A deadly virus interrupts a trip to the Pacific Northwest and the vaccine created by a well-meaning pharmaceutical company has turned people into freaks that hunt for food when the sun goes down. Unfortunately, that food is people. Ryan Brant hasn’t seen some of his family for 18 years and is flying into Seattle Washington to attend the family reunion. The rest of the Brant family, spread out across the country, is headed to the reunion; some travel by car, some by air, and one in a high-end luxury Motor Coach. The South African Flu has brought the world to its knees and the vaccine has just made the situation worse, much worse. Join them as they try to find each other in a world that has collapsed around them and millions die of the flu, or wish they had

Ryan Brant hasn’t seen some of his family for 18 years and is flying into Seattle Washington to attend the family reunion. The rest of the Brant family, spread out across the country, is headed to the reunion; some travel by car, some by air, and one in a high-end luxury Motor Coach. The South African Flu has brought the world to its knees and the vaccine has just made the situation worse, much worse. Join them as they try to find each other in a world that has collapsed around them and millions die of the flu, or wish they had

abouttheauthor

P Mark DeBryanI have always been a bit of a vagabond. Born in Washington, raised in California. I joined the Coast Guard after high school. During my Coast Guard career I was an Admiral’s driver in San Francisco, a deckhand on a 378′ cutter in the Bering Sea, and an Aviation Electrician in North Carolina, Texas and Southern Florida. After I left the Coast Guard I worked security, first guarding MX nuclear missiles, then at a nuclear power plant in California. Eventually I went to college in Wisconsin, only to drop out after meeting my future wife. I went on to finish college at 36 and own a Miracle Ear franchise. I went into publishing for a short time before becoming an Information Systems Specialist. I currently split my time between West (by God) Virginia and Surfside Beach, SC.

Brian

I’ve loved reading since I was little when my dad would read me Dr. Suess books. Fast-forward a little and I noticed that he was always reading on his lunch breaks at work, and I wondered why.Then, I found a book that took me to another place and time, to another feeling,another sense of “being”.It was the first book that I ever fell in love with, and I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.
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