• Ashes

  • Fire From the Sky, Book 11
  • By: N.C. Reed
  • Narrated by: Lee Alan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Post-apocalyptic fiction by N.C. Reed.

Its Thanksgiving on the Sanders Farm.

Clayton Sanders and his collection of friends, family, and even a few strangers have managed to keep themselves moderately safe in a vicious new world, brought about by the most massive Coronal Mass Ejection ever seen or recorded. Anything electrical and not protected from the surge of power has been completely fried. Most cars won’t start, the electrical grid has crashed, people with pacemakers in their chests have dropped dead in their tracks, the list goes on and on of things and lives destroyed by an electrical storm that lasted only a few minutes but created a light show that lasted for days. Once the shock wore off, the violence began.

Calhoun County has seen rough times, in some ways much rougher than the other rural counties around them. The seat of the county government is a ghost town and the people who have survived three different waves of violence have moved on to what they hope will be greener pastures. Clay and his family have helped as many people as they can but have had to draw the line for now, as they struggle to ensure that their farm and ranch can produce enough food to help feed far more than themselves. Even with a good harvest, they face lean times before the next harvest can be brought in. Helping others has left them with shallow cupboards once more.

Still facing problems, the National Guard contingent is trying to restore order, and Greg Holloway has been appointed as the new Sheriff. He faces an uphill battle to reestablish not only law and order, but trust among the surviving citizens for their peace officers, the former officers not having done much to endear themselves to the public. But the Sanders clan and their extended family and friends are about to face a problem much larger than any criminals they’ve had to face. A killer is roaming the highways. A killer that cannot be seen and cannot be fought. Their only hope is to once again cut themselves off from the rest of the world and wait things out. If others will only allow them to.

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It was the day before Thanksgiving and the weather had turned colder, with what appeared to be rain on the horizon. "Perfect pneumonia weather", the older folks called it. Greg had decided to make a long patrol on both Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving trying to cover as much of the county as possible before the holiday. Tuesday had gone by without a hitch and Wednesday was well on the way to doing the same.

“I’m not complaining about anything being boring,” Amanda said as the Hummer sped along, “but-,”

“Shut up!” Gordy, Greg and Shane all said at once, startling her.

“Sorry,” she shrank down a bit in the rear passenger side seat. “Just saying”.

“When you say it, it screws everything up,” Gordy said from behind the wheel. “It’s uncanny”.

“But still true,” Shane nodded.

“How you guys making it back there”? Greg smiled at the antics around him as he checked on the MRAP following them. Stacey Pryor, Tandi Maseo, Heath Kelly, Janessa Haynes and Devon Knowles were riding there, Janessa taking a turn behind the wheel.

“We’re chopping in tall cotton as my grandma used to say,” Stacey replied with a chuckle. “Had to bust up a card game earlier, though".

“I’d rather we play cards than have trouble,” Greg laughed. “At this rate, we may make it home in-,”

Whatever Greg hoped to make it home for would remain forever unsaid as the windshield of the Hummer stared in six different places within the space of two seconds as bullets impacted all over the vehicle.

©2020 N.C. Reed (P)2021 Creative Texts Publishers, LLC

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Frustrating

Having to wait so long to hear the audible version and when it’s finally here and seeing that is was over 13 hours I was beyond excited! But so much of this book is just a set up for the next (I hope?) and it made this more than a little frustrating. The snake bite storyline? What was the point? It literally had nothing to do with anything that came after. The rest of the book was just conversations for the most part with little excitement along the way.

I hope this series never ends, I really do. I listen to about 1 book a day and have over 1530 titles in my library. This series is in my top 3 and I’ll listen to every single book that NC Reed writes from this point forward, but I expect a beginning, middle and an end to each and this was just one long middle. It’s frustrating especially when you have to wait a year or more for the next installment in most series. I can’t explain how excited I get when a new NC Reed book is released on audible and I hope #12 comes sooner rather than later. Thanks Mr. Reed!

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Best book series ever!!

Everything is so realistic & informative in this book series! There hasn’t been a book in this series yet that has disappointed, and this is the 11th book I have read! I am looking forward to book 12!! So incredibly entertaining, along with massively helpful, helping me prep. If you are a prepper or just like to be entertained or like apocalyptic fiction, this book is for you! I never knew that I liked apocalyptic fiction until now!

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you won't regret it

This series of books is one of the best ive listened to. Everything about it is amazing, all the sinarios are down to earth and are accurate on what would really happen. I hope one day that they film a series for these books. Thank you for the awesome stories N.C. Reed

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Disappointed

I’ve honestly enjoyed listening to this series until this. I hear enough about all the Race crap everywhere I look and d*** sure won’t be spending money on books by yet another author trying to take advantage of the situation with their pandering. Don’t waste your money folks!

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Why?

Love the series just upset that #9 was left out of Amazon list of availability.

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I am invested in this family

Since reading the first N C Reed book I saw “Odd Billy Todd” I have bought and listened to each book available on Audible. I love this family and their struggles to have normal lives in the world they are now living in. If I am ever in that world, I want to be with them. I have a large library - more than 1500 books but these have been listened to several times each.

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great book!

I loved the book it was awesome. the audio version has some TV background 2/3 in but it still great

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make you think

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No better series!

More more more!! I have 500 books in my library. These are the best ones!!

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great

keeps you sucked into the story the whole time I love this series have listened to it multiple times

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  • VJ
  • 05-25-21

Excellent Series!

An absolutely captivating storyline that always leaves me wanting more.
If you enjoy a realistic post apocalyptic story with believable characters, I highly recommend this series of books.
As ever fantastic narration too!
Thank you N C Reed.

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  • Daniel Le Poidevin
  • 06-25-21

Top book

Keep it going please I love it can not wait for the next book keep going boss man

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  • Dale
  • 06-17-21

Okay story ruined by poor production quality

This entire series is plagued with production errors. TV noise from some story on college football, feedback, odd beeping noises and other sound issues - throughout. Lee Alan should be blackballed by Audible, he is without doubt the worst narrator I have come across in terms of production quality.

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  • 06-17-21

Excellent series

Just wonderful and only drawback is waiting for the next installment of the sanders life :) can hardly wait for book 12