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Publisher's Summary

A virus has infected billions all over the world, turning its victims into vicious zombies. The UK and Ireland have remained uninfected...until now.

Alex Munro’s city is put in lockdown as an outbreak of the zombie virus takes hold. Each day, the government broadcasts claim a new victory in the fight. Each night more shots are heard as the undead begin to stake their claim to the streets of Leeds.

What will he do? What can he do? For Alex, family is everything. Survival is everything. Heroes aren’t born. Heroes are made. Today we need a new hero. Today we need Alex. This is his story.

©2018 Christopher Artinian (P)2022 Christopher Artinian

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Good deeds will get you killed!

You can really tell things about an author by their attention to the little details in a story. This character had a minor role but also a major role since he helped shape Mike and his sister. The narrator really shows how talented she is whether it’s a full story or it’s mini one. Thank you Mr. A, for building this complex and ever changing world. And thank you Miss Kim for bringing the books to life. Get the audible books and leave your reviews.

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Before Safe Haven: Alex

I absultly loved getting to listen to this! Getting to see the very beginning of the zombie apocalypse thru Alex's eyes was very important to understanding the whole family better. Made the storyline even more enjoyable for me. I really like this series and can't wait for the next audio book! Spot on writing by Christopher Artinian and skillfully narrated by Kim Bretton.

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Favorite series

I love hearing the same story from different character view points. I live this series, this universe and all of the characters.
Christopher knows how to craft a great story.
Kim Bretton brings them to life! Amazing narration as always! You’ll never go wrong with this dynamic audio due!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Excellent listen!

Before Safe Haven: Alex (A Zombie Novella) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is an emotional read...grab the tissues. Yes, it is worth a listen as the writing and narration are fabulous (all of Christopher and Kim’s collaborations are FYI)- it’s more a question of if you should listen to this or the first book of Safe Haven first. With that being said, if you continue to read my review,***Warning***, contains spoilers if you have not listened to the first Safe Haven book. I highly recommend the Safe Haven series if you are new to Christopher’s books and if you are not but haven’t listened to this one, you should.

This novella tells Alex’s story and events at the beginning of the outbreak. It’s about family, or what family should be, and zombies. It’s an emotional read due to Alex being infected and the subsequent events. Kim’s narration is excellent. She brings the characters to life and makes each one special.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: It’s the beginning of the zompoc- some violence (Mike beats up some guys who were trying to rape a woman), discussions of Mike beating up a priest who was assaulting a young girl, drinking, or other like situations. Language used: Sx8, Fx23.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

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Alex was genuinely a nice guy

This book brought new life to Alex, outside of what we all learned from the first Safe Haven book. It was nice to get to know the character better and learn more about him and how he tried his hardest to help guide Mike through his anger issues. But he definitely wasn’t cut out to do whatever it takes to survive. Definitely an interesting read!



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great

your books always keep me looking forward to the next book! can't wait for the next one.

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Alex

Even though I knew how this story would end, that didn't take anything away from reading it. Christopher Artinian is a wonderful author and this story is no exception. Great character development, great world building and great emotion throughout make this a 5+ star read.

As always, Kim Bretton's performance make an already fantastic book even better. She really brings the characters to life and makes the listener fell like they are living in the story, not just listening to it. Just be sure to have some tissues handy when listening because you will need them!

I was given the chance to listen to the audiobook version of this book by the author/publisher/narrator and chose to review it.

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Gets you right in the feels

I have read all of Christopher's books but listening to Kim tell the story is a whole other level of enjoyment. You get to know the characters so much more. You feel like you are right there going through it all with them. Feel the joys and the heartaches this family of five go through right at the beginning of the End of Everything. Christopher is a master at this genre. I hope he never stops.

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Highly recommended

Any insight to these beloved characters is always welcome
Trust me when I say this is only a small taste of what’s to come in the safe haven series
Glad these are getting the audiobook treatment as Kim always knocks it out of the park
This series never disappoints 5stars
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great listen

I really enjoyed hearing Alex's back story. It brings a lot to the story line as a whole. Kim once again did a wonderful job.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 01-12-22

An emotional rollercoaster!

I really loved this book, it was a fantastic insight into the tragic history of Alex, and his final days with his family as their world fell apart, and became a very different place. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the Safe Haven series, Kim's narration was outstanding as always. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • J. Caddick
  • 06-25-22

Great starter

Great starter book for the Safe Haven series (although there are others you can start with) It provides a great background story as to how the apocalypse kicked off where the family lived and the dynamics of how the family members integrated. The whole series will have you hooked from the start and I can guarantee you will end up buying all the books, including The End of Everything series that runs along side it!

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  • Mandy Robson
  • 01-19-22

Brilliant!

Alex has got to be my favourite Character in the Safe Haven Universe.
Christopher is a brilliant Author, I love his books and so well narrated by Kim Bretton.