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Trapped in a corrupt hellhole with thieves, sadists, and killers, Mike didn’t think things could get any worse. He was wrong. When everyone around him opted to do the easy thing, he chose to do the right thing. He chose to stand up.

Several years on, and a new Hell has found him. A virus has infected billions all over the world, turning its victims into vicious zombies. The UK and Ireland have remained uninfected...until now.

Lawlessness threatens to take over the streets as the government does everything it can to keep control. With the city in lockdown and every resource stretched to breaking point, Mike finds himself in familiar territory.

The stakes could not be higher as Mike has to fight for his family’s very survival. His greatest weapon is the will to do anything for the ones he loves, but will that be enough?

©2019 Christopher Artinian (P)2021 Christopher Artinian

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Don’t hesitate on this series

Mike is hands-down one of my favourite characters in literature
It was fun to compare the characters beginnings to what he’s become
Stellar narration from Kim as always
I can’t recommend the world that Chris has built enough 5 stars
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Excellent as always and as to be expected!
I’ll never get enough of this series or of Christopher’s writing! And Kim Bretton narrating is just the icing in the cake! You get to find out more about why Mike is the man he becomes in the future. Getting to revisit his past was a wonderful treat!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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The Beginning

Christopher Artinian's "Safe Haven" series is what started my (recent) love of the Zompoc genre. His writing is superb, his characters are well-developed and the action is non-stop.

After reading the first few books in the series, I discovered that Mr. Artinian had written several novellas that focus on main characters before the SHTF. And, of course, I had to start with Mike's since he is my favorite character from these books!

Mr. Artinian weaves a wonderful story about Mike's early life living with a cruel and abusive father, which explains a lot about his anger management issues. For one thing, Mike cannot abide bullies and this gets him into a lot of trouble! But, it also what makes him such a realistic and likeable character.

Mike spends time in prison because of his temper and feelings toward bullies, but then becomes a good family man, in part because of his stepfather, Alex. When the dead start reanimating, it soon becomes clear that things will never be the same.

This book is very well-written and I love the way that the author works well-loved books into the story (Shawshank Redemption, The Stand, The Green Mile, Animal Farm, 1984). There are a couple of poignant scenes in the book that brought me to tears, but these also make the book even more of a great read.

Even though I had read the book before listening to the audio version, Kim Bretton's performance really brought it to life. Her voices and performance are perfect and made a great book even better! i was given the chance to listen to this book by the author, but the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Never less than 5 stars

If this duo ever stops working together I think I will cry. Christopher pulls you into his world with his words and Kim makes it come to life with her voice. Go back to the beginning of it all with Mike. The struggle is real for Mike as he battles his own demons before the real demons come to town.

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Prison

I totally enjoyed this book about Mike Fletcher’s life before the zombies. He is even the good guy in this book with all the shenanigans that go on in prison and their gangs while he was in there. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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great

as always a great book. explains a few things too. your books make my day!

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Before Safe Haven: Mike

Before Safe Haven: Mike was very entertaining! I loved getting a better understanding of Mike's life before the zombie apocalypse . It helped to both explain and understand Mike so much. This well written by Christopher Artinian. And Kim Bretton, the narratedr did a great job.

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Before Safe Haven: Mike

Oh where to begin, this is the formation story of one of my favorite characters. He is so black and white and believes there is always wrong and right choices. I have seen him sacrifice everything, when he was young it was the same story. As the “THEN” we get to listen as he spent time in the young offenders institute where everyone is willing to look the other way to the corruption and gangs running it. Mike is not one to look the other way, when bad things or people are about he will fight- even if it costs him his life.
We then flash to “Now” with PM Beck’s announcement (which I’ve heard a few times with how many times I’ve read, listened and listened again.)

I think anyone who likes Prison survival stories would love this version.
I didn’t know how much I liked zombie books until Artinian’s books - but he has this spectacular balance of terror and joy, fear and love, etc. I’ve read them all a couple times and listened many as well.

So this may not be unbiased but is 100% my unabashed praise for a worthy author and another bringing to live by Bretton. (A much anticipated and lived to the hype in my head, I am looking forward to the other Before Safe Havens too.)









(This was a review copy I requested and I am voluntarily leaving this review.)

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Excellent book

Another excellent book. I have to say that Mike Fletcher is my favorite character in the series. He is a honest person who had a bad stroke of luck. I love this it series. Christopher is a excellent writer.

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I love his Safe Haven & End of Everthing Books

Christopher Artinian is master story writer! You will not regret buying his books. In Audible he always has phenomenal narrators!

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  • marie
  • 07-11-22

Brilliant

Gives a great insight to all the characters before the disease and really helps with a deeper connection and an understanding of their actions

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  • J. Caddick
  • 02-03-22

Back to the beginning

Having read all 28 of Chris' books and while eagerly awaiting the 29th, I decided to go back to the very beginning of Safe Haven with Mikes story. Even though you know what's ahead for his family and indeed the whole world, it was still great to refresh your memory of how it all started and how Mike was shaped into the person he is. I don't usually like prequels but this was an excellent idea and the whole thing was brought to life with the wonderful Kim Brettons' narration.

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  • Mandy Robson
  • 12-10-21

Loved it!

This book about the life of Mike is brilliant, I love reading about the individual characters in the Safe Haven series, Mike being the main Character
As usual really well narrated by Kim Bretton and of course written by a very talented author Christopher Artinian.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 11-19-21

An emotional rollercoaster!

The highly anticipated insight in to the beginning of events through Mike's eyes, a gut wrenching and incredibly moving account of how events unfolded, setting Mike and his family on their path. This was a fast paced, action packed, emotional rollercoaster of a read that I just couldn't put down, Kim's narration gave the characters life and emotional that completed the experience. An amazing insight into one of the characters with the greatest impact on Safe Haven, I can't wait to listen to more from the residents of Safe Haven. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • 04-02-22

loved it !!

we can't get enough of this story. waiting for the next book to be released seems to take forever to arrive. as usual Kim's narration draws you into the story and makes it so hard to put down.
Christopher Artinian very clever how he has crosed over the two series Safe Haven & The End of Everything. which just can't wait for the next books in both series to be released. totally recommend both series

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