• Blood of Tyrants

  • Free State of Dodge Saga, Book 1
  • By: Javan Bonds
  • Narrated by: S.W. Salzman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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The United States of America is in crisis. Radical militiamen are targeting hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants, devastating the power grid. The economy, already weakened by government mismanagement, is in free fall. Food and gas shortages rock the nation. And in Washington, the US Senate is devastated by a terrorist attack.

Childhood friends Jackson Pike and Cliff “Redstone” Stone worry for the future of their country, but their life in rural Alabama hasn’t changed much. Thanks to the Pike family’s disaster preparedness, the town of Dodge is well-equipped to ride out the madness. Their main concern is for Jackson’s cousin Hollis, a page for the senator from Alabama. Hollis was present for the Senate attack and hasn’t been heard from since.

When the National Guard first pulls into Dodge, the townsfolk assume the worst of the crisis is over. They’re wrong. Under the iron command of Abraham Samuel Sherman, the National Guard begins stripping citizens of their rights, all while aggressively searching for something - or someone. Jackson and Redstone aren’t sure what motivates Sherman, but they’re determined to oppose him, his superiors, and anyone else who challenges the constitutional rule of the land and people they love.

©2020 Javan Bonds (P)2020 Javan Bonds

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Better than Zombie Lake

If you have read or listened to Javan’s Zombie Island series, then you are going to love Blood of Tyrants. Javan Bonds has one-upped himself with Blood of Tyrants. An engaging story of good vs. evil with a bit of humor. SW Salzman has a slow start in the first chapter but after that really rolls the story along. Give a listen and cheer on Jackson and Redstone and their family and friends as they set out to save The Free State Of Dodge.

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Not what I expected from this author, and that’s OK

I’m a huge fan of Javan Bonds zombie books, they are full of comedy and pop culture (look the Still Alive books up, thank me later) but I wasn’t sure I wanted him writing serious political post apocalyptic fiction. I’m glad to say I do want this. It’s a story that’s well written, timely and thought provoking. I have the Audible selection and Salzman does a great job narrating the material.

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Great new series!

I guess it helps to read lol. I got this book thinking it was the next in the Still Alive series, not knowing the author started a new series. In the beginning I thought the author was introducing us to some new characters. After about an hour, an hour I was enjoying, I had to look and realize that this was a completely new series lol. I feel like an idiot! The Free State of Dodge Saga is off to a great start! Another post-apocalyptic series, but this time with racist militia and corrupt government officials. They didn't stand a chance against a bunch of armed rednecks in Alabama! Another reason I almost thought this was the same series is because Javan Bonds uses the same narrator, S. W. Salzman. Salzman does a great job with the narration and I was glad to see him doing this new series. Bonds still continues to let his inner nerd shine in this book with his Star Wars references! lol I love it! Can't wait for the rest of the series!

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Great story of a grim but plausible future.

This is another great story by Javan Bonds, even though it is not what we are used to. (blue zombies) Don't let that discourage you. This is a well written, well thought out story about a very grim, but plausible future. Great job.

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Excellent!

Javan Bonds is one of the best writers out there! His books are both gory ( in a good way) and funny! Javan draws you in right at the start and doesn't let you go, at the end you can not wait for more. S W Salzman is the perfect narrator, he brings out the depth of each character and makes them real instead of just reading the words. This book is well worth your time, just listen and enjoy.

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  • KS
  • 05-25-20

Excellent escape from reality

If you’re familiar with the author, this is a different type of book then his usual, but no less entertaining. I love the humor inserted into the story; the friendship between Jackson and Redstone is real and playful. Redstone’s little quips and jabs made me laugh out loud, earning me some weird looks as I was out and about. I’ve been having a hard time getting into books lately, I’ve been so restless, but this one delivered. It was an excellent escape from reality. Can’t wait for the next one!

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Mostly political jokes, a little bit of action

First, this story pales in comparison to the author's other series, Still Alive, a zombie comedy series. I found this book very one note, lacking in depth. The characters are one dimensional and the plot very straight forward. There's almost no humor and not much action.

The heroes of the story are right-wing preppers for the most part. Big government is bad. Those two things make up the plot. At first, it looked like an interesting story. The country it going down in flames and for this small town in Alabama, it's the preppers that will save this little spot of humanity. However, the characters are little more than their political views. Occasionally we hear about their favorite food item, or some skill they might have, but for the most part their political views make up their entire character. At first, this was OK because it was kept in the context of individual character development, but by the end of the book I felt the story was preaching at me.
Most of the humor is political jokes and since we already have so much political viewpoints flying around, I tired of the humor. In general, I escape from politics into a book but with this story that wasn't possible. There is some additional humor with Old Ben and the Star Wars references. At first I really liked this, but towards the end it got a bit mystical and that didn't really fit the rest of the tale.

The ladies were underutilized as well. In fact, you could have left them out of this story completely and the plot wouldn't be affected. There's a small amount of diversity in that there is 1 Hispanic man and 1 Black man. However, both are basically used as placeholders for the bad guys to show off their racism and for the good guys to claim they aren't racists (just inexperienced with people of color).

The pacing was slow. While the story does start off with a mass shooting, it's not lingered on, it's not told in a dramatic way. Then there's lots of time where nothing much happens in the book. Eventually in the last quarter of the novel we get a few more bits of action. Again, they are brief. The book seemed to focus more on political grumbling than on action or character development. That said, there is a full story here and the plot does make sense. 3/5 stars.

P.S. While this book wasn't my cup of tea, it hasn't put me off of reading further books by this author. I definitely look forward to the next installment in his zombie comedy series Still Alive.

The Narration: S. W. Salzman has an easy voice to listen to. I have enjoyed several audiobooks narrated by him. He does OK with this story though sometimes the narration comes off a little robotic, lacking in drama or intonation. He does have unique voices for each character and his female voices sound like ladies. The pacing was good and there were no technical issues with recording. 4/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book. My opinions are 100% my own.

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same characters just different names.

I enjoy this author, but this book and series sounds a lot like his other series. just different names for characters. also I really wish the author would do some research on Militias and what they really stand for and who they are. this is like the second or third book he has made the military out to be white supremacists nut bags. narrator did a great job.

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Controlled Opposition???

OK, I only listened to the first 90 minutes, but I couldn't take any more! Maybe it gets better??? The part I listened to had me wondering if it was written by some kind of controlled opposition!

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Bloody good

Excellent! Great story line and characters. Highly recommended. Javan has created a story that will keep you entertained

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  • jtrotter
  • 02-09-21

Great first book in what will be a to series

Javan has yet again produced a book that captures your attention and leaves you wanting more. SW Salzman is again on top form giving a another excellent performance.

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  • lee c.
  • 06-07-20

Need more

Javan has nailed it again. I’m a big fan of his “Still alive” series and this is just as awesome. This book finished far too soon for me and I just know we haven’t even scratched the surface. I can’t wait to get more of this so please hurry up and release more in the series. Five stars and two thumbs brilliant.

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  • Anne Marie Weller
  • 05-31-20

Brilliant

Thank you Javan, you pried me away from zombies for a day or so and I loved it.
Brilliant story, funny & engrossing with likeable characters, I can’t wait for the next thrilling instalment.

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  • KML
  • 05-28-20

Excellent!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed Javan Bonds "Still Alive" series. I really enjoy post-apocalyptic literature and I enjoy reading about (or listen to) the different ways that authors have for bringing the world and/or the US to its knees.

I was lucky enough to acquire an advanced copy of this book and I was not disappointed! The book starts with an attack on the US Senate by some very nasty people and from there it is a very quick descent into the loss of liberties and chaos. There is great attention to detail and really enjoyed Redstones witty comments and the fact that the prepper's book list included a dictionary.

Salzman does a great job with the voices which really makes the story come alive.

I found the book and enjoyable read and enjoyed the humour. Highly recommended!!!!

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  • Richard
  • 05-24-20

Brilliant First Book In New Series By Javan Bonds

I really enjoyed Javan Bond's first book in his new "Free State of Dodge Saga" series, I had listened to all of his superb and very enjoyable "Still Alive" series and this is quite different and I must say even more enjoyable. This book is darker, a lot more serious and it has a wonderful and exciting plot. I found the characters interesting and I enjoyed getting to know them, the main rogue is a real badass!
The narration was up to S.W. Salzman's usual great standard, he has a really good range of voices.
I am looking forward to the next in the series and I recommend this to anyone who enjoys post apocalyptic and prepping adventure books.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 05-23-20

Get Out of Dodge...!

The tale unfolds in a wonderful and humorous portrayal of life in Alabama and so many memorable characters. The plot is engaging and entertaining while thought provoking, and entirely too believable. The government's aim is to strip the population of its civil rights and remove the possibility of Rebellion by removing their right to bear arms. Thankfully Jeff Like is prepared and ready to protect his family, aided by Sage Ben, and the Pike family. Childhood friends Jackson and Redstone are ready for anything and prepared to meet danger head-on with a can-do attitude, with bravery and snark. I was immediately absorbed from the first chapter and fell in love with the characters. S. Salesman's narration was superb and helped convey the suspense and intrigue of the book, along with the humour and personalities of the characters. I can't recommend highly enough, five stars across the board! I can't wait for the next book, it can't arrive soon enough!

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  • 05-23-20

Wow!

As an Aussie reader this book was a little confusing to start with. While it's not overly political, there is still a political culture going on that is totally foriegn to me.
Alabama is definitely another world, and Jacob Bonds sucks you into it and immerses you in this world of locals who are invaded by "military" guys and have their town turned upside down.
As the characters try to figure out what the real deal is, it feels a tiny bit Fargo-esk as they mystery unfolds.
I loved it. Will definitely be hanging out for the next book!