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Publisher's Summary

The situation around the Sanders’ farm is bleak, and likely to remain that way. A region trying to right itself after an incredible disaster is now hit once again. This time, it may well be a knockout blow for many. The farm is still running, still surviving, and still trying to get things restarted. Isolation has been the only preventative for the plague, however, and this leaves them with little to no news of anything happening in the wider world, good or bad. That is about to change, because there are large changes coming for them, just as fast as they can go.

The Fires of America seem to have truly burned out, leaving nothing more than a few embers. But embers can still burn…

EXCERPT

Christmas and New Year’s had come to the Sanders’ farm with little fanfare and no celebrations. Small groups gathered for mealtime and to be thankful for what they had, but there was no celebration as there had been the year before. There were no laughing, playing children, romping in the newly fallen snow. No merrymaking. 

There was in fact little enough to be merry about. The plague sweeping through the area had wreaked havoc on those who had survived so much since the disaster that was the Storm. Those who had made it through starvation, dysentery, violence, and bloodshed had in the end fallen prey to a killer they couldn’t see, and ultimately couldn’t fight. 

Clay’s last orders from the Area Commander of the National Guard, Captain Adcock, were to close the farm to all traffic in order to preserve the resources the Sanders’ farm represented for the future, assuming any of them had one. No one had heard from Adcock or anyone else in over two weeks. The only information they had received from Jordan had been in the form of information passed on by a former constable who wanted food to try and make the trip south to safer conditions. If there was such a thing at this point. 

So, there had been no merrymaking. Instead, there was hard work. Including the training of all the school-age children in how to survive in the new world they found themselves living in.

The truck rattled along the back road, wind whipping around the cab and buffeting the teenagers in the back. All were huddled together for warmth, packs clutched tight as they waited to arrive at their destination.

Finally, with ears threatening to turn frostbitten in the windchill despite scarves and caps, the truck slowed and came to a stop.

“End of the line, plebes!” Mitchell Nolan declared as he stepped out of the warm truck cab. “On the ground! Let’s go! Hustle!”

Nathan Caudell, JJ Jackson, Seth Webb, Janice Hardy, Anthony Goodrum, Lila Webb, and finally Millie Long all disembarked, slinging sparse packs onto their backs even as Mitchell continued to harangue them. 

“You’ve got a map, you’ve got a compass,” Mitchell told them. “You’ve got a sleeping bag, food, and water for two days, and the ability and means to get more if you need it, providing you can manage it. You know your starting point, and there are 11 fixed navigation points along your way. You must identify them all and return to Building Two in 48 hours. Note that I say, ‘Building Two’, and not ‘the Farm’,” he stressed. “The farm is a huge area and Building Two is not near the edge.”

“Once we leave, you are on your own,” he warned. “You better learn to depend on one another and to work together, and I suggest you do it in a hurry before you freeze to death, or starve to death, or the wolves get you. Any of the above happens, you will of course be given a failing grade for this excursion. Any questions? Excellent!” 

He clapped his hands without giving anyone a chance to ask. “Get moving! Clock starts now."

©2021 N.C. Reed (P)2022 Creative Texts Publishers, LLC

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Most enjoyable series I have read or listened to

Thank you for such excellent character development. Your professor you thanked a while back certainly did a fantastic job inspiring you towards a path of excellence. Thank you also for choosing such a great narrator for the series. He brings life to the characters that only quality narration can bring. I have to say that I miss the "old man". He was a "cagey old codger" that you could not help but love and render respect as a patriarch. I have listened to this series now over seven times. I guess you could say I am an audio book fanatic, but radio offers nothing for my sense of entertainment value these days. At 57, I do miss Paul Harvey though. I look forward to book 13 to find out where the journey goes from there. Thank you again and keep up the great work.

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Tremendous

I’ve gotten wrapped up in the series and am looking forward to and can’t wait for the next book!

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The Entire Series is Worth It

What makes a good story, romance, a villain, struggle, and strife, overcoming odds? This saga has all of this and more, it is an excellent story, I recommend the entire series, so much so that I listened to the first 11 books a second time, just to listen to this one book. I have not listened to any other series a second time until now. I thought I would be bored the second time but I was not. It says a lot when you can listen to a series more than once and still be entertained. So, for the cost or credits, I have a series that keeps on entertaining me. Since I enjoyed this so much a second time around, I decided to listen to the Parno series again. I honestly don't know which series I like more. It's very hard to find a series like this one, it would be nice if there were a dozen N.C. Reed's to keep up with my listening habits because he is one of my favorite authors.

Let me say a word about cussing in audiobooks. I find it is far easier to read a book with cussing than listening to one. This author reserves cussing to truly draw out extreme stress or evil. I have spent 30+ years in the military so my ears are not virgin ears and my tongue is not a golden tongue. My beef with excessive cussing in a book shows the author lacks the ability to tell a good story. N.C. Reed does not have this problem.

I have seen some negative comments about Lee Allen as a narrator. Crazy! In my opinion, he is perfect for this series.

I rarely write reviews. I have 298 books in my library, I never met N.C. Reed (or whatever his real name is), I just think this is one of the best series I have listened to. The only other series I may listen to again is The Last Kingdom and A. American Going Home series.

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I love this series.

N. C. Reed is one of my favorite writers and I have truly enjoyed this series so far. Most of the characters are fun and lovable and I hope that Mr. Reed continues to provide us with many more volumes.

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  • 05-18-22

Awesome writing

Please keep the books coming. I look forward to the next one. Thanks so much

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ready for the next book!

I've enjoyed listening to your work and hope you continue in the series. Thanks

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Great series

The narrator for this series payouts will with the story and it stays interesting all the way through I've now listened to all of nc reeds book on Audible and eagerly await more

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Greatest series ever

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At this point the characters are like old friends!

Having read or listened to all 12 books in the series,many of the characters are like old friends and I look forward to reading more of the series.The growth and changing attitudes of the primary characters makes them "real".Claytons agonizing over his command decisions is what any good officer or NCO would experience after a mission is surprisingly accurate,at least to me.PTSD and the attending survivors built are handled in a realistic and empathetic way.I can only wish the real world dealt with the issues as well,there would be fewer after service casualties.Mr. Reed keep on writing!Your books keep me company in my VA issued wheelchair.

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These books just keep getting better and better. I can't wait until the next one comes out!

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  • 02-10-22

Captivating Post Apocalyptic Series

Before listening to this excellent instalment of the series, I re-listened to all previous books. This is something I rarely do……but it was well worth doing! The whole series is thoroughly enjoyable and captivating. I think what makes it exceptional is the fact that the storyline is very believable - I can imagine the world would probably be in a similar state should there ever be an CME.
I hope the Saunders et al continue to survive for a long time to come.