• Escape the Breakdown

  • A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller
  • By: Jack Hunt
  • Narrated by: Miles Meili
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An EMP hits, the lights go out, the breakdown begins. 

When Colby Riker, a former LAPD cop turned skillful bounty hunter is hired to bring in Alicia Scott, an elusive bail-jumper, he figured it was an easy payday - until a catastrophic EMP obliterates the country’s power grid and millions are thrust into chaos. 

No electricity, no transportation, no phones, no rules. 

As panic grips the City of Angels, Colby soon finds out he isn’t the only one anxious to get Alicia. But in the murky underworld of bail bonds and a grid-down disaster, staying one step ahead isn’t easy. Colby must keep her alive as they embark on a cross-city chase to escape the breakdown. 

With no power, do you have what it takes to survive? 

Six hundred miles north of LA, his small California hometown’s struggle to survive is just beginning as two feuding families confront each other in the darkness of the Redwoods. 

Escape the Breakdown is the first explosive book in the Powerless World saga. From the international best-selling author of All That Remains comes a thrilling, post-apocalyptic EMP thriller series about two families fighting for survival in a world gone dark.

©2021 Jack Hunt (P)2021 Jack Hunt

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The Hatfields, McCoys, and the Russian mob?

Jack Hunt once again delivers an enjoyable and highly inventive twist on the survival genre. Like many apocalyptic thrillers, we follow multiple storylines. One story has our hero Colby Riker, ex-cop now bounty hunter, trying to track down a woman, who also happens to be on the run from the Russian mob. Our second storyline has to do with Riker's family, who happen to very 'country' and one half of a 'Hatfield/McCoy' like feud. Both storylines are fast paced with plenty of action. The book has a solid climax, but there is still so much of the story left to be told and I look forward to seeing how things continue when the second book releases. Miles Meili does a great job with narration. I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Anything can happen when the lights go out

After reading the synopsis I had high hopes for this one and it certainly delivers! I really liked the viewpoint from our main character the bounty hunter as that is not an occupation that has been explored too much in the others that I have read in this genre. There are about three or four different storylines that all converge at once and really leave the listener wanting more. Going into this one you have to understand that it’s going to be a series so not all of your questions are going to be answered but I think the author does a great job of not leaving too much hanging. There are people you are going to love to hate in this one and each is read very very nicely. Did I mention that all of the story lines converge with one huge bang? The narration was done very well and he definitely took time to voice each character just a little bit differently. There is a wide range from female, 16-year-old teenagers and also Russian mobsters each with their own unique nuances to the voice. There are some really cool scenes in this book and one epic gun fight which you come to expect with this author. Cannot wait for the second book to be released an audio. Please note, I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review from audiobook boom. This in no way affected my opinion of this work.

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An EMP Fuels a Decades-Old Fued

'A Powerless World’ is the newest post-apocalyptic series by Jack Hunt. The first book introduces Colby Riker, former LAPD officer and current bounty hunter, along with his loyal K-9 partner. During this first installment, readers get some background on the modern-day Hatfields-and-McCoys-esque feud that Colby fled 10 years ago. With LA becoming an increasingly dangerous place due to an EMP, Colby makes the decision to head home to Humboldt County.

I really like the diversity of the characters Hunt has created. Besides man-with-a-past Colby, there’s the fugitive, Alicia, that he’s tasked with bringing in. She, in turn, is being chased by Russian mobsters. There's Daisy, a crazy female bounty hunter bent on capturing Alicia herself. And, in Humboldt County, recently paroled Jesse Riker and his family are competing with the Stricklands for control of their mountain town. All these characters and more set the stage for what promises to be quite the showdown.

Once again, Hunt proves his skill as an action/suspense writer. He keeps the tension high and adds twists the reader doesn’t see coming. I like the action just as much as the characterizations and I’m looking forward to more of this story.

Miles Meili is my favorite narrator in the post-apoc/survival thriller genres. I love his straightforward delivery. He doesn’t give an overdramatic performance. It's perfectly suited to Jack Hunt’s style of writing.

This audiobook was given to me as a free review copy, at my request. I’ve now written this voluntary opinion of it.

Recommended.

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Great story!

I thought the story was well written, a accurate glimpse at what could happen. The narrator did a good job and he made the story easy to follow. I was hoping for a little more tie in with the main character and his family but that did keep me from liking it. Overall I thought it was a good story and good performance.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • RJ
  • 03-27-21

No mercy!

Colby Riker, former LAPD, is a bounty hunter. He’s on the trail of bail-jumper Alicia Scott. What he is unaware of is that the Feds and the Bratva, Russian organized crime, also want her. The interplay of characters is well-written and believable. The cat and mouse chase across the Los Angeles area is exciting and fast-paced. For me, Colby’s partner Cain, a highly-skilled Belgian Malinois, steals the show. In a separate plotline, we go to Colby’s hometown in Humboldt County. There, Colby’s family, the Rikers, and long-time neighbors the Stricklands are engaged in a feud that would rival the Hatfields and the McCoys. Somewhere down the line, in the next book of the series, this storyline will gain relevance when Colby returns home. I enjoyed the story and is a good opener to a new series. Miles Meili provided an excellent performance as the narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Amazing!

I've read and listened to quite a few post-apocalyptic books and audiobooks, many EMP type stories. They all kind of have the same basic storyline but Escape the Breakdown takes the genre to an entirely new level. Very original storyline. Very vivid characters.
Many narrators have a difficult time doing different voices, making it difficult to determine which character is speaking, since they all basically sound the same but Miles Meili does a great job of bringing both a distinct voice and distinct character personality to all of the different people in this story.
This book has broken the mold of the post-apocalypse genre.

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Story would benefit from a better narrator....

It took me awhile to really get interested. but that maybe due to the narrator. I did like the premise of the story with the deep rooted family rivalry, however I feel like we never get to really know or identify with the characters.

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A little over the top

Too many tough guys in one book, and though I knew that it is the first Ina series, I thought it could have gone a little farther before ending for part 2. A better cliffhanger if you will, or a better stand alone. That said, I did enjoy it, and had no problem listening to the end. The narrator did a good job reading.

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Dog and the Bounty Hunter

Jack Hunt's stories are always a great listen. Good solid characters and story structure. This book feels like the beginning of a series. I hope so. There is a lot of room to run on this. I'll be pondering the possible plot twists and turns until the next book {hint to Mr. Hunt}.

The choice to go with California as the location is not common in the genre but is a good one for this story. Throw in the dichotomy between LA and the Emerald Triangle and you just made a very interesting storyscape. The characters are a perfect fit. I appreciate the creativity and unique juxtaposition.

Miles Meili does a great job on the narration. Easy to follow, good definition between the characters, professional in every way. The narrator makes or breaks an audiobook. I really appreciate the great job on this one.

I give this audiobook a solid recommendation.

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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EMP story with real people

Very happy to have found a Post-Apocalyptic EMP story that is not all about the prepper story. None of the characters in this story were preppers although many good prepper concepts and ideas were included. This is two stories in one with an obvious connection in future volumes of the series. MC is an ex-cop turned bounty hunter. He has just picked up his latest runner when he finds that many people want her and now him dead. They are on the run from these killers when the EMP hits and this just makes the chase that much more interesting.
Very well written and well read as well. I will be looking for more in this series.

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  • Sara B
  • 04-03-21

Outstanding!

Escape the Breakdown is a brilliant start to Powerless World, an EMP survival series. The story is well-plotted, cleverly written, fast-paced, and descriptive, with the perfect balance of intensity, action, and suspense. The storyline follows two plotlines, first is our hero Colby Riker, the second, his family, the Rikers. I was thoroughly absorbed in the event and the characters' plight and fight for survival. The premise and the setting were incredible and convincing; it's apparent the Jack Hunt is highly informed. The character development is excellent; they were engaging, authentic with depth, strength, and vulnerabilities. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book and finding what's in store for the survivors.


Miles Meili's narration is spot on. He embodied the characters, adapting various tones, and further engrossing the listener. Escape the Breakdown has it all, a fascinating plot, remarkable characters, and stellar narration. I'm definitely recommending this audiobook.

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  • Missgotty
  • 04-18-21

Very Disappointing

On the whole this book was ok up until they got to the mansion and met with the young black 16 year old teenager, then it was met with heavy stereotyping and a racist remark to do with the black boy. Not to mention that the boy's life was depicted as being worthless and was 'too' easily sacrificed to save someone he'd only known for less than a day. In particular the author described the black boy as looking like a 'monkey' which is racist and highly offensive. It marred the whole book for me, I was very offended, disappointed and after reading several of his books previously, it made me see the author in a very different light. This book may be triggering for some people.

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  • Julie
  • 03-22-21

Crazy world makes for a great adventure

I loved this book. This is the first book by this author I have listened to and it's not my normal type of book ( I prefer cozy mysteries) but the blurb and cover peaked my interest and I fancied a change. Boy did I get it and I loved every minute and hoping there is another book to come. This story is told by multiple characters and is about the lengths they go to to survive (not all of them make it) some doing the right thing and others doing things only for themselves. The story is well written and doesn't hang around, as it jumps from one situation/battle to the next but it is not all fighting and death (although there is a lot) as the characters have a good back story, making the main characters like able. I would have liked to known who or why the EMP was let off (maybe later in the series when the characters aren't just fighting to survive?) But other than that I enjoyed and will be getting the next book.
Colby is a bounty Hunter and is tasked with bringing in Alicia but he is not the only one. The Russians want her too and won't let any body get in there way in the hunt for her. Colby is good at his job and if he was wasn't than his four legged partner Caine has his back. The pair find her first but then things go horrible wrong. An EMP pulse is let off over L.A and with tempers already high over demonstrations things reach boiling point and what was once a simple capture and recover turns deadly. But just who is Alicia? And why does someone want her dead so badly?
I liked the narrator he had a pleasant voice and made the story fly by quickly.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.