• Roland

  • Reluctant Paladin
  • By: N.C. Reed
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Roland

By: N.C. Reed
Narrated by: Graham Halstead
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Publisher's Summary

Roland Stang never intended to become the caretaker of 30 abandoned children. He was just looking for a place to get out of the rain. His plan was to lay low and allow the world to reset itself after a worldwide economic collapse. But things do change. An orphan himself from an early age, the former soldier can't simply walk away and leave the children he finds. Especially once he realizes what a sorry lot of adults is nominally in charge of the group in the warehouse he's taken shelter in. 

But now he's got his hands full, and then some. He has to find a home for those children, and a way to feed, clothe, and educate them. All while protecting them from people who would prey on them in one way or another, and while protecting his own back from an angry woman who apparently hates him just because. Her only redeeming feature as far as Roland is concerned? She wants to protect the children as much as he does. 

Leading a handful of teens and a busload of orphaned children, Roland sets out to find a safe haven for them. Along the way, he'll make friends, enemies, and the odd mistake or two. Or more.  

Roland isn't exactly parenting material, either. With problems of his own to deal with, maybe taking on so much extra responsibility wasn't the smartest thing he's ever done. Then again, Roland has always been stubborn.

©2015 N.C. Reed (P)2022 Creative Texts Publishers, LLC

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Billy Todd wins again. :)

I liked this book fine; even though Roland has problems, who doesn’t. Evil has existed since the forbidden fruit was eaten and murder since Cain killed Able and you know there is so much evil that will be unleashed as soon as there is no one willing to stand against it.
Roland seems like a standup guy who tries to do right with the new world situation that he finds himself in. I wasn’t crazy with the way the book ended but maybe that is a good ending for Roland. I have many of this author’s books and I will say that Odd Billy Todd is the absolute best! I am still hoping that there will be a sequel to that book called, “The FARMS’ and of course, I want to be a character in that book. ;)

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The narrator ruined it.

Ok, this is a very good story and would probably be best to just read it, The narrator makes everything seem so cheerful and happy. I can tell from listening that the characters are anything but cheerful so I don't know why the narrator decided to portray all this happiness. I get so discouraged that I only listen to a chapter at a time hoping the narrator will at some point realize this isn't a trip to Disneyland. This really needs a better narrator.

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almost odd Billy todd

great story but like I said almost but it's still great and heart breaking very well written well performed but I will honestly say there are better performers

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The ending was a definite surprise

I enjoy all of N C Reeds books. My first was Odd Billy Todd and I have now listened to all that are available on Audible. I want many of these people to be my friends. I want more of this storyline.

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entertaining yes Billy Todd not really

I imagine a lot of us have been following NC Reed wanting and hoping for some kind of sequel to Odd Billy Todd.
This book did follow the same premise of good people fighting the Apocalypse Roland just not as lovable as Billy and the narration allthough good not quite as good.
With that said it is still a good story worth listening too

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NC Reed doesn’t disappoint

Another well written, well narrated post-apocalyptic story along the lines of Odd Billy Todd. I only wish it were a series. NC Reed has a reader for life in me.

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Roland Todd!!


I do love a good post apocalyptic good guys win story,and that is exactly what this is. Was it somewhat predictable? well yes, was it a little shallow in the back story? yes it was. was there some similarities to the Odd Todd story? well somewhat. was it entertaining? Indeed it was. Mr.Halstead did a great job narrating the story giving life to N.C Reeds cast of characters. If you haven't, I suggest you expense N.C Reeds other work , Odd Todd.

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dissatisfied

very unrealistic, the book never builds a single character. It jumps right in to what seems like the middle of the story wasted a credit on this one.

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Needs better narrator

A decent story but the narrator ruined the it. You may want to do this book the old fashioned way... read it.

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PALADIN

On the whole, I enjoyed the book. I have read quite a few stories about the collapse of our civilization.
This is the first book that has a positive spin on the subject.
It has people who refuse to accept the fact that society has changed and wants life as it was before. Criminal gangs roving about or taking over areas by intimidation. There are people who are attempting to rebuild society, one group at a time.
The only weak spot is that the ending is slap dash. It is as if the author has become tired of writing the story. From the way the ending has been written, I have no doubt that a sequel is in the works. I plan to check it out.