• Staying Alive

  • A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (The EMP)
  • By: Ryan Westfield
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (638 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How long would you last?

It's been two weeks since the EMP. Getting out was just the beginning. Staying alive is proving harder than anyone could have imagined. Max knows people will come from the cities. He knows they'll be ready to fight, to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival. Will he be able to lead the others in the defense of the farmhouse, even when he's still recovering from his injuries? Georgia is in charge of hunting. Each trip into the woods brings her closer to danger. It's just a matter of time before she runs into people who will do anything to get her gun and her gear. How dangerous do things have to get before she stops trying to provide for her kids? John is Max's estranged brother. He'd always made fun of Max for worrying about being prepared. Now, he's trapped in his upscale apartment with no gear and no food. He's wishing he was more like his brother. Does he want to have what it takes to try to get out of the city?

©2017 Ryan Westfield (P)2017 Ryan Westfield

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Confiscation ideology issues are a constant theme.

This being the 2nd in the series, I was hoping morality would make a strong showing. I was wrong. Whenever there is a perceived need, that is justification enough to wantonly take from others.

It belies the premise of humanity & jumped straight into animalistic behavior from the first day in the first book. It was never explained away. Never made to reason. Just a dog eat dog mindset with platitudes and "many miles before I sleep".

Should that not be a concern, the rest of the book & the writing therein is a bit addictive. Be it not for waiting for a come to Jesus moment or a severe humbling. There is too much rampant "man's inhumanity to man" emanating from the main characters and it undermines the storyline.

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A better title would be Nights of the Living Dumb"

What did you like best about Staying Alive? What did you like least?

Major disappointment from the first book in the series....if it hadn't been for Kevin Pierce's narration I would never have finished it......was it done "tongue in cheek"?

Since there was 2 brother characters of equal irrelevance....another title could "Dumb and Dumber" .

I have listened to over 200 dystopian books on Audible.......this was not something I would tell my friends to read.

Could you see Staying Alive being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No Way......

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okay story, improbable actions by the characters

Not sure if the author lacks imagination or tactical common sense, or if he's just trying to create the stupidest moronic but luckiest characters in the world.
You're traveling down the road, being followed by bad guys who you are certain are wanting to do you harm. My very first thought is no problem make a turn off, stopping the road, lift the hood and pretend to be having car troubles. For people with rifles get in the woods on each side of the roadway and ambushed the bad guys when they stop. Easy peasy too bad guys down, very little risk to the good guys and gals. How could this not have even been brought up as a suggestion by the characters? So then the two characters with their convoluted silly logic decide the only way to go is a standoff. Why would Georgia wait until the fight between the two men is over to take out the other bad guy? She should have shot the other guy as soon as the two preparing to hand and fight had set their guns down.
These people as I said are either the stupidest yet luckiest people in the world as portrayed by the author, or the author just isn't very realistic and how people would act. Not sure if I'll be able to listen to another one of these books by this author, I can only bang my head against my steering wheel and scream stupid stupid stupid so many times before I get brain damage. Hmmm, note to author, pad your steering wheel.

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  • kc
  • 01-20-18

I can’t stand authors like this.

He is the type of author that thinks it’s cool end a chapter right in the middle of an important scene. From there he goes to another characters, that no one cares about, story and will continue on his story line for 2 or 3 chapters. By the time you finish those, you don’t care about what’s going on. I’ll never buy another book from this shit tier writer.

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now what

found at the ending left me hanging to assume and make up my own ending

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Once again,

It’s a decent story but the timeline just doesn’t work for me. People getting way too used to seeing dead bodies the travel and if I’m correct in the two books it’s only been three weeks? Way too much way too soon. Keep trying

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Lack of Diversity

l am often very DISAPPOINTED at the lack of cultural diversity in these apocalyptic novels. smh

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a bit frustrating at times

over all this was a decent series but i felt alot of frustration at the decisions that were made. it made me want to roll my eyes and yell at max numerous times. very good narrator b

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good story but

The author doesn't know much about guns. it gets annoying at times but doesn't take away too much from the story.

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good part 2

pretty good second book and story. looking forward to see how it all concludes.

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  • Quick R.
  • 06-13-20

EMP apocalypse done incredibly well...

One week after starting the series I'm already onto book 4. On the one hand this is because it's well written, well balanced, character driven storytelling and it's got me totally hooked. On the other hand it's also because the books are relatively short and I'm getting through the audible credits at a rate of knots. That said, if you're a fan of the genre, or you just like I high tempo thriller with a tinge of terrifying realism, don't pass this book (or series) up, or you'll be missing out. The author obviously knows his craft and I'll be checking out his other work when I finish the 8 books in this series...
The series is also read by the best post-apoc narrator I'm aware of. It's a winning formula and I highly recommend you get stuck in.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-18

Ok books bit short

The books feel short but that might just be me as I normally listen to books that are 8 -10 hours.