• The Days Before

  • A Prequel to the Five Roads to Texas Series (A Five Roads to Texas Novel, Book 8)
  • By: Brian Parker, Phalanx Press
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The day of retribution is at hand. 

Years before the outbreak, an unexplained illness in the Congo that mimicked different hemorrhagic fevers brought scientists from the CDC to the jungle. Rebels attacked and destroyed all of the data and blood samples before their research was completed. The true nature of the disease remained a secret. 

Months before the outbreak, contractors began to build and secure caches of military equipment and supplies across the US. What was their purpose? 

Days before the outbreak, everything seemed normal. The public had no idea that terrorist forces planned to unleash a literal hell upon the earth. The US and British intelligence community knew, and sent a covert team to North Korea to try to stop the extinction event before it began. This is their story. 

The Days Before is the prequel to the best-selling Five Roads to Texas series written by W.J. Lundy, Rich Baker, Joseph Hansen, Allen Gamboa, AJ Powers, Brian Parker, and JL Bourne. Find out how it all began.

©2019 Brian Parker (P)2019 Brian Parker

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Fantastic Prequel

I highly recommend this book BEFORE reading the ones that actually came before it if you can.

The story is very well written and there is enough character development to make you want to see what happens to them.

There is some military and some civilian action but just enough of both to make it more than exciting!

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An informative read for fans of the series

Although there was a lot of unnecessary dialog throughout the first 3/4s of the book that had nothing to do with pushing the story forward, It did all come together at the end and and is worth the read. Looking forward to it giving me deeper insight into the rest of the series.

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The Days Before

This was a really good lead up to the five roads series.I enjoyed it. Andrew B Wehrlen was a terrific narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Amazing prequel

So this is listed by Audible as book 8, but Goodreads has it listed as book 0 and it’s noted as a prequel. I really like to read things chronologically - so skimmed the reviews and saw a few folks mention while good for fans of the series, starting here was a good idea.

Whoah! This was a really great listen. No stopping, rearranging my TBL to listen to more of the books, totally sucked into this world listen.

This sets up the various events and players that instigated &/or will feature in the Five Roads to Texas apocalyptic zombie series. I was a little worried that a weaponized virus story might not sit too well considering the last two years, but this story is so different that I wasn’t feeling any comparison to real life. That said, there’s definitely a level of authenticity and believability that gave me chills at times.

While it feels slightly disjointed at first - because there’s so many moving parts and people who don’t seem to have anything to do with each other - as it all comes together every chapter before was absolutely necessary. There’s villains, doctors, current & former military, as well as just plain normal every day people.

As this is meant to be a teaser to the full series, this absolutely ends in a cliffhanger. However, at 8.5 hours this is full of plenty of mystery, suspense, & thriller elements to feel worth every penny spent. I can’t wait to start book 1, Five Roads to Texas.

Narration: I’ve listened to other thrillers narrated by Andrew B Wehrlen and was just as impressed this time as in the past. Probably more. Lots of accents, genders, and personalities that he kept distinct and consistent. Very emotional scenes that he handled really well. I’m excited he’s at the helm for the entire series.

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Little boring

Too much character background segments and there would be jumping between them and felt a bit disjointed at times.

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its book 8 so you already know its pretty good.

yep a good series only one more book togo but very enjoyable so far.i do recommend

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thrilling

the whole 5 roads series is awesome! I seriously recommend reading them. you won't be sorry.

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Excellent book

This was the first book that I'd listened to by this author. So hopefully the rest of his books are this good. Very good narration.

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Great Start

Great start to what sounds like a great series. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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great story ..very well read ..great job Andrew.

narrator did an exilent job ..I like his style ..looking forward to more from Andrew Wehrlen.

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  • J. Benson
  • 01-13-22

Not even surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

loved the characters, storyline, and intense experience.
I've read the book, but hearing it was better.
Brian Parker is a brilliant writer who's own experience with military life has obviously given him the opportunity to tell a thrilling story of a virus plot that rocks the world. This isn't your typical zompoc Parker doesn't drone on just filling pages to get his word count up his stories have always stayed consistently edge of your seat thrilling rides. so jump in and buckle up!

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  • Helen
  • 04-25-20

Wonderful book

I Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line too

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  • deafmick
  • 01-25-20


Got to give this audio book 5 out of 5 I hope there is a lot more to come

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-03-19

Although a prequel you could start with this book

I've enjoyed every moment of this book and how it progressed forward to the original five roads series and how it all started. Seriously would recommend

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  • Mick J
  • 09-08-19

Awesomeness

Great to read some of the back story's......
as ever a great read, just gotta wait for the next 5 roads book to land..... did I mention I hate waiting 😁😁