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Post-Apocalyptic Fiction by Sean Liscom

“He told me that Ruiz and Wilcox had a way into the vault that nobody knew about. He told me that they were already inside and that the only way to get you out was to blow the elevator shaft apart. Jason, he recognized MY voice. He didn’t confuse me with Isabella! It had to be him!”
“What else?”
“He knew the phones were going to fail. He told me the vault was flooding and I needed to mount a rescue. He knew everything! It was like he was standing here, in the middle of all this!” her voice grew louder. At that point, Ruiz was pulled from the hole. Kari immediately ran to the man. She extended her hand and pulled him up. “Where is he?” she demanded.

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No sooner had my two Jeep convoy cleared the gate of the ranch when I received a radio call from Jill. She informed me that O.P. 3 had just spotted a Hummer driving down the road about five miles south of the ranch. It was headed south, away from Elko and the ranch at a high rate of speed. When we reached the main road, I cranked the wheel to the left and pushed the throttle to the floor.
The Hummer from the EDF may have had quite a lead on us but I was sure we could catch them. Pushing the Jeep through 80 mph, I eased to the right side of the dirt road, so the following Jeep wasn’t getting dusted out. The driver, Ryan, understood what I was doing, and he closed the distance between us once he had a clear view.
It didn’t take us long to get a visual on the fleeing Hummer. Their top speed was about 65. We were cruising at 90. When we were about a mile from them, I picked up the radio mic and repeatedly tried to raise them. Each attempt was met with silence.
“Guess they ain’t in the mood for polite conversation,” I remarked to the Mustang squad leader. A guy about my age named Rick.
“I guess not. How you wanna do this boss?”
“Not sure yet. Makin this up as I go.”
“Works for me,” he grinned.
We were now roughly 100 yards behind them, and I could see a man taking up a position behind the turret mounted 50 caliber atop the Hummer. I jammed hard on the brakes as did the second Jeep. The man behind the 50 spun it in our direction and opened fire. Much to my dismay, the windshield didn’t shatter, and I didn’t hear any of the heavy rounds impacting the Jeep. As we continued to scuff off speed and put some distance between us, he continued to shoot over our heads. It was almost as if he were trying to miss us.
“What the hell?” I muttered. I stabbed the throttle pedal and the Jeep instantly accelerated. When the gunner let his next volley fly, the rounds kicked up dirt just ahead of us. I let off the gas again.
“Ya want me to lean out the window and see if I can pick him off?” Rick asked.
“No, not yet anyway,” we continued to follow from about 250 yards as I tried to work through the problem in my head. That 50 could destroy both these Jeeps but he didn’t seem interested in doing that. The driver HAD to know he couldn’t outrun us, and we had twice the fuel range he had. What the hell was this guy playin at? It only took me a second or two to realize what was happening. Ambush. He was drawing us into an ambush.

©2021 Sean Liscom (P)2021 Creative Texts Publishers, LLC

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I AM FURIOUS!

I have suffered through bad books with good narrators, great books with bad narrators and never once have I ever left a bad review until today. I found this series about a year ago. It turned into one of my favorites! I get the new audio book as soon as it comes out. Well the narrator change has killed me. I have had to deal with them in the past and made do but this is night and day. This new narrator turn the main character from a strong young confident man to what I can only picture is an old mentally challenged man with a speech impediment. I just lost this series. I’ll have to read it on my own.

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Another Liscom Hit

Love this series. Yes the change of narrator was a hit and took a few minutes to get used to but in all an amazing continuation of an incredible story. Thanks Sean, keep them coming to audible.

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Well, I am disappointed

as a subscriber to the ranch series although I broke my personal rule of not spending hard earned credits for a book less than 8 hours,I was excited to listen to another book. that was until I listened to it.
About the story.
the story was consistent with the previous in the series except this time it seemed somewhat like ground hog day, same old splick, different day.
after listening to it again I realized this part of the continuing saga needed to be told. in my opinion I believe this SHORT story was standing in as filler for the next book.

I ignored the reviews.stating the narrator had changed for the worse, that was until I listened to the book.
I usually don't say nay nay my brother without trying first, (I'm giving a review here don't make this weird), I was willing to give it a go after all folks have to start somewhere.
sad to say this was noticeable within the 1st chapter.
articulation, diction, clear concise speech are an audible narrators friends.
I will look for the next in the series but this one is definitely not a keeper for me. If the next one exceeds 8 hours and the narrator clears up his vocal issues, I will flip a coin.
hopefully this doesn't discourage the author because there is a good story here its just details, if it can't be fixed then I will have to say adios partner to the Ranch.

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Beware it’s a different narrator.

The reader makes or breaks a book. Jason sterling in my eyes doesn’t sound like a 75 year old man. I don’t care for the change in readers.

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Changing the Narrator is not a good move

I have been waiting for the audio release of the 4th book for a while. Not sure why the author decided to change the narrator for this 4th book. Maybe it was unavoidable.. The narration of this was pretty bad compared to the first 3 books. The entire time I was trying to get used to this narrator, that is not normally the case. However, the jumping from character to character with no differentiation was difficult to follow at times.
Also, at the end of book 3 readers (listeners) were introduced to Jason and Jill's adopted child and the idea that she was the focus of book 4 going on her own. That is not how book 4 started and the kids were barely mentioned. There was no picking up where the 3rd book was to allegedly pick up from. Very depressing after waiting so long for this book. I only recommend this book so you can finish the series. It is a pretty significant change given the new narrator.

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Why change narrator?

Love the series but the change of narration was absolutely horrible. Why change a good narrator

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Very disappointed

Narration was horrible. You couldn’t tell one character from another. Simple basic story line. I loved the previous books but this was a waste of time.

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I’m DONE with this series!

Going from best to worst narration! If I can’t tell when there is a different person talking, it ruins the book. And when I can’t associate the voice to who I ‘know’ is speaking, it ruins the book. I cannot imagine how or why this change was made, but it’s a disaster. The fire is gone! The vibrant, energized characters have become weak and elderly. Ridiculous! Yes! I’m shocked and outraged that whoever made this decision exhibited such poor judgement. I hope it was worth it, but seriously doubt that it will prove to be.

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changed narrorator after 4 books

not happy they changed narrorator after four books but George guidall did fine but it was hard for me to get back into after the change. book seems to be progressing nicely so lets hope it continues

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Never Change the Narrator

Changing the Narrator halfway through a series is like changing actors in a movie series, it doesn’t work. Nothing for or against either narrator. Either one from the beginning would have been fine. It’s just that when the cadence and character patterns are set through three previous books and then changed in a fourth it’s like starting a series in the middle, nothing makes sense. The characters you knew in the previous books no longer exist.
Not sure I’ll finish this book and certainly will not continue the series if I can’t get through this one.
Not sure why the author would do this but it was a bad decision.