• War Dogs: Heading Home

  • Wounded Warriors of the Apocalypse, Book 1
  • By: AJ Newman
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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When Jason Walker and his dog MMax are both badly injured in an IED explosion while serving in the European war in 2038, they are evacuated back to the United States for the chance to recuperate and heal.

But before the two can reach the relative safety of their designated VA hospital in Tennessee an EMP blast creates havoc and brings down their plane, leaving them alone and vulnerable amidst the chaos of a country that is on the verge of complete and utter social collapse.

Now the two must somehow find their way home, to a town where Jason's mother Jan continues to hold out hope of his survival and where the attractive but romantically distant Billie Johnson clings on in a fragile and dangerous existence with her 12-year-old son. 

Jason and MMax certainly have the skills needed to survive in the hostile surroundings they now find themselves in, but in a world gone mad, where life clings on by a thread and people will kill for a few scraps of food, can they make it home alive? And if they can, will there be anything left to return to?

©2019 Anthony J Newman (P)2020 Tantor

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Ten slash 22????

I wish these voice preformers would get some technical advisors to correct their gun verbiage. A Ruger 10/22 is called a "ten twenty two". A 30-06 is called a "thirty odd six". It detracts from the authenticity of characters.

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Thank God it’s Over …

That’s all I could think when it was finished. I love the post apocalyptic genre, and have read a lot of them, but this was probably the worst so far.

Spoilers ahead, you’ve been warned.

My first gripe was that things went to hell within 24hrs of the EMP attack. I’m not talking people being in disorder and wondering what was going on, and maybe some looting, but people actually taking slaves for farm labor … within 24hrs. The whole thing was just ridiculous, people attacking and killing their neighbors, and dog packs running in the streets eating corpses by day 3?! Most people would still be trying to figure out what the heck was going on at that point.

Then let’s talk about the “bad guy”, who is held at gunpoint by two main characters in the first half of the book, but let go both times, allowing him to go on and murder two kids, rape their mother then kill both parents. After which he is captured, but the town counsel “doesn’t believe in the death penalty” so they are going to “banish him” cause he obviously follows the rules already. The murdered woman’s sister, whom he was actually after, again has the opportunity to kill the murderer and shoots off his ear instead, cause that will obviously scare him off. He goes on to kill all the town counsel idiots in retaliation, to which I can only say good riddance. Might I add this all takes place in small town Tennessee? As a resident of small town America myself, I can tell you that None of this makes sense.

Add to all this that one of the main characters is a nasty shrew of a woman with zero redeeming qualities, with a complete brat of a kid, and I was almost hoping the bad guy would catch them.

All in all, the setting and people’s reaction was so far over the top that it was ridiculous, add in unlikeable characters, and the decent characters constantly making too stupid to live mistakes, and the result is that I’m beyond ticked that I paid money for this.

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Very corporate feeling.

Eugene Newman is a pretty decent rider the story is it’s pretty good I have bread or listen to 50 apocalyptic style novels. My overall feeling about this book is that in all honesty it’s too short and feels very purposely done that one. My opinion of audiobook should be at least eight hours if not the reader or listener leaves feeling underwhelmed and slightly taken advantage of. I will likely by the next in the series but keep that In minds when possibly purchasing this book.

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Throughly enjoye

I listened to this audibook while driving to Oklahoma. I chuckled to find myself driving through the setting of the book as I listened to it. I enjoyed getting to know Jason Walker and Max as they struggled to get back home. The author does a great job making the characters personable and easy to get to know. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the story to life. This story is excellent and the author did a wonderful job pulling the listener into Jason's world. I can't wait to listen to the next book to find out if Jason finds the rest of his family. Who knows. Maybe I will be listening to it as I drive back through Tennessee in a few weeks.

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Great story...

Once I got into it, I couldn't stop...the dogs point of view was awesome.

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Great story

Can’t say enough about the story and characters kept me on the edge of my seat, can’t wait to start book two

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excellent pretty realistic story

collapse, the same expectation every time. it's the individual stories that matter. this is an excellent story of Survival and bathing together

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  • 04-11-20

Gripping

This book kept my attention all the way through. It is a very gripping read and I cannot wait to listen to book 2.