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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Audible Book Review: Conflicted Home: The Survivalist Series by A. American

This is a good continuation of a strong post-apocalyptic, survival series.
Conflicted Home
By: A. American
Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
Conflicted Home audiobook cover art
Series: The Survivalist Series, Book 9
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 04-10-18
Language: English
Publisher: Podium Audio
Genre: Action & Adventure, Dystopian Fiction, Survival
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.5.

Publisher's Summary
The only possible thing that could make Morgan's world even more difficult happened. The Japanese fleet off the coast of California was wiped out. An even that Morgan and friends and family only knew about because of the radio broadcasts from the Radio Free Redoubt. So far removed from them it barely warranted notice. That is until the Chinese retaliated by launching a nuclear counter-strike against Mac Dill Air Force base. This, did warrant their attention and had the potential to profoundly impact their lives.
As bad as the fear of nuclear fallout was, it wasn't the only threat still haunting northern Lake county. With proof the Russians had pathfinder units on the ground, at a minimum, in the state and discovery of Cuban forces cooperating with them, something had to be done. After encountering armored units and realizing they were ill equipped to deal with the threat, the old man called for help. The call was answered, but would require a near impossible trip by truck to Eglin Air Force base. America was certainly on the ropes, but she wasn't down yet.
All Morgan wants to do is protect his family and friends. To restore a normal sense of life. To see to it Mel and his girls are safe and protected. He doesn't want to get involved in these military actions. He's more focused on trying to restore power to town. But his desires are, to use a military term, overtaken by circumstances, and, once again, Morgan and his friends are compelled to get involved. And this time, it will cost them.
©2017 A. American (P)2018 Podium Publishing

Morgan is back home recovering from injuries suffered at the end of Home Invasion. The biggest concerns though come from two major threats. A nuclear bomb has been dropped on an air force base in Tampa which is only 100 or so miles away from Morgan’s community in Eustis, Florida. Meanwhile, Russians joined by Cuban forces have invaded Florida to the south and are moving north. In order to protect their home and the neighboring community which includes US troops, Morgan joins the immutable Sarge and his handful of men take a road trip to Eglin Air Force Base (near Pensacola) which is roughly six hours away in normal days.

This episode of the series is very much a ‘days in the life of’ journal. Like the last book, Home Invasion, this book has less battle action and more life experiences. I actually enjoyed the relationship developments and the living details including foods and medical treatments. The story moves along well and the quiet portions get a punch with action engagement along the journey to Florida Panhandle. Then Morgan and his friends suffer a brutal surprise attack after the crew returns with supplies to share.

I will say that the rough ‘male humor’ continues (again see my review of Home Invasion) especially among Sarge and his special forces team. I’m not really in favor of that language but, fortunately, it didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the story overall. I also like the fact that the setting in Florida is well known to me. I recommend this series to fans of the post-apocalyptic survival genre.

Audio Notes: I am glad that Duke Fontaine continues to narrate this series. He delivers the story with good energy and distinct voices. His narration successfully contributes to making this an entertaining listen.

Source: 7/16/19 Audible 2nd June Credit. This qualifies for 2020TBR and 2020Audiobook goal.

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