Friday, March 6, 2020

A Path of Ashes (The Path of Ashes, Book 1) by Brian Parker and narrated by Stephen Bel Davies

A Path of Ashes (The Path of Ashes, Book 1) by Brian Parker and narrated by Stephen Bel Davies sets the path for a great post-apocalyptic series. It’s well-written and you connect with the characters. Highly recommend for those who enjoy dark post-apocalyptic worlds. 4 ½ stars for story, 4 stars for narration.

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What’s it about? Tyler and Aeric are two normal college kids doing their thing when a group of hackers, called the Vultures, sets off and EMP followed by nukes. From there, the world quickly spirals into chaos, with those left trying to survive the aftermath. Make no mistake, there are dark parts to this book, so if that isn’t your thing, might want to stay clear. It starts off semi-light, you’re not always sure where it’s going to go, then picks up the pace to a fantastically dark post-apoc world. Honestly, in the beginning I wasn’t sure if this book would cut it for me, but after it picked up speed, it did and I’m already on to the second book. There’s that hint of realness to the story, which helps bring it to the next level.

The narrator, Stephen Bel Davies, overall did good. Some things were a bit off at times, but overall he’s enjoyable to listen to.

“Yeah, we’ve seen a lot of stuff out there, but it’s mostly been bad people who made the choice to become evil, not these other things that you’re talking about.” (mutant dogs, mutant humans)

Overall I highly recommend for those who enjoy dark post-apoc worlds.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: one of the MC experiences homophobia from family, rape, prostitution to get food/safety/etc., torture, suicide, murder, castration, sex slaves, and other like situations due to the post-apoc world. Language used: Fx47, Sx54.

Where to find the author: Brian Parker
Where to find the narrator: Stephen Bel Davies

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