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Avalon: The Retreat (The Avalon Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 2 in The Avalon Series (2 Book Series)
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Top Customer Reviews
While the story is pretty detailed, in my opinion, the plot and plausibility are very predictable and overall entirely too utopian. The author truly has a great intent. You get that from his writing. He obviously has a good heart and wants to give the reader a positive story. My hope is that he will develop his writing skills, hire a proofreader, hire a fact checker, and develop "bad guys" who pose a little more danger to the good guys. If the reader already knows the outcome of every fight before it starts, why write about it in depth?
It is definitely a MUCH better read than the garbage passing as literature for the 'sheeple'. With some writing development, I believe Mr. Rusin would be one of the better authors for our category of readers. I'd still recommend this, but with the warning to the reader, "It may take some work to get through this". I look forward to purchasing and reading more of Mr. Rusin's books in the future.
Also, I had unanswered questions I felt would have benefitted the story more than all those boring descriptors. The ending is curious and things such as how the man became the new president, wasn't answered. The man just pops up out of nowhere one day giving a speech on a radio. How did the man get to be the new president? It just doesn't make sense that these hard core survivors would just believe this without question? I know he explained the politicians were murdered by mobs, but he didn't really explain about those in undisclosed locations. I have a feeling the president is alive and well, watching the show from a facility hidden deep within the mountains, maybe Mount Rushmore, and this new fellow is some trick by one of the invading govts. Wouldn't it be interesting if the Antichrist is behind the whole scheme?
Another thing I liked about the story, is that the author involves the entire world.Read more ›
Price point (Kindle): 8.99
I knocked 2 stars off because of the price point, but mostly because of believability issues. Characters are just too perfect to be believable. The protagonist has apparently put together the best people in their fields in the world. He's an ex-navy SEAL, of course. He can also do just about everything else, and claims the most beautiful woman in their retreat. Everyone else is a "Master" in their chosen professions. Master chefs, Master gardeners, Master contractors, electricians, plumbers. The Retreat itself is also another prepper fantasy.
Even with the believability issues, however, I found myself entertained. I just had to adopt the attitude that these folks lived in somewhere like Narnia. Fairy tales can be fun, too, so I'll be watching for the sequel.
The author of Avalon clearly has no experience in the real world. The technical things he writes about are just not possible and that spoils the book.
For instance when the central character and three of his buddies are going on a search and rescue for some missing friends using 2 wheel Yamaha 250 dirt bikes he tells EACH of the buddies to bring their 308 battle rifles, HK clones, and their 9mm submachine guns plus 1000 rounds of ammo, five gallons of gas, a couple gallons of water and a weeks worth of food, medical supplies, etc.
I have those guns. I have ridden dirt bikes all my life. A five gallon can of gas is 35 pounds. 1000 rounds of 308 is another 30 pounds and both are bulky not to mention multiple magazines to hold those rounds. Add in the HK91 at 8 lbs, MAC 11 at 3 pounds, packs, food, etc and they easily have 100 lbs of equipment. PLUS, there is no way to carry a five gallon can of gas on a 250 dirt bike. This load out is not technically possible.
The entire book is page after page of examples like that. Another one would be another buddy has a "modified Mossberg deer rifle converted to 50 caliber Browning. That is an impossible conversion. The 50 cal BMG round is twice the size of the bolt, mag, receiver, barrel, etc. Even if you could convert that lightweight of a rifle to the 50 BMG round it would break your shoulder when you fired it. Real 50 BMG guns weigh 25-35 pounds and are twice the size of a deer rifle. (Barrett for instance) I have fired 50 BMG guns and even in a 30 lb gun the recoil is horrible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good concept, but they thought of everything and all went according to planPublished 5 months ago by Darryl Groh
I was looking for a book to read and came across this one. I like reading PAW fiction so I bought it. It was good and I couldn't put it down.Published 6 months ago by kokosmom2
I noticed this book on Amazon and because I enjoy "Post Apocalypse" stories I stopped and pondered it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great read enjoy the storyline the characters would just make a great TV series hope to see more story lines were books on these charactersPublished 10 months ago by gilberto padilla
If you like James Wesley Rawles "Patriots" you would probably like this book. To me they both has a lot in common in regards to scenarios and what takes place. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ray Gano - Prophezine
Reading a large number of these books, I found this series better than most. More in depth characters, more believable as well! Can't wait to read the next book!Published 20 months ago by Rick and Liz Lian
To start with a review, it greatly concerns me that Book 1 was Published on October 21, 2012, and Book 2 was not Published until July ?, 2014. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Eric Sanders