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Dark Retreat - Grace Hamilton - Audio Review


4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Three months after life as she knows it was decimated, Megan Wolford has only one goal: protect her daughter, Caitlin, at any cost. When a mysterious illness strikes Caitlin down, Megan is forced to forage for medical supplies at a remote lodge. The last thing she wants is help from her fellow survivors when so many in her life have let her down—but soon she'll find herself with no other option.

Ex-Navy SEAL Wyatt Morris is doing everything he can to hold his family together after the tragic death of his prepper Dad, so when Megan enters their lands, he is mistrustful at first despite feeling drawn to her. He won't turn away an ill child though--no matter how deadly the world has become. But the arrival of another stranger named Kyle soon gives them all a new reason to be suspicious. Wyatt knows he’ll have to forge alliances in order to keep his family safe, but trusting the wrong person could be a deadly mistake.

When Megan and Wyatt discover her daughter’s illness may be linked to Kyle’s arrival, it sets off a race to discover the truth before it’s too late to save Caitlin—and the rest of the Morris clan. Can they work together for survival . . . and something more?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Grace Hamilton is the prepper pen-name for a bad-ass, survivalist momma-bear of four kids, and wife to a wonderful husband. After being stuck in a mountain cabin for six days following a flash flood, she decided she never wanted to feel so powerless or have to send her kids to bed hungry again. Now she lives the prepper lifestyle and knows that if the SHTF she’ll be ready to help protect and provide for her family.

Combine this survivalist mentality with a vivid imagination (as well as a slightly unhealthy day dreaming habit) and you get a prepper fiction author. Grace spends her days thinking about the worst possible survival situations that a person could be thrown into, then throwing her characters into these nightmares while trying to figure out "What SHOULD you do in this situation?"

It’s her wish that through her characters, you will get to experience what life will be like and essentially learn from their mistakes and experiences.

ABOUT THE NARATOR-
Andrew Tell is an actor and voiceover artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is a versatile, articulate, and technically clean narrator with a strong background in improvisation and comedy.

In audiobook narration, he is an Audible-Approved producer with thousands of 5-star performance reviews by Audible listeners. I work closely with independent authors and publishers to bring their books and characters to life.

MY THOUGHTS -
I loved reading about the author just as much as I liked the book. I was wondering where she got all her information from, now I know.

This was the beginning of what looks like a real good series. I love the post apocalyptic type books! It was a very enjoyable and interesting read. There was not as much action as I would have liked or as you would expect from this kind of book though. I thought it should have had more edge to it.

Good character development. I wasn't in love with Megan, there was just something about her that I didn't care for personality wise. I really did like the rest of the "family" though and I do look forward to read more about them in up coming books.

What I really did like about this book was the talk of and the author's knowledge of herbal/alternative remedies. I am very much into alternative medicine and organic gardening and "putting up" so all that was a huge plus for me. I am a vegetarian so didn't care as much for the hunting and trapping (it didn't turn me off, it just isn't my thing).

Since this was an audio - the reader was just OK for me. He wasn't great, but wasn't terrible. But - I am very picky when it comes to narration! I was also surprised it was a man doing the narrating since the main character was a woman.
 
Altogether a nice read. And like I said - I do hope to continue to the next book. 

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from The Audiobookworm Thank You!!

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