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by A. American
Published by Penguin Audio, Plume on June 24, 2014
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic & Dystopian
Narrator: Duke Fontaine
Length: 13 hours and 17 minutes
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Review/Post Reading Time: 6 minutes
Forsaking Home is book number four of The survivalist Series.
The EMP attack has the County in a vulnerable spot and the DHS is fully taking advantage of that. They may have had a hand in the attack. They are now the enemy.
Just when you think the government can't get any worse, they go and stick Jess in a cold dark cell. Morgan has his hand's full at their new home after they had to bugout.
Sarge, with the support of what's left of the military, is ready to show the DHS that there are still people ready, willing and capable of fighting back.
In Forsaking Home, book four, the story continues with main characters Morgan, Sarge, Thad and Jess and a host of others (See the character list below).
Several new people are introduced into the story and the direction of the plot stays on point and interesting.
Brian’s Overall Audiobook Rating Of Forsaking Home
I tend to make my reviews a little long so I’m moving my overall rating up the beginning in case you just want the quick and dirty book review.
Book four, Forsaking Home, is on par with the first three books in this ten-book series. If you enjoyed those three books, you’ll no doubt enjoy Forsaking Home. I give it another 4 ½ Stars.
As with the rest of the series, the story flows quickly and smoothly.
Forsaking Home is definitely worth a listen. I would recommend you listen or read the first three books before you dive into this book.
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Forsaking Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series) Storyline
Morgan: Morgan is with his family and friends at their new location and is working with everyone in an attempt to make things bearable for everyone and to stay alive.
Sarge finds a local National Gaurd unit to align with. This alignment increases the resources and support they need to take on the DHS in a meaningful way.
In the meantime, Sarge and his crew continue to help Morgan, along with his family and friends, even back at the cabins on the river.
Jess is locked-up in the DHS detention center at the FEMA camp, along with her friends Mary and Fred. They’re kept in a dark cell, fed little with a bottle of water each day. They can’t even tell if it is night or daytime it is so dark. They have no idea what’s in store for them.
Thad seems content to stay home in the cabins and do the cooking. He’s a great cook, even under the current circumstances, and is tired of all the killing.
Previous Books Of The Survivalist Series Recap
After Morgan, Thad and Jess made it to their respective homes, their stories parted ways for a bit.
Morgan, with his family and friends, began working out a plan on how to survive the EPM aftermath. There were issues with many in the community that didn’t prepare as well as Morgan had.
Thad made it home to his wife and little boy but the reunion was shortlived. A DHS agent and a postal worker killed his family. Thad eventually killed them back. And then set off to join Morgan.
Jess, after Morgan and Thad killed the paedophile and community leader (Book One), stayed home with her Mother, Father and Brother. Jess ended up losing her family as well. Her Mother and Father were shot by raiders and her brother was seriously wounded. In order to save her brother and go somewhere safe, she left with the DHS, who were rounding people up and taking them to a FEMA camp.
Jess eventually learned she’d made a huge mistake. Her brother died in the care of the camp and she was a prisoner. Like Hotel California, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave“.
Jess was raped and the two friends she met in the camp killed the agent that had rapped her. Now they’re sitting in a detention center locked-up in a dark and cold cell.
Sarge came in with his crew to aid Morgan, Thad and his other friends after being attacked by raiders. Eventually, they all had to bugout to some cabins on the river before DHS caught up with them.
Now you’re caught up. Back to your regularly scheduled programming…
Forsaking Home – The Survivalist Series Book #4 Storyline
Mature Subject Matter:
Violence: Since that’s pretty much the world they live in now, there’s a lot of violence.
Profanity: Only when appropriate.
Sex: Nothing too wild.
Alcohol/drugs: None worth mentioning.
Forsaking Home Main Characters
*Spellings may be wrong, I’m going by audiobook only.
- Morgan Carter
- Mel Carter (Morgan’s wife)
- LeeAnn Carter (Morgan’s 15-year old daughter)
- Taylor Carter (Morgan’s 12-year old daughter)
- Ashley Carter (Little Bit) (Morgan’s 8-year old daughter)
- Thaddeus Jones (Thad)
- Jessica Reeves (Jess)
- Mary (Jess’ new friend in the FEMA camp)
- Fred (Jess’ new friend in the FEMA camp)
- Kay Temple (FEMA Camp Kitchen Manager)
- Danny (Morgan’s best friend)
- Bobbie (Danny’s wife)
- Jeff Collins (Motorcycle drifter that becomes Morgan’s friend)
- Mark (Town Deputy Sheriff now in the FEMA camp)
- Linus Mitchell (Sarge)
- Ronnie (Doc) (Sarge’s crew)
- Ted (Sarge’s crew)
- Mike (Sarge’s crew)
- Captain Sheffield (Leading a local National Gaurd Unit)
- Lieutenant Bob Hines (Works for Captain Sheffield)
- Ian (Adopted Marine working comms for the National Gaurd Unit)
- Shane (Adopted Marine working comms for the National Gaurd Unit)
- Vance (Morgan’s friend in the National Gaurd)
- Aric (Fred’s friend that breaks the girls out of jail))
Other names and mentions in Forsaking Home
- Calvin Long (Local group of Patriots)
- Shane Long (Calvin’s son)
- Lieutenant Livingston (Works for Captain Sheffield)
- SP4 Jamie (In the National Gaurd Unit)
- SGT Harmon (Runs hygiene for the National Gaurd unit)
- Ed Perez (National Guardsman)
- Tyler (Family in the woods that befriends Morgan and friends)
- Brandi (Tyler’s wife)
- Edie (Tyler and Brandi’s daughter)
- Jace (Tyler and Brandi’s son)
- Charles Tabor (FEMA camp administrator)
- Ed Mooreland (Camp Deputy Commander)
- Raydon Niigata (Interrogator)
- JoAnn Singer (FEMA team leader captured by Sarge’s men)
- Dunrap (DHS security captured by Sarge’s men)
- Wallace (DHS security captured by Sarge’s men)
- Cortez (Prison guard)
- Calvin (Patriot caught by DHS)
- Daniel (Calvin’s son caught by DHS)
- Omar Camp (Escapee that helped Sarge with a camp map)
- Chase Fuller (Local father with sick daughter)
- Amy Fuller (Chase’s wife)
- Elizabeth Fuller (Chase and Amy’s sick daughter – better now)
- Chris Fuller (Chase and Amy’s son)
- Andy Fuller (Chase and Amy’s son that left home)
- Julie (Would-be thief hanging with Andy Fuller)
- Brian (Would-be thief hanging with Andy Fuller)
- Franko (Would-be thief hanging with Andy Fuller)
- Walt (Guy hanging with Andy Fuller)
- Tommie Harald (Low-life racist)
Forsaking Home Author: A. American
Forsaking Home Constructive Criticism
Book three twerked my gulls (I totally made that up but it’s definitely a phrase now) with a short 8 hours and 41 minutes long audiobook. A. American redeemed himself somewhat with Forsaking Home, which runs 13 hours and 17 minutes. It’s not a long novel for sure but I’ll take it.
For those that were bothered by the weak woman characters earlier in the series, you’ll be happy to know strong female roles are introduced in Forsaking Home, including a soldier. Yeah, the author makes it clear she’s attractive but I have no problem with that. Some people are hot, what can you do?
Other than tiny nitpick things I honestly don’t have a negative thing to say about this book.
The biggest example is that I thought it unlikely that Morgan would allow someone that shot one of them not only to live but to feed and set loose just miles away. There are a couple of little things like that but everything is subjective.
I guess that wasn’t much in the way of constructive criticism but that’s all I have. It’s a great book. You should give it a try, starting with Going Home if you haven’t already.
Forsaking Home Audible Narration By Duke Fontaine
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