I thoroughly enjoyed the entire ten-books that make up The Survivalist Series. The books flow well together and rarely disappoint when it comes to fast-paced action. Angry American does a great job of balancing character and relationship building with a steady flow of action and drama.
I do, however, have a few criticisms to offer a little later. As with any book series, this one has both good and not so good points to be made.
My job is to help you navigate those points so you can make the best decision for your tastes before spending that hard-earned money or credits.
I’ve “listened” the first four books five times each and the last six will be four times each. That in itself should speak volumes about The Survivalist Series. It truly is that good.
Angery American needs a huge attaboy for keeping the same narrator throughout all ten books and six years. That is quite an accomplishment and I imagine it wasn’t cheap or easy. So thank you for that Chris.
Advanced Theme Analysis For The Survivalist Series
Theme prevailing theme of the entire Going Home series (The Survivalist Series) is to survive, judge and conquer. Many would argue this point so I would ask the reader to sit back and take an honest plot appraisal as they navigate through Morgan’s thought process as he takes arms to defend, punish or threaten.
This, in my view, is not a bad thing, not at all and the author hides nothing when it comes to exactly what Morgan is thinking. Much of this span hundreds of years into the past when hard people made hard decisions.
In the world we live in today, such brutal decisions would make widespread news followed by social media commentary as the courts decided the unfortunate fate of someone so cruel as to decide another’s fate. See the irony? That ridiculous aspect of present-day life is destroyed in the blink of an EMP and is actually much of the secret appeal for many readers. Will you admit it?
The Survivalist Series Book List In Order
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Eye Rolling Moments
Unrealistic scenes: While I give a ton of leeway to fiction, I have found myself on more than one occasion feeling some of the scenarios are a little unreal. Things like Morgan allowing his little girl to stand guard, go on patrols and fight in a war. Or that civilians (Morgan, Dalton, etc.) would be allowed to go out on missions with the military. But hey, like I’ve mentioned before, no one is up in arms when Thor kills giant alien monsters or Iron Man starts a flying aircraft carrier with his flying metal suit. Sometimes we need to just sit back and enjoy the show.
A little chauvinistic? Many reviewers complained about some chauvinistic views in this series and I can see some of that myself. I will say that if Mel is a little whinny, is that really unrealistic? I mean, who doesn’t have those whinny family members in their own families? I think because she’s a female it seems to bother some readers.
The idea that many of the female characters were weak was evident, at the beginning of the series. I do feel that the portrayal of woman has improved substantially with each book and is barely noticeable by book five, Resurrecting Home. By the last books, Morgan’s daughters are shooting and scooting and Mel is armed as well. No one would want to faceoff with Jamie.
First and third-person switching: Okay, this is something that seems to bug the mess out of some people but, as cool and relaxed as I am, it wasn’t that big of a deal for me.
It’s the fact that the author would sometimes switch been between a first and third-person as to who is telling the story. Sometimes Morgan is telling the story, as in I, me or us and other times Morgan is referred to as, well, Morgan.
Book Size And Listening Time
For the most part, the books are a little short for my taste. While some of the audiobooks are super short, the average listening time is just under 10 hours and 50 minutes long.
I know I’m a total geek for breaking it down like that but I’m working with rusty equipment. Hopefully, the effort helps someone else.
|Book No. & Title||Kindle Pages||Audible Listening Time|
|Book 1 – Going Home||530 pages||13 hours and 12 minutes|
|Book 2 – Surviving Home||511 pages||14 hours and 8 minutes|
|Book 3 – Escaping Home||352 pages||8 hours and 41 minutes|
|Book 4 – Forsaking Home||385 pages||11 hours and 15 minutes|
|Book 5 – Resurrecting Home||332 pages||9 hours and 51 minutes|
|Book 6 – Enforcing Home||350 pages||11 hours and 10 minutes|
|Book 7 – Avenging Home||331 pages||10 hours and 7 minutes|
|Book 8 – Home Invasion||311 pages||9 hours and 42 minutes|
|Book 9 – Conflicted Home||325 pages||10 hours and 49 minutes|
|Book 10 – Home Coming||215 pages||9 hours and 23 minutes|
|Total of all 10 books:||3642 pages||108 hours and 18 minutes|
The Survivalist Series Main Character List
Caution: Some of the character descriptions below might spoil unread book stories.
(Other names and mentions are listed in each individual book review)
- 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)
- Annita Jones (Thad’s wife)
- Tony Jones (Little Tony – Thad’s son)
- Mr. Jackson (Thad’s neighbor)
- Jessica Reeves (Jess)
- Jim Reeves (Jess’s dad)
- Beth Reeves (Jess’s mom)
- Mark Reeves (Jess’s brother)
- Mary (Jess’ friend she met at the FEMA camp)
- Fred ( Jess’ friend she met at the FEMA camp )
- Kay Temple (Former FEMA Camp Kitchen Manager and Sarge’s girlfriend)
- Danny (Morgan’s best friend)
- Bobbie (Danny’s wife)
- Linus Mitchell (Sarge) (Retired First Sargent pushed back into service)
- Ronnie (Doc) (Sarge’s crew)
- Ted (Sarge’s crew)
- Mike (Sarge’s crew)
- Captain Sheffield (Leading a local National Gaurd Unit)
- Lieutenant Livingston (Works for Captain Sheffield)
- Aric (Fred’s friend that broke the girls out of jail)
- Tyler (Family Morgan found in the woods living in the community
- Brandi (Tyler’s wife)
- Edie (Tyler and Brandi’s daughter)
- Jace (Tyler and Brandi’s son)
- Jamie (SP4 in the National Gaurd Unit)
- Ian (Adopted Marine working comms for the National Gaurd Unit)
- Ed Perez (National Guardsman)
- Dalton (Morgan’s friend and new community member)
- Cecil (Overseeing the community garden and powerplant)
- Mitchell (Mitch) (New Judge. Also an amateur meteorologist)
- Michelle (Mitch’s wife)
- Mario & Shelly (Beekeepers at the market)
- Dylan & Gena (Local homesteader friends)
- Doc. Baker (Engineer)
- Scott Westfall (Engineer)
- Terry Lane (Engineer)
- Eric Beach (Engineer)
- Kelly Christopher (Cobbler and shoemaker)
- Shane Shacklefield (Eustis PD)
- Lieutenant Shawn Meter (Eustis PD)
- General Fawcett (Regular army leader over Sarge)
- Charles Tabor (Former FEMA camp administrator)
- Ed Moorland (Former Camp Deputy Commander)
- Micha Revelle (Trying to become a Eustis cop)
- Hyatt Hound (Arrogant out of towner wanting to be the judge)
- Alexei (Captured Russian Colonel)
- Butch Carter (Morgan’s dad)
- Karen Carter (Morgan’s Mom)
- Alex Mackinnon (Canadian stuck in Florida)
- Dave McFarland (Cattle rancher)
- Janet McFarland (Dave’s wife)
- Chrystal (Janet’s niece)
- Travis (Ranch hand)
- Erin (Travis’ wife)
- Wallner (National Guardsman that moved into Morgan’s community)
- Jeff Collins (Motorcycle drifter that becomes Morgan’s friend)
- Lieutenant Livingston (Works for Captain Sheffield)
- Lieutenant Bob Hines (Works for Captain Sheffield)
- Vance (Morgan’s friend in the National Gaurd)
- Chase Fuller (Local father with sick daughter)
- Amy Fuller (Chase’s wife)
- Elizabeth Fuller (Chase and Amy’s sick daughter – better now)
- Raydon Neogada (Interrogator)
- JoAnn Singer (FEMA team leader captured by Sarge’s men)
- Calvin (Patriot caught by DHS)
- Shane Long (Calvin’s son)
- Daniel (Patriot with Calvin)
- Shane (National Gaurd Unit)
- Mark (Town Deputy Sheriff then in the FEMA camp)