A utopian-like post-apocalyptic story

3.5 out of 5 stars

I’m always curious to see how people in already forgotten parts of the map would survive after some sort of apocalypse. Endure gives me that chance with Chuck and his family.  They live on the outskirts of Fairbanks, Alaska which has just been hit with some sort of nuclear bomb. Chuck and family must first figure out what happens and then figure out how to survive the bitter cold and sunless days after this attack.

Another book blogging friend of mine asked what I thought of Endure as I was reading it.  My comment to her was that it felt tame.  It was honestly one of the tamest post-apocalyptic books I’ve ever read.  I wonder if Martelle was trying to envision the world where not everyone was out to get everyone else.  Where the main character would face issues, but they were typical and normal survival issues (not ones where people are always attacking them for no reason).

Endure almost felt like a utopian-like post-apocalyptic book.  It felt like Martelle was writing a “what if people got along?” type of story.   Sure there was still violence and people couldn’t hack it.  But, overall, the book felt very hopeful.

Some of the reasons I scored it the way I did involve the total abrupt stop of an ending.  I see “to be continued” type endings all the time.  Especially in post-apocalyptic books.  I’m used to them (they used to really bother me).  But Endure just… ends.  He was about to go out looking for answers and it was just over. I think that Martelle could have done a little better ending this so that the reader doesn’t feel completely betrayed by the abruptness of it.

Another reason for the less than 4 score is that there were times when it felt really well thought out.  The sentences went perfectly from one to another.  The story just flowed like a story should.  But there were parts that felt a little choppy.  Like Martelle had an idea, but couldn’t figure out how to work it in properly.  Normally it doesn’t warrant a comment, but I felt I needed to explain my 3.5 stars for a book in a series that I will be continuing.

The narration, done by Chris Abernathy was pretty well done.  He allowed the story to flow well without causing any distractions or issues.

Book Description:

Audiobook: Endure (End Times Alaska #1) by Craig Martelle (Narrated by Chris Abernathy)four-stars
Endure by Craig Martelle
Narrator: Chris Abernathy
Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
Series: End Times Alaska #1
Published by Permuted Press on September 19, 2016
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 174
Format: Audiobook
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A nuclear bomb has destroyed Fairbanks, Alaska. How will Chuck and his family survive?

What would you do if you lost power, water, and the protection of law enforcement, all in an instant … and what if you knew it was never coming back?

Retired Marine and survivalist Chuck, his brilliant and brave wife, Madison, and their remarkable children are thrown from the modern world into a dystopian wasteland in the span of a few heartbeats. Now it’s up to Chuck to build a new life in a post-apocalyptic world that becomes more dangerous every day.

Join the Nagys as they do more than simply survive a devastating surprise attack: They thrive. They learn to protect themselves. They venture into the devastated city for essential supplies, and fight wolves, wildlife, and desperate humans. Ultimately they rally other survivors to build a new community. But when the faceless enemy that ended their world returns, they learn a harsh new truth: They must run for their lives through three hundred miles of a frozen Alaskan wilderness if they hope to endure.

“This novel takes the reader on a journey of survival that is unique and compelling. It pulled me in and made me feel like I was right there with the main character, experiencing survival without the actual pain and frustration that comes with it. The first-person presentation is just right for a survival novel like this. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I believe you will too.” Amazon Five Star Review

Attorney, consultant, successful author and twenty-year Marine Corps veteran Craig Martelle has written a frighteningly realistic story that a five-star Amazon review called “unique and compelling.”

“The author masterfully portrays characters that are forced to do things they never would have imagined being capable of doing. A crisis can bring out the best and worst of humanity, and this novel shows us both.”

Experience what the future may hold for us all, and how one smart, courageous family endures!

I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 About the Author:

Visit Craig’s webpage, craigmartelle.com for the latest posts and updates or find him on Facebook, Author Craig Martelle. Send an email to craig@craigmartelle.com to join his mailing list for the latest on new releases, information on old releases, and anything related to his books.

Craig is a successful author, who has been compared to Andre Norton, David Gemmell, and Larry Niven. He’s taken his more than twenty years of experience in the Marine Corps, his legal education, and his business consulting career to write believable characters living in realistic worlds.

Although Craig has written in multiple genres, what he believes most compelling are in-depth characters dealing with real-world issues. Life lessons of a great story can be applied now or fifty years in the future. Some things are universal.

Craig believes that evil exists. Some people are driven differently and cannot be allowed access to our world. Good people will rise to the occasion. Good will always challenge evil, sometimes before a crisis, many times after, but will good triumph?

Some writers who’ve influenced Craig? Robert E. Howard (the original Conan), JRR Tolkien, Andre Norton, Robert Heinlein, Lin Carter, Brian Aldiss, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Anne McCaffrey, and of late, James Axler, Raymond Weil, Jonathan Brazee, Mark E. Cooper, and David Weber. Craig learned something from each of these authors, story line, compelling issue, characters that you can relate to, the beauty of the prose, unique tendrils weaving through the book’s theme. Craig’s writing has been compared to that of Andre Norton and Craig’s Free Trader characters to those of McCaffrey’s Dragonriders, the Rick Banik Thrillers to the works of Robert Ludlum.

It is humbling, but never the intent. Craig only wants to tell a good story about real people, keep readers engaged, leave them with something to think about.

Through a bizarre series of events, Craig ended up in Fairbanks, Alaska. He never expected to retire to a place where golf courses are only open for four months out of the year. But he loves it there. It is off the beaten path. He and his wife watch the northern lights from their driveway. Their dog has lots of room to run. And temperatures reach forty below zero. They have from three and a half hours of daylight in the winter to twenty-four hours in the summer.

It’s all part of the give and takes of life. If they didn’t have those extremes, then everyone would live there.


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