Under A Tell Tale Sky

 A crippling solar storm sends people into the dark ages

4.5 out of 5 stars

The narration for Under A Tell Tale Sky was done by Kevin Pierce — my go-to when it comes to “Prepper” and post-apocalyptic fiction.  He absolutely kills it again, able to tell this incredibly detailed and thought out story in a masterful way.  Pierce has that perfect “manly” voice that goes along with this book perfectly.  If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself!

This book weaves in and out of different people but the main focus is on the ship Pecos Trader.  The author has a large knowledge base when it comes to maritime writing and this is no different.  But, it doesn’t get bogged down with unnecessary details either.

Wow, this book was incredibly detailed.  I can definitely tell that McDermott put a ton of thought and research into this book.  (This was also confirmed at the end with the author’s notes).  But seriously, this book was almost too detailed.  There was a ton going on from many points of view.  Which made it an intense book to read.

But, I really felt like everything that happened in this book could or would actually happen if this event were to actually have taken place.  All of the people and their actions felt very lifelike and made the story really intense and enjoyable.

Overall, Under A Tell Tale Sky was an excellent post-apocalyptic book full of great characters, great stories, and an even better use of real-world issues and problems.


Audiobook: Under A Tell Tale Sky (Disruption #1) by R.E. McDermott (Narrated by Kevin Pierce)four-half-stars
Under A Tell Tale Sky (Disruption #1) by R.E. McDermott
Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
Series: Disruption #1
on June 29, 2016
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Audiobook
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A Desperate Journey In a World Gone Insane

When a massive solar flare fries the electrical grid, Captain Jordan Hughes’ problems are just starting. Stranded far from home with a now-priceless cargo of fuel and a restless crew, Hughes weighs his options as violence worsens ashore and the world crumbles around the secure little world of his ship, the Pecos Trader.

‘Wait and see,’ is not an option. Hughes has to get his ship and crew home, but FEMA arrives with other plans.

Resisting the demands of an increasingly corrupt and self-serving federal bureaucracy, Hughes leads a ragtag band of sailors, preppers, and dissident military personnel on an incredible voyage to reunite them all with home and family – only to find their real journey is just beginning.

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


R.E. McDermottI’m a merchant seaman by training. After graduation from the Merchant Marine Academy, I sailed for several years, and then spent thirty years as a marine consultant.  I traveled widely, saw interesting things, and lived in several countries. I’ve had the good fortune (and sometime misfortune) of knowing more than a few interesting characters, and bits and pieces of them populate my novels.

I write stories of people in extraordinary situations. Not superheroes, just ordinary people who screw up, but who rise to life’s challenges when the occasion demands.


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