Rules of Survival: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller

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He hated the rules until the power grid failed.

Tyler Ford is a tour guide, a brother, and the son of a prepper from Whitefish, Montana. Robbed of a childhood and forced to learn his father’s stringent rules of survival for every kind of apocalypse, he couldn’t wait to leave home, but when an EMP obliterates the United States electrical grid, takes out communication and stalls vehicles, Tyler must face the past and remember what he taught him if he hopes to make it out of Vegas alive.

When chaos erupts, will you know the rules to survive?

Erika Lyons just wanted an evening away from the hectic world of hotel management but she got more than she expected. There’s only one thing worse than a bad date, that’s relying on them to keep you alive. Demanding guests were a challenge, desperate ones, pure hell. As food stops being delivered, vehicles clog up the streets, and society begins to unravel, sin city could be the most dangerous place in America.

In a world without power, fighting to stay alive may be the only rule that matters.

With no warning, no communication, and planes falling out of the sky, the Fords may be the only ones who know what it takes to thrive. Can Tyler, and two ordinary strangers survive the perilous journey home to Montana? Can the Ford family hold it together long enough to push back the tide of violence, looters and roving gangs? And will they help the community survive as the world is thrown into darkness?

Rules of Survival is book one in Survival Rules, a post-apocalyptic EMP thriller series following the Ford family and their community as they fight to survive after an EMP destroys the nation’s power grid.

3 reviews for Rules of Survival: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller

  1. Angie Holt

    Great addition to the EMP apocalypse genre!

    What other book might you compare this book to and why?
    Going Home by A. American. Because the power grid is out and they’re trying to make their way home.

    Who was your overall favorite character and why?
    Tyler. He’s the main character and an overall good guy.

    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?
    Probably Tyler. He did all the male voices great. He made Erica especially whiny, which was unavoidable since the author wrote her especially whiny.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
    Yes, and I practically did. I fell asleep an hour before it ended. I woke up the following day and finished it immediately.

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
    Yes, because it was enjoyable.

    Have you listened to any of Miles Meili’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
    No, not really. The beginning was awesome though and got a chuckle out of me. Talk about a bad first date! I was hooked from that moment on.

    What did you love best about the book?
    The beginning, during the first date.

    Which scene was your favorite?
    The first date.

    Which character did you like least? And why?
    The logical response would be Gabriel or Marcus, since they’re the main bad guys, who escaped when their prison plane crashed. But I really really didn’t like the main female character, Erica. She’s a rich, spoiled, whiny brat that speaks in a high, whiny, valley girl tone. That could have been partly the narrator’s fault, but that’s how the author wrote her. I kept asking myself why Terry kept trying with her, just leave her!

    Any additional comments?
    Excellent book! Great narration. I can’t wait to start the next one. I just hope Erica has matured and isn’t as whiny.

  2. Kevin

    Rules of Survival is the first book in a new post-apocalyptic survival series. Written by Jack Hunt, who is no stranger to the genre, this book hits all the beats I’ve come to expect from the genre: multiple groups of survivors-some preppers, some regular ‘unprepared’ folks, with the main characters attempting to reach somewhere ‘safe’ as society begins to break down around them. The story starts in Vegas with the book’s main protagonist, Tyler, out on a first date that does not go well and then gets even worse when there is an EMP attack, throwing the city into absolute chaos. For the most part I really enjoyed the cast of characters, especially Tyler’s date Erika, and the plane full of felons instantly had me thinking of the movie Con Air. It’s a fun story with plenty of action. I’m definitely interested to see what happens next to Tyler and his friends. and Miles Meili does a really good job with the narration.

  3. Leah Brock

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    ‘Rules of Survival’ starts off the thrilling ‘Survival Rules’ series by Jack Hunt. I’ve previously listened to the ‘Lone Survivor’ series from the great author/narrator team of Hunt and Miles Meili, so when given an opportunity to receive a free review copy of this book from Audiobooks Unleashed, I downloaded it. What follows is a voluntary opinion of the EMP survival story.

    Jack Hunt has such a wonderful ability of creating characters that feel real. This story centers on Corey and Tyler Ford. The brothers were raised by their extreme-survivalist father. Some might call his behavior abusive (including me), but Andy Ford just thinks he was preparing them for inevitable societal collapse. At the time of the EMP, Tyler, living in Las Vegas, has just finished a disastrous date with Erika. When planes begin falling from the sky, the pair rescue Nate, who is trapped in a collapsed building. Tyler decides to head to his father’s cabin in Montana and Erika and Nate accompany him. Meanwhile, in Whitefish, MT, Corey and his father butt heads on their response to the impending doom for society. Andy wants to bug-out right away and Corey feels the need to join his search-and-rescue team looking for a crashed plane in the Glacier National Park area. Complicating his mission is the fact the plane is full of lifer-prisoners. Thus is the set-up for a suspenseful, action-packed, tension-filled thrill ride of a story. It will keep the reader riveted from start to finish.

    Now, some gushing about one of my favorite narrators. Miles Meili’s storytelling ability is spellbinding. He is my pick for ‘voice of the apocalypse’. I want him to have many opportunities to tell EOTW stories like this one.

    Very highly recommended.

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