Author: Grace Hamilton
Narrator: Andrew Tell
Length: 7 hours 3 minutes
Publisher: Relay Publishing⎮20
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Series: EMP, Book 1
Release date: Jun. 29, 2017
Ex-Navy SEAL Wyatt Morris is doing everything he can to hold his family together after the tragic death of his prepper Dad, so when Megan enters their lands, he is mistrustful at first despite feeling drawn to her. He won't turn away an ill child though--no matter how deadly the world has become. But the arrival of another stranger named Kyle soon gives them all a new reason to be suspicious. Wyatt knows he’ll have to forge alliances in order to keep his family safe, but trusting the wrong person could be a deadly mistake.
When Megan and Wyatt discover her daughter’s illness may be linked to Kyle’s arrival, it sets off a race to discover the truth before it’s too late to save Caitlin—and the rest of the Morris clan. Can they work together for survival . . . and something more
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Lynn's Audio Book Review
The story and performance of Dark Retreat EMP Lodge #1 was fantastic. Grace Hamilton wrote a compelling post apocalyptic tale that Andrew Tell brought to life with his rich voice.
After a EMP virtually shuts down the entire world chaos ensues. Megan is just trying to keep her and her daughter safe and create some semblance of a normal life. Her daughter, Caitlin, falls ill with a mysterious illness while they are traveling. That's when Megan stumbles upon a cabin in the woods.
Wyatt, his mom, brother, and friends have created a pioneer home in the mountains which Megan happens to stumble upon. Unbeknown to all them, there is a con man following Megan.
You can kinda see where this is going. I don't want to add spoilers!
The MC, Megan, is strong, resilient, and brave. Her love for her sick child and her ability to stand in the face of danger not only for her child but the newfound family she finds in Wyatt and the others. I found myself cheering her on.
Andrew Tell is a fantastic narrator. He did a wonderful job bringing this story to life. I look forward to checking out other work from him.
Grace Hamilton is the prepper pen-name for a bad-ass, survivalist momma-bear of four kids, and wife to a wonderful husband. After being stuck in a mountain cabin for six days following a flash flood, she decided she never wanted to feel so powerless or have to send her kids to bed hungry again. Now she lives the prepper lifestyle and knows that if SHTF or TEOTWAWKI happens, she’ll be ready to help protect and provide for her family.
Combine this survivalist mentality with a vivid imagination (as well as a slightly unhealthy day dreaming habit) and you get a prepper fiction author. Grace spends her days thinking about the worst possible survival situations that a person could be thrown into, then throwing her characters into these nightmares while trying to figure out "What SHOULD you do in this situation?"
It’s her wish that through her characters, you will get to experience what life will be like and essentially learn from their mistakes and experiences.
Interview with Grace Hamilton
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
It is absolutely not cheating or inferior! Audiobooks bring a whole new dimension to a story! Andrew Tell’s voice brings a whole new dimension to each character and a whole new audience through the format. I’m so glad to have an audiobook version of my book!
- How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
I don’t think I did! I was so nervous about how everyone was going to receive it! I was so relieved when it went live.
- What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
It may sound eerie, but a walk in nature by myself gets me out of any slump. I love sunlight, the sound and smell of nature, it is grounding and refreshing!
- In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
Writing a series is fantastic, the biggest pro is getting to spend more time with the characters. Something I really appreciate. The biggest con is the risk that readers may potentially get bored of characters.
- Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
You’ll know it when you hear it! Always ask for an audition. When I heard Andrew voice Megan and Wyatt, I knew he was the perfect person to bring these characters to life. I can’t imagine anyone else doing it!
Andrew is an actor and voiceover artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is a versatile, articulate, and technically clean narrator with a strong background in improvisation and comedy.
In audiobook narration, he is an Audible-Approved producer with thousands of 5-star performance reviews by Audible listeners. I work closely with independent authors and publishers to bring their books and characters to life.
Here’s what listeners have to say:
“The narration of this audiobook was EXCELLENT. It was clear right from the beginning that this narrator is a professional. I’m not sure what else to say about it because, quite frankly, it could not have been any better. The narrator was able to draw me into the story right away and allowed me to follow along without ever having to wonder if I had missed anything. “
“The narrator makes the story even better! He’s excellent and I’ll be searching for, and keeping an eye out for other books he narrates.”
“The narration of Andrew Tell is excellent, his performance is spot on and I felt I was listening to more of an Audio Drama at times. His voice and words are crystal clear (even when using various accents for the various characters) and it was a joy to listen to.”