The survivors learned how to fight the infected, but not how to defeat the virus.
The Texas Safe Zone is home to four million refugees, trapped behind the walls of Fort Bliss – too many people and not enough food. In a desperate gamble, the Army unit responsible for securing the walls begins to cast its net far and wide for pre-outbreak food storage locations. Not everyone will make it home.
For Sidney Bannister, the Safe Zone has become a nightmare she can no longer endure. She must find a way to leave before her baby is born or risk never experiencing freedom again.
Point of view:
3rd person. A lot of from Sidney, but definitely multiple perspectives.
Whew! This is the second book in the Five Roads to Texas series. It continues a few months after the first book (aptly titled Five Roads to Texas), and you’d definitely want to listen to that one first. This review has some spoilers to book 1.
Things have started to degrade in society and Parker doesn’t pull any punches with the grim reality of mass warehousing of refugees, low food/resources, unchecked criminals, and hoards of infected. Sydney’s pregnancy is progressing and she’s concerned about staying in the military run camps vs out on her own.
Parker introduces new characters and locations and various compelling stories converge in a particularly suspenseful & brutal confrontation. As with the previous books – even beloved characters aren’t safe. It’s a sit on the edge of my seat listen.
I can’t wait for Ian’s story in For Which We Stand by Joseph Hansen.
I wish I could say something more unique about Andrew B Wehrlen’s narration for each book in the series – but it’s the same as last time: he’s a great fit for the series and I truly enjoy listening to his performance.
About the author:
A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Brian Parker retired from the US Army after 25 years of service in 2020. Brian enjoys hiking, obstacle course racing, writing, and Texas Longhorns football. He’s an unashamed Star Wars fan, but prefers to disregard the entire Episode I and II debacle…and the newer Episode VIII disaster.
Brian is both traditionally and self-published with an ever-growing collection of works across multiple genres, including sci-fi, post-apocalyptic/dystopian, horror, paranormal thriller, military fiction, self-publishing how-to and even a children’s picture book–Zombie in the Basement, which he wrote to help children overcome the perceived stigma of being different than others.
You can connect with Brian Parker here:
About the narrator:
With a strong, friendly and confident voice, Andy will tell you a story in a conversational way that seems like you’re hearing it from a friend you trust.
Specializing in sci-fi, thrillers, horror, post-apocalyptic and genre specific.
You can connect with Andrew B. Wehrlen here:
My Favorite Quotes
Food, ammunition, clothing, patience—all were stretched to the breaking point. How much longer could they hold out? – After the Roads by Brian Parker #Audiobook narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen #Zombies #FiveRoadsToTexas #Thriller #Suspense #KindleUnlimitedTweet
Apparently, there’s an important artery that runs through that particular part of the human body. Who knew? – After the Roads by Brian Parker #Audiobook narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen #Zombies #FiveRoadsToTexas #Thriller #KindleUnlimited #SuspenseTweet
she was pretty much marked as a dangerous, caged animal, and left alone. – After the Roads by Brian Parker #Audiobook narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen #Zombies #FiveRoadsToTexas #Thriller #Suspense #KindleUnlimitedTweet
This place felt more like a prison than a safe zone. – After the Roads by Brian Parker #Audiobook narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen #Zombies #FiveRoadsToTexas #Thriller #Suspense #KindleUnlimitedTweet