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1 : Total War

by Jerry Ahern
Dec 1, 2007
4 Hours
Ages 18+
For years, like millions of other Americans, John Thomas Rourke had planned for what seemed inevitable-the destruction of civilization. There were various possible causes: global economic collapse, some uncontrollable pestilence, a world famine-or nuclear war.

And the rumbling signaling the coming of Total War was becoming increasingly strong as Rourke, ex-CIA Covert Operations Officer, weapons expert, and survival authority, made his last desperate gambit to save his estranged wife and two children before the button was pressed, the missile launched, the multi-megaton bombs loosed.

Here then is the story of the ultimate war, the final nuclear holocaust and the unrelenting quest of John Thomas Rourke as he begins his search across war-ravaged America, following every haunting clue, however fragmentary, to locate his missing family. There are Soviet occupation troops, lawless murderous brigands, and vast uncharted nuclear deserts to block his way. John Thomas Rourke has no option but to go on-he is The Survivalist.

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Director & Cast

Director Terence Aselford
Starring Terence Aselford, Mort Shelby, Karen Carbone, Colleen Delany, Nanette Savard, Richard Rohan, MB van Dorn, Dylan Lynch, Thomas Penny, David Coyne, James Lewis, Christopher Graybill, Cate Torre, Tim Carlin, Ken Jackson, Michael Replogle, Ted Stoddard, James Konicek, and Johann Dettweiler
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Matt Jacobs
Dialogue Editors Johann Dettweiler
Sound Designers Johann Dettweiler
Additional Original Music Chris Rohan
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


Good Historical Perspective by Tad (Posted on 8/11/2018)
One reason so many of us in our 40's and 50's are interested in post-apocalyptic fiction is because we lived through the Cold War. Nothing's as scary as reality. That said, the Earth-nuking in the Survivalist series reflects the time it was written (1981) really well. It was such a hair-trigger time in history to be living in, and fear of nuclear war permeated everybody's lives. Listening to Survivalist #1 is a little disturbing for me, but that's only because it's so historically accurate. As for the story, Ahern wastes no time establishing our hero, John Rourke, as Superman with twin .45's, and also introduces the best sidekick anywhere- Paul Rubenstein.
Review by Christopher (Posted on 7/27/2018)
A good start to the series!
Great by Matt (Posted on 5/14/2016)
Can't express how awesome this book really is in words
Total War the BEGINNING by Timothy (Posted on 2/25/2016)
This is a series you won't regret starting and you will never want to stop. I have been a trucker for 15 years now and graphic audio has always delivered what they promised. When I listen to one of their audio books while on the road the time just melts away.
Exciting book by kevin (Posted on 2/3/2016)
Awesome first book, bought the series while on a road trip and keeps you on your toes the whole time to see what happens next.
total war... by scott (Posted on 1/15/2016)
Holy S***!... Wow, what a story line!...a must listen to for anyone whom enjoys an action packed, detail oriented audio book...
Survivalist by Paul (Posted on 10/15/2014)
Great series... Can't wait for the next story
Great book. by tyler (Posted on 9/3/2014)
A lot of action and one of the most objective nuclear war books I have seen. I am getting the next one.
Hooked by Aaron (Posted on 8/4/2014)
The first book hooked me on the series, I read the books years ago and recently found the graphic audio site. Listening to the books in a kind of radio theater setup got me hooked again, and was a welcome companion on long road trips.

The first book sets up the characters and major plot, don't get too hung up on the voices as a few change later on. Attention to detail on weapons is great if you're into that.
great beginning to a great series by Sarah (Posted on 6/12/2014)
I read this 2 years ago and I was hooked. I can't believe though how close this comes to real world stuff. I mean if you think about this, wow. It sent chills up my spin and I was getting ready for a singing class when I first heard this.
The Survivalist Total War by Steven (Posted on 6/10/2014)
Grat series. I have all the novels from years ago. The saga of John Thomas\Rourke to find his family. Action does not stop and great on audio.
the survivalist total war by Steven (Posted on 6/5/2014)
Just great, I have the novels from years ago and it,s great on audio
Survivalist 1 : Total War by robert (Posted on 5/31/2014)
I bought Survivalist #1 when Graphic Audio cleared house on physical CD sets, because it seemed like an interesting concept (somewhere between Doomsday Warrior and Deathlands), and was so pleased with it that post listen I bought the other ~30 books at one time to complete the series. If you are a fan of the Nuclear Holocaust genre, this will be right up your alley. It's not "fun" like Doomsday Warrior, infact it's very dark, and very serious, but very enjoyable. They get a little over-descriptive regarding anything to do with guns, but it doesn't distract from the story. The first book is very "real people reacting like you would think they would" kind of thing, will have to see how the rest of the series pans out. Note: there's no fantastic muties or monsters or anything in the first book, but they aren't needed. Kudo's to Graphic audio for doing justice to a nuclear attack on the United States, which is done in the book, and not just narrator described as occuring in the background..

Book 1 was really good, looking forward to the rest of the series. My summer this year is going to be a Survivalist summer..
Survivalist Total War by Patty (Posted on 12/30/2013)
I have all of this series that is out so far and enjoy each one! We picked up #10 at a truck stop and ended up getting them all. They are great for long trips!
Review by Vikki Sorel (Posted on 5/23/2013)
I had trouble with the voice of Rourke. Sara and the kids and the story/production values are well worth it.
Review by David VanDehy (Posted on 5/23/2013)
Interesting series Rourke seems like the kind of person that you love to hate. Personally I think that he needs a good thrashing but the story lives up to the GA name. Well produced and left me wanting to hear more.
Review by Leif Kehrein (Posted on 5/23/2013)
This is the original. JTR is the best of the survivalist genre. Not your average shoot em up story it seems more like real people doing what needs to be done.
Review by Patrick Capuano (Posted on 5/23/2013)
I loved this series as a kid and it's nice to see that it holds up today, when I'm an adult! The sound effects, narrative and actors all blend to make an awesome enhanced listening experience for an already great series!
Review by Lee Klopack (Posted on 5/23/2013)
A true classic! Well produced and highly engaging! I stayed up all night listening to this one!
Review by Jerry McFarland (Posted on 5/23/2013)
I absolutly enjoy this series. I grew up reading the survivalist books and the audiobooks are just as good. Wonderful job don't ever stop.
Review by Phillip Turchen (Posted on 5/23/2013)
I think the reproduction into audio format is GREAT! It keeps you going for more. I can't wait to have the complete set. I can listen to this story over and over.
Review by Todd Williams (Posted on 5/23/2013)
I have all of the Survivalist books out so far and can't wait for the next one. You will enjoy them all, trust me. A great entertaiment source for truckers and all over the road travilers. Recomend listening in order from book 1 to get the full and complete story.

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