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Toils and Snares (Deserted Lands #1.1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  38 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Untouched by a global pandemic killing over 95% of the population, Sam's family fears a mutated virus and the people who have survived. Is this apocalypse an act of God? They may escape into the wilderness to a place of safety as civilization dies around them, but then how can they escape each other and their pasts?

This parallelequel to ALL IS SILENCE begins slightly earli
Kindle Edition, 2nd. Revised and expanded to correspond to forthcoming print edition., 184 pages
Published February 28th 2015 by Rocket Tears Press
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Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoy apocalyptic stories. So I knew I was bound to like this short story that goes along with Slater's A Deserted Land series. But I like this particular dystopian story because it has many attributes that set it apart from other apocalyptic storylines and worlds.

What I enjoyed so much about Toils and Snares is that it has very genuine and authentic characters. The author offers us a very realistic depiction of what it would possibly be like to transition our ordinary yet dysfuncti
Jesikah Sundin
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic parallel read to compliment the back story of All is Silence: A Deserted Lands Novel.

Slater has the gift of keeping humanity first and foremost when taking the reader along an apocalyptic journey. There are adventures, gruesome moments, physical trials, and what feels like near impossible feats. But, through it all, the lives of the characters always remain "the story."

In Toils and Snares, Slater poses the question of how would a dysfunctional family fare in an out-of-control,
Donald Drummond
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is how you reinvigorate a genre!

There have been some great stories (Dies the Fire and The Stand, I’m looking at you) depicting the end of civilization and subsequent rise from the ashes. Unfortunately, as the genre has become more and more popular in film and television, fewer good stories have come along and the genre has settled into the realm of one dimensional action/adventure. I remember watching movie previews before a big budget action extravaganza a while back. In an obvious display
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Samuel, his pregnant wife Annie, and their two kids, decide to flee the pandemic that is wiping out humanity not only in their hometown of Portland but around the globe. But first they need to collect Sam's daughter Maria and her boyfriend James -- despite Annie's bitter history with the former, and Samuel's doubts about the latter. Slater's complex, richly human drama of a family facing their personal demons in the midst of Apocalypse, will touch your heart and keep you turning pages. Fans of h ...more
Kristy Cooper
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although Toils and Snares takes place in a world ravaged by a terrible virus that is taking out a significant percentage of the population, much of the drama involves a blended family with a lot of problems, that needs to find a way to work together to survive. Anna's character drove me a little crazy, but I think she was meant to do that, as her and her step daughter began to reconcile and help each other. Kudos to Slater for writing such a realistic (and suspenseful) child birth scene. By the ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
An apocalyptic novel with an actual storyline, instead of just people dying and turning into zombies. Robert Slater takes the reader on the road with a family who is hoping to get to a cabin owned by their grandfather and outrun the disease that is killing everyone. The novel shows the families struggle to stay alive and the everyday drama that can happen when people who don't always like each other have to ban together to survive. An interesting take on the apocalyptic theme.
Deana Dick
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a short read, but does a superior job of telling a gripping story of a family trying to survive an epedimic that is killing people everywhere. They decide to flee and hope to reach a place where they can survive . Sam loads up his pregnant wife and two children and head out for a place they once were familiar with. His oldest daughter Maria and her boyfriend follow in a vehicle behind them. The story moved at a fast pace and is well written.

The author does a great job of showing the anim
Norma Hinkens
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Slater is a masterful storyteller. This book sucks you in more and more with every page you turn. The characters and their individual struggles and prejudices are effortlessly knit together with an end-of-the-world plot that hovers constantly in the shadows without being in your face. Something about this story reminds me of The Road, and I think it’s just the haunting sense that the worst is yet to come for all the characters still caught up in the nitty-gritty of their love / hate relationship ...more
Polly Krize
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Amidst a flood of dystopian, post-apocalyptic fiction, Toils and Snares stands out for quite a few reasons, especially the skillful character development. These are likable, human people trying to find the best way out of the destruction of everything they have known. Trying to reach a secluded cabin in the Pacific Northwest is the best way Samuel can think of to preserve the vitality of his family. I found the title to be a good ch
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book it gripped me from beginning to end and had a great storyline of a family during an apocalyptic time. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat holding my breath. I would continue to read books by this author because of his great story telling. This book is a must read.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, which I received free in exchange for an honest review.

Good story, character development. Appearance of potential villians twice with no outcome was odd. And having the internet working to discover a key facet of the story was strange, given that it seemed civilization was done for.

But still a good read and touching.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in exchange for and honest review. The thing I love about the giveaways is it gives me the chance to me a new author one I may not have chosen on my own. This was a great story. I found myself riding right along holding my breathe. Great read.
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Robert L. Slater is a teacher/writer living in Bellingham, Washington. His stories and poetry have appeared in many small press publications. His first novel, All Is Silence: A Deserted Lands novel, was released in early 2014. He has a should’ve-been-a doctorate B.A. in Theatre/Education, Spanish and History minors and a M.A. in Educational Technology. He sings, plays guitar, acts/directs in regio ...more
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Deserted Lands (2 books)
  • All is Silence
  • Straight Into Darkness