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Bishop's Honor

(Surrender the Sun #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,168 ratings  ·  119 reviews
It's happened once before, and it will happen again.

In the year 2030 the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity, will cause a mini-ice age like it did between the years 1645 and 1710. When it does, Bishop will have to save her not only from the effects of severe weather but also from man himself.

Maeve Tilton and her son Ben live alone in the rural town of Coeur d'
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published August 31st 2016 by Mast Hawk Media
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Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This book gets high points for taking an actual low solar activity phenomenon that took place 400 hundred years ago, and accelerating it for a date about 15 years in the future. It was original. It was also a little unbelievable, particularly for people to be so caught off guard and for an area like Idaho to be so miserably prepared for poor weather. Shaw's society crumpled after just a few days of horrific weather. I just didn't buy it.

I was prepared for a survival story, but got Jason Bourne o
Dec 04, 2017 added it
Fabulous cover and a believable premise.

Unfortunately I ended up hating Maeve, who was thoroughly irritating and useless. The real problem I had with the story was that, although Bishop was well-fleshed out Maeve and the others were vague and almost secondary. Jax for example? What went on with him?

There was a sudden change in pov at 56% when we were jerked back some days to a totally different place, and this really threw me. In the end I skipped over those chapters and simply read the ones
May 14, 2018 added it
nice to learn....goooodddd
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books you will read. Exciting and yet down to earth. The characters are very good and fleshed out so that you see them in your mind. I seldom give 5 stars, but this one deserves it.
Karen Azinger
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent apocalyptic story with a unique and believable premise! The characters are richly drawn with depth and arc. I very much enjoyed this story and want to read more but the subsequent books are priced too high for ebooks.
Mark Carnelley
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The ice age cometh, can man survive!

A great read. Believable characters and situations. This first book was the magnificent entree to wanting to continue the feast with the next two sequels. Can Bishop change, from being the loner, to becoming part of a family? Can these survivors find refuge to survive this ice age? I’m definitely looking forward to finding the answers to these questions, and more.
A wonderful five ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star read, that adds a touch of warmth, to the chilling read.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Fast paced book. Didn't fall in love with the main characters. Bishop was intriguing though. I did get annoyed constantly being reminded of Maeve's loss, it felt rather repetitive. It was descriptive in describing the town so it was easy to picture. I did enjoy the overall development of how the world was beginning to change. ...more
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalypse
A mini ice age is on the horizon. Scientists think it'll happen around 2030. And why not? This decade hasn't been a real winner so far anyway. At least it might replace the glaciers. Anyway, interesting premise for a book. ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Great beginning to a series. An entertaining and little bit different take on a post apocalyptic scenario. You never know what the SHTF scenario that changes the world we live in will be.

An interesting, engaging and well written story. When an unexpected event occurs not only do you have to worry about the current event taking place but you also need to think about what the long term consequences will be. Maeve Tildon and her son Ben are not prepared for anything beyond today. Without help they
Lynn Dickerson
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Love this book!! Can't wait for book two. Bishop is just the kind of hero I love. Silent but deadly. And Ben. what a brave little boy
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-book, audible, 2016
3.5 stars. Engaging enough. Just didn't tip me over the edge to 'really liked it'. ...more
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting concept. Not sure on the science of it. Worth reading if you overlook the implausible storyline.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
A soft three

There were things I liked about the story. Weather extremes bring around a new apocalypse. Not a new idea but done well. Crazies in the woods . Yep. They're out there. Ptsd hero getting back in the groove when it all hits the fan. Totally buying it.

Society breaking down in less then a week. I don't think so. A month maybe. But not a week. The bad guy himself said everyone in Idaho owns a gun. Plus there had been a draft so there had to be a wealth of experienced combat veterans in t
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
There's Bishop--a veteran with PTSD, living in a cave in Idaho. He knew Roger, a fellow soldier that was killed, and husband to Maeve, who lives in Idaho with her son, Ben.

I'm not sure if it would happen like this in reality, but one day an ice age starts. The temperature plummets and it snows almost continuously. Maeve and Ben are stranded in their house, with only a fireplace to keep them warm. Luckily for them, Bishop promised Roger he would take care of his family in case anything happened t
Jodi Perkins
Some parts of this novel were far-fetched, but I had a difficult time putting it down, so overall I'd consider it a hit.

What I loved:
~Maeve. She's brave and strong in the face of terrifying circumstances, while simultaneously humbling herself to the strength and wisdom of Bishop when she recognizes her deficits. Shaw recognizes that a woman expressing vulnerability doesn't take away from her strength of character, and I find that admirable.
~Bishop. He's a 'manly' man, yet somehow too gentle to
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very possible

This book leaves one thinking of just how much a possibility, it is for this type of occurrence to become reality. If other very real situations don’t happen first. The evil that becomes evident in times of overwhelming circumstances, is the very evil that lives in many souls, waiting for just the moment to break loose. Nothing is more evident than seeing a peek of a subdue version of it, knowing-that law and order still exist. The actions of those that did not get what they wanted
Chessy The Cat
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maeve Tildon is a widow trying to make the best life she can for her son. Mark Bishop is ex-military and shuns most human contact. Bishop promised Maeve’s husband that he would always look out for her and her son. When a mini ice age suddenly places all of the world in dire straits Bishop will do whatever he can to keep that promise.

Shaw’s novel, Surrender The Sun: A Post Apocalyptic Dystopian Thriller (Volume 1), is a refreshing look at survival and the breakdown of society. The main characters
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Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although this is a A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller it is all too possible it might actually happen!! We really are due for the next ice age--actually over 10,000 years past time according to my environmental science professors! When the snow starts falling and the temperatures drop way below zero--what could possibly happen?

A widow and her young son are living in a remote place when things start happening. She is not exactly ready. Thankfully her late husband who died in the war had asked h
Nancy Hayes
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Extremely good book

I always enjoy reading A R Shaw's books. He writes in such a way that you feel your are there, feeling the cold and the emotions the characters are feeling. I got so wrapped up in the story, that when my husband said he had to use another fire log to make the fire catch up again, I found myself wanting to say "No, we have to make everything last as long as we can!" His writings make you think about, what would I do to survive? Some things he does seem impossible but with any g
Jennifer Guffey
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mini Ice Age Apocalypse

Maeve & her young son Ben have spent the last year learning to survive without their husband/father who died abroad in a war. But a sudden, freak storm has set upon them and they now face being unprepared.

Bishop was a fellow military man and friend of Roger’s. But he wasn’t the same man when he returned from war and found that living in the forest & hills surrounding Coeur D’Alene suites him better than rejoining society. But he made a promise to Roger to look out for his
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
During this time of the Corounna Virus, all the riots and looting and various other things going on, it seemed appropriate to read a book of this genre. Maeve and her little boy Ben are on their own, her husband having been killed in the war a year earlier. She lives on the edge of a forest, and she knows that several people live in there, some previous war vets, some just hermits, etc. As it turns out, one of them is Bishop, who knew Maeve's husband, and who promised to keep an eye on her. When ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it
The author had an add on FB offering a free ebook and of course I jumped at that.

It has some interesting plots, but also some unbelievable ones. A great mini ice age us upon them and Roman decided to take over the town? It makes no sense. What was he gaining? No reason for this was given other than he was crazy.

My least favorite thing was Maeve. I don’t care how soft you are, as a mother if your kids are in danger you will do what it takes to keep them safe. Her character was a disappointment.
Shanna Tidwell
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Pierce is the best narrator ever & the best for survival SHTF books. Love his voice! He is amazing! This is probably the 30th book I've listened to by him & I have about 10 more waiting.

The story is good. Nothing about the action is super original from other books like this. The big difference is that its a mini ice age instead of an EMP or something similar.
The characters are likable & believable. I loved that the story is self contained even though there are more in the series.
If you
Angus Mcfarlane
An offer from The Australian in kobo I think, this seemed to have an interesting take on the near future, set at the beginning of a dystopian climate event. Events move quickly toward the rule of the outlaw, with Bishop connecting with his old friends family just as chaos is about to descend. It all happens a bit too quickly really, but it makes for a good page turner and does illustrate in some sense why the warming we worry about, rightly enough, is better than the opposite (depending on how e ...more
Ben Campbell
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
For this type of fiction, action-adventure, dystopian novel; short, concise, little character development, small location, limited intelligence but full of energy was needed, and Shaw delivered along those lines. However, while I read the book, I wondered if I was enjoying the simple storyline and especially the characters. Okay, there wasn't much mystery, the main character knew everything about Mother Nature, but many others were marauding killers, and most all were clueless to humanity. Maybe ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Utterly Obsorbing

This book was an afternoon-sized, heart-pounding delight. From the very first time Maeve and Ben are introduced to the high-stakes ending where you can't help but chant along with Austin and Bishop, "The only way out is through", this book was everything I want in a great read. Captivating yet flawed characters, increasingly disasterous odds, grit, a whisper of romance and writing that shines. My heart is still pounding and I can't wait to pick up the next book in this utterly o
Debra Harrison
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
A Too Brief Version of a Possible Future Apocalypse

This is a very brief sketch of an interesting if slowly evolving apocalypse. This could have been much more than it is. A fully realized look at a potential strike at the human experience could have been a good read. This comes across as a short sample of what may come. I miss the old days when novels had beginnings, middles, drama, and conclusions instead of being merely short bridges from story to story in what may eventually be a fully fledge
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
As a fan of apocalyptic dystopian fiction this one was unique. No zombies, no diseases wiping out everyone. Weather quickly uncovered the evil in much of humanity. I found myself growing attached to Bishop and having a soft spot for his internal struggles. I did find it a bit hard to believe people would be so unprepared in a typically cold area, however, I could see how a recently widowed mom of a young child find herself caught off guard by the sudden storm. Excited to see how they continue yo ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great quick read on the end of normal civilization as we know it, this time by a second ice age. Characters were real, the plot thought out and the action fast. I usually don't buy a series unless I know from past reviews it was great. This is one of those series and I plan to buy the rest of the story. Wish the author would just release the material in one larger single book.....oh well. It all reads the same in the end. ...more
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A. R. Shaw is the bestselling author of the Graham’s Resolution and Surrender the Sun series. She served in the United States Air Force Reserves as a Communications Radio Operator and then attended college as a mother of four. She’s always written in what little off time she could manage but didn’t start publishing her works until 2013.

Now when she isn’t writing or spending time with family. She

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