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Dark Retreat

(EMP Lodge #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  755 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Three months after life as she knows it was decimated, Megan Wolford has only one goal: protect her daughter, Caitlin, at any cost. When a mysterious illness strikes Caitlin down, Megan is forced to forage for medical supplies at a remote lodge. The last thing she wants is help from her fellow survivors when so many in her life have let her down—but soon she'll find ...more
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Published February 7th 2017
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ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)
DNF NOT GOING TO RATE. Good writing and good prepper book, but not enough action for me. It's has a slow pece, romance and prep information....
I found out that i like more zombies and bad guys in my apocalypse.

Three months after life as she knows it was decimated, Megan Wolford

has only one goal: protect her daughter, Caitlin, at any cost.

When a mysterious illness strikes Caitlin down, Megan is forced to forage for medical supplies at a remote lodge.

Ex-Navy SEAL Wyatt Morris

is doing everything
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's rare to find a book where you absolutely love every character, save for the villain.
In "Dark Retreat", I met a group of people I loved, rooted for, held my breath for, and rejoiced with throughout the story.
After the world is put on pause with an EMP, Megan vows to keep her daughter safe from harm, as she searches for a new home for them. When seven-year-old Caitlin becomes ill, Megan sacrifices some of her lonerism and accepts the help of Wyatt, an ex Navy Seal, and his family.
Making their
This follows Megan and her daughter Caitlin. Caitlin is deathly ill and Megan is trying to find a way to save her. She stumbles upon a remote cabin that seems abandoned and breaks in to see if there is anything there to help her daughter. Extremely tired, she falls asleep only to wake up to some people in the cabin. Thankfully the people are friendly to her and agree to help Caitlin. She is hesitant to accept their help because so many people have let her down, but Caitlin is too sick to go ...more
While there were many things about this story that I liked the one glaring inconsistency that came about near the last part was when all of a sudden directionally challenged Megan became able to skillfully navigate her way from point A to point B with no errors or lost time. I am sorry but no matter how you slice or dice it when someone is in mortal peril they do not all of a sudden become near genius level at finding their way back to some place from a strange area they have never traveled to ...more
DelAnne Frazee
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Dark Retreat - EMP Lodge Series Book 1
Author: Grace Hamilton
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Published: 2-7-2017
Pages: 307
Genre: Sci Fy & Fantasy
Sub-Genre: Outdoors & Nature; Dystopian; Post- Apocalyptic
ISBN: 9781542996990
Reviewed For: NetGalley and Relay Publishing
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.5 Stars

What would you do to provide for those you live while the world goes up in flames around you. Megan Wolford must answer that question when her seven year old daughter,
Sandra "Jeanz"
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I felt I was ready, and this may sound odd but I had a craving for an impressive post apocalyptic read and as I had this one waiting to be read on my kindle I decided, after reading the blurb that hopefully this would be the perfect book for me to read now! I think most visitors to my blog will know I totally adore the post apocalyptic & dystopian genres, though I do like reading other genres too.

The cover depicts a scene from the book very well, showing Megan and Caitlin gazing at what
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
"This new world meant that only the fittest, strongest and most prepared would survive."

Three months ago massive solar flares had destroyed the electrical and electronic infrastructure of the world and life as we knew it ended.

Single mom Megan Wolford is lost in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and trying to find help for her desperately ill seven year-old daughter, Caitlin, when she stumbles across a deserted hunting lodge. She breaks in and it's not too long before she's discovered by
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Rebecca Daley
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Looking forward to reading more!!!

This isn't typically my genre of reading but I truly found Grace Hamilton's writing style easy to become immersed in. The story line is frightfully believable. I am also impressed by how much important survival information she was able to pass on without it feeling like paranoid chatter. Great book! Would recommend without a doubt
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was much I liked about this book. First, the world as we know it is no longer there with all it’s technology and governments and such. While everyone believes that a large powerful EMP is the reason, the details are left sketchy, which I found very believable in this new world of limited communications. While folks begin to explore and rely on herbal medicines, they also concede that they can’t cure everything and diagnosing without medical tests is very challenging. The stage is set well ...more
Notes From 'Round the Bend
** I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Grace Hamilton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. **

“Dark Retreat” was a fairly middle-of-the-road read. The plot was predictable, the characters didn’t have much development and the bad guy was pretty obvious, but I found the particulars of the apocalyptic situation to be interesting. Books in this genre usually have the “end of the
Lilly Charysma
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-tbr
Yes! I love this type of books as I am so curious to see how different authors imagine the end of the world, or at least the end of some part of the world as it is today. Grace Hamilton removes from our day-to-day life electricity and all the modern aspects. So population is forced to return to almost basic activities: hunting, gardening, washing/showing outside and heating water – these are just a few.

Now, our main characters learn to provide and protect their families, each in their own way.
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
After an EMP has put an end to the world as they knew it, Megan is looking for a way to survive along her daughter Caitlin. Sadly Caitlin is terribly sick, and Megan just needs to find a safe place and medicines if she has any hope of helping her daughter.

This was an easy and relaxing listen. I especially enjoyed all the tips the Morris family had in store for after the apocalypse. I almost felt like stashing up and get ready just in case.

The main characters were well developed and it was easy
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

Dark Retreat is based in a post apocalyptic world where you can trust no one.

Megan is a strong, fierce woman who would do anything to ensure that her daughter and her survive in this world that makes it difficult for anyone to survive. I loved how strong her character was, she is a single Mom with a young sick child and her focus at all times is her child and their survival. She has so many skills that ensure their survival (tracking, hunting, etc..) and I really enjoyed that these shined out
When I first saw the sign-up of the ‘Dark Retreat’ Audiobook Blog Tour I found myself fascinated by this amazing cover. It’s the first thing that grabbed my attention and after I read the book description I immediately signed up for this tour.

In ‘Dark Retreat’ we meet Megan Wolford and her daughter Caitlin. When Caitlin suddenly becomes very ill, Megan is determined to find her daughter some help. But this isn’t easy in the world she lives in. After traveling for days Megan is exhausted, but
Mandy Walkden-Brown
I really wouldn't bother with this one if I were you. Wish I hadn't!

This book was a salutary lesson in me not occasionally glancing at the reviews of a book before downloading it!

Frankly, I'm rather incredulous at the vast number of four and five star reviews for this book. Seriously, that rather shocked me because it doesn't seem to accurately reflect in any way on the poor quality of the writing, the paper-thin characters who do/don't do things for no apparent reason, nor the trite and
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audio review -
I loved reading about the author just as much as I liked the book. I was wondering where she got all her information from, now I know.

This was the beginning of what looks like a real good series. I love the post apocalyptic type books! It was a very enjoyable and interesting read. There was not as much action as I would have liked or as you would expect from this kind of book though. I thought it should have had more edge to it.

Good character development. I wasn't in love with
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
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.

Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dark Retreat is another SHTF series. I know…you’d think, “How many different series can you write about TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It)?” and the answer to that would be, “Not enough!” In this series, Megan and her young daughter are forced to leave her home if they wish to even have a chance at surviving. Months have passed when they finally stumble upon a cabin that they think is abandoned. It turns out to belong to a ‘prepper’ family. And that is all you get from me about the ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
TEOTWAWKI books written by ladies are the best for me !
You'll find a great plot with action, strong languages, great (female) characters, kids and a dog or two mixed with the previous elements :-)

Also you're not unnecessarly overwhelmed with a tons of military acronym for everything (weapons, ammunitions, tactics moves ...) ; It also seems the author did a lot of research about beforementioned weapons, edible plants in the wilderness, some ancien recipes in cooking without modern conveniences
Benjamin Fisk
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sorry too many plot holes. The only reason I gave this two stars is because I have finished 5 of the books. I was given them and I needed something to read.

I will leave this one comment about character development. one of the main characters is supposed to be a Navy Seal. he knows nothing about hunting and or stalking game. he knows little about traps and explosives. He can't use a bow and arrow. ether the writer wanted to make him out to be the worst navy seal in history or she has never done
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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Hazel Bright
Oct 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
So after saying about five hundred times how she can't rely on anyone but herself, a woman who almost dies trying to save her child leaves selfsame child alone with a stranger she says she doesn't trust and goes off to build a greenhouse. La la la. Really? Either she's an moron or she's a blowhard. Or she has no character at all, and this book runs on an idiot plot and a bunch of cliches: a woman done wrong, a healing wise woman, a magical pet, insta-love, and finding home where you don't expect ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
If it's the end of all things

as we know it, I want to be her. She is one protective momma. She can hunt like Daniel Boone. Good skills to have when you are forced back to pioneer days. She's trying to find shelter and medicine for her sick 7 year old daughter. After days in the wilderness she stumbles upon a cabin. When the owners take them in it's a new start.. If only they didn't have a past
Sammie Harley Ann Moore
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this series after I got a sample off of Amazon and read it through. I had to wait until the first half boxset came out to read them, but it was so worth it. This author is amazing and does such a credit to the genre. She truly understands the hardships and struggles that this type of family would go through when the SHTF. I can't wait till I get the secind box set and finish the series. Thank you Grace Hamilton for writing your stories and sharing them with us.
Charles Miske
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok. Just ok. The protagonist seemed to be running straight into trouble most of the time. She was a bit too twitchy to identify with most of the time. The male lead was just too perfect and patient, in spite of his few flaws. Dragged a bit.

It's worth reading if Prepper Fiction is your cup of tea. Otherwise maybe it's not the best first Prepper Fiction book to start with.
Lana Mccall
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Three months after the EMP or CME event occurs, Megan and her very ill daughter stumble onto a deserted cabin in the dense forest. She manages to beak in and they fall asleep in one of the beds inside. Like Goldilocks she is discovered by the owners. But instead of running away, she is invited to stay.
Action and mystery abound.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it

The EMP Lodge Series: Books 1 to 3
by Grace Hamilton and Andrew Tell
Good, but not my favorite – perhaps because the narration was not the best. The authors took time to include now narrow-minded humans can be, instead of everyone always knowing exactly the correct thing to do. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had read it instead of listening to it.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Poor Megan

Well poor anyone who came in contact with Megan. Megan and her daughter are struggling after the Apocalypse. And when her daughter falls ill she has to find help. She stumbles upon a cabin in the woods and it instantly put me in the mind frame of Goldie Locks and the three bears. This was a great thriller/ romance story. And easily read as a stand alone.
Sherri McCartney
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark Retreat

I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, kept my interest up, and when I wasn't reading I was thinking about the things happening in Megan's life! I definitely will recommend Dark Retreat to my friends! I can't wait to read the next book!
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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 ...more

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