I'm very glad that I listened to this book. I actually had to take a day off from it at one point, because I found parts of the story very disturbing. Even if you don't think the premise is credible (a position I would find naive)- it is interesting to think about what the consequences would be of losing the communication, the flow of information, and the conveniences that we rely on daily.
Dr. Chip - Former Military Officer - love Sci-Fi & Thrillers!
Excellent book with a scary possible scenario! I can only hope some military and government officials have taken heed to the vulnerabilities.
The idea for the book is a good one. What would happen if we lost electricity in all its forms, suddenly and without notice.
Unfortunately, as the author notes, this novel was written by someone with a political purpose in mind, rather than a literary one.
What results is a polemic, with unidimentional , bloodless characters, barely concealed right wing politics and a very stilted and xenophobic vision of the world. Sort of a Tom Clancy without the writing skills. The action scenes are trite, the relationships more suitable for Mayberry than a novel, and a cast of characters so predictable that the end of the book comes as a relief, rather than a surprise. Imagine an apocalyptic novel written by a 1880s school marm, and you won't be far from the mark.
I should have been warned when I head the introduction by none other than Newt Gingrich.
I tried to like this book, I really did. It was a good idea for a novel, and at least some decent research went into it.
I have no idea how it made it to print without being heavily edited, or ghosted to make it more readable.
Give this one a pass, your time and money will be better spent elsewhere.
I submit that if, as suggested in Newt Gingrich's forward, Forstchen wanted to educate the public about an under appreciated threat he should have written a technical paper. The vehicle for communication here is a weak and tedious story with dialog that "reads" like a string of sophomoric cliches.
Overlooking the weak prose would be possible if it weren't for the pervasive partisan themes that fill every scene. Good, conservative, religious, military vs the bad, liberal, hippie, weak, immoral, shaved-headed, tattooed, other. This is a simplistic tale of the author's view of good vs bad that quickly becomes painful.
Why should we believe the information presented in this book when the protagonist (and I suspect the author) doesn't believe in human caused global warming? This is probably the biggest failure for me as his credibility is shot. The author should read the U.S. DoD's Quadrennial Defense Review on the subject.
On a positive note the audio performance was good in terms of quality and use of different, distinct voices.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I listened to first in this series. I liked it. This is way too violent. Kill, Kill, Kill; that is subject matter. Stop after first. This is a waste of time.
Member since 2000,685 rated,1055 in library,52 bought in 2015
We know that our antagonist are currently testing the missiles capable of delivering this type of weapon. We are told that acquiring a nuclear device is most likely possible. So this scenario is entirely possible if not probable. On the other hand our antagonist can just wait a few years for a catastrophic collapse of our infrastructure.
I'm That Guy
The story was slow to start which concerned me for the first 45 minutes or so, but then picked up from there. Once it started rolling, it was an incredible, thought provoking ride. My second favorite book I've downloaded from Audible out of about 80 or so books. and to think this could actually happen!
This is a book everyone in America should read. It should be required reading in schools... and the house and senate. This could actually happen, and the thought is terrifying.
Extremely well written and well narrated, this book kept me up well past the time when sensible people are asleep.
A highly recommended read, well worth the credits. And well worth paying attention to!
This book has left me haunted by the possibility that this could really happen to us and will leave you wondering how you would fare. I disagree with many of the previous reviews and think this is a must read. The narrator does a brilliant job with the different characters. In fact, there wasn't anything I didn't like about this book. Get it.