This book is extremely well researched and written! I couldn't put it down once I got started. The reader was perfect! The thing that got me the most about this book is the fact that this could really happen. I have heard of such weapons in the past but I have never given them much thought. This book served as a wake up call for me. I think that as disturbing as reading this book is, it must be read if you are at all worried about what kinds of effect a terrorist attack could have on any country. The desperation of the characters in this book was something that effected me in a way that I will never forget. I pray that no group ever take this action on any other member of the human race. I can't imagine the hart of any person that would inflict this kind of attack on any other living group of people. This book has for ever changed the way I look at feeling safe in the US. I now understand a level of human depravity that I wish I had never seen. Now that I have though, I will pray for the harts of any that would even consider using such a weapon. It's a great read but it will certainly change your way of thinking for ever!
This book is a "what if" nightmare but told in a very non-threatening way. Many doomsday books have an aura of scariness or horror as a backdrop. This book does not. It's a character and community study of what would happen to Society if all of our gadgets suddenly went off.
The story is one that is not only worth reading because it is so well-written and narrated, but because the idea of an electromagnetic pulse as a weapon is not really science fiction -- it's a real possibility. The lead character is a widowed father of two girls, retired military, living in a small Southern town and teaching at a local college. The point of view, although not first person, is through his eyes and his emotions. The human emotions and fear felt by the townspeople and others is real but not the star feature of the novel. Instead, the novel is in some ways a practical survival guide; how would food be organized, how would a town deal with non-townspeople, how would our old and our sick survive (or not). Despite the practicality aspects of the storytelling, the flow of the novel never fails to invite the reader (listener) to care about the people.
This is not a "how to survive the zombie apocalypse" guide -- far from it. It's a story about people, dealing with day-to-day details of a lifestyle that they never expected and for which they are unprepared. There is sadness and joy. Mostly, there is a real story to be told.
Beware: not for the faint hearted. The author didn't pull any punches in describing life in a post-apocalyptic world. At times it was almost painful to listen to - a result of the author transporting the reader into a world of isolation, hardship and challenge. The characters are believable - the baddies are really bad and the good people aren't too saintly - especially as times get tougher. The horrifying thing is that those in the know say this really could happen...God, I hope not... To be obliterated in a nuclear blast (ground zero) would be kinder.... A long book but necessarily so. Well worth the time - but be warned...you may need to take a break every now and then. Parts of the story are quite depressing. It's definitely made me see the things we take for granted (such as electricity and fresh water) in a different light. Great work by both the author and the narrator.
This book was incredible. Frightening in it's potentiality. Terrifying at how fast things deteriorate. In some ways, this reminds me of LUCIFER'S HAMMER only the people came out better in that one. This was truly haunting. Thought provoking to say the least. Wonderful. Sad. WOW.
I found this audiobook absolutely riveting and terrifying. I couldn't stop listening to it, and lost lots of sleep as a result. The narrator absolutely brought this book to life, and did a great job conveying the emotions of the characters. Now that I have finished the audibook, I can't stop thinking of how horrific this potential scenario would be.
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!
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Wow! Scary stuff, this book. It is said to be a fictional telling of the facts related to what would happen to a modern, electronically dependent civilization after an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP), caused by nuclear detonations high in the atmosphere, hits the United States. (Note: This weapon actually exists and the US has threatened its use! If enemies of the US also have it, the story becomes prophecy.)
The characters and setting are fictional, but for the most part, very relatable and believable. The central character, a retired military man-turned college history professor, is cast into roles he never dreamed he would have as the affects of the international war-induced destroy all communication, transportation, importation, and shuts down everything that requires electricity in any form.
Medical services, even medicines are non existent, so those dependent on insulin, beta blockers, statins and the like are among the first casualties. But disease, roving bands of thugs, suicide and infection from injury are rampant.
It is not a book for the squeamish. It makes you think about your own survivability even in a less serious disaster or catastrophe; i.e. are you fit and healthy? Do you have backup electricity? A store house of water, food, clothing, medicines? How would you defend yourself and your family from the criminal element? Who would you look to for leadership and information? And more. . .
A worthy read. . . somewhat like the book Alas Babylon which is also very good.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Believable story of what life would be like without law and order, a food and medicine distribution system and no electrical power. Scary.....but I couldn't put it down.
You don't want to think about it, but what if it happened? What if you had to live without the things we take for granted? It would probably unfold very much like this story reveals. Information worth knowing, thinking about and preparing for.
And it was always interesting. Never a dull moment. Could not wait to find out what happened next.
This book went beyond my expectations. It was intriguing, heart breaking and scary at the same time. This fictional story could one day really come to life. It was a book that really made me think of how we live and how much we rely on technology. Everything we use today requires energy that we take for granted. This book was not only written well, the narrator made this story come to life.