This was an excellent premise for a great survival story; however, the author forces too many events into the story without a great climax. It's like the plot line was concocted from a government report of what would happen on day 5, 10, and 30 and a story was concocted around the report outline. The story has kept me interested but I think it could have been done much better. I would recommend this book if you like survival and doomsday stories but with reservations.
Some have commented on the political agenda and I can definitely see that aspect of the critiques. Heck, the book is almost an advertisement for cigarettes, military service, and firearms but I didn't focus on those issues as much.
I found the reading of the story to be adequate except when the voice of the youngest daughter was used. That just grated on my nerves.
This is a bone-chilling and well-thought out look into how quickly our civilization as we know it could end. I think this book will become a classic.
Avid audiobook addict!
Interesting premise, but becomes unlistenable after the EMP bomb goes off in the first hour or so. It's the author has never heard of subtlety, so like a comedian ruining jokes by explaining them he goes into excruciating explanations of everything. Extremely preachy too. A horribly written right-wing diatribe--save money and just google "emp" and learn about it that way.
This is my favorite genre and this book was disappointing despite (or because of) the glowing reviews. Please read some of the negative reviews here (and on amazon) before you decide- all the points raised by them are real and give reasons why this should be avoided
PS: i hardly ever write reviews and never negative ones but this book compelled me to write !
This audio book was just plain unimaginative. It reads like a boring version of an end-of-the-world movie plot. To make things worse, the author waxes philosophically on Republican ideology at several points in the story. This wasn't surprising since the preface was written by Newt Gingrich, who complains about our lack of preparedness to face an EMP. Wait, wasn't he in power for several years...
The plot is just hackneyed and contrived. I don't recommend this book to anyone looking for excitement or decent social commentary.
If I had to choose the point at which this book lost me, I'd have to say it was either when the main character gave Ensure--a nutritional drink primarily for seniors--to a starving and dying veteran and NOT to the other starving and dying residents of a nursing home, or it was when the main character tossed off the comment that "some" don't believe in global warming--the implication being that the welfare of our planet should come second to military considerations. I couldn't listen after that, despite identifying with the main character's role as father. If you enjoy books predicated on fear, then by all means buy this one.
This is the first time I just couldn't finish an audiobook. I dislike all the main characters so much that I really don't care what happens to them.
Major disappointment as the plot idea for the book is interesting. The book however is so full of the author's political agenda and right-wing biased views that it drowns out any possible entertainment value. I tried to get past this and just enjoy the story - but realized halfway into it that the story itself, the narrative, the character development (I think I am actually supposed to like the main characters?) was all so weak that there was nothing left to hold me.
This book was exceptional and I highly recommend it. It is a quick paced story with interesting characters, and is not heavy-handed about political messages.
What if..this is really a good book and will make you think about how prepared any of us are and or will need to be if this or anything similar to this should occur. Very very good. Please pick this and you will be pleasantly surprised..