This book could have been enjoyable if it had ANY imagination to it. Instead the author choses to paint a picture of the absolute worst case possible scenario. Absolutely everything that can go wrong does go wrong. It's not a poorly written book, but it's not a smart book. Ultimately this is a fear mongering book that hopes to drum up support for better protection against an EMP attack by scaring its readers with an unrealistic attack scenario. Might not have been so bad if Forstchen didn't beat the reader over the head with the message every 20 pages. As a work of fiction it's just not particularly clever, and I was happy when it was finally over.
this was one of the most remarkable books I have read/listened to in a long time. Excellent story line and very beleivable concept. We should all take the concerns describe as a lesson to what could happen if things continue as they are. Must read!!!
This book is a masterpiece but I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone. It truly is gut wrenching and emotional. I think this might be the scariest book I have ever read so people that are prone to get anxiety attacks should probably steer clear of this one, but it is so original and believable that it definitely deserves five stars. I was listening to it while driving through a small village in Iceland, I stopped at a gas station and suddenly the electricity went of the village and the brakes of my car got stuck at the same time, needless to say I got quite a spook. I wasn't quite sure it I should get this book but when I saw it was from Blackstone Audio I decided to give it a try and they delivered as usual.
I was scared to death listening to this book on how the US is so unprotected and then when the news reported a North Korean ship heading to Hawii it made this book all to real. A great read and a better listen to book. Highly recomment
This book is set in the present and the tale will scare the ordinary person into wanting to start preparing for the end of our nation. I found it fascinating and a good primer for how to prepare/survive in the event the end does come. The narrator was great in expressing the feelings and emotions of the characters. I cried several times during the reading. Excellent! Will definitely see the movie if and when it comes out!
In our pampered life we depend on sooo many things with computer chips and motherboards. I enjoyed this book very much. The panic this would create if something like this happened. It isn't StarWars, vampires or about global warming. It's just a good book.
In the spirit of Lucifer's Hammer, this is a great post-Apocalyptic yarn. Like Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson, Forstchen's characters are forced to reinvent their lives, but with a decidedly dark 21st century undercurrent. The story depends a lot on understanding the technology that underpins modern life. I did have to suspend disbelief that Ham radio operators didn't play a more prominent role in the plot. The big concept, and the one most readers will find disturbing, is that modern civilization is balanced on an exquisitely fine edge - one push is all it takes to send it tumbling. And Forstchen develops a convincing story to demonstrate that tumble. Forstchen's writing style is spare; I like that. He doesn't waste time with fruity overtones. This is a gritty and tough story. Some say it is depressing and I agree that it could have that effect. On the other hand, you could respond by rushing out and stocking up on emergency food and medical supplies! All of you former Boy Scouts out there will recognize this as a classic story of "Being Prepared"; or this case, not prepared. Read it. It's a great story. And, not to be too melodramatic, the author just might save some lives by making people more aware of their dependence on technology.
This book is a worthy "read" for anyone planning their plan B (or C or D....). A real eye opener to the fragile existence we comfortably live in. Armed with this book, if it happened for real, hopefully you'd recognize the situation for what it is and react faster than anyone else... it could save you & your family's lives!
It will make you rethink your life and hopefully make you better prepared. More importantly, maybe, just maybe, this work of fiction will spur greater national attention a risk that is far greater than any hijacker on an airplane.
We've become too fixated with technology to not only live our lives but defend our country. What happens if that technological advantage is suddenly gone? Beyond the scenario of this book, what happens if our enemy is capable of taking out all the GPS satellites we depend upon for targeting our weapons these days?