This book is execrable. I downloaded it hoping for an entertaining adventure yarn based on the quite-plausible EMP scenario. Aside from being dreadfully dull, the author offends by offering his own dystopian vision of how society should function after TEOTWAWKI [The End Of The World As We Know It]. As a plot device, he imagines the reactions of a thinly-veiled version of himself during the apocalypse. The author fails to offer any useful survivalist advice like that found in the equally dull fiction of James Wesley Rawles. I quit after about 300 minutes and I waited too long. Do not make the same mistake. If you want action-adventure, try "Point of Impact" by Stephen Hunter. For survivalist lore, visit SurvivalBlog [dot] com.
This was a great idea for a book, interesting, plausible and could be useful in preparing and warning for a very real danger for the future.
Sadly, the writer uses the entire book as a pulpit for his paranoid, insular political viewpoint, and tiresome self aggrandisement through the central character, far too obviously Fortschen himself.
One can almost hear the poor narrator sigh, "oh no, here he goes again with the speeches".
This will make you think. Good story that brings out the threat of a prolonged country wide disaster. The author brings out things you would not think about and moral issues that you will face when the disaster is larger, prolonged and impacts your love ones. It is excellent for understanding principles to live by, governance by and what happens when they are missing. It shows what it means to have character, honor and leadership. It shows that disasters don't always turnout the way we the movies portray them.
Perhaps because I am not political, I did not see an underlying partisan political motive in this book. It indeed roundly critisized every administration since that of John Kennedy when the danger of EMP was first realized (see The Wikkipedia write up on EMP, particularily the Starfish Prime Test) for not taking action to protect us, but is singled out no one or no party.
The purpose of this novel was to educate. Read it with that thought in mind and you will come away better for it. If however you are one of those folks who sees partisan political skulldugery behind every bush, you are likely to miss the point.
People are resorting to canabalism in just 3 months? Please. That's ridiculous. This was interesting enough and moved at a good pace, but the plot is full of holes and I found myself rolling my eyes at the flag waving pro war pro military prose.
Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.
This is more than just another doomsday tale. It even made the government sit up. While reading, I found myself imagining how I would react in a similar situation, how I'd plan, how I'd survive.
It was a brilliant story of human interaction in the most desperate of circumstances and it is very well written. The speeches before and after the book are noteworthy too. The narrator is quite creative and the delivery was flawless. This is definitely a must read. Thoroughly enjoyable.
With the threat of the Taliban taking over nukes in Pakistan this novel really makes you take pause and ask yourself,"Could I survive if the lights went out tomorrow?" This is a great book, no mohawk motorbike punks, wasteland mutants or legions of undead(slow or fast...lol) just very scary, in itself, reality. It is good combination of caution and hope.
I would forget about your "Zombie Plan" and start thinking about your "Lights Out Plan."
Really enjoyed the look into one possibility the terrorist could use to get to us. I will tell you that this did cause me to make sure my handgun and bullets were in order just in case..and to make sure a good supply of vitamins were in the house!! Sign of a good book is when it makes you think about the possibilities..and the sign of a great book is one that makes you take action after you read it.
The foreword to this book was written by Newt Gingrich, which didn't necessarily start things off on the best note for me. However, Mr. Gingrich's comments were thoughtful and an appropriate opening for the book.
Further, if you simply absorb the story without consideration of any political agenda behind the book's purpose, this is an intriguing, engaging, and downright terrifying book. It left me with my eyes wider open to the risks described in it.
It was well written, interesting, and I really enjoyed the narration. I don't typically write reviews but I found this book well worth commenting on and reading.
Read this for few reasons, like the reviews, emp perspective and potential, etc. Disappointed in the authors imagination, he's brings too many points across by referring to a movie, be it about war, starvation, whatever ... easier to voice an opinion or vision that has been projected by someone else than creating one of your own. It's a serious subject with a hope-somebody-will-make-a-movie objective.