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.
This book is my first one by the author and it was a wonderful read. I found myself laying awake at night after I turned it off going what happens next and then just haveing to go start it all over agian. I also just finished The Road By Cormac MacCarthy and these to storys seem to mesh together if you strech some things out. I thought to myself I should start to learn more about how to survive in my inverment and what to do first in a nattural dissasture. It is a dark read and has a lot of death in the story and that is one of the main driving forces in the story. All in all it is an amazing look at what we can become when the electrons stop flowing.
I have seen reviews and posts for other books that people called Disturbing. I have Never read a disturbing book of any kind. I've been frightened, disgusted, repelled, happy, almost anything you can name, but Not disturbed. UNTIL NOW! This is a something everyone should read, and pay attention to! It is so realistic and could definitely happen. I hope to God it doesn't ever come to this! I could actually see where my family and I would fit into this story. I didn't like what I saw!
Yes, there is some fact in the book. But remember folks, it's fiction. Don't rush out and stockpile #10 cans of dehydrated food. Enjoy the book. Consider what truth there is in the story. Don't Panic.
It's mystifying that some commenters focus on the politics of the author and his associates, and miss both his warning to America and the thought-provoking "what if" scenarios that are based in historical fact. I listened on a lengthy road trip with my wife and teen children, and we were all riveted to the speakers for the full length of the book. It's thought provoking, with plenty of excitement, and believable characters. Don't miss it!
The story starts out great, gets bogged down in the middle...I suppose it was supposed to be character development, and then ends with no real conclusion. It may be a setup for a sequel, or it could just end right there...plausible, but looks like he ran out of time and had to get something to his publisher. Great premise, believable, left me wondering what next. It was an enjoyable listen and should have gone further along in the storyline.
Runs with scissors.
The premise that the US could be completely shut down by EMP is a frighteningly real one and some of the scenarios presented in this novel are exactly what would happen. However, this is a poorly written novel at best. S.M. Stirling's post-EMP world was far more realistic than this tripe, although it really didn't touch on more complex medical issues like diabetes. At best this book would be great for the poorly educated to get a general idea that they should maybe keep more than frozen food on hand and perhaps educate themselves on older types of insulin that retain a much longer shelf life without refrigeration. Otherwise boring and unrealistic (impossible to starve to death in less than 40 days if on rations of 900-1200 calories per day--for real). Sorry. Pretty lame. This doesn't scare me the way it should. In my mind it is much, much worse in many ways and better in others. Check out "Dies the Fire" right here on Audible. Although technically not EMP as it also made other things happen it is a much more likely scenario regarding public reaction, especially initially.
What a well written and presented book! Frightening how obvious and overlooked this issue of EMP is in today's society.
One of the best books I've had the pleasure of listening to in years!
This book,an EMP survival story, is reasonably well done. The organization level achieved by the protagonists, as well as the antagonists, seemed a but exaggerated given the time frame. The horrendous level of starvation was probably realistic. This is one of the better works dealing with such a scenario.
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.