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..
First time I listened to a William Forstchen book, was blown away by the details of this possible disaster. Drilling down into all the in's and out's, medical, cigarettes, fuel, food, the realism is too scary.
This is a book that should be read by everyone particularly members of Congress and the military. It describes how one atomic bomb exploded in the atmosphere over Kansas would wipe out all of our electrical grid, communications, transportation, manufacturing etc. This could be our final 9/11. Bottom line we are set back one hundred and fifty years and ninety percent of the population is dead within the first year. It is not perfectly written but it certainly communicates an important message that we must take urgent actions if the USA is to survive.
I simply cannot recommend this book enough. It left me starting to research this in a depth greater than I already knew about and wondering why our government is ignoring this and why we having handed over the technology to countries s like China to destroy us utterly.
Poorly written and with an extreme right wing slant. Still it had a lot of potential. Sadly the author did a poor job of making it interesting. The constant references to movies were weak and the characters were not well developed.
I suppose I should've expected this from a forward by Newt Gingrich but this book was still very disappointing. The premise of an EMP strike and it's potential effects as well as a description of survival in a post-apocalyptic society was what I was looking for. Instead I was subjected to about 1/5 science and 4/5 blatantly and clumsily pulled at religious, patriotic, sentimental heartstrings. The author couldn't seem to describe the world without using constant film analogy "It was like that movie..." Authentic characters and dialogue were especially lacking. My advice to any followers of the genre: skip it.