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..
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.