It'll change the way you think about the potential of the American Dream in a world with very real and dangerous threats! Couldn't put it down!
Barrett does an excellent job keeping his character voices identifiable and distinct. His diction and pace is clear and easy to follow.
I don't know that I would have cut any of the scenes. I would have put more effort into making them somewhat realistic. The timeline is too compressed. Some things that Forstchen has happening in a week might *actually* happen after a year - though I kind of doubt it. He would have been well served to have used "The Stand" as a guide on how to imagine his scenario, rather than just going for poorly-framed melodrama.
How a presumed writer could take an idea so rich with possibility as that of an EMP deployment and turn it into such an overblown, implausible (yet predicable) mountain of gun-worshipping helplessness is beyond me. The power goes out for three days and a mayor is handing down death sentences (by handgun, no less) to petty criminals? Nobody in a North Carolina mountain town knows how to plant a garden? Roving bands of unemployed software developers and public relations managers are reduced selling their bodies for a glass of water inside of a month? Give me - or anyone who's ever managed to survive in a tent for a weekend - a break. Excellent job by a narrator who had, basically, nothing to work with. Sad that I wasted a credit on this one.
The story, information, and warning are very well articulated and provides a sobering picture of what very easily could happen to our country. I don't think it's a matter of if but a matter of when something like this happens.
Excellent story of an alternate type of warfare.
It opened our eyes to the possibilities of a different type of attack. SCARY
I would like to believe that if this every happened in the U.S. the scenario portrayed in this book would all be fictional. Sadly though I think it would not be too far different. This was a well written book a compelling story with great narration. Recommended!