What if the America of the new millennium was for all intents and purposes, suddenly forced back into the mid-19th century? Electricity? Off. Running Water? Nope. Disease-fighting medicines? Gone. Imagine all the things we take for granted today that was science fiction just a few decades ago like smartphones that have more computing power than the first space shuttle. No more 24 hour news cycle. Something breaks? Hop in the car, go down to the Wal-mart and get a new one. Mr.Forstchen gives us a look at what would happen in a small town in the North Carolina hills, when an EMP renders almost ALL electronics in the US inoperable. The townspeople are forced to rethink their lives all together. Dealing with previously unimaginable issues like finding uncontaminated water, edible food that was an actually alive a few hours or minutes before you dine, something like a cut on the hand becoming a life-threatening injury. There is the ever growing threat of the incoming public. When the big cities burn down, where is everyone going to go? That’s right, the “country.” The town leaders realize this quickly to their credit, but will it be enough? This book gives a glimpse of just how spoiled we have become in America, and how self-reliance is almost a thing of the past. The main characters are very sympathetic, and when they suffer, you will suffer. A single father having lost his wife to cancer must navigate through this brave new world with an older teenage daughter and a 12 year old girl suffering from diabetes. He as much as anyone understands and appreciates the difficulties and sufferings that will shortly come upon them all. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to everyone.
Buy this book. It was a very real account of what could be. I could barely put it down,it really draws you in.
This should be on everyone who wishes to be prepared's reading list. It's not just a story of an EMP attack, but, an experiment in what if. What if the power goes out for any length of time. What if the food supply runs out. What if I no longer have access to critical medicine. Read this book! Your life depends on it!
Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.
Lacking what, I can't say for sure but while the book was decently written and decently narrated, aside from the EMP cause, it was fairly standard post-apocalyptic fare. I think the trouble is that whilst EMP may be a genuine cause for concern, and an underrated one for both civilians and military alike, the effects of it, aside from a lot more people surviving, seem to be the same as any other catastrophe. After a while it just becomes a kind of post-apocalyptic checklist.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
It scares the heck out of you at first, because this COULD happen! It helped me decide to "prep" for the future unknowns and with our governmnet as it is our future is bleak. I enjoyed the book and I know you will too.
I have never written a review for any of the many books I have read and/or listened to, but I couldn't wait to write one for this book. I have read a couple negative reviews for this book and I just don't understand how people can say that it is a conservative rant. I completely disagree and wonder if they even finished the book. This book was read by every extended member of my family and most of my friends now because of the extreme plausibility and realistic situation. I found this book to be a good wake-up call and informative in terms of what to expect and the value of bullets over money. I now own 2 copies of the paperback to loan out to people and an audio copy from Audible and I will always recommend this book for an eye opener.
It is worth the credit.
I have listened to this story a couple of times now - it's very enjoyable. It makes you think about just how vunrable we are...
This book is an eye opener, a glimpse into the world the second after disaster strikes. I am writing this review a few days after the horrible earth quake in Japan and I see the story written in this book playing out in real life, I enjoyed the book and the message it conveys is one of the most important I have listened to in a long time. This is one book that can mean a difference to you and your family, it is more than entertainment, you will do yourself a huge favor if you read this book.