Other reviewers have complained that this book is too preachy regarding our dependence on technology... but I have a slightly different take. To me, this felt more like a history class film where the teacher keeps turning off the projector to reference historical examples (in this case, popular movies) of why this or that happened. It is a decent story, and there is certainly a lesson to be learned here, but if you're after an edge-of-your-seat thriller, you won't find it here.
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The execution scene. Sometimes doing the right thing for the long term goes against and beyond doing what should be right for the moment.
Shooting the Dog.
Similar and hopefully smaller evens will happen. Are you ready & could you make the hard choices?
I suppose we all should take seriously the problem that we now live in a world where we are entirely too dependent on technology. (Most of us have now realized that all it takes is a power failure to make it almost impossible to buy gas or groceries!) But this novel did little to keep me interested in the characters or much else. After about 3 hours I decided to move on to something else.
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
The author is absolutely correct about the effects of an Electromagnetic Pulse. But his take on the breakdown of society is purely fiction. It was entertaining and probably will be made into a movie some day, but I'd like to believe there's more good people than bad in the world and we as a society will step up to help our fellow man during a crisis such as this. I think the author has somewhat of an pessimistic, atheistic, agnostic view of the world. And as a practicing Christian, I hope and pray the world never comes to this. Still, "hope" is not a business plan, so I guess I better start stocking up on food, guns, and bullets. Just kidding (or am I?).
This is an excellent book! I thought for about 2 minutes that it was going to bore me with details.
Well it didn't. It did leave me looking at the life we have in a whole different prospective.
I easily we can go from a great society using technology and electricity as tools to have a better life with comforts and infrastructure, to a horse and buggy, community based 17th century life.
This book will not only open your eyes to how fast things can change, but will make you ask the question of why have we as a country and government have not used these billions of tax dollars to do what needs to be done to harden our electrical infrastructure.
No matter what your political beliefs are, if you read this book, you'll want those answers.
Excellent read and narration. This one will not disappoint you.
This story should have been discussed as a straight forward report as history or science like the making of the atom bomb or the story of antibiotics. This attempt at conveying our vulnerability to EMP through a poorly crafted, junior high school tale of sterotypical characters was barely readable.
He should have written an understandable explanation of the evolution and history of EMP as a weapon and the expected results of its use against this country.
The girl voices were not great.
Irritation and disappointment.
This could happen.
This is a story about every where USA. But so personal and so tragic for all. We think we might know what could happen... And it does.
Global. Community. Local. Personal! The break down of it all. And the ways differant people handle life as we know it...... stopped. Too many people not enough food or medicine.
The die off!
This also ends up on Amazon, so I'll make it short.:)
The realism and well thought out plot
Told from the view point of a retired army officer become historian so he's informed on things like tactics of Ghengis Khan and modern weapons.
This is going to sound like damning with faint praise, but it is not. It helped that it was first person so it was the male narrator imitating the female voices. His female voices did NOT bring me out of the book.
Tears welled up when triage happens, even though you know the reasoning behind it. It is especially hurtful when the character doing the triage does not like it either.
I did enjoy listening to this book. It is a scary scenerio that could actually happen. I thought it was pretty realistic.
The ending was good and a very possible. We all think that because we live in America that we are safe.
I love well written, well thought out, post apocalyptic fiction that has no agenda. This was none of those things. Newt actually states in the introduction that this was written specifically to "inform" people of the dangers of EMP, one of the recent political tools. I won't get into the reasons why EMP is a fairly unlikely scenario, I can accept zombies so I could accept EMP as a catalyst, but what unfolds after the "event" is just goofy and comes right out of the paranoid dreams of some urban basement arm chair survivalist. EMP destroys nothing but delicate electronics, if that, and yet suddenly everyone is helpless...even in small towns in rural NC? Nobody seems to have a garden, an ATV (generally very basic electronics on these), a ham radio (many ham sets are tough old tube sets not likely to be affected by EMP), a old farm tractor or any of the many other modern technologies not viulnerable to EMP. 3 cars in a NC college town ... the kind of town that has classic car rallies a couple times a year...and that's it? And no farms? In rural NC? And there are hardly any bikes or horses...seriously?
I also find that one key characteristic of Americans, self centered, marshmallow soft dopes that we can be, is mostly ignored in this biased account: we do pull together in a crisis, we do help each other even when otherwise we might not give each other the time of day. Sure, that might eventually degrade if things got really bad, but it never even blooms here. Not only is that a cynical perspective but a poor plot plan since it is the conversion under adverse conditions of the characters that usually makes such fiction believable. This is not believable.
Anyway, with all this, the two dimensional, non-sympathetic characters, and obvious political agenda make this a sadly disappointing entry in the post apocalyptic genre. If you want a really good, haunting tale in this genre try "Earth Abides"