The concept was interesting and made for a good story. However, the setting of the story could have been much better -- some boring small town in the US.
If this was narrarated from a larger community or city, or from multiple perspectives, it would have added much more depth. I understand that the author was trying to use the isolation to build suspense -- but it didn't work.
Also, it's a little too right-wing to be believable; it seems like every second character in the book is ex-military. (The rest, the evil ones, are hippies or junkies.)
Recommended for staunch republicans only.
I really wanted to love this book. I live in NC and know the sites mentioned very well so it was easy to follow and imagine the story as it unfolded. The sadness, panic and devistation came through loud and clear and the thought that this threat is real gives me chills. It is also what kept me glued to the story from start to finish. I would recommend it and hope there is a sequel someday but some of things that keep me from truly accepting the overall premise is the fact that virtually no other unaffected countries came to the aid of the beaten U.S. I find it hard to believe that within just a few days there wouldn't be massive air drops of aid from dozens of allies from countries throughout Europe, and neighbors like Canada and Mexico. Medicine shortages for example were a major part of the storyline. Are you telling me pharamceutical juggernauts like germany and switzerland couldn't mobilize a couple hundred aircraft filled with supplies to make medical drops all over the U.S in a matter of weeks? Anyway, even though this fictional work is based in fact, I find it extremely hard to believe we would be seemingly abandoned by everyone. The book is definitley an eye opener and should be considered a wakeup call but I think the level of devistation caused by a lack of electronics is exaggerated.
interesting premise, but read The Road, some of this seems cribbed from that. or read Earth Abides, another excellent novel in the apocalyptic vein. or Alas Babylon. and at times the "Republican" conservative agenda is blatant. big surprise it is touted by Newt Gingrich, who happens to be Forstchen's co-author on the Pearl Harbor book.
I really wanted to like this book, but the entire premise seems overdone. I was hoping for something with a little more realism. This book is a missed opportunity. It would have been nice to see a more accurate illustration of the tentative underpinnings of modern society.
The author is well intentioned, but the book falls flat.
I will give the author credit for coming up with a new way for society to be abruptly terminated. But after that the story went down hill fast.
1. Apparently the author can't think of any way for people to hunt game except with a gun. He's never heard of Slingshots, bows, snares, pit traps, etc. His characters go so far as to use ammo as currency because it is so important to them.
2. The dialog is terribly written. His characters spend far too much time worrying about where they can get their next cigarette and very little time trying to restore the infrastructure that they seem so lost without. Like they couldn't find one engineer to get some of the lights back on?
3. It really is uncomfortably full of right wing Fundamentalist Christian propaganda. The fact that Gingerich the Newt did the foreward should have been my heads up warning that I was treading into a Second Amendment love fest.
All in All I found this to be an entirely disappointing read.
Do not read this book, unless of course, you are a right wing nut, then you should really enjoy this long and boring journey filled with plot holes and neocon nonsense. Further, the audio performance is atrocious, it is perhaps the worst I've ever heard. I would have given it zero stars but the page would not submit unless I gave it at least one.
While this story has a decent premise it is hurt by the constant preaching to the author's own political beliefs, social perceptions and how if everyone would just wake up and see the world as he does then all would be well. The foreword by Gingrich sort of sets the tone.
It is well thought out as to how things might go wrong, but there is a big lead up to a climatic battle and then the battle happens off stage and you just hear about what happened in the past tense which is terribly anti climatic.
The reader (Joe Barrett) is okay, but his southern accents, especially of the women and children, is grating after a while. I am pretty new to audio fiction books so not sure what can be done about that when you have only a male reader.
Anyway, nice premise, storyline is okay, characters are generally window dressing and used to show how stupid liberals are and how smart conservatives are. So if your a fox news watcher, this may be your cup of tea.
This book is poorly written, has no character development, perverts justice, and assaults the listener with a unending barrage of foul language. I stopped half way through. I wasted a credit. I will not waste my time also. There is absolutely nothing redeeming about this book. It doesn't even deserve one star.