I was so enthralled with this story I couldn't stop listening. The story is well paced and the characters are reality based and written so that you care to find out what happens to them. Although the book shows us a frightening scenario, the plausibility of this situation happening makes this a must read (or listen).
In a time of extreme uncertainty, coupled with our need for all things digital, the scenarion painted is spine chillingly posible. As the human condition grows more agressive fueled by greed, all men are pushing the world to armageddon.
This work should be read by all, oneday this knowledge may give you true power,
My world changed, I see another future.
William, your knowledge of this subject is phernominal, keep on writing, we will read.
Good luck for the future
Venn South Africa
The concept behind the story provides interest & thought but the author is writing to a dumbed down audience, & has created one dimensional characters who make inane comments just to get the author's point across. The narrator's "one southern drawl fits all" is quite distracting.
If I could encourage friends and family to read one book this is it. While listening to this book I found that if I were in walmart or target I would look around and tell myself look at all this stuff or all this food. I took stock of my own supplies at home and recommited to a one year supply of everything. I looked at my children in a new light and was thankful that they are healthy. I asked my Soldier's to read this book and take it to heart. I am a single father so I could relate very well with book. A Must read...
Great "the end of the world as we know it" book. EMP is a real threat that most people don't even know exists, don't let the intro from Newt scare you away, great listen.
Quite simply, a must read. What an amazing discussion starter for any civic, school, or social group!
Living outside Washington, DC, I've grown up hearing murmurings about the havoc that an EMP attack could provoke. This novel brings the resulting scenario to life.
My electrical engineer husband was a skeptic, until he looked further into just how damaging EMP is/will be to ALL the electronic underpinnings of our modern society. Until 9/11, no one imagined that a commercial airliner could be used as a guided missile...
If an EMP attack were to happen today, our college age daughter, just 90 minutes away (by car), would most certainly be lost to us. Far flung extended family would lose all connections. Heaven forbid I or my husband should be at work... 30+ miles from home. At least our son can walk home from school.
Society truly would disintegrate into "every man/woman for themselves." I know very few of my neighbors would have a clue how to respond. I'm only somewhat confident that my family would survive for any length of time.
Narration issues aside. Don't be swayed by the political commentary, decide for yourself.
If you have no idea what an EMP is, read this book and discover what is very possible with a silent nuclear attack. I just wish the story was a bit broader and not focusing mainly on one family in one town.
I don't know that I am really worried about EMP but the author tells a great story. At time the drama was so real that I had to stop listening because the level of uncomfort was far too great. I would recommend this to book to anyone who likes what if or alternate history books.
This was my first fiction audiobook ever heard and really enjoyed it. If you enjoy science and social issues, you will like this book.
Avid history and fiction/non-fiction fan.
A possible future? Mr. Forstchen's tale of the United States after a nuclear EMP is haunting and disturbing. It becomes immediately apparent to anyone who reads this work, that they are nowhere near prepared for the world depicted. This book makes a great case for missile defense research and for bigger defense intelligence spending. Everyone should read this book, for their family's sake.