A hopeful parable of good civic behavior leading to survival in a community where strong organizational skills and steady governance win the day. Amidst the carnage of disease emerges an orderly starvation with much valor and little grumbling from the thousands of dying. The author spends lots of time trying to convince us that even in the apocalypse we can prevail over any primal urge to rage against the dying of the light, and we tag gratefully along, perhaps wishing that our own actions could be so brave in such circumstances. Even within the insipid subplots of personal bravery (small children comforting their parents as they die, young husbands throwing themselves at the enemy, college presidents starving for the sake of the students), I wanted the characters to survive, and goodness to prevail. Good writing made it all bearable.
Loved the interpretation this reader brings to this story.
While I loved the overall story of an apocalyptic event, I was very touched by the humanization the author wrote into storyline.
I hope this never happens... but "hope" is not a strategy. The wolves are at the door and very few have the ability to persuade public and strategic level opinions to redirect US National Security Strategy in such a way create national resiliency to the EMP threat. The best we can do is prepare our families and communities at the local level.
Very sobering scenario that really makes you think. It shows how fragile our society is; how an EMP can send us back to the 19th century in the blink of an eye and how quickly civilization would break down as a result. Not my favorite narrator, but good nonetheless. I will definitely listen to this one again.
Ludicrous militaristic Puritan fantasy
If they spent a fraction of time stripping and repairing generators etc rather than playing with guns they would be in much better shape
Giveaway is all the time the obnoxious
Main character Spends name checking guns
Go read intelligent analysis of this type of scenario
This is not the type of book I typically choose to read or listen to. I overheard a conversation at a Christmas Party and thought it sounds like it was an interesting premise. What an absorbing story that constantly made me questions how prepared I am for such a disaster and how I would respond to the events as they unfold. Few books have impacted me as much as this one. I was utterly devastated by the way it unfolds. It was both mentally and emotionally challenging. Though I do not think it was overly well written it does bring up a lot of questions. I think it will haunt me for a long time. Very powerful in it's content and subject matter. Do not recommend it as a Christmas listen.
Writer, retired now 11 years and living at the beach, writing, golfing, enjoying my "second act."
Hard to tell who the real author is... Forstchen or Eye of Newt... Survivalist scare tactics.
Very thought-provoking book. The scenario is all too real, it would be very easy for a rouge country to light off some nukes that resulted in an electromagnetic pulse. If our electrical grid was knocked out for 30 days country would be in chaos.
I enjoyed the narrator. This book is a very serious book with serious implications that should be read and paid attention to. It's not just fiction, it's a very real possibility.
Very well done to the author of this book for shining light on this very serious potential situation.