I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I enjoyed this story a great deal, but found the worship of the military to the exclusion of all else a bit jarring. Everyone in this book was either a military man or a helpless lamb, looking for a strong leader.
The story's biggest flaw is the complete absence of the federal or state government. The author apparently believes that without working communications, none of the governors would direct the national guard to keep food supply lines secure, or rebuild even the crudest infrastructure.
The book reads like a prepper's wet dream. That's what makes the book fun, but also what makes it implausibly ridiculous. When everything comes to a halt, it is silly to believe that all those marketers, lawyers, computer technicians, etc, would give up on life and start roaming the highways, selling their bodies and joining gangs. Finding their day jobs gone, they would would be happily put to work making sure that food and medical aid was getting where it needed to go. I'm sure state, local and federal governments would be more than happy to for whatever help they could get.
Loved it. Eye Opening to possibilities. People need to read this. Yes, it is fiction but a very real possibility. Really makes you think!
This is the ultimate self-help, survival book, but it needs to be read collectively! Individuals with a few guns, a little land to put under cultivation and a stockpile of canned goods could not survive what would happen in an EMP attack. The book is an education about what would happen - and how quickly it would happen.
This was a good story concept, hurt (and made painful) by immature, inconsistent, often hokey writing, with saccharine voiceover. Books are better read, not performed, and if performed, should not be artificially sentimental.
I struggled to finish this. The writer and the main character were pompous self-righteous right-wingers.
This book has to be the scariest book I`ve every read.. Simply because of the possibilities or rather likelihood of this scenario coming to past.,. To Mr Forstchen, thank you, thank you, thank you for opening my eyes. For I like most in the world today, have allowed myself to become totally dependent on modern day convienences without ever considering to possibilities of the "WHAT IF" scenario . Well no more...
Wake up call.
The one that hit me the most was (SPOILER ALERT) the tough decisions made after Jennifer died.
The protagonist (the Colonel).
I cried in my car sitting in traffic. The agonizing scene around Jennifer's death just hit me hard.
I've never been one to buy into what I regarded as "nonsense" prepper culture. This book shook me up and made me rethink some things. "Alas, Babylon", one of my top 5 favorite books, was a clear inspiration for this book but never hit me as strong as this one.
It was interesting and gave me something to think about. Of course, it's depressing because how can you possibly prepare for any catastrophe of that scale. It's nice for wealthy people with a voice to preach what we should do better (i.e. the prologue), but maybe instead of preaching they should be securing the funding to overhaul our infrastructure.
I liked the characters and the structure of the book. The narrator was a little dry, but it fit the tone of the book. Overall it was worth the listen.