This book had me at its opening letter. "This story isn't about possibility but probability". I couldn't stop talking about this book once I was done. A constant nail biting, what will happen next book. It drove me to paranoia thinking how would my family respond to such a terroristic attack and how would I protect my family. This is a fantastic read. I noticed it was on special today. I encourage you to read it. This isn't a warm fuzzy book. Reality at its best. Read at your own risk.
Logical, vivid exploration of the aftermath of a nuclear event
Yes, the plot is well crafted and flows beautifully. You are always hoping for the answers to questions as you read.
It's impossible to rate one character above another. All were well developed.
I stayed up late listening!
I have this in print, too. I've listened twice, read it once. It's on me reread again list.
This is the first time I've encountered Forstchen, and overall I recommend this novel. It contains an interesting mix of strategy, apocalyptic future, and family, with perhaps the barest fringes of romance thrown in for good measure.
There are several other plotlines that are given teasers but never fleshed out, and it seems to me almost as though the author became disenchanted with his own work and decided to cut it short.
The story comes to a very brief conclusion that runs counter to most of the foreshadowing, and curtails what seemed like a much longer story arc nearer the beginning. For example Forstchen goes into extravagant detail about a piece of gold jewelry that his daughter is given at the beginning of the book, presumably with the intention of exploring metals as hard currency in the post-apocalyptic world that the character ends up in. What we are left with is pretty depressing, all of the death and destruction, but none of the postwar renaissance and indomitable human spirit that draws victory from the ashes of failure. Here the victory is bare survival, which is pretty bleak indeed.
only had audio version
its so real, i usually read and listen to zombie apocalypse stories for entertainment, this is terrifying, it takes us back to the way 200 years ago was in an instant, if you are into apocalypse stories this is for u
scarier than zombies
The author is not a very talented writer, he is a historian. I couldn't finish this audiobook, even though I was somewhat interested in the outcome.
While listening to this book and the effects of what happened I thought I knew what I would do, but the author seemed to know what I would do and was able to describe why that wouldn't work. I never realized how much our world today would suffer without electricity. I live in a rural place and off the land but never considered how things like medicine that I took for granted.
Just a riveting story, so plausible (mostly, except for the 'execution' of criminals--didn't think that was totally going to happen. But maybe it would in Texas!)
It's a can't-put-it-down story.
Jakarta Pandemic. Alas Babylon. Same genre, same plausible story line.
The father (can't remember his name). He had to take care of his girls, his mother, and be the voice of reason. Oh, and the African American ex-soldier at the college, he was a cool dude too.
SPOILER ALERT: When his daughter died of diabetes because they ran out of insulin.
Not so thrilled with the young/child female voices the narrator did. But that was minor.
This is such a realistic portrayal of what would happen in an armadgedden situation. It makes you step back and think how dependent we have become on the government and our electronic gizmos!
Not really. It was pretty easy to see what was coming because it was supposed to be based in a realistic setting.
The execution where the protagonist had to deal with the emotional side of killing.
The whole book makes me realize how vulnerable we are as a society.
I did enjoy this book. It was just a bit on the depressing side. I was looking more for an entertaining fiction that would have a good snapshot of what might happen after an EMP. The realism and suffering portrayed is powerful and though provoking, but just not exactly what I was looking for. I was also looking for more ideas/interpretations of how people would cope from a technical perspective (more details on food production, water usage, etc), and there wasn't much in this book (but the stuff it did talk about was pretty good).
If you're looking for a book that will remind you of all the reasons that the 90s were amazing, this will probably tickle your fancy.
I'm not positive what the genre is, so no.
Decent no comment
Annoyance at the trite and cliched nostalgia. Also the book dated itself at every opportunity.
I wasn't able to make it past the first hour, but I assume that after Act 1 it was going to get into a Prepper Porn story of why it was a good thing that Mr. Jones had stockpiled [maguffin] since that was the only thing keeping his post apocalyptic colony from being killed off by starvation. From there the story followed the rest of a five act script almost letter perfect.