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.
Great story in a town I knew well.
The reality of vulnerability to an EMP ought to give us all pause.
Certainly a bit excessive in the collapse of all society's restraint though. Americans solve problems and become creative, not just desperate & barbarian in 30 days.
Real world people would have gotten communication, electricity and transportation working far quicker, along with bartering between communities.
The most poignant part is the medical supply & food supply being so vastly complicated and fragile! Terrible how we just trust big food and big drug to be there for us.
Last thought: massive disease and infection are truly just one calamity away. He really handled that well.
Very believable story very well presented. I'm not a survivalist but this book makes a strong case for all of us to become prepared for what's to come.
The storyline was good and the characters predictable - it does make you think what we might have to endure in a crisis - kind of a depressing read