With the background of the author, it gives the story a real sense of what WILL happen around the country should this awful event actually happen. Lessons to be learned here
A better author able to tell a story without resorting to out of place flag waving. There is no emotional depth to any characters, and no connection to them.
I listened to One Bullet Away, a much more poignant reflection of patriotism without the schlockiness.
The narrator was ok.
I was disappointed. The book had a lot of hype, and the story about the threat was interesting. But the author just isn't a very good storyteller. This book clearly was published due to the author's connections to powerful people, not due to the quality of the story.
Rural Mail Carrier
Obedience without question and Just Following Orders are well supported in this book.
If you support 'Military Law' or 'Justifiable Homicide' and/or 'Government Sanctioned Killing' and 'Executions' then this book is for you! Hooah! Semper Fi!
Somewhere in the middle.
It will change the way you look at your world. Take time to smell the roses.
It all moved me. This book will keep you awake at night, long after the iphone shuts off.
Who knows? It may never happen. I wonder if empires of the world in our past thought the same? Hmmm.
I can think of no one with an operating brain who would like this performance or the writing and characterizations within this dreck.
I have barely gotten though the first 1/4 of the book. I am struggling to continue. The writing is so poor, and the character of the so-called hero is, well, bi-polar at best. I have screamed at the dash of my car, where I do my listening, many times that he is asking inane questions and can't figure why things are happening as they are, despite the alleged fact of his having been a Colonel in Army (it is assume the US Army, but really? This guy is a DOLT.) Hes the one who tells the town leaders about the EMP that he thinks happened, then is continually astonished that things are breaking down. The scene in the Assisted Living Facitily is very instructive on this guy's mental imbalances. But I put that on the author. He did excellent research into the EMP phenomenon, but has ZERO clue how to draw a sympathetic hero, nor tell a compelling story. This supposed hero, John Matheson, would've made a great clerk in the enlisted ranks, but a General (a rank he was supposed to have been offered)? No friggin' way. Dumb, dumb, dumb. This work of fiction is so fraught with cliches and basic idiocy as to be cringe inducing.
Will Patton, hands down.
None I can discern.
Don't buy this book, if your brain works and you can think clearly for yourself.
Science Fiction fan
This book has a thinly veiled conservative agenda, is overly melodramatic and the characters are wooden. I'm not sure why this got good reviews. The EMP angle is new, but otherwise, if you want to read about the degradation of society, read Steven King's "The Stand" or Nevil Shute's "On the Beach". I am sorry I wasted 11 hours of my life listening to this overly patriotic Fox News broadcast in narrative form.
Since an emp attack could happen, this book helps you to think about the little things that you can do to be prepared. It is in a sensitive novel format that is quite interesting
I was happy to read about a scientific phenomenon, the EMP, so rarely discussed. The scenario depicted in the book, the collapse of our technological infrastructures, is a real danger that we expose ourselves to increasingly everyday, and one I have often found myself thinking about.
My only complaint is that the melodrama did seem buttered on pretty thick at times. While those in need of special medication would indeed be imperilled, I simple can't quite buy that the tragedy would be a societal devastation on a greater order than a Black Plague. A little heavy handed, a little sappy, caught myself saying "Oh brother..." once or twice, but it was kind of part of the fun. Would have to agree with a fellow reviewer on the TV movie of the week feel.
As a hopeless, helpless, unrepentant addict of every technology, device, and media, I know I'd go out of my mind in seventy-two hours. So on that, and many other levels, it was indeed an effectively frightening tale.
I will listen to this book, although that is something I rarely do.
The setting of this story blends the interaction of metropolitan, urban, and rural life, as well as the interaction of several groups, professionals, politicians, military, students, business,and just plain everyday folks , as well as the seedy underbelly of ne'er do wells.
The inflections of the performers added credence to the events as they happened.
I have to say this book makes me sad, anxious, and mad at the same time. I think it is not only plausible, but highly likely, as the author points out. The point mentioned about money spent on global warming, yet not spent on defense, is very current and applicable !
It is very easy to find yourself depressed and anxious after this book, but without a doubt, this is and should be at the top of ANY listeners list !
Other reviewers have complained that this book is too preachy regarding our dependence on technology... but I have a slightly different take. To me, this felt more like a history class film where the teacher keeps turning off the projector to reference historical examples (in this case, popular movies) of why this or that happened. It is a decent story, and there is certainly a lesson to be learned here, but if you're after an edge-of-your-seat thriller, you won't find it here.