I shutter to think of surviving in such a world as is described here. What a scary, realistic, yet marvelously written story this is. Why is it not yet being made into a movie so that the masses can at least be warned of our country's vulnerability?
I've tried many professions, sailor, cowboy, hockey player, bartender, restaurant manager, managed movie theaters, retired as a teacher.
Well written, writer definitely creates authentic imigatery in the readers mind. I hope this doesn't give terrorist any new ideas.
I've listened to this book multiple times, and each time it engages my interest immediately. It was recommended to me by my son, who had it recommended to him. In the past two years, I have, in turn, suggested it to many more readers. The premise is terrifying in its plausibility and the story is well told. It makes me wish for more like it.
I really learned a great deal from this book. I loved the charcuterie as well as how honest and direct the ideas were presented. It gives you a great deal to think about from a realistic perspective!
I'm not sure an EMP is going to be the cause of a shutdown in the United States but I think the story is going to play out the same way whatever it is.
Books and more books....I hardly listen to music anymore.
The scary truth! We (USA) are NOT ready for an attack of this nature! While I can see most of the scenarios playing out in real life...some were over the top. BUT not impossible!
The narrator was great and the story compelling. It really scares me that this could happen and we really need to prepare for something like this. It also scares me that we are giving terrorists ideas!
Computer Consultant with a dry sense of humor. Mensa member who appreciates intelligence and honesty.
The gripping fact that even though the story is fictional, it could easily become a reality, not only here in America, but anywhere in the world. Because of our wealth and comfort, we are a target with a huge bullseye on our foreheads.
When the colonel loses his daughter. Having been forced to bury one of my own children, it's a reality no parent should ever have to suffer.
His narration brings more life into the characters, he did a good job of character expansion.
I would love to have listened all in one setting, but forced myself to turn it off and enjoy my vacation.
I felt the author did an awesome job of bringing attention the possible realities we are most likely to experience in the current world environment. I immediately began looking for the 2nd book.
First, let me say that I didn't finish this book. I got a little more than halfway through it before I threw in the towel, so my review should be read with that in mind. And second, the guy reading the story did a fine job, so this review has nothing to do with him.
Unfortunately, the author ruins a great concept for an exciting, frightening, and intriguing novel on post-apocalyptic survival by giving us stock, one-dimensional characters and flat, nondescriptive story telling.The story takes place post 9/11, so it's close to modern times, yet the characters display outdated mannerisms, speech, ways of thinking, and actions...as if it were the 1950s or 60s rather than 2011. The story is told in a paternalistic instructional way like a father lecturing a child for misbehaving. The reader is treated like an idiot and all the characters in the book, with the exception of the main character, are just completely infantile and incapable of individual thought. Sure, EMP is a very real danger and horrible things can and likely would happen, but the overall portrayal of human behavior in this small town when faced with a major crisis was just flat-out unrealistic. I mean, seriously, within a day or two after all electrical devices are wiped out, the nursing home goes to complete shambles with all but 1 or 2 staff members abandoning their posts leaving all the poor old people to die in their own filth...Most doctors and nurses would NEVER abandon their patients like that...especially the ones who are unable to move and certainly not after only 1 or 2 days. Within a week, the main character and the other "leaders" of the town are already putting people to the firing squad for stealing, and the author treats this like it would be the right thing to do. Seriously?? Already performing public executions on the tennis courts within 1 week of the crisis? Does the author think that the general public is so stupid and uncivilized that they immediately would turn into animals unless they had a "strong military leader who knows how to handle things" in charge to keep them in their place? I didn't finish the book, so maybe things start to develop in a more realistic way, but I doubt it. If you are looking for some great post-apocalyptic and/or end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it science fiction books that are beautifully written, actually show insight into the complexities of human nature, and have wonderful characters who grow and change throughout the story, then I suggest Alas Babylon, On the Beach, Earth Abides, Childhood's End...Shoot! Even the Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies are much better stories with great characters than this book.
This story is intense. The author tells an incredible tale of the aftermath of an EMP strike. There are several books/series out there on an EMP strike, but this author is able to connect his readers on a seemingly personal level. I can now understand why this book is/was referenced in the US Congress.