The author did not do his research. While modern diesels are mostly electronic, hundreds of thousands of pieces of existing diesel construction equipment, older diesel pickups, delivery trucks, heavy trucks and diesel tractors require NO electronics to run. My 2011 kubota diesel is NOT electronic. Yet his premise is no power to run generators,dig graves,transportation of any kind, except 50 year old cars. Has he ever heard of a bicycle? His town could requisition home heating oil from community and have tens of thousands of gallons of fuel to drive generators.The worst thing is Newt Gingrich tied himself to this fantasy,( and he wanted to be president). I finally gave up this book after the execution of the looter. Apparently even though our hero was a colonel, he had no idea how to perform an execution.(guess he never watched Gunsmoke or a war movie). I could go on and on about what is wrong with this tripe, but it has already wasted too much of my time. I hope I saved somebody else the waste of time this book offers.
Although not scientifically correct in some details, this book is a fascinating read. It emphasizes the psychology of disaster and makes you examine your beliefs and motivations. A real page-turner. Can't wait to enjoy it again.
This book compares itself to Alas Babylon, but the two books have little in common. This book is very depressing. No happy ending is possible. Most of the book is four guys sitting around a table trying to figure out what to do, and husbanding their last cigarettes. There is no attempt at suspense or adventure. Most of the climax is talked about in the past tense. The moral of the story is pounded home incessantly. I do think that the book is realistic, but I could get this information from an article without the constant negative emotion.
the fact that the intro is by Newt Gingrich
it hasn't but this book just feels like total propaganda
yes, he is a good narator
The book has a forward by a well known politician and an afterward by a Navy Officer, validating that the possible future event is a real possibility. I never realized how very fragile our entire country is as far as our extreme dependency on electricity. Something we all just take for granted, yet we would all suffer and life as we know it would cease for many years, were to suddenly not be there. EMP's were new to me, Electro Magnitic Pulse, many people I talk with don't know about it either. Just my friend who work as rocket scientists, they are very aware. The general public would do them selves a favor, reading this book. I couldn't put it down.
As someone who does a fair amount of "prepping" I found this book to be refreshing. A lot of books focusing of The End Of The World As We Know It usually have such glaring flaws (abundant water, food, shelter, and generators). Not this book. The author covered long term things that I had not considered. This could be used as prepping guide. Pretty good!!!
You can feel the anguish in the narrator's voice when the main character is forced to do things that he wouldn't do in a modern world.
The only negative to me was that the main character though retired military, had too much influence in town decisions and had too much knowledge for someone who wasn't overly prepared. But this was probably necessary to fill in the blanks for someone who has less understanding of what could happen. Overall, though, this is the best thought-out work of fiction for this topic that I have ever read.
I found this book to be a very good description of what could happen and how to deal with it if it does.
Exploring the world one book at a time.
I loved this book. I couldn't stop listening to it. The characters grow on you with each chapter, the storyline realistic, and an ending i was satisfied with.
Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.
Actaully I can assure you I would - I already have. I have read the actual book and loaned it to several others, I have bought and listened to it in the car. Everytime I read/listen to it I stock up on more food and shoes.
The characters facing a new reality and adapting.
As all of my reviews will indicate, if I notice the narrator at all - it is not a good thing. I didn't notice him at all - and that is how it shouild be. It is all about the story, and that was well told.
Are you prepared???? or maybe What if?????
I loved the narrator.
I had nightmares for three days!! Like watching a train wreck but you can't look away!
Several moments made me well up but the dog moment was particularly touching.