In the spirit of Lucifer's Hammer, this is a great post-Apocalyptic yarn. Like Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson, Forstchen's characters are forced to reinvent their lives, but with a decidedly dark 21st century undercurrent. The story depends a lot on understanding the technology that underpins modern life. I did have to suspend disbelief that Ham radio operators didn't play a more prominent role in the plot. The big concept, and the one most readers will find disturbing, is that modern civilization is balanced on an exquisitely fine edge - one push is all it takes to send it tumbling. And Forstchen develops a convincing story to demonstrate that tumble. Forstchen's writing style is spare; I like that. He doesn't waste time with fruity overtones. This is a gritty and tough story. Some say it is depressing and I agree that it could have that effect. On the other hand, you could respond by rushing out and stocking up on emergency food and medical supplies! All of you former Boy Scouts out there will recognize this as a classic story of "Being Prepared"; or this case, not prepared. Read it. It's a great story. And, not to be too melodramatic, the author just might save some lives by making people more aware of their dependence on technology.
If you watched the Jericho TV series, you would have a good idea of what this book is a about. The book is focused on one particular family and their struggle to survive after the USA attacked by an EMP pulse. I really enjoyed the family drama that was created by the situation and the book does have a good bit of action, not much, but decent. "The Road" this book is not, but it does well in its own right.
BTW-What is it with people writing such rude reviews. If you don't like a book, explain why, but don't insult it or others who enjoyed reading it. Comments like written for Sub-GED readers is just uncalled for or calling it Right Wing propaganda is just rude. Whether you like it or not you can at least be courteous to the author and fellow audible members.
This book is a worthy "read" for anyone planning their plan B (or C or D....). A real eye opener to the fragile existence we comfortably live in. Armed with this book, if it happened for real, hopefully you'd recognize the situation for what it is and react faster than anyone else... it could save you & your family's lives!
It will make you rethink your life and hopefully make you better prepared. More importantly, maybe, just maybe, this work of fiction will spur greater national attention a risk that is far greater than any hijacker on an airplane.
We've become too fixated with technology to not only live our lives but defend our country. What happens if that technological advantage is suddenly gone? Beyond the scenario of this book, what happens if our enemy is capable of taking out all the GPS satellites we depend upon for targeting our weapons these days?
The book brings nightmare visions of what could happen to America... A wake-up call for all
The narration is excellent.... Joe Barrett brings the characters to life....
Excellent book. This is the first time I have listened to this author. I loved the book. It really makes you think. Well written with lovable characters.
This book is one of the best books I've have ever experienced. Deeply disturbing, wonderful plot. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but most of all you will sit and go crazy and remain utterly disturbed.
This is by far the most chilling and scary book I've listened to thus far. There is not one slow spot in this book. You will be changed in your view of national security and the need for a plan to deal with large scale disasters.
The narration was amazing and added tone of drama to an already dramatic story....well done
This story is chilling because it is not farfetched at all. With today's headlines of North Korea threatening nuclear war, the muslim fanatics of Iran looking for nukes, and Al Qaeda, it is very worrisome that it would be possible to take down the US with only one nuke. It makes you want to stock up on canned goods, and survivillist gear that before you would think only kooks might want to do.
A very sad story too. Brought me to tears several times because of what happens to some of the characters. As the story went I was worried I would be left hanging, but it comes to a satisfying conclusion.
I hope this story is not prophetic....