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
South Jersey Guy
Gripping story. Scary and plausible scenario. Makes one start to think about preping. Great narration as well.
we all need to think about issues such as this presents. we each find it easy to ignore potentially catastrophic events and go on with our busy lives. this story is woefully predictive of can happen.
J. Jason Gale
William Forstchen and Newt Gingrich have teamed up for a few books in the past, and even though Newt received no credit for authorship on this one, his fingerprints were found at the scene of the crime. The story unfolds like "Lord of the Flies" set in rural North Carolina following a doomsday scenario. All the characters that don't adhere to conservative ideals are either absent, or silent, or villains.
But wait, if you're a flaming liberal you may still enjoy the story. I did and I'm terrified by hardliners. The book doesn't press politics as hard as it could.
It is written in the third person, but the POV is locked on John, the hero -- kind of a generic moniker as heroes go, don't you think? -- so it could have just as easily been in first person.
Doctor Forstchen did a fair job of writing considering he was plagued by two major handicaps. Number one: He's learned too much. To get his doctorate in history he spent a couple decades in an institution (school) instead of experiencing life. Therefore, his writing has that know-it-but-never-done-it artificiality. Number two: He's a believer. Thus, his stories and characters are predestined to conform to, and reaffirm, his beliefs. In his case, he believes in the conservative ideology, reality be damned. He isn't free to explore alternative points of view.
The doomsday comes courtesy of an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) which is a real threat. The Afterword does a good job of explaining the phenomenon and the story depicts the results of and EMP attack very well. I'm more concerned about SME's (Solar Mass Ejection)than EMP's, but interestingly, the countermeasure to both is the same -- hardened systems back-ups.
The story is sobering, for the threat of an EMP attack is real. And we're not prepared! Read the book, then start pressuring Congress & your local governments to make getting prepared a priority. If we prepare NOW, our nation just might survive. It's not a matter of IF, but of WHEN one or more of our enemies will launch this type of attack on America and perhaps other countries as well. God save the United States of America!
It's important to understand why our society is so fragile and how quickly it could crumble.
He brings the main character alive
No, there were times I needed to sit back and either reflect on what had happened in the story, wonder how similar/different a scene would have played out where I live in a similar circumstance, or because of the graphic nature of some of the scenes described.
A must read, not because it will transition into a classic but because people need to be informed.