Decent, not great. In the post-apocalyptic a genre, the EMP angle was new to me, and I think the overall realism of the plot turns was credible enough. Still, this didn't even approach the character depth of "Alas, Babylon" or "Lucifer's Hammer", or even "Cyberstorm". I found all the protagonist's historical nostalgia distracting and eventually annoying.
Thrillers zombies and action make my day! Fast moving stories and characters worth reading. New twists to a great genre will always get me
Story is almost like a news reel with dialogue. Can't say that it is edge of your seat entertainment, but I certainly was educated after reading. I guess you just don't think about what would happen if we were suddenly were plunged back into the early 1800's. Thankfully and hopefully we won't ever have to think about it in real life.
Having said all of this - this is a great book! I'm glad I read it because I heard so much about it and it has given me a lot more respect for how easy my life is now.
This is the struggle for life of a small town in the mountains after an electromagnetic attack hits the United States. No medicine, no cars, no food, no trust and now they have to band together to defend themselves. Not a heart pounding action thriller but certainly a good listen.
A child of God who loves to read, listen to audio books, knit, write, and color.
This was more frightening than any horror book, because it is a real possibility. I felt as if all this was happening as I read it, and even rationed my food intake. I cried and sobbed in several parts of the book. Caution: if you want to have a happy ending, do not choose this book. Reality is not always pretty.
Dr. Chip - Former Military Officer - love Sci-Fi & Thrillers!
Excellent book with a scary possible scenario! I can only hope some military and government officials have taken heed to the vulnerabilities.
The idea for the book is a good one. What would happen if we lost electricity in all its forms, suddenly and without notice.
Unfortunately, as the author notes, this novel was written by someone with a political purpose in mind, rather than a literary one.
What results is a polemic, with unidimentional , bloodless characters, barely concealed right wing politics and a very stilted and xenophobic vision of the world. Sort of a Tom Clancy without the writing skills. The action scenes are trite, the relationships more suitable for Mayberry than a novel, and a cast of characters so predictable that the end of the book comes as a relief, rather than a surprise. Imagine an apocalyptic novel written by a 1880s school marm, and you won't be far from the mark.
I should have been warned when I head the introduction by none other than Newt Gingrich.
I tried to like this book, I really did. It was a good idea for a novel, and at least some decent research went into it.
I have no idea how it made it to print without being heavily edited, or ghosted to make it more readable.
Give this one a pass, your time and money will be better spent elsewhere.
I liked a lot of the realism that went into the plot. That was great. What I was not fond of was the constant "my god...just a few days ago we were..." It really hurt the story IMO. By the third time I was ready for it to stop.l, but no, it was repeated all throughout the book. It really felt like a doomsday prepper's warning to all and less like a story. I get that it's the point of the book but it was too phoned in. The reader could put the pieces together on their own. He just had to back off a bit.
This topic is worth serious consideration. There are important details in this book that should be discussed by every world citizen. Unfortunately the dialog and character development are very poor. The book was difficult to listen to.
It's a must read by EVERYONE!
Absolutely. I was wondering if I would be strong enough to survive the next dilemma.
He made it all very real to me.
Yes, I lost a lot of sleep over it.