Let me preface this review by stating that I think the premise of this book is important for all of us to be aware. The threat of an EMP sounds like it is real, and very scary. That being said, I believe that this is still a work of fiction, and taking that into consideration, along with the genre of the book, it really falls short in comparison to other "dooms day" novels. The protagonist is not particularly likeable. At one point he glares at a nurse that he has been lusting after himself, because he believes her offer to stitch up his hand is made because she is turned on that he just executed someone. Because that is what turns women on you know, watching people get shot to death. Gross. He is not a hero, he is not a gentleman, frequently cowardly and self important, yet somehow the governing townspeople keep looking to him for advice and leadership. Why? He's a history teacher. There is zero action in this book. The entire book is old men talking. So much talking. They talk about the action that is happening around them, but they don't actually participate in the action. As the reader I'm thinking "let's go see what that is about! take me over there! where the action is happening! stop talking... let's go!" But alas, we only get to hear a series of old men discuss what is going on around them. Maybe they're not old, I don't know, because there are no descriptions of characters, with the exception of the hot nurse with questionable morals. The only thing I have to go on is the performance of the reader who is clearly geriatric and has a slightly condescending tone. Not a fan.
If you want to find out about the threat of an EMP research it on the internet, skip this book. I'm mad I wasted a credit.
I absolutely loved this book!! It is a harsh reality of what could happen to this. country one day, tears, giggles and so many heart felt emotions run through this book. I recommend it to everyone
Realistic. Pertinent. A post-apocalyptic novel that isn't far-fetched. This guy knows his audience - adult males, most likely married with children, with an interest in survival or prepping. So many SHTF stories out there have some obnoxious or unrealistic elements. I found nothing distracting or annoying about this story. Beautifully written.
As a history teacher & father of two, of course I'm going to connect to John.
Favorite...nay, memorable. It's hard to chose. The initial nursing home visit, Ben & Elizabeth delivering the news, reading to Jennifer. All etched in my mind forever.
Shaking Ben's hand. What a move. What a tough thing to do.
I did twice and will again. To relive the "experience" and attendant joy I get from this well written book.
The real possibility of it happening and the details of what transpire are so realistic and possible. It really is a wake up call.
He is outstanding and I wish he was on One year after. He really had the voice, timing, skill in one second that helped make it so realistically captivating. The best...
Yes. Several. I will have to come back to this one later.
Bought one year after today and will download in 1 hour. Very anxious. So far from preview I miss Joe Barrett a lot....worried.
Frightening, realistic and engaging.
YES. Simply reading the synopsis let's you know the basics of what is to come (apocalypse by EMP), but there are enough twists and turns to really keep the listener engaged and wanting to know what happens next.
No I haven't, but he was a great narrator. I would absolutely enjoy listening to him again.
SPOILER ALERT! SKIP IF YOU WANT TO AVOID:
The death of Jennifer. I mean from the beginning of the book you knew the clock was ticking, but so often stories find a way to have the "cavalry" come in at the last minute and save the day. Not so here.The reader connects with the characters and watching Jennifer die and the subsequent reaction by her father who is tasked with so many heavy burdens for everyone else, yet he is powerless to help her really affected me.
This is absolutely a must read for fans of apocalyptic fiction. I put it in the same category as Alas Babylon and Lucifer's Hammer (the latter of which the author admitted being influenced by). This is a classic in it's own right, and the frightening part is it is totally plausible.
I almost gave up on this one quite a few times. the writing was baf. loaded with passive voice sentence structure that drove me nuts. But... the story pulled me through despite the many problens.