I had to write a review on this book which I really liked mostly in response to Cidney from New Orleans. She states that you more or less could ride your bike to work. LOL. What kind of work do you do that operates without power, computers, printers, bathrooms, water, do I need to go on. The emergency generator doesn't work. In the event of an EMP strike there would be no power for perhaps six months to a year. With out the big trucks that you all hate taking up the road you run out of food and water in the grocery stores in three days. Less if panic sets off riots and a rush on the stores.. I am over weight and could lose a few pounds but they say starvation is the most painful horrible way to die. If you have food stored are you ready to protect it from a once friendly neighbor who is out and has to watch his children die slowly. Sure share it is the moral thing to do but then you watch your own die. Then the roving bands of thieves that spring up looking for the weak easy targets. Look what happened at the Super Dome in just a short time after Katrina. Nothing made within the last forty or fifty years will work. Modern farming takes big machinery and a lot of water to feed the people. And how that that is ready for harvest get to market any way. Experts estimate 30% dead in the first few weeks. 50% as the diseases start spreading. This book is right on in every way and to take EMP lightly is folly on your part. No disaster natural or man made to date will match the loss of life on the horizon due to an EMP strike. We spend billions on the junk science of stopping global warming (which to date has not proved to have killed anyone.) when a real danger of biblical proportions is only the push of a button away. Iran, and North Korea know they can not defeat us in a confrontation. They also know the don't have to. They know all about EMP. Do you?
One of the better post apocalyptic stories.
In this genre, this ranks in the top. The only other one I would recommend is Lights Out. I just wish it was available in audio.
This book had me at its opening letter. "This story isn't about possibility but probability". I couldn't stop talking about this book once I was done. A constant nail biting, what will happen next book. It drove me to paranoia thinking how would my family respond to such a terroristic attack and how would I protect my family. This is a fantastic read. I noticed it was on special today. I encourage you to read it. This isn't a warm fuzzy book. Reality at its best. Read at your own risk.
Logical, vivid exploration of the aftermath of a nuclear event
Yes, the plot is well crafted and flows beautifully. You are always hoping for the answers to questions as you read.
It's impossible to rate one character above another. All were well developed.
I stayed up late listening!
I have this in print, too. I've listened twice, read it once. It's on me reread again list.
This is the first time I've encountered Forstchen, and overall I recommend this novel. It contains an interesting mix of strategy, apocalyptic future, and family, with perhaps the barest fringes of romance thrown in for good measure.
There are several other plotlines that are given teasers but never fleshed out, and it seems to me almost as though the author became disenchanted with his own work and decided to cut it short.
The story comes to a very brief conclusion that runs counter to most of the foreshadowing, and curtails what seemed like a much longer story arc nearer the beginning. For example Forstchen goes into extravagant detail about a piece of gold jewelry that his daughter is given at the beginning of the book, presumably with the intention of exploring metals as hard currency in the post-apocalyptic world that the character ends up in. What we are left with is pretty depressing, all of the death and destruction, but none of the postwar renaissance and indomitable human spirit that draws victory from the ashes of failure. Here the victory is bare survival, which is pretty bleak indeed.
only had audio version
its so real, i usually read and listen to zombie apocalypse stories for entertainment, this is terrifying, it takes us back to the way 200 years ago was in an instant, if you are into apocalypse stories this is for u
scarier than zombies
The author is not a very talented writer, he is a historian. I couldn't finish this audiobook, even though I was somewhat interested in the outcome.
While listening to this book and the effects of what happened I thought I knew what I would do, but the author seemed to know what I would do and was able to describe why that wouldn't work. I never realized how much our world today would suffer without electricity. I live in a rural place and off the land but never considered how things like medicine that I took for granted.
Just a riveting story, so plausible (mostly, except for the 'execution' of criminals--didn't think that was totally going to happen. But maybe it would in Texas!)
It's a can't-put-it-down story.
Jakarta Pandemic. Alas Babylon. Same genre, same plausible story line.
The father (can't remember his name). He had to take care of his girls, his mother, and be the voice of reason. Oh, and the African American ex-soldier at the college, he was a cool dude too.
SPOILER ALERT: When his daughter died of diabetes because they ran out of insulin.
Not so thrilled with the young/child female voices the narrator did. But that was minor.
This is such a realistic portrayal of what would happen in an armadgedden situation. It makes you step back and think how dependent we have become on the government and our electronic gizmos!