Was expecting a novel, not a Survivalist manifesto
avoid unless you need a primer on survival
Dedicated Audible reader - love the average apocalyptic dystopian horror story!
This audio book failed on several fronts.The first being the narration. The narrator sounded so monotone and uninteresting, I thought I was listening to someone reading his shopping list. On top of narration, the author does NO character development. He just throws a bunch of people together and starts trying to make them interesting. Which they aren't. This book concept had great potential but was such a let down. I couldn't even finish this book - which is very very rare for me. Pass on this one.
say a story would have helped a lot.
No chance with this book.
the ones between the first and last chapters.
According to the book, all one needs to survive a social collapse is guns, more guns, lots of bullets, guns, explosives and a bible. I do not regularly provide feedbacks for the books I read, but this one is so bad, that I feel obliged to worn you away. There is hardly any story. Instead there are hours dedicated to reciting long lists of very specific and useless information on characters owning specific models of guns, together with precise number and kind of ammunition, number and capacity of clips, weight and type of the bullets, followed by the exact content of backpacks, or cars, down to the number of paperclips. I would rather read a phone book then this.
other than a bit over the top religious rhetoric, I really enjoyed the book. would definitely recommend it to others.
And Buffalo George
I assume that you've read the publisher's summary, so here's my take. This is 21+ hours about small unit army tactics, stuff you need should the USA ever collapse and a few tips on living without electricity. Great stuff for a long drive across "Texas?" So it's a fun, thought-provoking read, but not for everyone. If you are interested in guns, "this Bud's for you." If you voted for Obama and still like him, you'll probably toss this book after the first few pages. It was centered on Boville, Idaho...a site near the U of Idaho in Moscow...that made it interesting for me, but it could have been anywhere in the USA. I guess the author lives near Boville? Most of the Indian heritage that form the derivation of local names were pronounced correctly. One could interpret this book as a diatribe about survivalists and I think that it is. But, it's my first and as such, is interesting...some Christian and no Aryan nation stuff. It's 21+ hours contain research details that could be omitted and still have a cogent novel. As always, the tactical interactions are less of interest than the author's opinion about strategy, politics and outcome. It has an ending and that's not obvious until some new characters are dragged out and used in the last half hour--surprise! I wonder what's in the second book?
As other reviewers have said this is a good resource for a Prepper. Lots of useful information given. The novel portion and yes, it is a novel, speaks to every Christian fundamentalist, anti- government, gun-nut's dream. I think Hugh's review from 6/5/12 says it all.
Same, perhaps a bit better.
Yes after the first chapter or two.
Opens your eyes to real possibilities you never want to happen. If the story is not for you, then there is a good bit of knowledge and ideas for your brain to process.
The dialogue was extremely stilted due to the excessive and unnecessary amount of detail. The premise of the story was interesting but I struggled to get through it. I would be afraid to try anything else from this author.