I would suggest this book to anyone! It was very informative, realistic, and very thought provoking. Preparing for these sorts of disasters are just another form of insurance, what is the life of yourself and your family worth? Some of the information is a little dated since it was written in the late 50s, but oddly so much of it is still so valid and timely.
The narrator was superb. The character development and depth was superb. If anything I would have sat through 10 more hours of this story.
I listen to nearly anything Will Patton performs and I seldom disappointed, but there is always that chance. Pat Frank's writing style is simple, clear, honest, and exciting, all at once. I'll be looking for more audio books from this pair!
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
Although a little dated, it is an excellent story about what happens when normal life support is cut off. I had a little taste of this last year when I lost power for six days during a snow storm. The first day it's fin and after that, each day becomes more difficult. My one complaint about the book was how easily each crisis was handled. It perhaps could have been renamed "father knows best-post atom bomb"
Survival in a small town after nuclear war
Thought provoking, excellent writing style
Tears, laughter, endearing characters,
Should appeal to many interests
What's most interesting about this story is that it was written in the 1950s. So the language is interesting and the perspective is as well. If you grew up or live in the central Florida area you'll also appreciate the details presented of the area. If you like apocalyptic fiction or nuclear disasters then you'll appreciate this story which mostly deals
with what it would be like to survive in an area that was uncontanimated but cut off from the world.
Wow! What an excellent book! If I hadn't known this was written in 1959, I would've thought it was new! The first of the "SHTF" books, way before its time, this is a novel about what happens to a small area of Florida after the Russians drop nuclear bombs all over the US. (They take out our prez & congress, so this can't be totally, bad, right? LOL! AND - see what I mean that this could be about today? Russians/Putin are/is acting like they did back during the Soviet days. Like anyone ever thought they had really changed.)
Truly - read this book! It is so interesting & such a good story. Don't be worried that this is some political novel, or written in a documentary style, or all about moralizing, or anything. It's a great story with appealing characters & even some rather fun/innovative ways to deal with being cut off from the rest of civilization.
I was frustrated that they didn't figure out a way to use a bike to charge the batteries. Duh! Even Gilligan did this. Heehee. In all seriousness, the bike method is very doable & not difficult, & was the one thing I think the author overlooked that would've helped his characters (I'm writing this as if they are real! That says much about this book, too, I believe) ...but then again, that was good for the story.
GET THIS BOOK! IT'S FABULOUS!
Wasn't sure I was going to like this. It did start a looker slow, but the longer I listened the morning I got pulled in. Good character development.