This was an excellent read. This was more about what happens to the guy next door then the world as a whole. A very localized and realistic story for my tastes without the added gore that is replete of most of the genera. I am awaiting the next one from Steven Konkoly.
Altogether I enjoyed the story, but there are some very annoying attributes to this story when viewed from a conservative mindset.
First, the wife is the most annoying nagging douchebag I have ever had the displeasure of listening to. Why anyone would put up with this women is beyond comprehension, she belongs in a battered wife's shelter with a sign hanging over her neck saying, "All the shit that happened to me was totally justified!"
Second, you cannot be a liberal and a survivalist, the two do not mix and this throws off the story.
Third, The main character "Alex" a supposed gulf war veteran who hesitates too long when he and his family are confronted by would be killers and looters. Any U.S. Marine war veteran would have wasted these stupid bastards after the first two sentences of dialogue, as their intentions are clearly hostile.
I enjoyed the general information the book presented and the majority of the story, but I absolutely hate this guys wife. I don't know why this author would concoct such an annoying antagonistic character, the woman is just a useless bitch. I am sorry, I am not a woman hater and I love my wife more than anything in the world. Even my own wife listened to the book and agrees with every word I wrote here.
The author is horribly unrealistic in his end of the world views. Guns are ok ad long as they have trigger locks on them and are locked up in the basement in a vault so you have them when you need them, lol. When people break into your house you should talk to them and beg them to stop then spend half an hour getting to your locked up shotgun but then make sure its unloaded and don't point it at them and politely ask them to leave, are you serious? This author tries to be as politically correct as possible and obviously voted for obama, don't waste your time and money on this book, go with authors like A American, mark goodwin or james wesly rawls and you will be much more satisfied than you will with this wishful thinking author!
Anything thats not written by this author.
The narrator was ok but not versatile with other character voices.
The democrat survival guide, just trust the government everything will be ok.....
I enjoyed this book. Must read for the prepper.
Yes- Because the main character is so "mASSachusetts".
Full of sunshine, unicorns and dreams. Seems to be written by someone who does not understand the need for self defense in a society on the verge. Sure I wish the need was not there but realistically it is. Got this one to read before I read his books on financial collapse. Not even going to waste my time or money.
Kind of a waste of an Audible credit. I was really excited about the premise of the book, but unlike the overall detail on, say, The Stand, this whole thing happened inside one man's bubble, and the detail was wasted on the main character....adjusting his clothing before stepping outside to face the "Manson" (so named for the characters resemblance to the craziness of Charles Manson that came out of nowhere in response to some briefly mentioned food shortage. This book put me to sleep every night, one chapter at a time. Couldn't finish the last chapter. If I learned anything from this fictitious scenario, it's to save some food and stay inside and play games with your odds. Oh and have guns.
As love this review I have listened to the Jakarta Pandemic 5 times and have loved it more and more with each listen! The narration makes it very easy to listen to. I have fallen in love with the characters, can't seem to get something more out of the story each time I get through it. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in prepping, is curious about the behavior of their fellow man in a crisis, or wonders how a panfemic might play out. This book, and subsequent series, is highly recommended. 5 stars!
I would like to give the story a 3.5, it was slow moving at times and I felt like a lot of unnecessary descriptions about the environment were occurring at key parts in the story and got in the way. The story as a whole really gets you thinking about what the world would be like in the face of a disaster with scarce resources. For this reason alone, it is a good read to break through some of the naivety some of us carry around.