If you always have a book with you...
A realistic approach to what might happen in a pandemic event. Although not a gripping story, it kept you captivated because of how believable the situations were.
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.....
You want me to take out both ear buds?
So first off yes it seems it bit contradictory to have a main character as both a liberal and a prepper. Not just a liberal but an anti conservative, NPR and NBC following FOX news hatting liberal. Just because it doesn't seem probable doesn't mean it isn't possible. I say just laugh, let it go and be entertained.
The other 2 main points about the over description and slow narration may be true, but I didn't notice. I guess I will have to listen a 3rd time to see.
The story itself is awesome/scary. The concept behind a pandemic shutting down our economy seems very probable and the author thought out the scenario pretty well. I don't think I made it halfway through before I started ordering and assembling items for my 72 hour kits.
This ended up being the most expensive credit I have ever spent.
I enjoyed this book. Must read for the prepper.
Yes- Because the main character is so "mASSachusetts".
Steven Konkoly writes as if he were witnessing events of real fallible people, complete with clay feet and mistakes. That's what makes this book and the Perseid series relatable. Alex is not some meat head prepper killing everyone who could be perceived as a threat. He considers. It sometimes saves him, sometimes hurts him. He is a thinking man with a strong wife who speaks up when he gets overwrought. Kate worries about his PTSD and how his paranoia is affecting his decision making abilities. He has moments of brilliance and moments of stupidity, just like you and me.
It's an enjoyable read and a good yarn. There are parts that are difficult, like the murder of children. But, it illustrates the character of the perpetrator, not just gratuitous violence. Alex has hard choices and he agonizes over them. Just like a real person with a conscience.
My only nitpick would be that the narrator mispronounced "Bangor". But, that is my only real comment on the narration, which says a lot.
Really enjoyed the suspenseful nature of the book. It's tackled a hard subject in a relatively realistic fashion. I won't give away much here. But it was one of the best novels I've read in a long time. It is not exactly literature. Writing is not exactly sophisticated. But it is well worth the read is a great book if you're looking for some escapist literature! Overall I give it the highest rating I could because I think it accomplish what it set out to accomplish as well as it could have as well as anybody could've. I think this writer is very good although not particularly sophisticated. But that worked well in this particular genre. To be clear I'm not criticizing obviously I could not of written anything this good.