If you know anything about the author you probably are aware that this is a strange hybrid novel that's a little more educational than entertaining. It's almost more non-fiction in many ways, or in the very least a daydream of a best/worst case scenario of the end of the world. Ultimately, because of the strange way it's written, this may be best read in print form for its informational value and use as a reference material.
Throughout the book you get the sense that the author is a puts story and actual storytelling second to the making of lists and the describing of the technical aspects of the many pieces of equipment, procedures, and tactics. He goes in to detail about the specifics of each type of gun, (model number, caliber, etc.), foodstuff, tactical gear, and survival implement to the point where you could go online and buy each piece described yourself. This is good for someone reading it for the know-how that the author obviously possesses and is well-known for. However, it bogs down the story and takes on a strange fetishistic undertone as each brand name and its pluses and minuses are discussed ad nauseum. Once again, if you're planning on reading this as a reference material, then you're going to be pleasantly surprised as you get detail on the items you need and how to setup your survival implements. Still, if you're looking for a fun tight throwaway read, pick another book.
I also could have done without the oft-repeated religious peachiness, the right-wing paranoia regarding the federal government, and a hokey scene where bad-guy communists pop-up just for the sake of being executed. I think this was a good example of a tangential political statement that were peppered throughout the narrative and tended to turn me off.
Finally, I should mention that the narrator made some pretty awful choices in the reading that at times were distracting. Here's a tip; no one wants to hear the stereotypical over the top Midwest accent for too long, even people from the Midwest. Think of that SNL skit with Chris Farley and George Wendt all about "da Bears". After several characters pop up with these kinds of grating and offensively stereotypical accents, you start to get the sense that the narrator couldn't wait to ham it up.
Overall, I'd read another book by this author now that I know what I'm getting.
The narrator brought this to life for me in such a wonderful way. Dickens is absolutely amazing on his own, but when read by such a talented narrator his work becomes even more of a pleasure.
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