Overall, I found this book enjoyable and will likely buy the sequel (mentioned at the end of the presentation). There were, however, a few quirky aspects of the writing that kept nagging at me the whole time...
The dialogue in this book reminds me of an episode of "Leave it to Beaver". The story is set in the current time - people just don't talk that way! It's like the conversations from a book written in 1950 got mixed in with this story. "Gosh, son, that would be swell". I'm fine with leaving out the profanity is the author isn't comfortable with it, but it has to be believable. Large groups of people don't spontaneously break into "Amazing Grace" (yes, that really happens).
I also think the author must have an advertising deal with several companies who sell equipment to preppers, because he has a maddening habit of providing WAY too much detail about tactical equipment and firearms. As an example, I might ask my father to hand me the pistol. To be more precise, I might ask for the Ruger pistol. In this book, a character would ask for the "Ruger P-89DC semi-automatic 9 mm with a ProFab enlarged dot tritium night sight in a MavCo crossdraw holster with reinforced stitching". A simple flashlight becomes a "LightWorks D-13 LED flashlight with the optional K224-3C nylon webbed belt loop in desert camo".
Having said that, I think the story was well thought out and fun. The main characters are likable (other than their dialogue) and the EOTWAWKI storyline seems plausible and scary. This book is great at getting you to think about how you would react in the same situation - I've found myself laying awake at night imagining how I would protect my family if something similar happened at that very moment. There is plenty of action to keep the story moving quickly, but enough time is taken to discuss the specific way this group is planning survive long term. There were very few logical flaws that jumped out at me, which surprised me once I noticed the quirks above.
The narration wasn't great. Most voices are OK, but a few are so 'overdone' that they verge on being cartoon-like.
Despite all this, I'm glad I bought the book. Recommended.
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