This is the second audiobook by this author that I’ve listen to and both have left me questioning if I want to continue with any more of his books. In both cases the stories have interesting themes but things seem too slow and anticlimactic for a suspense type novel. Furthermore, the villains move through the story doing their evil with an unrealistic nearly supernatural ease.
This author does not seem to tell an intriguing story like the “earlier” Michael Connelly novels nor do they deliver the satirical comic wit of authors like Nelson DeMille. This is not a “bad” audiobook but definitely not one I’d listen to again.
This audiobook was hard to listen to. The narrator, sound quality, writing and plot were all superb, however, this is a relentlessly dark, morbid and plausible story. The satanic death cult of islam is described for what it is by this book, but that's only half of the message. The other half is the outright impotent cowards we have controlling every branch of our government, media and academics. The United States has created the best enemies money can buy while its citizens are lied to and distracted by politicians and the media conglomerates, and their rights are systematically removed by far leftist judges. This is widely understood but rarely delivered in such a persuasive manner as with this book.
If you have small children then you might want to think twice before listening. I'm not saying to bypass this book, just perhaps buying the actual book and reading it may be better. I imagine you would be able to pull away, or cautiously proceed at your own pace versus having the narrator thrust you forward, masterfully but without remorse, like being on a roller coaster from hell. This story builds a tempo quickly and doesn't let up until the very last word. It is brutal, heart wrenching, terrifying and realistic. It's made all the more so because you can actually imagine this story happening.
Ironically there's lots to say about this relatively short audiobook. I applaud the author for having the courage to write it. Yes, courage. It seems rare to find anyone who will honestly represent islam for what it is. If that offends you then ask why there aren't any islamic leaders that will speak out against the terrorist within its faith. Oh, I forgot, islam is a religion of peace.
Just finished this book as well as the first chapter preview of Book 7 and I must admit that I'm getting a bit bored with this series. I gave the first book a good rating, and still do, even after I waited to write the review after completing book 4. This series started out as a down to earth and realistic view of the world today, and the near future, and made sense that society wouldn't collapse and turn Mad Max after just a few days. I accept the drama over action because I believe that's a more practical reality than expecting to live as a gun slinging ninja when the sectors of our nation start to crumble. Sure, some will need to make hard choices but not constantly. Therefore, understand that this series, though well written, is a slow drama with only a few moments of action, so far.
Having said that, I'm at the point where I think I'm going to give this series a rest and move on to other books for a while. I'm still interested to find out how the rest of the series plays out, but I'm not ready to invest another 20+ hours to do so right now. So far I'd have to agree with other reviewers and say that this whole series should have been condensed to 4 books or fewer. I listened to an interview with the author on a podcast and he mentioned that the last book was mostly a bunch of speeches. Can you say boring or anticlimactic? I'll read the reviews and make my determination to buy it if and when I get there.
My one criticism about this series so far, apart from the dragging storyline, is the main character Grant. At first he came across as your average guy, but now he's always the smartest person in a room... I guess the arrogant lawyer has surfaced. In addition Grant can seem to do nothing wrong, even though he lies, or hides important info from his own family. Finally, It seems the whole collapse scenario was custom tailored just for Grant. And Grant's wife has to be the most stubborn princess... I guess that's second criticism.
Overall, a good series. I can't say that I'd ever listen to it again though. FWIW, Mark Goodwin's "American Exit Strategy" series was a better listen.
Probably. This book isn't an action packed leap into societal chaos. Instead it lays a foundation for the main characters throughout the series that follows. There are believable heart warming moments, as well passionate moments of anger and frustration. This was a down-to-earth story that most people can relate to.
Grant. He is a rational main character who is willing to do anything for his family.
I like so many, especially the scenes where Grant defends citizens from the oppression of the big statist bureaucrats.
I felt the tension between Grant and his wife, concerning preparing for a collapse, was real and sincere.
As far as collapse and survival stories go, this is a slow simmer versus a quick boil, like Patriots, American Exit Strategy, One Second After and Seven Days. I'm currently on book 6 in this series and appreciate that the author risked this effort with the first book and didn't go Mad Max so quickly. I wish that Audible and the Author would create a bundle deal with series like this.
I apologize upfront that I didn't finish this book, but it was so over-the-top and unbelievable that I couldn't go on. It was almost Stephen King-ish. This author tells the story of societal breakdown where the hero is an alcoholic reprobate that suddenly clicks into commando mode and becomes the only soul alive that understands what's happening and what should be done. Every other character is portrayed as the stereotypical sheeple just waiting to die from stupidity. I realize that a vast segment of our society doesn't want to think about our fragile civilization and probably has less than a weeks worth of food and supplies, but seeing children with swollen belly's after only 3 days into a collapse? Common!!
This book is not for prepper's but for the mall ninja's and border line sociopaths who think they don't need anyone but themselves to survive. Of course the last half of the book could have redeeming qualities that could make me change my opinion, but I doubt it.
This is a very simple, short look into the world of preparedness. This is a great list of fundamentals that everyone should be aware of, if not practice. There are several good podcasts that cover these ideas with about as much detail, and they won't cost you a credit. Actually, you will learn a lot more by simply listening to the author's own podcasts.
I would recommend this book for someone new to the idea of securing themselves and their family. However, this book just barely scratches the surface.
I thought this series had the potential to be far more than a "survivalist" story. The author paints a very plausible picture of where we stand today as a country and what tomorrow will most likely entail. Everyday I watch the news and see how "prophetic" these books may hold to be. The description of our political system led me to think about how this story could have evolved from an american collapse to the rise of a global new world order with its often refereed to leader, the "anti-christ". It would have been very interesting to see this story arc over into a 7 year Tribulation event.
This book offers a satisfying ending though certain existential threats were not adequately addressed. It didn't end with a happy ending necessarily, but a realistic one.
This book will have lefties marching in their pride parades demanding reparations.
Book 1 of this series started out well enough. It had me hooked sufficiently to get Book 2. Book 2 meandered around but I still wanted more and spent a credit for Book 3. Book 3 tested my resolve to keep going but thought the author was really going to surprise the faithful following with Book 4. Book 4 sucked.
If you want to spend 30 to 45 minutes listening about making soap, an hour or so describing food gathering, preparation and eating, an hour or so describing teenage girl depression, then this book may be for you. Little action, poor writing and an ending without a credible reasoning for this whole mess!!
NOT WORTH YOUR CREDIT!!!!!!
I just finished Book 4 which should be the final of this series, I hope. Book 1 started with the protagonist being quickly thrust into a grid down, lights out situation while stranded hundred of miles from home. At first I thought this was going to be a dud, but the more I listened the more compelled I was to continue with this journey. I know that most listeners will find it distracting at how the author describes in detail the survival supplies and gear that the lead character (Morgan) uses along the way, but I found it to be somewhat informative and well thought out. Obviously things go from bad to worse and Morgan encounters drunk rednecks, thugs, bandits and eventually, the government. Although it's becoming more common in the survivalist book genre, this is the first series I've listened to that seems to latch on to Alex Jones notions of a hostel national takeover by government agencies such as DHS, FEMA, IRS and others. It's a sobering notion to consider and this first book really convinced me to buy Book 2 and find out what happens.
Book 1 wasn't great. The narration is mediocre at best and some of the subplots were too formulaic. Books 2, 3 and 4 didn't improve in the narration department and took things too far by introducing characters and subplots that just became stupid. Some of the dialog between characters was idiotic. Book 4 especially. In fact, Book 4 had quality of writing you'd expect from a teenager. I totally lost interest in the characters and story. It is obvious that the author was stumbling around trying to build a suitable story and explain why the world fell apart. Book 1 set a standard that Book 2 barely met and the other books completely missed. Books 3 and 4 should have been condensed into one book. They don't deserve your credits like the first two.
From the reviews I read I thought this was going to be an intelligent EOTW survival novel centered on family facing the real threat of a pandemic. In my opinion it only made my blood pressure go up without offering much else.
The good: This book tackles the subject of a pandemic with a fair degree of accuracy. It portrays a virus that originates overseas and quickly spreads to all nations, including the USA. The book centers around one family that apparently expected such a scenario and stocked up appropriately. As the pandemic worsens so does the behavior of the neighbors that surround this family. The tensions between families and neighbors is realistic.
The bad: The main character, Alex, is described as a former marine who saw combat, but approaches situations in this book like a naive idiot at times. The author tells the reader/listener about the chaos and societal breakdown going on all around the main characters, yet they seem to sleep soundly and play games like they're living through a trivial snow storm and the roads are just temporarily closed. They seem to have every provision necessary to cope with this chaos and don't need to rely on anyone but themselves. The publisher must have forced the author to cut back on the "conservatives are idiots, and liberal progressives are smarter" banter, knowing that this would alienate most of the readers/listeners to this type of novel. However, this northeastern mentality still creeps out and is scattered throughout the story. Did it matter to the story that family hates Fox news, is PC in their conversation, does not mention faith and is disgusted at the thought of eating red meat? I'm no neo-con but It made me relate that much less to the main characters. I felt an undertone that the author is somewhat satisfied writing about the world's mass population dying off and leaving the "intellectuals" remaining.
This isn't a terrible book but I wouldn't listen to it again. I wasn't left thinking that I got anything substantially useful from having spent the time listening to it.
Absolutely. As we approach the 2016 elections this book and its predecessor should be distributed in churches across the USA. Fictitious names have been created to protect the guilty but listeners will quickly decipher the characters in national leadership and realize this storyline is very plausible.
Especially to a democrat.
Not very charismatic. I felt that he didn't capture the author's true emotional intent. There were several places where I wasn't clear which character was talking.
Yes, but there's no way Hollywood would touch this. Spielberg would have spastic fits.
If you read the Bible, the political news, the financial headlines and such then you will like how this series ties them together. This book often quotes our Founders, who often quoted the Bible, and they warned us not to go where this country has now gone. This series describes the most plausible near term outcome, world war or natural disaster notwithstanding. It will definitely encourage you to start preparing any way you can.
This book will cause lefties to scream and spill their latte.
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