Downsville, Louisiana United States | Member Since 2004
This author must have gone to Stephan J. Cannell school. The action is intense, the bad guys are pure evil and protagonist constantly finds himself in situations that go from bad to worse. Unlike Cannell, this is much grittier and apocalyptic in scope.
I gave this series a try since the reviews were so positive, though I don't typically go for zombie type fiction. However, I was very surprised at the quality of writing and narration. I have gone on to listen to several more in this series and they all hold up to the same quality. I wouldn't call this a "zombie" series because the "infected" humans are more capable and enduring than walking corpses. They are relentless though. D.J. Molles does a terrific job of conjuring up a fairly unique story with good character development. The story is action packed and it's hard to pull away from, like getting on a roller coaster!
Be warned that there is a LOT of cursing. As the story advanced it seemed that the author took glee and inserting as many F words as possible. It does add reality to a point but at times it's too gratuitous.
Overall this is a wonderful audiobook to try if you are getting board with your other favorite audiobook series.
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.
Yes. As a matter of fact I'm on my second listen. Some of the chapters of this book seem ripped from the headlines... of our near future!
"Patriots" and "One Second After" come to mind, with a little A. American thrown in.
Everything. Scott Brick or Joe Barrett would have been sooooooo much better.
Al Mohammad. Is anyone not going to know the author was describing the high an lofty BHO??
This is a very plausible scenario for the collapse of the USA. The story was hindered by the narration but not such that I couldn't connect with it. This isn't an in-depth survivalist guide but you will learn a lot from this book.
This book will make lefties cry and exhibit signs of road-rage.
I thought the story would be very outdated and irrelevant. I was surprised! Though technology has certainly changed, it wasn't a distracting issue.
I believe nuclear war is still a reality and any serious prepper/survivalist should understand the nature of that threat.
Apocalyptic thrillers and survivalist stories, minus the zombies, are my favorite genre. This novel provides a well written story with what was a realistic and plausible scenario 50 years ago. With the rise of EMP warfare and decline of the cold war much of our fears of a nuclear holocaust have been pushed aside, along with that type of storyline. I assume most modern authors of prepping/survival novels don't want to tackle radiation sickness and mass contamination in their efforts to glamorize bugging out and living off the grid. This story brings to life the fears many people felt a few decades ago, and could once again. It portrays provocative ideas that are still worth considering.
Nothing. His tone and cadence was very suitable to a story set back in 1960.
Worth the credit.
I didn't listen to Founders since it got such poor reviews, but I did listen to Patriots (thrice) and Survivors (twice) and found this book to be equal to the latter in action, suspense, drama and practical information. The characters and locations are new and much of the book is spent developing their backgrounds and interrelations. Some of that got a little tedious for me but it did help with remembering characters as the story threaded between subplots. I thought the characters were just as developed and likable as in the other novels mentioned above. Unlike those novels this book isn't primarily set in America and therefore isn't as useful as a preppers guide, unless perhaps you're in missions. Even then, the book doesn't offer much more than the authors other books.
These books are sources of practical information wrapped in fiction. There are nuggets of good info found in each, however, Patriots contained more than the others combined. I'm not saying this isn't a worthy addition to your library though. You can get all the prepping info you'll want by scouring JWR's survivalblog site but that can get tedious and time consuming. These books tend to put that kind of information into a useful academic exercise with mostly entertaining and provocative results.
The book could have been half the length and still gotten its points across. There's too much unnecessary dialog.
Not at all.
All of the characters sounded the same and it was hard at times to tell which was talking.
No. I watched Jonathan Cahn interviews on several Christian television programs and his synopsis of this book was much more engrossing, and it took far less time to tell it. There was more detail in the book obviously, but it took way too long telling it.
The author should publish a CliffsNotes version. I believe the premise of The Harbinger is valid, as it pertains to the United States. However, Mr. Cahn should have, in my opinion, kept the story simple and to the point, or brought in some additional talent and penned a great mystery/thriller novel. This could have been a great Christian alternative to the Dan Brown crap.
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