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77 Days in September | [Ray Gorham]

77 Days in September

On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.
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Publisher's Summary

On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America. The blast, an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP), destroys every electrical device in the country, and results in the crippling of the power grid, the shutting down of modern communications, and bringing to a halt most forms of transportation.

Kyle narrowly escapes when his airplane crashes on take-off, only to find himself stranded 2,000 miles from home in a country that has been forced, from a technological standpoint, back to the 19th century. Confused, hurt, scared, and alone, Kyle must make his way across a hostile continent to a family he's not even sure has survived the effects of the attack. As Kyle forges his way home, his frightened family faces their own struggles for survival in a community trying to halt its slow spiral into chaos and anarchy.

77 Days in September follows Kyle and his wife, Jennifer, as they are stretched past their breaking point, but find in their devotion to each other the strength to persevere.

What is an EMP?

An EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) is a magnetic pulse that overwhelms, and thus destroys, all electronic devices exposed to it. It is the most serious threat faced by a technologically advanced society. An EMP can be human caused, through the detonation of a nuclear bomb high above the atmosphere, or natural, through a severe geo-magnetic storm. In multiple reports prepared for Congress, scientists predict the complete destruction of modern American society and question our ability to ever recover if we are the target of an EMP attack. Further, some predict the death toll in America in the aftermath of such an event to be in excess of 200 million.

About the author: Ray Gorham lives in the small farming community of Shepherd, Montana with his wife and five children. He runs his log-home business by day and writes in the evenings, on weekends, and whenever the weather keeps him inside.

©2011 Ray Gorham (P)2012 Sunny Day Audiobooks

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    Amazon Customer South Dakota 05-28-13
    Amazon Customer South Dakota 05-28-13

    GreenShoes

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    "Horribly underdeveloped characters and story line"
    What did you like best about 77 Days in September? What did you like least?

    The general story line of a non nucear EMP ElectroMagnetic Pulse against the United States shutting down almost all things electronic is a very real threat that could have an amazing amount of promise, far better than the zombie craze which has becomes so popular.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Gorham again?

    Joseph Morton did a good job reading the fairly flat story of one man's attempt to get home to his family after such a horrific event when few cars run and no mass transit or communication is available. The scientific inconsistencies of the story will likely frustrate more educated readers on the subject, but Joseph's narration still makes it palatable. The overly simplistic writing made me constantly wonder if I had picked up a book more written for teens than adults.


    Which character – as performed by Joseph Morton – was your favorite?

    There really wasn't a favorite character since the two main characters in this story spent a lot of time being either stupid or naive, putting themselves or their family in needless danger. The least favorite character was unfortunately a large part of this book, the creepy sexual predator sheriff that continues to stalk the wife of the main character. The purposely agnostic nature of the book forced a necessarily shallow depth to the story and the characters which leaves far more questions than answers. Truly, it reads more like a rough draft than a finished story. Knowing a lot of people from Montana, neither of the two main characters were believable.


    Did 77 Days in September inspire you to do anything?

    The subject was so intriguing I will definitely look for more books along this same scenario. Hopefully one with more complex and realistic plots/subplots, characters, and storyline that isn't afraid to show the spiritual side of people that tends to accompany such a dramatic event.


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    RBK 05-10-13
    RBK 05-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Despressing and a Slow Listen"
    What did you like best about 77 Days in September? What did you like least?

    The premise for the story, devastation caused by an EMP, was great, and I listened to the first couple chapters with great anticipation for ensuing elements which never were delivered.


    What was most disappointing about Ray Gorham’s story?

    Rather than develop a story on the after-effects of the atmospheric nuclear explosion, the author chose to focus on a single person in pursuit of his family in an unrealistic walk across the country. Would have liked to have known what was happening on the government level, who our allies might be in that situation, how the rest of the world might respond to the incident, etc.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joseph Morton?

    The narrator was slow and mundane. Monotone. Maybe he was cast for the job because of the dour nature of the book itself.


    Could you see 77 Days in September being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh no. Too depressing for the reality-show mentality of today's audiences.


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    Scott United States 05-09-13
    Scott United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2002
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    "A Rather Absolutely Amateurish Apocalypse"

    As a huge fan of apocalyptic fiction, I was severely disappointed. The book is written and read as if it is for someone of a 1st grade intellect. The characters are not compelling, and do not build any suspense which would normally be basic in a fiction novel. The author, under the surface, puts into small attempts at proselytizing towards the reader that are annoying. This is certainly not consisten with the genre, and should be avoided if that is your expectation.

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    David 04-14-13
    David 04-14-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Survival thriller with moral fiber to chew on."
    What did you love best about 77 Days in September?

    The title says it all. A morality thriller breaking through, leaving the 'preachy' at the door step.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 77 Days in September?

    Lubbock. I had a good laugh there. Read and see what I mean.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No thank you, and I'll always be grateful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A joy to have a book that brings 'conscience' into the limelight.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy the read, you'll learn a lot.

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 03-20-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2009

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "A scary thought!"

    An interesting book about what may happen if an EMP attack occurred on the United States. The story takes place in two places, Montana and on the road with the main character trying to return home. The book does a good job of balancing time spent with the characters and action scenes of survival. The characters are likable (if a bit over righteous at times) and act as I think a normal person would which sometimes has you screaming “What are you thinking” but being under that kind of stress I would imagine would cloud anyone’s judgment. A good book if you like end of the world survival reads.

    Also I really like Joseph Morton. Wish he would do more audio books!

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    Karen United States 03-17-13
    Karen United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The love of a man for his family"
    If you could sum up 77 Days in September in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting,enjoyable,rereadable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 77 Days in September?

    When Kyles son sees him after 3 months


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narration could have been a lot better, kinda dragged u down


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love always comes through


    Any additional comments?

    I would retread this book...:)

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    Kim Sanctuary Point 11-06-13
    Kim Sanctuary Point 11-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good read"
    Where does 77 Days in September rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I regard it as top ten. If you have read One Second After and then read this you can put the two together, even though by different authors.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His tenacity


    Have you listened to any of Joseph Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    havent listened to any other but he is a good narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    overall i thought the book was good


    Any additional comments?

    Being a keen cyclist I would have repaired the bike. Made it 17 days instead of 77. Joke

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 03-07-13
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Characters Generic, no real sense of urgency"
    What disappointed you about 77 Days in September?

    I felt the main character, his wife and kids were pretty generic. There was no real personality to any of the characters. They could've been anybody. There was no real sense of danger. . Main character lurves his wife and goes across the country pulling a cart to reach her. Wife remains steadfast to hubbie, despite not knowing whether he is alive or dead. This just wasn't that exciting. The wife and hubbie were mr. and mr. generic.


    What could Ray Gorham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters needed a personality implant. Loving your wife and hubbie do not count as personality traits. They all were just kinda meh.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I thought the characters were good people, and I liked the concept. I just thought it lacked oompf and the character development was weak.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps if the protag had been single. Or even if the wife felt hubbie was truly dead this would've been more suspenseful. Wife's unfailing belief hubbie was alive and coming back, just made his return just a matter of time, rather than a big surprise. The magic survival rate of the protags despite doing stupid stuff, gave the main characters a bit of a charmed quality. Nothing bad can happen- because they are the main characters.

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    Jodi Oak Park, IL, United States 05-03-13
    Jodi Oak Park, IL, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Horrible, just so poorly written"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Pro gun Christians or romance readers.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Gorham again?

    No. Not good writing at all!


    What does Joseph Morton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I had no problems with the narrator. It was the writing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 77 Days in September?

    Ugh, definately the scene when the main female character is getting sexually harrassed so she thinks about cutting her hair to appear less sexy. Ok, your life is at risk and this guy is man handling your kids, you don't know where your next meal is coming from, for sure most women are going to think about changing their looks. Also, the scene after he attacks her. Society has turned to anarchy, just murder him and bury the body. That would be more interesting at least.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the premise and wish the author explored more about what the government would do in that situation and how people really would find food/survive instead of just focusing on one really boring couple and their quest to reunite. Hell, if you have to only concentrate on two people, at least give us their kids' stories from their kids' persepectives? So much potential that didn't get explored. It was also really sexist, IMHO. The mom was such a dumbass.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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