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
Based on the story I would recommend this to anyone that love a good societal collapse story. However the reader really killed it for me. Very little inflection and monotonous. Just stringing words together. No pauses where needed at times. He went from a straight deadpan dry read to a moment of excellence and them back to dry.
Other reviewers have said that this was sort of a lightweight "prepper" story and I agree, but it was still enjoyable. I cared about these characters, even though both main characters made some stupid mistakes. The narration was top notch. I'd like to see a gritter sequel.
I would, will, and have recommended it. Looking forward to the next book on Audible. I recommend it because "people" need to understand this scenario has real potential to come true and I feel this story, and others like it, raise the awareness of the masses so that we can all be a bit better prepared for it in the event it does happen.
I enjoyed the Character Kyle and his commitment to his family.
I enjoyed Joseph's performance in this book as much as I did "The End" and the "The Long Road".Very easy to listen to and he engages the characters with zest. When looking for new books I actually look for ones he has narrated.
I got a bit choked up towards the end, but I laughed outloud several times with some of the funny comments throughout the book.
Super excited about listening to the next book "Daunting Days of Winter" through Audible. I don't have as much time available to read as I have to listen so having books released through Audible is a big help for me.
I love books, but reading makes me sleepy. Hence, my Audible account! :)
The determination and drive of Kyle.
Yes I have listen to Joseph Morton before. I love Joseph Morton's narration. He has the perfect voice, pace, and inflections for audio books.
This is more of ladies love story than an adventure book
The ending was ok for a very non realistic love story that just happened to be set in a dark and sad time.
The hero and his wife (also a hero) seemed to be great people, just living in some kind of fairy tail instead of a dire situation.
This might be great for the ladies in the world who would value a girls love story, but very disappointing to those looking for some realism in what the country might be like after a major disaster. People crying "please don't hurt me, I just want us all to be friends", I don't think so.....
I'm not sure where to even begin. I really like the overall premise, but the execution and delivery of this story was amateur at best. The dialog was lame and predictable, not much in the way of character development. The central characters are incredibly stupid and naive; after a few close calls you'd think they'd wise up.
There's a preach moralistic sub-theme running thought the story. I really didn't care to know about the families dark secret of STD's, or that Kyle and his wife waited until marriage to have sex. The plot line on Kyle's struggle with an "adulterous" relationship (oh no!) was ludicrous. And yes, I think he should have left grandma by the road.
Nothing by this author.
I'm not a fan of the narrator. He seemed as bored with this story as I was.
1. A man's journey against all odds to get back to his family.
2. The both good and evil encountered along the way.
Yes, we would listen to this book again. Very entertaining.
The story was fiction but plausible in today's world.
The narrator did a great job of expressing the writer's intended moods throughout the book.
No, not at all.
The wife and I listen to audio books as we travel and I can tell you this book was one of the most enjoyable we have listened to lately. The story kept our interest and the reader did a fantastic job. We keep looking for Ray Gorham's next book but nothing yet on Audible.com
T&J in Tampa FL
I drive a truck so I listen to a lot of books.
I like these type of survival stories, after the big one or a nuke, what the country might be like after a devastating event.
It was a good listen, there were times I was really enjoying it and then there were some low points but I guess that is what the author intended so I would keep listening.
I have not, but he did a pretty good job, male and female voices were noticeable along with accents and children.
No, it was a steady listen, I was getting ready for an emotional ending but it did not come
There were times when I felt there was to much details and then there were times I felt there was not enough details.
I'm a truck driver that loves Audible! It is a wonderful way to "read" all the books I want to, with out having to stop working!
Joseph Morton, the narrator did an excellent job of reading the story and kept me interested in a story that was a little unbelievable in some parts.
Maybe a bit more on the main characters travels and maybe had a companion with the main character on the majority of the travel.
Joseph Morton kept my interest going with his reading. He did a great job of changing characters, especially the female characters. You could definitely tell who was talking by his change in voice.
I had no extreme reaction with this book. Being a truck driver I knew the route the main character was taking to get to his home and the possible run-ins he would have. I was excited about the part when his wife had to defend herself and kids from the local idiot/crazy guy.
I am glad that the author put the weather as an element that the main character had to deal with, because that is something many author's of these types of stories seem to leave out.
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