The ultimate prepper's adventure. The journey begins here!
Nathan Owens was just topping up his tank when the gas pump stopped working. So did the radio. And the lights. Then planes starting falling out of the sky, and plutonium-powered satellites began to explode.
A massive solar storm - the Coronal Mass Event that had been predicted for years - finally hit Earth, and the electromagnetic pulse it created instantaneously threw the world back to the Bronze Age. Soon, the radioactive fallout from space would spread death and disease across the globe.
Owens and his friends had been preparing for something like this for years, and now it had finally happened. But when it came, it came at the worst possible time. He was 1,000 miles away from his family and his redoubt - and it was his only chance to survive the dark days ahead. If he ever hoped to escape, he would have to draw together a team of survivalists to save those nearby before he could even begin the last, most important journey of his life.
And there was one thing he hadn't counted on at all: the EOTWAWKI wasn't just a natural disaster. There was a sinister, almost omnipotent human force, behind it...and it wanted him dead.
©2015 Thomas A. Watson (P)2015 Permuted Press
I liked this book. It's not the best but far from the worst. I don't like reviews for thus book it nearly kept me from downloading it, thankful I did. This book us worth a shot. The main man is a prepped group unto himself with all his training and knowledge. I really dislike in the comments about how unrealistic the guy was. ITS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER! anyway give it a chance or not the choice is yours audible will refund the credit if you are unsatisfied. My vet is a former navy SEaL he has a rescue for dogs that are trained in S&R and by nephews orthodontist is a former EOD tech and NLDSA winner. I'm just some random jerk from Michigan whose to say was a wealthy guy does with his money if he is so inclined.
I don't return very many books but this is by far the worst book I've ever had.
The first few hours went ok until the main character wasted time hanging out at the truck stop which is just about the entire story. I agree with the other readers/listeners in that the story is boring and unrealistic.
I also agree the story appears to have been written by a child not an adult.
What is even worse than the poor storyline is the narrator who by far is the worst narrator of the hundreds of audiobooks I've listened to. It's as if he is reading on a 5th grade level. He doesn't end sentences correctly and almost slurs the words. I checked his name and found he has not narrated anything but this book. At least I don't have to hear him in any other selections I come across. I can put up with a bad storyline but the narrator makes listening to it unbearable.
Maybe. It had a lot of characters at times. I might be able to enjoy the story more the second time since I will already know who's who.
I might but not for their first book in this genre.
Annoying. Really annoying.
Pick your friends carefully in the apocalypse.
I liked the book but thought the story focused on the store and diner too long. This section was still interesting, I was just ready for him to get on the road. I am looking forward to the next book.
The overall story and plot was fine, but the main character had a very odd feel to him. One minute you're cheering him on, and the next its like where did that come from? The ethical and moral ambiguity Nathan showed was troubling... especially for a LEO and a nurse. Also, the narrator made it extremely difficult to understand the tone the characters were taking. The reading was very monotone, and blah. I don't think I'll be finishing this series, or recommending it.
"Do what you can with what you have, wherever you are."
I don't know Thomas Watson, or his prepping or vocational background, but his protagonist isn't someone most people could probably relate to. He's a single nurse that contracts all over the country and makes a huge amount of money which he dumps into prepping. Plus, he's a Reserve Sheriff's Deputy that's a member of a special response unit and has a trained working dog that travels with him. So, to be clear, the protag is rich(ish) medically trained, highly tactically proficient LEO (in his spare time) with a dog that's smarter than most of the secondary characters.
In Watson's book, Nathan (the protag) spends days (the whole book mostly) acting as this Prepper Messiah to a group of store employees and a stranded family while defending the store from the growing civil unrest. Nearly every decision the Nathan made was counterintuitive to most experienced people who prepare for similar disasters. For example, after he's stranded by the EMP, he spends thousands of dollars buying last minute supplies at this particular store/restaurant/casino most of the book is set at. He bought so much that I expected him to try and buy a working car or ATV to start his 2000 mile trip home. Nope, well over 100lb pack and he's going to walk it. Hahaha; no way.
Beyond that, the character seems written more for an action movie than a realistic treatment of a disaster. Nathan kills people with the same nonchalance has opening an envelope with no reason or explanation as to why he can do this. In better books people defend themselves without hesitation, but they understand the gravity of their actions despite the necessity of it. As many military and LEO veterans know, just because the taking of a life is justified, sanctioned, or within the ROE, you still live with it. Mr. Watson never conveys this with his character.
Every time Nathan is about to put on his "hero hat" he has to make some sort of cheesy comment that had me rolling my eyes. Not one LEO I know would run up to a group of guys about to loot a store and yell "Pain train's coming! Who wants tickets?" or something similar. You just can't take this work seriously with content like that. Its pretty consistent throughout the book, as is his character's need to always remind people "I'm a cop." I should've counted how many times Nathan played that card, even when doing illegal things himself... "Its okay, I'm a cop". If he was going to throw out his moral compass after the disaster that's fine, but to constantly hide behind his badge became a worn out plot device.
Anyway that's about it. I'll be getting my Audible credit back on this one.
I don't have a bunker and I would starve in 2 1/2 days, but I like to listen to people who do and wouldn't.
Outstanding potential. How could you go wrong with a story about survival with a main character who is an independently wealthy practicing ER nurse with a highly trained pilice dog he usues as a police SWAT member. Oh, and is also a prepper with a secure compound and more weapons than an special forces combat aquad.
I'll tell you how, write this story around the above mentioned character.
the dialogue in general is good talk, but the way it's read gets annoying. should of left out some of the he said, she exclaimed stuff. The reader should change his voice tones to mimmick the emotions
I've already listened to it twice. Societal collapse, and sometimes zombie, novels are my favorite lately. Thomas A. Watson has written a story that stands out in both of those catastrophe arenas. The protagonist is extremely competent in handling the EMP aftermath, yet is kept realistically fallible. I love the charity he shows those around him he doesn't even know, whether it be through sharing supplies or knowledge. The only problem I had, and it's minor in the overall scheme of the story, is the almost disgust the main character shows a person that joins his journey at the very end of this story. The reaction to one specific attribute of this new character is somewhat understandable, especially considering Nathan's a nurse. However, it struck me as a little too far with the judgmental attitude shown. There is practically a speech given as to the state of this character and how they relate to a large majority of Americans. The disdain was a bit much. I truly do highly recommend this listen and will enjoy again it in the future. I just felt strongly enough about this one complaint though that I simply couldn't allow myself to not include it in the review.
Any EMP aftermath novel, especially those narrated by Kevin Pierce.
The narrator does an excellent job conveying the myriad of emotional reactions the main character has to the situation.
Didn't make me laugh or cry. I did stay up way too late listening to it because I was enjoying it so much.
I'm a definite audio-bookworm. I've listened to several hundred Audible titles and have been a member for a very long time. So many other reviews by fellow audiophiles have been extremely helpful to me and I hope this will be to others.
Retired Marine, Acft Mechanic, Lifetime Avid Reader. Began "Listening" to Audio Books when my "Reading Time" and Access was challenged.
Love it ! Great characters, Loved the story. Can't wait for Book 2 !
"the narrator was quite poor & story drawn out."
the story was ok, but the narrator was like reading out loud at school rather than including any emotion or character. the idea for the story was interesting, but it seemed drawn out in places when every detail was described even when it wasnt important in building an image or advancing the story. sometimes it got a little repetative.
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