If society collapsed, could you survive?
When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: The country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.
An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back. During the grueling trek from Tallahassee to his home in Lake County, chaos threatens his every step but Morgan is hell-bent on getting home to his wife and daughters - and he'll do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Fans of James Wesley Rawles, William R. Forstchen's One Second After, and The End by G. Michael Hopf will revel in A. American's apocalyptic tale.
©2013 A. American (P)2013 Penguin Audiobooks
If audio books had pages, this entire series would be a page turner. I enjoy TEOTWAWKI themed books because they tend to have lots of action plus I like to see/hear how different authors view life on the other side of civilization. The "Going Home" series is one of the best I've read.
A. American uses the TEOTWAWKI standard device, an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) to usher in the end of civilization. This quickly gets us to the meat of the story. He introduces plenty of main characters, often developing multiple story lines so we can see each character develop. I think the author does an excellent job of painting what the other side of civilization will look like (since we agree so often, he must be a genius, right?). He weaves in survival tips and strategies, some of which make sense, some I could argue with. It is important to note that nobody really knows how people will react. Any theory posited by an author should be used as a launching point for your own thought exploration. Hence, the reason I enjoy reading this genre.
The retired Army Sargent First Class is my favorite character. His role would be useless without his well selected team but together they make a great story. NOTE: I cannot judge the reader's performance because I listen in a fast forward mode which speeds up the beat and changes the reader's pitch etc.
Re: Listening in one sitting. . . .not only did I panic when my battery needed charging, I loaded the other two books on my player so I wouldn't have to stop!
Great book and I'm so glad to see Audible is offering some non mainstream books. Though most books like this aren't very well written, this entire series is. It's a good story, well written and well narrated unlike some of the new books of this type on Audible.
Funny book this. As mentioned by other reviewers, there's enough 'gear glee' to make you think the author works for the marketing department of some survivalist supplier. But more than that, just as the story starts to get going we pause to wash the dishes, pack the backpack, make dinner, wash dirty clothes, make hot chocolate, wash the dishes again, put on socks, tie our shoes, make the bed…seriously, most of us know how to do these things.
Really bad writing, so I think the narrator was actually doing the best with what he had, and the politics will be off-putting to some. I hung in till the end though, so author must be doing something right. I'd be interested to see if book two has the same attention to minutia. Oh, no wait: That would mean I have to buy it.
I seem to be on a survivalist reading kick lately, enjoying various books about TEOTWAWKI scenarios. One thing that quickly becomes apparent is that survivalist books and those who write them tend to be of a particular political bent. It is stronger in some than in others, but let's just say there are not a lot of people voting for Obama who write books about how the government is going to collapse and the key to survival is stashing guns and silver.
"A. American" is clearly making a statement with the very choice of pseudonym, but Going Home doesn't really get up on a soapbox until the end.
Instead, the first part of the book is about Morgan Carter's trip home after an EMP device shuts down his car and the power grid. He is in rural Florida when it happens — setting survivalist novels in Florida or North Carolina seems to be awfully popular. Certainly it's easier to explain someone carrying a gun around, as opposed to a survivalist novel set in New York or Maryland.
Morgan Carter is a prepper, and the chapters with Morgan are narrated from a first-person POV, so he goes into great detail describing the contents of his bug-out bag, the equipment he has, his survival tactics as he begins hiking home. Later he meets up with a naive college girl, another shotgun-toting survivor named Thad (obligatory Big Black Friend), and then some ex-army guys, and the novel becomes a little disjointed as it alternates between their viewpoints as they go their separate ways.
Mostly there is a lot of talk about gear and prepper basics, obviously intended to enlist the audience's interest. There are some deadly encounters with the usual sorts of low-lives whom you'd expect to turn orc when the grid goes down. As a survival story, it's not quite as compelling as One Second After or Alas, Babylon or Dies the Fire because all those books (besides being somewhat better written) are about the survival of communities, whereas Going Home is mostly a collection of individual survival stories. However, it does illustrate some of the issues an individual might have, being caught on one's own in a SHTF scenario, though the author makes it a lot easier for his protagonists by letting them all start out heavily armed.
Now, as I noted, a certain mistrust of the government and antipathy for dependent city-dwellers is at the core of most of these survivalist novels. "A. American" keeps this in check for most of the book, with Morgan making only a few comments now and then about screwed the unprepared are going to be and the observation that people turn "collectivist" awfully fast when they run out of stuff.
The end of the book, however, reveals who the true culprits behind the EMP device were. Well, President Obama is never mentioned by name, but let's just say this is a book that will appeal to those who believe in the NWO's black helicopters and FEMA camps.
After reading this story, I decided to write a review. I sat down at my desk, and turned on my HP Pavillion desktop computer, running 32 bit Windows 7 Pro on an Intel Core i5 650 at 3.33 GHz. I turned on the computer, listening to the whir of the fans and the clicking of hard drive starting up. When the screen came up, I logged in with my regular user account, rather than the admin account I created for emergencies. As I did so, I thought about my other computer, my favorite actually, that is a Dell desktop with a Phenom II motherboard running Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon with a modified desktop, a custom dock and 4 standard workspaces. Once the OS booted, I saw that I had 14 new emails, many of which could be about work. Then I ran Chrome version 32.0.1700.107 m, as I like it better than IE 11 or Firefox, and I logged into Audible.com. I navigated to my library and found the option to review this book there. I considered what the best headline would be for quite a while, not knowing how to capture my feelings about this book in one statement. I finally arrived at "Intriguing 'prepper' story, terrible writing", and typed it in. And, so I wrote a review in the style of writing that the book is written in - with waaaaaay too much irrelevant detail and technical jargon that bogs down the whole experience immeasurably.
I did enjoy the story somewhat, and find it an interesting "what if" about the cause and aftermath of the downfall of our technological society, but that was in spite of the very poor quality of the writing. The story unfortunately has the feel of a first draft rushed to publication (maybe to get it out there before the electricity stops flowing), which needs some hefty revising to become even moderately polished - like a great idea for a story that hasn't yet come to fruition. There were times when I didn't want to put it down, but there were also at least as many when I yelled "Come on!! DO something! I am not interested in what brand of knife that guy was carrying, what the specifications of his rope are, or how he cooked breakfast, and I don't even know what an SVG is!!" at my car stereo.
If you like exploring the concept of what may happen when the lights go out for good, don't mind your head spinning a bit from a barrage thinly veiled product endorsements, can deal with some right-leaning anti-government paranoia*, and can hold your nose through the rough writing, I recommend this book. It fits into the genre including The Road and One Second After, although it is at the opposite end of the quality scale for writing. As the first in a series, it would get about 3 stars as well, as I am intrigued to check out book 2, although I'm not willing to pay full price or to spend a whole credit on it - I'll wait for the next sale.
Enjoy! And, someone tell me what the hell an SVG is, please.
(* which, I think, is fairly healthy and well-deserved in this day and age)
Very good book. Well worth a credit and the time to listen.
A bit gear focused, like it should be.
Society collapse and .gov going full new world order was a bit quicker than expected.
Shoot outs are believable.
If 95% of cars are not running should be plenty of gasoline available - hello garden hose and siphon ...
In all a very good book though
This one was difficult to finish and I'm glad it's over. The narrator does a not so great job with the delivery of this text, reading with a herky jerky style that made me really aware that he was reading vs allowing me to concentrate on the story. I think the author just wanted to write about survival gadgets. There's a lot of detail about gadgets and guns but the plot is really lacking for substance. Overall, I didn't care for it and found myself just wanting it to be over vs see any sort of resolution.
No. If the level of grammar and storytelling is an indication of this authors other work, I am not interested.
The switch from 1st to third person and the obvious lack of a qualified editor.
Christian Rummel comes to mind. Duke Fontaine blasts through the material with a staccato reading method that completely misses proper emphasis and at times clouds understanding. There is range in his character performances but it is limited to southern drawl to slightly more southern drawl. Scene changes get little to no pause save what you would expect from one sentence to the next, creating confusion on my behalf at least a dozen times. This could be the editors fault however as Mr Fontaine likely had little to do with the final edit.
The main character. See, I cant' even remember his name... that's how effective the writing is. And that's the danger of 1st person storytelling. This book started as a story about the main character but it quickly became evident that A. American was more interested in preaching against government authority and so spend a huge share of the book describing a cast of a dozen or so.
A good premise but wow was a mess. My biggest gripe is that stories that are to be told as 1st person should STAY 1st person. The writer spends the first half of the book in 1st person and then waffles back and forth through the 2nd half from 1st to 3rd person. Too much time is spent on what is really just product placement (how many times do you need to tell me what brand of water bottle you used?) Not to mention a clear preachiness every time the subject of 'being prepared' comes up. Really, so a highly skilled physician should spend most of his time digging holes in the woods and setting up solar systems instead of become proficient at his trade? Another thing: Why, for the love of Pete, does the narrator need to swear at me? I understand a character using an expletive here or there, but not when speaking to the reader... give me a break.Yeah, this book is an interesting exercise but it's poorly told and has little regard for grammar.
I have always enjoyed end of the world scenarios and this was a good story. It does a nice job of fleshing out the heros and the villains and creates a believable landscape. Though it leaves a good deal up in the air the story could stand alone.
Mr. Fontaine has a good speaking voice and does a great job of creating recognizable character voices. I marked it a little low because he jumps between characters in his narrator voice and it isn't obvious to the listener that we have switched venues.
I recommend this one.
This was a fun book! It was pretty well written, and very engaging. I like that the author didn't spend gobs of pages talking about the minutiae of guns and ammo, like Rawles does -- so women like who don't get all turned on by that sort of thing can enjoy this book without being totally bored. The scenes were realistic, and he nailed the emotional part of it perfectly. Not too superficial and cold, but not so full of drama and tears that it had you rolling your eyes. The only down-side to the book is that the author commits the literary faux paus of changing from first person (Morgan) to third person (Thad and Linus) on a whim, which confused me every time and took away from the really good flow of the book. It was a little disconcerting, but not enough reason to give it a bad review. I'm looking forward to seeing what the second and third books bring...
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