Earth reels in the aftermath of a savage solar storm, a global disaster of unprecedented proportion which leaves most of the world without electrical power or the means to restore it. Across the world, the responses of unprepared national governments are too little, too late. In the US, order collapses and opportunistic forces rise to fill the power vacuum, as what remains of a self-serving federal bureaucracy prioritizes the survival of politicians and bureaucrats over that of the general population.
As chaos and starvation spread, isolated pockets of survivors unite to survive. In Texas, Captain Jordan Hughes and a ragtag group of seamen and ex-Coastguardsmen gather their families close and resist the depredations of a hoard of escaped convicts. Meanwhile, in North Carolina, a similarly determined group of survivors attempts to use salvaged resources, not only to save themselves, but also to feed the hungry.
But not everyone is happy about the efforts of the valiant and resourceful few. Secure in his Camp David compound, a corrupt president consolidates power and builds a mercenary force to deal with any possible challenges to his absolute authority and to seize all dwindling resources for government use and fair distribution.
Survivors of the natural disaster are thus dealt another blow as they're betrayed by the very government established to protect them. Do they knuckle under to a dictator, or do they push back?
©2016 Robert E. McDermott (P)2016 Robert E. McDermott
This is a great story with multiple groups of characters each facing their own challenges while being part of a believable main story scenario. The author has done a great job of interweaving the individual story lines into a very real dystopian world. Can't wait for the next book.
The narrator, Kevin Pierce delivers an awesome performance and brings the characters to life.
It was worth the listen, especially so for an OTR driver. Though not perfection, the action is non stop. The characters were fairly well developed and draw you in.
Denver, Co metro area resident for over fifty-five years. Retired, Mid 60's, Male, own over 9,600 Kindle books, and over 400 Audible books.
The second installment in the Disruption series. I got caught up in the lives of the characters, the adversity they are facing.
There are many memorable moments. In the beginning, the cat and mouse escape along the Appalachian Trail. The Assault on Box town, the escape using boats. The attempt to save lives. I guess, what is most memorable to me is the realness of the problems of everyday living. The short supply of ammunition, for example. The exploiting of women by the villainous group. Which I perceive would be very much what would happen.
Kevin Pierce is very talented. I have probably a dozen or more Audible works with Kevin's voice skills. His "action" narrative as I refer to it flows well and lends itself to story development. He doesn't strain to convey individual characters.
It involved me throughout the listening. There aren't many lulls in the story, if any, that I recall. It's rare that one can say that.
This was a worthy follow up in the "Disruption" series by R.E. McDermott. Easily as good as the first, "Under a Tell Tale Sky". I don't categorize these as a certain genre. They each have a good story, with down to earth adversities to overcome. Characters you can care about. I couldn't ask for more!
This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks, Mr McDermott! I appreciate the opportunity to listen and review this Audible book
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