Surviving the attack proved to be more than they could have imagined….
Months after a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, the country is now unrecognizable. Major cities are run by gangs, survivors are dying of starvation and the government is falling victim to lawlessness. Those who were prepared for the end find that they weren't really prepared at all.
While some seek vengeance for their losses, others are determined to restore the nation. Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Barone, Connor and Pablo are all on different paths, but they are all in search of a home away from chaos. They are all in search of a sanctuary.
©2014 G. Michael Hopf (P)2014 Penguin Audio
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
This may be the last in the series rather hard to tell it could certainly go on, but either way it was a great ending to the first two of the series that I've read. You will not want to miss this book. The characters are as well written and the narration is as good as the others. enjoy I know you will
when are they going to learn to stick with the same narrator for a series ? does anyone listen to all the customers suggestions ???
I will start off by saying I am a huge fan of this series. This installation of the series delivers the same level of intensity, excitement, an intrigue as the last two. If you are looking for a survival book on “how to” skills this is not your book. The author does not teach how to live off the land while navigating the country side as other books do. Where this book not to mention the whole series really shines is the presentations of the raw ugly situations of a world in chaos. Many times while reading this series I have been forced to ask myself if I could do the hard and sometimes distasteful things that Gordon Van Zandt and the other characters in the story have had to do. This is where this series is unlike any other series I have ever read. In other apocalyptic series characters make long hard treks or fought off countless bands of robbers, zombies, or hungry mobs. But in this book and the series the characters are often put in situations where the good an honorable way of life is not always an option. These are the moments where the book is absolutely riveting an cost me more than couple hours of sleep because I could not put it down. Then again that is why coffee was invented.
The book itself picks up almost directly where The Long Road left off. If you have not read The Long Road I would strongly advise not continuing on as some of the items in this review will touch on key plot line events and will disclose events that happen during the first two books, so in short SPOILER ALERT! The book starts out with Gordon hot on the trail of the cult leader Rahab the man who killed his son Hunter in one of the most gruesome manners possible. This is what we would expect any good protagonist to do. From Achillies avenging Patroclus’s death to Bob Lee Swagger avenging the death an defamation of Carl Hitchcock, Gordon Van Zandt leaves his family and friends alone in a very dangerous and unpredictable world to seek vengeance for his son’s death. This decision comes with unintended consequences. Gordan’s family and friends are taken in by a man named Eric, his wife and a small community of people living in a subdivision. In Gordon’s absence his family and friends are harassed, harmed, some even killed by a local thug named Truman and his cohorts. The book ends just after an explosive confrontation between Truman’s group and Samantha, Hailey, Nelson, and Eric and his group. I hope the author will further expound on the possible rifts between Gordon and his family and friends on what happened while he was gone. Doing the just and noble thing may seem like a good idea but we may not always get the happy ending we think we deserve. The other four plot lines continue on President Connor, General Barone, Pablo, and Sebastian. I don’t feel like they have quite the level of detail that the Gordon plot line has been given but you do not need a crystal ball to see they will all eventually be intertwined. I heard a saying one time “Experience is what we get, when we do not get what we want.” This becomes an all too common theme throughout the book. From President Conor expressing regret about his rash use of nuclear weapons to Sebastian and those around him who pay heavily for some decisions he makes and obviously Gordon leaving to avenge Hunter. Most readers can see the pieces falling into place of how this story will go. But the author has done a great job in the past of surprising the reader with a plot twist. I know more than once all I could say was “Holy CRAP, I did not see that coming.”
My one issue with this book is that it seems awfully short. I felt like just as you are getting immersed in one story line the chapter ends and you are catapulted into another story line. By the end of the book you feel like you have barely spent any time with any of the characters. It is like being the host of a large party and because you have so many guests you really cannot spend any real quality time with any one person. This left me feeling like the book was really short even though when I looked the overall book is fairly comparable in length to other books of its genre. But those books had maybe one to three story lines to follow. Hopefully future books in the series will start to combine a number of these story lines together so that the reader can be deeply immersed in each story line. That said it is still a really good book.
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