In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America's infrastructure. Life as we know it in America grinds to a halt as the electrical grid collapses, communication networks are damaged, critical bridges and dams are destroyed, and major fuel refineries go up in massive fiery clouds. When the government responds by immediately halting fuel sales to the public, Jim Powell finds himself in a terrifying predicament - trapped five hundred miles from home with a group of coworkers.
With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home. Does he have the strength - the brutality - required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?
©2015 Franklin Horton (P)2015 Franklin Horton
I've read many 'end of the world' books. Some supernatural ends, some aliens, some invasion stories, some nuclear... this book treads many of the well worn paths of those stories, but it takes a somewhat different tact to most of what I have read.
Most stories like this fall into the "end of the world only just happened" or "it happened ages ago and we are just surviving" stories. This is the former, yet other than an opening chapter/prologue that goes into a bit of the events leading up to the attacks that cause the end of the world Horton doesn't really describe the action and events. We don't really see anything at all from the POV of our characters, because none were there. There is speculation and some small news reports talking of the damage but nothing clear. Our characters are not involved in the major events, they are the small people that get caught up in the results of it.
In this was it reminds me most of William R. Forstchen's "One Second After", showing a small town and the events that occur because of the attacks.
The book follows two groups - Jim Powell and some co-workers, trying to get home, and Jim's wife and kids on their farm. The wife and kids part reminds me very much of Forstchen's book and covers very similar grounds - buying up suppliers, dealing with lack of power and fuel, protecting the property. it is enjoyable but nothing I haven't read before.
Jim's story is the more interesting one and in fact works as a nice counterpart of Forstchen's book, in that Forstchen's characters must deal with travelers and an influx into their town and this book is from the POV of one of those travelers and what it is like to be the outsider trying to get in (or through).
As always in these books the world goes to shit, some people are good some turn super selfish and our characters have to deal with it.
The book is a bit of a preppers and gun lovers book, as that is what the main character is. despite being on a work trip he has his prep bag in case something goes wrong and thus has stuff he can use (like night vision goggles and ration packs etc). it also allows for a small 2nd amendment "aren't you all lucky we have guns" rant from one of the characters
There is also attitude throughout the book that everyone who is poor must not want to work and just wants handouts from everyone else. It's not characters espousing it, it's part of the narration and (I guess) a part of Horton's outlook. This reduces 'the poor' in the book to a stereotype and, in my opinion, weakens the book.
Beyond the story the actual writing is a bit all over the place. It switches between 1st person for Jim's story and 3rd person for the rest. yet during Jim's story he tells of things that he cannot possibly know. At one point he talks about some guy who lost a kid when the kid was in the army and recently had a wife die, so therefore doesn't care if he dies as well. the problem is Jim has never spoken to this guy (and never does because he gets himself killed 3 seconds later) so there is no way Jim knows what he knows. Horton accidentally slips into 3rd person omniscience halfway through a 1st person chapter.
Narration by Kevin Pierce is pretty good. He has a husky "manly" voice that really suits Jim's character. the other characters, and parts where we focus on Jim's family don't fit as well. Pierce differentiates characters well enough, without doing actual individual voices. He puts inflection and feeling into the reading as needed.
Certainly easy and enjoyable to listen to.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of audiobookblast dot com.
I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!
Loved the book! Excellent narration and great prepper and survival info. Looking forward to book 2 and other books by this author!
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.
This story has two very good plots, man who is prepared to get home and home that works to survive until he does. No unnecessary character build up, no unnecessary "this is why I feel like I do" fillers, just a good old start to finish survival story that makes sense and kept me interested. Very, very good find, eagerly waiting for the next book!
This book sat on my MP3 player for about a month before I got around to listening to it. Once I started, I couldn't stop! I've listened to post-apocalyptic and prepper books before, but this one actually had me asking my husband, "how many rounds of ammunition do you have" and I've been eye balling my new neighbors with a whole new set of eyes.
I loved the story and the characters. It was a tad bit cliché that all bad guys had greasy hair, bumps, missing teeth, mullets, wife beater shirts, etc. Not all dirty guys turn evil during the apocalypse and not all clean guys are good. And the use of the term *itch when referring to a woman that someone was displeased with was a little overused. But those are the only 2 criticisms that I have with this book.
I also have to disclose that I received this book for free from the narrator in exchange for an honest review. Having said that, I should also note that I already PURCHASED book 2 & 3 of the series and have already sped through book 2 and am about to start 3. Yes, I enjoyed this book THAT much!
The narrator did a superb job!!!
Thank you for reading my review. Now I must go to Walmart and buy several cases of water and start googling "how to grow a garden." I should probably take some kind of "canning food" class too. ;)
Excellent story and narration that kept me interested through the entire book. The story seemed plausible. Made me think about things I had wondered about in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I would definitely be interested in listening to the next book.
I really enjoyed the book. Very realistic. The story line dug in on human nature during stressful situations. I will definitely get volume two. The narrator was great.
Great story of survival against what you could expect as society collapses, even more than it is now.
I have decided that if I ever write the story of my life, I want Kevin Pierce to tell it, since he will make my dull, drab, janitor life sound like an adventure novel.
I really hate/love cliff hangers? but I guess that is what will get me to buy the next one.
"Good healthy SHTF fare."
So the first thing that struck me was the similarity to Going Home by A. American.
If you enjoyed that then this will float your boat too. It is a standard SHTF book with enough hook to keep you interested.
All in all I enjoyed it and will get the follow up books.
couldn't put it down. Great story great plot. loved the characters. don't kill them off! can't wait to start the next book.
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