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The End: A Post Apocalyptic Novel | [G. Michael Hopf]

The End: A Post Apocalyptic Novel

For Gordon Van Zandt, life was one of duty and loyalty to his country, so when 9/11 happened he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This youthful idealism soon vanished, one fateful day in a war torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past, but must now face a new reality thrust upon him and his family.

North America, Europe, and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack that has caused catastrophic damage

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For Gordon Van Zandt, life was one of duty and loyalty to his country, so when 9/11 happened he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This youthful idealism soon vanished, one fateful day in a war torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past, but must now face a new reality thrust upon him and his family.

North America, Europe, and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack that has caused catastrophic damage to the power grids and all electrical devices. With nothing working, from cars to phones, and the total collapse of the economic infrastructure, Gordon must fight for limited and fast dwindling resources. He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors, but as daily life continues to break down so does all sense of civility within his community. With each passing day, Gordon makes choices that would seem extreme in today's world, but necessary in this new world.

©2013 G. Michael Hopf (P)2013 G. Michael Hopf

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    Jan 11-12-13
    Jan 11-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "So Dissapointed"

    So I usually love this genre, but this ranks closely to my least favorite "end of the world" as we know it book. The writing style is a mess. I didn't feel like I knew, or liked, a single one of the cardboard characters (and all the women are either "bitches" or wimps ), language is stronger than I care for and flat out murder by the main character is an ongoing constant. I couldn't suspend my disbelief. To make it worse it is a series and nothing is resolved... the book ends with a neighborhood shootout and the family taking off for Idaho. This is an EMP based disaster with Washington taking a nuclear bomb, the military and government play prominent parts.

    Better books than this on same topic: One Second After, Alas Babylon, Jakarta Pandemic, The Road, 77 Days, The Stand, Patriots. Similar to this Lucifer's Hammer.

    A young male with lots of testosterone and a desire to shoot people in the face might enjoy.

    40 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    P. Greer Indiana, USA 01-06-14
    P. Greer Indiana, USA 01-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I know you're thinking of buying it. Just don't.."
    Would you ever listen to anything by G. Michael Hopf again?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Joseph Morton’s performance?

    Narration was lifeless, bland and annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a genre I usually enjoy, but I strongly urge you to avoid this. It's just bad. The characters are neither realistic nor fun. They are not well developed, and you really don't empathize with any of them. They make bad decisions, run around blurting out their intentions to people they are about to betray. The dialog is stilted. Nobody talks like this. There is just nothing to recommend it. I have listened to a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction, and enjoyed almost every one, but this book left me wanting to stick a pen in my eye.

    The narrator sounds like he is reading an encyclopedia to a 5 year old. Bland, dull, droning.

    Just don't. And if you do, just remember I told you so.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne 10-10-13
    Wayne 10-10-13

    like thrillers, spymasters, espionage, some sci-fi. S.M. Stirling, Lee Child, W E B Griffin, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy

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    "A poor attempt"
    What disappointed you about The End?

    The hero is not a hero, he is a self serving greedy person looking out for himself and the He** with neighbors and others in need. This is a lead in to other books to come and leaves you hanging at the end, I won't bother with any of the books that will follow.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I like post apocalypse but not this one. I like S M Stirling more.


    What does Joseph Morton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a good read on a poor book.


    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 08-08-13
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2014

    deedeeg

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    "Hypocrite?"

    I really enjoy these type of stories of survival and this one started out pretty good. I had a huge issue with the main character though, who is quick to figure out what kind of disaster he's faced with and get into action to prepare for the survival of his family and then his community. What was difficult to accept is that he warns everyone of the lawlessness to come, like stealing and murder, but then he contributes to it and I guess the reader should think it is justified because he's trying to survive. So the character kind of rubs me the wrong way at times. If not for that, I could have rated it a bit higher. If you've gone thought most of the rest of what's out there, this will give you something to chew on. I really enjoyed the Jakarta Pandemic, so I'd recommend that before The End if you have not yet read it.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Teri 12-08-14
    Teri 12-08-14
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    "NOT a good example of Post apocalyptic genre"

    This is one of my favorite types of genres, but this is probably the worst book I have ever read or listen to. If you are new to this genre, I strongly suggest skipping this story and not wasting your money or credit for it. And this is the first (and I hope only) time I have ever suggested that.
    First this narrator should not be reading any kind of fiction. His speaking and reading style is solidly bland and monotone. And him trying to imitate a female voice is beyond annoying and nonexistent most times. It's like he is reading from a dictionary. I did not think he even deserved one star out of five, he was so bad.
    Then the story is pretty much flat. The characters have no character, haha. They are not well developed and they left me with no desire to like them enough to find out what happens to them. They say to prepare for this and be careful of that then they go ahead and do what they warning others about. And when they speak, it's all choppy and boring.
    I only got about half way in before asking myself why am I torturing myself with this junk?
    And I found another book, a better book, to hopefully wash this out of my head.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 09-18-14
    Dawn 09-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting story"
    If you could sum up The End in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoy this genre and found the book to be a very good listen. I am looking forward to the next one in the series which I am starting today!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 08-11-14
    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Must Read For the Genre"

    Negative reviews tend to give more info than positive reviews so I bought this with some reservation due to some of the seemingly reasonable negative reviews.

    However, they were completely and totally wrong. It's a really cool book. Period.

    Some of the scenarios may seem far fetched, but in context to the genre itself, they're not far fetched at all. (Read some ancient history for a fuller context.)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vespaskank Seattle, WA 03-02-15
    Vespaskank Seattle, WA 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, mediocre narrator"

    The story is really good, but the narrator is so sub-par that it can be distracting. His pacing is frantic when there should be pacing pauses and he mispronounces some words. Over all the story more than makes up for his performance, but occasionally you go from being enveloped in the story to being completely distracted by how the story is being read you it's distracting. The narrator could take some tips about pacing, pregnant pauses and inferring sub-text from a better narrator like Sean Runnette or Fisher Stevens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Croutch 02-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "The End-Ok"

    End of the world. Nukes no zombies. So so.
    No monsters just a family trying to survive the end of world.

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    serialnumber55 Alaska 01-26-15
    serialnumber55 Alaska 01-26-15 Member Since 2012

    serialnumber55

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    "Trite and predictable"
    What disappointed you about The End?

    Ho-hum. Men are men (you know, soldiers, manly - and clearly find it better to kill an unarmed man rather than shoot out the wheels of his truck) and women are women (housewives, teachers). And real men are unconflicted marines - or slightly conflicted. And real authors repeat the same words over and over ad nauseum. I will not be reading any others in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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