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
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
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.
Narration was lifeless, bland and annoying.
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.
like thrillers, spymasters, espionage, some sci-fi. S.M. Stirling, Lee Child, W E B Griffin, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy
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.
I like post apocalypse but not this one. I like S M Stirling more.
He did a good read on a poor book.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
Im not a fiction book reader but I bought this book thinking it would be more educational like "One Second After" which had a real idea of what things could be like after an EMP. Unfortunately this book was more like a fictional movie without much plot or the feel that the author understood EMPs much. Not to spoil anything but the end was anticlimactic to say the least.
In the first 20 minutes, I figured this was going to be a pretty generic story, but I was pleasantly (albeit disturbingly) surprised. I've read a number of books like this one and none of them addressed the issues of a post-apocalyptic America like this story did. Very graphic, very real, and I fear very accurate.
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.
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