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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 Rochester, NY, United States 11-12-13
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 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.

    13 of 14 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 2006
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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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Durham, NC, United States 10-10-13
    Wayne Durham, NC, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2010

    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.


    7 of 9 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 2010

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Des Moines, IA, United States 09-20-13
    Scott Des Moines, IA, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2013

    Iowa husband and father of two awesome boys!

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    "I WANT MORE!"
    What made the experience of listening to The End the most enjoyable?

    It has a good flow to the story. It didn't get bogged down in tiny details.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the straight forward reality that this book presents. It makes you think. The characters are interesting. The situations keep you wanting to read more.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! I have listened to it twice and will listen again!


    Any additional comments?

    I WANT THE NEXT BOOK!!!!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kris 07-02-14
    Kris 07-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible Narration"
    What disappointed you about The End?

    The story is ok but the narrator is horrible. No emotion, monotone and way too fast.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Lima, OH, United States 05-29-14
    Erik Lima, OH, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story line ruined by a terrible narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was really good; however, the narrator was not. He read too fast at times, running characters together. He has a great voice for reading; but did this one poorly.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joseph Morton?

    Dick Hill or Ray Porter


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erik PHOENIX, AZ, United States 05-10-14
    Erik PHOENIX, AZ, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Variable speaking speed = Problem"

    At times it seems like the reader is going very fast. Few pauses or natural breaks you'd expect between paragraphs. It made it difficult to follow and made an okay story a bit intolerable.

    Other times the reader is just fine. Overall was't happy with this purchase,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 02-10-14
    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 02-10-14 Member Since 2013

    the world's fastest fat man

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    "It is the End of the End"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the characters are too simple. Things are either 'black or white'. The end is the worse ending I have heard


    What could G. Michael Hopf have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stop being so 'we all need guns'.


    What three words best describe Joseph Morton’s performance?

    His reading was clear and easy to understand. You got the sense that he believed everything he said


    Was The End worth the listening time?

    Yes, but it will not be on my top 50 list


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect the ending of the book was to cause me to read the next in the series if there is one. But I won't be taking the bait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, United States 10-16-13
    David SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book need the Sequel on audible ASAP"
    Would you listen to The End again? Why?

    This was a great end of the world book that can compete with one second after, which is one of my favorite's in this genre.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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