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
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.
Iowa husband and father of two awesome boys!
It has a good flow to the story. It didn't get bogged down in tiny details.
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.
YES! I have listened to it twice and will listen again!
I WANT THE NEXT BOOK!!!!!
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.)
I would purchase another book by Hopf and have in fact purchased the next book
Yes, and there is a second book
While I enjoyed the book, the narration was not the best. I found it difficult to separate the different characters as well as breaks in passages. The narrator blended passages making it difficult to find breaks and the separation of characters as they interacted.
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.
Dick Hill or Ray Porter
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,
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