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
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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 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.
Mr. Hopf draws you into this world he created that doesnt seem at all to far fetched. the only problems is that you wont to stop listening
its main focus is on events that we see happening in the news as I write this review
Gordon Van Zandt, as the character I too was a Marine that has mixed feeling about the Marine Corps
You thought it could never happen
The narrator read to fast, and gave no emotion during the narration. It was difficult to follow what characters were talking due to speed, and lack of personality in the voices. Great book, but would have been better without a robot sounding narrator.
Guys with tea hanging off their hats.
Red Mars, time for something different.
It was good and helped the story where it could.
Anger, Disappointment, Face Palming
Just so we are clear I actually liked James Wesley Rawles "Patriots" but this book makes Patriots look like a fair balance piece. Their is a scene in the book after the protagonist shoots a man dead for looting, while he is looting which is fine but he is caught and made to face justice but the community rallies behind the protagonist Gordon and sets him free. The American redoubt would have a hard time getting behind that.
I would like to think of this story more as a man's descent into madness and banditry; where this is how Gordon justifies to himself his poor decisions and how he deludes himself from his bankrupt morality.
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