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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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    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.


    2 of 4 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 6 people found this review helpful
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    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 02-10-14
    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 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!

    1 of 3 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 1 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,

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    Sean SPRING HILL, TN, United States 10-22-13
    Sean SPRING HILL, TN, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good, but narration was horrible"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus FRESNO, CA, United States 01-27-14
    Marcus FRESNO, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The End was an eye opening experience!"

    This story earns five stars for the story line!

    I liked the character interaction and the narration was spot on. The author's research on the topic of EMPs and his military experience brought the book to life.

    I'm definitely listening to the second book!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Naples, ME, United States 11-23-13
    Lori Naples, ME, United States 11-23-13
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    "riveting"
    What did you love best about The End?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    its main focus is on events that we see happening in the news as I write this review


    Which character – as performed by Joseph Morton – was your favorite?

    Gordon Van Zandt, as the character I too was a Marine that has mixed feeling about the Marine Corps


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You thought it could never happen


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-04-13
    Greg Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Tea Party wet dream"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Guys with tea hanging off their hats.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Red Mars, time for something different.


    What about Joseph Morton’s performance did you like?

    It was good and helped the story where it could.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, Disappointment, Face Palming


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
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