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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I felt like this was an good story right along the lines I like (Post-Apocalyptic EMP) but it just seems very similar to other books I’ve read on the same topic. In addition, I felt like a lot of the main characters go a bit nuts. From Gordon, to the new president to the Gunnery Sargent, here’s a fine line between doing what needs to be done to protect you and your and pre-emptively killing. Overall though it’s an interesting story if you like this genre.
Mr. Morton does a great job with the narration
Man of Action
I like this story, but the dialog was unrealistic at times, and very apologetic to the Mary Sue/Stu protagonist. Aside from the main character, most of the other charters are two dimensional and undeveloped. Still, I enjoyed it enough to finish it in two days and buy the next story in the series.
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.
Ho-hum. Men are men (you know, soldiers, manly - and clearly find it better to kill an unarmed man rather than shoot out the wheels of his truck) and women are women (housewives, teachers). And real men are unconflicted marines - or slightly conflicted. And real authors repeat the same words over and over ad nauseum. I will not be reading any others in the series.
The characters are not morally black and white, they hug the line of gray. I enjoyed this originality. Fast paced
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