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
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
yes I will, I always read books more than once because if I read a whole book it is worth reading it again and attempt to see various character angles
Hard to say because of the way I consume a story, The Brothers, Colonel, President,,,,,,,,,,,,,, But most certainly not that cop Dan or The Housing Society Witch
he does a fair job of it but I can think of other readers who I would have preferred
When Fictional Apocalyptic Scenarios Become Reality
I think other readers may think civil society will rule the crisis were something as devastating as outlined in this story takes place are dreamers and Daisy pickers. Those who are disappointed that what they believe to be the good guy gone bad is disappointing are not grounded in what humanity is, we are a fraction away from cannibalistic savages, I know it because I have seen it and tried to correct it by being a soldier in a uncivilized land, once you pull that trigger it makes one of two things happen to your psychology, you either vomit and remove yourself from that environment by shutting down and get a Mental Discharge with a lifetime of medication/psychotherapy or you vomit that first time, rub some dirt in it and the next time is far easier to deal internally do the job and go home when your time is up or get killed
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.
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