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
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.
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!!!!!
the world's fastest fat man
No, the characters are too simple. Things are either 'black or white'. The end is the worse ending I have heard
Stop being so 'we all need guns'.
His reading was clear and easy to understand. You got the sense that he believed everything he said
Yes, but it will not be on my top 50 list
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!
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,
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.
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!
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
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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