This is a view at what happens in a neighborhood when some have and some don't. You see this type of setup in books like "Jakarta Pandemic" and "Cyber..Show More » Storm" (books I enjoyed) and "The End" (didn't). This is not a stand alone book... although you can stop reading after book one, you must read book one to understand this and you will be left falling off a cliff needing to read book three afterwards... and then waiting impatiently for June 2014 to read four. I almost wished I had stopped at one and waited for four to be ready before making the plunge.
The writing style is still very basic, the narrator instead of getting better gets worse (goes from one set of characters to the next without a breath or pause, leaving a person confused at where the heck he is... plus blatant mispronunciations which he finally gets corrected (but they didn't go back and edit). The plot continues to be brilliant and original, with less named brand supplies and more military involvement.
There is strong language peppered though it, lots of gun violence, minor sexual innuendos and lots of hungry, beaten down folks and others who take advantage of them. The characters become even more real in this book and you follow not only Morgan and his family, but the friends he made in "Going Home."
Yes - but only if they understood that this book will not 'finish the story'. My only complaint - as far as the reader goes - is that he often didn't..Show More » allow enough 'silent space' to show that a chapter, or a scene, had changed....and your mind had to do some 'catchup' to figure out what was going on.
Was glad I went ahead and picked up book #4 in this series, it nicely wound up all the dangling story lines from books 2 and 3... it wasn't a never-en..Show More »ding series after all. Just know you can stop listening after book 1... but if you choose to read 2 you won't have a stopping point until the end of this book. A. American may continue with another book... there is still room in the plot and cast of characters, but the series can be complete here. This is not a series book you can read out of order... it wouldn't make sense at all if you hadn't read the other 3 first. Writing skills remain pretty basic and there are more than a few flaws an editor should have caught and cleaned up. However, I like this series and was pleased to be back with the family and friends scattered between the "refugee camp," Sarge's military group and the camp along the river as they harvest food from nature. Occasional strong language and violence... but as always the main characters are the good guys. He lightly covers issues such as sanitation (what happens with no TP and how to make soap), alternate food sources (including how to skin a squirrel), depression post event and formation of extended groups for mutual benefit. If you liked the first one, you will like this one.
Don't start here, go back to "Going Home" and start at the beginning... fortunately the author doesn't go back and rehash all the back stories..Show More », so the book will mean more if read in order. This book does have a natural ending spot, so you won't be forced into reading book 6... if you don't want to continue. I have ranked all the other books in the series a 4. This one didn't quite tip into it for me... I still care for the family and what is happening, and I will probably pre-order the next book again. Just didn't feel like I learned as much this time... or that the story progressed as far... If you have been reading the series and unsure if you want to go on... the last book was a better ending point. Highlights of this book include fighting a forest fire, barter and the intrusion of families displaced by the fire and looking for a new place.
My least favorite so far... lots of phoney reviews
So if you are really into this series and liked book 6 you will like book 7. If like me you found the plot getting stretched too thin and hard to beli..Show More »eve... the violence with torturing for information, the "good ol boy" language a little rough... you are best stopping back at 5.
I had two major complaints:
1 - The author is apparently unaware of the clues he was leaving and not... I was literally sick during one part of the book with what they were doing and what the result would be... given the clues I thought had been dropped. When nothing happened... I was glad, but also was irritated at the sloppy writing and unawareness of the set up given the listener.
2 - There are a ton of purchased 5 star reviews on this book and I lose a lot of respect when I see it done. It started happening on books about a year or two ago. You can Google the company. They will provide reviews that say whatever you want about a narrator or book, either positive or negative. If you look at the reviewers... it is often their 1st or 2nd review.