So I usually love this genre, but this ranks closely to my least favorite "end of the world" as we know it book. The writing style is a mess. I didn't..Show More » feel like I knew, or liked, a single one of the cardboard characters (and all the women are either "bitches" or wimps ), language is stronger than I care for and flat out murder by the main character is an ongoing constant. I couldn't suspend my disbelief. To make it worse it is a series and nothing is resolved... the book ends with a neighborhood shootout and the family taking off for Idaho. This is an EMP based disaster with Washington taking a nuclear bomb, the military and government play prominent parts.
Better books than this on same topic: One Second After, Alas Babylon, Jakarta Pandemic, The Road, 77 Days, The Stand, Patriots. Similar to this Lucifer's Hammer.
A young male with lots of testosterone and a desire to shoot people in the face might enjoy.
I cannot understand how this book gets a good review from anybody - one bad cliche after another, poor writing, no, terrible writing. Good narration...Show More » Sentence after sentence that does not logically follow the one before it. No character development at all. The head of the the drug cartel is described as "deciding he would not be poor, and soon he became the go to guy for people to get anything they want" done - total character development. I tried to like this book because I like the genre, impossible, it is a bad book and nothing redeems it. Not recommended, not one second of it.
I enjoyed this series, and eagerly sped through all the books. But this audiobook takes a great story and throws the listener a huge curve ball with a..Show More » narrator change. I am not going to speak to the talents of the narrators, but rather to the HUGE MISTAKE of changing narrators mid-series. That is just plain dumb. I don't know what led to that decision, whether it was deadline, availability, or some decision-makers personal preference.But let me just say loud and clear: DON'T DO THAT TO YOUR AUDIENCE. Having the voices of the narrator change is jarring, but also the tremendously altered voices of various characters changed is completely off-putting and unacceptable.BTW I know I said I wasn't going to speak to the talents of the narrators but I have to make one exception: The voice used by Keith Szarabjka for Barone on this book is horrible. Horrible.
I have to say it has been a pleasure to follow this series of books. While The End (the first book in the series) I still consider the best so far Th..Show More »e Line of Departure is a very close second. The book has some great plot twists while remaining believable and not over the top like allot of movies and TV shows.
This book finds Gordon and Samantha finally settled down at their cabin in the mountains. While in The Long Road they faced almost constant danger throughout their travels they are by no means safe. Now they face many challenges and even more volatile dangers here. In a world with little to almost none of the great medical advances of the last two hundred years are readily available to the masses of the population. Now things that would have been of almost no concern before present themselves as possible mass extinction events. The other aspect of the book that I enjoyed was watching President Connor slowly evolve from a political leader who seemed like a man of the people into a ruthless tyrant and how was able to justify some pretty horrible barbarism to himself as “for the greater good”. Some other plot twists with other leading figures in the book are also masterfully done. Seeing how the author tied some of these loose plot lines together is really intriguing and incredibly addicting.
The one thing I did notice in this book was that the main character Gordon is not quite as ruthless as he was in previous books. Which I found kind of interesting. I would have figured that after the death of his son Hunter, Gordon would be far more likely to deal out death to save others the pain an anguish that he was forced to endure. There are several scenes where Gordon seems to almost want to avoid using violence in this book where as in the first book he seems to be able kill without giving it even a second thought. I am not sure if this is a character growing in a different direction or what.
Lastly I will cover the one small aspect of the book that I personally did not like. In fact I felt that it was completely out of context and character for the series. One of the characters begins to have premonitions of the future in her dreams. This is a very small part of the book and it does not really play into any of the major parts of the story. So I really do not understand why the author choose to include this in the book. I found myself wondering is this really part of the story and why? But that is a small portion of the book and it was over fast. I am just hoping that this series does not somehow de-evolve into an apocalyptic scenario combined with the X Files.
If you read the first two books you are almost sure to enjoy this book like I did. If you have not read the first two you will want to read them first or you will not understand allot of the back story. This book is really good and helped me pass the time on a number of chores that probably would have seemed much more unpleasant had I not had this great book to help the time pass by quicker.