So if you are looking for your first "end of US as we know it" read... and want a PG-13 rather than an R rated read. I think "One Second After," "Alas..Show More » Babylon" or "Jakarta Pandemic" trumps "77 Days." If you are looking for incredible writing "The Road" has them all beat. If you enjoyed the above books, this is similar with a non-prepper family being separated during an EMP. It follows both the family at home and the husband as he treks home. They both make dumb mistakes and you aren't going to learn much from their experiences... unless, of course, you don't have a clue what an EMP is... But this book does have some different twists and perspectives. I enjoyed it and it was well worth the credit. However, If you are a prepper looking for something like "Patriots" or enjoyed "Lucifer's Hammer" you probably won't like this at all. And if you want zombies or a supernatural twist like Stephen Kings "The Stand" you will really be disappointed.
Kyle comes home and is grateful to find his family in one piece. His wife, Jennifer has had quite the difficulties with Doug the deputy sheriff to say..Show More » the least. Doug would not give up coming on to Jennifer to the point where Jennifer finally had to shoot him to stop the abuse. Then instead of Kyle having a happy homecoming, he is accused and found guilty of raping and killing a young woman who is found in his prior abandoned house. Not finding a community member willing to execute Kyle he is exiled from the community and sent on his way. Meanwhile, Rose Duncan is having her own helping of bad luck and for her own safety must leave her home. The only person she can think of to go to is Kyle, so she heads out for his homestead as she remembers it. Rose and Kyle are both ambushed on their separate ways and manage to survive. Rose eventually shows up at Kyle’s home, but Kyle is not there being exiled from the community. Kyle’s wife is home though and she doesn’t know what to make of Rose’s explanation of her knowing Kyle and traveling all this way to get to him. Further conversation set her mind at ease, to the point that she asked Rose to be a character reference for Kyle. Our boy Kyle has no luck at all. If it’s not people trying to kill him, it’s bears. Good story, good characters, better than book one to be sure. I’ll look for book three.