Grace Hardwick's dad is a science fiction writer who makes his living destroying the world. When Grace decides to go away for her first year of college her dad, Robert, can't help but think of all of the potential ways that society could collapse and strand his daughter hundreds of miles from home. Then, near the end of her freshman year, it happens.
I keep getting sucked back into this genre, there seems to be a formula out there and everyone has it, and I am tired of it to a large extent, but then comes along Locker Nine.
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Great action, the villains and good guys fill their roll well and the author can write dialog that real people would actually speak. The chemistry between communities is well developed and contrasts well enough to provide a well built suspenseful ending. The obstacles the individuals face are daunting and cut from the cloth of reality, which makes them actually more frightening, contrasts in preparedness, both physical and mental shape the story in an entertaining and not overwhelming fashion. Lastly, the writer can write well and tells a good story, Highly Recommended.
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Anthony and Katherine had heard of Cyber War before, but never thought they would have to figure out how to live through it taking down the grid. Chaos comes fast as people quickly realize the world has changed for good. But the battle also brews for Kat and Tony as they struggle with deciding whether to stay or go. Will they bug in and try to make things work in the city? Or will they leave in time to make it out, away from the mayhem?
The topic of a cyber attack is in the news almost daily, and this book brings the repercussions of a successful attack on the electrical grid to reality. The story looks into the lives of average people who live through a cyber attack that takes down the electric grid
for a temporary although prolonged period of time, the breakdown of civil behavior, the kindness of some people - the stress that comes with constant vigilance, the unknown duration of the event. This book is written well, the author does a good job of building empathy for the characters and there is some action and suspense that is gripping enough to keep you listening - the BUT comes here, the book does go by the numbers somewhat so if you are a veteran of the genre it may get a bit routine at times. That said it is in the upper half of books of this genre and the topic is an important one to think about in these times, so I would recommend this book, if you are a fan of the genre it will be a fun read, if you are new to the genre this will be a very fun book to check out.
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Three people from different walks of life each experience the end of America. Cassy is a 33-year-old prepper and single mother, away on business. Ethan is a hacker and conspiracy nut living underground. Frank is a family man out camping with friends and family. When a devastating EMP attack in the middle of the night destroys America's infrastructure, they are propelled on an unforgettable journey across an ocean of chaos to reach safety...Safety from an unknown invader and from once-fellow Americans now hungry and desperate.
EMP is the new zombie - it seems another EMP book comes out every day, and most of them are almost the same, special forces guy ready for action blah blah blah. Now comes out a book and the main character is a single mom on a business trip, lights go out, need to get home. The story is well written and there is some character development that brings you into the very normal life of these people - I liked this book and look forward to the next in the series, this is not Hemingway but good entertainment with a solid message of forewarning -- Recommended.
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The United States of America is a nation on the brink of collapse. With high unemployment, religious extremism, partisan politics, and civil unrest, mixed with the uncertainty of the global financial markets, it's just a matter of time before it all comes crashing down. Collective Retribution is a prophetic look at the coming fall of the United States, and those who will be the catalyst in bringing about her destruction. Who will survive? Will America be rebuilt and return to her former glory?
This is another one of those stories that are written fairly well. The story keeps moving without getting to bogged down in tech talk and gear spraying, there is a good plot and you end up liking the good guys and fearing the bad ones.....if there is a but to this story and there are some it would have to be that this book walks right down the prepper formula story line without much in the way of surprises. Oh, the narration - it is done by the author, which with the exception of Bill Bryson, is consistently a mistake - not sure why it happens so often, but it happened here and you will just have to deal with the fact that it sounds like your uncle or cousin reading the story to you.
If you like the genre give it a go, it will keep the miles passing, recommended for fans mostly.
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When the retreat where Sean and Maria reside suddenly grows exponentially, they must make tough decisions on splitting up and dividing their resources. Unknowingly, this leaves them vulnerable to a new, much larger threat that looms nearby. The devastation of America is also revealed through the eyes of a new character, Lt. Col. Bruce Harris, Commander, 31st Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division.
I liked the first book in this series, it dealt with the EMP on the local level, and began a good amount of character development, the second book expands on the first in a broader way and it is a really exciting book. In this second book the writing is much better and the story has much more complexity than the normal equipment you should have list. The drama unfolding is well developed and exciting - I went through this book very quickly.
Great story, solid writing style and great narration;
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Six days into a global pandemic, the plan is simple: Stay alive. With their close friend, Dan, and limited amounts of ammunition, Paul Hessler and his wife, Sophia, quickly find themselves on their own in the snowy Midwest. The police and military have already lost the battle, and in a world where chaos rules the streets, what chance does the everyday man have against the undead nipping at their heels? Armed with only shotguns and handguns, this untrained trio is about to find out what it takes to survive the apocalypse.
All the things that plague this genre are part of this book. Poor writing skill, poor story line, lots of gratuitous explicit sex, comic book style dialog.
Do not waste your time.
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In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.
This is a rare book, written about science it is both educational and funny. Bryson narrates the book and you tend to like the narration quite a bit, he has a great delivery on the humor and the timing and rhythm is terrific. The book delves into the quirks of who discovered what and the timing of this and that but does so in an entirely entertaining fashion. Highly recommended
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In The Days of Noah, Book Three: Perdition, the end times fall on America like a shadow of darkness, and the last days bring an onslaught of sword, famine, and plague. Biblical prophecies are fulfilled when a world leader arises to pull the nations back from the brink of disaster and usher in a new age of peace, but at what cost?
I really have grown to like this series, Goodwin is a good writer and pulls the events that shape this story from the pages of recent happenings. The pace is fast, characters well developed and the story plausible. This book takes a side on issues, if you find that you love the idea of more political correctness in the world - that people should have the ability not just to shut out opposing ideas but use the power of government to criminalize them you will probably hate this book, and want it taken off the web page, for the sane and reasonable among us this is a great read, highly recommended.
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The Last Layover is a fiction novel based on real places and potential scenarios where an out of control government pushes America to the brink of financial and social collapse. This vulnerable state allows the unthinkable to happen, causing the comfort, security, and conveniences of our modern first world society to quickly come to an end.
Fast paced action story, good guy stuff - ready for action, and the action starts on the first page. Good writing for the genre, which although one I really like tends to have quite a few duds published, not this one, the writer carries the story, develops characters that are likable and cut from the cloth of normal life, the dialog is well written and sounds like real people talking not comic book characters.
If this is your genre put it in the cart, it is a good start to the series.
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In this final book of the 299 Days series, The 43 Colonels celebrates the many "ordinary" men and women who did extraordinary things during and after the Collapse. Set in the chambers of the New Washington Legislature during a joint session of the House and Senate, Governor Ben Trenton honors Colonel Grant Matson and 42 other individuals who helped start the Restoration.
I hate it when a series starts out great but starts to trail off, I am always hoping things come back to earlier form and the story regains the footing it had, sometimes it happens, an author misses the mark and comes back, I was hoping for this as I really wanted to write a good review for this series, here it comes, BUT, I have to ding this one. At some point in the series the story becomes about the lead character and not the collapse, the lawyer and process side of the author takes over and the story becomes about the rules that the author wants to order society in, and then things bog down. The word "normal" is used so often it becomes a joke and the lead character is more interested in speaking in his command voice to get things done. The story is an important one, the collapse is well written and the scenario painted in the beginning as the collapse starts and the new community is built is entertaining, the problem is that this book is stretched out way to long and the lead character is a lawyer.
If this is your genre you will find the first half of the series fun and worth the ride - and things stay that way until the last two books, and then things fall apart and the boredom sets in, and stays put. Barely recommended and that is only if TEOTWAWKI is your genre.
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