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 A situation of this magnitude had always been talked about - but could it ever really happen?

Jake Shepherd is piloting a flight to Seattle when out of the blue, his aircraft falls from the sky. The power-grid across the United States crashes, leaving all computerized machines crippled, sending the country into a disastrous tailspin.

Alice Shepherd is working the emergency room when hundreds of injured people pour in needing help. With no electricity, resources are limited - once the back up generators fail, the hospital will not be able to handle the influx of patients being brought in, guaranteeing that all hell will break loose.

Everyone is speculating and panicking. No one knows what really happened. The only thing everyone can agree on is their simple, convenient, technological world is gone. Everyone is left to fight - kill or be killed. Survive or die.

©2017 J. R. Tate (P)2017 Rusty Bucket Publishing

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  • Bluewave
  • poth, TX, United States
  • 01-16-18

Being naive won’t save you!

I have never wanted a main character to take a bullet as bad as I did for Alice and Sofie! The stupidity written in too these people are what’s wrong with society!

It was a hard book to get in too, I really liked where it was going but the lack of realization with the characters made me wish it was over! I hate to be this critical, it would have been appropriate for this book to come out 5+ years ago before the post apocalyptic trend took off but this was a novice and poorly executed book, the lack of research in the subject matter was evident. If the author would have read the emp commission report it would have stopped a lot of the errors in the book. It was worth it for something to listen too but can’t say that I would recommend it.

I was given this copy for an unbiased review by the author. It did not influence my opinion at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Could have been much better

I love books like this and this one starts off with a great idea. Its follows 3 characters: Jake, the father/husband to the other characters and is the pilot of a plane that crashes. Alice, the mother/wife and an ER nurse in Texas. And Sophie who is in Boston and daughter to Alice and Jake.

The character development could have really used some work. The story is great. The action scenes are good. But you don't get attached to anyone in the book. You don't learn much about them just that they are surviving this EMP attack, you get snippets here and there. I don't know if the other books elaborate on this but sadly I won't give them a try to see. This story has so much potential.

The story follows each character as they try to make it home and survive each of their unique situations. Again so much potential but if fell just a little short of being a great story. If the characters were developed more and more personality put into them it would have been fantastic.

Scott Ellis did a wonderful job reading this and I will listen to future works by him.

I requested and was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review with my honest opinion.

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Incomplete story

The best thing that can be said about this story is that it's trite and cliche. The most glaring deficiency is the lack of character development. Some of the crash survivors aren't even described at all, nor are they involved in any dialog. It also seems implausible that their injuries aren't more significant. Worst of all, this story is unfinished. It's impossible for me to evaluate an incomplete story.

Scott Ellis's performance is adequate except for the major production error where some special effects were added. He actually reads over himself.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A 3 person perspective of a cataclysmic event

Would you consider the audio edition of Breakdown: An EMP Survival Thriller to be better than the print version?

Maybe. The narrator was a bit flat. It would have helped if he had a bit more emotion and changed volume and pitch. For myself thats what pulls me in more than a printed book. On the positive side his voice was easy to listen to and pleasant

What other book might you compare Breakdown: An EMP Survival Thriller to and why?

I would contrast it to One second after by William Forstchen probably the classic of the genre. A similar situation with average people and how they adapt to a Electromagnetic Pulse event

What three words best describe Scott Ellis’s performance?

Uneven. Part of it I suspect was the difference in the characters made it difficult. He had to get inside the heard of the 3 main characters and how they think, respond and interact

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The sense of foreboding after the plane crash. He had crashed a plane with passengers. How? Why? What to do? what happened? all questions from a badly concussed pilot that probably could not tell you his name. It would be horrific

Any additional comments?

I was given this book by the author to review. These are my thoughts after listening and reflecting

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I liked it!

I’ve read a lot of EMP/dystopian/end of the world fiction. This one portrays your basic everyday non-prepper characters, rather than packed and ready-to-go survivalists, which is a nice change. Not everyone is prepared for major disasters and it’s much more interesting to watch the characters learn how to survive. Like “on the job training!”

One unique storyline I haven’t read till now is a pilots experience of an EMP while midair. I also like some of the narration effects. While speaking to someone on the phone it sounds like the other person is actually on the phone. The echo in the elevator shaft. Etc.

The only critiques I have are of the narration rather than the storyline:
- Some of the “performed” script overlapped with the narration. (The part where they’re getting the maintenance guy out of the elevator.) It’s very distracting and interrupts the flow of the story.
- While not an aspect of the actual storyline, the narrator was a bit stiff. His voice is pleasant and has good tone and reading speed but it seems like it took him a chapter or two to really get comfortable with the story and characters. Once he settled in it was like watching a movie in your head which is the best sign of a good reading imo.

All things considered, this is a great addition to the EMP genre. Good balance of action and character growth. The story didn’t drag on or make me yawn. It was busy enough to keep me interested yet slow enough to really get to know the characters and their relationships. I highly recommend this novel and look forward to the next installment!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great book

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I was totally sucked into this book! So much so that I was surprised when it ended. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Not a fan sadly..

I really LOVE EMP stories, I think my audio library is more then 50 percent - emp kind of stories. and there are some really good ones out there on this site. Sadly, this is not one of them.
This story just seemed to unreal, and the characters I could not bond with at all. I don't know how to put it into words but there were so many uncharacteristic things that came from the characters.
Example 1, the main female character works in the emergency room. She just finds out her husbands plane crashes, instead of freaking out in trying to figure out what to do next or get in contact with him, she goes back to work. Hello? Who does that? The next thing you know she's running all over the emergency room talking about elevators and power going out, and it is cool as a cucumber and forgetting all about her husband. She is somehow the hero of the day in the emergency room.
Example 2 what was with the very long elevator talk? And coming from upper management of the hospital I know for a fact that generators were always checked on- always. And usually have 48 hours of life in them.
Example 3. the main character is running around looking for gas to put in the generator. She goes to a gas station and gets a gas can. Bennett decides to siphon gas out of a car to Fill the generators. 5 gallons of gas is not going to do any good for a hospital that runs on generators. Even worse she siphons gas from the gas tank of cars. Anybody that knows anything about cars knows that is impossible. There is a lever in the gas tank so siphoning gas isn't possible. Or most people would be running around stealing peoples gas. The only way to do this is to puncture a whole in the gas tank under the car.

and do not get me started on the plain crash and how that all played out.

sadly, I could not finish the book. That rarely happens with me.

The narrator. on the other hand, is the reason I think I got so far into the story and kept listening. I've heard him in other books and yes he was better, but I won't count this one against him and I would listen to him again.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great story lots of action. narration so so.

Liked characters and story. narration was poor. i will listen to next installation when it becomes available.

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an amazing thriller!!!

a good good good book full of horror and terror if you like horror books this one is for you
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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