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I read Jack Hunt before and finally got to Book 1, All That Remains, after reading Books 2&3. A rather simplistic plot and action descriptions at the 8th grade reading level. Cardboard characters. Improbable action. Vicious characters appear out of nowhere. The novel reads like a prose comic book or video game. The narration is confusing, jumping from one location to another. Author doesn't bother to signpost the new locations, leaving the reader to wonder who and what is going on for the first few paragraphs. Is he playing with the reader? Hmm. Annoying. It may be helpful to the reader to make a list of characters for each location. Also, Author should identify which book it is in the series. Note: "ground" is outside a building. "Floor" is inside a building. Get it?
I enjoyed (but for a serious topic), this book. Well written with believable characters. The setting was perfect. It's amazing how we have been spoiled with the gadgets and technology we have today. To go back to the basics, like hunting for your food and growing your own vegetables, to no electricity, no cell phones or computers. What a shock that would be. Communication would be so difficult. Looking forward to the next book in this series. With the current pandemic of Covid-19, we are seeing a taste of how lives can change on a dime. What was, will never be the same. It will take time to get to our "new normal."
Landon is a guy that ferries airplanes all over the place for a living. Together with his wife, Sara, they have an Inn in Maine. When an EMP, apparently from a giant solar flare, destroys the power grid in the entire country, Landon crashes in the remote Smoky Mountains while taking a hop aboard Dustin’s light aircraft. Beth lives off the grid near the crash site, and all their lives are about to intertwine. This is a fast-paced, easy read that kept my interest. The action scenes are intense and suspenseful. I enjoyed the book quite a bit, but it does have a few problems, not all of them technical. Sometimes the dialog is clunky, even spilling over to the narration. At times I had trouble keeping the secondary characters straight. I also found out more than I ever wanted to know about how to catalog broken bones and how the municipal water supply works. It became tedious. Of course, the bad guys are very bad for the most part, and the good guys are very good to the same extent. This actually kept the storyline light and worked well in this case. I identified with Beth and Landon, and later in the book Sara. Their perils were gripping and propelled me to continue reading. I liked that the ending was not so much a cliffhanger that the story didn’t have a conclusion. Not remarkable literature but a good, enjoyable read.
But since i was asked: I enjoyed the book. Like many others, it follows multiple characters, connected in different ways, but leaving me unsure as to what their ultimate fate would be. And thus I continued to read, and it was good, for it was well put together. I must add that for personal preference, I enjoyed the fact that though there were curse words, the book was not littered with them. That is something I still find refreshing, and I hope it remains a feature of Mr Hunt's future books.
I'm now on to book 2, and that's all I have to say about that.
This is the first book that I have read by Jack Hunt. I like and read a lot of novels in this genre. Mr. Hunt did a good job with this story, but I could not give it a 5. I felt the story was too short, rushed and in some areas incomplete. However, I will give him another try and go on to book II. Mr Hunt is a good storyteller, but he did not explain some subplots, and that only made me curious and disappointed. I hope book II clears up some of the loose ends. In all, Sara and Beth were the heroines, with most of the action surrounding these two characters. They are both strong women who are able to rise above the evil and violence the EPM unleashes in two different areas of the USA in the novel.