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The author hasn't thought through how an EMP works. The book begins with a light plane crashing into a forest because the plane loses all power when the EMP hits. OK, fine. But a snowmobile on the ground in the forest doesn't stop running and the rider hears the roar of the plane engine (yeah, the same engine that stopped running) just before the plane crashes. Oh, and toilets don't flush, because they require an electric pump. But the rest of the plumbing still works. And everything with a circuit board is kaput, except all the portable generators still run. In fact, one portable generator that's described at 7-10k watt runs so well that it'll power the furnace in a 14 room B&B. And the power is out all over the nation. We know this because a character has heard it on the radio. No mention of how or where there's a functional radio transmitter. Another character is frustrated, so he kicks an ATV, tipping it over. Wow, that's some kick. And all this before I'm even halfway through the book.
According to this book, the 1859 Carrington Event (solar flare) caused powerlines to explode and plunged 5 million people into darkness. But the first urban and industrial arc lighting systems did not exist until the late 1870s, and millions did not benefit from electric lighting for another couple of decades. So much fiction and "news" is now written by functional illiterates that I'm convinced we don't need an EMP to experience societal collapse. Read "The Marching Morons" (1951) by Kornbluth for a prescient scene of 2019 America.
Pretty decent plot, but poorly written and often implausible. Bow hunting from a tree in the moonlight (seriously!). Moonlight in the midst of a blizzard!! I have read 3 other books by Jack Hunt that were very good. Very difficult to believe that this is the same author!! Should have been leery when this book had a 5 star rating. I think I have been duped! Very disappointed.