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I was just getting into the address of happenings when the book ended. I know, I know, that's the who!e idea...read the next one. Lived the diversity of the characters in this book...hope the next one will be as good
The best part of this book is that the action never stops, with gunfights breaking out at regular intervals, but if you are looking for a realistic post apocalyptic survival novel all the fighting gets in the way - there is almost zero thought given to the real problem of how people survive when all the usual things we rely on are suddenly removed. Most people are just acting like it’s a power cut and ignoring the fact that their cars and phones have died, and fighting over things that clearly aren’t going to matter if the light don’t come back on. However, this book is in a different league to most of the badly written offerings in this genre and the many 5 star reviews on Amazon.com reflect this, so read it, enjoy and make your own mind up.
Around 85% there is a mix up over a generator. Sara has turned it off to refuel when the baddies turn up, yet the PIR lights turn on. Then she goes back in the house which is in darkness (no electricity because the generator is off?) yet a couple of pages later the generator suddenly cuts out, even though it wasn’t on. Apart from all that, how come the PIR lights work anyway? I thought we had decided that anything electronic had stopped working.
I got a bit fed up with reading page after page of backstory on various peripheral characters only to have them killed off soon afterward. It became apparent eventually that your only real chance of survival was to be Beth or part of Landon’s family. The plot became a bit predictable, with the showdown between Beth and the baddies being obvious from a long way back.
.....action packed series by Jack Hunt!!! 5 Star material except for the editing!!! How can moonlight shine through clouds, during a blizzard, where you can see the cresent moon but not the tree's a few feet ahead of you????
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.
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.
Rated this one four stars but a big part of it is I don’t like the character development portion to be quite as detailed. Many readers prefer that and he does a great job. The book becomes more action packed after that and has a good and sadly believable storyline of what would happen in a post EMP world. Book does a good job of explaining what can cause and the effects of an EMP but doesn’t go into what caused it. Still a great read.
Played out the way I suspected it would - which is a good thing. I think that most post-apocalyptic book readers will know about EMP - the explanations were a bit much. Still, good characters who were sufficiently normal’ to be quite believable. Doesn’t always happen. Too many tough silent types who always win can be a bit tedious. So that is good. Looking forward to the next one.