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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Exceeded Expectations, Nice Work.

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.
Here comes the rundown;
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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-16

Will leave you pondering the topic for days

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.
Recommended.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-16

A great woman heroine

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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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-16

Decent story, budget narration

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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5 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-16

Ready for number 3

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;
Highly recommended

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Not at the top of its class

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.
Not recommended

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-15

Bryson at his best

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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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-15

Real or fiction?

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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6 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-15

Wish the second book was out already

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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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-15

Wow, strong start, slumps midway

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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1 of 2 people found this review helpful