The war lasted minutes, but the fight's far from over.... Sergeant Danielle Walker is on a hostage rescue op in Yemen when a mysterious EMP strike changes the world. Cut off from civilization and deep within insurgent-held territory, Walker and her team must team up with old enemies to defeat a merciless invasion force...a foe that's already mopping up their worldwide conquest. In the post-apocalyptic ruins of America, her prepper husband, Dixon, struggles to bug out of Judgment Day. None of Dixon's expensive preparations are enough in a world on the brink of annihilation. With nothing but his wits and the clothes on his back, Dixon must survive a cutthroat new-world order to save himself and his stepdaughter.
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I really love Post Apocalyptic and prepper stories, so was really eager to read this. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this! I absolutely loved dual POVs!
The story is told from the POV of a man and his step daughter. The man considers himself a prepper but during the apocalypse non of his plans go right and he ends up going through multiple plans whilst trying to survive. He also has to deal with a step daughter who tries his patience at every step. He does his best with what he has and I loved that about these characters!
The other POV was from the mans wife! She is on a hostage rescue op in Yemen when the Apocalypse happens and as the blurb says, "Cut off from civilization and deep within insurgent-held territory, Walker and her team must team up with old enemies to defeat a merciless invasion force…a foe that’s already mopping up their worldwide conquest." must do what she needs to to get home to her daughter and husband.
The characters are all well written and developed. It's a refreshing change to have a character that's a prepper, but he isn't rightly prepared for the end of the world. His plans don't go as planned and non of his fancy equipment will help him. He needs to survive on his wits and knowledge! It's a nice change from all the other books where the preppers know everything and it all falls into place.
The plot was fast paced and action packed. We are brought into the story basically right from the start and it doesn't let up! The writing was descriptive and engaging and I really enjoyed everything about it.
Kevin Clay seems to be narrating a lot of Post Apocalyptic books, but he also seems to have the voice for it. His tone is smooth and he has a no nonsense tone when reading the aftermath of the EMP. He is easy to listen to I always enjoy his narration.
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*
First, let me start of saying this. I know this is science fiction, but I think the publisher blurb describing Dixon as a prepper must have come from Dixon himself. Like they asked him "How would you describe yourself" and Dixon goes "Hmm, a ruggedly handsome prepper, ready for the end of the world". And the publisher goes "OK, we'll go with 'prepper'". In no universe can I imagine anyone, let alone an end of the world preparing prepper who would willingly give up their guns and step into a FEMA camp run by a instantly identifiable by Dixon as a suspect looking Department of Homeland Security "person" ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE APOCALYPSE. It wasn't like they were desperate. They weren't really doing too bad. No injuries, can't say they were starved or frightened or desperate. And to add insult to injury, a couple of days later, when things started going real bad, he was just laying in bed, sleeping in late, and gets woken up by his teenage stepdaughter. If he's a prepper, I'm the President... This story aspect took it beyond sci-fi and into the realms of fantasy... :P
Jokes aside, this was a fantastic story. I enjoyed the way it was laid out, split narrative between Dixon, in Florida, and his wife Danielle, in the middle east in the armed forces. The swaps were easy to follow, and not spread among so many characters you end up getting lost, especially in an audiobook. The apocalypse itself was I felt very unique, and I was wondering what on earth was going on, and who or what was behind it. What is going on? And it didn't leave me unsatisfied. The pace and spacing of the reveals I felt pretty perfect. It didn't feel to me force like a lot of books where you feel they are unnecessarily withholding information, just to tease or annoy you. I really hate books where you have a smug author writing scenes with a smug lead character who discovers something of importance, and the author lets you know the lead character discovered something important, but they then proceed to withhold that information from you for another couple of hundred pages. Just like Lee Child Reacher books. I really do not like that in books. Just feel... arrogant. The storydid leave me wanting more though. I will be looking out for the next book. Danielle's daughter Rachel was also a pretty good semi major character, and actually seemed more together than her stepdad Dixon, who she was stuck with. Her name doesn't even get a mention in the book summaries, or most reviews, and that is a bit sad. She had some of the best lines in the book. My review title was a quote from her: "War has rules. But there's no Geneva convention covering Armageddon".In fact of all the people in the family, "prepper" Dixon was the most clueless. He did show eventually some pretty good useful post apocalypse skills, but he really did not have his stuff together. But you know, that is part of what I really liked about the book. It wasn't just done from the perspective of some super skilled survivalist. I felt that added to the realism, and more set it aside from other books, where from hour zero the main character knows what he/she has to do...
I did get this book as a free review copy from audiobookblast, but it is a genre and narrator I'm really fond of. Kevin Clay is great, and in my library he seems like the go-to guy for post apocalyptic fiction.
I really loved the story and presentation. Recommended.