Malcolm Carter and Ryan Boone, two New York City friends whose lives have been dominated by the financial markets, are about to exchange their charts and reports for guns and survival supplies - but not because they want to. When China and Japan decide it's time to dump US Treasury bonds, an economic nightmare plays out in America. The Federal Reserve watches helplessly as the dollar is decimated, and the resulting food shortage spreads lawlessness across the land like a virus.
Malcolm is a successful day trader who always needs to make one more score before he'll listen to Ryan and diversify some of his assets into real estate or gold. He figures an impressively larger bank account might be the only way he can lure his Secret Service agent ex-wife back.
Malcolm finally hits it big by aggressively shorting bonds when the market crashes but waits too long to invest in tangibles. All that newfound money suddenly won't buy him a bar of gold, a pint of beer, or a minute of Hannah's attention - especially when she's in the field chasing down a former counterfeiting gang.
As luck would have it, Ryan turns out to be a closet doomsday prepper. The two of them attempt to escape the chaotic Big Apple and reach Ryan's land in West Virginia, supplied by only the contents of Ryan's bug-out bag. But it's not going to be an easy journey. Traveling has become difficult and dangerous. Malcolm learns he must redirect the same tenacity that helped him beat the markets toward staying alive on the road...and, hopefully, finding Hannah.
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Well worth the time..enjoyable.
Yes..It's a good story with a believable situation and characters you end up caring about...draws you in.
WANTED by Jason...something... was the best SHTF ( You know what hits the fan ) story I heard before this but it was much darker than this one. Both are good but I would rate this as the better of the two and certainly the best such book I've read..or heard.
I don't think so...but will look for him again. Just did his job and did it well... and yes, I am a Patriots fan...living in New Hampshire, what do you expect? :)
Buck Out - End or Beginning?
This story was different than most end of civilization novels but in a very good way. It wasn't all doom and gloom, and society doesn't totally crash in one day. In fact, it has a hopeful ending..maybe leading to a squeal, I hope.
Best of its type
No..been there, done that. Would read a sequel, if there is one.
Malcom..reminds me of myself a bit.
I thought they were all pretty good but I especially liked the minister.
I'd read a lot of these "when the s... hits the fan" type of books. So far, this has been the best. Good plot, good premise and very believable characters. I am retiring soon and may look for a plot of land in the sticks like Malcolm did. This whole scenario was too real for comfort.