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The story is set in modern day United States. The tensions between North Korea and the United States are at an all time high. Following a covert mission where US forces infiltrate North Korea, the North Korean government plans a retaliatory strike against the US. This strike was aimed to take out the US power grid and abilty to respond using EMPs.
With most of the US out of power and civiilans bracing for the inevitable fall out from the weapons used, the Koreans do not stop there. They strike the US again while they are down.
Meanwhile in a small town in Colorado, near one of the blast zones, a Water Cannibal is on the loose. An ancient Cherokee legend tells of demons burning people alive feet first and then consuming their flesh. This is where Raven, a half Cherokee and Half Sioux retired marine, and his trusty tracking dog Creek come into play.
The local police now have to deal with the ensuing chaos caused by the EMP attacks but now have to deal with a serial killer as well...Although, I am sure that the sequels will do just that.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are developed in a way where you sympathize and relate to them. The story keeps you intrigued, with several parts where you dont want to put the book down because you really want to know what happens next. The only thing that I would have liked to see is more development of the govermental response to the crisis. Even with the little you get in regards to them, the book is still hard to put down. I can't wait for the sequeal later this year!
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
Nick Smith has another winner here plus the audible version is wonderful. Great characterization and expression- kept both my husband and myself immersed in the story during our long drive. Between a gruesome serial type killer, an EMP, and a nuclear attack this story keeps you on the edge of your seat, never knowing what will happen next. Well done!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I saw this book pop up on my facebook feed, and seeing as I've just started in with some End of the World/Prepper books, this one about what happens when an EMP hits the US sounded right up my alley.
I have read a good few of Nicholas's books, they're usually very well written and execute. This was no exception. The idea of such devastation happening and all of the what if's are just so scary that these kinds of books make you want to build your own bunker to be able to survive.
With this story though, you don't just get the usual End of the world. This is extremely well integrated with a serial killer. So not only do the characters have to survive nothing working in the modern world, but a guy out butchering kids and locals. This book seriously has you on the edge of your seat.
What I really enjoyed was the characters. The different POV's inside the main storyline, really went deep. We got to know all of the different characters from the get go. From Nathan and Charleese (sp) to Ravan and Sandra... there were so many supporting characters that really got under your skin too. Jake, and Colton. The little boy in the hospital, Teddy.
Oh and of course, can't forget Creek :) I think we can all relate to using and having an animal around. Creek was a big part of the story even if he never seemed talked (that might be another story haha)
The narration, I think this might have been my only slight off point. I really did enjoy the story, but at times I think there were some odd choices in character voices. It took me a while to get used to the way that particular character spoke, for instance, the President, and one other. I guess that was one reason why I didn't like these characters, so in that sense good job, but it was a little hard on the ears to get through in a day.
Thank you for the listen, and I think I'll go check out some of the others that they might have produced together.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Good story if a little short. Excellent narration. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book has been quite an interesting if not scary story, perhaps one that should be read by governments around the world as it’s thought provoking text brings you to consider what we should be doing to mitigate this type of threat especially as we know the sun also poses significant risks as a natural cause of EMP that has in the past caused significant damage to key infrastructure and given our huge reliance on modern technology, surely gives us yet further reason to want to mitigate potential risk.
Slight note. The final chapter that is the authors note feels like it should proceed reading of this book, rather than at the end of the book. Anyhow, this book is well worth the read.
This is a must read/listen to story. I was hooked from the opening paragraph. The author cleverly moves from one plot to the other in the story and then ties them together in a thrilling ending. This is a great fictional story, unfortunately it could easily be non-fiction. We must be prepared!