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Publisher's Summary

The EMP strike was just the beginning of it all.... Clara Thomas was a 9th grade English teacher, living a simple life at home with her sister and grandmother. She always had plans to settle down some day and become a writer. Sometimes, plans are just dreams left unfulfilled. They thought that the widespread outage was just within their vicinity. They were wrong. Without any electricity and power, Clara needs to help her family survive. The people in society have become restless, and will do anything for food. With the fall of power, law and order have become nonexistent, letting people get away with crimes. Will Clara be able to be strong for her family and those around her to get them through this crisis? Will she be able to get herself through it?
©2017 Max Lockwood (P)2017 Max Lockwood
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By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Not your average EMP tale – By a long ways

This story comes from a different perspective. Definitely first person and takes place in a small town. Lots of details (for better or worse – you decide.) Personally I liked the details. Sometimes it seemed to drag on a bit but it always came back to the important stuff.

One thing that I kept thinking throughout this novel… The roles are reversed. This story is a first person narrative of a female character. Through life’s trouble and turmoil she has become the sole bread-winner in her family. This is mentioned several times throughout the book and these as well as other times I am thinking that these are the thoughts of a male character. Her neighbor is also a sole breadwinner while the husband stays home and takes care of the kids. Also, besides that one, the other primary male character is very soft spoken and avoids violence. They are both walked on by the women in their lives. The feminism might not be in your face but this is very definitely a story about women who are taking care of themselves despite the men in their lives

If you are looking for zombies or violent hordes this is not the book for you. Things progress reasonably downhill for this small town as they discover and deal with the problems caused by the EMP and realize they are on their own because everyone else has their own troubles and can’t come help them with theirs.

This Audible edition included a preview of book 2 in this series. It was a fairly long preview of what felt like several chapters. The story continued almost exactly where it left off and if they hadn't told me I would not have known the first book had ended.

The narration for this story by Becket Royce was well done. It was easy to listen to and the voices fit the characters.


I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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By Montzalee Wittmann on 08-05-17

an okay EMP story, cliff hanger beware!

Would you ever listen to anything by Max Lockwood again?

yes but not in this series.

Any additional comments?

It Began: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival (Zero Power #1) by Max Lockwood is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. The first third of the book Clara should be in Pooh's Corner as Eeyore. She sounds just like him without anti-depressants. This is before the power goes out. She lives with a crazy sister and grandmother that is going senile but I think she is just as bad. The last part of the book gets better but now she thinks she knows everything, I think she found some drugs along the way. It ends in a cliff hanger, a pet peeve of mine. If you don't mind those, good for you...I don't. It does depict, here and there, of what life might be like without power. Makes a person think. It is also different from other EMP survival stories. I doubt, out of all the people there she would have been picked to go find help from politicians seeing how she was just some random school teacher that hated her job... but...it was an okay read overall. What made it all better was the narration. This is it's saving grace for me. The narrator added a lot to the story. If I had been just reading it, I probably would have given it lower numbers but the narration was good and gave it that extra oomph that it needed to keep me going and interested. Worth a read, I mean listen. Will I try another of this author's work? Yes, can't see why not. Just not in this series.

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