This is an audio performance of the original second person narrative version of this book. It is told from a second person point of view for each chapter's main character. Take note of which character leads the chapter title. It may take some adjustment to get the hang of this format, but if you do, I don't think you will be disappointed. If you don't think you would like a second person narrative, I suggest you pass on this book and look for the revised version which is written as a first person narrative.
The day was like any other day - until it became "The Day". At 4:05 p.m., the United States was attacked with an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon. A 20 mega-ton nuclear warhead was detonated high in the atmosphere above Kansas, blanketing most of the contiguous United States and parts of Canada and Mexico with an electro-magnetic pulse that damaged nearly all microprocessors and electronic controls beyond repair. Nearly every system that depends on computers and electronics has ceased to work. The electrical grid goes down. The water system goes down. The sewer system goes down. The phone system goes down. The cellular system goes down. Cars stop. Tractors stop. Radio and TV stations go dark. The Internet is no more. No more ambulance services. No more emergency services. No more government services. No more 911. In the twinkle of an eye, America is sent back deep into the 19th century.
Jill Barnes, a single mom, finds herself stranded on the side of Interstate 485 near Birmingham, Alabama. Jack Chance, a bank vice president, is stranded on Interstate 85 near Montgomery, Alabama. John Carter, a contractor, finds himself stranded near Leeds, Alabama. Each must travel home to Clarke County in rural southwest Alabama. Follow them as they each make their decisions and journey home while the fabric of American society is torn asunder and criminals run amok. The story is exciting and enlightening, compelling and fast moving, infuriating and redemptive, heart-rending and heart-warming. Keep some tissue close, just in case.
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I had fun with the book but there are flaws
The dual first person narration is irritating. "she said" - "he said" let just say what they said. The overall story was good but there were long moments of waiting for action and then BANG another disaster - thank goodness. The way the John rattles off gun and ammunition specs should have have raised some red flags with ole Jill I think. I didn't mind the religious aspect of the store. As a matter of fact it was refreshing to hear. I would think being in a disaster such as an EMP would require a lot of praying.
- James D. Hurless
Not a page turner or edge of the seat book
- C Link-Alery