The epic post-apocalyptic series continues...
In the aftermath of the brutal attack on his family compound, Alex Fletcher embraces his rapidly expanding role within the New England Regional Recovery Zone (RRZ).
Fueled by a limitless drive to protect his family and a rekindled sense of duty, he enlists the reluctant aid of a local militia commander - to ease the public's fears of a federal government takeover.
As Captain Fletcher digs deeper into the government's plans, he starts to question the federal government's intentions - and ability to stabilize the situation in New England. With the region's critical infrastructure destroyed and the nation's electrical grid crippled by a suspected EMP attack, he foresees a human cataclysm, with several hundred thousand desperate refugees marching further north through Maine.
The bad news doesn't end there.
Alex discovers that Eli Russell has rebuilt his militia - with the intention of hastening the Regional Recovery Zone's downfall. Obsessed with stopping the deranged psychopath that attacked his family, Alex scours the back roads and rural towns of southern Maine to find him - unaware that Eli's plans are far more personal.
Alex will face his most difficult decisions ever, as the world unravels in the aftermath of the "event".
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How did Book 3 go so wrong?
I enjoyed the first two books of the series. The story and events were believable and the books flowed well. In Book 3 we have another disaster that nearly wipes out the infrastructure of the East Coast. Rather than a continuation of the struggles that Alex and his family would face, we are presented with the implausible tale of how the Federal government would seek to use small, under trained, ill-equipped local militias to secure the population. It just did not ring true at all. Why bypass the State, County, and local Police organizations let alone the many fire departments, Red Cross and other first responders.
It seemed the author wants to weave a story of how substantial the militias are rather than construct how a real disaster would play out. The constant hints that Homeland Security was out to rob Americans of thier Open Carry Righrs became boring. Yet the author saw no contradication with the militias denying fellow Americans the freedom of assembly and movement. Of course in a emergency that leaves millions without power, food or water, security forces would be expected to disarm people carrying and bruising weapons in their vincity. But the author sees that as some conspiracy to deny Americans of their essential rights while ignoring the millions who face disease and starvation and denies them the freedom to move to safer ground.
Good book if you believe paranoid militia members are there to save us when disaster strikes. It would have been so much better if the story was cast in the more believable light of a Federal response that worked with already in place law enforcement and disaster relief organizations. It seems the author had an agenda to push and the story suffered because of it. But if see black helicopters around every corner than you may like Book 3.
- Jack "End of the world and Sci Fi are my favorites with a lot of historical fiction added in"
I think I'm becoming paranoid
- Drew (@drewsant) "Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant"