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For Gordon Van Zandt, life was one of duty and loyalty to his country, so when 9/11 happened he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This youthful idealism soon vanished, one fateful day in a war torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past, but must now face a new reality thrust upon him and his family.
North America, Europe, and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack that has caused catastrophic damage to the power grids and all electrical devices. With nothing working, from cars to phones, and the total collapse of the economic infrastructure, Gordon must fight for limited and fast dwindling resources. He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors, but as daily life continues to break down so does all sense of civility within his community. With each passing day, Gordon makes choices that would seem extreme in today's world, but necessary in this new world.
©2013 G. Michael Hopf (P)2013 G. Michael Hopf
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2 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 11-12-13

So Dissapointed

So I usually love this genre, but this ranks closely to my least favorite "end of the world" as we know it book. The writing style is a mess. I didn't feel like I knew, or liked, a single one of the cardboard characters (and all the women are either "bitches" or wimps ), language is stronger than I care for and flat out murder by the main character is an ongoing constant. I couldn't suspend my disbelief. To make it worse it is a series and nothing is resolved... the book ends with a neighborhood shootout and the family taking off for Idaho. This is an EMP based disaster with Washington taking a nuclear bomb, the military and government play prominent parts.

Better books than this on same topic: One Second After, Alas Babylon, Jakarta Pandemic, The Road, 77 Days, The Stand, Patriots. Similar to this Lucifer's Hammer.

A young male with lots of testosterone and a desire to shoot people in the face might enjoy.

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2 out of 5 stars
By P. Greer on 01-06-14

I know you're thinking of buying it. Just don't..

Would you ever listen to anything by G. Michael Hopf again?


What didn’t you like about Joseph Morton’s performance?

Narration was lifeless, bland and annoying.

Any additional comments?

This is a genre I usually enjoy, but I strongly urge you to avoid this. It's just bad. The characters are neither realistic nor fun. They are not well developed, and you really don't empathize with any of them. They make bad decisions, run around blurting out their intentions to people they are about to betray. The dialog is stilted. Nobody talks like this. There is just nothing to recommend it. I have listened to a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction, and enjoyed almost every one, but this book left me wanting to stick a pen in my eye.

The narrator sounds like he is reading an encyclopedia to a 5 year old. Bland, dull, droning.

Just don't. And if you do, just remember I told you so.

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5 out of 5 stars
By sarah MacHattie on 07-01-16

the best book of all

of all the books I've read amd that's a lot this is the best so far. great plot amd characters

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4 out of 5 stars
By alexander on 06-23-15

for U.S. patriots

as a European I found it hard to follow the geographic references.
the senario was very plausible.
thought provoking.

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