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JUST BECAUSE IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, DOESN'T MEAN IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD.
Akart hits the ground running, with the action. Akart can write and he writes good action scenes. I gave book one four stars for story and five overall thanks to Kevin Pierce's great performance. Pierce continues to give a great performance in this book.
It is my understanding that Robert Heinlein wrote STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND to make people think. To make people more open minded. Part of me wonders if Akart is trying to make conservatives see themselves in a different way. You have to be blind to not see the numerous hypocrisies in this story. It seems as if they were put there on purpose. I kept waiting for their to be a epiphany moment in which the main character sees what he is doing is wrong. Instead in the last hour it got even worse. when the main character shows himself to be a total racist. It was not necessary, except the author seemed to want to make a political statement against BLACK LIVES MATTER.
They are numerous, but let me go with what I remember. This guy is member of a Neighbor Association. He hates it and the liberal bankers, IRA agents and psychiatrists that run it. Anyone who wears a suit is considered an idiot. I have never been rich enough to live in this type of neighborhood, but it is a free country and I am pretty sure he could have lived somewhere that did not have an association. He and his daughter loot the neighborhood and that is okay, but others who also loot are viewed as bad guys. At one point they almost get caught looting by another group of looters. He tells his family we must loot the dead, cause if we don't another family will and than their family will be stronger than ours. His teenager daughter who we are told more than once has nice legs, uses her femininity to steal guns from a neighbor. We are told it is okay, cause the teenage boy gives her the guns, but we all know those guns are not his to give away. She claims she does not like the kid, but even gets in close to his personal space to make him nervous with her female closeness, in order to steal his daddies guns. The daughter kills a man, but lets the man's son take the blame. In book one his wife gets beat up at an atm. In this book the neighbors notice the bruises on her face and they are worried the husband may have beat her. We are told they are just being nosey. Abusive fathers and husbands are all too prevalent in our society and I stronger don't believe we should ignore it and let it continue to happen. It often leads to death. While he claims they are not that concerned or they would have checked on her earlier, he claims he is worried about his elderly neighbor, but waits too long to check on her and by the time he does she is dead. Then he steals from her. I am used to political statements in these books, but this makes anyone with an open mind, especially a Christian to question. Religion is not pushed heavy in this, but we are made to believe in a couple of statements that this is a religious family. They obviously did not read, what are preacher read to us today in church, that Jesus told Peter to take care of his sheep. This family is all about themselves.
In the last hour I am expecting some explanation for all this when, the real bad guys make an appearance. A group of blacks are going house to house and beating everyone to death and than stealing from them. This is a large group and their reasoning is to get us back for slavery. Black Lives Matter is not mentioned, but it is worded in away that we know what he is talking about. The main white character than gives a speech on how we can all live together. First of all their was no reason the author had to make this group of monsters, all be black unless he wanted to make a statement about blacks. Second, racism does still happen to today, I have witnessed it. A black man has to worry about his life and has less rights and opportunities than whites and if you don't see that your lying to your self. It was terrible what Cobra was doing as written in this book. I had a problem with a white man who knows nothing about being black, making speeches on how we can all get along. The author went out of his way to make this most improbable situation an issue.
I won't buy another Akart book.
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What I really like about this and as a second book is that it's so so real. It may be fiction, but the true facts behind this are scarily real... and it puts you in the heart of a worst case scenario with devastating consequences.
Bobby Akart brings us characters here that survived the first couple of days, reunited with his family and now is trying to do right by them and the community around them.
When the world collapses and people become desperate, these events would be more likely to happen in your street. The characters here, really make you want to help them, to route for them and of course for their survival.
It is again a shorter piece, but the story moves so fast I think it was gone in a blink of an eye and I so wanted more, to see where the Rymans end up, do they even make it out the street So much is going on around them, so many scared and terrified and dying people.
What I really like about this series and the narrator who does a very excellent job of the story is that as I'm from the UK and essentially not a 'prepper' I have picked up several tips and things that I would need, that would be likely just as important over here as in the US.
All in all an excellent second book and I'm going on to pick up the next as I thought I saw it floating out there.... :)
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