As the district manager for a sporting goods store, Nelson knows what it takes to survive off the grid. Michelle is a nurse, a mom, and fully capable. Nelson and Michelle are hardworking Americans with a secret: they are part of a circle of individuals who are prepared for the worst. They know that the worst is coming; it's just a matter of time.
When the stock markets in Asia crash, the family knows that it is time to pull together with their circle of friends and get to their safe zone. But nothing worth doing is ever easy. Not content to just seize the assets of Americans, the United States government paints a target on the backs of survivalists and preppers, demanding that all Americans turn in their guns, ammunition, and food, and placing restrictions on travel.
With the family in the cross-hairs, will they make it safely to their farm? Or will they fall victim to the machinations of a government who no longer believes in the Land of the Free?
©2015 Thomas A Watson (P)2016 Thomas A Watson
Had to force myself to continue reading thinking it would get better. The writer obviously has a good knowledge of weapons and seemed overly keen to demonstrate that. I felt like I was involved in a stocktake of the inventory of a gun shop. I really don't want to know every detail of all the guns used and just wanted the story to move on.I don't feel as though I have to go straight onto the next novel and keep reading. Perhaps fans of Star Wars might find it interesting.
"Rich folk strike again"
This is another book well written but of the same theme as so many others...
People with essentially unlimited resources prepare for the event that brings the nation as we know it to an end. They move as a group to the country where the have built a cabin for each family, they just happen to have an
excavator with a large bucket which cost used over $50,000. The primary participant is a manager of what must be a huge sporting goods store, auto parts and home improvement store rolled into one. From this he is able to "secure" over 600 military grade weapons and ammunition to support an infantry company in extended combat engagement. There are also several class III weapons to be secured. Etc. I would like to read of the family that is retired with few weapons, limited ammo and less than 100 pounds of gold. Perhaps 4 oz or less. In other words make it more realistic for the average American, not the economically elite.
While this book is not very realistic, it IS very entertaining. The author gets you really into the story and characters. BUT I'm pretty sure the owner of an outdoor retail chain wouldn't tell his regional manager to personally "secure" thousands of guns, tons of ammunition, plus a trailer and a couple of UTV's at his home. I will be purchasing the next in the series when it is available, however, simply for the entertainment factor.
The narration is pretty good, however, the editor of the production really dropped the ball. There are too many incidences of repeated words or phrases (not purposefully), it doesn't take away from the book just gets a little annoying. So if you're looking for an entertaining, societal collapse genre novel, I'd say give it a shot!
"Good story but lots of tech problems"
I don't think so. Lots of repeated lines in the audio.
I like that there is some humor. Could have done without the excessive calling each other 'baby'.
I think the best thing a narrator can do is to disappear into the story. He does this well. Becoming part of the story .
LOL, as I have a 40 minute commute to work then drive for 6 hours and 40 minutes home. Pretty much I listen to all books in one or two days.
"Liked it, but had a few ethical struggles with it."
I read a LOT of books in this genre and I liked this one with a couple of exceptions. One is that it was one of those books from this genre where the main characters are uber prepared with what seems like an endless amount of funding and supplies at their disposal. I can get past that and chalk it up to choosing the right career field, however, I think my main issues is with the mindset of the characters. Don't get me wrong, I'm a pepper and have no doubts regarding what our government is capable of, but the author portrays this group as pretty extreme. This would be a liberal's handbook of what they think every conservative is like. Gun toting NRA members who competively shoot and are tea party members who border on sovereign citizens. Again, no issues with either group (except sovereign citizens. They are waaaaay too out there even for me), but when one member of the group is a police officer and the group kills cops throughout the book without hesitation or question it makes the book hard to listen to. Mainly because I am a cop and also because it seems a bit hypocritical. I would imagine the cop in the group would feel the same way too, which is never even touched upon.
Anyway, it was a good story overall when I overlooked the rampant killing of law enforcement and would recommend it.
"overall a good read and a good audio story."
story line was good, sort of a perfect situation.
this audible copy repeated a sentence then would continue on as if nothing had happened. never have had this problem before. probably a corrupted download.
Narration was excellent I look forward to book two and will purchase both Kindle and Audible releases when they become available.
I support our good independent writers by purchasing their work even if I read it first on Amazon Prime.
"Great book by a great Author"
Absolutely, love this book. Awesome storyline and lots of action and suspense. The characters are great and really pull in the story. I also thought it was narrator done a wonderful job
"Fresh and sharp, interesting and engaging."
This is one of the better apocalypse/survivor novels I have listened to in some time. In fact, this is one of the better novels 'period' I have listened to lately. The writing is fresh and sharp, it is interesting and engaging. The characters are well-developed, likable, and totally believable. We even have a couple sex scenes between husband and wife thrown in, but it is tasteful and pleasant, suitable for the characters and the tone of the situation. In a word; refreshing. Our leading couple, Nelson and Michelle are typical working Americans before the stock markets crash and the government steps in to protect our assets and save us from making mistakes which may harm us; in other words, saving us from ourselves. The government double-talk results in seizing all savings assets of Americans; roughly twenty trillion dollars to shore up their over-spending and bad debt. Déjà vu 1999. Our core group of preppers consists of six to eight people who will come together in this crisis, consolidate supplies, equipment, and firearms, and prepare to head out to their bug out location being a farm several hundred miles away.
"Is the author kidding? Way overboard on quantity."
Like a three year old exaggerating "how much", millions of dollars would not buy all those prepping supplies. Also, as if the author read some apocalyptic novels and is attempting to out "hell on wheels" his main character. Sort of unrealistic which is sad given a good story line.
This is the first book from this author I have listened to, and I will be looking for more. Liked that it didn't have a lot of religion in it as most of the eotwawki genre books that are out there do. Has Guns, real life language is used, real life actions, and humor. Good book other than the narrator repeating a few lines. Recommend it to anyone into the genre.
"Love the story"
Love the story wish it just didn't stop like it did. Agree with the Gov idea. Live in DC 10 years. Worked all over in ICU/ER saw stuff I still can not believe.
ok story "
story was ok but 299 days coverd it in a more real collapse senario the main charecter seems to have amassed an unbelievable amont of gold cash and possesions and that took me back to the real world very early in its telling
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