John Mack, a prepper and former soldier, struggles to save his family and community after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) takes out the country's electrical grid. With most electronics, communications, and transportation destroyed in a matter of seconds, the nation quickly collapses into anarchy. For John and the other residents of Willow Creek Drive, the breakdown of social order throws them back to the 1800s. As the community tries to come together, a powerful outside force appears that threatens their survival. Will John's years of military and prepping experience be enough to keep them safe? Mixing tons of useful prepping tips into an action-packed story, Last Stand: Surviving America's Collapse is a must-listen for any fans of survival fiction.
©2014 William H. Weber (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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Stillwell does an excellent narration of the first novel in this saga. The story is believable and the characters are true to life. The chain of events are also within reason and the antagonist is someone that can be expected to exist in this scenario.
Very good story, you won't be disappointed. I also own, and have read the Kindle ebook prior to purchasing, and I can truly say that it was more enjoyable to listen to the novel during driving to and from work, rather than finding the time to read after my business day.
I enjoyed this story. Lots of ethical factors and dilemmas to deal with. Showed tremendous restraint with his language, somewhat rare in this genre. I would rate it PG13.
"STAYED UP ALL NIGHT TO LISTEN"
I couldn't put the headphones down! I literally stayed up all night, on a work night, to hear the whole story! Captivating! LOVE IT!
"Predictable, slow and very basic story"
Just didn't do it for me.
The story was too basic, without an interesting story line flow. Cliche to the highest degree. "The newest recruits (neighborhood teenagers) practiced with sticks as weapons" just about a minute, maybe two, after an EMP?
Not a situation anyone would want to contemplate but it definitely makes you think twice about things & human behavior during desperate times good & bad. Hope for the best but being prepared very prepared! is what you you get after reading this, story.
The main character ex military was ready to protect himself & family when the authorities were awol when any real disaster strikes!
Keeps you going til the end! & it doesn't lead you to a sequel hanging!
Although there could be one :)
"Survivalist fantasy cartoon"
I just finished the remarkable "The Road," and was in the mood for another end-times story, but this was a really poor choice. I can't imagine this appealing to anyone but a hard-core survivalist who lives for the day all those neighbors who laughed at him for hoarding guns and gold and spam and toilet paper will be sorry and crawling to him for help. The characters have no dimension at all. The main character is a cartoonish Rambo who is humorlessly efficient (in everything except words - he makes constant references to his "S&W," when just calling it a Smith & Wesson would be one syllable less, but it appears important for tough guys to use letters rather than words in this "SHTF" scenario). The reader is probably appropriate to the material, but this unfortunately called for a monotone "knock this chip off my shoulder" delivery that I found as irritating as I found the story itself. I made if for the first half hour before writing the book off as a total loss.
"A fun listen"
A great listen, fast paced and engaging. Can't wait for the other books to be released in audio form.
This book was good pretty realistic I enjoyed it. It's short and sweet. I thought it was better than 299 days
Pretty good EMP Storyline - The book engaged me and kept me listening... I am now trying for twenty words.. If you are reading this - twenty word minimums are stupid...
"I enjoyed it."
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I appreciated the way the author explained he reasoning behind the actions the main character John and others took. If you pay close attention, he gives you ideas and theories that you can apply to your own preparations; but in a way that's not step one typical of most "How to survive..." Books. Even if you are not a "prepper " it's a good read with a believable storyline and characters. I would recommend to anyone who is interested in the end of the world as we know it based books.
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