In this riveting, ultrarealistic novel from J. L. Bourne, a man struggles to survive after the US infrastructure collapses and martial law engulfs the streets of America.
In the not-too-distant future, during an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative unwittingly triggers an incredible event that alters the course of society. A terrible weapon has been unleashed - a weapon that, left to run its course, will destroy the moral fabric of humanity.
In the midst of crisis, the population struggles to survive in a world short on vital resources. Inflation cripples the US economy, and post-war armored military vehicles patrol the streets.
One man stands up to push back the overwhelming wave of tyranny triggered by the onset of nationwide martial law. How can he possibly succeed against a high-tech and tyrannical enemy that is hell-bent on ripping liberty from the pages of future history?
From the author and military expert who brought listeners the riveting horror series Day by Day Armageddon, Tomorrow War is a compelling account of an alternate dystopian America located just down the tracks of oblivion.
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Different Universe, same amazing, detailed writing! No Zombies, No Problems - humans can be even scarier! Great read
Very enjoyable for the train commute, drop in and out as you please. I would have liked the author to explore the collapse a little more. I enjoyed the narration.
"Everything by J.L. Bourne is good"
Great story pacing and character building. Plausible SHTF scenario, with a bit of over-the-top survivalist characters. (Could the boxcar dude REALLY exist? I mean...really?)
"Ready for Book 2! Excellent story as always!"
Great story, really gets you thinking about whats going on now. Couldnt put it down. If you like JL's other books, Day by Day Armageddon then you will love this one as well. Great technical detail, great story and character development. Ready for the next book in either of his series!
Overall I really did like this book. It clipped along in a very engaging way. Good character development for a few key players, but others were extremely two dimensional. In certain spots it could have used a little more transition time- there were a lot of abrupt changes in plot that were very convenient.
There are aspects of the book that are *extremely* realistic and accurate- the guns, generalized tactics, likely reaction by the government. Other aspects... not so much. The best example I can think of is the Ultralight. I mean... come on. I know they exist, but in context it's ridiculous.
Huge portions of the book felt like a novelized instruction manual for armed resistance in a SHTF/EOTWAWKI scenario, along with being mildly propagandized. I didn't mind this at all, but some might find it tedious. There are some pretty heavy handed 'protect the constitution' passages as well which some might get tired of. But, once more, I was perfectly content.
Two or three brief parts make this a very R rated listen, just as a generalized heads up. Really bad (and originally unintentional) joke there, sorry.
Worth the listen I think. If you are way into SHTF scenarios/prepping/survivalist/or know what molon labe means, you'll love this. For most people this is something to save if you need some escapism or are short in your listening queue.
Oh, finally, there's about 30 seconds that qualifies this as a science fiction book, so if you're looking for even soft sci-fi, keep moving. Maybe the next installment will place it more in genre.
"Scary what if."
I really liked this new story. A few things i would've done differently myself, but what a ride. Max "redacted" was a cool new character and I know there's going to be more. At least I hope so.
HIGH FUNCTIONING MORONS
Six very entertaining hours. Bourne does have a slightly different take on the post apocalyptic movement. In most books the government tries to help, but usually ends up being part of the problem. In this book our government is purposely the bad guy. Our KANGAROO GOVERNMENT brought civilization down on purpose, but I guess we have to find out in a future book why? Now our government with help of the ONE PERCENTERS is jailing everyone and oppressing us.
I said six very entertaining hours, but the book is eight hours long. For six hours I was giving this five stars, but the last two hours were kind of boring. My mind starting wondering and I could not concentrate. Bourne needs to be more creative and give us food for thought, not just shoot-em up chase scenes. I also thought he could have explained why the US government did this. I guess he is holding that for a sequel. I also am not a fan of things being too easy. One or two days before the apocalypse, he gets his shelter built. He empties his bank account to get this done, because a co-worker prepper, warns him that the apocalypse is going to happen any day. He orders a small shelter and they just happen to install a big shelter. They just happen to set everything up for him. As another reviewer mentions, there are some abrupt transitions in the story. One minute he is in his shelter, the next he is flying to his brother's house, who is under attack. It seems like some stuff was edited out.
The narrator is excellent
"Decent military end of the world story"
I like Bourne's style. Max Redacted (the main character) is a 'good old boy' with a sketchy past. He might have been a CIA or military covert agent at the start of this story. Actions he takes result in the end of the world as we know it. Everything falls to anarchy. And this story basically becomes a survivalist freedom fighting engagement.
I kind of like how Bourne leaves things. Unresolved. I'm not waiting for a sequel. It just feels to me like a good ending. Mysterious.
I am not sure about the story arc though. I felt like it came apart half way through. The bad guy was impersonal. Im not sure what was going on. Other than Max kicking some totalitarianism ass.
"Could have been truly great."
This is in fact a very good book. But as some of the other reviewers also note, the author does seem to go a bit overboard with his anti-government sentiments.
The author is a somewhat heavy-handed and frequently invokes the various amendments of the Bill of Rights to justify the actions of the main person.
Even the total collapse of worldwide civilisation is caused by the US Government : "evil or incompetence? Does it matter?"
The examples for showing how evil the government really is aren't really subtle such quoting Mao and making the case for gun rights by denying food to a young woman with a young child, going for the sympathy vote.
Yet not to offend the good men and women serving the US government the author elects the plot device in which the US government is so evil that they use a gang of biker criminals as the law enforcement. Again, the author goes a bit overboard in the evilness, by describing how these people drive around with the head of a decapitated woman for their sexual (oral) pleasures.
As said, it is a very good book, and I enjoyed listening to it. But it is unnecessary marred.
DBDA was an entertaining series. TW is the true horror story. Excellent book once again from JL Bourne. Read it (or audio book it for a long flight) now and prepare for a real adventure-horror experience.
Very realistic depiction of an economic collapse but not on an apocalyptic scale. Reminds me of Red Dawn
Really love J l Bourne's books, they have all been great and I was so pleased that Jay Snyder was used again. He really is the voice of Bourne. Mr Collins was extremely good as well. Thanks for your hard work gents.
In general an amazing story well read. Looking forward to part 2.
"Just as good as his first book"
I really enjoyed how this was like d.b.d.a and really liked all the tech used in this book
The tech and how this had the same feel as d.b.d.a
They bring the story to life
"Another fantastic story from JL Bourne"
I really enjoyed his Day by Day Armageddon series and have found this to be even better. Cannot wait for future instalments.
"His best book to date!!!!!"
Great story, hope we get a follow up book very soon. This could really happen.
"Another excellent book by J l Bourne"
Brilliant, great story, another apocalyptic book by JL Bourne loved it. Need more now, start writing a sequel Mr Bourne.
I really enjoyed this book. This book is telling a story that could happen. And what might happen if it does. I enjoyed the narrators who I have not listened to before; but would again. My only very small dislike was the extremely long parts to the audio chapters. A lot of the books I listen to have shorter parts, 15-20 mins this book had 1 hour or so chapters. As I said extremely minor. nothing to do with the story or quality of the book.
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