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American Apocalypse: The Collapse Begins Paperback – March 1, 2011
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I don't necessarily see the future heading this way myself, but American Apocalypse is a profound vision of a potential future that cannot be lightly dismissed. And if it does come to pass (or anything like it) you'll appreciate having seen a glimpse from Nova before getting there yourself. Perhaps more importantly, the book is an excellent page turner and a fun way to spend a couple of hours.
If I could I'd give the book four and a half stars. The downgrade comes from the relative lack of editing and the fact that the stream of consciousness style leaves you wondering a bit about some things. (Why for example do none of the characters get any news from the radio and learn about what is happening outside of the US?) But since I can't and it's either four or five, I'll go with five stars because it makes you think in a way that few other books can.
Yes, it has a "end of days" theme however everything happens so easily and so lucky for the characters.
I agree with other reviews that the editing is horrible if not non-existant.
Book 2 is a little better, but not much.
It's disturbing how things happen so easily and lucky for the characters.
"He grabbed a bottle of water..." Where or how did he get such an important item so easily?
There was a gas shortage everywhere, but not for them apparently.
The main character never liked guns but all of a sudden he becomes a marksman.
The series leaves a lot of significant details how hard will work to aquire/build/ necessary items during EOD.
This is a "everything falls into their lap" EOD series.
And the character introduced near the end of book two is just silly. Really? (I won't ruin the story for those thinking of buying book two)
Call me old fashioned, but I could do without the foul language and NUMEROUS scenes where the character just so happens to stumble upon some guy or a group of guys molesting a boy, a woman or a girl. I think the author has personal issues with the topic. For this reason I had to go from three stars down to two stars.
I agree with the reviewer who found this book poorly edited, but do not think these problems prove as jarring to the ordinary reader as implied in that review. This is a chilling book which should act as a cautionary tale to those waiting for the BIG BANG. It may come as a small slide, that slowly avalanches everything in its path, including us.
A lot forum books gone paper suffer from a certain lack of professionalism or maturity in writing, but the topic of the book, or plot, or character development, or SOMETHING makes up for it. Not the case here.
One last gripe...I found the number of references to internet gaming REALLY annoying. When / if the world collapses, I hardly think there will be enough nerds around to bring their "clans" from the web to real life.
and PS....the main character's favorite profanity is "Jeebus." I know the slang "Jeebus" has been around for quite some time, but it was popularized by Homer Simpson. As much as I do love the Simpsons, I also love authors whose depth of life experience exceeds a cartoon show.
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I am glad I didn't order more than the first book of this series - I won't be getting the rest of them. This book is ok but definitely not one I would really recommend. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Griffith
The series starts off interesting but gets very weird in future books.Published 7 months ago by David A. Myers
Well done. An insightful look into a potential future. I would have liked author to take it further.Published 7 months ago by michael j duckor
One amazing book!! This one was more from the average person's viewpoint; definitely not the guy that was prepared for this all along.Published 8 months ago by M. Whitworth
It's not horrible, but... It is very hard to read, the apocalypse stuff is extremely superficially glossed over, and it's really the portrayal of a serious psychopath / spree... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Theodore R. Smith
This is the seventeenth book in the specific genre that I've read over this past year, and it is unlike any of the others. Not in a bad way....but in an interesting way. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Music Lover
I have read all of the American apocalypse series and I loved it. be prepared to suspend your beliefs a little bit but over all I would recommend it to any one who likes to read... Read morePublished 13 months ago by cory