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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2012
Really enjoyed this novel. It was nice to read about some regular people doing their best during a societal collapse scenario. Not the all too common "Perfectly prepared" people dealing with things.
Some books focus relentlessly on the gun play action or on the survival techniques or on a superficial story line to the exclusion of the other aspects of the story. Unlike some which tend to be a mere drama in a terrible setting or others that are a thinly disguised survival novel this one seems to pull off a nearly perfect, well rounded blend.I particularly like how a couple of the main characters relate to each other....two friends who have different levels of personal preparation for emergencies, different skill sets and beliefs but how they stick together seems VERY well handled as this can be a challenge I think in a novel for disparate characters.

This book has a solid story, real characters and it does what I like to see in a novel.... it finishes the story it is telling. It wraps it up nicely and doesn't leave you hanging at the end. Of course there is plenty of room for a sequel but it appears that it will be essentially a new story with many of the same characters. I believe this is the first novel for this writer and it is my intention to get the sequel asap. Highly recommended without reservation to those seeking something other than a simple drama or survivalist manual. It has a little bit of everything for everyone. Well done!
How do I sign up on a waiting list for the sequel?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
This is a good, self-published SHTF novel. Editing was good, the dialogue was good (although the buddy-dialogue between the protagonist and his friend was a little strained), the emotional drama regarding the protagonist's family was believable. I even found that the sexual situations were handled well. I enjoyed the treatment of the challenges of neighborhood organization. I also like that the fact that this book, unlike most others, wasn't set in the South.

This book has the usual pit-falls of the genre: the good guys are bullet proof and can take on literally dozens of bad guys with nary a scratch, etc. I also thought the conspiracy stuff (including a moustache twirling bond-esque super villian) strained my ability to suspend disbelief to the breaking point.

All in all though, a good effort.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2013
If you want a book that is reasonably well written, check "1 second after". While the EMP attack is overstated and probably not as likely, a plague is. I think the 'raw material' here is much better to work with.

R.P. tells an incomplete tale in this book. When you get to the end of the last chapter it was like watching war of the worlds and turning the projector off at the end of the first reel. There is still too much left on the table that was needed to make this a complete story. There was no sense of being "done"...not to mention the last chapters were choppy and rushed. Perhaps R.P. just ran out of story...or perhaps there is a second volume on the way. I hope its the latter, not the former. This was good enough to warrant another few hours in the next installment. But knowing what I know now, I'd wait for the 2nd installment before I invested time into this story.

This book by itself had some problems. The protagonist crosses moral lines several times, without spoiling the story, he becomes a cold blooded murderer. I understand that in a situation of self/family/county defense people are going to die, but in this case R.P. made someone who is supposed to be the pillar of virtue no better than those he is protecting his own from. We can not confuse good and evil in life. That is how people who are truly evil rise to great power. We've seen this several times in the past, and in many ways we are even seeing that today if we are objective enough to look.

I wish I could write something better about the book, I really wanted to like it. But in the end I was left both wanting more and glad it was over. I wanted to like the book. Maybe the next installment (if there is one) will have redeeming qualities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2014
I've been wanting to read this novel for a while and was very excited when I finally got the chance to do so. Based on reviews and several recommendations I anticipated a really great story and some solid entertainment. And it seemed to be that way in the early chapters, but then I began noticing a few things. First let me say this, Brushfire Plague is not full of bad editing and horrible grammatical errors like some reviews have said, there are a few here and there, but nothing worth mentioning. The main problem I had with this book is the author trying to combine several genres of fiction (mystery/conspiracy/survival) without fully developing previous and ongoing plot lines. There was almost zero character development. Plus it stretched my limits with its requirement to suspend disbelief. I understand trying to add some flavor to your story but I feel the author prematurely tried to incorporate a mystery/conspiracy plot line into a weakly developed TEOTWAWKI story. In other words don't start writing a sequel half way into the first book. As for the main character of the story, he was not very likable and seemed unbelievably and immediately adjusted to the "new normal". My overall rating is a thumbs down and I will not be purchasing book 2.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2012
Brushfire Plague was a quick read, mostly because it's a real page-turner! Although some of the events and details in the book are quite shocking, there's a real human element to the story, and it never wallows in negativity. Plus you might pick up some apocalypse survival tips along the way! Ruggiero's knowledge of weapons is pretty comprehensive, and while I hope this kind of scenario never happens in real life, I might be a little more prepared for it after reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2014
**Minor spoiler***

I really enjoyed this book and read it in a few days. the only issue I have is Dranko, he is a good character, that's not my issue. the issue is his Armory in his basement. I know people are prepared but I highly doubt that prepared.

Other than that as I said it's a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2014
Okay, I gave it five stars, not because I thought it was on par with the works of GRR Martin or JRR Tolkien, but because it was a thouroughly enjoyable read. Fast-paced and hard to put down. Makes one think about the possibilities of economic & social collapse, and what one could expect. Strongly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
Written clearly and well, though the author's attempt at artful language is artlessly overdone in places. The story has a judgmental, arrogant tone to it. There is some intrigue introduced into the plot, over halfway through the story, but after slogging through one shootout after another, its resolution is quite a letdown. Not worth the price, in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2013
Cooper Adams takes the reader on a fast past ride as the world as we know it tumble around him. R. P. Ruggiero does a great job of crafting a entertaining story that is packed with kernels of education.

I can't wait to see where book 2 takes me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2013
Not bad.Can't say that it kept my interest all the way as the story was too stretched to be believable.
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