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Dark Grid (The Dark Grid Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David C. Waldron
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Book Description

In the wake of a solar event, the likes of which hasn't been seen since 1859 when the height of technology was the telegraph, the northern hemisphere is faced with a new reality...a life without power. The electrical grids of virtually the entire planet have shorted out as a result of expected, but completely unplanned for, sunspot activity during the peak of the current solar cycle.

Joel Taylor and his family, along with a few close trusted friends, have to decide how--and even if--they can survive in their suburban Nashville neighborhood as things deteriorate within a matter of days with no electricity. Once they decide to strike out on their own, the only question that remains is where? Through the recent prior military service of Eric Tripp, one of the small group to leave the neighborhood, they are allowed to attach themselves to the local National Guard Unit until they decide where they are headed.

With the power out, and no communication with higher authority, the Guard is on its own and downtown Nashville is becoming a less safe place to be. The entire Armory, group and all, relocates to Natchez Trace State Park to set up operations for the duration of the crisis...however long that may be.

The second edition of Dark Grid was released in late August of 2012 to coincide with the release of its sequel, Dark Road. In addition to being comprehensively (professionally) edited for punctuation, grammar, wording and flow, the decision was made to remove profanity, vulgar language, and offensive references to Deity (i.e., use of the Lord's name in vain). Dark Grid has also been shortened by 16,000 words, to 352 pages in print and the equivalent on a Kindle, in order to remove redundant or unnecessary dialogue and to tighten up the story.

If you purchased Dark Grid prior to the August re-release, you can download the second edition for free by going to the "Manage Your Kindle" page, selecting Dark Grid, and then clicking on the "update available" link next to the title.

Editorial Reviews


I really like the strong female characters.  I find them to be as real as in any other book if not better.
-William Morrow

It is a great exploration of how to do it right and I really liked it for that...Overall I would say Great job Mr. Waldron and I look forward to the next thing you write!

I did find myself thinking I knew someone like or could personally relate to the characters, which made their situations much more vivid. Also, the humor was very well done - few books actually make me laugh out loud.
-Andrew B. Dooley

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  • File Size: 816 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KLBXH2
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read March 24, 2012
By Patg
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I read the reviews - both good and bad. I'm surprised by the bad reviews because I thought this was one of the best books I've read in quite awhile. I know nothing about the military but I was not lost in the military jargon at all. I thought the character development was great. These characters came alive for me. In some books, we know the characters only through dialog or their actions. This author gets inside their heads and gives a lot of background information on what the characters are thinking. He was not in the military (per his info at the end of the book) but he obviously did his homework. Ditto on the power grid info, too.

This author writes with humor which I really appreciate. There is a lot of bad stuff going on in the world today and I try to avoid the doom and gloom books.

I thought the writing was excellent, so excellent that I (BA in English) wish I could write as well and publish a book as good as this.

This is a "what if" book that doesn't go into the whole cannibal/zombie thing that is so prevalent today. The author concentrates on a small group of people and how they not only manage to survive but also manage to start putting together a community that can work without the power that we depend on for everything today. Oh yeah - and they cooperate, too, for the overall good of the community. This is a far better picture of humanity than many authors paint.

I also appreciated that there is no dictatorial/homicidal maniac military type in charge who thinks civilians are expendable. I like to think our military would react the same way given any type of really big catastrophe.

I thought the editing was generally very good, although there are a few errors. The errors were not enough to make me stop reading.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! March 1, 2012
By Jimmie
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If you enjoy reading "end of the world as we know it" type books, then you will absolutely love this one! I have read quite a few books of this genre, and this is one of the best. It is a great story that is not only plausible, but very well thought out. It kept my attention the whole way through. So much so, that I will keep watch for future works from this author.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So much potential... February 15, 2012
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I enjoyed the premise of the book, it had a lot of potential as something that could actually happen in life. But there was no tension, no real action, and WAY too wordy. If I was having a conversation with someone and they talked to me the way many of these characters talked I would snap my own neck to make it stop. I slogged through the whole thing hoping it would get better but it never truly did. The main characters had little or no true hardships which I find difficult to believe if this truly happened in life. If you like this genre I would absolutely recommend "Alas Babalyon" and "One Second After" (one of my all time favorite books of this genre!) like one of the other reviewers suggested.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Adequate February 1, 2012
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There is a possibility that our electrical grid could give out. How would you deal with that situation? It has the makings of an interesting plot.

Unfortunately it doesn't go very far in this book. There is little or no tension in this book. It lays limp. We are told what horrible things might happen, not shown. Too much thin essay-like speeches, too little action for my enjoyment.,

Specifically the protagonists immediately, and I do mean immediately, attach themselves to a National Guard unit. Much of the rest of the book revolves around building a Fowrard Operating Base and moving the unit to that base. The hardy survivors have to suffer...nothing. Nothing worse than indigestion from MREs apparently. It is hard to be concerned about the fate of a family that is protected by a company of infantry with mechanized (Light Armored Vehicle)support, crew served weapons, 10 megawatts of portable power generation, and self-contained industrial-size Reverse Osmosis Water Purification systems. Couldn't it have at least rained on our hardy pioneers of the apocalypse?

Sorry, I am being snarky. It is not an entirely bad book but it could have been much more.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story March 30, 2012
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Dark Grid has a great story concept. What would you do if the power went out FOREVER? How would society change in a major SHTF event? It's an interesting concept and it makes you think "how would I handle myself and/or my family in this situation" However, I'm not an "army" person. A lot of what is talked about is just not something I instinctively understand. But, you know what, it really didn't matter. I still enjoyed the book. The book does definitely need a better editor. There are plot jumps that don't make sense and story lines that don't conclude. And there are grammar mistakes. However, the STORY is terrific. The characters are believable and easy to relate too, especially the family with kids. I enjoyed the book. It was worth the $$ in my opinion.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan January 28, 2012
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This book was hard for me to read. I`m a fan of this genre of book, but the style of writing in this book was honestly choppy, predictable, and boring. I wasn`t able to get more than half way through it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend February 21, 2012
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Highly Recommend...

Most SHTF/WROL/TEOFWAWKI paint the military as the bad guys..

Nice to see one in which they are part of the solution....

Hang through the first few pages.... gets real good....

Will be looking for other titles by this author...

Be nice if wrote one about Financial Collapse being the cause of TEOFWAWKI...

Qantis in California...

P.S. Note to author - Thanks for the good story... much to think about...
Its not sufficient to be a lone survivor, but establish a free society after a collapse...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Character development is quite good. Biggest complaint
Knowing something about the potential aftermath of a catastrophe, I found the plot a bit contrived. A bit too "this would be lovely if it really DID happen this way, but it's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to commit to more than this book for the whole story
“Dark Grid” was a tough book for me. First off let me say that I absolutely love the story and the premise. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Drew (@drewsant)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Very engaging book. Great characters with a great plot. Makes you anxious got the next chapter, next book. Strongly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I have read this now several times and it continues to be enjoyable. I look forward to seeing more books by this author.
Published 2 months ago by Hedley Berge
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Waldron, please ignore your critics: they're just-plain-wrong....
I had read the entire series a while back, and just checked in to see if there was anything new. Wow, a suprising number of completely opposite reviews--poles apart on characters,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping form something along the lines of "The ...
I was hoping form something along the lines of "The Last Second" This book was slow. I got tired of the forced, cutsey banter between the characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Grid review
I really loved this book. The characters seemed so real. I especially loved the characters of Joel and Kyle. The story was great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elaine H.
2.0 out of 5 stars No message
Not so great. I didn't get a strong message from it. Don't think I will read the second one.
Published 2 months ago by hosscomp
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading it and if you like this kind of ...
Enjoyed reading it and if you like this kind of book read it.
Published 4 months ago by carole
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was ok
Published 4 months ago by Dennis
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David C. Waldron (1972-) is a fan of Science Fiction in all its forms, and has been since at least the tender age of 5. He made his poor grandmother take him to see STAR WARS in the theater at least a dozen times when it first came out. He enjoys the outdoors, hiking and camping with family, Scouting with his son, computers (he's a self-confessed nerd), and of course, writing.

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