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Hello world, thanks for dropping by. I've been a lifelong resident of Minnesota and my friends call me Nick. I'm old-school when it comes to writing fiction and if you're looking for someone to further push the envelope, I'm probably not your guy. I try to write clean stories about current events and possible scenarios; timely, important fiction that provokes critical thought. I do my best to make all sides of an argument and let you, the reader, make your own decisions. Personally, I feel that we're catipulting down the slippery slope at breakneck speed, which is why I wrote the Desperate Times trilogy. I'm always looking for feedback and do my fair share of social networking. That being said, I'm always looking for new friends and nothing makes my day like a positive comment coming out of the blue.
This was a moderately readable adventure, but the barrage of five-star reviews (all marked as almost 100 percent helpful) has me raising my eyebrows.
First off, what I liked: The plot is decent. A likable young man, Jimmy, is invited to his boss' cabin after the economy collapses, and he and his new cohorts have to defend themselves from various groups of bikers, religious fanatics, etc. Meanwhile, Jimmy's girlfriend, Paula, is missing, and his ex-girlfriend, Julie, is putting the moves on him. The ending looks like it's going to be way too pat, but there is a twist at the very very end that will pique your interest again.
What I didn't like:
* The editing is atrocious. The repeated misuse of apostrophes was especially annoying -- for example, referring to the boss and his wife as "the Dahlgren's" instead of "the Dahlgrens." * The writing starts out VERY rough. The hit-you-over-the-head foreshadowing was atrocious ("They would find out that very afternoon just how wrong they were" -- that sort of thing). It does improve, though, and the author is at his best when describe action sequences. * The character development could use a lot of work, especially the women: Julie is tough and pretty. Paula is spoiled and pretty. Patty is kind-hearted. Cindy is smart. * The obvious political agenda that the author inserted pretty much constantly got old fast -- especially in quotes and such at the beginning of each chapter. I wanted to read a good dystopian tale, not get a political sermon.
This could be a really good read if the author hired an editor who really went over the whole thing with a heavy hand. As it is, I think it's a readable story, but the writing just isn't up to the demands of the plot.
Like another reviewer I am surprised this book has attracted so many 5 star reviews. There was nothing exceptional about this book, the plot is okay, the characters are reasonably well crafted, and the author effectively weaves in policitian themes and an historic view. They are all good things, and why the book is certainly worth a read.
There are things I struggled with when reading this book. There were holes in the story - for example it just didn't make sense that Ken would entrust Jimmy with stocking the truck with supplies when this was the first time he had even disclosed his survivalist plans. Then there were little things that irked me, at the beginning of each chapter the author includes an historical fact, I didn't have a problem with that ( in fact I thought it was pretty clever), what I didn't like was some of these were repeated later in the book - I got the message the first time I didn't need to read it twice.
Anyway, I paid $2.99 for the book. I certainly don't feel cheated, but I must have missed something that others saw. Happy to give 3 and a half stars - can't see anything that would warrant a higher rating. Having said that I will probably buy the sequel, which means the author certainly hasn't missed the mark
I really tried to like this book. I loved the idea, especially with the way the world is today. I did learn some unknown facts about the government's control (and FEMA's)..but that wasn't why I purchased this book. I have been reading apocalypse books for several weeks, this was the first one that I considered buying that wasn't about chemical warfare, rather government collapse. I have not found one character that I like. Even "Jimmy" the lead character is not likable. I got to the point in the book that *SPOILER ALERT* Jimmy's new girlfriend? (I put question mark because I still don't know the answer) Julie, Julia, Janet, June, I am not going to take the time to look up her name, anyway, she is shot. I have no clue if she dies or not, because at the moment Jimmy screams "Noooooo!" I realize that I could care less if A) She is dead or B) Jimmy's heart is broken. And as far as the wooden wall that they built around the house, after all of the fires the neighbors built ,why didn't they just burn it down?? Maybe they do at the end, like I said, I will not finish it. I must also say that I have never known anyone like Bill. He seems to be a character derived from Bill on the cartoon King Of The Hill. That is who I kept picturing when I read... All in all, I wish I had never purchased this book and I do not recommend it to anyone.
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Lets start by saying that with end of the world kindle books, I get that we're not reading fine fiction. Even so, this book was terrible. To put it simply:
Poorly written and edited Unbelievable and VERY childish dialogue. Small blurbs about government to start each chapter. Ridiculous attempts at foreshadowing. Simply seemed to be written by a high school student.
I've never written a review before but I just had to do it!
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I have read many post apocalyptic books and Desperate Times is the most unrealistic one I have ever read. Between decisions the charters make. Inviting random people to your retreat? Are you serious? Then letting them in? Dumb decision after dumb decision. If it teaches you anything it teaches "Nice people don't finish last, nice people DIE FIRST!"
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