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Desperate Times [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Antinozzi , Sue McInnis , Steve Peterson
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Book Description

Imagine waking up to the horrific news of an economic cataclysm. Around the globe, investors have panicked and the markets are on the verge of collapse. The unthinkable has happened. There is a run on the banks and the dollar is in a free-fall. With time running out, you rush out the door and try to prepare for the worst-case scenario; only to learn that hyperinflation has arrived and prices have already begun to skyrocket. This is the sad beginning of Desperate Times.

The tale is told through the eyes of an average Joe, Jimmy Logan. Jimmy’s employer, Ken Dahlgren, is waiting for him at the time-clock as he arrives for work. Jimmy is blissfully unaware of what is happening in the outside world, but Ken orders him into his office and gives him the bone-chilling news. Ken and his wife, Patty, own a lake home in northern Minnesota. For years, Ken and Patty have secretly prepared their northern retreat for this looming crisis. Ken invites Jimmy and his live-in girlfriend, Paula, to join a select group of close friends to ride out the storm. After quickly explaining his plan to Jimmy, Ken hands him an envelope filled with cash and the keys to the company truck. He then orders Jimmy to head into Saint Cloud and buy whatever he can lay his hands on. He allows Jimmy enough time to make a quick pit-stop at his trailer home, to explain the situation to Paula and for the two of them to pack their clothes, just as fast as they can.

Jimmy decides to give Paula the news in person, before driving to Saint Cloud, but his plan quickly unravels and Jimmy is forced to make some hard decisions. Ultimately, when he arrives to join the caravan that has assembled at Ken’s, Paula isn’t sitting next to him. But that doesn’t mean that Jimmy has arrived alone. Jimmy’s unemployed neighbor from the trailer court, Bill Huggins, and Bill’s daughter, Cindy, are ill-prepared for the future and Jimmy doesn’t have the heart to leave them behind. Ken and Patty are devoted Christians, knowing this, Jimmy gambles that they won’t turn them away. When they arrive, Jimmy sees that Bill and Cindy aren’t the only people seeking refuge from the storm. He soon learns that Patty has quietly spent the day on the telephone, extending invitations, which infuriates her husband. There is an argument, but Patty stands her ground.

Reluctantly, Ken is forced to accept the fact that plans have changed. The departing caravan is many times larger than he had envisioned, but conditions are rapidly deteriorating and not everyone will survive the trip.

Bordering Ken’s lake property is a resort which has been dormant for many years. Sally, the old woman who owns the resort, still lives there and she has invited up a group of her own. Sally’s people continue to pour in and soon outnumber them. While Ken strictly rations supplies and immediately puts his people to work, Sally’s group acts as if they’re on an extended vacation. The party next door never seems to stop, and it isn’t long before some of those inside Ken’s camp begin to question his authority.

Crisply rewritten in December of 2012, Desperate Times introduces a diverse cast of characters to one of civilization’s worst nightmares. This powerful story is both thought-provoking and hauntingly realistic. Initially, the issues raised are seemingly black and white; but friendship and loyalty, moral convictions and survival, slowly become gray areas as the story unfolds.

Product Details

  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475096739
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nicholas Antinozzi; 3 edition (June 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054SDXES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,242 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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220 of 245 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's up with all the five-star reviews? June 25, 2011
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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.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars - 3 not enough - 4 too many April 28, 2012
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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
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Desperate" ly tried to read.... March 28, 2012
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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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43 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad in so many ways May 20, 2012
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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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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money September 8, 2012
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This is one of the worst survival fiction novels I've ever read. The author knows nothing of combat tactics (amateurs using assault rifles on full auto and actually hitting something?) or of weaponry ("fully automatic" M16s have been out of the military inventory for almost 20 years now...M16A2s and M4s use a 3-round burst setting instead...and the idea of police carrying "service revolvers" is similarly outdated). The author also demonizes fundamentalist Christians, but displays his ignorance on this subject as well. The leader of the "fundamentalist" band is Sister Margaret...yet fundamentalist Christians oppose the ordination of women. The idea that a few people could build a palisade wall large enough to surround a compound like the one described in just a few days is similarly laughable. One of the precepts of survivalism/prepping is to buy quality rather than buying cheap. That should apply to this book as well. Save the $2.99 and apply it to something worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
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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.

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