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About the Author

Bill Quick is a well-known science fiction author with dozens of published novels and short stories as well as nonfiction and screenwriting achievements to his credit. He is the longtime publisher of the blog Daily Pundit, where he named the Blogosphere on New Year's Day, 2002. He is also the publisher of the prepping site Emergency-Preps.com.

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  • File Size: 1070 KB
  • Print Length: 673 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497360935
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Iceberg Productions; 1 edition (March 15, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J1BIHPO
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I'm the author of twenty-eight published books, including the seminal cyberpunk cult hit DREAMS OF FLESH AND SAND, (the first book of THE DREAM TRIO) the best-selling prehistoric thriller THE LAST MAMMOTH, (writing as Margaret Allan), dozens of shorter works of fiction, and several screenplays for film and television.

I started out typing poetry at the age of thirteen on an Underwood portable that smelled of mothballs, machine oil, and rust. Currently, my writer's toolkit includes desktop, notebook, and pad computers equipped with voice recognition systems, and a smartphone so I can carry much of my brainpower with me.

Lately, as print publishing continues its chaotic collapse into the digital age, I've slowed down a bit, though I do try write at least one book a year. In one of my early novels, I had a character ordering groceries online - long before the WWW existed. Today, I do that very thing myself.

I write a well-known and respected libertarian-conservative blog called The Daily Pundit, where, on New Year's Day, 2002, I named the Blogosphere. I also maintain an emergency preparedness site called Survival-Preps.com.

Currently I am at work on a massive story of an America in financial, social, and political collapse after a catastrophic terror attack on the states west of the Rockies. The first book, Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster, was recently released. The second book, After the Fall: American Caesar is due out in the spring of 2015.

You can always reach me at: iceberg@iw3p.com, or drop by my writing blog at www.wtquick.com. I try to keep my bibliography current at www.iw3p.com. Email me, or say hi at the blog. I always look forward to hearing from my readers!

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matthew W. Bryson on March 26, 2014
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I just finished reading Lightning Fall and wanted to post my thoughts:

My one complaint is that President Carter and her husband are too obviously Hillary and Bill. Not that it hasn't been done before, as the president in Ringo's "The Last Centurion" was also clearly Hillary. That said, the President and the First Husband speak and act almost exactly like I believe they would speak and act, based on 20+ years of observing their real life counterparts. So this minor quibble can actually be thought of as a strength, in that regard at least. Now on to the strengths.

The science in this scifi novel is pretty good. As an engineer who works in electric power generation, I can attest that Bill Quick correctly describes the current grid would react to an EMP: it would crash and burn. Also, the damage to data storage, communications and transportation would likely be at least as bad as portrayed in Lightning Fall. Quite possibly worse.

The situations evolve more or less like they should. I know people like to think that everyone would band together during a disaster, but one of the magnitude shown in the book would assuredly lead to a Lord of the Flies scenario, as the book demonstrates.

Characters in a story should be a) believable and b) sympathetic or hated. Lightning Fall succeeds on both counts. The characters are given sufficient depth, including the villains. With such a large cast of characters, this is no mean feat.

Finally, the story should engrossing and entertaining. Lightning Fall is both. It reminded me (is a positive way) of "Lucifer's Hammer", especially in how it depicts the breakdown of society. I look forward to the sequel due out next year to see if the rebuilding of the country's infrastructure is as realistic as its destruction.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By paula on March 16, 2014
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Forget the zombie outbreaks. Forget the space aliens with an inexplicable taste for human flesh. Forget the five-mile asteroids heading right for us.

No, mankind's biggest threats have always been from mankind. External threats from people wanting your land, internal threats from people wanting to control you, or just plain people giving in to their base desires regardless of what it does to other people. This book has them all.

It's also got plenty of the more admirable aspects of human nature: taking responsibility for your own well-being, helping others who need a hand, and trying to keep it all together and running properly for everyone's benefit.

One of the major points of this book is "what happens if the electric grid goes down?" It's not pretty. I think this novel does a good job of showing the many bad things that happen in urbanized America without electricity. (If anything, the story understates how fragile the grid is, I think.) On the flip side, it shows the can-do ingenuity of many Americans, getting something lashed up and making do.

_Lightning Fall_ succeeds as an action story, but it's more than that. If this book doesn't scare you into being a prepper, nothing will. You don't have to be a hardcore fanatic about it, but think about how fragile all of our systems are and how vulnerable you are if anything breaks. Take a couple steps so you won't suffer if there's a power failure or a trucker's strike.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James David Watson on March 19, 2014
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A realistic story about the fragility of modern urban society and what is likely when the veneer of civilization is peeled away. This book has it all: a crippling attack leading to mass destruction and death, the inability of government to deal with such a situation, the ugly reality of human behavior in such circumstances, and a behind-the-doors look at the machinations of mendacious politicians, more concerned with their well being rather than that of the people or country.

Bill Quick has studied these issues for years, and is a master story teller and wordsmith. The book is full of tips and insights for anyone concerned with disaster preparation. For anyone interested in this genre, this book is a must have on your bookshelf or in your Kindle.

I can hardly wait for the sequel!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 25, 2014
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The thinly veiled portrait of Hillary Clinton as a maniacal president lessens this otherwise excellent and wide-ranging story of America's collapse after an EMP. No zombies, no aliens, no plague, no asteroids here. Just America brought to its knees and how people from the president to ordinary people to street thugs respond. I look forward to reading the sequel in 2015, however this book presents a complete story that stands on its own.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Rachocki on March 24, 2014
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Extremely well researched and written. A cast of diverse characters that are believable and could be met on the streets of America today. The plot has the makings of our worst nightmares. As reading entertainment it is well worth the purchase price. As a primer for what may be ahead of us it is undervalued.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dean Z. Douthat on March 24, 2014
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Lot's of realistic detail in this story showing how vulnerable is modern infrastructure. And not only to terror attacks; a solar event like that in the 19th century would be even more disastrous. There are some hard lessons here; will anybody in a position to matter learn them?

I enjoyed the story and all the loose-ended threads leading to the sequel. Faster please!
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