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Lights Out [Kindle Edition]

David Crawford
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (808 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Downloaded from the internet over three million times, this exciting, action-packed, survival story is finally available in book form. Lights Out chronicles the challenges of Mark “Karate Man” Turner when the lights go out over most of the free world. He must find in himself the ability to unite his family, friends, and neighbors if any of them are to survive the harsh reality that everyday life becomes when the veneer of civilization is stripped away.


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About the Author

David Crawford is an avid outdoorsman who likes to hunt, fish, hike, off-road, and shoot. He is a third degree black belt with the American Society of Karate where he teaches children and adults. Residing in San Antonio with his wife, he is the father of two, and is working on his next novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1264 KB
  • Print Length: 610 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615427359
  • Publisher: Halffast Publishing (December 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHNGKE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,815 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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218 of 235 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a long time coming. December 12, 2010
Format:Paperback
This is one of those books that sticks with you. Compels you to think about what these people are going through. His characters are vivid and well thought out. The reality that he spins is concrete and understandable. The range of reactions to this very real threat are believable and don't drift into fantasy.

The basic premise of the book is of a US plunged into chaos following an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack. If you aren't tracking at this point, an EMP attack is the destruction of the electronic infrastructure of the country using nuclear weapons detonated in space. These weapons create an EMP that fry anything connected to the power grid and anything with complex electronics. Cars Dead. Computers Dead. Most of the things we take for granted are just switched off. This causes a cascading failure that effects everyone in the country. Needless to say this is the end of the world as they knew it. Are you ready to fend for yourself ... and your family?

Bobby Ann Mason once said that the best stories occurred when you take ordinary people and place them in extraordinary situations. LIGHTS OUT deals with a group of ordinary people who band together and form a community in the aftermath of this national disaster. The ethics of self reliance and hard work are that are missing from some arenas of modern-life are alive in this volume. The relationships are natural, they feel organic and not forced. The level of drama never takes me out of the story and aside from some lucky pre-planning and coincidental hobbies there is nothing that I think is contrived about the setting or events. I would like to have seen some greater focus on the realities beyond the community but the outside world is addressed all be it briefly.
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141 of 155 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Love this genre.... November 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a tough review. There were aspects of this book that I really enjoyed. I love the subject matter. I'm an end of the world story kinda person (sans zombies) and am always searching for the next good novel. But this book was tough to get into. In fact, I didn't think I'd get through the first 50 pages. The dialogue between the characters was at times elementary and frankly, quite cheesy. But I stuck to it, trying get to the meat of the dilemna -- will they make it and if so, how? Once about fifty pages in, I was in it. And I cared. The cheesy dialogue and forced conversations were still there but the meat was there too. I loved the details of the initial setup of their community, the organizational elements that they implemented, and the way they prioritized what was essential. Very interesting and I'm in it. Then about two thirds of the way through the book, the endless narrative about guard duty and what gun is what nearly lost me altogether. I sort of trudged my way to the end of the book, glad I read it but equally glad it was over. This was a very long book that shouldn't have been. The editors could have cut a solid third of this book and improved it greatly.

Not every conversation needs to be or should be written: "Good morning." "Good morning." "Would you like some breakfast?" "I would love some breakfast." Just basic examples of conversations that were written, for pages, that add absolutely nothing at all to the overall basis for the story. Same thing about guard duty and guard duty and guard duty -- you get the picture.

All right, so this review obviously conflicts with most of the others but it's just my honest opinion. I'd say that if a skilled editor got a hold of this diamond in the rough it'd be a 5 star book without a doubt. But until then, I'll point most of my friends in the direction of One Second After by William Forstchen.
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133 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIGHTS OUT IS ON POINT! December 12, 2010
By K.
Format:Paperback
An amazing read, this book should be in your library if you're into SHTF fiction. James Wesley, Rawles's "Patriots", William Forstchen's "One Second After", and John Ringo's "The Last Centurian" were all OK stories, I have them on my book shelf along with many other good disaster, preparedness, SHTF, survival and action / adventure fictional works.

The only other books of this genre in my opinion that come anywhere close the level of "Light's Out" might be the first book in Thomas Sherry's series entitled "Deep Winter". I found the majority of the characters and scenarios fairly plausible(more so than some other novels of this genre which I've enjoyed less). I definately liked the characters being closer to "Joe Average" than "John Rambo". If you are the type of person whom would rather bury your head in the sand and pretend the world will always be a friendly and convienent place then this novel may not be the best story for you. However, "Lights Out" may help some wake up and take notice of the fact that the level of luxury and civility that we currenty enjoy in a society spoiled by such a high standard of living may not always be common practice.

If the lights go out the stores could close up, our paper money could become worthless, most would likely become hungry and desperate, your neighbors could become your biggest enemies and the proverbial gloves very well could come off if or when the "S" Hits The Fan. "Lights Out" may help get you thinking about how you would handle a prolonged bad situation and how you can start preparing now to keep you and yours better off then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it non-stop except for coffee breaks.
Great book. Scary because it can hapoen tomorrow. Very informative should the world revert to the Middle Ages.
Published 1 day ago by Joel Berman
5.0 out of 5 stars Post apocalyptic realness.....
Well thought-out storyline. It is obvious that the author has given great thought to the what-ifs....and the oh-shits!

Great read!
Published 2 days ago by Diana L. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read.
What would you do if the lights go out for a long time? Lights Out presents many problems and solutions in an entertaining story format that makes you think. Read more
Published 3 days ago by D. Ramsell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read!!!!!!
If your just getting into TEOTWAWKI books it'll be a long read but well worth it. If you've read a lot in this genre it won't be long enough! enjoy!
Published 6 days ago by First Build
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a bad book. Bad writing
Just a bad book. Bad writing. Bad characters. Preachy & not well thought out. The supermarkets would never have been resupplied. The cops would have quit working. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Just A Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Must read story --- this will happen someday based on our suns history if not by the sun then by our ee
Published 9 days ago by ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book full stop !!
Published 9 days ago by Justin Hills
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely recommended
Great read. Lots of good info, compelling and well-conceived scenario, and great story as well. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.
Published 9 days ago by aaron meadows-hills
5.0 out of 5 stars Very talented author....
Kept me wanting to continue reading through the whole book. Very accurate descriptions of weapons. Very believable story line. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Happy Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lights Out Review
This book is hard to put down right from the start when the lights go out!!
Published 15 days ago by JOHN TUBEROSI
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