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Lights Out Paperback – December 10, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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I originally read this book when it was still on a website. At that time, it was one of the first complete EMP novels out there. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by RB44
Very enjoyable and easy read. Good characters and interesting situations that make you wonder how you might act.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Having read several books in this genre beginning in my teens with Alas Babylon I have found some good and some not so good. Read morePublished 8 days ago by JRG
Very entertaining and isnt one of those far fetched survival fiction books. It was a bit more realistic about the slow slide into collapse.Published 10 days ago by ryan
Crawford's plot and main character development in meeting new challenges makes you think. It opens you eyes to what is important and what is not in preparing for SHTF situation.Published 11 days ago by Will Plan
Just finished the 680 page version.
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Hope it never happens but hoping won't do you any good. Prepare and be aware that your life is in your own hands. The entire book is a wake up call.Published 20 days ago by Edward J. Budka