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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Halffast Publishing (December 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615427359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615427355
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (749 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Well developed characters and a great story.
Trey Mackie
I really like the ideas presented, but this was book was way too long and very boring at times.
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It is a page turner and one those books you can't put down.
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207 of 222 people found the following review helpful By M. Scott McCullough on 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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131 of 145 people found the following review helpful By K. on December 12, 2010
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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124 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Just looking for a good story... on November 19, 2011
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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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