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About the Author

The author lives in north Idaho with his wife, Robbie, and a variety of four-legged creatures.

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  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453717552
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (August 4, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041OSC3I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael S. Turnlund was born in Crookston, Minnesota, and raised in both Minnesota and Oregon. He resides in North Idaho where he is an educator. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys everything from birding to sailing and hunting to gardening. He has been married to Robbie for longer than he can remember and has three grown sons and one, very beautiful, granddaughter.

Michael can be reached at mturnlund@gmail.com

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By "Dan" on June 2, 2011
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First off a review is usually not much more than one's personal opinion so please always keep that in mind and my rating system is probably different than most. A 4 star book to me is one I really liked a lot and a 5 star is one that just really wowed me big time and that I'd read again and again.

This book was a 3 star for me. A book I enjoyed in the end and one I'd read a sequel to if the info peaked my interest and I had hopes on some improvement upon the first book. All in all it wasn't a bad read and got much better as the story goes on. Up through the first 15% of the book I really kept contemplating giving it up and moving on to another book. In the end I am glad I kept with it. I like and need an attention getter at or near the first like in "Lights Out" and this beginning with all the background info really started to bore me and I was shocked at how far I had to read to get past it. I personally felt I had to get way too far into the book before the real action and adventure of the story came to light.

Now with all that said, after I got to about 30-35% it got to where I really enjoyed the book. I had times where I didn't want to stop reading although it wasn't constant like a 4 star or better book. I'm a southern boy living in rural Texas so I know I probably have a different attitude than a lot of other parts of the states and especially big cities but I found some stuff just down right out ignorant or impractical of the main character such as being in a post-apocalyptic state, a policeman by profession and not carrying a gun on himself so many times.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By RTH on February 25, 2011
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I hadn't planned on reviewing this book, but some of the mark-downs I've seen in the reviews so far force me to pipe up.

This is a self-published book that has not been professionally edited. That's worth maybe a one star deduction. I'm giving it an extra star to help compensate.

Books like this are rare. Few authors are qualified to write about the subject matter, and professional authors would probably over-burden themselves with weeks or months of research, and then get panned by the popular fiction publishers. These new authors need encouragement because this genre is so sparse.

This is a heartwarming story of a small family that relocates to a summer cabin after the electrical grid is attacked by terrorists. They find their new home is a part of a small community who are trying to deal with the lack of power, loss of food deliveries and a breakdown of social order. The character development is good.

I would have enjoyed more back story, as no one in this book seems to own a battery-powered radio.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tridogdude on April 3, 2011
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OK, there are others who are dropping their rating of this book because of the lack of editing. Get over it already is all I can say. There are many up and coming authors who are putting up well written books but don't have the resources to pay a professional editor.

If you are into the post apocalyptic genre then this book delivers a overall good storyline with well thought out characters. I really don't think a book description is needed as the one provided is more than enough to give you an idea what to expect.

I mean for $2.99 what do you have to lose? There are plenty of books that I paid more than $15 for from well know authors that don't even come close to a story this good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Owens on August 23, 2011
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I've become something of a fan of apocalyptic fiction as of late, having read some powerfully written books, ranging from Lucifer's Hammer, to The Walk, to One Second After and perhaps a half dozen more. What I like the most about this book is that unlike most of the novels that delve into such dark subject matter, the author has managed to keep hope alive in his characters. They have a spark and a reason to live beyond simple survival. They have lost their old lives, and some have paid a dear cost, but they've discovered themselves and rediscovered a sense of community.

The pacing is sometimes imperfect and one or two characters could have used a bit more development and the plot bogs down at the beginning of the novel before finding a nicer rhythm about midway through.

All that allowed, this was very well done for a self-published work, and I think readers of this genre of fiction would view this book as a very nice and fresh take on material that tends to be too dark and depressing.

The novel ends with a worthwhile cliffhanger. I am looking forward to the sequel, and suspect that if you invest your time reading this book, you will as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Burns on September 16, 2011
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This book was not perfect but as a fan of post apocalyptic fiction I enjoyed it. Jared (the main male character) was frustrating to me in many ways. As an ex-cop in an unknown world, with knowledge that their little community was being observed and had been raided for goods, his decision not to be armed at all times was something I found to be silly. He and his wifes decision to not move to Junction was self serving.

Having said that I would like to see how things turn out. Do they stay on the dome? What happened to Junction on that fatefull night?
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