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109 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How is this NOT in print?, January 31, 2012
This review is from: 77 Days in September (Kindle Edition)
I have one word. GRIPPING! Half of the fun of this roller coaster is placing yourself in the scene, constantly asking "What would I do?" I found myself shouting at the Kindle and the main character, Kyle, "Don't do it!" which is actually a sign of the author's talents at drawing you into the scene.

Despite the fact that you cringe at the mistakes that the protagonist makes, you understand the reality of why it happened. In the abstract, we all think we could kill someone who is a legitimate threat in desperate times. Yet, I think most of us would flinch at first, as many in the story do. We simply are not programmed that way. Killing for survival is a habit that would have to be re-learned by all but the truly sadistic. We get mad at the characters in the story for being too passive in the face imminent threat, because it is the way we ourselves would be against all logic to the contrary. We hate it because we see ourselves doing the same, againt objective logic.

And in that, the author strikes gold. That is the question here, how quickly are you prepared to be a hair trigger vigilante in the face of violent anarchy? We are presented with the pros and cons of each: shooting your own child as a misidentified intruder vs. offering forbearance to a desperate soul on the road who survives on the killing of those whose misplaced trust allows him to get too close.

Are you prepared for the "State of Nature?"

This novel is a patchwork quilt of emotions and characters: good, evil, and those in between.

What I like is that the protagonist characters are not perfect. Legitimate need creates a path to unscrupulous behavior that is both disdainful and understandable at the same time. For some it is a slippery slope to shockingly bad outcomes that leave the characters wondering how they became what the became. For others, moments of clarity snap them back into themselves.

And this is the deep central theme here, what kind of humanitarian would you be when all sense of humanity is gone?

Will you step back from the brink, or step across the precipice?
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Initial post: Feb 2, 2012 11:12:09 PM PST
Indie says:
Thanks for your comment. Probably sums it up the best.


Glenn (Ray's dad)

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 12:20:43 PM PDT
i am at a loss to understand how anyone can call this gripping. I read because I paid for it. After hearing the text use the incorrect phrase "worse case scenario" three times (instead of "worst") i realized we were dealing with 8thy grade grammar issues. I found the characters shallow and I read a lot of apocalyptic stuff and have done so for years

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 12:27:47 PM PST
thumb says:
This review, and the 1300 others like it, have to be fake. The book was so bad that I got a refund for it about 30% of the way through. If Kyle was beaten to death by Hector, I would have finished it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2014 4:08:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2014 4:13:29 PM PDT
Kyle Hill says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2014 1:35:42 AM PDT
Jay Jennings says:
Right under the place where you buy the book is a picture of books on mobile devices and this text: "Anybody can read Kindle books-even without a Kindle device-with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers."

Since you were able to post the "ain't gonna buy one!" message that means you have all that's required to read as many Kindle books as you like. Just download the free app and then start loading it up with all the books you want. Start reading on your computer, later when you're sitting waiting at an appointment continue reading on your smartphone, etc.

It *is* the trend, but now you know you don't have to be left out.

(Yes, if we get a big EMP nobody's reading anything on mobile devices, but there will still be libraries full of books (until the barbaric redneck morons cart them all away to use for firewood) for you to relax with when you're not fighting off the people who want what you have, hunting for food, and trying to stay warm.)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2014 9:54:15 PM PST
Beaumont says:
You live in Alaska and make cracks about "redneck morons"?

Your chances of surviving any sort of disaster appear rather low. Why not try getting to know people who are not like you? After all, you may need assistance, someday, from those "rednecks".

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2015 5:45:52 AM PDT
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