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Enjoyed the first book...but this one is a little disappointing
on December 2, 2015
I think the author's idea of writing about the collapse where the main character is your average suburban husband instead of an ex-marine is very refreshing. I really liked the first book of this series. The author really did a wonderful job developing the main character, Grant.
Grant was your average suburban husband and father who, after seeing and inevitable financial collapse in the near future, decided to be a man and do something about it. Grant didn't become "Rambo" overnight...it took him time to start prepping. Grant's prepper journey was transparent and honest, which made him very endearing to me. Whenever Grant visited "prepper" or 'survivalist" websites he would make sure to clear the history incase his wife saw it----and think him to be one of those "crazy survivalists". Even simply walking into a gun store for the first time was something Grant had to overcome. By the time I finished with the first book of this series, Grant's gradual transformation to a full on prepper, with his stored food and knowledge of guns was very believable. Grant's love for his wife and kids also added to his endearing qualities.
BUT....as I read through the second book, the collapse, I was very disappointed.
*****SOMEWHAT OF A SPOILER ALERT*******
When the S***t finally hit the fan, Grant begged his wife, who was still convinced that things were "normal" did not want to bug out. This certainly falls in line with the wife's character, as she didn't even know Grant was "one of those preppers". The part I was disappointed with, was that once Grant's wife made it clear that she did not want to leave their house in the suburbs and "bug out" to their cabin, Grant left without his family! Sure he left them with a gun and some food supplies, but he left them! Shouldn't the "man" of the house stay and protect his wife and children until he convinced his wife to go? Why would he bug out to the cabin and leave his family in a vulnerable position?
That said, the remainder of the book was interesting and I do want to see who this story ends, but I really hope Grant steps up in the future books.
Also, a quick comment on the price of the books----Much steeper than I am used to paying for the kindle edition. So, even though I would like to give the third book a chance, I am hesitant, due to the price.