Against the Grain Kindle Edition
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The reason for the apocalypse situation is just a general decline of the economy to a point of no return. The hero guy is antisocial but realizes he won't make it completely alone and anyway, he does care about these people he's grown up with. The hero's a hunter and outdoors guy with a good head and a some paramilitary experience. There are some great small team tactics explained in this book. I have to agree with another reviewer: it is kind of a thinking man's apocalypse book.
The story is told in first person but it's told well. The author really has ability, the characters seem real and we feel like we know them. There are very few grammar or spelling mistakes. Maybe about a dozen altogether. There's no religion. Thankfully. What can I say? I admire the Amish who quietly practice their beliefs. There's NO cliffhanger at the end. The author is working on both a prequel (scheduled for a mid 2013 release date) and a sequel, but this story is finished and stands on it's own.
In summary, I'd buy another book from this author in a heartbeat.
At first I was thrown off a bit by the start, but quickly fell into a groove and could not put it down. I thought that I had missed the first book in a series, but then realized that I had not. The scenario in this book could happen as a result of plain old economic breakdown, or perhaps as a result of deliberate economic warfare/sabotage. The U.S. economy (I'm going to guess that the world's economy as well also spun out of control) spins out of control and takes civilized society with it, making the Great Depression look like a cake walk in the park. Guns, ammo, food, medicine are all in short supply, as well as every other needed item.
Ian Daniels has written a novel of a very possible and foreseeable future where a united group of families battles not only to survive, but the savage chaos resulting from the national economic breakdown.
To sum it up, Against the Grain is a compelling survival story with raw action and stirring emotions.
I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the story.
Though I have never read anything by the author, he is a writer on top of his game. Capable of layering the seemingly simple first account in the story with great depth, we can feel the emotions of characters as they come to grips with the changes in the world around them. I am eager to read more in this series.
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The story is realistic, riveting with believable characters and reasonable motivations for their actions.Read more