- Series: WWIV
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500235172
- ISBN-13: 978-1500235178
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,232,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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W W I V: In The Beginning (Volume 1) Paperback – July 5, 2014
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This is about an EMP, and the hero, Bill, is optimistically clueless. First he waits around for things to settle down, hoping his wife will show up, and trying to keep the neighborhood from falling apart. His two children and his wife had been visiting her parents, and the kids were going to stay for a while. After a couple of weeks he decides to head out to find his family. He puts a few supplies in a child carrier and heads off on his bike. He has a gun a neighbor left for him, and a bit of ammo, but he forgets to bring it. Oops. After running into some problems on the road, he goes back for the gun.
Now, this book is fairly well written, but poor Bill is so naive it made me cringe. I mean, at one point he loses his extra ammo because he forgot it. Again, oops.
There isn't as much violence as is often the case in prepper fiction, but there wasn't much prepping either.
Results: Ok. Nothing new or different, but it was free, and if you disregard the title you might enjoy it.
It stutters and starts a bit... Dwells when it shouldn't and races when it mustn't! For example, there are almost as many pages dedicated to 36 hours spent under a tree in the rain (where NOTHING happens) as there are dedicated to the final 8 months.
Like other, the ending felt hurried and slapped together after all the time and detail spent on some other minor incidences.
But all that aside, this story has real promise... While I admit that if this was offered by an established author I would have been hard pressed to offer 3 stars, I would certainly read the next offering by Lake.
I am a professional at suspending disbelief... One HAS to be, to be a Voracious Reader and to feed on the genres that I do! Unfortunately, this one just required TOO many instances and TOO extreme of suspensions to get a better recommendation.
For 0.99, give it a try... Just go into it with reasonable expectations and you should be just fine as there are some good characters, a fair basis and a decent storyline to be had here.
I hung in there until***SPOILER***the main character was bugging out to make the 300 mile journey to find his wife and kids and FORGOT HIS GUN AND AMMO ON THE KITCHEN TABLE!!!! Hard to continue after that.
Why not 5 stars, hmmm, well because it may be about just an average person, but - man is he dumb. Still overall a good read.
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Enjoyed it...was a quick read.
On to number two.