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Brushfire Plague (Volume 1) Paperback – July 29, 2012
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"The rapid "brushfire" nature of this plague sets the tone for the story. It makes it fast. Action-packed. While it's a book that looks at what would happen to society if such a plague hit, the heart of the story lies in the characters...Brushfire is tight."--shtfblog.com
"Very well written, descriptive and character driven. Unlike some "prepper" novels i have read, this one had great detail, from the smells of a burning city to the inner thoughts of a man losing his wife, I was very impressed."--greatnorthernprepper.com
--"This book is so worth your time and money...So this is a must read and share. Better yet buy two, keep one in your collection, and do a friend a solid."--bearflagtrading.com
"So it is my pleasure to recommend Brushfire Plague...Frankly, this book is a refreshing departure from the spate of "survivalist" books on the market...The book is written in a very engaging style...Mr. Ruggiero captures both the flaws and perfection of our human nature."--SalvationandSurvival.com
"Brushfire Plague is a true gem, with well developed characters and a rapidly moving and totally believable plot line. Ruggiero has emerged as possibly the best writer in the genre."--Paul Lathrop, Politics and Guns podcast.
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--"This is a fast-paced novel for anyone who loves action/adventure coupled with likable/believable characters. I have a son, and the main character's courageous efforts to save his son's life resonated with me. The deadly plague has a story of its own that keeps the reader thinking on multiple levels. Recommended!--Joe Nobody, a noted non-fiction and fiction author, including Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival, Without Rule of Law, and Holding Your Ground.
--"...R.P. Ruggiero checks in with an action-packed and realistic novel of what happens when a fast-moving and highly-lethal virus overwhelms suburban Portland, Oregon and the rest of the world. Lots to enjoy here, and lots to learn about prepping too, and how to handle yourself and the situations that unfold when society is breaking down from the effects of a relentless disaster. Grab a copy of the book and settle in for a great read. Thumbs up!"--shruggingitout.com (podcast)
--"By chapter 2, I was hooked. Brushfire Plague is definitely a page turner. I read this book in two days flat. I laughed out loud more than once, got frustrated with the hero for not being more prepared and empathized with the difficult decisions that were required. I was caught by surprise by plot twists that I wasn't expecting and thoroughly enjoyed the ride...I heartily recommend Brushfire Plague."--paratusfamilia blog
--"Another thing I liked about the book is the concept of community coming together to care and protect itself...Nobody survives alone, life happens and she is a cruel mistress."--gunfreezone.net
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Top Customer Reviews
Some books focus relentlessly on the gun play action or on the survival techniques or on a superficial story line to the exclusion of the other aspects of the story. Unlike some which tend to be a mere drama in a terrible setting or others that are a thinly disguised survival novel this one seems to pull off a nearly perfect, well rounded blend.I particularly like how a couple of the main characters relate to each other....two friends who have different levels of personal preparation for emergencies, different skill sets and beliefs but how they stick together seems VERY well handled as this can be a challenge I think in a novel for disparate characters.
This book has a solid story, real characters and it does what I like to see in a novel.... it finishes the story it is telling. It wraps it up nicely and doesn't leave you hanging at the end. Of course there is plenty of room for a sequel but it appears that it will be essentially a new story with many of the same characters. I believe this is the first novel for this writer and it is my intention to get the sequel asap. Highly recommended without reservation to those seeking something other than a simple drama or survivalist manual. It has a little bit of everything for everyone. Well done!
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This book has the usual pit-falls of the genre: the good guys are bullet proof and can take on literally dozens of bad guys with nary a scratch, etc. I also thought the conspiracy stuff (including a moustache twirling bond-esque super villian) strained my ability to suspend disbelief to the breaking point.
All in all though, a good effort.
R.P. tells an incomplete tale in this book. When you get to the end of the last chapter it was like watching war of the worlds and turning the projector off at the end of the first reel. There is still too much left on the table that was needed to make this a complete story. There was no sense of being "done"...not to mention the last chapters were choppy and rushed. Perhaps R.P. just ran out of story...or perhaps there is a second volume on the way. I hope its the latter, not the former. This was good enough to warrant another few hours in the next installment. But knowing what I know now, I'd wait for the 2nd installment before I invested time into this story.
This book by itself had some problems. The protagonist crosses moral lines several times, without spoiling the story, he becomes a cold blooded murderer. I understand that in a situation of self/family/county defense people are going to die, but in this case R.P. made someone who is supposed to be the pillar of virtue no better than those he is protecting his own from. We can not confuse good and evil in life. That is how people who are truly evil rise to great power. We've seen this several times in the past, and in many ways we are even seeing that today if we are objective enough to look.
I wish I could write something better about the book, I really wanted to like it. But in the end I was left both wanting more and glad it was over. I wanted to like the book. Maybe the next installment (if there is one) will have redeeming qualities.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I tried to like it, but the writing was as others have mentioned, like a high school exercise. He wasn't allowed to use 'asked' or 'said' and it gets pretty irritating. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Doherty
I read a lot of these types of books....and this one kept it real...no super hero...just real people... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cathy Jo
Story -- 4 out of 5.
Narration -- 2 out of 5.
Overall -- 3 out of 5.
A mysterious virus is here and it is extremely lethal, killing more than 50 percent of all... Read more
Great story, but the middle needs to move along! You commit and then wait.... but it's good; overall! But, I don't get paid for reviews, so you get one star!Published 7 months ago by JoBu
A great first novel in the series. I am starting the second book now.Published 15 months ago by Politics and Guns Podcast
Excellent prepper fiction, with a solid plot, decent character development, and above average copy editing. I'm very glad I stumbled across it.Published 19 months ago by Jeremy Phillips
Characters are undeveloped. Good action sequences,but the story wanders and is unfocused. Seems like a good start, but do more character workPublished 22 months ago by B. Sands