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Practical, up to a point
on December 4, 2012
There are enough reviews here already that point out the flaws I found in this work. However, as a first effort, the book is above average.
What I found worthwhile was the detail the author went into regarding self-sufficiency skills such as gardening and canning. The "drama" part was done pretty well, but most of the interpersonal relationships just didn't ring true somehow...most notably, the relationship between the husband and wife who are the main protagonists. It just didn't feel "real" to me.
In addition, and as others have mentioned, the dialogue for the character Rita was a real low point. This needs to be completely re-worked, with the awful attempts to duplicate a British accent and vocabulary yanked out completely. I've lived and worked with Brits a lot (overseas), and there is nothing realistic about the author's attempt to portray how they speak, or even their slang and colloquialisms.
If you're interested in the nuts and bolts of trying to survive, long-term, in a grid-down situation, this book has a lot to offer, and I recommend it. If you're an action junkie, pass it by.