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- Print Length: 249 pages
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- Publisher: Nicholas Antinozzi; 3 edition (June 6, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0054SDXES
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- Lending: Enabled
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- Book 1 of 3 in Desperate Times (3 Book Series)
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First off, what I liked: The plot is decent. A likable young man, Jimmy, is invited to his boss' cabin after the economy collapses, and he and his new cohorts have to defend themselves from various groups of bikers, religious fanatics, etc. Meanwhile, Jimmy's girlfriend, Paula, is missing, and his ex-girlfriend, Julie, is putting the moves on him. The ending looks like it's going to be way too pat, but there is a twist at the very very end that will pique your interest again.
What I didn't like:
* The editing is atrocious. The repeated misuse of apostrophes was especially annoying -- for example, referring to the boss and his wife as "the Dahlgren's" instead of "the Dahlgrens."
* The writing starts out VERY rough. The hit-you-over-the-head foreshadowing was atrocious ("They would find out that very afternoon just how wrong they were" -- that sort of thing). It does improve, though, and the author is at his best when describe action sequences.
* The character development could use a lot of work, especially the women: Julie is tough and pretty. Paula is spoiled and pretty. Patty is kind-hearted. Cindy is smart.
* The obvious political agenda that the author inserted pretty much constantly got old fast -- especially in quotes and such at the beginning of each chapter. I wanted to read a good dystopian tale, not get a political sermon.
This could be a really good read if the author hired an editor who really went over the whole thing with a heavy hand. As it is, I think it's a readable story, but the writing just isn't up to the demands of the plot.
There are things I struggled with when reading this book. There were holes in the story - for example it just didn't make sense that Ken would entrust Jimmy with stocking the truck with supplies when this was the first time he had even disclosed his survivalist plans. Then there were little things that irked me, at the beginning of each chapter the author includes an historical fact, I didn't have a problem with that ( in fact I thought it was pretty clever), what I didn't like was some of these were repeated later in the book - I got the message the first time I didn't need to read it twice.
Anyway, I paid $2.99 for the book. I certainly don't feel cheated, but I must have missed something that others saw. Happy to give 3 and a half stars - can't see anything that would warrant a higher rating. Having said that I will probably buy the sequel, which means the author certainly hasn't missed the mark
I have not found one character that I like. Even "Jimmy" the lead character is not likable. I got to the point in the book that *SPOILER ALERT* Jimmy's new girlfriend? (I put question mark because I still don't know the answer) Julie, Julia, Janet, June, I am not going to take the time to look up her name, anyway, she is shot. I have no clue if she dies or not, because at the moment Jimmy screams "Noooooo!" I realize that I could care less if A) She is dead or B) Jimmy's heart is broken.
And as far as the wooden wall that they built around the house, after all of the fires the neighbors built ,why didn't they just burn it down?? Maybe they do at the end, like I said, I will not finish it.
I must also say that I have never known anyone like Bill.
He seems to be a character derived from Bill on the cartoon King Of The Hill. That is who I kept picturing when I read...
All in all, I wish I had never purchased this book and I do not recommend it to anyone.
Poorly written and edited
Unbelievable and VERY childish dialogue.
Small blurbs about government to start each chapter.
Ridiculous attempts at foreshadowing.
Simply seemed to be written by a high school student.
I've never written a review before but I just had to do it!
the character of the idealistic Jimmy Logan. Jimmy is not a very sympathetic character. He is naive to the point of
being nearly clueless. His girlfriend,Paula, a beautiful, self-absorbed, Nordic, spoiled rich girl leaves Jimmy at the outset,
but jimmy can't figure out why. He works 30 hours per week and lives in a double-wide! Actually, Jimmy seems to be a cross
between Lil Abner and Woody Allen. He lurches from one deadly crisis to the next while others around him get killed. Yet,
Jimmy just can't fathom what's going on. Some things he just can't bring himself to do, while he just can't find the words to
say what he means or feels. Then there is the loudmouth Bill, a mechanic and all-around buffoon character, who somehow (out of
character) saves the day. But the true heroes of the story are Ken, Jimmy's boss and Jon, the homosexual hair stylist/ ex green beret.
Another good character is Julie, Jimmy's ex girlfriend. She shows up to help out survivors, but one wonders why she would follow Jimmy around
as he rejects her repeatedly. The book has its share of bad guys including the national Guard, the bikers, and a group of fanatical
Jonestown-type religious followers. I would not recommend the book. The central character, Jimmy, is simply far too weak
to carry the story line.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like this book some folks I feel were a bit hard on the author. I thought he build a decent story and most of the characters I liked (except Bill ;-) That being said i did find... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Patricia Fontana
Certainly has me thinking about what the future may have in store. Immediately downloaded the next 2 in the series. Keep em coming!Published 2 months ago by Laura
I truly enjoyed this episode of Desperate Times. The historical information was especially interesting. I plan to purchase the sequels immediately.Published 5 months ago by Julie
One of the worst books I've ever read. I gave up in the middle. Total amateur.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am a prepper and loves this trilogy.....the times you have described in these books describes we are in and heading for worse times......Published 6 months ago by Carolyn
This novel staggers under the ideological weight the author throws on it. Each chapter beings with a little anecdote or factoid related to the government or hyperinflation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
Enjoyed every minute of this book. It was definitely a page turner! Thanks for the great read. Can't wait to read part 2.Published 7 months ago by Danitza Rave
I've read more than my share of societal collapse books and on whole they all have a similar theme and thread. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Huggy
Yes after a couple of years I reread this great story With great characters hope love courage hapiness sadness but somethng you will remember and learn from in the end. Read morePublished 9 months ago by BIG Leo
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