- File Size: 490 KB
- Print Length: 220 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lloyd Tackitt; 1 edition (March 24, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 24, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007ODDGUC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Overall, the story revolves around a fellow named Roman who, as our protagonist, ushers us through the events following a major solar flare that disrupts our modern life by frying our electronics.
For anyone who "toshes" that this can't happen, be assured that such an event can happen and has surely happened in the past to varying degrees. For the most part, we human animals wouldn't really note much of it and haven't been significantly impacted by it. With electronics, the whole game has changed and it would present a watershed of change that we would be ill equipped to deal with. In that respect, I also respect the author's attempt to help and do so in a manner meant to be entertaining.
But that is pretty much where my admiration ends for this book.
Some of the advice is downright deadly. Food is not just for calories, it is for a variety of nutritional needs that includes fats, vitamins and minerals and so on. Anyone who believes that old dry beans and corn will do, is in for a nasty case of scurvy, bodily weakness and other illnesses in the long run. Beans become hard with age...yes, even those #10 cans packed for Long Term Storage.Read more ›
If I were rating this as a $9.99 novel, it would deserve one, at most two stars. However, the author is very upfront about his intentions: he wants this to be not simply a novel, but at least as much a guide that will both provide information on concepts he develops in detail, and inspire people to search out more information on concepts he sketches over lightly.
As a result (and to give him credit, he acknowledges this), he falls woefully short on sketching realistic characters, to say nothing of showing character development. For a presumably self-published work, basics like spelling, grammar and word choice are generally quite sound with only a few errors/quirks. His female characters are particularly lightly sketched, though no worse than some fairly big-name authors like Harold Coyle.
The author's style can most kindly be described as workmanlike. That implies a bit of stodginess, but it also implies competence. He develops the story in parallel threads, each reaching a climax of suspense/violence at the same time. A trifle cliche, but in his hands he makes it work reasonably well as a technique. The quality of his dialog tends to range from adequate to penny dreadful, with most of it being adequate. As noted above, there really is no character development, something the author readily acknowledges.
The temporal flow of the story feels somewhat forced: the author is clearly trying to pack in information and forcefully present some fairly abrupt (but rational) shifts in morality.Read more ›
First, as a survival manual, there is a bunch advice that will get you sick or dead. As an example; "pasteurizing" water will NOT kill the spores of Giardia and, if you're in a warm climate, a whole host of other water-borne parasitic spores and eggs. Riding a bicycle without lights and full-speed on a moonless night on a road with unknown obstructions is an invitation to broken bones. Eating beans and corn as your sole diet will keep you going... until you develop scurvy in about a month. Example after wrong example; where did the author get all this?
Then I realized; it's all from books. The author read some books and became a survival "expert". Didn't check his sources, either.
It shows in the novel, too. One of the characters kills a poacher (who just killed a deer), then kills his wife and kid because "they no longer have their protector, it's the only merciful thing". After some doomsday philosophic babble, it's decided that it was the right thing to do. A few chapters later, it turns out that the protagonists have to go a kill "at least 20 deer" to thin the herd. This isn't only a moral issue (and bad moral judgments eventually have very bad consequences); these are the kind of people who are a danger to everyone. Another example: they go and attack a well-defended compound because they were spying on them and kill everyone (justification: they had slaves and were "bad"). No problems there, either; machine guns, military advice and a perfect defensive setup don't stop them because they have five SF super-soldiers who train them for a few days.Read more ›
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This is a story written by a practical man who has considered the practical in the event of the unimaginable,. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Peter Jones
This book about the Apocalypse is different in that it provides real information about what the human race would need to be able to survive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mag881
Have read this 3 times and it's one of the rare ones that stands up to repeated reading. I enjoy the whole series.Published 2 months ago by Dan
I couldn't get past page 17. In the introduction the author is clear that you need to "shoot the bad guy as soon as you see him. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SLB
The plot of this book was interesting, but I found parts of it to be fairly slow moving and drawn out. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anonymous1
I very much enjoyed all of the preparedness information and the characters in the book. Can't wait to start the next in the series.Published 5 months ago by Gerri
Amusing that as a "survival manual" the author tells of using dry ice to displace oxygen to preserve salt. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rick
The book was very informative and it captures your imagination at the same time... A very real outlook to a real possibility.. In my opinionPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Diverting. The author is obviously well versed in survivalism but the characters are rather cardboard cutouts with non-conversational dialogue. Still entertaining. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Manhard
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