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The author is from the south, and he obviously leans far-right, which is fine. I've read many books about the apocalypse from all different perspectives, but this one is just dumb. The author did not research his material or simply chose to ignore facts. It doesn't matter. I didn't finish the book. I really tried, but it was so wrong about everything that I couldn't take it anymore.
There are some good prepper tips and descriptions of some wicked booby traps, so I guess the book isn't totally without merit.
Summary of story: The US had an economic collapse because too many liberals wanted to sit around and do nothing and get free stuff from the government. John and his wife Sandra saw this coming and prepped for the end. So did John's friend Tom. They served together in the war. Tom's wife is a liberal. How could she have possibly survived? Don't worry. She doesn't last long. So there's an economic collapse, society collapses, and the survivors fight for what's left. That pretty much sums it up.
Here is a excerpt that explains the whole thing: "Like me, Tom had seen the end coming and was prepared, while others, especially those who'd live on government assistance and progressives didn't. Did those people honestly expect the well to never run dry? Then again, many of them were third or fourth generation free-loaders and it'd paid well in the past, so in a way it was a profession."
The above excerpt is also a good example of the terrible word usage and grammar that is evident throughout the book. It's also fairly racist.
Now I'll list the factual inaccuracies I found in the book. There may be more, but, as I said, I didn't finish the book, and I skipped a lot of pages while I was reading it. These are bad enough.
1. The author says the US economy collapsed and the only people who were able to get through it unscathed were the rich who jetted off to Europe. Wrong. If the economy of the United States collapses, the economy of the world collapses. The world economy is interdependent. If the US is unable to pay China trillions of dollars, what do you think happens to China? It goes under. Europe goes under. Russia goes under. The world goes under. The situation described in the book in the United States happens worldwide. There are no safe havens, unless rich people own their own islands far, far away from other humans and the islands are self-sustaining.
2. The book is set in the south, so there's a lot of religious stuff, but that's personal preference. I just find it weird that people pray after they've killed dozens of people. John also says the US collapsed because the government took God out of their lives and they had turned their backs on their creator. Whatever.
3. Sue, the liberal, is portrayed as stupid. She's so stupid she's annoying. She says things like, "I'm an American. This is America. I have rights." Well, no you don't. There is no government or authority of any kind, so you can forget about that. I think most people, liberal or not, would know that, but Sue the liberal doesn't.
4. They need to leave their safe haven because of some bad guys. As they are trying to find a new place to live, they run into some members of the former US military. Wouldn't you know it? Tom knows one of the guys. What are the odds of that? His name is Top. Tom and Top.
5. They find out there are patriots, mostly former military, who want to fight to "take their country back." Oddly familiar.
6. They find out the Russians have invaded the US. Coincidentally, they have a guy who speaks Russian in their group. Lucky them. As I stated above, this would be highly unlikely because the Russian economy would have crashed along with that of the US. They would probably be in worse shape than the US because they were in worse shape before the collapse. However, one of the army guys, Willie (also spelled Willy in the book)says the Russians are smart and waited a few years until starvation cut the US population and then invaded. Nope. That would not happen.
7. They have a firefight with the Russians and someone gets hurt and needs a blood transfusion. Sandra, the nurse and John's wife, asks him to donate blood because he's O negative and that's a "fairly rare" blood type. Ok, anyone who has ever watched a medical show on TV knows that "O-neg" is the least rare blood type. It is considered a "universal donor" because it won't cause reactions if transfused into people with other blood types. I googled to find the actual percentage of O-neg and it is 37%. Sandra says it is 7%. Dumb nurse. It took me ten seconds to find that out. Why didn't the author do the same thing instead of just writing words thinking no one would notice they were wrong? Lack of respect for readers.
8. The thing that finally got me to stop reading the book was when the author decided to rewrite the history of the Civil War. It's called, "The War of Northern Aggression" more than once, which, of course, it wasn't. The worst part is that Willie, the guy who speaks Russian, is black, and he's the one who tells John the history of the civil war is wrong. He said the cotton gin actually ended slavery before the war even started. So I guess all those slaves were just hanging out on the plantation playing volleyball or something. What a load of crap. From the history channel website:
Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1794. Hmmm, but slavery was still going on in the 1860's. Were the slaves just lounging about for decades?
"...his invention offered Southern planters a justification to maintain and expand slavery even as a growing number of Americans supported its abolition."
I guess Willie, the token black guy in the book, has his history wrong after all.
That's when I stopped reading. The book had all the issue I mentioned above, but when it comes to rewriting history and making slavery sound not so bad, I'm done.
I saw with horror that there are six total books in this series. Stay away. I'm sure there are people who will love this book and more power to them, but this book is awful. To the author: there's a good story here. Research before you put incorrect things down on paper and get a proofreader.
Oh yeah, I did see somewhere in the book that China had also invaded the US. Of course, as explained previously, that wouldn't happen. China would probably be hit worse than most countries because of its huge population and the tremendous US debt it holds. China would not be in any condition to invade anyone.
if you want to understand what is going on, I recommend you read "The Creature from Jekyll Island" and what set us on this path of destruction...
this is a series....read book 1, which is very entertaining without being "preachy"...and continue on for the entertainment...
And the aftermath of that collapse to the citizens of the US. Millions were killed in the first three month as food ran out. The one who survived had planned for the event for years. This is an excellent read for the genre..... ER
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