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The Great Collapse Perfect Paperback – November 9, 2010
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The Great Collapse is an apocalyptic novel set in the not-too-distant future. When a powerful electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and a massive solar flare bathe the Earth in energy, the result is the permanent loss of modern technology across the planet. Survivors learn how to survive and then to thrive in their new reality.
As I did research for my first novel, The Great Collapse, and my second novel, The Dark Age, I was astonished to learn how vulnerable our national infrastructure and our civilization itself are to powerful electromagnetic pulses and solar flares. In 2008 a report requested by Congress and was completed by the EMP Commission. It confirmed that the threat of a single nuclear warhead detonated high in the atmosphere somewhere around Kansas was real, and that it could potentially take out the United States' national power grid.
The Great Collapse received a five-star rating from Midwest Book Review.
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The US Military was working on an advanced weapon device that could be used in times of war that would disable an enemy's electronic communication systems and general electricity uses. Before scientists could perfect the device in order to keep the effects stable, the Iranian government steals the device out of retribution seeking revenge against our country. Not knowing the device was not ready to deploy, they launch the EMP weapon (Electromagnetic Pulse) via satellite and engage the device when it positions directly over the United States. At the precise moment that the weapon is engaged, a major solar flare also bursts causing the EMP weapon to not only wipe out electricity on our own country, but sends all electronic technology on the entire planet into oblivion. The duo clash of both the solar flare and the EMP effect cause the Pulse to catastrophically be trapped in the earth's magnetic field, an effect that could take a hundred years or more to dissipate.
Within the blink of an eye, earth has been shut down. Civilization as we know it, is gone. Strange nightly appearances of an Aurora Borealis-like light show brightens the now dark evening skies. There is no electricity, anywhere. No cell phones, no computers, no heat, no air-conditioning, no water. All transportation vehicles with electronically driven components cease to operate. Airplanes suddenly crash, cars run off the road, trains derail; in a nutshell, modern technology simply ceases to exist and throws the inhabitants of planet earth back into what our history books called the Dark Ages.
Once the impact of the Pulse becomes reality, Horton introduces a large host of characters. Scientists, engineers, doctors, theologians, military officers, and general civilians that become the key core group survivors of the Pulse. Alternating chapters for each character that will in the end join forces, Horton paints us a very vivid and shocking picture of what life would be like if this really happened. The author presents the reader with some hard questions; scenarios that would have to play out when people are instantly forced to return to living off the land to survive. While turning the pages of this riveting story, readers will be begin to ponder; do we know how to hunt for food, build a log cabin, dig a well for water? Do we of this technologically advanced race even know how to make a fire, read by candlelight, create our own methods of entertainment without CDs, DVDs, T.V, cell phones, computers and video games? Can we defend ourselves against humanity gone mad? Can we imagine a world gone hungry and thirsty within days after all grocery stores run out of food?
The Great Collapse is a finely written post-apocalypse novel with an excellent view point that the world should be introduced to. It is shocking, thought-provoking, and yes...very scary. But, Jeff Horton has an uncanny way of showing us that even with chaos and a cataclysmic event that can only bring great suffering and death, there is strength in numbers, there is hope if people unite to work together for a better tomorrow. Ingredients of sci-fi, action, religion, history, endearing characters, and philosophy blend together for a winning combination. I really loved his creative story and eagerly await book two in the Pulse series. Bravo Jeff for a wonderful new book!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The plot is plausible enough to make you stop and think "What if" a la Dan Brown's novels.Read more