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Half Past Midnight Paperback – December 22, 2011
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About the Author
The storytelling gene was inescapable. A father whose daredevil adventures personified the rebellious preacher's son, a Choctaw mother, and a veritable cast of characters in the family made for lots of "Did you hear about?" stories, as well as the inevitable oral histories. Influenced by martial arts, trigonometry, Star Wars, and ice cream, Jeff finally decided what he wanted to be when he grew up—which should happen any day now—an author. His long-ignored and oft-lamented Attention Deficit Disorder notwithstanding, you hold in your hands the result of many years of patient writing, re-writing, research, and long hours at the computer. Jeff's incredibly organized and intelligent wife's influence may be noted in this novel, but she in no way claims responsibility for any of the content, other than to say the story could use some "spice," which is what you would expect from a fan of J.D. Robb. Jeff and his family live somewhere near Houston, Texas, with two "goggers," three kids, one grandchild, and Dead Tehya, the cat. Half Past Midnight is his debut novel. Note from the author: And that, dear reader, is what you get when you allow your wife to write your bio page!
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This is a story of a man who fights to saves his family and create a way to live in this new world. Unfortunately, he is hampered by some who want what others have in order to survive. As his family makes their way from the city to a less populated and "safer" environment, he is confronted with a band of killers and makes an unwise decision that will prove costly.
Obviously, Mr. Brackett has done a lot research to make his characters knowledgeable in marital arts and weaponry. As Leeland and his family try to assimilate with the other survivors, we are introduced to a lot of characters with special talents. All of the characters has an interesting side to their personality which adds greatly to the story. Megan, his daughter for instance, is also trained in martial
Overall, if you enjoy stories of this nature, you will not be disappointed. Actually, I think, if the author wished he could continue with the storyline. The only reason I gave this a four star instead of a five is that I wanted to know who/why dropped the bomb. I also wanted to have an idea of what was going on in the rest of the country, if the government was doing anything to "restart". That is just my curiosity, it really didn't effect the story in anyway and the characters were to busy to have to time to dwell on anything but staying alive.
The people of the small town 200 miles north of Houston, Texas seemed to be very calm after a nuclear strike. Everyone accepted what had happened and there didn't appear to be any type of panic. Larry Troutman, the bad guy in this book, took control of over 3,000 Army soldiers. So how did a civilian get to lead all these soldiers? Wasn't there anyone of any type of rank amongst the 3,000 of them? Where did the 3,000 soldiers come from? Didn't make sense. Also there wasn't any mention of how the war started and the condition of the rest of the world, if they were bombed or not. Once people started getting organized, the town seemed to forget the rest of the USA.
It's an okay read but there are better books out there.
The story starts out from the start with lots of action. No reading 1/4 of the book getting background info before it starts getting good. It starts out good.
This book was a real "page-turner" for me and I bought it right before bedtime but had to read 20% before I could put it down and get to sleep late.
I liked the authors style and sense of creativity but it was all pretty believable and that to me makes a good apocalytpic book.
Some others didn't like the ending but I did. I thought it brought an era to an end and left it wide open for a followup novel which I really hope the author does. I'd buy it as soon as I knew it was available.
So why 4 stars instead of 5? Well I am a very tough rater in my opinion because I leave 5 stars for my most favorite of the great reads. This one was quite close but everyone can't be my most favorite right?
I really only had one thing I didn't care for and that was I felt the herion at times was a little arrogant but tried to come off as he was modest. I felt the modesty was a little fake but again, its just my opinion and my feelings and thats all a review really is most of the time.
I do read reviews before buying a book but I take them with a grain of salt because they are just opinions. What I like and what you like could very well be different.
I do recommend the book and really feel like you will enjoy this read.
I enjoyed this book and it kept me reading every second I had a chance, so no worries in that regard. The writing is tight and vivid, and the action scenes especially well-done.
I had no trouble picturing the scenes in my head. I saw in a previous review that the character was never described in great detail, and I have to say that I didn't even notice that until now. I felt there was enough description to have an idea, and then my own imagination was able to fill in the details to create a full-fledged picture of him.
Those who are looking for an action-packed post apocalyptic novel won't be disappointed.