- File Size: 2889 KB
- Print Length: 293 pages
- Publisher: Captiva Publishing, LLC (March 10, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 10, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007J6W7WW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I just did not care about the characters in the story. They never seemed real and I found myself skipping pages more and more; any avid reader can tell you that when you start doing that, the story has lost you and it is time to give up. Being stubborn, I did finish the book but I have no desire to read any more in the series.
I read a lot of TEOTWAWKI fiction and usually enjoy books in this genre even when they have major issues with spelling and grammar, but I do have to care about the characters involved enough to suspend disbelief. It never happened in this book. Sorry.
There is no way that an attack of this kind by our allies could have been organized in time. Although it was suggested that some people had been embedded, the sheer number of natural disasters would have made the logistics of a full scale national attack almost impossible to implement.
The science was good and the usual militia anti government conspiracy story line that brought us the Oklahoma City bombing shows research and knowledge, the characters were not the kind the reader found sympathetic. I was disconnected more from caring about them as I read further. By the end, I knew I would not continue reading the series.
Introduce kids who have to become adults and you bring sympathy ala Red Dawn. The lack of a reason for the attacks and the similarity in looks to the general public made this series drag. The unexplained things that should have been explained like what the two sister had been afraid of and what was their problem was annoying. This is something easily disclosed without affecting the plot and would have helped the reader define their characters while not affecting the unknown quality of the attack. If everything is falling apart, what information you do know and can control sets anchors to the characters. Everyone had a faded quality to them and they had so little going for them personally that the action weighed more than the plot.
The author gave her story an "I'm so much smarter" quality that even Brenda, the most sympathetic character, was just a bitch.
So that is why a story with good writing and a good premise falls flat. By the time you get to the end of another three book story (why can't anyone finish a story in one book anymore), you really don't care whether any of them make it. Andy, who lied so Rachel wouldn't leave him, and then kept up a secret relationship with the guy who she almost left him for and Tom who makes no sense at all and Rachel who becomes more withdrawn and acts like a shrink instead of a Mom. You want to throw up yours hands and say enough time wasted.
I was with the author until the introduction of the protagonists using ham radio. Since the author mentioned ARRL, the Amateur Radio Relay League, I might have assumed she did a little research to lend credibility to that use. It was quickly obvious she had no idea about amateur or ham radio, in fact, seemed to have it confused with CB (Citizens Band) radio. The former is licensed by the FCC and requires rigorous tests to operate in the amateur frequencies. The latter can be operated by anyone--it was made popular by the truckers and movies like "Smoky and the Bandit" in the Seventies.
It is obvious the author had no idea of the distinction when she has the young "ham" refer to personally chosen "handles," (a CB term) when operating. In amateur radio, call signs are issued by the FCC and there are strict rules about their use on the air--even in an emergency. An operator must identify their station with the call sign and the beginning and end of a transmission as well as at periodic intervals during a longer converstion--even in emergencies. As a licensed ham, I found the silly errors in these sections breaking up my concentration on the action, spoiling that atmosphere the author was trying to create.Even some of the medical subject matter evinced a lack of research.
Now that I read other reviews about the ending being inconclusive, I probably will not bother to finish the book.
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