- File Size: 859 KB
- Print Length: 311 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: #850,747 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.
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.
Experts project a following tsunami to the new islands created from the Cascade Mountains should manifest in the next few hours.”
It might be the mentioned assistance dropping food and supplies.
The last thing she needed was to fight terry cloth tripping her up.
Finding Martha took a moment with vision limited through the falling debris.
Burning hair and flesh permeated the smoke trailing from burning paper and wood.
A folded open romance novel on the side table. Socks and underwear piled at the foot of the bed from laundry the day before.
The falling objects were more irregular, testifying of passing time.
This is just a short example of what I struggled with when reading the book. I have not yet decided whether or not to try the second book in the series. It is a great testament to the quality of the storyline that I am even considering it despite the difficulty I had trying to get through the first one.
However, the main reason I have decided to abandon the remainder of this tale (by purchasing and reading the following two books) is Ms Paulson's writing style. The book seems to be well-edited, with few grammatical errors, but, as another reviewer noted, her sentence structure is sometimes "baffling." --Just oddly constructed sentences that needed rereading to understand what she was saying. She has a great plot with some well-disguised mysteries, but doesn't seem to quite know how to put it down on paper in an organized and understandable sequence. It was frustrating reading at times, trying to comprehend where the twisted plot was leading. And I'll never know without buying the rest of the story.
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