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Once Upon an Apocalypse: Book 1 - The Journey Home (Volume 1) Paperback – November 8, 2015
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The apocalyptic event is a 20 megaton nuclear blast above the USA causing a massive EMP from coast to coast. The author believes that the EMP will cause all cars and trucks to fail due to their EMS (engine management systems) computer being fried. I disagree with this concept as a car or a truck on rubber tires is a large Faraday cage. The EMS is a hardened computer system running in a horrible environment. Just the act of jump starting a vehicle would kill most of these systems if they were not well protected.
That said, having all the modern cars and trucks dead certainly intensifies the beginning of the tragedy. Our protagonists are over 200 miles away from home and use a combination of legs, bicycles, old trucks, and four wheelers to get going home.
BTW, there are frequent mentions of Christianity in the book via prayers and such. At least once per chapter and sometimes several times per chapter. I have an acquaintance who is an atheist who was offended by the amount of prayers in the book. I am a Christian so I appreciate the amount but others might not.
Also, the book is written in second person perspective. At first, I disliked that perspective but, it grew on me and I got comfortable with it after a while.
One common theme in the apocalypse books that I have been reading is how quickly things go bad. I guess that is an expansion of the old saying, "any society is three meals away from anarchy". I am wondering how many bad actors are being kept in place by the rule of law. And prisons.
what it takes to stay alive. A real eye opener for me . But enough of this review, I have got to find the next book!!!
Regarding the story being told in the second-person. Yeah, it's different; but that is a stylistic approach that the author chose for a reason. Once I noted that each chapter heading indicated who was speaking, any issues with that style were resolved.
This book may not be the most polished piece of literature extant, but it will get you thinking, and hopefully, moving in the right direction. Get it. Read it.
Jeff also spends time educating the reader about what will be needed during a crisis and the importance of constantly being prepared. The prepping does not sound like the rantings of a fanatic, but just good common sense which too often is no longer common. Looking forward to the next book in what I hope will be a long and successful series.