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About the Author

Cheryl L. Cholley lives in Southern Arizona and likes to spend her time feeding her chickens and milking her Jersey cow. She and her husband work daily towards becoming more self-sufficient on their little ranchette. Survivalism and preparedness just come naturally in the quest toward self-sufficiency, so her interest naturally gravitated in that direction. After discovering the dearth of post-apocalyptic fiction on the market, Cheryl began visualizing TEOTWAWKI events that could occur. SHTF scenarios make great reading, so writing was the next step. Cheryl has always had a wonderful imagination, but traditional publishing presented too many obstacles for publication to be reasonable. With the introduction of Amazon on the scene, new opportunities presented themselves. Be sure to watch for future works from this author as the ideas burst forth onto the printed page.

Product Details

  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WQUQG4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The intro to the people was hard for me to follow, it was too much like listing names with nothing much to hang them to. I liked to see how the preparedness/SHTF/EOWAWKI stuff could play out and the people really do have personalities and relationships... it just takes a while to see them in any significant way. The people also stay in the background, which I both liked and didn't like. I liked it because usually these end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenarios are so much about the protagonist(s) that you don't see much else and I like see the else. I didn't like it because by the end, I was caring about the people enough to want quite a bit more information about them, I ended up liking the gentle approach to getting to know the people.

The book is mostly about what/how/where/why to do prepardness by how these people do it and sometimes by how the people they meet don't do it. I've read tons of this kind of book and I like this one the best about this aspect. It was neither listing everything nor brushed over too much.

The ending.... just stops. I would like it much better with either one more chapter or one or two less chapters and either way I would still have liked to read the next one. We are warned that it is the first of three books that make up the story so I didn't consider that when giving stars.


For the author since you specifically asked and I don't know how else to communicate with you: hens are "biddies" not "bitties", I saw an occasional minor typo (a word twice, "she" instead of "the", missed a capitalization of a name, a few more) but I didn't keep track of where, sorry.
Rachel's family would not have been that easy to handle or the only ones.
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One of the key features of the plot in this book is extremely unlikely, and that's the type of "shelter" they built, or should I say expanded, at their retreat. Doing that much extensive underground digging, and with a Bobcat with a Combustion engine, is not possible, especially for lay-people who don't have the structural knowledge for underground/cave construction. Anything that could be dug that easily would continually slide and couldn't be shored up so easily, for one thing. The risk of gasses and explosive dust would be great, and the motor of the Bobcat could have triggered an explosion. And here's the big one: They would have died from the fumes, way back in those tunnels and rooms, while digging. Total fantasy. Mining and underground excavation are usually done with battery/electric digging machinery to avoid those dangers.

The logistics of the quantity of animals and feed stored in those manmade excavations, up to and including 250 tons of animal grain... more outlandish fantasy. That's 50,000 lbs, equal to 1,000 50-lb. bags. Just so unlikely, and there's a lot of similar things in there. I was often thinking "yeah, right".

How did they run the stove pipes for the two Franklin stoves from back in the cave rooms? And why, after all their careful research on everything else, did they pick a stove that is notorious for being inefficient?

1,000 fish in an 800-gallon tank? Ummm.... right. Minnows? We have an 800-gallon storage tank for our rainwater collection system. There's no way I could pile that many fish into it, let alone have room for them to live and move in there.

And most of all, after all the many months of prepping, would any of them, knowing the day and the hour of the impact, stay behind in Tucson?
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By Catrini on February 25, 2012
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The largest problem I had with this book was that the author fell into the trap of telling the story and not showing it. I would even hazard the guess and say it is on the borderline of being written in the second person. It struck me as being a great rough draft of a story that needed to be fleshed out more.

As for a few things that I enjoyed: I enjoyed the various characters; the problem is they all sounded the same. Even the teenagers sounded like adults, there was even a point that the seven year old girl sounded like an adult. My suggestion to the author would be to make each family unique entities that bring their own special talents to the group. This could have been done by going into more detail into the history of how these families met, why they formed this group, why they start planning for TEOTWAWKI?

I was also glad that the author did not delve into the issue of the guns (the various types, calibers, type of ammunition) for me this gets monotonous. Instead the focus is on the food, animals, and planting.

Now for a couple of things that kind of rubbed me wrong: the government was cast in a bad light for apparently keeping this secret (to me it almost felt like the author had a problem with the government and this was bleeding through). Honestly I wouldn't be surprised; after all they wouldn't want to start panic until they were prepared to deal with it. What surprised me though, was that after the asteroid went public there was no mention if martial law was declared. This is something I would have expected. Did they step in to stop price gouging? They didn't have any problems with hoarding?

The other problem is that there is very little description of the emotions the characters would have experienced.
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