This is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller set in America at the beginning of a socioeconomic collapse. Although an innocent casualty of the chaos, one young man must discover his inner strength and defiant courage as he comes of age learning how to survive in the wasteland of failing services, unemployment, and violence.
With the economy in free fall, the government crippled by indecision, the streets taken over by new political parties, and the fragile institutions of civilization crumbling, a young man finds himself homeless and alone on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., facing certain death unless he can master survival skills he never imagined needing. Fending off violent citizens in an urban landscape that is gradually sliding into looting and mayhem, the protagonist emerges as an ultimate force of justice in a lawless land.
This compelling, fast-paced novel pulls readers in and lets them experience first-hand what life in the United States will be like as its teetering society begins to fall.
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"It was OK."
The story was alright. The main character seems to have a problem with white conservatives. Every bad guy fits this profile and he seems to get mad whenever he comes across one.
Also the narrator drove me crazy. He makes the characters all sound like John Wayne.
"Interesting thought piece"
Somewhat discombobulated story but a relatively well thought our universe...it's almost as if the author thought out an interesting world and then contrived ways to get his characters into the right place to view it.
"Read Book-2 First"
As someone mention in another review, someone goofed by releasing this book after Book-2....I read Book-2 first.
I thoroughly enjoyed Book-2 but found myself filling in a lot of missing information. This book filled in all that information and I enjoyed it too. This book was also filled with action and kept me interested throughout. I do like the narrator, he does have a bit of a John Wayne twist...but it grew on me, I liked it. I'd read more from this author...
"Could have been Great"
The story is like something written by pre-teen boys dreaming about what they would do after the end of the world, which is fight crime, apparently. Completely unrealistic and offering very little in the way of gritty realism that us fans of the apocalypse genre enjoy.
The characters never use contractions in their dialog. So, aside from being solid and complete stereotypes, they sound like idiotic robots or foreigners the whole time.
I've read all the apocalypse books, and if you love them like I do, save this one for the very last or don't bother at all. It's only saving grace was it's length, a short 8 hours. Also it gives me hope that anyone can be a writer. I won't be continuing on with the series.
"Ready for the next chapter......"
Enjoyable story. Good narration. Ended abruptly. So, I'm ready for the next chapter. Give it up...
"This is how Freedom Dies"
Sh*t happens, people change
The people and how the government changes, very real.
Never turn your back on the government when you think it's dead...it's not.
Not to happy with the ending and the fantasy aspect of it. There was no warning that the story was going to head that direction.
"Great edge of your seat book"
Hold on tight
The first kill when he became "Gardner"
I like that he changed his voice for the characters
Not really but I'm very busy
"Hoped it would get better...and that narrator! Grr"
It had potential, but even if the had gotten better (it didn't) the narrator had an almost intentional inflection that, like others have said, made many characters sound like John Wayne. Staccato. Disjointed. Forced. But back to the storyline. The beginning wasn't bad, hoped it would move on to something deeper or something I could immerse myself into or somehow relate to. I have a little left, and I'll finish it, so it's not one I'll completely give up on. But I don't' expect the last couple hours to make up for the torture I've endured already. He crams an hours worth of story into four hours! It's worth only the $1.99 I see it's going for today. At that price, I woundn't feel shortchanged.
"Whew glad when it was over hated to waste my money"
This is only the second book I've gotten that I found I had made a mistake in buying.
Bored me to death the talking in the second person character really left me dulled out.
The story was poor and I think the title was far more exciting than the text of the book.
Won't be going back to this author any time soon.
"Narrator the worst I've heard."
If you've read any of my other reviews, you'll know there have been some narrators who are bad, but this one is the only one that caused me to stop listening to a story. The story wasn't enough to overcome the narrator. If there was a 0 stars button for the narrator I would give it.
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