Three terrorist attacks are launched from freighters against the United States. Only one fully succeeds, but in the blink of an eye all of the country west of the Rocky Mountains is transformed into the technological equivalent of the 18th century - no electricity, no computers, no electronics of anykind, or any of the amenities of modern life that depend on them. This is the story of ordinary and extraordinary people, high and low, who struggle to survive in a mortally wounded nation, as America's enemies within and without circle for the kill.
A Latino gangbanger becomes mayor of a devastated Los Angeles; a gay survivalist fights for his life in San Francisco; an ordinary Indiana housewife and her three children struggle to keep their lives together in a crashing economy; a shrimp fisherman in Louisiana watches a mushroom cloud rise over New Orleans; the admiral in charge of the military defense of the nation faces a storm of enemies from every corner of the compass; and the president of the United States and the Speaker of the House of Representatives battle for supremacy as the lives of 60 million Americans hang in the balance.
Lightning Fall tells a story of terror, tragedy, and triumph that you will never forget.
©2014 Bill Quick (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks
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"An Equal Opportunity Political Disaster"
Not really sure what Bill Quick intended to say in his painful, over-reaching 18 hour novel, which will require an equally long follow-up novel to tie up the loose ends. The message I got was he thinks Hillary Clinton is an idiot and would be a bad president. The EMP over California and nuclear bomb in New Orleans, politics in Washington, race riots, news blackouts, confiscating gold, new currency, no food, invading Mexican troops, Chinese plots and Islamic militants are just the tip of the iceberg. He jumps from character to character, location to location in a way that kept me from bonding with anyone... he also has multiple shady characters which use a great deal of profanity and share liberally their bigotry. If I was a Woman, Black, Hispanic, Democrat, Mormon, Politician, Serviceman... pretty much anyone... I would be offended by this book. The main characters which are the few positively portrayed include a gay male prepper, a teenage genius, a Tea Party and Republican secret group with plot to overthrow president and the inventor of solar panel paint. I am just grateful its over and have no desire to find out what happens.
"Good Disaster, Rubbish Politics"
Hmm. This is a tough one. The disaster scenario is interesting, the characters are pretty good. And the narrator does an excellent job. I was enjoying this book until the author's political vendetta against 'the Carters' got too extreme to swallow. And ultimately distracted me from an interesting 'what if'.
"Most interesting book to listen to."
Other than the obvious push to justify homosexuality and the authors’ love of sex with men, the story was good. It held my interest even thru the garbage bag of immorality and the God is dead theory. The characters were excellent and the choices the author made with the president and her husband where perfect I loved it especially their ends. More than obviously "oh no" mr. bill and hillary these two were represented perfectly and with great accuracy. The end of "oh no" mr. bill in the book aka BJ which remembering everything about Monica Lewinsky fits to a tee was sublime in its execution [no pun intended]. The way the story is laid out in the book sounds like it could very well happen as described and found myself imagining it very clearly while listen to the book. Not to mention the narrator did a great job of it. I'll be watching for a follow up or book 2, it seemed that the author left a lot of room for one to be written and I for one will be watching for it.
I recommend the book but again the homo crap could have been left out of it, do what you want in the privacy of your own bedroom, that's between you and your Creator as far as I'm concerned but don't shove it at me in your book[s]. Unless of course he was trying to be "Progressive" much like the commie-crates are today in the ongoing administration of the great pretender and lying king.
The whole book could have been a political espionage story. I had fun with the majority of it and I didn't want to put it down even with certain things that offended my sensibilities’.
"Good story, bad narration."
The story became very confusing at times when switching between settings because the voices for all the characters were exactly the same. I was often even unable to tell who said what in a conversation between two people. Other than that the story was very good with interesting characters and a realistic storyline of a modern doomsday scenario.
this book was the strangest mish mash of opposing political views I have ever come across if you are tired of political posturing stay away from this book if you want something mildly entertaining try it out
"ok ok OK"
kind of a funny story but didn't really care for the voice acting especially the Mexican gangster that s*** was ridiculous
"Too much time spent on Gay indoctrination."
I wanted a disaster book and got an introduction to alternate life style. I stopped the book after just a few minuets. (Maybe 5 to 7 minuets) I’m not one who is willing to pay to hear someone's views on politics or religion. Just say no to this one. Before anyone goes off on this review, I’m not going to include my views on these subjects here. This not the place for that.
I’ve read and listened to books with characters of all types. But the author didn’t build a disaster book around an alternate life style, political or religious view. That would be OK if that view was central to the plot, (like politics or religion starts a war) but here it wasn’t.
"To much Gay indoctrination!"
I wanted a disaster and not a introduction to alternate life style and all his feelings!
"two for one"
I would recommend this to a friend as it is entertaining and suspenseful.
The end was a surprise in may ways and allows one to add their own spin to what happened.
When the thugs were trying to burn the apartment complex down, and the Marines arrived to save them. What a classic - "The Marines have landed!"
I made me think more about being prepared for an EMP attack, as well as any one of the many diseases that seem to be popping up in our country. Preparation is better than regret.
This also an interesting portrayal of the Oval Office. One that may in part be in our furture.
"Unique American collapse novel"
I enjoyed the scenes that took place in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've lived in the Bay Area for 28 years and I'm very familiar with all the locations written about. The author either did some great research and/or spent a significant amount of time there himself.
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