Tag Archives: CME

Do Or Die Trying

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Westley Flagg continues to tell us his story of survival with his grandparents on their farm after a CME has caused what is believed to be a nationwide or possibly worldwide blackout. Things haven’t really changed all that much on the farm. It’s the world around them that is devolving rather quickly.

Craven’s second novel in the Still Surviving series, All Dark expands upon Wes’ relationship with Jess while following the unspeakable actions of the horde living at the Crater of Diamonds. When he finds out that Jess’ group will do nothing more than watch as atrocities are committed he knows that he must do something on his own. And, that may put his life at risk.

While the story is intriguing Craven has so many typos and contextual errors it is distracting. All his books seem to be this way. I truly don’t understand why he doesn’t use an editor or at least a beta reading group to help him out.

3 out of 5 stars.

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Too Good To Be True

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Vigilante Darkness

Levi Levins is on a short vacation before starting his new job after just having retired from the military. What was an idyllic second honeymoon turns into a tragedy for all ages when the world is hit with a CME. Levi loses everything. The question is will he keep his humanity in these dark times?

Deane’s first book in the Vigilante series, Into the Darkness: American Post Apocalyptic EMP Thriller is an adult novel with the violence and language therein. It disappoints by being written on a seventh-grade level. While the English is impeccable it is very simplistic. What bothered me the most though were all the misplaced or missing quotation marks for conversations. That broke up the story and was distracting.  There were also a couple of timeframe errors that had me going back and forth to make certain that I had not missed anything.

All in all, the story had potential but fell flat. I will not continue the series.

2 out of 5 stars.

Let the Moon Shine Down on Me

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Blackout

Westley Flagg has grown up in poverty on his grandparents’ farm. His Grandpa’s moonshining barely kept the family going. It is what nurtured Wes’ interest in chemistry to wit he garnered a college degree. After a solar storm takes down most of the grid will any of it matter for them to survive?

Craven’s first novel in the Still Surviving series, Blackout provides an in-depth look into the underworld of moonshining. With what Wes has learned in college he has been able to streamline and much improve the distilling process. To Wes, this is mostly a hobby. But, when he cuts off one of his more questionable customers he finds himself up against the worst of mankind.

It was difficult for me to get into this book as it spent the better portion of the first third explaining the process of moonshining. Once past that the pace picked up and the story started developing. Wes’ character is fully developed and quite interesting. He is always skirting the edge of the law but not in areas that are harmful to others.

There are several typos and contextual errors that I hope are cleaned up by the time you read the book. It is not a stand-alone book and ends with a heart-wrenching cliffhanger.

4 out of 5 stars.

A Prepper In Action

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Nathan Owens is on his way back to Idaho from Atlanta when a super coronal mass ejection hit the Earth and multiple orbital satellites with nuclear warheads exploded in the upper atmosphere. He and his friends in Idaho have been preparing for a disaster for years and have a bugout compound. Nathan’s survival skills with be put to the test repeatedly as he readies himself for the long journey home.

Watson’s first novel in the Dark Titan Journey series, Sanctioned Catastrophe, showcases the knowledge Nathan has acquired over the years. He does everything in his power to help those around him before he takes off. Civilization devolves into chaos quickly and it’s either kill or be killed.

I enjoyed this book and learned a lot I needed to know and practice to help survive any type of disaster. Situational awareness is critical to keeping others from taking what is yours. Knowing how to survive off the land when food becomes scarce ranks right up there too. But, one of the most important bits of information I gathered is that if you can’t protect it and yourself you will perish. This book is very well written and edited.

The blurb “Soon the radioactive fallout from space would spread death and disease across the globe.” was never discussed or addressed throughout the series. So, I’m not sure why it is mentioned.

If there is anything to dislike about this book it is the following exchange:

“I can never repay you for what you’ve done for me and my family,” Brad told him.

Looking over at Abigail, Nathan said, trying not to blush, “We’re even, trust me.”

“I know about it and no, we’re not,” Brad said, smiling.

The reference here is that Nathan has had sex with Brad’s wife Abigail. Nathan reduces Abigail to nothing more than a commodity to be traded. And, Brad reduces her even more by saying she wasn’t worth enough. There are plenty of horrific things that happen in this book due to the depravity of mankind. But, this made me mad.

That being said, I highly recommend this book. It is useful not only as a great story but as a beginner’s guide to prepping.

5 out of 5 stars.

Let Me Go Home

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Retrograde

Clayton Shepard just wants to get home to Texas and his family. He miraculously landed back on Earth in Canada after two CMEs knocked the power out on the ISS as well as all the planet. After finding an older model plane that still flies he crashes it in a field near the Denver airport. A secret government group finds him and imprisons him in their underground facility. Once inside no one is allowed to leave.

Abrahams third novel in The SpaceMan Chronicles, Retrograde: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller, focuses on the new society that is holding Clayton hostage while waiting on those outside to die off. This gut wrenching story shows the determination of a man who wants nothing but to get home. And, Clayton is not the only one who wants to leave this underground lair.

I have enjoyed this trilogy and hate to see it end. It was nice to depart from the land based prepper story and see things from outer space. If anything, this series is unique in the post-apocalyptic genre in that respect.

5 out of 5 stars.