Charlie will have to dig deep to become part of a coordinated team fighting against the DHS thugs and their allies. The new kids on the block are the Chinese heading for the west coast and the Russians and Cubans coming up through Florida. Pockets of resistance are everywhere and slowly coming together to overthrow or at least put a hurting on the president’s draconian regime.
Browning’s and American’s fourth book in the Charlie’s Requiem series, Retribution, shows us what is happening outside of Charlie’s immediate area and how it impacts what direction the resistance must go. Having the Russians and Cubans side-by-side with DHS is a game changer. The resistance is outmanned and outgunned but has hope and determination.
The farther we get into this series the more it ties into American’s The Survivalist Series. I can’t wait until the two series crossover.
5 out of 5 stars.
Lauren Russell and a group from the valley have left in search of food and medical supplies. Along the way, they were ambushed. They now find themselves at the mercy of a gang of hardened criminals bent on nothing but torture and death.
Meanwhile back in the valley many of those remaining are gravely ill with an unknown pathogen. The able body members are few. Yet, three of them decide to go off on their own. One seeking the immediate help from a neighbor from another valley. The other two on a fool’s errand to try and save some imprisoned children in a distant subdivision.
And, then there is the fate of Faith Gallo.
Rudolph’s fourth novel in the What’s Left of My World series, Divided We Stand pulls the story into five different arcs. It is daunting at times to keep up with some many storylines at once. They are all wrought with danger and the likelihood of losing some of their companions. This time the book ends with several cliffhangers. There are a lot of questions left unanswered.
The author’s storytelling ability is getting better with each book. The pace is more action-packed and varied. He has started developing some of the supporting characters. It was nice to have folks from previous books in the flashback chapters brought into the present day story.
I have a feeling that the next book with be the most revealing.
4 out of 5 stars.
Lauren Russell and the small community of Trout Run Valley only want to live in peace and be left alone. They had found a balance to subsist by trading among themselves until most of their crops and livestock were destroyed by a rogue motorcycle gang sent by DHS. Now, the wild animals and fish they used to supplement their diet have been found dead. Several of their clan have come down with a devasting illness and need medical attention beyond what they have to offer. With winter coming they must seek food and medical supplies outside the boundaries of the valley.
Rudolph’s third novel in the What’s Left of My World Series, We Won’t Go Quietly: A Family’s Struggle to Survive in a World Devolved is the best of the series by far. It seems the author has finally found his stride, and the story being told is presented much better. There are three stories. There are the flashbacks that give Lauren’s origin story, current day with Lauren and those of Trout Run Valley, and the struggle of Faith Gallo, Lauren’s grandmother imprisoned at the FEMA camp. This book is also the first one to have a real cliffhanger ending.
When the convoy is ambushed by an overwhelming force outside the valley Lauren’s skills are put to the test once again. Lauren does well in controlled training sessions. But, put her in a real life or death struggle and she occasionally puts herself in more danger. Her situational awareness seems to be her weakest area.
It will be interesting to see how Lauren and her friends handle their newest foe.
4 out of 5 stars.
Lauren Russell and her family have established a close-knit community in Trout Run Valley of West Virginia. Life is hard in a post-apocalyptic world. While most everyone had prepared by stocking up on supplies they are having to barter with neighbors for garden vegetables and fresh meat from livestock. The clan wants nothing more than to be left alone to subsist with one another. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a roving hoard of Takers have other plans. The valley will be under siege. Do they have enough to defend their homesteads and families? More importantly, do they have what it takes to survive?
Rudolph’s second novel in the What’s Left of My World Series, This We Will Defend: The Continuing Story of a Family’s Survival, is very much like book one in its meandering pace. There again are several flashback chapters which break of the flow of the story. The most disappointing part of these books is that Lauren’s character is the only one that is really fleshed out. The subplot with Faith Gallo at the FEMA camp is much more cultivated. I can say that this novel was much better edited than the first.
The uniqueness of Lauren’s training instituted by her father from her very early years is what keeps me interested in these books. She is a very complex young woman. While she makes mistakes based on her impulsiveness and desire to know everything her instincts are almost primal.
3 out of 5 stars.
Nelson Jackson, his family, and friends living in the compound continue the fight against the feds and UN troops brought in to support them. Even after a year, the civil war on American soil continues. To survive and reclaim the constitutional republic we once had Nelson must go into a very dark place within his soul. Will others join him in this fight?
Watson’s fourth novel in the Forgotten Forbidden America series, Revolution is a very gruesome book compared to the previous three. Fighting an enemy without rules challenges mankind’s depths of depravity. Becoming complacent can have a deadly outcome. This book goes well beyond the Geneva Convention.
The writing style is realistic enough that you can see and hear the action. It is easy to get lost in the story so much so that it is hard to put down. There are parts that made me cry. For an author to do that they truly have a gift. And, I don’t mean just a sniffle either. I wish I could say more but I fear I may give away too much.
There were a few typos and some lines that could have been better written. Thankfully, not enough to be distracting. It’s a very good book and I highly recommend it.
4 out of 5 stars.
John Matherson lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina working as a professor at Montreat College. It’s an idyllic place to live and raise a family. Then the USA suffers an EMP attack that leaves virtually everything nonfunctional. Nothing will be the same for John as he struggles to hold his family and his community together. Keeping everyone alive and safe from a society that has broken down, with the worst of the worst cutting a path of destruction everywhere they go, is his number one priority.
Forstchen presents us with a ‘what if’ scenario in very real terms. His insight into human behavior is spot on. He doesn’t sugarcoat the issues and presents new world problems in the harsh environment of a post EMP strike. He does a good job of developing John’s character. The world building has enough details that I can envision the scenes. Overall, these books are well written and attention-grabbing.
You will enjoy this series. It will educate you and challenge you. If nothing else, it is thought-provoking.
5 out of 5 stars.
Morgan doesn’t want to shoulder the responsibility of being sheriff, jury, and judge. He is evaluating members of the surrounding community to step-up for the role of judge. But, an outsider has swooped in like royalty and is demanding the job. Morgan and his cohorts have bigger fish to fry than this wannabe. The time to remove the DHS once and for all has come.
American’s seventh novel in The Survivalist series, Avenging Home, looks at the cost in human lives that it will take to secure Morgan’s community. It’s a grim reality in this new society. Several of his neighbors have already paid the ultimate price and even his own family has suffered almost grave injuries.
Every book in this series has offered pain and hope. I do believe it is a realistic view of what could happen in a microcosm if folks were willing to do whatever it took to survive.
5 out of 5 stars.