Tag Archives: Dystopian

Reality Is Harsh

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Reality Is Harsh

Jim Powell is convinced that his presence in the valley is causing his family harm. His best friend Lloyd accompanies him as he leaves on a soul-searching journey. In his absence, Charlie feels that he should step up and take on some of Jim’s responsibilities.

Horton’s eighth installment in the Borrowed World series, Blood and Banjos has got to be one of the saddest books that I have ever read. The transformations of Lloyd and Charlie are heartbreaking. The pace is steady but has plenty of action.

This reads as though it could be the end of the series. But I am hoping that more books are coming.

5 out of 5 stars.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Brian Hardin’s desire to stay below the radar is shot the heck as he and his extended family are drawn into conflicts that have nothing to do with them. A family member’s betrayal rocks their entire small community. And love is in the air!

Allen’s third novel in the Tertiary Effects series, Bite of Frost takes place as an early winter descends on mid-Texas. With the weather patterns around the globe knocked off-kilter due to the meteorite displacement in the Pacific it looks like it will be a long, hard winter that may never actually end. Brian and his family are doing the best I can to prepare. Oh, and three more meteors are headed towards earth.

I am pleased to know that there will be a book four. I’m looking forward to seeing how the families manage during the cold harsh winter.

4 out of 5 stars.

America No More

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America No More

Zack Johnson is in Oregon on vacation when a nuclear Holocaust is leashed upon many parts of the world including the United States setting off a nationwide EMP. He must somehow find a way to navigate around the devastated areas to get back home to Kentucky to his daughter. There he owns a ranch that has all his preps. He hopes to get his brother and a few trusted friends there to survive.

Newman’s The Day America Died trilogy is a study in determination and adaptability. He is an engaging storyteller.  I normally read one book at a time and write a review. But, in this case, I read the entire series straight through.

As with many of his earlier works it could have been edited better.   

4 out of 5 stars.

The False Ark

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Long Road to Survival 2     Paul Edwards and his family have found relative safety in a government bunker that seems too good to be true. They soon find out that there are many secrets and none of them are survivable. Again, Paul’s father in law, Buck teams up with them this time to find a way out.

Bradford’s and Weber’s second novel in The Long Road to Survival: The Prepper Series Book two seas America’s society continually dissolving. Danger comes in many forms. And, it appears the most dangerous threat to their safety is man-made.

It is interesting that this is only a two-book series. While the ending was quite sad it was also very satisfying.

Five out of five stars.

America Strong

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LS Turning the Tide     John Mack has been reinstated in the Army and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. With the Chinese having crossed the Mississippi River and made it to the Appalachian Mountains everyone feels they must do their part to help defeat the enemy. Everyone in the town of Oneida between the ages of 18 and 30 has elected to join. In fact, John’s young son, aged 12 has snuck off to join as well.

Weber’s 4th and final novel in the Last Stand Series, Turning the Tide shows us the gruesome horrors of war. With a traitor in their midst, the town of Oneida cast a suspicious eye on almost everyone. Prisoner of war camps set up behind enemy lines and run by the North Koreans are little more than death camps.

I’ve really enjoyed this series. And I appreciate you bearing with me for posting a review of each book back to back.

Five out of five stars.

Invaded

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LSWarlords    John Mack has become the reluctant mayor of Oneida, Tennessee after overthrowing the Chairman. Discovery that the United States is at war on their own land against the Chinese, the Russians, and the North Koreans Has come as quite a shock. The enemy is now knocking at the doors of the Mississippi River and has the sleepy little town of Oneida in its crosshairs.

Weber’s third novel in the Last Stand Series, Warlords has John reliving a lot of his past military life. The town of Oneida has just begun to rebuild in this new world without power. Now they were thrown into the middle of the war waging all around them. Will John’s nightmares help or hurt him in the situation?

This book shows quickly from being a prepper novel into a war novel.

Five out of five stars.

Tyranny Unmasked

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LS Patriots     John Mack and his family have fled to their cabin after their neighborhood has all been but destroyed. Not too long after they have settled in with the Appleby’s and have started to live a somewhat peaceful life, they discover a tyrant under presidential orders confiscating guns and imprisoning or murdering those that refused to turn them in. But this Chairman is not what he seems to be at all.

Webber’s second novel in the Last Stand Series, Patriots shows how quickly some folks submit without question. John’s family has been taken prisoner.  Fortunately, there are plenty of Patriots in the area willing to fight for their rights and to free their families.

These books are relatively short. They are each dedicated to one specific topic. They’re well written and well-paced. My next two reviews will finish out the series.

Five out of five stars.

A Port In The Storm

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Sedulity 2 After Shock cover     Kevin Summers has joined the captain and the rest of the survivors on the ship to watch in horror via satellite TV the devastation advancing throughout the Pacific Rim. They have located a geologist on board who is helping Kevin advise the captain on their next moves. There is nothing they can do but watch as the world as they knew it succumbs to the tsunamis and earthquakes striking it well.

Forsyth’s second novel in the Sedulity Series, Aftershock continues the tale of a cruise ship at the site of a disaster in the Pacific due to an asteroid strike. What’s left of the crew and passengers are now trying to clean up and regroup. Not all the ship is up and running, and a lot of the outside staterooms have been destroyed. Tensions are high as passengers are scared not knowing what the future will bring.

There was one continuity error from book one to book two. Kevin’s daughter was five years old in book one and she’s three years old in book two. Otherwise, it’s well written, well-paced, and overall, a very good story. It has been six years since this book was written, and the third in the series has not yet appeared.

Four out of five stars.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

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Storm Warning cover     Bryan Harden’s extended family continues to grow on his small farm. Everyone is expected to pull their weight for the safety and well-being of the group. While nature is a danger in and of itself, mankind is even worse. Coming together with their neighbors seems to be the best way to help protect everyone in the long run.

Allen’s second novel in The Tertiary Effects Series, Storm Warning sees Bryan and his family pulled into conflicts not of their own doing. Information is sparse and law and order are even less so. All Bryan wants to do is keep a low profile and keep his family safe.

There seems to be no end to the rain and the storms that are producing it. The government is totally silent about the meteor. What is their reason, and is there more bad news to come?

Five out of five stars.

Love Thy Neighbor

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Last Stand Surviving America's Collapse cover     John Mack along with the rest of the world is thrown into the 1800s as a result of an EMP or a solar flare. His first instinct is to take his family to their bug out location. But his morality keeps him close to home in order to help his neighborhood. Will this be the biggest mistake of his life?

Weber’s first novel in The Last Stand Series, Surviving America’s Collapse examines the microcosm of one street within a neighborhood as they tried to survive in this world without electricity or transportation. Hearing gunshots nearby and seeing fires set to homes in other neighborhoods quickly become as important as trying to keep water and food spread out amongst them.

Mack’s military training and prepping are taxed to the limit as he tries to guide his neighbors. Drug dealers quickly try to take over. It’s clearly a nerve-racking event for all.

Four out of five stars.