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Where Can We Go?

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Tom Horn and what’s left of his intrepid crew continue their journey to find a hidden refuge. They have been unceremoniously kicked out of Stoney Creek based solely on misinformation about the death of the sheriff. Carlos Fox, a former hitman for the cartel, gave Tom his life back if he and his group stay clear of Clarksdale. They can’t go towards Prescott as the escaped convicts have taken over that area. So, that leaves Sedona. Will they find something close enough to scavenge from town and yet, remain undetected?

Newman’s second novel in the Post Apocalyptic Survival Fiction series, EMP Chaos in the Storm, tends to meander from topic to topic. The story is interesting and mentions many ways to scrounge up an existence in the new world.

Again, there are several plot holes and many typos. The book ends as though there may or may not be another but with no cliffhanger.

3 out of 5 stars.

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There’s No Place To Hide

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Sam Regan is a protected witness against a drug cartel. To save himself from the cartel’s hitmen he flees Kentucky and changes his name to Tom Horn. After ending up in Arizona a series of catastrophic events bring about an apocalypse. Will Tom and his new-found friends survive in a world without power, most electronics destroyed, and meteors striking without rhyme or reason?

Newman’s novel, EMP Perfect Storm: Book 1 – Post Apocalyptic Survival Fiction tells a good story and has strong character development.  Unfortunately, it also contained a couple of plot holes and some confusing dialogue. While mostly grammatically correct it could have been written much better.

The story piqued my interest enough that I’m willing to overlook these issues and check out the next book in the series.

3 out of 5 stars.

Trying To Get Home

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James (Rock) Rockwell and his family are on an island off the coast of Portland, Maine when an explosion sends a tsunami their way. Realizing that no one will come to their aid they seek higher ground until they can find a way home. After leaving the island they discover that civilization has dissolved into the chaos that threatens their lives at every turn. Can they adapt and manage to get home? And, is home any safer than anywhere else?

Abrahams combines three novellas, Crossing, Refuge, and Advent into a standalone novel, Pilgrimage: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Story. The story is loosely based on the The Perseid Collapse series of books written by author Steven Konkoly. It is very well done and follows Konkoly’s timeline. The characters are as real as they get. The family makes heart-stopping mistakes that keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the story. The emotions tug at you as you read about their struggles with the new reality that surrounds them.

Having previously read each of the novellas I was surprised to find as many errors in the combined version as I did. A few were contextual misspellings while the main portion were continuity errors. The story was every bit as good as it was in separate pieces. Abrahams seamlessly transitioned from one part to the next.

James made me want to knock him upside the head on numerous occasions. The man can’t walk without tripping over something.

Even with the mistakes, I would recommend reading this novel.

4 out of 5 stars.

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.

Love Finds A Way

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Unwanted World

Nico Bell is an undercover border patrol officer trying to infiltrate a drug cartel. Kate Chandler is Chris Chandler’s younger sister hiding from her past behind the bar where she works. Nico is determined to peel back the layers Kate has constructed to insulate and protect her from her own feelings. Reload is her service dog and senses that Nico is a good man. San Antonio is rich in history. Will that history be destroyed when an EMP turns the city upside down?

Pike’s fourth novel in The EMP Survivor Series, Unwanted World: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Survival Fiction Series, branches off from the previous books and takes us back to before the EMP struck San Antonio. We meet Chandler’s sister, Kate, and discover why she has not returned home. Once the EMP strikes Kate finds herself separated from Nico. Can he fulfill his promise to return?

Of all the books so far in this series, this one starts off the slowest. But, once it gets going BOOM! Watching Kate’s character grow was very satisfying. Grit gets tossed around a lot when describing characters in these type of books, but Kate truly puts new meaning to the word. I’m anxious to see where the series goes from here.

4 out of 5 stars.

The Past Can Be Deadly

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Unknown World

Chris Chandler and Amanda Hardy leave Dillon and Holly to take Amanda home to Austin. With everything seemingly running as well as can be expected post EMP at the ranch now is as good a time as any. Their journey will be anything but smooth even though it has been made easier by having the horses that Holly loaned them. All along the way danger is waiting to challenge their wit and their resolve. It is also a time for Chandler and Amanda to learn more about one another. What they learn may be more dangerous to them over time than anything else.

Pike’s third novel in The EMP Survivor Series, Unknown World: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Survival Fiction Series, explores a new set of characters while expanding on the ones we already know. She does a good job of bringing in history without it distracting from the storyline. The pace is fast and makes for a quick read. Be ready for a thrill ride and gut-wrenching action.

Surprisingly to me was the breakdown in editing/proofreading in this book. Books one and two were very well done. This book had two continuity errors between book two and three. There were at least three times the wrong name was used. It was suggested to me that I had an older version. If so, this is the latest version on Amazon. Maybe, it hadn’t been updated yet?

Overall, it is a good addition to the series.

4 out of 5 stars.

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

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Unexpected World

Dillon Stockdale, Assistant District Attorney in Houston, has his world flipped upside down when an EMP strikes the USA. As vehicles come to a stop and lights and phones no longer work he realizes that his daughter’s plane has probably crashed in the swampy area just inside of Louisiana. Finding her is all he can focus upon. Once committed to the search will he be able to even find the crash site in the Atchafalaya Basin? First, though, he must get home.

Pike’s first novel in The EMP Survivor Series, Unexpected World: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Survival Fiction Series, the love of a father knows no bounds when trying to find his lost daughter. Dillon is a soulful character and most of the time stuck in a pity party. He is not being noble in his search for his daughter. No, instead, he is being reckless with his own life for a one in a million chance of finding her.

I’m happy to say that this book was well edited and proofread. Though the writing borders on being simplistic it is at a very fast pace with lots of action. There are a few scenes that were hard for me to believe. What I had the hardest time with was Buster being able to keep pace with the bicycles when he had been an indoor lump of a dog for two years.

And I really don’t care for animals having a voice even if it’s only in their head. That is a personal preference on my part and no way reflects the review.

Overall, it is a good book that tells a good story. I plan to read the entire series.

4 out of 5 stars.