Tag Archives: Post-Apocalyptic

Property Rights Trump

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Property Rights Trump

Dale Hardy, his daughter Brooke, and his nephew Colton along with Dale’s German Shepherd Duke are surviving outside of town on his family’s land in Arizona after a devastating virus has killed many of the population. Folks show up every day at their gate asking for food and water or try to steal it during the night. A corrupt mayor and Sheriff try to force Dale to give up everything he has worked for.

Webber’s first novel in the Defending Home series, Defiance has a little bit of everything from property rights to romance. The characters are well developed in the story is fast paced. The story is told from both Dale’s point of view and that of those that are against him.

The book ends with a cliffhanger that makes you want to read the next one.

4 out of 5 stars.

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.

Cowboys and Indians, Oh,My!

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Cowboys and Indians, Oh,My!

Graham Morgan and his friends must relocate due to the wildfires spreading throughout the area. They discover these fires are manmade by an enemy they thought had been vanquished. A woman they rescue alone their escape route turns their world upside down in more ways than one.

Shaw’s sixth installment of the Graham’s Resolution series, The Wild West, brings back all our favorite characters including the beloved German shepherd Sheriff. It was easy to settle back down into the story even though everyone has grown several years older. In fact, it was refreshing to see how some of the characters had matured.

No one wants their favorite series to come to an end. And, hopefully, we will see more.

5 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.

Unlikely Duo

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Long Road to Survival 1     Paul Edwards’ wife and daughter are a thousand miles away in Atlanta when multiple ports throughout the United States are devastated with nuclear bombs. He is determined to bring them home to Greenwood, Nebraska before the nuclear fallout reaches Atlanta. Before he hits the road his father in law, Buck joins him on the long trek. The only problem is they hate each other.

Bradford’s and Weber’s first novel in The Long Road to Survival: The Prepper Series explorers how to complete opposites can work together for the common good. They find out that their differences complement each other, and that they are actually a pretty good team.

This story is told from the points of view of Paul and his wife, Susan. While Paul and his father in law are on their way, Susan and their daughter Autumn must fight to survive on their own. Buck provides comic relief and a wealth of prepper knowledge.

Five out of five stars.

Keep The Home Fires Burning

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WLOMW Indivsible     Lauren Russell is far from home trying to determine her place in the new world. But home keeps pulling her back and that is where she will go. Her father, Alan Russell is still out of her life not knowing who he is but determined to find out. Will the two of them ever find each other?

Rudolph’s sixth novel in the What’s Left of My World Series, Indivisible Is an emotional roller coaster for the reader as well as the characters. The valley where Lauren lives seems to draw unwanted attention and death. Alan runs into many obstacles on his quest to find his family. He has hopes that when he does his memory will come back.

This book is full of well-paced action. We see new sides of some of the supporting characters. Overall, it’s a very well written book.

Five out of five stars.

Here Comes Trouble

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Brutal Business cover     Conor Maguire has earned the reputation as The Mad Mick within the community he lives in the mountains of West Virginia. It’s a moniker that’s been with him for as long as he can remember and before relocating to the area. He will do whatever it takes to keep this family and friends safe. Now, there is a gang a former military known as The Bond wreaking havoc throughout the north and heading south towards his neck of the woods.

Horton’s third novel in The Mad Mick Series, Brutal Business is every bit as exciting as the previous two. It is also a coming of age story for Conor’s daughter Barb. She has no choice but to find out who she is and what she is made of separate from her father.

The Bond represents a unique challenge in such that The Mad Mick can take the fight away from home. It is always better to fight an enemy on your own terms.

5 out of five stars.

New Beginnings

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Grounded cover     Mike Crenshaw, his girlfriend, and his best friend decide it is time for them to search out family in hopes that they have survived the Scourge and/or the upheaval that followed. The remainder of their group stays on to search out the rumored utopia of central Florida. The government is desperately trying to re-engineer the virus to suit its nefarious purposes. And, the Cartel is taking hold in the territory formerly known as Texas.

Abrahams’ third and final novel in The Scourge series, Grounded follows each group as they grapple with the new normal. Life is hard; and survival is harder. There are several story arcs to follow. Some tie directly to The Traveler Series. Others follow the new characters.

It is interesting to see how many of The Traveler Series supporting characters arrived in their positions. Though in at least one case the plunge in their career is not fully developed.

4 out of 5 stars.

Riots, Rumors, and Running, Oh, My!

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Cry Havoc cover     Daniel Taylor works for a major bank in the trendy Buckhead area of Atlanta. He is on the IT team responsible for cybersecurity. When a breach hits nationwide, chaos reigns. No one can access their money. Riots ensue. The government steps in and things happen swiftly and dramatically.

American’s novel, Cry Havoc though written in 2015 is very timely in 2020. It demonstrates the worst possible scenario when the government oversteps its constitutional authority. It also showcases the devolving of mankind in a very short period of time.

When Daniel finds himself trapped at work with his girlfriend and a few building security coworkers, he realizes that they must find a way out of Atlanta at all costs. Timing will be everything in their escape. Avoiding rioters and government roadblocks will not be easy. Rumors say that Texas offers a respite from the tyranny.

5 out of 5 stars.