Darren and Darla Brooks are living their dream in the Ozarks of Missouri. Even though Darren doesn’t have to work he is head of security at The Underground, a storage facility within a mountain carved out by a limestone mining company. Darla has ‘retired’ after selling her successful arms manufacturing firm. A CME has hit three weeks earlier leaving some of the country’s infrastructure struggling. Though warnings were heeded there was only so much that could be done ahead of time as the government has never implemented a hardening program. Now, another CME is headed their way with rumors of something much worse.
Forstchen’s novel, 48 Hours does a decent job of explaining the science behind am EMP causing CME. It also parallels the continuity of government against what is best for humanity. This is a standalone novel that is not tied to The One Second After series.
Once Darren realizes what the government plans to use The Underground for, he and Darla hatch a bold scheme to try and stop them. Lives will be lost. Predictions will come true. The world will be forever changed.
5 out of 5 stars.
Alex Fletcher and his family are on their last vacation of the summer. It’s a family tradition that entails watching the Perseid meteor show. Little did they know that they were going to be in for much more.
Konkoly’s novella prequel to The Perseid Collapse Series, Red Dragon: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller is the perfect introduction to the series. This apocalyptic tale presents to you the actions happening prior to and the beginning of the “event”.
The emotions ranging from desperation to resignation are hard to ignore. It’s a short, fast read that piques your interest immediately. As always, Konkoly delivers!
5 out of 5 stars.
Veritas Grey isn’t whom he thinks he is. When he discovers the truth, he finds himself caught in a fight for the future of humanity. The world is not as it seems. There are secrets dating back to the dawn of time that shakes the very core of man’s existence. Will Ver and his new friend, Selena do what must be done to tip the scales in their favor?
Blake’s latest novel, Quantum Synapse is the tired old tale where one man is the savior of the world. Add that to a retelling of The Matrix and you have a predictable story with no surprises. It has non-stop action and some cute moments. Otherwise, it isn’t all that interesting.
For someone with Blake’s talent, this is a major disappointment. No originality. The only redeeming quality is the fact that the main character is endearing.
2 out of 5 stars.
Indigo Cruz is a trader in the Republic, a very successful trader. The Fundamentalist Church of Divine Wrath, or Fundies as they are called by others, are staking out new territory and they need Indigo’s help. As a trader she knows how to stay off the Dallasites radar. To insure her compliance, they have captured her crew. Not knowing the purpose of the mission, she finds herself in the middle of a war for control of the Republic. Can she use this to her advantage and come out on the winning side? Will she be able to get her crew back? And, how does Soledad play into all of this?
Young’s second novel in the Dark Republic series, Indigo, neatly dovetails into the story of the first novel. While the first novel focused primarily on Don Flaco and his army, this book focuses on the Reverend Zachariah Wright and the Fundies along the same timeline. It is a well written, fast paced novel. This futuristic, post-apocalyptic tale is gritty and full of hard characters. Young’s world building skills are such that you can vividly imagine every detail.
I highly recommend this series and can hardly wait for the next installment.
5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
Gerry Cardle has been living the good life working for The Family as the head of the death lottery. Each week folks are put to death to keep the optimum number within the dome. Gerry’s position made him exempt from the death lottery until now. He has 7 days to say his goodbyes and get his affairs in order.
In a panic Gerry goes off the grid and into the world outside of the dome with the help of Gabriel and Petal, both sophisticated, underground hackers. He discovers that an evil artificial intelligence has infiltrated the dome’s mainframe. And, along the way he finds out the truth behind The Family.
Barnes’ first book in the Code Breakers series, Alpha is a mixture of The Matrix and Mad Max. It’s a futurist tale set in the year 2153. The world has suffered a cataclysm leaving most of the land inhabitable due to radiation poisoning. The Family created a domed city that provides everything its citizens need to lead a normal life. Everyone has a port built into their bodies in which to connect into the internet along with other cybernetic enhancements.
The story ebbs and flows nicely and keeps you entertained. The characters are somewhat gritty and steampunk. There were a number of areas that could have been explored a bit more and left you without answers. Overall, it was a good read. I recommend that you go back & read the prequel first. 4 out of 5 stars.