Instant Darkness: A Post Apocalyptic Survival Thriller: EMP Crisis Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A massive solar flare is about to bring the country to its knees.
When Abram Patterson learns about an impending solar flare, every moment matters. Loaded up in his trusty 1976 Land Cruiser, he must get his wife and daughter from their home in New Hampshire to their remote retreat in Central Vermont. But can he reach his bug-out location before civil unrest makes travel all but impossible?
A father who must protect his children from certain death.
Nick Caulfield, a single father of two, is always in work mode. But when the country is on the brink of collapse, he must focus on getting his children to safety. His neighbor, Abram, has left in a hurry, and he quickly realizes that the region will soon be plunged into chaos. He discovers that his son has acquired directions to his neighbor’s compound, but he suspects they will not be welcomed.
A harrowing journey with an uncertain outcome.
A good Samaritan takes a risk to aid a man and his teenage son and young daughter, but when his services go unappreciated, he feels slighted by the man. Will he take the high ground and be the selfless man he strives to be? Or will he seek revenge, allowing his morals to crumble as humanity quickly unravels?
The solar flare is only the beginning. What would you do to protect the ones you love?
Instant Darkness is the first book in the EMP Crisis series, a post-apocalyptic survival thriller series about regular people struggling to survive after a solar EMP.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 32 minutes|
|Author||Mark J. Russell, J.J. Holden|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 23, 2019|
|Publisher||J.J. Holden & Mark J. Russell|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #45,023 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#291 in Dystopian Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#734 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,369 in Dystopian Fiction
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We're led to believe that Abram has been preparing for "something" for quite some time; he has a farm in an out of the way place, supplies, weapons, even a guy who "knows how to do everything", yet he fails to cover even the most basic issues like security at night and making sure people have adequate communications tools.
Then there's the fact that other than Gary, no one really knows how to farm. They've had the farm for a while, yet never took the time to learn even the basics. This extends even to preparing the farmhouse...they wait until something happens and then Gary scrambles to get the shutters put on, but never tested all of them because at least one is out of spec.
For being "preppers" they sure aren't prepared.
Next, Abram and Gary just aren't likable characters. One of the first things that my creative writing prof in college told us was to have compelling characters that the reader could invest in. If they aren't angry at the world with a rising blood pressure, they're arrogant, misogynistic, sexist, or just plain rude and stupid. I guess if you're into Cave Man survival lit, this is fine, but they worked so hard against each other (and that over done fence!) that things would have been so much smoother for them had thy worked together and talked.
Finally, there was just way too much personality conflict between Abram and Gary for them to be "best friends" who had known each other for years.
I expected better and I guess 20 years ago when people still had to submit their book to a publisher this would never have seen the light of day without massive amounts of editorial help.
Well developed characters that will have you turning pages to see what happens. Can’t wait for Book Two!
Maybe some plot spoilers.
In EMP fiction, the good guys are often beset by raiders, killers, sneaky opportunists, and other sorts of douchenozzles. It's not often that the featured family gets this sabotaged from the inside. Maybe, just for that alone - and, also, perhaps, for the startling notion that maybe the group we're following may not be on the righteous side after all - this book is worth a read. I dunno. This one actually features two neighboring families and how they make their way from a suburb in Manchester, New Hampshire to a sanctuary in Vermont. Stupidity ensues. And that guy, Gary, is something else, man. Frankly, there's not one character I rooted for in this book. And I grew to actively dislike Abram, the prepper leader with the cloudy judgment. I thought Joshua, the guy who gave the Caulfields a ride, was ambivalently written. He sometimes came off as a decent guy, but, then, when his request to stay at the compound was denied, he began muttering threats and began hanging around the outskirts of the compound. The two persons I didn't mind were Maggie, but maybe it's because she figured least in the story, and the six-year-old girl.
Dumb advice to give someone in the grid-down post-apocalypse: "You have to take people at face value, son." Luckily for the dad, the son chose to ignore that precious nugget of wisdom. Saved his life, is all.