The Last Layover: The New Homefront, Volume 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Last Layover is a fiction novel based on real places and potential scenarios where an out of control government pushes America to the brink of financial and social collapse. This vulnerable state allows the unthinkable to happen, causing the comfort, security, and conveniences of our modern first world society to quickly come to an end.
Imagine yourself far from home when the world suddenly changes. Just think back to Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and other such recent events, and you can see just how quickly society breaks down. Those situations even occurred with the nature of the emergency being confined to one specific geographic area, where help is just the next town or state away. Now also think about how that scene would play out if help was not going to come. What about all of those modern conveniences of society like ATM's, debit/credit card readers, cell phones, and the Internet? What if it all went down while you were away from home? What about our food supply chain? How much food does your family have at home to get them through if the shelves were to go empty? Do you have what it takes to defend yourself and those around you when society takes an ugly turn and violence becomes necessary for survival?
In The Last Layover, an airline crew finds themselves on an overnight layover in New York City, far from their homes, when a series of events take place that bring our modern society to its knees.
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|Listening Length||6 hours|
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|Audible.com Release Date||June 30, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #142,771 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2015
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Evan Baird and Jason Jones are airline pilots who happen to be doomsday preppers. Accordingly, they've made extensive contingency plans should the the fit hit the shan... which, of course, it does. Sucks for Evan, Jason, and their rookie flight attendant, Peggy, they're grounded in New York City when it happens. What was supposed to be a routine layover in the Big Apple morphs into a harrowing journey to reconnect with their families and get to their bug out sanctuary, Evan's one-hundred-acred property in the mountains of east Tennessee.
Some folks will for sure condemn this book for its hard lean to the right. They may bag on the author, call him a gun nut or a Tea Party stooge. I will say that there's a heavy dose of sermonizing that went on in this book, as plenty of conversations did morph into rants colored with a right-wing conservative slant. I don't knock the author for his beliefs. I may even agree with his libertarian ideologies up to a point. But maybe he didn't have to sledgehammer his points home; that's when you lose people.
If anything, I was more turned off by his characters' haphazard use of contractions that render normal dialogue into these stilted chats. And while others may dig the super-detailed, tedious descriptions of weaponry and how our guys modified and reinforced their homes and vehicles, my eyes did glaze over occasionally. I also raised my eyebrow at one prepper's wife for her dumb decision to grill cheeseburgers outside, thus letting interlopers smell the grub and realize that, hey, there's food here.
It seems like I'm dumping on the book, huh? Except I liked the book quite a bit, enough so that I'm reading the third volume right now. I, frankly, am enjoying this series. But, as I've mentioned in other places, I'm all over them stories in which the characters grow their community, and that's certainly the case here, as Evan, Jason, and folks they meet along the way go on to come together. The action blisters as our guys, both ex-military, take no chances and take no prisoners.
I will say that Steve Bird's apocalyptic yarns scare the brown out of me, and I cross my fingers hard that they're not prophetic. As someone says in the book, "Have a plan, then have a backup plan, then be prepared to act without a plan. Have whatever you need, to do whatever you must, whenever you must." Luckily, I'm only a few blocks from Home Depot.
Note 2: This review is for all 4 books in the New Homefront series because I didn't stop to review after reading each one, I just immediately started the next one.
This is a great series, with characters that are well developed and believable. From what I remember, there were very few spelling errors or grammar errors (although these may be just stylistic).
The author has put a lot of thought and effort into the what, why and how of everything discussed in the books.
The story line is quite good, and believable (even if there are a couple of "boy that was lucky" situations). While the outcomes of most of the situations in the books could very well happen in the way the author portrayed them, I could also see some of the outcomes happening much differently. This is not to take away from the books, but rather, in my opinion, a good thing because it makes you think about what is happening and why it is happening the way it is, and what the consequences may be down the road.
The books cover a wide variety of locations and methods of traveling that I have not seen in other books, and each one seems realistic (I don't have experience with some of them so I don't know technically if it correct, but it appears that it would be) and is detailed in a manner that not only shows the authors knowledge of each, but also gives some good detailed information for those that want it.
I will say that book 1 especially and book 2 to a lesser extent are somewhat "slow" due to the time spent on details and character development, but that is not a knock on the books and does not take away from them in any way. I think this is important to point out because some people may be turned off by this and stop reading, but the story does pick up and is definately worth reading.
I have read many series where after 1 or 2 books, the story becomes "same problems - different day" and are basically a rehash of the same type of situations that were in earlier books with a different series of characters. That is NOT the case with these books. As the series progresses, the characters face new challenges and take on different tasks as would be expected over a period of time.
Also, each book completes the story in that book and has a "hook" for the next book, but does not leave the story of the current book unfinished.
Another thing that I enjoyed with this series is there are scenarios that make you think. Some are "would I do it that way", but some are more of a "moral" question of "would I really risk it" or "is the risk worth it" type of situation that makes you question how you would react to the same situation given the same or similar circumstances.
The books in this series are interesting from the point that you can learn a lot from them by reading them slowly and taking notes of things like items in BOBs or things needed in a SHTF scenario, etc. Or you can read the books as a quick read by skimming over the specific item/instructional details without losing the story. For me there were a couple of times in books 1 and 2 where the details kind of interfered with the story, but not to the extent that many of the books in this genre do.
Overall I would recommend the series to anyone who enjoys Post Apoc fiction, and especially to those that want a more thought provoking series, or who want more details on the what could be needed and how to manage in the Post Apoc world.
I started this book on a flight from New Mexico to Atlanta, finishing somewhere over Alabama. The first couple of chapters are a little stilted, and are descriptions of the main characters. Inititial incidents with the thugs are both understandable and could be a little shocking at first, but I firmly believe that anarchy will require good men to do things they would not normally do.
This book hits its stride about three chapters in. The death if some characters and the inability to see the big picture is thrilling. The characters show their humanity when dealing with folks in distress, and ensuring what they promise is done. The potential of this occurring in he near future was recently proven to me when I found that there are only three electrical grids in the United States, with Texas having their own. Mind you, this is an apocalyptic novel, so if you are expecting bubbles and butterflies, it is not going to happen. I look forward to the next book in this series to see where this ends up.