Tomorrow War: The Chronicles of Max [Redacted], Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In this riveting, ultrarealistic novel from J. L. Bourne, a man struggles to survive after the US infrastructure collapses and martial law engulfs the streets of America.
In the not-too-distant future, during an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative unwittingly triggers an incredible event that alters the course of society. A terrible weapon has been unleashed - a weapon that, left to run its course, will destroy the moral fabric of humanity.
In the midst of crisis, the population struggles to survive in a world short on vital resources. Inflation cripples the US economy, and post-war armored military vehicles patrol the streets.
One man stands up to push back the overwhelming wave of tyranny triggered by the onset of nationwide martial law. How can he possibly succeed against a high-tech and tyrannical enemy that is hell-bent on ripping liberty from the pages of future history?
From the author and military expert who brought listeners the riveting horror series Day by Day Armageddon, Tomorrow War is a compelling account of an alternate dystopian America located just down the tracks of oblivion.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 5 minutes|
|Author||J. L. Bourne|
|Narrator||Jay Snyder, Kevin T. Collins|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 30, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #26,117 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#169 in Dystopian Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#172 in Technothrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#255 in Military Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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46% of the book is a guy telling you about unrealistic or stupid preps he is making, in painstaking "detail". The rest is weak-ass armchair survivalist fantasy. The guy Max (who has his last name, Suspension O' Disbelief, redacted, likely to increase book sales) constantly talks about how smart and capable he is, while making stupid-ass decisions that basically read like the authors declaration of having heard about a "survival or combat thing". The guy VISUALLY "press checks his weapon to ensure a round is in chamber" before every (and I mean EVERY, this is how you know he's a pro) fight but well after he loaded it. The first woman described dies because she gets distracted while doing her hair or something like that, 2 days after the internet breaks, the cops start executing everyone with a CCW and employing 1%er biker gangs to enslave the populace. At one point he whips up an EFP real quick to blow up an MRAP, which is a vehicle mentioned 43,000 times in this book like some sort of mythological monster. It's like that.
To sum this book up: you will likely get a strong sense that the author has read a lot about survival and military matters while never having been outside or interacted with any piece of machinery or natural process of any kind, first hand. I did finish it skipping about every other paragraph (you can tell which ones are going nowhere) because I am a sucker for this kind of trash. Plus, Day By Day Armageddon was sweet. 2.5/5 stars!
If, however, you've read James Rawles, or HalfFast's Lights Out, or Forschen's One Day After, or Matt Bracken's Enemies trilogy, or even Kurt Saxon's old stuff from the 70s, you know the story: the Lone Wolf ex-special ops guy is able to set aside enough food, guns and ammo to survive in his bunker
Along the way he meets a Hamsexy Hobo that's able to provide him with different food and intel that the dictators have taken over, put Eichmanns in charge, summarily executing those Patriots who don't go into the FEMA Camps. Naturally, soldiers and police all lose their jobs in favor of PMC's with NKVD-like ethics and 1%er biker gangs.
And you know how it ends. You've read it on a dozen discount self published Kindle Books and hundreds of unfinished serialized stories on Internet discussion boards. Heck, you've probably started to write notes for your own version of the same.
In that respect, I prefer Lights Out and One Day After all, there's a community pushing through rather than the loner.
But Bourne takes the Ninja vs Tyrrany story and does a good read with it. I enjoyed it. The obligatory deus ex machina was not as miraculous as many. He wisely avoids any scenes where a wooden cartoon of a Beria does some sort of "ve haff vays". He doesn't spend words in cliche prose ("spitting steel jacketed death"), and describes, but doesn't overdo the character's guilt.
It's a good pulp novel for the beach or the airport.
This book strikes an excellent balance of action, clear plot, hope vs hopelessness, and believable storyline. Too often in this genre, the story is just depressing (ex The Road). For me, these books become a chore to finish. I read Tomorrow War voraciously, and when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it.
More than anything, this book shook me with it's plausibility. Now, I don't know if something like the triggering event in this story can happen in real life, but I think it's valid an attack on our financial sector could cause the supports of our civilization to come crashing down. What happened after the fall was logical and the chain reactions well thought out. Bourne showed that things we take for granted, and rock solid institutions (like the Bill of Rights) are not as safe as I always assumed. I'm not exaggerating when I say this got me thinking about storing food and supplies. That would've sounded half crazy if someone suggested that to me just one month ago.
In my view, it's the truly rare and exceptional book that is capable of getting in your head and shaking your core beliefs. It's even rarer when it's fiction. This is one of the best books I've ever experienced, and I can't wait for volume 2.
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This time the threat is a bit more realistic than the usual zombies but unfortunately the story stays rather dull..