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It’s the end of oil. We knew it was coming one day. But it happened so fast! Devlin Quinn turns sixteen the same week that a battle in a distant war shuts off the flow of imported petroleum to the U.S. Gas runs low, then runs out, and soon the highways are empty. And then it gets very serious. The grocery store shelves are empty, and people become desperate for food. D It’s the end of oil. We knew it was coming one day. But it happened so fast! Devlin Quinn turns sixteen the same week that a battle in a distant war shuts off the flow of imported petroleum to the U.S. Gas runs low, then runs out, and soon the highways are empty. And then it gets very serious. The grocery store shelves are empty, and people become desperate for food. Dev is trained to fight—his father made sure of that—but is he trained enough? Smart enough? Tough enough? He is about to find out when people desperate for food flee the burning cities and attack...


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It’s the end of oil. We knew it was coming one day. But it happened so fast! Devlin Quinn turns sixteen the same week that a battle in a distant war shuts off the flow of imported petroleum to the U.S. Gas runs low, then runs out, and soon the highways are empty. And then it gets very serious. The grocery store shelves are empty, and people become desperate for food. D It’s the end of oil. We knew it was coming one day. But it happened so fast! Devlin Quinn turns sixteen the same week that a battle in a distant war shuts off the flow of imported petroleum to the U.S. Gas runs low, then runs out, and soon the highways are empty. And then it gets very serious. The grocery store shelves are empty, and people become desperate for food. Dev is trained to fight—his father made sure of that—but is he trained enough? Smart enough? Tough enough? He is about to find out when people desperate for food flee the burning cities and attack...

30 review for Slashed

  1. 5 out of 5

    NormaCenva

    Actual Rating 3.5 Stars Disappointed with the bashing of the Pagans and all of the Christian overload. Characters were well developed and I will continue reading books 2 & 3. Actual Rating 3.5 Stars Disappointed with the bashing of the Pagans and all of the Christian overload. Characters were well developed and I will continue reading books 2 & 3.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patiscynical

    A good day for the apocalypse.. I almost gave this 4 stars, but deleted one because it's not really a stand-alone book. It doesn't have the dreaded cliffhanger ending, but it doesn't have a definitive ending either. But it is a much better calibre than many other EOTW books, well-written, interesting, and thoughtful. It's set in the not too distant future, when rising oil prices make traveling too expensive to be done on a whim. Four families are living mostly off the grid in the Arizona high coun A good day for the apocalypse.. I almost gave this 4 stars, but deleted one because it's not really a stand-alone book. It doesn't have the dreaded cliffhanger ending, but it doesn't have a definitive ending either. But it is a much better calibre than many other EOTW books, well-written, interesting, and thoughtful. It's set in the not too distant future, when rising oil prices make traveling too expensive to be done on a whim. Four families are living mostly off the grid in the Arizona high country. They aren't all heavy-duty preppers, like the Quinn family are. Most just prefer the kind of life where you grow your own food and generate your own power. They aren't a prepper compound. The main character is Devlin Quinn, a sixteen year-old boy whose father is a hard-core prepper. In the hard times ahead, Devlin has to grow up fast, and become someone that can defend his family and home, and do whatever has to be done. Results: I really liked this book. It was well-written, made some excellent points, including that if you are a prepper, you shouldn't let everyone know it, because those that have food become a target for those that don't.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brian's Book Blog

    View this review and many more on Brian's Book Blog Realistic and Raw 4.5 out of 5 stars What would happen if the United State’s supply of oil was depleted? Completely gone (or almost gone)? How would everyone around the world react to this happening (if they even realized what happened)? Slashed (and the entire Oil Apocalypse series) deals with this and tells the story of a set of rural neighbors and their fight to survive. I called this book realistic and raw and I want to describe both of those a View this review and many more on Brian's Book Blog Realistic and Raw 4.5 out of 5 stars What would happen if the United State’s supply of oil was depleted? Completely gone (or almost gone)? How would everyone around the world react to this happening (if they even realized what happened)? Slashed (and the entire Oil Apocalypse series) deals with this and tells the story of a set of rural neighbors and their fight to survive. I called this book realistic and raw and I want to describe both of those a little here. It was realistic to the tune of “this could happen”. It’s one of the more realistic societal breakdowns and apocalyptic events that I am actually nervous about. I called it raw because I think for the sake of time the world turned a little fast and the “reactions” and actions among some of the people inside and outside of the group felt a little, for the lack of a better word, raw. Now, that doesn’t take away from the story in my opinion. Sure, some of the actions and reactions were incredibly predictable (especially if you read as much apocalyptic fiction as I do) but in a genre I’m familiar with — Slashed still held its own. One of the biggest reasons that Slashed held its own is the characters and what they brought to the table. They were all preppers (more homesteaders because of where they lived) and some of them were the “crazy” and over the top preppers who were almost begging for something to go wrong. And then there were the holdouts (predictably called names by the first one I described). Slashed told the story of the crossroads of those two groups with a keeps to himself almost-hermit and a well educated but older retired couple. The dichotomy of the different families and the way that they interacted made a really nice story with lots to take away. Another big bonus that this story had was that it involved two teenagers (16 and 17 if I remember correctly) and (slight spoiler ahead) View Spoiler » I was getting towards the end of the first book and I wasn’t sure how much of an ending it was going to get, but I was happy that it ended the way that it did. Open enough that you want to read more books in the series but enough closure that you don’t feel like the author stopped mid-thought to make a new book. The narration for Slashed was done by Cody Roberts. Another narrator I’ve never listened to before that I found myself really enjoying. He gave each person a distinct voice that you knew who was talking without needing to be told and his female voices (a real struggle for male narrators) weren’t forced, so they sounded good and non-distracting. My final thoughts were that I really did like the book and I hope that the series is as enjoyable as this book was. It combines elements of almost every genre I liked and put them into a blender. I’ve never heard of Cadle before this book (I did feature it in my “please make an audiobook a couple months back”. Upon looking at his other titles I did find that there are some “CliFi” titles that I would love to be released on audio… hint hint Tantor :).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandre Rotger Müller

    3.5 stars. Overall, it was a good novel with an enjoyable and very plausible story. The concept is really interesting: what would happen if the planet’s oil reserves suddenly depleted? People immediately think of their vehicles and their transport capabilities, but do we really understand the deep implications of running out of oil? From transport to construction, energy or medicine, almost any modern industry depends crucially on the oil business to deliver food and other goods, fabricating mat 3.5 stars. Overall, it was a good novel with an enjoyable and very plausible story. The concept is really interesting: what would happen if the planet’s oil reserves suddenly depleted? People immediately think of their vehicles and their transport capabilities, but do we really understand the deep implications of running out of oil? From transport to construction, energy or medicine, almost any modern industry depends crucially on the oil business to deliver food and other goods, fabricating materials or simply to build new infrastructures. The story follows a group of neighbors who, to a greater or lesser extent, have been preparing for several years knowing such a day might arrive soon. Although part of the storyline, the fact that the main characters live in a semi-isolated area at least an hour away from the closest population center makes the story advance somewhat slowly. It is, of course, the author’s intention to leave the reader in this situation, but nonetheless the story is missing a bit more action a part from the few skirmishes and encounters the characters have to face. The rest of the book is mostly about mundane chores such as gardening or farming, which in a real situation would probably be the real deal, but which may sound a bit dull in a series called ‘Oil apocalypse’. Apart from that, and despite it being a common situation in rural America, the fact that the main character and his family are so religiously-inclined and conservative may push off the typical sci-fi reader, who is probably (at least in my case) more inclined to science.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Candice Kamencik

    A quick, easy read. The problem with this book is that it's not actually a book, it's just an introduction to the series. I have no issue with series, but the new trend for authors seems to be writing one decent book, and instead of publishing that, they split it up into a trilogy of very short novellas that are in no way satisfying on their own. This "book" doesn't have it's own plot/resolution at all, just a bunch of speculation. Note to authors: if you can't handle a main story line for your s A quick, easy read. The problem with this book is that it's not actually a book, it's just an introduction to the series. I have no issue with series, but the new trend for authors seems to be writing one decent book, and instead of publishing that, they split it up into a trilogy of very short novellas that are in no way satisfying on their own. This "book" doesn't have it's own plot/resolution at all, just a bunch of speculation. Note to authors: if you can't handle a main story line for your series as well as implementing minor secondary plot lines for *each* of your books, stop breaking your books up. Just publish your one complete novel! I understand it's harder to sell a single stand alone novel, but take some pride in your work. Baiting people with a free "book 1" then hoping they will buy the next books when they are unsatisfied isn't going to fly with people much longer. I definitely won't be recommitting this book to anyone, and now that I know this is how the author operates, I won't bother with trying any of their other works either. :(

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I must say up front that this book scared me. Not in horror, zombies, typical scary books. It scared me in the OMG this could really happen and it is what I fear deep down. The author understands what is going on in the "real" world and what we need to be afraid of. Imagine if there is no more oil. This is the premise of the book. Thanks to Lou Cadle and the loads of research she obviously did for this tale, I'm thinking maybe doing some prepping is in order. So much of our life requires oil. I c I must say up front that this book scared me. Not in horror, zombies, typical scary books. It scared me in the OMG this could really happen and it is what I fear deep down. The author understands what is going on in the "real" world and what we need to be afraid of. Imagine if there is no more oil. This is the premise of the book. Thanks to Lou Cadle and the loads of research she obviously did for this tale, I'm thinking maybe doing some prepping is in order. So much of our life requires oil. I can't say to much as I never do spoilers. But my emotions were all over the place. Fear, laughter, anger and I bawled like a baby. To me, the sign of a great storyteller. If you have never read any of her work, WHY NOT? Grab this and begin. You won't regret it. Last note, this is a cliffhanger. There will be more books. But, I don't mind it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Todd Charlton

    Solid is the word that keeps coming to mind when I think about Lou Cadle's Slashed. There are a lot of generic end of the world books around now, especially about pandemics. But this one has a solid Apocalyptic premise, the writing is solid, the characters are solid. This is part 1 of 5 so Lou has set up the story. There is no more oil, it's the end of civilisation as we know it, and people are hungry. A small community of four properties have banded together to defend their homes and gardens fr Solid is the word that keeps coming to mind when I think about Lou Cadle's Slashed. There are a lot of generic end of the world books around now, especially about pandemics. But this one has a solid Apocalyptic premise, the writing is solid, the characters are solid. This is part 1 of 5 so Lou has set up the story. There is no more oil, it's the end of civilisation as we know it, and people are hungry. A small community of four properties have banded together to defend their homes and gardens from marauders. But they are running low on people and material. Arch Quinn is the leader and he has been shot. He's incapacitated. Devlin and Kelly are his son and wife. They are good fighters. But they only have 3 other people to help them. The attacks are coming and more people are invading. They are in big trouble when we leave them at the end of part 1.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pam Shelton-Anderson

    I like that this is about energy issues and not EMP etc. It is also quite believable, in today's world, that this could happen. The writing overall was also good, not too many errors etc. I really did not like Arch Quinn at all. Not only is he a loose cannon and huge jerk but I question his prepper credentials. He brag to people in town about all his preps (big No no). He really has not done much for strategic defense, no cows for milk, no dog or other helps with defense like that. He is the mai I like that this is about energy issues and not EMP etc. It is also quite believable, in today's world, that this could happen. The writing overall was also good, not too many errors etc. I really did not like Arch Quinn at all. Not only is he a loose cannon and huge jerk but I question his prepper credentials. He brag to people in town about all his preps (big No no). He really has not done much for strategic defense, no cows for milk, no dog or other helps with defense like that. He is the main reason I gave 3 stars and not 4. Some of the other characters did have some nice growth in the book so maybe Arch can evolve in the next one. Either that or just die.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Mount

    Really enjoyed this book. It's a compact story of a different kind of world apocalypse. It shows only a very small community with under 10 members, during a fairly slow developing disaster. I enjoyed the interesting mix of character types and how they respond to the crisis. I really enjoyed the way the characters responded to various problems. They're prepared, practical, and resourceful, but not at all perfect. They have different strengths and weaknesses, and are able to work together effectiv Really enjoyed this book. It's a compact story of a different kind of world apocalypse. It shows only a very small community with under 10 members, during a fairly slow developing disaster. I enjoyed the interesting mix of character types and how they respond to the crisis. I really enjoyed the way the characters responded to various problems. They're prepared, practical, and resourceful, but not at all perfect. They have different strengths and weaknesses, and are able to work together effectively. I found myself trying to imagine being in their shoes. Experiencing both successes and failures, and wondering what is to come.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sean Brennan

    I really enjoyed this book. Prepping and post apocalyptic fiction is probably my favorite type of books and this one did not disappoint. I have never read one of these from the homestead angle before and it was very refreshing. The characters were very well written especially The teenagers, not a whole lot of teen angst just confusion on their place in this new world. Great book that again makes you wrestle with the moral questions about your family’s survival and your responsibility to your nei I really enjoyed this book. Prepping and post apocalyptic fiction is probably my favorite type of books and this one did not disappoint. I have never read one of these from the homestead angle before and it was very refreshing. The characters were very well written especially The teenagers, not a whole lot of teen angst just confusion on their place in this new world. Great book that again makes you wrestle with the moral questions about your family’s survival and your responsibility to your neighbors.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna Bell

    Awesome! I think the reason I like Lou Cadle’s books so much is that he developes his characters to the point you feel you know them personally. I’ve read novels when I didn’t care if every character was killed off, but Lou Cadle leads me down the yellow brick road and I lose track of time. You’ll either love his characters or hate them, but you’ll never be bored with a Lou Cadle novel!

  12. 4 out of 5

    E.C. Sheedy

    Slashed was a great read: scary, maybe prescient, thought-provoking, and best of all entertaining. Lou Cadle knows how to tell a good story. I'm not sure why I read books in which the world is falling apart (I'm an eternal optimist), but I occasionally do. And when I do, oddly, I like them to make some kind of sense, be as real as unreality can be. This book, despite the trembles I had when reading it, does make sense. Good characters and a frightening scenario. Well done, Lou Cadle.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Geez, I've read so many of these apocalypse stories that the only thing that changes is the names of the characters. If this had been the first read of its type, I would have given it a 5 so that's on me. Not planning on moving on to the next book in the series. So, if you haven't been gobbling these stories up like me, then grab a copy and sit down for an enjoyable, fast read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jane Triplett

    Deeply moving Interesting twist on an apocalyptic story. The characters are very well fleshed out to the point you like or dislike them. You know people just like these in real life. Several times tears flowed as you felt what they felt. Their shared grief with the reader. Action was believable. By the end I was saying to myself. NO...do not end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle McPherson

    It certainly raises a different type of apocalypse scenario then many others these days. It has good research in prepping lifestyles minus having shortwave radios, making the story more realistic and believable. And although it carries the standard violence associated with this genre - it is not gory or in vivid detail. The editing is well done with very few minor editing errors.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    DNF. I've enjoyed other books/series by Lou Cadle, but I couldn't get into this one. Probably because I like my EOTWAWKI/post-apocalyptic fiction with a heavy dose of fiction and this was much too close to reality. It was feeling like a prepper manual. Plus, maybe I shouldn't have been trying to read it during the middle of a real-life global pandemic.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elli Lewis

    Read this after having read Gray and loving that. I was disappointed. Nothing happened. It had the bones of a good story but was so slow. It was as if the intro of a good story was stretched over a whole book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Morrell

    Good I’m interested enough to have just bought book 2. Good story. My only complaint is the names. Big cast of characters, and sometimes they’re referred to by last names, sometimes by first names. I get them confused.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wancket Enterprises

    Outstanding This book was so well written and interesting that I read all of it in one night. The interaction of the characters and their families in a desperate time showed what good people are about. Great job Mr. Cadle!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Manmeet Singh

    Nice dystopian book one which seems quite realistic. Its not about aliens or zombies but a realistic issue of oil crisis

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauri

    Good story, good information! ?? Will it happen to us someday?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    What was that ending? Not a real ending. It just stopped. Not a cliff hanger, really, but not an ending.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Pancherz

    Good book Read all of the books in order to really enjoy. Characters are realistic and get better and better. Storyline continues to grow and develop. Keep reading.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda Lorentz

    Very entertaining. Just started the 2nd book in this series. I have also read the Gray and Dawn of Mammals series as well.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eric Prater

    Great read I liked this end of the world as we know it novel, wished t was longer, am looking forward to the next one!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Prepare These families prepared to be able to take care of themselves while hoping they would not have to. Share their story and learn.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anthoney

    Not the worst book I've read in the last few years but it's close.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Judy Hickman

    Interesting premise Good story, took me a bit to warm up to the story, but I love how the characters started to grown in the book. Looking forward to the next book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pat Merk

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

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