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When the power grid fails, what will you do to survive? After an EMP obliterates the nation's electrical grid on New Year's Eve, it's not long before society unravels and panic ensues. As the lights go out and silence spreads over the city that never sleeps, four ordinary strangers; a bike messenger, a homeless person, a support rep, and an ex-convict must forge a connectio When the power grid fails, what will you do to survive? After an EMP obliterates the nation's electrical grid on New Year's Eve, it's not long before society unravels and panic ensues. As the lights go out and silence spreads over the city that never sleeps, four ordinary strangers; a bike messenger, a homeless person, a support rep, and an ex-convict must forge a connection in order to stay alive. When they realize the danger is far greater than they expected, they must embark on a perilous journey out of the city. Days of Panic is book 1 of an EMP, post-apocalyptic survival thriller series. It's a powerful, action-packed story about the ones we leave behind and the risks we must take to survive.


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When the power grid fails, what will you do to survive? After an EMP obliterates the nation's electrical grid on New Year's Eve, it's not long before society unravels and panic ensues. As the lights go out and silence spreads over the city that never sleeps, four ordinary strangers; a bike messenger, a homeless person, a support rep, and an ex-convict must forge a connectio When the power grid fails, what will you do to survive? After an EMP obliterates the nation's electrical grid on New Year's Eve, it's not long before society unravels and panic ensues. As the lights go out and silence spreads over the city that never sleeps, four ordinary strangers; a bike messenger, a homeless person, a support rep, and an ex-convict must forge a connection in order to stay alive. When they realize the danger is far greater than they expected, they must embark on a perilous journey out of the city. Days of Panic is book 1 of an EMP, post-apocalyptic survival thriller series. It's a powerful, action-packed story about the ones we leave behind and the risks we must take to survive.

30 review for Days of Panic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carly Kirk

    This wasn't too bad of a survival book. The characters were interesting and the situations were realistic. I'd definitely be interested in reading the 2nd book when it comes out and will be looking at the author's other books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    BookLoversLife

    I've read a lot of Post Apoc books and enjoy the genre immensly, but I do find that most of the books are alike and while this kind of follows the same principals of the genre, I actually found myself loving this book and thinking it was one of the best I've read in a while!! I think one thing that made me love the book was the characters. Even though they aren't as fleshed out as I usually like, I still connected with each one. Elliot was my favourite. My heart broke for his situation. He is a I've read a lot of Post Apoc books and enjoy the genre immensly, but I do find that most of the books are alike and while this kind of follows the same principals of the genre, I actually found myself loving this book and thinking it was one of the best I've read in a while!! I think one thing that made me love the book was the characters. Even though they aren't as fleshed out as I usually like, I still connected with each one. Elliot was my favourite. My heart broke for his situation. He is a homeless man, with a family that cares for him, but his PTS was so bad that he feared for his families safety and left. Living on the streets is tough and Elliot just wants a quite life, but when he is arrested on New Years Eve, and thrown into a van with 3 others, Jesse, Maggie and Damon, he feels like his life can't get any worse, but it's about to!! Before the count down can finish, a plane falls from the sky into the crowd. Initially thinking it's a terrorist attack, but realising that there are no phones working, Elliot and his unlikely companions know that this is only the beginning. They have to leave the city before things get bad!! Each of the characters have a story and a past and each of them have to forge a bond in order for them to survive. The plot was fast paced and quite scary. It starts with introducing us to the main characters and letting us get to know a little about them and how they came to be together. We also get to meet a woman and her kids that live near Lake Placid. She is prepared a little for certain scenarios as her husband had written down tips and things to do in the case of emergencies, but it still hits hard when she realises what has happened. It moves back and forth between Elliot and his unlikely group and the woman and her kids. Things go down hill very fast and the authors descriptive writing makes it feel so real and scary. There were parts of the story that I was on the edge of my seat for, especially with the bunker part!! You will have to read it to see!! In all, this was a surprisingly great read!! There's more I want to say about it but I don't want to spoil anything. It was well written and developed and I was engrossed in the story right from the start. The ending isn't a cliff hanger but still makes me really eager for the next one. Kevin Pierce is a pro at narrating books like this. He is clear, concise and easy to listen to, and always delivers a great performance. It's no different here!! Great performance and I loved his portrayal of Elliot. I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kimber Porter

    Great characters Fortunate or lucky when catastrophe strikes, these folks find a bond that carries them into a new reality. Fast read, looking forward to reading the next installment.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mickenzie Jensen

    A pretty good read While I did find a few things that bugged me, I found the overall story quite enjoyable. The characters were well-developed and the story moves along at a pace that kept me reading. Am looking forward to the next book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa McClary

    In the end I really love books like these and this one takes the cake. It’s not too long or too short, I’m excited to see what the next book brings but this book was perfect. That’s just my opinion of course but you will NOT regret buying it. Great characters and unfortunately a very realistic and believable plot. Can’t wait for book 2!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Megan Holstein

    Very enjoyable! The writing was a little heavy handed at points, but it didn’t prevent me from enjoying the story. I’ll be reading the next installation.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Impy

    Could use a little character development. Too many of the characters were vying for lead, making none of them the star. The pace of the book did not feel even, giving it an odd mix of plodding and hurried. Didn't dislike the book, might even try another in the series some day...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I was not ready for this to end, thank goodness there's going to be more. I've read quite a few dystopian books over the last year, I find it an interesting genre, and this is one of the better books I've read. The use of EMP is well done, it's interesting to see how quickly society shifts and how different people react. The characters are a stand out in this book, they're such a wide range of people and each was easy to connect with. They could use some more development but the key in this book w I was not ready for this to end, thank goodness there's going to be more. I've read quite a few dystopian books over the last year, I find it an interesting genre, and this is one of the better books I've read. The use of EMP is well done, it's interesting to see how quickly society shifts and how different people react. The characters are a stand out in this book, they're such a wide range of people and each was easy to connect with. They could use some more development but the key in this book was what society and this was well balanced. The narration was well done, the delivery was well matched to the story line and the character voices were distinct and identifiable. I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gizzy

    One of the better EMP books I really enjoyed this one, particularly the overall pacing of the story. I also feel this is much more accessible to the average reader than most books in the genre - your average reader does not actually want to read a few hundred pages of advertisements for military-grade weapons, vehicles and hardware as is too often the bulk of books in this genre. I'm definitely looking forward to reading book 2 right away!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Excellent reading Great book, fast paced read. Definitely realistic about events which could someday change our everyday lives as well as reflections on what in the end is most important.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Jowers

    Good read Enjoyed the book it’s a page turner will be reading the next one look forward to other books like I said enjoyed it

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diane McShane

    This enjoyable book will get you thinking. I really liked this book and found it an easy read. It has very interesting and likeable characters that have deep back stories or life history that makes you want to know more about them, and you can empathize with something from each of their lives. Elliot, of course being the main character makes you wonder about the people you may pass every day. Not only his outward appearance, his self sacrificing choices for the safety of his family has put him in, This enjoyable book will get you thinking. I really liked this book and found it an easy read. It has very interesting and likeable characters that have deep back stories or life history that makes you want to know more about them, and you can empathize with something from each of their lives. Elliot, of course being the main character makes you wonder about the people you may pass every day. Not only his outward appearance, his self sacrificing choices for the safety of his family has put him in, but the vast knowledge he has is terrifying. Especially if you consider the truths in the author's word about the energy grid and just how much we rely on it in modern society. The fact that one thing could be out demise is more terrifying and likely then any zombie apocalypse. I really liked this book and look forward to seeing what happens with the four from NY, now that Elliot made it home. How's Rayna's gonna get along with the others? What is going to happen with Damon? Yeah I need to read the other books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brittney

    Good book This is a new author for me and I read a lot of books . I liked the pace of the book and he doesn't bore you with repetitious fights that go on for pages. I will read the next book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. One of the better EMP strike reads. Story of Elliot, Jesse, Damon, Maggie who all come together randomly in New York after a nuke strike from North Korea. They make their way back to Lack Placid where Elliots wife and 2 kids are. He is a marine suffering from PTSD and left family for a year. He set them up with all precautions though including a bunker. Two neighbors Trent and Austin did all they could to take the bunker. They died. Now their cousins in Keene want revenge.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robbie Fowler

    Reality sets in These characters might be a bit slow to understand the realities of a new world, but they adapt quickly. Looking forward to the next book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    TP

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a review of all 4 books in this series. Keep that in mind before reading it. What i kept wondering throughout the whole series was: Why the author was so fixated on the US alone. I dare to think when such a crisis occurs, that countries around the world would send some form of help. Wouldn’t they? I doubt North Korea, if it was the cause, which wasn’t confirmed yet, had or has the means to attack the whole world entirely. Then there are small things, throughout the books which just got neglec This is a review of all 4 books in this series. Keep that in mind before reading it. What i kept wondering throughout the whole series was: Why the author was so fixated on the US alone. I dare to think when such a crisis occurs, that countries around the world would send some form of help. Wouldn’t they? I doubt North Korea, if it was the cause, which wasn’t confirmed yet, had or has the means to attack the whole world entirely. Then there are small things, throughout the books which just got neglected or overlooked. Here is some example, I didn’t wanna list all of the notes I made. The hope springs situation. They all had a ham radio, the group surrounding Elliot, the people in the forest. Why does no1 use it to a more extent. Give Infos out or warn people of certain places and situations. Sure, the majority wouldn’t heed a warning, out of desperation, but it would be a start. For them to maybe not gain such a size of people, for others to be aware of the threat, etc. It would have also maybe saved lives when it came to Hope Springs. So many different small ways to at least do something. Being proactive instead of passive. They all rely on weapons, why did no1 think of Self made weapons. Like a bow and arrow? It is not that they wouldn’t have enough time to learn. For all the preppers, originating in the US. It is not really thought through in the direction of how to rebuild. When returning from the tree people, why didn’t they tell their group, all they have learned. Instead they throw out tit bits of information and wonder why they didn’t believe them and it causes a confrontation and divide. Sometimes, the book is so focused on bad people, there is no balance and it looses the focus of the main characters and their group. We have met, the junkies, the crazies, the delusional, the gangster, the suicidal, the hideouts, the marauders.... next will be the bad government? I get that all due history of the United States, they have a torn relationship to their government. And a deep rooted believe that the government will turn on them, through out history right to the second amendment. But this is getting boring real quick. What I missed was for Elliott and the people surrounding him, to form a unit, a tight group with the will to survive. Coming up with a plan. It is not that i don’t like to read about them and their journey, but So far they more and more appear like a ball in a pinball machine. Bumping into everything bad on their way down. For all the planning Elliott did by building the bunker, he obviously never thought of rebuilding somewhere safe, or remote, with seeds and how to use the environment for medicine, get animals to domesticate... hell I don’t know. But not only before hand, not even while fighting to survive they start to grow and adapt. What did he expect after his 6 months worth of supplies in the bunker dwindled? In short there is no goal and there is no development towards one. That is what made this series more and more uninteresting to me. It is all so focused on the bad, it forgets to focus on the good a small group could bring. With forming a group in the first place, assign tasks, learn and communicate. But the author is so focused on the bad sides of what remains of the country, the characters are also only focused on themselves, it is no joy to read anymore. It worked at first, the goal of survival was enough, as there were the suspense of what really happened, the extent of the catastrophe, the relationship forming between Maggie, Elliott, Damon and Jesse and of course to get to Elliott’s family. But afterwards, the decline of the society couldn’t hold my attention for long periods of time anymore. The plot stagnated, only portraying the lowest outcome of people’s characters and collapsed society. But the group surrounding Elliott didn’t move forward, only when forced. And that made the series unattractive and I wouldn’t have continued weren’t it for kindle unlimited, to be honest. Last but not least, the covers of the books are beautiful. Still they are irritating, as we have a lot of different POVs. And at least 5-6 main characters in this series, while as the covers suggests otherwise.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Terry Tyler

    3.5 stars Days of Panic charts the progress of four main characters during the first couple of days after an EMP strike on New York City, which kills off the power grid for the whole state. Elliot is a homeless PTSD-stricken Iraq veteran, Damon an ex-con, Maggie has just escaped from an abusive boyfriend, and Jesse is a loner motorbike messenger still mourning his dead wife. Another story runs alongside, that of Elliot's wife Rayna and their two kids, living in a small town upstate, with the luxur 3.5 stars Days of Panic charts the progress of four main characters during the first couple of days after an EMP strike on New York City, which kills off the power grid for the whole state. Elliot is a homeless PTSD-stricken Iraq veteran, Damon an ex-con, Maggie has just escaped from an abusive boyfriend, and Jesse is a loner motorbike messenger still mourning his dead wife. Another story runs alongside, that of Elliot's wife Rayna and their two kids, living in a small town upstate, with the luxury of Elliot's prepper shelter for when society collapses, as it begins to do almost immediately. I liked how Hunt, in good disaster movie tradition, sets up his characters by illustrating their pre-disaster lives. As their lives become entangled and they traverse the chaos to escape to Lake Placid and Rayna's house, though, I felt that Jesse and Maggie got somehow lost along the way. Elliot and Damon were clear to me all the way through, totally 3D, but the other two became just names on a page. I liked the Rayna story, that worked very well. The suspense in this novel is terrific, and I enjoyed it all; I particularly liked how feasible it was, with Elliot (Hunt) knowing his stuff about both EMPs and bug out shelters; I found it completely convincing. My only problem with it was one I keep finding with books of this genre, though this was better than others ~ it reads like it's been written quickly, checked over a few times, then bunged up on Amazon. Jack Hunt is an excellent writer and I shall definitely download the next book, though only because I can do so on Kindle Unlimited; I may not if I had to pay for it. There are lots and lots of run-on sentences (I don't think there is one semicolon in the whole book), and lazy grammar and missing punctuation. Then there are instances such as Elliot estimating that the four of them could walk the 285 miles to Lake Placid in four days. Dude, that's over 70 miles per day. Even experienced, fit hikers with proper footwear would consider half that distance pretty hard going, and Maggie had an injured leg, which makes me sure that the book has never seen either an editor or very thorough re-drafting. Shame - if it had a couple of good re-writes and a proofreader/copy editor who knows his/her stuff, it would be terrific and the stuff of which 5* reviews are made. Having said that, Jack Hunt publishes a new book every five minutes and sells tons of them, so I doubt he will care too much what I think! I did like it, quite a lot in places, which makes it worthy of 4*, but in the interests of objective reviewing I feel I can only give it 3.5*, rounded up on Amazon and down on Goodreads.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ryan H

    I, for one love a good apocalypse and this does not disappoint. Although the EMP usually is my least favourite of the grand events I found myself liking this one as it developed. Maybe it was the magic of New Year’s Eve or New York City but I flew through this audiobook. Our random group of main characters seem to be as random as you can get, but it worked. It is the secondary characters that bring them all together and that is what I liked most about this story. I found myself wanting to know m I, for one love a good apocalypse and this does not disappoint. Although the EMP usually is my least favourite of the grand events I found myself liking this one as it developed. Maybe it was the magic of New Year’s Eve or New York City but I flew through this audiobook. Our random group of main characters seem to be as random as you can get, but it worked. It is the secondary characters that bring them all together and that is what I liked most about this story. I found myself wanting to know more about the secondary characters not just the main characters. The vivid scene descriptions during the moment the lights went out were awesome and very unexpected. This built upon the apocalyptic landscape and things to come. The main character’s back stories were very good and deep. I almost thought that each was dealing with some sort of mental illness in their own way and this was adding to the suspense. At one point of the book the story splits into 2 different points of view so to speak. I enjoyed each equally and that is rare for me as usually one is better than the other. They come together nicely but I half expected there to be a huge cliff hanger ending but it wraps up quite nicely and leads into the second book, which I am excited for. This was my second audiobook by this author/ narrator duo and it was great. I loved the writing and the performance was nothing short of a Kevin Pierce apocalypse. His voice fits the genre so nicely that it is hard not to take a trip into the apocalypse that is performed by Pierce. He makes it easy to distinguish between characters and is crisp in delivery. He builds the tension with a little pause or by quickening the pace. This was a great listening experience for me. Cannot wait to move on to book 2. I was provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom. This in no way affected my opinion of this work.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Collins

    This is a fast-paced read, and most of the primary characters are believable and engaging, but it's also got some problems. First of all, there's the cover... now, I can't be specific here without giving something away, but what I can say is that this is the first book I've ever read that manages to include a spoiler on the cover. As in, if you've looked at the cover, one of the big elements that could have offered suspense is gone--from the book, from the series. It's that simple. Considering t This is a fast-paced read, and most of the primary characters are believable and engaging, but it's also got some problems. First of all, there's the cover... now, I can't be specific here without giving something away, but what I can say is that this is the first book I've ever read that manages to include a spoiler on the cover. As in, if you've looked at the cover, one of the big elements that could have offered suspense is gone--from the book, from the series. It's that simple. Considering the cover also almost scared me off by including the dog--and I'm one of those people who's always terrified of seeing an animal on a dark book's cover because I fear the animal won't make it--I have to say that this might be the biggest cover failure I've ever encountered, professional and impressive as it may be. It almost scared me off--and I'm certain it will scare some animal-loving readers off--and it also offers a spoiler. That's almost impressive. Of course, I'm not going to judge the book entirely by the cover (even if the cover did affect my reading enjoyment), and now I've read the book. Honestly, the flaws are hard to get beyond. The main character is the least interesting and developed of the characters--he, more than any other, feels like nothing more than a stereotype, so it's good that there are plenty of main characters, as they made the read. The other big issue is pacing--the ending chapters feel insanely rushed, and there are some big flaws in terms of what gets prioritized, attention/space-wise. While most of the book is well-paced, the last 60-80 pages feel like a downhill roller coaster rushing by in a blur. So, all told, it's hard to have a good feeling about this book. The premise and the characters were there, and the writing is pretty decent (though the lack of commas just about killed me, as an editor), but I wanted a lot more. I'd Need a lot more in order to want to continue with the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian's Book Blog

    An Introduction to the EMP Survival Series I’ve had this book on my list for quite some time now. I’ve had my eye on Jack Hunt for even longer. This is my first book by him and my first book in this series. It has a dog on the cover so it’s an instant win for me (unless the dog dies, PA authors if you’re reading this – don’t kill the dog). Hunt wrote a very interesting take on the Post-Apocalyptic genre with this one. A lot of the stuff that happens and prepared vs not prepared is here but the da An Introduction to the EMP Survival Series I’ve had this book on my list for quite some time now. I’ve had my eye on Jack Hunt for even longer. This is my first book by him and my first book in this series. It has a dog on the cover so it’s an instant win for me (unless the dog dies, PA authors if you’re reading this – don’t kill the dog). Hunt wrote a very interesting take on the Post-Apocalyptic genre with this one. A lot of the stuff that happens and prepared vs not prepared is here but the date (New Year’s Eve) along with the types of characters helped make this stick out a bit to me. The introduction of a bike messenger was something completely new to me. In a world without power – someone who is used to riding a bike 50 miles a day should, in theory, do well since he would already have a bike and the knowledge of how to get around the city very quickly. Surprisingly, this is one of the first books I’ve ever read where someone buys one of the prefab bunkers that companies sell. I’ve read a lot where someone builds their own or has an entire bunker custom built for them in a cave. But this is the first time I can remember reading about someone buying one “off the shelf”. That part also stood out to me. They spent some time in and around this place and I’d be curious to see how the survivors and the bunker hold up. Overall, Days of Panic flirts the line between a typical post-apocalyptic story and something new. I hope that the rest of the series is inventive and comes up with some new stories and ideas. Add in Kevin Pierce the voice of the apocalypse and you have a winner. If you like PA books and love Kevin’s voice – I’d be shocked if you didn’t like Days of Panic.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christian

    My review is for the audiobook format. An average Joe survives an EMP attack. I love post-apocalyptic stories and really enjoy those that feature a main character who isn't an uber-prepper with years of military experience. Maybe it's because I'd like to think that the average citizen like myself could survive a widespread disaster or act of war with not much more than a solid head between my shoulders, some common sense, and good use of my resources. That's exactly the type of story that aut My review is for the audiobook format. An average Joe survives an EMP attack. I love post-apocalyptic stories and really enjoy those that feature a main character who isn't an uber-prepper with years of military experience. Maybe it's because I'd like to think that the average citizen like myself could survive a widespread disaster or act of war with not much more than a solid head between my shoulders, some common sense, and good use of my resources. That's exactly the type of story that author Jack Hunt has gifted his readers in Days of Panic. I'm excitedly looking forward to future installments! Narrator Kevin Pierce always shines in every performance, and his reading of Days of Panic is no different. In fact, I look specifically for works where he narrates because they're all just really good stories! I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge. My review is unbiased and the opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I've had this loitering on my kindle for a while and I'm so glad I've finally gotten around to it. There is a bit of character introduction in the first few chapters which is a little slow but it very quickly picks up pace with everyone finding themselves in Time Square facing a much more drastic situation than a load of drunk people on New Year's Eve. The writing is good, flowing well between the characters and the different situations with nothing being blown out of proportion. Hunt also captu I've had this loitering on my kindle for a while and I'm so glad I've finally gotten around to it. There is a bit of character introduction in the first few chapters which is a little slow but it very quickly picks up pace with everyone finding themselves in Time Square facing a much more drastic situation than a load of drunk people on New Year's Eve. The writing is good, flowing well between the characters and the different situations with nothing being blown out of proportion. Hunt also captures the sense of uncertainty and doubt really well as even some of the main characters are disbelieving of the severity of the situation, relying on their faith that Government will sort it all out. I was also very pleased that while this is part of a series and of course the main story doesn't get resolved, it isn't left on a cliffhanger, I hate series cliffhangers where nothing is sorted out, its just mean. So thank-you to Hunt for not doing that.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kld2003

    Stayed up until 3 AM to finish, and for that it deserves 5 stars. It was a fast read, I just started it late in the day. It was an action-packed, thought provoking story of how people react under extreme conditions after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse). Are you prepared, even a little for an emergency where all communication is down, there isn't any electricity, and no computer driven transportation is running? Read how a group of strangers comes together to help each other survive in a very sava Stayed up until 3 AM to finish, and for that it deserves 5 stars. It was a fast read, I just started it late in the day. It was an action-packed, thought provoking story of how people react under extreme conditions after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse). Are you prepared, even a little for an emergency where all communication is down, there isn't any electricity, and no computer driven transportation is running? Read how a group of strangers comes together to help each other survive in a very savage city environment. For sensitive readers, there are several instances of profanity, including the f-bomb, but I could tolerate them, because in reality those words would be heard in these types of circumstances. It isn't great writing but the story is engrossing and was well worth my time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brook

    How would the world continue to function if all the power stopped and everything we relied on didn't work? This is the question that is at the heart of Jack Hunt's story of an EMP attack on the United States. A bum, a convict, a bike courier and a customer serve rep are thrown together on the night when everything stopped, and they decide to band together to get by. It's an unlikely friendship in an unlikely situation and it's entertaining enough. The characters are likable enough, the story is w How would the world continue to function if all the power stopped and everything we relied on didn't work? This is the question that is at the heart of Jack Hunt's story of an EMP attack on the United States. A bum, a convict, a bike courier and a customer serve rep are thrown together on the night when everything stopped, and they decide to band together to get by. It's an unlikely friendship in an unlikely situation and it's entertaining enough. The characters are likable enough, the story is well written and the situations thought out. Everything about it is good, not great, but good. And that kinda is the main fault with the book, its not bad enough to put down, but isn't good enough to want to keep reading, short of just to finish it. It's just not that compelling. I also wasn't in love with the fact ***(minor spoilers)*** Damon and Elliot are from neighboring towns, with acquaintances of Damon's living on Elliot's street. Too convenient, and smacks of complications for book 2. But the EMP is an interesting concept, one seldom used in fiction, and it was a nice change. I'm not sure I agree with the list of things that work/don't work, but definitely a plot device worth exploring. The problem is, because it's never really been tested, we don't really know what would survive. Cars inside metal buildings or with ground straps on them maybe ok. However, I doubt any transistor based radio system (HAM, wind-up radios, walkie talkies, etc) would survive, especially if the antenna was attached at the time. Generators may or may not work, depending on the situation. We just don't know. So if you're looking for something different, this is worth a read/listen. Just don't expect to be blown away.

  25. 5 out of 5

    chucklesthescot

    Four complete strangers find themselves arrested at Times Square on New Year's Eve at a big rally just as a huge EMP hits and throws the city into chaos. The group decide to stay together for safety and try to get out of the city to link up with the family of one of them in a nearby town, a woman and children already fearing for their safety as law and order breaks down and two local men take an unnatural interest in her property. We start with an introduction to the four people we are going to b Four complete strangers find themselves arrested at Times Square on New Year's Eve at a big rally just as a huge EMP hits and throws the city into chaos. The group decide to stay together for safety and try to get out of the city to link up with the family of one of them in a nearby town, a woman and children already fearing for their safety as law and order breaks down and two local men take an unnatural interest in her property. We start with an introduction to the four people we are going to be travelling with. Jesse works for bike courier companies but has just been fired for not delivering a package due to being viciously mugged. He is trying to find his way home through Times Square where there is a huge anti-war rally when he is arrested by mistake and thrown into a police van. Maggie, a call centre worker, is trying to evade her violent ex and has been dragged to the rally by the friend she was staying with, who abandoned her when the police started making arrests after the rally suddenly turned violent. She ends up in the police van with Jesse and the others. Her ex is still trying to find her in the city so having her new friends with her could be useful. Damon has just been released from prison, taking the rap for his friend's drug running. He is angry that his friend can't even be bothered to come and get him and has been forced to start picking pockets in Times Square to get some money together. Of course he gets caught and arrested. His dubious friends live in the same area that Elliot's family are. Elliot is a homeless man gathering cans and bottles on the street, trying to live with the guilt of abandoning his family due to post traumatic stress from his military service. With the EMP hitting, and a plane crashing into the square, he decides that he cannot help everyone and must get to his family. He knows that the prepper bunker and supplies that he left to his family will keep them alive but knows he has to go and find them as soon as they can. His wife Rayna and kids Lily and Evan have the supplies that they need to get through the initial crisis, protected by the family dog Kong. Rayna is becoming unnerved by the behaviour of two men in the neighbourhood who have been prowling around her property in the dark, and she reluctantly reports it to the local police but they are too busy trying to keep control of the area without working cars to move around. There is the added complication that a married cop Gary, a former friend of Elliot, has been taking an interest in Rayna that is upsetting his wife Jill, so Rayna is unsure whether to ask for his help or not in case he gets the wrong idea. I'm a sucker for a good EMP adventure. I liked the characters of Elliot and Damon as they were sensible and capable, knowing how to look after themselves and adapting quickly to the danger of their situation. Maggie and Jesse were a bit whiny snowflake at times, questioning the decisions the others were making and just not getting what is going on around them. There were times where I liked them well enough and other times where I was frustrated and wanted to give them both a right shake. I can fully understand why Elliot and Damon seriously consider leaving the pair of them behind as they don't add anything to the group other than whining at regular intervals! I did like some of the adventures that they got involved in as they started to travel out of New York. I was also very interested in everything that was happening to Rayna. She is trying to deal with being abandoned by her mentally damaged husband, trying to control her fears as she realises that it is an EMP and using the resources that Elliot prepared for her and dealing with Austin and Trent snooping around as she can only rely on herself and a few friends if trouble comes. I enjoyed her chapters, seeing how she deals with the stress and tension, trying to decide whether or not to retreat into the underground bunker. But it turns out that even that is not as safe as she hoped with two determined thieves chasing her. Her story was certainly full of tension though I was worrying a lot about the wonderful Kong! Dogs in apocalypse books always get my worry level up to critical! I'm not quite sure how to rate this book. I liked it enough and it entertained me for the most part. I love Kong and his family and hope he makes it through the series ok (he safely survives this book anyway). I liked most of the characters and plot moved at a decent pace. I'm just not sure if I want to read on with the series and I honestly can't decide! I think I'll leave it for now and think about it again when the new reading year begins.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Denise Sparks

    Another Great Post-Apocalyptic Book by Jack Hunt The story of four people thrown together through chance on New Year's Eve in New York City after an EMP occurs is a non-stop adventure. The four come from different backgrounds but they all have problems in their life. Escaping the city to travel to Lake Placid is what makes the story interesting. Elliot has a wife he is trying to reach. She is having her own problems. Damon needs to find his friends near Lake Placid. Jesse and Maggie have nowhere Another Great Post-Apocalyptic Book by Jack Hunt The story of four people thrown together through chance on New Year's Eve in New York City after an EMP occurs is a non-stop adventure. The four come from different backgrounds but they all have problems in their life. Escaping the city to travel to Lake Placid is what makes the story interesting. Elliot has a wife he is trying to reach. She is having her own problems. Damon needs to find his friends near Lake Placid. Jesse and Maggie have nowhere else to go but to stay alive the two go with Damon and Elliot. A very enjoyable read!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Although it's obvious at the end that this story will continue, thankfully, it does not end in a cliffhanger. There are different circumstances and events, of course, but this story pretty much follows the post-apocalyptic scenario: confusion about what is happening, struggling to travel without electronics and power, and fighting off desperate people. As with most novels in this genre, this one is a character-driven story and Kevin Pierce applies his superb narration skills to this performance. Although it's obvious at the end that this story will continue, thankfully, it does not end in a cliffhanger. There are different circumstances and events, of course, but this story pretty much follows the post-apocalyptic scenario: confusion about what is happening, struggling to travel without electronics and power, and fighting off desperate people. As with most novels in this genre, this one is a character-driven story and Kevin Pierce applies his superb narration skills to this performance. I look forward to the next book in this series. NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Love

    Jack Hunt Rocks!!! I read this book in one sitting and enjoyed the heck out of it, it just sucks you in from the first page and keeps you there until the last word. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading period. It's not just for fans of "teotwawki". It's a great story with a good many characters that I look forward to learning more about and I will be waiting eagerly for the next book. Thanks again Mr. Hunt for the gift of your stories , I can honestly say I've enjoyed them all Jack Hunt Rocks!!! I read this book in one sitting and enjoyed the heck out of it, it just sucks you in from the first page and keeps you there until the last word. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading period. It's not just for fans of "teotwawki". It's a great story with a good many characters that I look forward to learning more about and I will be waiting eagerly for the next book. Thanks again Mr. Hunt for the gift of your stories , I can honestly say I've enjoyed them all.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary L.

    I absolutely hate books like this while I love them. I was only 3 days in reading this, most of it yesterday with my finishing it at 12:30 this morning--that's right, just after midnight. What if a EMP really did happen? How long would it take for society to unravel. What is an EMP? Read the book to find out. The first day (first four chapters) was spent getting introduced to the four main characters so I could put the book down. Yesterday, during the early evening I really got in to it and then I absolutely hate books like this while I love them. I was only 3 days in reading this, most of it yesterday with my finishing it at 12:30 this morning--that's right, just after midnight. What if a EMP really did happen? How long would it take for society to unravel. What is an EMP? Read the book to find out. The first day (first four chapters) was spent getting introduced to the four main characters so I could put the book down. Yesterday, during the early evening I really got in to it and then picked it up again at about 10 p.m. and that was it for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Weber

    Awesome post-apocalyptic thriller I'd run out of Paolo Bacigalupi books to read and stumbled across this book, after starting several other authors that just made me yawn. I was home from the beginning and finished the whole thing in 3 days, even waking up to read in the middle of the night sometimes. The adrenaline rush was real and I even ended up having a cool dream sweet in the storyline towards the end. Well done Jack Hunt. I can't wait to read the next one (so glad this is part of a series, Awesome post-apocalyptic thriller I'd run out of Paolo Bacigalupi books to read and stumbled across this book, after starting several other authors that just made me yawn. I was home from the beginning and finished the whole thing in 3 days, even waking up to read in the middle of the night sometimes. The adrenaline rush was real and I even ended up having a cool dream sweet in the storyline towards the end. Well done Jack Hunt. I can't wait to read the next one (so glad this is part of a series, I've become quite attached to your characters.)

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