Sunday, May 27, 2018

My Week in Review: 5/18/18-5/26/18

This is the second week for the new review format.  I am finding it a bit daunting to read so many books in the same genre.  But I am not a quitter - at least not so soon after starting.  :) 

This weeks genre theme is: Post Apocalyptic

Here are the books I want to share with you today.

Reaper by Craig Buckhout - 4 Stars ****

Actions, reactions, political differences, religious fanaticism, ambition, fear, violence, lawlessness, and moral corruption pit the government, the governed, the cops, criminals, militia groups, and terrorists against one another in a wild, unpredictable free-for-all. It all culminates with an act so unthinkable mankind’s continued existence is in jeopardy.

As the events unfold, Officer Max Calloway and his partner, Steve Woods, find themselves caught right in the middle as they try to carry out an assignment essential to the preservation of at least some semblance of law and order. But as the world around them disintegrates into an ever increasing cycle of violence, they and the people they have sworn to protect, find themselves more and more isolated and less and less effective in keeping local government functional. Eventually, attacks by criminals, threats from ambitious government officials, betrayal by insiders, bombings, kidnappings, murders, assassinations, and a final terrorist inspired apocalyptic event, force them to make a decision that condemns enemy and friend alike, so they may survive.

This is the first story in a planned series that follows a group of people who through luck, cunning, and leadership, survive a world ending event. They plan, struggle, and endure only to, in the end, find themselves in a dystopian world they could never have imagined, and they must quickly adapt or die.

The Long Fall by Logan Keys & Mike Krause - 4 Stars ****

When the world starts to collapse, what will you do to survive?

A research station in the Arctic suffers catastrophic destruction. A soldier in Poland dies in a mysterious accident. A reporter in Manhattan stumbles across a conspiracy that has global consequences. As millions succumb to the strange attack across the globe, a handful of brave souls must step forward and fight not just for their own survival but that of the entire human race.

The Long Fall is a thrilling post-apocalyptic episodic series that follows the survivors of a global catastrophe that threatens the survival of the entire world. As each survivor learns more about the reasons and sources behind the apocalypse, they must work to save themselves and their families as they seek a way to reverse the disaster before it's too late.

Blackout by Boyd Craven - 4 Stars ****

Westley Flagg isn’t your usual lawbreaker. He’s a poacher, a moonshiner and a prepper, out of necessity. Despite trying to live on the straight and narrow, he knows the law can turn things on you in a heartbeat. When Wes has to come up with money for his Grandpa’s surgery, he gets involved with an unsavory group.

Living deep in poverty for most of his life, he’s become resilient and flexible, but college education can only take him so far. A solar storm sends the northern lights as far south as Texas, and cascading failures in the grid cripple the nation. Now, without communications, Flagg has to prove he has what it takes to still survive.

The Road to Ruin by Rebecca Fernfield - 3 Stars ***

When the world dies will you be ready?

Beautiful but neglected, Cassie Morgan watched the world die from the comfort and safety of her penthouse. She never once imagined her life of privilege would come to an end. Three weeks in, food is running short, and she's going to have to face the city - alone.

Would you do anything to survive?

Rick Carter never expected everyone to die, or for the worst in human nature to rear its ugly head so quickly. With his unit dead, and left to fend for himself, he determines to get out of the city and head for the safety of his friend’s farm in the north - alone. Rescuing an over-privileged, thirty-something woman without any idea of how to survive is the last thing he needs.

What depths will Man sink to when humanity is on its knees?

With most of the city dead, and no sign of rescue, Cassie and Rick have to rely on their own ingenuity to deal with the end of the world. Working together wasn’t what either had planned, but these are desperate times. Does Rick have what it takes to get them to the farm? Can Cassie rise to the challenge of survival?

A man of honour, will Rick have the stomach to help when he discovers Cassie’s secret?

An extinction-level plague is only the beginning.

Black Storm by Mark Gillespie - 3 Stars ***

These are the last days...
The Black Storm – a permanent state of darkness has engulfed the Earth.
The world is going mad without sunlight.

Ex-movie star, Cody MacLeod will do anything to protect his daughter Rachel from the Black Widow - a mysterious ghostly figure who has emerged from the Black Storm.

And he's got a plan.

A plane is taking off at San Antonio Airport in a few hours. To get there, Cody and Rachel must risk everything. They must drive through the darkness together.

But the road is a dangerous place. Civilization is crumbling. Desperate people are lurking in wait with bad intentions.
A breathtaking race to the finish line awaits. Will Cody and Rachel get to the airport in time?
Or will they succumb to the Black Storm?

I hope you are reading something wonderful.  As always thank you for stopping by.


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