Prepper Press has been wonderful about sending me review books, and I got yet another one. As usual, I was very happy with the quality of the offering. “Brushfire Plague” by RP Ruggiero was, while not technically a doomer book but more of a disaster novel or Doomer Lite, a very well written and enjoyable piece. It is darn hard to find a end of the world novel both well written and accurate, and this is one. Now, I of course subtract major points because it isn’t a post-apocalypse novel, but that is merely because that is the genre that both titillates and excites us here and has nothing to do with the book itself. If you go in understanding this isn’t apocalyptic but more short term disaster that just might morph into a militia porn story ( the book stands on its own but it obviously sets you up for a sequel, and there are very big hints the next one will be fighting the Chinese that snuck in under the guise of disaster relief supplies- hence militia porn ), you will heartily enjoy this story. There are a few very minor disagreements I have. For one, our main hero meets up with a National Guard commander and it states that the leader was wearing OD fatigues. I know this might be considered a minor point, but you all know how pissy I get about the insanely stupid moves by the military getting rid of decent equipment and substituting a bunch of crap. The forty five for a limp wrist 9mm, the over-engineered Hummer for the Jeep that any shade tree mechanic could fix, and the uncomfortable and crappy looking BDU’s for the OD’s. I really loved those OD’s ( I joined when BDU’s were issued, but I quickly bought my own OD’s and wore them until the cut off date. They were so much better ).
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There is no Guard unit that still has equipment that outdated such as their uniforms ( thirty years outdated ). Also, it kind of looked like the author was unsure if this was going to be long or short term disaster. The group goes ahead and interviews new potential neighborhood members for valuable skills but no efforts seem to be made towards a future food supply. Kind of a mixed message. But all this is minor. The story was well told and carried you along nicely. The characters were all pretty well believable, without the standard hooey about a super duper macho man Special Forces stud oozing millions of dollars of preps taking a stand against the forces of evil ( there was an ending involving a bit of an over the top James Bond Moment as the hero dispatched the super evil dude after he had reveled all his plans, but it seemed a minor enough plot point to overlook ). The characters were pretty much just Average Joes, thank goodness. That alone was almost enough to recommend the book for.
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Okay, the story takes place over two weeks. A super plague breaks out and pretty much overnight everyone is dropping like flies. Our hero rushes home from his salesman job on the road as his wife falls ill. There is her deteriorating state amidst the neighborhood trying to organize together for defense. So, the story alternates between the emotions and responses to the catastrophe and the practical needs to suddenly adopt to a quickly deteriorating city outside the local environment. The author does a very good job in exploring the characters responses and thought process without sounding corny or getting all weepy or emotional. And there is quite enough action that you never bog down in the other aspects. The story keeps you wanting more and the end is satisfying even if you know the sequel awaits. Which I’ll be buying if I don’t get a review copy. That’s how good the first one was ( I know I said the same of others, such as “Buck”- I’ll get to it. I have almost 200 books waiting for me on my Amazon Wish List, and non-fiction usually trumps fiction. Plus, it is a bit on the expensive side ). I recommend this book, and the only real problem I have with it is it is not true blue collapse. But very good in all other ways.
Okay, on to other very important business. I got a few books in the mail today that I had ordered and I simply must report a flagrant abuse to you. Two books, “How Do You Kill 11 Million People” and “Planes Without Passengers” were both VERY small and thin with HUGE print. And each cost $10. From Amazon. Imagine what they would have cost if I’d bought them elsewhere. Frankly, I’d be surprised if it took me even an hour to read each one, they are so skimpy. I don’t mind spending big bucks for non-fiction, but I certainly mind buying this kind of padding. It almost seems these are a Freshman report slapped together overnight and turned in without regard for the grade. Of course, they could contain priceless information. I don’t know yet. I just know that even if these were self published, they are grotesquely overpriced. I can’t believe I’ve been so violated. What? They’ve been standing in line? Obammy jams in his junk ( surprisingly, given the rumors over the years, a relatively small dingus ) up my backdoor with sand as lubrication under the illusion of health insurance. The hospital then uses the wives visit as an excuse to hump me for the next few years. My work is once again calling for 10% cuts in hours to balance the shortage in funds. And now these two humping jag off punk ass whores steal my money pretending to sell me a real book.
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