Friday, July 26, 2013

kindle post apoc book reviews

Second article for today.  Scroll on down for the new and original, regular Friday article.
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I'm deleting the blog that I used for these reviews.  Complete collection here.

KINDLE POST-APOC BOOK REVIEWS

 

SURVIVALIST BY CIRCUMSTANCE

by Cheryl Cholley

This ain't bad at all ( especially for a gal- not too many can do apocalypse all that well ). When the worse thing I can say about a book is "really, they spent $25k each to fence in scrub brush?", you know it is a decent read. Just beware, you might be buying 40 pages for a buck. I bought the first several 40 page installments bundled together at a discount. I believe it was #1-7. Give it a shot, 3 stars.

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One Star-absolute drivel, waste of money even if free, don't bother

Two Star-redeeming qualities, just don't spend too much on it.

Three Stars-Goldilocks book. Not too bad, not great.

Four Stars- definitely read it.

Five Stars-rare. Could be one of the contenders for all time top twenty.

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THE KING OF CLAYFIELD

by Shane Gregory

3 stars. Not bad at all for zombie fiction. Well written. Good enough to buy the sequal? For me, no. But if you like zombies this is one of the best.

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FIFTY FALLING STARS

by Wesley Higginbotham

Wow! A great four star book. It is a bit pricey but worth it. This took me all day Saturday to read, about nine hours, and I loved every minute of it. The multi-cause collapse was realistic, detailed and interesting. The aftermath wasn't all peaches and cream, the survivors didn't just fall into salvation. But it had a happy ending ( but not too happy ). Couldn't find a thing wrong with it, highly recommended.

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CANNIBAL REIGN

by Thomas Koloniar

I've given this one a four star. Very well written, a page turner. Just beware, this is very much a Yuppie Survival Scum novel ( concrete retreats, semi-autos and lots of ammo, MRE's ) and the ending does blow rabid mule testicles, a nauseatingly implausible "big daddy gubberment is here to save the day" cozy.

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BLOOD, BRAINS AND BULLETS

by Sean Liebling

This was a well written book. It kept your interest and was a hoot. Normally a four star, I'm going with three because after you subtract the "Penthouse Forum" sections, and those detailing the expenditure of a gabazillion rounds of ammunition, there is really only a skeleton of a collapse story here. THE best book I've ever seen on zombies, but only so-so for the survivalist.

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EARTHFALL

by Stephen Knight

This might be a great book. I have no idea, although the first 10% was adequate reading. What this is NOT, is a post-apocalypse/collapse book. Think more along the lines of the movie "Screamers". A nuclear wasteland, but a fully functioning, high-tech society in a base thriving nicely despite that.

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ADRIANS WAR ( A DISTANT EDEN )

by Lloyd Tackitt

Second in the series. To be honest, I was scared this was typical of the genre and once the collapse was over the writing would turn suck-ass. For instance, a $12 book on a post-apocalypse wedding. Just the thing to get in touch with ones feminine side. But, bless Lloyd's pea-picking heart, this one was also a damn fine book. I can't give it a five star, but only because this is post-collapse and so obviously it simply can't be among the best of the best. This was however a solid four star rating. So solid, the next two books in the series jump up to the top of my list of "must buy now". In the first one, you got a detailed description of the die-off and human nature. In this one, you get detailed primitive survival skills and then guerrilla warfare ( and the warfare was also Stone Age-cool! ). Along with the above average story/writing. Highly recommended.

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A DISTANT EDEN

by Llyod Tackitt

Holy Mother Of God! The first well deserved FIVE STAR RATING!! This book kicked ass and I spit blood on all the negative reviews over at Amazon. I've rarely seen such a wonderful depiction of the terrors of collapse and die-off, and such a realistic view of human nature. Sure, you might notice one or two slight errors ( the punk that decried the scene of nighttime bike riding has never ridden at night on a bike with only starlight. I have. It ain't that big a deal. The poo-pa over lack of storage vegetables could probably figure out on his own that vitamin pills and wild weeds are less a big deal than the absolutely overriding need for calories and fats ) but overall this novel was as accurate as you are going to get with anyone other than my own perfect self. So highly recommended I not only am keeping the copy on my Kindle ( a first ), I am also ordering a paper copy. You WILL buy this and like it ( order through my graphic ad so I get commission ) beyond almost all others.

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PANDEMIA-GENESIS

by Nick Lancaster

This one gets a three star. It wasn't bad, I stayed interested for the whole two hour read. But in the end, I just was not awed. It was a bit bland. You could do a lot worse, of course. Plague hits, a couple goes to their cabin. That's about it. Not a waste of money, but proceed with caution. You won't learn anything new, nor really get anything other than average entertainment.

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PREPPING ON A BUDGET

by George Shepherd

Non-fiction. I'm giving this one two stars, and that is being generous. A little bit of lip service to collapse, but mostly it seems this was dedicated to natural disaster survival only. The whole thing was tedious, ill thought out, barely useful and a waste of money. Let me give you an example. To purify water, place ice on a lid over boiling water. Melt the friggin ice instead! And how is that ice even still frozen during a disaster!?! And, how about just bring water to a boil, it is then safe to drink. Christ on a Ritz cracker!

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RELOCATE!

by Dave Stebbins

Non-fiction. Three stars. Not bad, but not too much information. Why did he pick the locations he did, besides distance from bigger cities? What makes this location better or worse than others? Why are the bad qualities acceptable? What about other influences ( for instance, the west Texas town, did it have problems with illegals and the drug cartels? )? I'm so happy I had to wade through all the VA hospital contact information, I'm sure someone can use those, but that is just cut and paste filler. Give me analysis on why I should relocate here or there. Why would Maine be better than Kansas to weather the economic collapse? Etc.

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OUTCOME ( BREAKERS )

by Edward W Robertson

A plague outbreak in NYC, with a double top secret government worker getting the news first and going back to the city to save her ex and his daughter. This was some first rate writing, so four stars. This is the teaser book to the series, and on the short side. Book one is full length, and I'll be reading that next ( I'm holding off on ordering the rest til I see if I like the whole "alien source of virus, now alien dudes are attacking to colonize" thing ).

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WANTED

by Jason Halstead

Book one in a series of three. Not per se a post-apocalypse novel. The major cities got nuked, the western rural areas left to glow in the dark amongst lawlessness, life still goes on for the lucky ones even if resources are scarce. In the badlands our character holes up in his hermit lair, but is disturbed when a women and then some kids stumble into his life. And the fun starts from thee, with merc bounty hunters chasing the group. That was pretty much the story. No elaborate background on the war or its aftermath. Think of this as a distopian novel. Still, the author is extremely talented. I couldn't put this one down. So good, I'm buying the novella sequel at a high price ( the third in the series resumes the firsts long length ). I can't think of a better recommendation than "I'm spending my own money-$4!!- on a short story sequel, the first was so good". Highly recommended, four stars.

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SEASON OF THE HARVEST

Harvest Trilogy book 1

by Michael R. Hicks

An alien life form is using genetically modified foods to conquer the earth! Watch our studly hero's and lustful heroines fight the forces of evil from a tricked out Super Lair. Watch the powers that be align themselves with the aliens in exchange for medical cures beyond our understanding! Watch pet cats protect their masters from aliens! Stupid humping premise and I can't put the damn thing down until I finished. Three stars ( I couldn't give it four stars, even with it being well written, since it is a disaster/invasion book instead of a apocalypse one ).

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SELF APOCALYPSE

by JF French

You could sum up this book as "camping survival". Guy tries to camp out far enough away from town to avoid trouble ( it doesn't always work but he has back-ups to his back-up ). It wasn't unrealistic, no "I can survive off moose and dandelion". I did wonder about the part where he uses river rock in the fire, which I thought was a no-no, but other than that I didn't have any plausibility issues. Very well written, a bit more original than most. Four stars.

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THE MALTHUS CONSPIRACY

By Danielle Uidam

I got this book as it was on a free trial, and the fact that its title was indeed named after one of my hero’s. The book itself is not bad ( nor that good- 3 stars ). But it is strictly formulistic. Evil international cabal assassinates all who dare discover its secrets as two suave and dashing dudes race to save mankind. At first, the flashbacks to Reverend Malthus and his paper on population were interesting, but they quickly degenerated into implausible meetings of future ( our past ) leaders meeting with The Malthus Society members agreeing on how to massacre more worthless eaters. Even the conspiracy was dull and predictable and unbelievable. Not bad, but no where near our genre.

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THE END

by Roger Erickson

What a floating turd! It starts out an old retired dude in Mexico finds a sealed off cave full of gold ( fifty pounds ). He happens to be in the cave when nuke war starts. Everyone is conveniantly killed except him and whoever else was underground at the time. He meets an ex-cop, whose sister a well proportioned midget ( I kid you not ) instantly falls in love with this old hump ( I don't want to imagine the mechanics of their hot monkey love ), and they pick up a group including a priest ( hiding in the catacombs ). One character goes on to explain that a new super duper secret nuclear weapon can kill people and animals but not plants ( !!!!???? ). Of course, the Chinese stole it from us and used it on us. Then, the Chinese used miniture versions of those bombs to kill a group of Muslims who had marched into the nearby village. WHAT!!!!???? I think the bombs made the bodies disappear too, but by this point I was pretty confused by the whole thing and quit reading. I finished a third of the book and it just kept getting worse. One star. What kind of medication was this guy on?

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OUT OF GAS

by Randy Dyess

Most excellent. Four stars. Although it is a Rawlesian journey towards survival, it is still a good story. Not action packed, just a plodding awakening about the economy and the energy situation. From Yuppie Scum Suburbanite to Yuppie Scum Survivalist. You will find a lot of spelling errors and grammar issues. One wonders if this was really the only draft written. But little matter. I liked it, and am going to buy the sequel "The Farm" next and the third book this summer when it comes out.

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LOW PROFILE

Jerry D Young

Let's just pigionhole Mr. Young right off the bat ( he has a ton of books for sale ). He is the new Ahern ( of "The Survivalist" series from the 80's ). Characters with money literally pouring out of their ass buy their way to survival, with every single piece of equipment described by name, model number and serial number. After the collapse, they stumble ass over elbows finding everything they need. Having said that, they are well written, a fun read and only a buck each. I'll be buying more of his. Three stars.

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WOLVERINES: REFLECTIONS ON RED DAWN

by Ryan Lewellin

If you loved Red Dawn the original ( not the crap just released ), I mean loved it enough to watch it a dozen times, this book is for you. It over analysis every aspect of the movie in detail. A bit of repitition at times, but that is the only fault and it is minor. Four Stars.

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THE END: VISIONS OF APOCALYPSE

I really didn't think I'd run into such a foul turd so soon. One star!!!! Total crap!!!! One decent story, a couple of okay ones and the rest total garbage. And most barely on subject. Avoid as if the plague!

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Etiquette For An Apocalypse

Anne Mendel

This started out really good. The author is talented and has a wicked subdued humor she kept surprising you with. And the story started out with plenty of good ideas how a community survives in an urban setting even with quasi-pacifist tendencies. A very good read. Then, for some strange reason, half way through the book everything veers suddenly off into left field and we have some bizarre Adventures With A Motorcycle Gang As I Lead My Homies On Military Adventures As A Budding Napoleon. The tone totally changed. Then, the book ends suddenly. Very disappointing. Three stars.

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AFTER OIL

Edited by John M Greer ( the Arch Druid Dude ).

One of these short stories I couldn't read, but the rest were of absolute top quality. Alas, they all pretty much took on the tone of Kunstler's Universe were everyone is a Happy Peasant Toiling Under The Sun In A Permaculture Utopia. Absolutely no goom and doom, strongly representing the editors views. Not that that's a bad thing, but just beware what you are buying. Voted 3 stars, mainly because you ain't getting a whole lot for your money. It was damn good, just overpriced.

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14 comments:

  1. Wouldn't of sent it to ya less it was decent enough to read, most def yuppie scum genra. Ya the ending sucks but makes one want the next installment.

    I thought the same on Distant Eden...

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  2. Sad news for Jimmy boy.

    Father of fracking George P. Mitchell dies at 94

    http://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=OBR&date=20130726&id=16743914

    Just teasing Jim, but I thought that you might be interested in knowing, if you didn't already?

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    1. I think he drank the local water tainted by fracking, and thats how he died!

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  3. Since you mentioned that you enjoyed Jerry D. Young's "Low Profile", are you aware that many of his stories are available for free download on his website?

    http://www.jerrydyoung.com/st/index.php?page=downloads&type=misc&id=jerry-d-young-prep

    Have fun!

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    1. Thanks. I did get a lot of these. Still haven't converted to Kindle. Another project.

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  4. Nightshift here.....Jim, totally off topic but I thought you might be interested. A web site I found.. notechmagazine.com has an interesting article on partial fairings for bicycles. Says it cuts wind drag 50% and would keep the wicked cold wind off you a bit. May be something to reserach for an article. It was several articles down in the blog. Good ideas.

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    1. Just in case, you know, I don't look gay enough with front and back baskets and wearing a day-glo vest! I'm kidding, it sounds cool. I'll check it out. Thanks!

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  5. Wow, that's a lot of reviews in one space.

    I wish you would stop treating fiction as a learning tool. It can be, but the whole learning-tool idea has destroyed more pa fiction than I can count. That's why you get the whole make and model routine, and long chapters on how to birth a baby or to do an appendectomy. The learning comes from the reader viewing the storyline from the point of view of their own circumstances.

    Greer pretty much told the people submitting the stories that they should not be survivalist type stories. An odd mindset, probably common within the sustainability crowd.

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    1. I don't really think of it as a learning tool ( I just thought the long passages were word count padding ) as much as an inspirational tool. A good for instance: one cheesey forgettable pot boiler in a series had the villian describing how he assembled/trained/led his band of religious cult dudes. Just that mention of the studies he used to figure out how to motivate people led to my renewed interest in anthropology. It's strange what sparks my interests.

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    2. I think that they are good learning tools only in presenting possible scenarios one might not have thought of.
      For this reason alone it makes reading doomer porn valuable. Most folks only have movies to rely on and we all know how unrealistic they are. Agree that they should not go into detail, too boring ! Just give the possibilities and one can seek details elsewhere.

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  6. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/338687.Something_Of_Value

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/75050.Uhuru


    SOV and Uhuru depict the communist subversion of blacks in Kenya, turning them against the
    white settlers 1950 mau mau revolt.

    Reads a bunch like the muslim penetration
    of Europe and USA currently.
    Think about black teen flash mob robberies
    and assaults on whites currently.

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  7. "Fun times at the London riots" is free at Amazon. 11 pages in length. Eye-witness account!!!

    Gil

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  8. http://africanhistory.about.com/od/kenya/a/MauMauTimeline.htm

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