EMP Animation Photo Credit: Heritage.org
Bang! Right out of the gate I was caught up in The End. Who would not be interested when contemplating what it would be like to have the United States completelty altered and have to rebuild after the government was severed at the head? It was a book that had me riveted and almost wanting to skip ahead to see what was going to happen. The ability of G. Michael Hopf to weave the many characters and experiences into one fluid story line was incredible in my opinion.
The story of Gordan Van Zandt and his family was not only interesting, but informational as well. The reader gets to experience a little bit about Sergeant Van Zandt, the Marine, and then go on to see how his experiences effect his family life and ultimately how it impacts his struggle to survive and support his family in the face of a catastrophic attack on the United States and their allies. Not only does life become a mad dash to secure the resources available for survival but the reader gets to witness the clashes and dilemmas that occur as civility goes by the wayside. There are many hard decisions to be made and the entire range of human emotion is explored as we see people ignorant to the fact that their phones will no longer work and why, anxiety as the realization of what happened sets in, sadness as Gordon realizes the innocence of his children, panic as patients die in the hospital ICU because of the lack of power and chaos as looters grab everything they can out of the grocery store. I found myself, once again, thinking about what I would do if society ground to a halt.
I have read some criticism about Hopf and his writing but I do not share these opinions. I took the book for what it was and found that it was an enjoyable story which explored a very scary possibility, one that we could find ourselves facing as a nation. Especially a nation that is not always appreciated for who we are and what we do.
As I read The End and the characters and their stories were revealed, I began to appreciate many things about this book including the fact that it was written from a position of authority and experience. As a fellow combat veteran, I realized that Hopf is probably sharing a little bit of his experience in combat as he wrote this book. I kept thinking back to my experiences and was almost haunted by the reality of the military and combat scenarios that were woven into The End. It is also apparent that there was a fair amount of research completed about Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and nuclear weapons completed as I felt that the story was quite factual regarding what could be expected following such an attack.
I truly cannot recommend this book enough if you are interested in the postapocalyptic genre, survival, preparedness, or even just contemplating what society would be like after such an attack.
If you are interested in reading about Gordon Van Zandt and his associates, the two books available in The New World Series can be purchased from Amazon and can be located by clicking on the following links:
Young Gordon Van Zandt valued duty and loyalty to country above all, so after 9/11, he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This idealism vanished one fateful day in a war-torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past when a new reality is thrust upon him and his family: North America, Europe and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack, which causes catastrophic damage to the nation’s power grid and essential infrastructures. Everything from cell phones to cars to computers cease to function, putting society at a standstill.
With civilization in chaos, Gordon must fight for the limited and fast dwindling resources. He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors, but as the days wear on, so does all sense of civility within his community—and so he must make some of the most difficult decisions of his life in order to ensure his family’s safety.
The End was just the beginning of the new world…Only six weeks have passed since a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, but already, life has changed dramatically. Most of America has become a wasteland filled with starving bands of people, mobs and gangs. Millions are dead and millions more are suffering, with no end in sight.
For Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Cruz and Barone, the turmoil and chaos they dealt with in the early weeks after the attack will seem trivial in comparison to the collapse of society that plays out before their eyes. Uncertainty abounds as they all travel different paths in search of a safe place to call home. The only thing that is definite is that The Long Road will take its toll on all of them.
GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
If you would be interested in reading these books for free, I have great news! G. Michael Hopf has agreed as part of his TLC book tour stop here at The Prepared Ninja to giveaway a set of these two books to a lucky reader. Entering could not be any easier, just sign up to receive our email updates in the right sidebar and you are entered to win. If you already subscribe, you are already entered! On January 22, 2014 a lucky subscriber will be selected as the winner using a random number generator. Thanks to Mr. Hopf and TLC Book Tours for this great opportunity. Good luck!
About The Author
G. Michael Hopf is a combat veteran of the Marine Corps, a former bodyguard for the Saudi Royal family, entrepreneur, and best-selling author.
He has studied the threat of EMP for 6 years and how to best prepare in the event. He wrote The End and The Long Road (Books 1 & 2 in The New World series)to illustrate the effects our nation would suffer if ever attacked by this type of weapon.
He and his family currently reside in San Diego, CA.
If you would be interested in learning more about G. Michael Hopf, please visit his website at GMichaelHopf.com. He can also be followed on Facebook or on Twitter.