Greetings and Salutations, Blog Readers!
Today we are reviewing a book series, one I am eager to see the next book in.
Normally, I would review one book at a time in the series, but these three books all take place pretty back-to-back and, since I have something like 10 other books I need to review, not counting my non-fiction books I need to review, I figure this is a good way to knock three out at once.
Also, the action all takes place within weeks of each other, with each book picking up where the last one left off, with not even a day between them, so it makes sense to review these three books all at once.
So, what are the books/book series we are reviewing today?
This is the America Offline book series by William H. Weber.
This series opens with a man, a soon to be father, trying to get some gas before a massive snowstorm hits.
He is unable to use his card, as all the machines, all over town, are all down. Concerned, he heads home, and when watching the news with his very pregnant wife, learns that all the banks have experienced a pretty nasty hack, and the banks are all down.
And a snowstorm is coming fast.
The man, Nate Bauer, Is aware that the financial institutions may be down for longer than the snow storm, but, has thankfully prepared a bit, and has food on hand for a little while.
But when it rains it pours, and when it snows…well…Things get worse.
So, the power goes out during the middle of the night, and a message from Nate’s brother confirms it is likely a terrorist attack, after a terrorist or possibly state sponsored hack of the financial institutions.
With a nearby nuclear power plant, this power outage is a problem.
I don’t want to spoil much, but as you can see, there is a great level of problems that are now occurring.
The group becomes split up, and Nate’s very pregnant wife, Nate’s sister-in-law, and her two boys, are on the way to shelter, and Nate ends up saving the life of a young girl, and a wolf, and the three become travel companions as they try to navigate the frozen and in many parts radioactive landscape, amid all the very human elements that one fears during a collapse. The young girl, Dakota, ends up teaching Nate many things, pointing out glaring holes in his survival information, things she learned from her survivalist uncle. With Nate getting to improve his knowledge, and the two aided by the wolf, Shadow, they make their way towards the likely places Nate’s family is sheltered, with Nate also battling his own demons of his lost sister.
Along the journey of this series, we also meet a woman named Holly, who has a young son with Autism, who just fled an abusive situation with Holly’s Ex. The two are at an airport when the problems start, and barely make it out alive. They encounter their own adventures, before finally meeting up with Nate and his family, reunited with his family just in time to hold his newborn daughter.
The group ends up meeting some fellow likeminded individuals and end up joining them at this place they call the citadel, and from there, more troubles arise.
Again, I don’t want to go into too many details, but a LOT of action and storyline is packed into three books, and I am eager for the fourth one, based on the intense cliffhanger the third book left me on.
I suggest giving it a read, and hopefully you will enjoy it.
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