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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2181 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Kemah Bay Marketing LLC (27 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DP6EFK2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Having read the previous books in this series I have to say I enjoyed this novel. I like the way the recovery has been portrayed, human kinship bonded together by a will to survive and prosper. This particular book is one of the best within the series, the slight cheesiness of the previous books was less apparent and a wider development of characters evolved. Well I enjoyed it anyway!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8c9cba5c) out of 5 stars 169 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c9f3cd8) out of 5 stars WELCOME BACK TO BISHOP AND THE GANG 5 July 2013
By rocketfuel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
For anyone who has been following the adventures of Bishop and Terri, this latest book in the series will be a welcome addition. The hero and heroine really just started out trying to survive a country gone out of control in the first few books and moved on, like reluctant leading characters, getting involved in everything from knocking off various hoodlums to heading off an assassination attempt of the president. Without giving too much away, in this newest rendition of the series they find themselves squarely in the middle of solving just about all the problems of society. This is a tough writing assignment for the author, since the usual handling of this theme by many authors in the genre has been heavy doses of mundane details and an inordinate amount of preaching and political speeches. I have to say I was impressed. This book has plenty of butt-kicking action, and enough mystery, drama and general adventure to keep the pages turning. Good possible solutions for putting society back together and improving it are there too, but cleverly woven into the storyline. The only bummer is the ending, since it sets up what looks to be a really good confrontation with the powers that started the whole mess in the first place and now we have to wait for the author to write it. We could use these guys in real life.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c3f52a0) out of 5 stars Exceptionally Engaging 5 July 2013
By Tango - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As I expected, I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting after just six hours. That doesn't criticize the length of the book, but illustrates how hooked and engrossed I always am with this series. I don't know where the author got his writing "chops" but he knows how to create characters! Even the people with zero military background I have talked into reading this series relate to at least one of the characters on a personal level. This makes it very easy to devote yourself to the plot as well. Throughout the series, I have found myself substituting for Bishop or Nick in the various adventures and encounters. It's truly a great addition to the series and a well-crafted perpetuation of the storyline. I wish I could thank the author personally for the awesome story he is developing.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c3f51a4) out of 5 stars The best book of the series by far 9 July 2013
By Renard LeCray - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this installment of Bishop and Terri's ongoing saga. This was the best written of the series, and it really seems there was an editing presence. I finished the book over two sittings and had a hard time putting it down. The story is getting better and better. Five out of five stars, and, I can't wait for what's next.

If you love TEOTWAWKI fiction, do yourself a favor and start from book one, it's a great read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ca55c78) out of 5 stars Very addictive series! 20 July 2013
By Carpe Diem - Published on Amazon.com
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Once I started reading this series, I found myself eagerly anticipating release of the next one to see what happens next in the lives of the generally likeable though unrealistic (hey, it is science fiction) protagonists. I agree with other reviewers that this episode is the best so far. The author writes well, and draws you into the story and the characters. However, I give it only 4 and not 5 stars because even though the author appears to be trying to portray very important moral and ethical principles by depicting the behavior of characters either favorably or unfavorably, he stops short of clarifying why some things are wrong and some things are right, when there are challenging inconsistencies and conflicts. He has obviously thought greatly about the principles that are in conflict with each other, but has not come to satisfactory conclusions and cannot explain how he comes out on some issues.
SPOILER ALERT: for example, the reader is appropriately drawn into the idea that after all the hard work the people of the various West Texas towns have done to become more self-sufficient and survive, by negotiating mutually beneficial voluntary contracts, they are entitled to keep and build on the fruits of their labor. The idea that the new federal government would expect them to then "share" (by threat of force) with other parts of the remaining country because suffering there is greater than in their area inspires deserved reader outrage. However, Bishop and Terry and the good guy townspeople seemed to have no problem eventually taking , by force, the private property of the Midland oil corporation, because they did not approve of the way the head guy was running the place and distributing his resources. What gave them the right to go in and proactively kill off much of the head guy's security forces so they could take over and run things their way? Yes, they had been stolen from, but they did not just take what was stolen from them by the head guy's agents, (directly or indirectly) , which had clearly been wrong, they took over the whole facility, with the head guy left running for his life. What about HIS right to HIS company's property, a company he had built up over many years? Though he certainly was no angel (e.g., using T-Bones' ill wife as leverage), he was not a personification of evil. We were told that when the SHTF, no one in Midland was available to keep things running, there was chaos and thousands were dying, there was no rule of law, we are told, so when he took charge, though undemocratically, his efforts saved many lives (not just his own) and he was continuing to save lives in his city (which is why his people were stealing from others). He struggled to try and feed the city's residents, not just himself. The harder questions are not addressed : what if there is a conflict in rights and resources? Which group of nice townspeople is more important to feed? Who decides who lives and who dies, who gets to take and who does not, "for the good of the community?" What if there is simply not enough food or medicine available for everyone who is deserving, even with best work and cooperative efforts ? Also, could Alpha realistically have continued to accept all peaceful refugees indefinitely, regardless of their skills and ability or willingness tomproduce? Really, just how much food CAN you grow in West Texas makeshift gardens without supplies being trucked in? Is any form of martial "law" ever appropriate? Other books in this genre (e.g., One Second After and 299 Days, do a better job tackling these harder questions. There is an anti-corporate undercurrent in this series (likely groundd in the author's real life experienxes) but at the same time a respect for private property and initiative, which creates a paradox. Is only small scale private property to be respected?
I am also wondering when anyone will finally start really running out of ammo! Though we keep hearing again and again about ammo shortages, when big battles come up, everyone always seems to have enough to fight off the bad guys. At least now we know where the oil will come from, at least for a while.
Still, I eagerly await the next installment. I also recommend Joe Nobody's Apocalypse Drift.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c4731c8) out of 5 stars Simply outstanding 2 July 2013
By philswan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
After finishing Book 4 in the series (The Ascent) when I became aware of the name of Book 5....that being The Alpha Chronicles I was worried. It sounded to me like it might be the story of Alpha from the beginning of Book 1 through to Book 4 alongside the original storyline.

This idea did not interest me one bit, so you can imagine my relief when Book 5 came out and I read the summary and the book sample.

Book 5 picks up where the previous book left off with Bishop recovering from being shot.....the book goes on to tell the story of how Alpha and Meraton strive to put their little corner of civilisation on the road to long-term growth, there are troubles along the way with nearby neighbours but through the struggles of good people doing honest hard work they firstly survive then thrive as more and more people join them.

If you read the first 4 books then trust me this is the best yet, to describe this book it would be the characters you have grown to love from the previous books now in the early reconstruction phase.

****Spoiler Alert****

West Texas along with other enclaves of reconstruction throughout the US are getting noticed...by the remains of the federal government, the last chapters detail how the West Texas Alliance is forced to think big in their desire to keep whats rightfully theirs from the grasp of the federal government....and that thinking big sets up a dramatic ending to the book and the roadmap for Book 6.

Outstanding book and one of the best series I have read, this author (unlike some others) gives you a satisfying end in each book whilst setting up the next.

Highly highly recommended, finished in one session.

Phil
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