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- Publisher: Kemah Bay Marketing LLC (27 Jun. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DP6EFK2
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The Alpha Chronicles (Holding Their Own Book 5) Kindle Edition
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- Book 5 of 11 in Holding Their Own (11 Book Series)
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If you love TEOTWAWKI fiction, do yourself a favor and start from book one, it's a great read.
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.
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.
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.
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