I've seen the other reviews where the book is compared very unfavorably against "Lights Out" and I understand completely where people are coming from. This isn't the epic tome with layer upon layer of development that the previous book was. But that one, while I loved it and have read it many times over the years, is often too deep and too intimidating a read. "Collision Course" isn't "Lights Out" light, it's something entirely different. Comparing them isn't where I'm coming from at all.
In Collision Course we're faced with the destabilization of our economy and the rapid disintegration of society and social services that comes with that. It is, unfortunately, a situation that is becoming more possible in our country at this time. Not likely, but less impossible. Our two main characters are coming from entirely different points in life.
DJ Frost, a prepper extraordinaire, who has all the bells and whistles including a modified quiet ATV and a trailer for it. He also has a full range of every survival toy one might imagine to stick in it. He seems almost obsessively prepared. When things finally get too bad in the city, he executes his plan to escape to his rural "bug out" location where he can live and thrive.
Gabe, on the other hand, is a falling down drunk who has never gotten over a tragic loss in his life. He lives in a trashy little trailer on a remote bit of land and gardens when he is sober, making a living from his produce. Not only is he not prepared for "the balloon to go up" he isn't even aware of it at first.
What follows is the story of the journeys both men take, both figuratively and literally. They each become what they really are during the course of the story and the ending was a total surprise! No spoilers from me.
This book isn't huge but it also isn't small. It's 350 pages and not a word of it is wasted. It's all story and no fluff. I really enjoyed the pacing and how the relative length of the chapters began to shift in focus from one to the other as they changed. I really like how David wrote about the dark side of some preppers/survivalists, something many feel uncomfortable with. But the truth is that some of those mall ninjas and some of those more vociferous forum writers ARE a little unbalanced. It was a reminder, wrapped in a great story, that not everyone who seems fine is one to be trusted.
I think this is a good book for those interested in a story about the sort of things that can happen in a destabilization of our economy or devaluation of our currency by other countries and how people react under stress. It would specifically appeal to many preppers but those who might be too sensitive to seeing a prepper cast in a bad light might want to steer clear.
And no, no one asked me to write the review and I'm not a specific friend of the author. Same forum at one time is all.