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Deep Winter [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Sherry
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Book Description

From a relatively normal American life to a survival situation in moments, this story follows the Drummond family as they learn to adapt to a now, very different community...and world. Beginning on a bitter cold January night, the story begins with a series of earthquakes tearing through the Pacific Northwest....and in the following days the family--and the nation--face challenges from unexpected sources....

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1216 KB
  • Print Length: 662 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615154417
  • Publisher: Thomas C. Sherry; 1 edition (26 July 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J171BC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #298,380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome set of books!, 2 Feb. 2012
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One of the best post-apocalyptic books I have ever read. They start off quite simply and build up to a thoroughly engrossing read. Centred around one enlarged family this book and the further 2 in the trilogy drag you in and hold your interest page after page. None of it seems far-fetched, in fact it is subtly the most frightening potential scenario for the future that I have read to date. Very highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 20 Feb. 2012
By MickeyG
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This book is described as an apocalyptic novel but reads more like a survival manual. If you like endless descriptions of the make-up and use of various guns & pieces of assorted hardware or are just looking for a manual on how to fix a generator than this will work for you. If you are hoping for a good read....avoid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 26 May 2012
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an extended family start the recovery process after a massive earthquake in mid winter goes through rebuilding and improving their lives not gungho bare chested survivalist but a well written account of a good families efforts at post disaster recovery. Scarily real scenario for what could happen.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs! 5 Oct. 2012
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If I could, I would have given this book no stars at all! What a disappointment! Initially, it was full of promise. I'm quite keen on post apocalyptic fiction and have read a number of books of this genre so, in the first few pages, I thought I'd found another good read. The start, describing the family in the initial moments after the earthquake are quite engrossing. However...that promise is short-lived. Subsequent pages (and pages and pages) read (as a previous reviewer has written) like a survival manual. Would that we were ALL so wonderfully prepared in the event of a disaster!

I knew that the book and I were destined to part company, however, when in the midst of falling volcanic ash and facing an uncertain future, the lead character tells his wife not to worry about her parents because if they have been "saved" (i.e. become Christians), it won't matter what happens to them! No thanks. Unfortunately, I prefer my post apocalyptic fiction to be unadulterated by religious messages.

All in all, a huge disappointment.
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316 of 361 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Can We Get an Editor...Stat! 19 Aug. 2009
By A Christy - Published on
I really wanted to like this book. I tried so very hard to like this book. Honest, I did. I'm a dystopia/utopia, post-apocalyptic, world is collapsing literature fan like no other. So to have a book being written by someone who is actually a person who understands preparedness that is not just a how-to was an exciting prospect.

Unfortunately, there is no amount of force that can make me like this book.

The story premise is good enough to have made a great book. The Drummonds, a family of 4, are hit by a massive earthquake in the PNW. While this may seem a local disaster, it is quickly followed by the rapid crash of the United States like a large house of cards. Financial messes of the past catch up with us and bank failures domino into a lack of imports without cash, insufficient coverages on debt and personal disasters as corporations fall. The Drummonds and most of the remaining members of their small community are left essentially alone without the massive aid that our country has sent to disaster areas in the past.

Without fuel, electricity and even structurally sound homes, they make do with what they have in creative ways. The community rallies, at least the good guys do, and through much they persevere and turn lawns into farms and spare parts into power.

Sounds good, right? I thought so too. But then I read the first page and my heart sunk. The editing in this book is so bad as to be non-existent. While I understand this is a self-published book, the author is on enough of the same message boards as I am to know that he had a vast resource at his fingertips just to check grammar if he so chose. The run on sentences, bad grammar, repetitive word choice and poor writing habits are obvious and distracting. But I can forgive that, after all, it is self published and like many others in the genre, like Lights Out, there is no rule that says he can't re-write.

But then you have to deal with the brand name bonanza. One of the worst habits that post-apocalyptic or SHTF (S*.^ hit the fan) novels or stories fall into is the incessant listing of brands and model numbers. Every single thing is listed out by brand. The hero doesn't just pull on some boots to go outside. No, he pulls on his Cabela Model XYZ that he got three years ago and show only approximately 30% wear, boots to go outside. ARGH...that is such a bad habit! It is even worse in that it immediately dates the book and makes it irrelevant when models change in a year or two. Enough said about that.

There is also the problem of believability and scale. We don't find out the size of the property the Drummonds live on for over 200 pages, yet we are walked from place to place into a large number of buildings containing an infinite array of stuff. Yet we also know his place is in a subdivision where he can see his neighbors. It is a distracting gap and one that makes it seem like he didn't map out his own setting. It turns out the place is rather small and yet he has more outbuildings than I've seen on a crowded looking 10 acre farmette. And the sheer quantities he talks about of various items, from tractors to generators to large food caches, leaves a mental image of the home of a hoarder in the OCD sense of the word.

And, of course, there is the issue of the man who has everything, knows everything and even more unbelievable, knows where it all is. This might not sound like it would be a major point, but we're not talking about your home workshop here. We're talking such a vast amount of equipment and parts from big to tiny that you would need a warehouse for it all. All this is jumbled up in shaken outbuildings and a half collapsed home. Yet never once does he falter or need directions.

And then there is the attitude. In Deep Winter and Shatter I counted over 800 instances of rank sexism and non-Christian hatemongering. After a second reading, in which I took notes and did the counting, I realized that this book didn't so much remind me of a good down-home family surviving the crash of the modern world but instead a clan of Christian-Identity members relishing the crash. I know that sounds harsh, but there it is. There is no personality at all in any female in the book. And often they are just referred to as a subordinate group such as saying "the women" did this or "the females" went to do that. In this book, the idea of the Christian male who controls all activities and has the last word in all matters with the surrendered female is laid out in all its sickening splendor. This isn't to say that I disapprove of anyone's religion since I certainly don't even if I don't share it. But having it simply laid out repeatedly as established fact that anyone who isn't Christian deserves what is happening and those not sharing his religious belief simply get a lower priority in saving or helping isn't pretty.

As if all that weren't enough, there is the lack of emotion. Any person, even abnormal ones, are going to have some reaction to big traumatic happenings. In one instance just after the quake and while the world is still going along, their best friends show up. While attending a high school sports activity, the place basically collapses and kills a couple of hundred folks right in front of them and their kids. Now, if you showed up at a friend's house and relayed that story, what do you suppose the reaction would be? Shock, maybe horror and certainly concern for how those kids are, right? Nope. These folks actually sat in their car right outside the death scene, simply assuming everyone was dead, until light then drove straight over for tea and cookies with the Drummonds. And after going from sports to massacre, they immediately transition to small talk and jokes around a cozy wood stove. This is just one of a great many instances in which this story winds up as purely mechanical and has no emotional resonance with charcters that behave more like hard drives.

My bottom line on this book is that it is a great story premise with much potential. It needs a serious edit for mechanical problems. It really needs to be reconsidered in his obvious biases and intolerance for other religons and vastly improve his characterizations for all the characters he personally doesn't see himself in such as the female characters. For those who like to read about the minutiae of how to make a generator out of a spare small engine and want recommendations on which jacket lasts in adverse conditions, this might strike just the right chord.
58 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best "how to survive the end of the world" stories 19 Sept. 2007
By A. Buchanan - Published on
This first book in a trilogy details how a small family survives one disaster after another. It starts with a major quake in the pacific northwest which levels the city Spokane, Washington (where the story is set). The family picks up the pieces, gathers more family, and continues to deal with more disasters: blizzards, volcanic ash, flu epidemic, fallout from a distant nuclear war, economic meltdown, war with Mexico, looters, profiteers, and the specter of takeover by the military. Not everyone who reads this novel will agree with the political viewpoint of main character, or the plausibility of the disasters. However, this should be a must read for anyone concerned with what might happen and how best to prepare for, and react to, such events.
More informative than a pamphlet, more thought provoking than many news shows, and more entertaining than most TV shows.
44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time 20 Mar. 2011
By charmdimsure - Published on
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First let me say: I detest survival novels where the characters just "magically" happen to have every single thing they're ever going to need to survive the breakdown of society/technology. There's little to no drama, bravery or gallantry involved if you just happen to have enough preserved food, gallons of gasoline, medicines and all the warm clothing/boots/gloves and camping gear you'll need to get you through.

The beginning of this book reads like an inventory. The man and his family have just been through a [literally] earth-shattering experience and he's taking inventory. And smug. This character is so very, very smug in his absolute certainty that his Christian values and hard work have led him to purchase all the things that he and his family will need to survive. Within a couple chapters I didn't like him. After five or six, I actively detested him.

The main character, Rick Drummond, is overbearing, obnoxious and condescending. The wife is a cipher. The daughter is there only for Rick to have his "heh heh, teen girls are so self-centered" moments and apparently his son is only there so Rick can demonstrate "manly men doing manly things"...oh, and the son is apparently there to tote and carry on order. Rick Drummond makes a point of telling us that only a fool lives "paycheck to paycheck" when he magnanimously goes over to help his neighbors, a young couple with small children...despite the fact that most young couples live "paycheck to paycheck" when they're starting out. The author never explains how this family -- who appear to be an average middle class family -- has managed to accumulate several hundred grand worth of tools, equipment, food, gasoline, vehicles for every purpose, camping gear and trailers, etc.

This is pure male fantasy -- he saves the day over and over because of his ultra-preparedness and his planning...this reads like a survivalist's manual in parts. I quit about halfway into the book. Save your brain cells and don't start. I'd have given it 0 stars if Amazon would let me.
48 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money 6 April 2011
By A Jones - Published on
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This is the worst yet. I am 60 percent through it and have been reading on in hopes that the ceiling will fall in on this group and end my suffering. The premise, massive earthquake and subsequent disasters, offers broad scope for a good novel. Unfortunately, this author has no imagination and cannot write. The grammatical errors were offensive. Over and over we read...."brought coffee to Ron and I." "Ron (or whoever) and I" as objects of prepositions occurs consistently throughout the book. I learned the difference in the 3rd grade. There are spelling errors, simple plurals with apostrophes (like the girl's came in) and no apostrophes on possessives (such as Rons boots). Putting that mess aside, this reads like hardware/camping/hunting equipment warehouse inventory. Page after page we read excruciatingly boring lists of stuff, model numbers, where the items was bought, by whom, for how much... Nothing much happens to these folks, either; they just mess around with their massive hoard of supplies, pat themselves on the back - well, the main guy, Rick, does - about their smarts - and serve up French roast coffee and homemade whole grain pancakes. Rick is an arrogant, self-rightous "lucky me, I'm saved" Christian. He looks down on everyone. He's unlikeable and the rest of the characters are voids. They seem to have no real reaction to what's going on. The dialogue is painfully stupid and boring. This is a survival manual poorly disguised as a novel, one for wealthy, SAVED Christians. This guy is wealthy, don't kid yourself, because all that equipment he's got cost plenty. SAVE yourself from this book. Don't bother with it.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but hoped for so much less..... 23 Aug. 2011
By Wendie Labarge - Published on
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The author needs to learn the "less is more" lession!
I love the P-A genre. Books like "One Second After" or "Lights Out" always reel me in so I was really looking forward to reading this trilogy. It is a great premise and since I live in Seattle and grew up near Spokane it was nice to actually visualize many of the locations mentioned. I also appreciate that this is a self-published book, but has the author ever heard of proof reading or better, letting some friends edit a bit? We really don't need so many words, phrases and ideas to be put into 'quotation marks.' Really, it was extreme. But worse than the grammar, punctuation and spelling errors was the exhaustive detail. I really don't need to know every single step, every single tool (down to the make, model, year and price paid), and every single piece of material (and how it was obtained) usedto fix the hole in the roof. Same with the conversations: "Hey Jim, go down the ladder, around the corner, and in the second drawer of the red Craftsman Pro Series tool chest that I bought at Sears get me the ball peen hammer with the grey rubber grip and bring it back up the ladder to me but we better hurry because it is starting to get dark." Jim: "K." I'm not kidding, this happens throughout the series along with detailed, long lists, codes, what have you. So very much unneeded detail and so very little true character development. True emotions are practically non-existent; you would think the Drummand family was just going through a remodel instead of a massive natural disaster and total socio-economic collapse. Of course, it probably helps that they live in a rural housing development with neighbors close enough to see all around them and yet somehow they have the house, a barn, several outbuildings, several vehicles including a big old truck with a cherry picker, and enough supplies to easily take care of themselves and several others.

Overall, I really wanted to like this series. There was just too much.
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