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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (26 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612430546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612430546
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott B. Williams is a survival expert and avid outdoorsman. He has been a survivalist consultant for numerous T.V. shows. He is the author of two survivalist books and editor of

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By Mr B P Collins on 28 Dec. 2013
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Story line follows a very probable happening in our electronic dependant civilization and the certain collapse of our way of life.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Teachable moments 23 Jun. 2012
By Lori D. Ellison - Published on
Format: Paperback
Just finished Scott B. Williams; novel The Pulse: A Novel of Surviving the Collapse of the Grid. While Williams is probably best known for his prepping/survival non-fiction (Bug Out, Bug Out Vehicles, Getting Out Alive and decades of solid writing for Sea Kayaker) he does a more than admirable job of wading into the fiction category.

Unlike other prepping/survival writers out there, Williams isn't exactly a zombie apocolypse kind of guy. The Pulse is fiction, but it holds true to Williams' even-keeled teachings. His characters are down to earth. Some may have some specialized experiences, or have acquired useful knowledge, but other are struggling to learn as they go. They have old aluminum canoes and basic camping gear. No one espcapes in a Humvee, wears tactical gear, lives in a fortified compound, or carries an assault weapon. Williams' story is entertaining and his messages are clear: preparation is critical; you can be prepared without spending a fortune; knowledge and skill are more important than brawn and gadgetry. Even if you don't think of yourself as a prepper, The Pulse is a fun read -- and you'll learn a lot without even realizing it.

And for those of us who remember 1989 when a solar flare knocked out portions of the grid in Canada (leaving millions of people without power) The Pulse will stir up some ghosts.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable, Well Written and Accurate 22 Jun. 2012
By inquirer - Published on
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A relevant topic nicely interleaved with accurate and reasoned information about survival and sailing in an enjoyable novel. A fun and informative read by a writer who now proves he can write fiction as well as informational books. Scott weaves in the thinking processes behind decisions the characters are making regarding their survival...all of which are helpful to those who may have to follow these footsteps sometime in the future. This is Scott's first novel and it comes together well to provide a tale in which to see more clearly the usefulness of many of the suggestions he makes in his prior Bug Out and similar writings. There are nuggets of information interwoven in the pages that one learns without this being a text. Of course, being the owner of a 36' Wharram catamaran and living on an island I particularly enjoyed the book...and because it is nice to read a novel that addresses sailing that is accurate! A well-written novel by someone who knows the details not just from library research but from first-hand adventuring experience. I hope he writes a sequel.
92 of 117 people found the following review helpful
Decent plot - but not female friendly at ALL 28 Aug. 2012
By SaphronScribble - Published on
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As a woman interested in survivalism, I'm pretty used to the boy's club surrounding the culture. Nonetheless, I had high hopes for THE PULSE as it claimed to be about a daughter trying to flee the city, survive on her, and reconnect with her father. Yay, a female protagonist! Or so I thought. In truth, the main character Casey has absolutely NO agency, intelligence, survival skills, or any redeeming character trait whatsoever. She quickly meets up with a male co-ed who has all of those things in abundance, and then proceeds to lead her and her even more daft (if you can believe it) roommate out on an adventure, where he quickly takes center stage. The entire time, he explains very simple concepts even a child - let alone a 20 year old woman - would understand as if she was mentally disabled and/or 4 year's old. He gets to do ALL of the exciting fun stuff and she merely comes along as "pretty bait" for the rapists. She had no voice or agency whatsoever. She doesn't do anything remotely interesting or useful, except to fluff his ego by repeatedly exclaiming sentiments along the lines of "gosh what would we ever do without a nice strong man around to save us! Oh help! Oh no!" She's reminiscent of a helpful Victorian heroine whose only asset is her good looks. Blegh. On top of that, the second parallel story line with the father was extremely slow and boring. You can clearly see the difference b/t the male and female characters however, because the father, another useless city dweller, actually get to do fun things, learn some new skills, and grow as a character. His daughter, however, just goes along for the ride. The whole thing is pretty disappointing.
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Horrible. Simply horrible. 19 Aug. 2012
By Anthony B Hays - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just finished this book. The only way I could get through it was by skimming or skipping entire chapters. It starts out as an interesting take on what would happen if all electrical systems were destroyed. The sailing parts were interesting at first and obviously well researched. But after 15 paragraphs talking about the boat in the same exact way, I started skipping it.

I also did not understand exactly how everything was destroyed. It mentions a flashing light in the sky and a few people mention solar flares. Yet it was dark when the solar flare hit and the only part of the world that was effected was the dark side of Earth. How does that work? Wouldn't a solar flare hit the part that is facing the sun and destroy that? I am sure there is some logical explanation I am missing, but it was not in the book. Anywhere.

The biggest disappointment was the ending. Not only can you see it coming about 50 pages away, but is so unbelievable you wonder if the author hit his deadline and just had to tie it all up somehow.

If you want a book that is well researched, interesting and informative about what would happen if we were hit by an EMP or solar flare read One Second After. That book really gets to the heart of the discussion and really explores what would happen afterwards.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Best of the lot so far. 27 Oct. 2012
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Though I direct a university press, teach creative writing at the university level, and have authored over thirty books of my own, I confess a fondness for post-apocalyptic fiction. (I know: I'm supposed to be above this.) I must tell you that in terms of the writing, the technical details, and the editing, THE PULSE is the best example of this sort of fiction that you are likely ever to encounter.

Pay no attention to some of the vacuous negative reviews about this book: The lamentable thing about the Internet is that it has made it possible for people who have rarely entertained an original thought to post their opinions as if they.
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