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  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (22 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477504532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477504536
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,390,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rowan has had a varied life, starting out as an electronics engineer, with experience in radar in the RAF, automatic controls around Europe, and computer engineering around the world. This included 2 or 3 years spent in the Azores, finishing up in Australia, where he has now retired to live. He always wanted to write a book in one of his favorite genres, possible disaster sci-fi, and thought he would like to use his experiences, but not an autobiography. This new series, 'The EMP of the Beginning' is the result.

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This genre is pretty much all I read and I agree with other reviews - I didn't feel that I could buy into the characters or the plot that much, even though it had great potential. A lot of events seemed all too convenient like the finding of the girl who was kidnapped or being handed a mobile phone when he needed one whilst captive in Australia - It needs more depth, Suspense building and description. I felt very much like I was reading this for a GCSE Exam or worse.

I believe that, in its current state it could be the tent poles to a great book - It just needs building on - Not adding to with more chapters or a sequel simply working with what is currently there.
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Very plain, two dimentional, could have been better. 13 May 2012
By Vandweller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I normally quite like post apocalypse novels, but this one just didn't grab me. There just wasn't much character development. The characters were just well, very cardboard cut out, two dimensional like. The book also tended to labour the point a lot, taking a long time to get where it was at. I also found that there wasn't much scene setting, not much description of what places looked like.

The story relates the events after an EMP weapon attack that has left much of the world disabled by destroying electric networks. This isn't any "One second after" though by William Forstchen. There's no grit, no suspense, and what little adventure there is reads like an Enid Blyton Famous Five kids story. Not to say no effort has been put into this book, but it was very convenient that the main character finds his female lead within a day of her being kidnapped. I find myself not wanting to negatively criticise this book, because it is an interesting read, but it just lacks the depth of many books in this genre. I found myself thinking of Dirk Pitt adventures and thinking this didn't have quite the intriuge of a Cussler novel.

There were also a couple of minor spelling errors, and in place of an in one spot but nothing worth worrying about. Also, I'm pretty sure ASIS staffers are generally not ex military pilots but it was part of the story line so no issue. Also, I thought the cover picture being from Wikimedia was a bit cheap. I'm sure a better cover picture could have been done by a freelance graphic artist cheaply.

So I'm going to give it a 3 out of 5. It's okay, but it does not have the impact of 5 stars like "I am Legend" and the gold standard of post EMP weapons scenario books, "One Second After". It is an okay read, and I'll be interested to read other reviews of it.
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