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4.0 out of 5 stars A Frighteningly Realistic Scenario, 19 Mar 2009
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Fans of the author will not be disappointed by his latest work.
Forstchen examines the effect of an attack on the U.S.A. using an EMP(or rather three EMPs). The electro magnetic pulse ruins most electrical gadgets; computers and anything controlled by them, data storage, modern vehicles and planes, electricity generators,water supply, medical equipment, phones and radios.
The small town in which the story is set reverts to a barter economy and its shops soon run out of food and medicines. Local law enforcement has to cope with increasingly desperate local citizens,stranded motorists, and refugees from the big cities hoping to find food and shelter.
Forstchen examines the big issues mainly by looking at the impact on one family. This approach works well, and the reader is drawn in, wondering "what would I do in that situation?"
The reason I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5 may sound trivial. Every single "could have, should have, would have, might have" in the book is written as "could of, should of" etc.After reading several dozen of these I almost ended up shouting at the book. I guess I'm getting old.
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Initial post: 16 May 2010 18:57:34 BDT
I. Turner says:
""Every single "could have, should have, would have, might have" in the book is written as "could of, should of" etc.After reading several dozen of these I almost ended up shouting at the book. I guess I'm getting old.""
Brilliant comment - well siad! that would have annoyed the hell out of me too!!!!

Posted on 11 Jul 2010 23:44:26 BDT
Not at all, or else I'm old too.... what laziness to write "of" instead of "have" even if a lot of people talk like that... but I'm an English teacher so, will not keep me from buying the book, but thanks for the heads up.... will set my annoyometer down to 0

Posted on 25 Jul 2010 23:40:59 BDT
That's stopped me buying it then, it would HAVE irritated me too :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2010 19:17:34 GMT
GordonD says:
Agreed - to write "could of" instead of "could have" is either laziness or ignorance, but it's a bad sign that this wasn't picked up at the editing stage. The correct abbreviation, if one HAS to be used, would be "could've".

Posted on 29 Jun 2011 09:29:59 BDT
'could have' (etc) written as 'could of' ? don't books have copy editors any more? that's certainly stopped me buying it. thanks for the warning. (the reason i sold my Kindle was that so many of the books transcribed for it were full of typos, misspellings and grammatical errors. i was shouting at it all the time!)

Posted on 30 Oct 2011 12:53:54 GMT
That's terrible! "Could of"??? Good grief! Get a new proofreader for goodness sake!

Posted on 20 Dec 2011 11:25:45 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
"Could of" etc

Yeesh! Couldn't agree more. That's pretty much a deal breaker on a book that I had every intention of buying. (No sarcasm intended)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2012 17:19:27 GMT
I'm finding the very same thing to be an incredibly irritating problem with the Kindle. SO many books, which actually have decent plots and would be otherwise perfectly readable, are ruined by careless writing and complete disregard for the rules of the English language. It bothers me beyond belief!!

Posted on 6 Oct 2012 15:59:24 BDT
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