It seems everyone is frantically converging on Robert Hardwick's house except Robert Hardwick. Grace and Tom are dropped via a Blackhawk on the outskirts of home. They're running into some serious obstacles. A man they've never met is riding a power-assisted bicycle over seventy miles to rescue them from... what? A drug addict and her nasty boyfriend want the place for their own and don't care who it hurts. As long as they can get high. Another group of low-lives, only armed, decide they want the place. Grace gets there somewhere in the middle and has one job - protect her family and hold their home. Grace intends to do just that. Even if she has to kill some people. It wouldn't be the first time. She's hardened now. Skilled, hardened and desperate. That's a dangerous combination.
Grace goes off to college six hundred miles away from home. Since her prepper dad can't be there with her he gives clear instructions as when and how to get back home in the event there's a SHTF scenario. The best part? He gives her the tools to do it. Stuff does hit the fan. Big time. Grace and her best friend Zoe now have a 600-mile trip home as America collapses all around them. There's a lot of serious and dangerous obstacles in their way with no electricity, no fuel sales, very limited law enforcement and the freeways closed. Normally once law-abiding people are becoming desperate enough to kill and the criminals are operating like there wasn't a soul to stop them - because there isn't. Can the girls make it home in one piece?
I really liked "Home Coming" and thought it a fitting end to an excellent book series. I noticed on Good Reads that many readers were disappointed to see The Survivalist Series come to a close but I think it was time. It has been close to a year since Morgan's 250-mile hike home after the EMP strike and a lifetime of things happened in that year but they've come a long way. Finally, after book ten, we can imagine a somewhat peaceful life for Morgan and the community. Without giving away the story, the end of the book really brings things home. Almost like a homecoming. ;)
Before they can even bring an end to the DHS threat, Morgan, Sarge and the rest have to come to terms with a new enemy - or enemies. The Russians. The Chinese. The Cubans. The Chinese hit Mac Dill Air Force base with a nuclear strike. Is there a chance of nuclear fallout? With Russian pathfinder units and Cuban soldiers on American soil, Sarge understands they're going to need more firepower to survive, especially after the run-in with armored attack vehicles. Sarge and Morgan will need to make a trip to get some well-needed supplies, food and guns from General Faucett. They come back with a lot of food and gear but also find some tragic fighting shortly after their arrival - with deadly results.
In 'Home Invasion', book eight, things are looking up in the small central Florida community. The DHS and the local thugs are gone. The farm is proving to truly be a community affair and the market is active with traders every day. There may even be the possibility of power in the near future if those engineers don't find too many problems at the power plant. Is the worst now behind them? Maybe, but what about the Russians? The Chinese? Could Cuban troops be invading Florida? So many questions, so much danger. You know Morgan is up for the challenge. Especially with friends like Sarge that has his back.
48 Hours by New York Times bestselling author William R. Forstchen is the fourth of his books I have reviewed in less than a month. Keep in mind, I get to choose which books I read, listen to and review. That alone should speak volumes on how much I enjoy Forstchen's books. 48 Hours, unlike the John Matherson series, is a stand-alone novel. While they're all post-apocalyptic stories, 48 Hours bears little resemblance to that three-book series about an EMP attack. No, 48 Hours imagines something much more devastating than what mere mortal man can conjure up. Imagine our sun, after giving life for millions of years, suddenly turns against every living thing on the planet and threatens all of humanity with an extinction-level event. No, she's not blowing up, just sort of spitting fire at us in the form of a CME and CPE.
In Avenging Home, Morgan and his group have a lot of work ahead of them just to assist everyone in staying alive and now the DHS is a problem again. Not only that but a local band of misfits are still muddying the waters and have to be taken out soon. As if this weren't enough for everyone to come to terms with and risk everything in the fight of their lives, Morgan learns it will be child's play compared to what is looming over the entire country. How on Earth will they carry on and will any of them ever see peace again?
Morgan is no stranger to adversity, it is the before that truly disturbs him. Enforcing Home is about today, the hard life of attacking, being attacked, building bunkers, community gardening and infectious disease. Everyone cannot live in a world like this, some people just need killing. Who will survive?
The Final Day is the last of the three-book John Matherson series. In this final installment, in the form of a twelve+ hour audiobook (349 pages on Kindle), the author expertly unwinds everything that has happened up until to reveal a clear and shockingly corrupt picture.
Resurrecting Home takes us into the halfway point of The Survivalist Series. Book five of a ten book series, A. American understood the dangers of the story losing traction and becoming stale. It seems he took great care in keeping the story moving at an interesting pace while staying true to relationships built and introducing new people and challenges into the mix.