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The Final Day (After, #3)
by William R. Forstchen
Published by Forge Books on January 3, 2017
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic & Dystopian
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 12 hours 11 minutes
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Review/Post Reading Time: 4 minutes
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 this point, to reveal a clear and shockingly corrupt picture.
Will the Country keep some resemblance of liberty or will the new powers holding the reigns destroy all in order to stay in power?
Will John face the wrath of a tyrannical government bent on retaliation or will he discover the truth of what is happening before it is too late for the entire nation, or what's left of it?
Brian’s Overall Book Rating
Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe we have another five stars. I thoroughly enjoyed The final Day and couldn’t recommend it more.
With some great books, especially a series, I hate to turn that last page or listen to the final words. I just hate for it to end.
That simply wasn’t the case for The Final Day. As much as I loved all three books, the ending was completely satisfying, like an icy glass of smooth bourbon after a stressful week of work.
A John Matherson Novel Series Recap – Books One & Two
Skip this section if books one & two are still fresh in your memory.
After a devastating blow to the Land of Liberty with an EMP attack, she’s thrown into a horrifying tailspin that just might mean the end. After a couple years of starvation, fighting and even invasions, it is starting to seem that many want things to remain that way.
There as been a dieoff so extreme that no one went untouched, including John Matherson who lost his beloved little girl and his mother-in-law. Not to mention his two family dogs.
John refused the offer of promotion to Major General and to join the Army of National Recovery (ANR), sealing the fate of his entire community as being labelled enemy combatants and becoming potential collateral damage.
After a deadly air assault by Dale Fredricks with the ANR, John and his militia somehow won that battle and until now, seem to have escaped retribution by Bluemont.
The Final Day Storyline
It is day 920, almost two and a half years since “The Day“. It’s early November and already looking like it is going to be a very harsh winter. The food stores are low, probably not enough to get the North Carolina mountain community through the winter.
John is still a community leader although he’s relinquished his almost dictatorship control he held during martial law. A fragmented America seems to be holding onto what remains east of the Mississippi, including what is now being called the “State of Carolina“.
Washington DC is no more with those claiming to be the legitimate government operating out of Bluemont.
John’s oldest and only living daughter, Elizabeth, is married to their neighbor’s son and expecting her second child at just 19 years old. John is married to Makala, who is also expecting.
The leader of the Reaver’s, who was almost killed in an ANR air attack and whom John risked so much to protect, is no longer an enemy. The two are indeed now close friends.
Without giving too much away, in The Final Day you’re going to learn exactly what happened on “The Day“, who know about it and how those in power came to be. You also learn who, if anyone, is in a position to do something about it.
Amazing – the years of political correctness pumped out of our collages became an education of national guilt.William R. Forstchen – The Final Day
Book Recommended For
Anyone that can kick back and enjoy a book without questioning the details at every twist and turn. There are some pretty far-fetched scenarios, at first glance, in most post-apocalyptic fiction.
Who May Not Like This Book
Book three concentrates almost solely on a single subject which might bother those searching for a fast-paced, multi-faceted action-themed read.
The Final Day Constructive Criticism
Sometimes I feel like I should just omit this section and this is one of those times. I enjoyed this book as much as book one and couldn’t fathom how it could have been better.
Mature Subject Matter:
Violence: Just killings by the dozen, nothing you can’t handle.
Profanity: I think there was.
Alcohol/drugs: Some drinking, even a little moonshine. They are adults, after all.
The Final Day Main Characters
- John Matherson – Town Administrator
- Makala Turner Matherson – John’s wife and the town’s Director Of Public Health And Safety
- Elizabeth Matherson – John’s 19-year-old daughter
- Ben – Elizabeth’s 2-year-old son
- Seth Robinson – Elizabeth’s new husband and Lee’s son
- Lee Robinson – John’s trusted friend and neighbor
- Forrest Burnet – Former leader of the Reivers & John’s friend
- Ernie Franklin – John’s mouthy but loyal friend
- Linda – Ernie’s wife
- Reverand Black – Local rock and counsellor
- Jim Barnett – Volkswagon mechanic
- Grace Freeman – College student and a local militia soldier
- Maurey Hurt – Pilot & reaction team
- Billy Tindle – Pilot
- Danny McMullin – Airplane mechanic
- Paul & Becky Hawkins – IT and Librarian working on hydroelectric generation
- General Bob Scales – John’s friend and mentor
- Major Quinton Reynolds – Adjedent to General Bob Scales
*Spellings may be wrong, I’m going by audiobook only.
Other names and mentions in The Final Day
- Bill Galepsy – Aircraft mechanic hunkered down at the airport
- Keven Mallody – Local militia unit commander
- Jenet – Nurse and Maggie’s (killed) sister
- Ed – Police Chief
- Step Family – Local prepping family
- Gene Bradley – retired postal worker
- Captain Dean Hanson – USAF security at Site R
- Richard Pellegrino – Head administrator of Site R
- Phillis – Control board operator at Site R
The Final Day Author: William R. Forstchen
The Final Day Audible Narration By Bronson Pinchot
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