Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.
Juniper Mackenzie was singing and playing guitar in a pub when her small Oregon town was thrust into darkness. Cars refused to start. Phones were silent. And when an airliner crashed, no sirens sounded and no fire trucks arrived. Now, taking refuge in her family's cabin with her daughter and a growing circle of friends, Juniper is determined to create a farming community to benefit the survivors of this crisis.
But even as people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest…
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Wishful thinking by the basement-dwelling Dungeons & Dragons set
Amateur writing, over-simplistic character development, completely ridiculous assertions that 'ren faire' wanna bee's actually were what they pretended to be... SIGH. My god, maybe if a good editor went at this and re-directed the more purile parts it could be salvaged...
If you are hardcore end of the world genre reader (or even a dedicated sci-fi one), this will just aggravate you. A pity, really. Such a good premise.
You have got to be kidding me...
I want to put a review out here but also let each one of you know enough background about me to make an informed decision from my likes and dislikes. This review is from a Geeky Engineer who loves SiFy, stories of catastrophe, hunting, fishing and roughing it in real life. Things I don't like include persons or writers trying to "dumb things down" for me, those who try to hide personal agendas within other context and sell it as "just a part of the story" but most of all - life is short and I hate when I inadvertently waste some of mine.
Amazing premise for a book yet after working this out the writer went horribly off track. I can see how the 21st century social structure could be thrown into utter chaos without the modern amenities we are all so dependent upon. However, as a young boy when on a trip into wilderness the battery post on our 4x4 broke and it would not start, radio wouldn't work and cell phones had not yet been invented, we did not immediately jump to the conclusion that everything in the world had gone awry and start fashioning 12th century medieval weapons. Wow! How could George R. Stewart believe even what he was putting down on paper could be seen as even half way plausible. Having spent a good deal of the first few chapters developing the characters that I could almost visualize and felt immediate kinship with I could initially look over some of his amateurish problems that were taking form in his writing. The level of writing sank so quickly after his character introductions and development that it surprised me that less than a third of the way into the book I was wishing for the end already. Please save your money but most of all make better use of the 22 hours that you will long to have back after having finished this tripe of literature.
I love this whole trilogy, though so far only the first two are available. The whole premise is "What would happen if 21st century humans were forced to live in 12th century conditions?" Stirling's view on what would happen is extremely thought-provoking, and entirely exciting throughout. I end up recommending this series to virtually everyone I talk to.