Next Afterburn by Scott Nicholson

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Massive solar flares soak our planet in radiation and bring about an apocalyptic event.  Millions die from the blast.  Most of the remaining population (human and animal) become mutants.  There are only a small number of humans left and they are fighting for their survival.

The story is captivating at times and full of interesting twists.  However, the ending leaves the reader with to many questions and puts a damper on the entire book.

After the Shock by Scott Nicholson

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Massive solar flares hit Earth and soak the planet in radiation.  The radiation destroys all electronic devices and kills over half of the population.  The survivors fall into two groups:

  1.  People that survived the solar flares, but the radiation scrambled their brains and turned them into mindless killing machines.
  2. People that survived the solar flares and seem to be unaffected by the radiation.  They are forced to find a way live in their new post-apocalyptic world.

I enjoyed reading this book.  The characters were interesting and relatable.  Also, the story flowed well, which made the book easy to read.

The Zombie Survival Guide

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I saw this book at the store and thought it might be entertaining.

In the beginning of the book, there is a discussion about the solanum virus.  This alleged virus kills the human host, but allows minimal brain activity to remain.  The result is a reanimated corpse with only one desire, to eat living beings.

These reanimated corpses, aka zombies, have non-functioning circulatory and respiratory systems.  They have no need for rest, can live without food, and are oblivious to pain.  The only way to stop a zombie is to destroy the brain.

The book also covers topics regarding close combat with zombies, preferred weapons for killing zombies, finding a safe location for a hideout, required gear for long-term survival, and survival skills training.

The book ends with historical accounts of suspected zombie attacks.  It also discusses conspiracy theories concerning the suppression of information about these attacks.

The book was entertaining, but I don’t think I will ever read it again.

Heart of a Fighter

Gwen was born nineteen years ago today.  She was 3 months premature and only weighed 2 pounds 2 ounces.  Gwen spent the first few months of her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, with all kinds of tubes and IV’s coming out of her little body.

It was a precarious time and her survival was far from guaranteed.  In spite of it all, Gwen managed to thrive and is now a beautiful young woman.

My message for Gwen on her birthday, never forget you have the heart of a fighter.  You proved that by surviving and thriving during those first few months of life.  That strength and spirit will always be within you.  When struggles come your way, remember you have the heart of a fighter and you will prevail.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I was drawn to this book by the title.  It sounded intreating, so I decided to buy it.

The narrator of the book is Death, as in a Grim Reaper type character.  The story is about a girl named Liesel.  She lives in Nazi Germany, with her foster parents.  Her brother died on the train ride to their foster home, which lead to her first act of book thievery.

Liesel struggled to adjust to her new family life and new school.  However, she had a scrappy attitude that won her the respect of the other kids in the neighborhood.

In spite of the hatred around them, she learns compassion and love from her foster parents.  She also learns about courage and how to survive during difficult times.

The book is a bit weird, but interesting.  I thought it was interesting and thought provoking.

The Survivors Club – Book Review

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Ben Sherwood conducted research on how some people mange to survive traumatic events that have a high rate of fatality.

He interviewed survivors, talked to doctors, and other researchers and then he complied his findings in a book titled The Survivors Club.  He also explains how people can improve their chances of survival during a crisis event.

I thought it was an interesting book.  I give it an A-

 

30 Minute Plan – A Book Review

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This book is a part of the zombie genre (of which I am a huge fan).  In the story there are several different types of zombies, since they have the ability to mutate and evolve.  The main character is fighting for his own survival when he becomes infected and ends up being a leader in a pack of zombies.

The first few chapters of the book was awful.  I felt bored and confused, but I decided to go ahead and read the entire thing.  I am glad I stuck with it, because it got a lot better.  I started to relate with the main character and was able to really get into the story.

All and in all, I would recommend the book.  I give it a B-