Thursday, 16 November 2017

Book Review: Surviving the Fall by Mike Kraus (STF #1 and 2)


When a devastating attack cripples and destroys every Internet-connected device in the country, Rick Waters is stranded a thousand miles from his wife, Dianne, and their children. To get back home he'll have to draw on every survival instinct he has as he's pulled into a web of lies and conspiracy that threaten not just his survival but that of the entire world.

Surviving the Fall is a thrilling post-apocalyptic episodic series that focuses on Rick and Dianne Waters and how they each deal with the apocalypse. Stranded across the country away from his family, Rick must travel from California to Virginia to reunite with his wife and children, all while struggling to comprehend and deal with the horrors along the way.

At home with her three children when she experiences the beginning of the end in a dramatic and deadly fashion, Dianne Waters has experience as a prepper and survivalist, but not even years of training and preparation have readied her for the darkness that comes with the end of the world. Now she must draw upon those skills to protect her loved ones and fight back against those who come against her and her family. 


My Review:
General Davies hears the disturbing news that a secret weapon system has been hacked and parts possibly stolen. If this stolen weapon is used against the US, it would be a disaster of untold proportions. Smart watches, cars and other technology are all interlinked in the modern world and all may be vulnerable to Damocles. Time is running out to stop a disaster.

A week later, Rick has arrived at LA for an important meeting but as he exits the terminal, cars start going haywire and planes are dropping out of the sky. Fires are starting everywhere and panicked people don't know what to do. Now he faces the impossible journey home on foot as the streets become a dangerous place to be.

Rick's wife Dianne is at home with her children and has just got out of the car when it explodes. Now she has to find a way to look after her family as chaos breaks out, while wondering what has happened to her husband.

I do love this kind of disaster writing! I enjoy seeing the disaster unfold along with the characters, and following the fortunes of each family member as they face different challenges in the aftermath. I like the difficult journeys home, the bad people that need to be evaded and what is happening on the home front so this was exactly what I was looking for. It is tense and well written, and most importantly, the MCs are a normal family that you can't help rooting for. There are enough tense situations to keep you reading and I wanted to know what was going to happen every time I turned the page.

I don't generally follow serial novels because of the expense and not knowing how many parts you'll be expected to buy but I don't mind trying the start of one if it is free. In this case, I downloaded the first two parts to read and discovered that the author is bringing out an omnibus of all the parts put together so I'm going to grab that when it gets a paperback release.


Read September 2017.
4 stars


After narrowly surviving an escape from Los Angeles, Rick Waters heads east in an attempt to get home. When he reaches the outskirts of Las Vegas, though, he is faced with the sobering fact that the world is forever changed. Meanwhile, at home in Virginia, Dianne Waters and her three children work to prepare for the imminent arrival of winter while dealing with the fact that they may not be as alone as they think....

Surviving the Fall is a thrilling post-apocalyptic episodic series that focuses on Rick and Dianne Waters and how they each deal with the apocalypse. Stranded across the country away from his family, Rick must travel from California to Virginia to reunite with his wife and children, all while struggling to comprehend and deal with the horrors along the way.

At home with her three children when she experiences the beginning of the end in a dramatic and deadly fashion, Dianne Waters has experience as a prepper and survivalist, but not even years of training and preparation have readied her for the darkness that comes with the end of the world. Now she must draw upon those skills to protect her loved ones and fight back against those who come against her and her family.


My Review: 

Rick has managed to escape from the hell of Los Angeles but his car runs out of fuel near the Nevada border, where civilians are being collected and sent to a nearby military base. But Rick's bus is ambushed as they drive down the Las Vegas strip, and he and Jane are forced to flee on foot. With looters and armed gangs searching nearby and Jane injured, Rick has to find a way to get out of the city.

Dianne has to start preparing her home for winter but is disturbed to see that a missing neighbour's house is on fire. She becomes concerned that looters may be moving through the area and defence now becomes a priority.

The action really heats up in this book and the tension level builds as Rick finds himself in more trouble. He has met Jane on the bus and together they escape from the attack, but she is too injured to move as fast as Rick would like. I liked the fact that he was unwilling to leave her to her fate and was determined to help her. Dianne is trying to get the kids involved in helping her with the defence of their home and planning what needs to be done next. You just know that something bad is going to be coming but you aren't sure when so the anticipation is there. I'm not going into detail of the plot here as I don't want to spoil the story which I'm really enjoying!

I've already mentioned that I planned to buy the omnibus but I also wanted to know what  was happening so I did buy the next few episodes as they were going cheap! 

Read September 2017
4 stars

4 comments:

  1. Glad to know there's going to be an omnibus of all of these parts; that's what I want to read! :)

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    1. I've really enjoyed what I've read of this author. I'll be snapping up all his omnibuses hopefully next year if they come out then!

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  2. Awesome reviews! I will have to read these! We seem to both like stories like this. Do you play video games? The Last of Us for Playstation has a plot like this and I love it!

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    1. I do love a good apocalypse. I don't get the time to play games now-too much else to do! Too many of these new games are only doing the online only versions which is driving my dad nuts. He's the gamer in the family but he likes single player on his own TV!

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