Thursday, 16 November 2017

Book Review: Surviving the Fall by Mike Kraus (STF #3, #4, #5)


My Review:
Rick and Jane flee for their lives into the nearest casino with armed thugs in pursuit. They can't stay hidden forever though so Rick is going to need to come up with a plan to help them escape. How far is he willing to go to protect himself and Jane? And can the soldiers patrolling through the city be trusted or should they be avoided?

Dianne and the kids are having fun with the first snowfall and setting up a new storage area under the house. Things seem to be going well but the mystery of the burned house has yet to be solved. With lots to be done and time running out before winter hits, Dianne tries to keep her mind off whether Rick is dead or alive.

In this book, Rick's situation seems to go from bad to worse! The chase scenes through the casino are quite exciting and nerve wracking and the action is certainly amped up. Jane is recovering from her injuries but has her own ideas about what they need to do which clashes with Rick's plans. The story moves on at pace in Vegas but I find slower events with Dianne and the kids just as fascinating. I can't help thinking what I would be doing in my house if the apocalypse hit and I wanted to feel more secure. It gets the brain thinking about these things which is why I love this genre. You can learn things as well as be entertained!

Read September 2017
4 stars



Rick Waters is trapped. He and another survivor are stuck in the middle of a devastated Las Vegas, forced to hide while a band of criminals wielding stolen military-grade hardware loot the city. Any hope of escape rests on Rick's quick thinking, though that may not be enough. Back home in Virginia, his wife and children are preparing their homestead for an early winter that has arrived. The heavy snowfall is accompanied by the revelation of a strange secret beneath their home that may make their lives easier or even more dangerous.

My Review:

Rick is now stuck on the base and trying to find an exit for his Humvee before the rioters catch up with him and take his transport. He also has concerns about the weather which could delay his journey home if he can't get moving quickly. Dianne secures the tunnel ready for the food storage and teaks the security system that has been giving false alerts. But this time when the alarm goes off, they spot a man coming up towards the house and he is not somebody that they know. Dianne has no option but to challenge him and try to send him on his way. Air Force One is officially missing and a frantic search begins.

Things on the homefront go from quiet to dangerous in one day for Dianne. Now there is somebody sniffing around her home, looking to get something for nothing from her and she is not prepared to part with her families supplies, choosing instead to scare him off. But has he got the message or is he going to come back? Dianne now realises just how dangerous things might get for her family and Rick realises that bad people are not the only thing that could get in his way. I also like that we are keeping up with what the government are trying to do to end the crisis, instead of them being evil as we see in a lot of similar books.

I'm still very much enjoying the series! 

September 2017
4 stars


New enemies are on the horizon in Virginia as an unexpected visitor appears to Dianne and the children. Rick, meanwhile, faces a beautiful but dangerous journey through the Rocky Mountains. As Damocles continues to wreak havoc across the globe the stage is being set for the end of civilization as we know it.  

My Review: 
Rick is keen to get home quicker and wonders if he should head for NORAD and see if he can get a flight back to Virginia. He is about to discover that each gas station on the way is going to provide various challenges to his very life. Dianne is concerned about the gang that her prowler belongs to but she is about to get some welcome news about her neighbours. A plane crash witnessed by Rick is going to bring mixed news for the government.

This series just gets better as it goes on. You would think that Rick would be wary of getting involved with the military again after what happened in Vegas but he feels it might be safer to try and get that ride to Virginia where he will be close to home, rather than risk the cross country drive after his gas station issues. Dianne is knee deep in trouble at home and you know that the gang are soon going to be looking nin her direction. I like where the plot has been going.

I have decided that I'm not going to pay fpr any more of these parts as the price on Amazon is steep for the number of pages in each part but I will certainly buy the omnibus in paperback as soon as it is released. I recommend this series for fans of prepper and apocalypse books.


September 2017
4 stars

4 comments:

  1. I'm glad this serial is working out for you. NIt does get expensive and I too often wait for the omnibus. I have one by Mark Wheaton that weighs a few pounds. LOL

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    1. I hated having to stop here but I had to! Now I can look forward to the omnibus and get my teeth into the rest of the story...with any luck maybe sometime next year! I have part of the Bones saga but the complete copy is about £35 on Amazon! Not on my budget!!!

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  2. This looks great. I love that cover and Las Vegas...But $35? I would probably never read it. Hope you get to finish it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I'll be buying it when the omnibus comes out next year. The £35 refers to a book Laura and I were talking about by Mark Wheaton.

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