The Night the Lights Went Out

Rated 3.00/5 based on 3 reviews
A freak electrical storm sweeps over Britain, knocking out power lines in its wake. Without the National Grid, Britain is in left in the dark – no lights, no heat, no electricity...

From among the British refugees now scattered across northern France, a young soldier is recruited for a mission that takes him back home, to find a Britain at once recognisable and massively altered. More
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About John Eider

My pen name is John Eider. I work full time and write at evenings and weekends.

I've been writing for several years now; a mental magpie, I change genre a lot, writing mainly Detective Fiction, Science Fiction, Adventures and an Office Drama. I have seven books on Smashwords:

Detective Novels
– Late of the Payroll
– Not a Very Nice Woman
– Death Without Pity

Psychological Thriller
– The Winter Sickness

Science Fiction
– The Robots
– The Night the Lights Went Out

Office/Personal Drama
– Playing Truant

I write because I have characters, scenes and stories on my mind, and need a stage for them to play on. I hope you enjoy reading them.

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Review by: James Jenkins on Nov. 23, 2018 :
I read 55% before putting this down. For the last while everything is the 'young soldier' whining about how things are not going well because he lied to his boss.

The British apocalypse is hard to see as plausible in relationship to plot points about going around destroying working electronic devices across Britain. If you have working phones, your infrastructure can not possibly be too damaged to fix with international assistance
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Review by: Dingbat Publishing on Sep. 5, 2013 :
Of all the books I've read this year, this is one of the most difficult to rate and classify. It's an intense read, densely written, heavy and realistic; but at the same time it's hopeful and light on its feet. The ending is left open, as if for a sequel, but because of the realism factor there's no other way it could possibly have ended.

The climax is strong and satisfying, but the denouement and falling action drag on a bit. It's possible the story would be stronger with a couple thousand words chopped off the end; but it wouldn't be the same book and the effect on the reader would be neither as heavy nor as hopeful.

The characterization is excellent. The author could use a professional copy editor or at least a good proofreader, and there are some sentences where I never did figure out a satisfactory meaning. But even when it threw me out of the story, there was never any question but that I'd dive back into it.

If you like post-apocalyptic fiction without the tired tropes of nuclear holocaust or zombies, well, I've read worse. Much worse. And I guess that answers the how-many-stars question: this story will stay with me. Knock off one for the lack of proofreading and the questionability of those ending chapters, then let's say four stars and one contented if wondering reader.
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Review by: Stewart Bint on Aug. 16, 2013 :
A frightening scenario well depicted through the eyes of a young soldier on a mission through the dangerous countryside of a Britain without electricity.
A well told story, where the reader quickly empathises with the soldier. The hardships and dangers are nicely documented, and I found myself genuinely caring for our hero, and hoping he would eventually find happiness with the woman he encounters in a commune.
The ending is just right in paving the way for a sequel.
If the author does continue the adventures of this young soldier, I will definitely be reading them.
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