Thanks to everyone for giving me the opportunity to pass the characters and worlds in my imagination over to yours. I hope that the stories, while fictional, help folks prepare for the surprises that lay in store for us.
Getting older and worrying about my own children, I considered the dangers of the current world and the fragility of modern society built upon shifting sands. I noticed contemporary life more closely resembles fiction than fact, especially when compared to our ancestors.
Once the veneer is peeled away, what tangible truths are left for modern humans? Can we feed ourselves and our families? Can we keep them warm at night without reaching for the thermostat? If we feel ill, and there is no emergency room, what happens next? And most frightening of all to some, what safety exists if there is no first responder to call?
Join me on a journey to find out what actions ordinary people would take in extraordinary situations. Maybe we'll all be pleasantly surprised...even I don't know what some of these characters are going to do when fighting for their own survival!
on Feb. 22, 2017 :
The Pullback, by G.R. Carter is a survivalist, post-electrical-grid-collapse novel, along the lines of "One Second After," by William R. Forstchen. One difference from Forstchen's novel was the greater scope of "The Pullback." While Forstchen concentrated on the plight of one small town, Carter defines four different, emergent societies built on various power structures: organized crime, military, religious, and new-age cultist. The sociological thought experiment this novel explores, is both fascinating and dismal: tribalism at its best/worst. Although The Pullback is the foundation for a series, I would like to have seen more focus on specific characters rather than a glimpse into the personal stories of many. I guess I was looking for a "hero" a protagonist I could get into to "feel" the emotional ramifications of the pullback. Other than that, The Pullback, is a good read: disturbing, raw, and unapologetically redneck (realistic). Warning: If you believe in nothing but the milk and honey of human kindness, while looking after yourself with force (guns and things that go boom) offends you, this is probably not the book for you. But, on the other hand, if you don't feel guilty for having a survival instinct, you're going to find The Pullback, well worth the read.
(review of free book)