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Librarian's note: There are Alternate Cover Editions for this edition of this book here and here. The world, as we know it, has ended. One man stands resolute. A man who has been trained in the savage arts of war. A man who lives his life according to a creed. A simple man who wants none of the power thrust upon him. This man is Marine Sergeant Nathaniel Hogan, seconded to t Librarian's note: There are Alternate Cover Editions for this edition of this book here and here. The world, as we know it, has ended. One man stands resolute. A man who has been trained in the savage arts of war. A man who lives his life according to a creed. A simple man who wants none of the power thrust upon him. This man is Marine Sergeant Nathaniel Hogan, seconded to the American Embassy in London and, although he does not know it, he is – The Forever Man. The first pulse occurred in the old calendar year of 2022. A sequence of gigantic solar flares created a series of massive electromagnetic pulses that stopped the heart of our modern world and returned us to the DARK AGES. Tens of thousands died within the first few hours as airplanes fell from the skies, hospitals ceased to work and every form of modern transportation ground to a halt. Within days the death toll had reached the hundreds of thousands. Fires raged unchecked through the cities, water supplies ran out and survivors turn on each other as mob rule surpassed all else. And Nathaniel finds that he has been changed by the huge amounts of Gamma radiation in the solar flares. They have enhanced his natural abilities, giving him increased speed, strength and healing. Indefinitely extended his life span and enabling him to be able to draw on the power of the solar flares to create magik. But even The Forever Man was not prepared for what happened next, as the ongoing flares tore a hole in time and space, creating a gateway through which ‘they’ appeared. From the realms of fantasy came the orcs, the goblins and, leading them all – the Fair Folk. Were they here to help – or to conquer?


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Librarian's note: There are Alternate Cover Editions for this edition of this book here and here. The world, as we know it, has ended. One man stands resolute. A man who has been trained in the savage arts of war. A man who lives his life according to a creed. A simple man who wants none of the power thrust upon him. This man is Marine Sergeant Nathaniel Hogan, seconded to t Librarian's note: There are Alternate Cover Editions for this edition of this book here and here. The world, as we know it, has ended. One man stands resolute. A man who has been trained in the savage arts of war. A man who lives his life according to a creed. A simple man who wants none of the power thrust upon him. This man is Marine Sergeant Nathaniel Hogan, seconded to the American Embassy in London and, although he does not know it, he is – The Forever Man. The first pulse occurred in the old calendar year of 2022. A sequence of gigantic solar flares created a series of massive electromagnetic pulses that stopped the heart of our modern world and returned us to the DARK AGES. Tens of thousands died within the first few hours as airplanes fell from the skies, hospitals ceased to work and every form of modern transportation ground to a halt. Within days the death toll had reached the hundreds of thousands. Fires raged unchecked through the cities, water supplies ran out and survivors turn on each other as mob rule surpassed all else. And Nathaniel finds that he has been changed by the huge amounts of Gamma radiation in the solar flares. They have enhanced his natural abilities, giving him increased speed, strength and healing. Indefinitely extended his life span and enabling him to be able to draw on the power of the solar flares to create magik. But even The Forever Man was not prepared for what happened next, as the ongoing flares tore a hole in time and space, creating a gateway through which ‘they’ appeared. From the realms of fantasy came the orcs, the goblins and, leading them all – the Fair Folk. Were they here to help – or to conquer?

30 review for Pulse

  1. 5 out of 5

    Grep

    This wasn't even YA tier. I saw that quite a few of "those people" were crying about too much violence, rape and male fantasies (no fun allowed/gender theory aficionados), but this is just a bad book. It's clunky, it's immature and every situation every character encounters is either cookie cutter or just completely unbelievable. I stopped when the Embassy Marines met the escaped prisoners and the big bad - who had a swastika tattoo on his head ( HOW ORIGINAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!) - said that he didn't wan This wasn't even YA tier. I saw that quite a few of "those people" were crying about too much violence, rape and male fantasies (no fun allowed/gender theory aficionados), but this is just a bad book. It's clunky, it's immature and every situation every character encounters is either cookie cutter or just completely unbelievable. I stopped when the Embassy Marines met the escaped prisoners and the big bad - who had a swastika tattoo on his head ( HOW ORIGINAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!) - said that he didn't want money for water, but wanted the male marine's sweet asses. (AND GYRATED HIS HIPS). It's not good and I can't believe this author won any awards he didn't pay for.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This simply did not work for me. The main character is one of those 'US marine heroes' who has everything at his fingertips and proceeds to show everyone else just how fandabbbydozy he is at solving all their problems. There are far too many references to rape and violence, far too many random scenes that had little or no purpose other than to nauseate this reader, far too many scenes where the author shows us just how inept/incompetent/useless/sex-obsessed Brits are. Well, thank you author, but This simply did not work for me. The main character is one of those 'US marine heroes' who has everything at his fingertips and proceeds to show everyone else just how fandabbbydozy he is at solving all their problems. There are far too many references to rape and violence, far too many random scenes that had little or no purpose other than to nauseate this reader, far too many scenes where the author shows us just how inept/incompetent/useless/sex-obsessed Brits are. Well, thank you author, but I found that rather offensive. Why on earth do authors seem unable to create/write a British hero? SAS anyone? Special Boat Service anyone?? There was also a subplot involving someone called Commander Ammon, Fairfolk, battle orcs, goblins, constructs and trolls, the inclusion of an Oirish (deliberate spelling) priest who spouts stuff like: 'I be Father Phelim O'Hara. I tort dat you wus one of does devil worshippin' bastards. Dat's why I tru a bottle at yez.' 'Nah and nay again, to be sure. Still, I won't mention it ta any and I be sure dat you won't neider. So den tell me, where are does Satan worshipping pig feckers?' 'Tanks be ta you, young soldier. I tink dat I'll sit up for a while. Dey has got a lovely lot of wines and whiskeys in da cellar dat I was incarcerated in and I shall partake and sit wid youse.' Not one to keep.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Roo MacLeod

    Note for the reader, this book is 1/3 fantasy 2/3 apocalyptic. Just so you know. And this is part 1 of many. Saying that it is a damn good read. The world as we know it has suffered a cataclysmic event, an emp type thing that wipes out anything electrical. Sort of like what a nuclear explosion would do. Nothing works. Human kind has been reduced to the dark ages and very few are coping. Step forward the Forever Man, an american marine, orc big and good through and through. Meanwhile in galaxy far f Note for the reader, this book is 1/3 fantasy 2/3 apocalyptic. Just so you know. And this is part 1 of many. Saying that it is a damn good read. The world as we know it has suffered a cataclysmic event, an emp type thing that wipes out anything electrical. Sort of like what a nuclear explosion would do. Nothing works. Human kind has been reduced to the dark ages and very few are coping. Step forward the Forever Man, an american marine, orc big and good through and through. Meanwhile in galaxy far far away, a dying civilization is being wiped out by elves and decides to settle on earth. See, I am right. It is fantasy meets apocalyptic and good fun.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I hoped the plot would be interesting enough to make up for the insufferable gun humping and bombastic "perfection" of the main character. I was extremely happy and willing to move forward with the story when said character died. Unfortunately, he resumed living, and resumed being an insufferable dickwad. All other characters are apparently idiots who just need to either shut up and listen to the ever perfect master gunnery Sargent, be killed or be raped. The narration is barely better, with num I hoped the plot would be interesting enough to make up for the insufferable gun humping and bombastic "perfection" of the main character. I was extremely happy and willing to move forward with the story when said character died. Unfortunately, he resumed living, and resumed being an insufferable dickwad. All other characters are apparently idiots who just need to either shut up and listen to the ever perfect master gunnery Sargent, be killed or be raped. The narration is barely better, with numerous mispronounciations and flat delivery. Unbearable. Didn't finish, will be returning for credit.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tony Hinde

    I've found a gem here. It reminds me of Stirling's Emberverse but with less technical detail about surviving in a post-tech world. Marine Sergeant Nathaniel Hogan is an interesting character who is more than capable of supporting a story. We also get a diverse supporting cast, many of whom are almost as interesting. With a sprinkle of fantasy, (magic, fae, etc), and Zerf has created something truly worth-while. I've found a gem here. It reminds me of Stirling's Emberverse but with less technical detail about surviving in a post-tech world. Marine Sergeant Nathaniel Hogan is an interesting character who is more than capable of supporting a story. We also get a diverse supporting cast, many of whom are almost as interesting. With a sprinkle of fantasy, (magic, fae, etc), and Zerf has created something truly worth-while.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Penn Davies

    This could pass for a parody If I was going to write a parody of white male survivalist empowerment fantasy it would look just like this. Clearly there is an audience for it as it hits every note you could want: male American marine with superpowers and also never wrong and destined to save the world and girls (18! She makes a point of it!) want to sex him up no strings attached and hordes of bad guys to kill guilt-free and elves(!?) just because and magic gypsies and England (because castles and This could pass for a parody If I was going to write a parody of white male survivalist empowerment fantasy it would look just like this. Clearly there is an audience for it as it hits every note you could want: male American marine with superpowers and also never wrong and destined to save the world and girls (18! She makes a point of it!) want to sex him up no strings attached and hordes of bad guys to kill guilt-free and elves(!?) just because and magic gypsies and England (because castles and Stonehenge) except full of guns and... Either this is for you or it is not. I found it childish and offensive in so, so many ways. Your mileage may vary.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Y.I. Lee

    Interesting, but rather violent. However, I suppose if the world was thrust back into the dark ages, humanity would quickly show it's true colours. FRIGHTENING. So I guess in away it's an honest portrayal of the scenario. It is well written and very descriptive, perhaps overly so! It's not for me, and I won't be reading anymore in this series. Interesting, but rather violent. However, I suppose if the world was thrust back into the dark ages, humanity would quickly show it's true colours. FRIGHTENING. So I guess in away it's an honest portrayal of the scenario. It is well written and very descriptive, perhaps overly so! It's not for me, and I won't be reading anymore in this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Richard Myers

    Great This book is about an EMP incident, or is it an EMP? I don’t know if it was natural but all electronics have stopped and people have to come together to save humanity.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Travis Kole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I couldn't get into this novel. Alot of these reviewers seem to state too much violence or rape and those people have a weak stomach for things that would actually happen. That isn't, however, why I give this such a low rating. The MC is given everything he wants or needs in this chaotic world. Everything just seems to fall into his lap. I must say I really hate that as a reader. I prefer stories in which they earn everything they get. The dialogue is just dreadful and evertime I hear the word Pr I couldn't get into this novel. Alot of these reviewers seem to state too much violence or rape and those people have a weak stomach for things that would actually happen. That isn't, however, why I give this such a low rating. The MC is given everything he wants or needs in this chaotic world. Everything just seems to fall into his lap. I must say I really hate that as a reader. I prefer stories in which they earn everything they get. The dialogue is just dreadful and evertime I hear the word Prof, I want to stab the protagonist. In this apocalyptic world, you would think there would be some real struggle. Not for the MC. He just bashes his way through and then he finally gets injured to a life threatening injury. You think that stopped him? Nope cause miraculously its all healed up in less then a day. This book has quiet a lot of similarities to Dies the Fire series by S.M. Stirling. Change vs the Pulse. If you are reading reviews as to determine if this is the book to enjoy... go read that series which is great. I would only recommend this to someone that enjoys cringy dialogue (Really bad) and having everything just fall into the MC lap.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Robinson

    I mean, this is not highbrow literature, and it doesn't try to be. It's the kind of thing you read when you can't frakking sleep and you don't want to be troubled by big words or deep thoughts because you had that weird dream about that cave, you know the one, and sleep just maybe isn't something you want to do ever again... So, if you read this on Amazon unlimited, groovy, because for a free book it is wonderful. If I paid an actual dollar amount for it, I'd be more critical, because it's kinda. I mean, this is not highbrow literature, and it doesn't try to be. It's the kind of thing you read when you can't frakking sleep and you don't want to be troubled by big words or deep thoughts because you had that weird dream about that cave, you know the one, and sleep just maybe isn't something you want to do ever again... So, if you read this on Amazon unlimited, groovy, because for a free book it is wonderful. If I paid an actual dollar amount for it, I'd be more critical, because it's kinda...not very good. Not that you want or need it to be good, but...if you're forking over cash for something, you do hold it, perhaps, to a certain literary standard. This just...meh. Kind of ignores the standards and is clearly a guy writing what he loves, which is fine, great, groovy...just not at all good writing. But, again, doesn't need to be, that's not why schlock like this exists. That being said, I'd watch the movie (if it were free, or maybe like a showing at a local dollar theater), because it has everything you need in it: Marines, great. Aliens (oh yeah, there are aliens), orcs (the orcs are without a doubt the best part of the book), great. If, however, it wins any of the fancyass prizes (say, a Hugo or a Man-Booker, for instance) for literature, I will eat my bowler.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

    I say "read" but I mean "started to read, lost my crap, and abandoned". This is some macho bollocks written by some kind of moron that can't count to 6. Where do I start... Around Chapter 2, the author decided he needed a racist, so he picked a South African. Because of course - they're all racist, amirite? Or maybe many of them carry the scars of fighting for equality in a challenging environment and we should pause on the stereotype crap yeah? Maybe it's because the author is a Saffa and carryi I say "read" but I mean "started to read, lost my crap, and abandoned". This is some macho bollocks written by some kind of moron that can't count to 6. Where do I start... Around Chapter 2, the author decided he needed a racist, so he picked a South African. Because of course - they're all racist, amirite? Or maybe many of them carry the scars of fighting for equality in a challenging environment and we should pause on the stereotype crap yeah? Maybe it's because the author is a Saffa and carrying some guilt, or maybe it's just his lack of imagination, either way, it was a bit blunt. Sadly, either the author or his racist protagonist is a utter moron because at around 7% of the book we learn (regarding the target of the scene) "The young man, whose name was actually Charles, born and bred in Kent, England and having never been within six thousand miles of Africa, simply said nothing". Let's ignore for a moment the 4 commas in this sentence, and instead focus on the fact that SOMEONE failed geography. In the interests of fairness, we'll take road twists out of the equation and work on how the crow flies. Or how the racist or the moron wombles; as you please. From Maidstone, we're looking at 2,041 miles to Morroco. If we drag it back to Tangier it puts you very definitely on the African continent at 1.686 miles. It turns out that the victim of this well measured engagement had actually been within 5,580 miles of PRETORIA according to https://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-... , and much closer to other parts of Africa for most of his life. He could have schlepped through Morroco, CAR, Nigeria and a number of other places in Africa while (and I quote out of sheer rage here) not being within 6,000 miles of Africa. I was already struggling with this book by this point that this hit based on the author's tendency t0 count everything (how many marines, how many guns, how many rounds of amunition). If you're going to count everything, COUNT it - stop estimating. But even more, maybe tell a story instead of an accountancy problem? I'd high hopes for a series of books but I started disappointed and ended in rage.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Iris Chacon

    A complimentary copy was provided to this reviewer for an honest, unbiased review. You'll want to keep your imagination handy when navigating this unusual genre-crossing novel. Think Lord of the Rings meets The Day After. In the beginning, this seems like an entertaining survival-after-the-EMP story, with a U.S. Marine master sergeant from the American embassy in London taking the heroic leadership role. The story moves along at a pleasant pace, and MSgt. Hogan surmounts obstacles and manages to A complimentary copy was provided to this reviewer for an honest, unbiased review. You'll want to keep your imagination handy when navigating this unusual genre-crossing novel. Think Lord of the Rings meets The Day After. In the beginning, this seems like an entertaining survival-after-the-EMP story, with a U.S. Marine master sergeant from the American embassy in London taking the heroic leadership role. The story moves along at a pleasant pace, and MSgt. Hogan surmounts obstacles and manages to survive in interesting and varied ways. Then, in a surprising turn, the plot veers into the world of Life-Light, the Fair-Folk, battle Orcs, and alien elvish conquerors. Author Craig Zerf has melded these two disparate worlds together into one science fiction/fantasy story, and this is just the first book in the PULSE series. In fact, only at the end of Book One do we discover for certain who the Forever Man is. At that point, the stage is set and the curtain about to rise on Book Two. There are some bloody deaths, battle scenes, and apocalyptic violence, but profanity and explicit sexuality are absent. It's fun for any age reader. I withheld one star when the American Marine seemed to use British rather than American military terms, slang and colloquialisms.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    He-man joins the military. Magic is here, somewhere? A complex tale of post-apocalyptic survival. I sense some parody but believe it to exist only to balance the horror of the “new life”. There are several main characters who appear as archetypes (doctor, magician, soldiers, healer, etc). This part of the story is introductory to further volumes. The main character, Nate Hogan has been changed somehow by the solar ejections that caused a worldwide EMP. He has developed super powers that have other He-man joins the military. Magic is here, somewhere? A complex tale of post-apocalyptic survival. I sense some parody but believe it to exist only to balance the horror of the “new life”. There are several main characters who appear as archetypes (doctor, magician, soldiers, healer, etc). This part of the story is introductory to further volumes. The main character, Nate Hogan has been changed somehow by the solar ejections that caused a worldwide EMP. He has developed super powers that have others naming him “The Forever Man”. Although he is military-trained ruthless, his compassion places him in opposition to many bloodthirsty despots he comes in contact with. Somewhere, off-worlders lurk. What their path and contributions are remain to be seen.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tielong

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My friends paid me to read this book just so I could entertain them with my critique. It is wish fulfillment fantasy at it's worst. All the bad guys rape and all the good guys save girls from rape. Some guy gets a broken leg and dies from sepsis brought on by gangrene in under 12 hours. The bad guys literally run rape trains on any women they find and rape them to death. It is a decent read if you really need to live out your hero fantasies in a poorly written book. My friends paid me to read this book just so I could entertain them with my critique. It is wish fulfillment fantasy at it's worst. All the bad guys rape and all the good guys save girls from rape. Some guy gets a broken leg and dies from sepsis brought on by gangrene in under 12 hours. The bad guys literally run rape trains on any women they find and rape them to death. It is a decent read if you really need to live out your hero fantasies in a poorly written book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    A well written apocalyptic thriller Craig Zerf has written an engrossing story that will keep you reading as fast as you can. While this is not my typical genre it does have some interesting paranormal twists that really takes this apocalyptic setting beyond the norm. I think most readers will enjoy this book which takes place in Great Britain with a US Marine as the central character.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heidi J. Rosofsky

    Nicely written but predictable set up This book is the first in its series. It's purpose is clearly to set up characters & story lines of the author's post-apocalyptic world for future reads. This and foreshadowing of the hero's journey he does well. It does leave the reader wanting more. Nicely written but predictable set up This book is the first in its series. It's purpose is clearly to set up characters & story lines of the author's post-apocalyptic world for future reads. This and foreshadowing of the hero's journey he does well. It does leave the reader wanting more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    bryan richter

    Almost I wanted this book to be good. The concept and the teaser description had me stoked for a unique fantasy trip with a twist. It almost was. It was the dialogue that fell short for me. Seemed stiff and contrived, made the characters less believable and difficult to become invested in. Not sure if I'll read book two or not. Almost I wanted this book to be good. The concept and the teaser description had me stoked for a unique fantasy trip with a twist. It almost was. It was the dialogue that fell short for me. Seemed stiff and contrived, made the characters less believable and difficult to become invested in. Not sure if I'll read book two or not.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Musings of a Middle-aged Mum

    Pulse by Craig Zerf is the last book in my alphabet challenge, and it was a good one to end on! As I chose this book based on author's name, I hadn't read the blurb until I copied it just now. I have to say, though, that I don't think this is a good write-up, as by the end of the book, the army of Orcs haven't actually invaded yet... To me, this is a book of 2 stories, and as yet (probably because they haven't interacted) they are almost totally distinct. Firstly, you have the post-apocalyptic fic Pulse by Craig Zerf is the last book in my alphabet challenge, and it was a good one to end on! As I chose this book based on author's name, I hadn't read the blurb until I copied it just now. I have to say, though, that I don't think this is a good write-up, as by the end of the book, the army of Orcs haven't actually invaded yet... To me, this is a book of 2 stories, and as yet (probably because they haven't interacted) they are almost totally distinct. Firstly, you have the post-apocalyptic fiction: a Pulse of unknown origin, leaving the sky looking like the Northern Lights, has occurred, wiping out all electrical devices. Cars stop on the motorway, planes fall out of the sky, and humans are plunged back into the dark ages, and with that, a loss of civilisation. Master Gunnery Sergeant Nathaniel Hogan decides that his best course of action is to leave the American Embassy in London, where he was stationed, and to head north. On his way, he comes across a private boarding school and stays to help them defend themselves against potential looters and discovers that he is The Forever Man. This story is amazing. It is really horrific in places (not graphic, but not suitable for younger teens) as you see the worst of human kind. There are some characters that restore your faith in humanity too, as they band together to help each other and those less fortunate than themselves. Some of the characters are a bit stereotypical - Americans who think they'll solve the pulse after a day or two, an Irish priest who likes his drink a bit too much... and it annoyed my unnecessarily that one of the character's name is spelled wrong (I can understand it, because I imagine a lot of people don't realise it's pronounced Keeva, but I daresay that Irish travellers would actually spell the name Caoimhe), but tbf, that is me nit-picking. Secondly, you have the story of aliens: Stereotypical grey, humanoid aliens are in a war with an Elven army, when the Life Light disappears. The Life Light is the source of their magiks (sic) so they determine that they need to pack up and follow the Life Light across the universe, as they have many times before. The realise the Life Lights have moved to Earth, so gather together their army of Orcs and Trolls and prepare to invade Earth. This story is just a bit random. I get, from the description, that this book is meant to be "genre-bending", but these two stories are so separate, I feel that they should be separated. What species are these aliens? Why are they in a war with Elves? Why are they using Orcs and Trolls and other created creatures? As none of these questions are answered, I feel that this first book could have not mentioned the aliens at all, and it would be better. Or, because you want to introduce them before the second book, maybe an epilogue introducing the aliens and the start of their journey to Earth. Overall, I have really enjoyed this book, and I have added the rest of the series to my wishlist. I want to find out what happens next to The Forever Man, and see whether he helps many other people. This book hints at his destiny (and the blurb says he is to go up and fight against the invading aliens) so I do want to know what happens next. I just need to get through the majority of the unread books on my kindle first.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steve Naylor

    Rating 3.5 stars I liked this story but I don't think I liked it enough to continue. This story is about what happens when all the power in the world goes out. This was not a nuclear blast or anything like that, a cosmic power came across time and space and arrived in the world. The age of technology is gone and now is the age of magic. Most of the story follow a master gunnery sergeant from America who has been stationed at the embassy in London. After the power went out, he saw where things we Rating 3.5 stars I liked this story but I don't think I liked it enough to continue. This story is about what happens when all the power in the world goes out. This was not a nuclear blast or anything like that, a cosmic power came across time and space and arrived in the world. The age of technology is gone and now is the age of magic. Most of the story follow a master gunnery sergeant from America who has been stationed at the embassy in London. After the power went out, he saw where things were going and tried to get people to join him in leaving London. He foresaw the looting, raping, etc that was to come. Nobody listened and he went off by himself to the north. (view spoiler)[ There are other beings in the universe called the Fae who look like the Roswell aliens. They get their power from that cosmic energy and are coming to earth to recapture that power. That wasn't the main part of this story though. It was about surviving in this new world where almost anyone was a danger and would rape/murder someone for a little food or water. The sergeant got wounded and healed very quickly. He was told he is probably going to live forever based on a scientist observation of his blood. A virus did something to him. (hide spoiler)] The was a lot of military jargon in this one and it was narrated like a military report. There were a lot of terrible things that happened to people in this one but it was told in a no nonsense straightforward, just the facts kind of way. The narrator was going for sympathy, just the facts that terrible things happened and that's the way it was. I didn't like that there were multiple narration point-of-view changes. Some characters died, others were hurt and others lived. Every time the point of view changed I asked myself if this going to go somewhere or was this person going to die? Don't get me wrong, I liked it and it was interesting. It was also very short. Nothing really stood out to make me want to continue with the series though.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael Wood

    "The End of the World", It Does With A Whimper Craig Zerf has written one exciting humdinger of an "EOTW" story. In his imaginative world, civilization ends with what appears to be a world wide EMP strike. The electric grids fail, water is no longer pumped, aircraft fall from the sky, all electronics fail (despite the fact that the American Embassy in London is actually hardened against EMP-- a minor discrepancy). The "EOTW" brings lawlessness and violence, as it might, with the civilized hordes e "The End of the World", It Does With A Whimper Craig Zerf has written one exciting humdinger of an "EOTW" story. In his imaginative world, civilization ends with what appears to be a world wide EMP strike. The electric grids fail, water is no longer pumped, aircraft fall from the sky, all electronics fail (despite the fact that the American Embassy in London is actually hardened against EMP-- a minor discrepancy). The "EOTW" brings lawlessness and violence, as it might, with the civilized hordes either standing around waiting for help that never comes, or drop the veneer of civilization to become rapists and serial killers...with the exception of a Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant at the Ame4ican Embassy. Adventures and discoveries follow...LOL... The technical inaccuracies aside, I found the depictions of the British civilians to be extremely negative and overly simplistic. The action and battles seem to be described fairly well. The plot would never work in the USA, where we have more weapons than people, but set in Britain, it is a touch more realistic. Personally, I believe massive solar storms would likely set civilization back to the mid nineteenth century, rather than the Middle Ages, but we don't get a chance to look at the long-term results in this volume, which follows events only for the first few months. I found this to be an enjoyable read, as Zerf describes survival in a new world without communications or electricity. RECOMMENDED!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    What a happy surprise. This story is of an unprecedented event, similar to to EMP (electronic magnetic pulse) attack, which disables all technology that is electronic or machine. Suddenly the world is back in the dark ages, having to rely on ancient technology to survive. This story takes place in England where Nathaniel Hogan is a marine at the US Embassy. He recognizes the permanence and severity of the situation and advises everyone leave while they still can. No one takes his advice but he l What a happy surprise. This story is of an unprecedented event, similar to to EMP (electronic magnetic pulse) attack, which disables all technology that is electronic or machine. Suddenly the world is back in the dark ages, having to rely on ancient technology to survive. This story takes place in England where Nathaniel Hogan is a marine at the US Embassy. He recognizes the permanence and severity of the situation and advises everyone leave while they still can. No one takes his advice but he leaves them, feeling an impulse to head north. This is the beginning of his journey. And then the aliens arrive, depending on the pulse for strength, which has been on the decrease on their resident world. Fascinating and beautifully written.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Logan Horsford

    Several things were done right in this book: There were a lot of minor characters that you got to follow for a short time. Some lived, some died. The important thing is that you didn't know which they would be and - more importantly - the time spent with them was SHORT. Otherwise it would have devolved into a 'Game of Thrones' 'Who is this person again?' thing. A few striking scenes. Most importantly, the main character is not an idiot. He is doing the best he can with the information available. To Several things were done right in this book: There were a lot of minor characters that you got to follow for a short time. Some lived, some died. The important thing is that you didn't know which they would be and - more importantly - the time spent with them was SHORT. Otherwise it would have devolved into a 'Game of Thrones' 'Who is this person again?' thing. A few striking scenes. Most importantly, the main character is not an idiot. He is doing the best he can with the information available. Too many authors have discovered that writing an idiot is easier. Glad Zerf either hasn't or has decided to go a different route. The reader was good though he did mispronounce a couple words and that was a little jarring but overall, fine reading. Here is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f16n... The reader mispronounces this horribly, like he's never heard it before nor bothered to look it up. No idea why someone whose entire job relies on pronouncing words doesn't know these but there you go. 5/5, looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    George Ogle

    I read to enjoy the book, not to determine whether the hero is a racist, whether he has sex with girls who are just 18, or whether he is a marine or a boy scout. He is the hero of the book and the author has instilled in him certain power. Whether he be a computer genius who never leaves his house of a United States Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sargeant who, possibly, has supernatural abilities. Thanks to Craig Zerf for authoring a thoroughly enjoyable book. I will be reading #2, and possibly more I read to enjoy the book, not to determine whether the hero is a racist, whether he has sex with girls who are just 18, or whether he is a marine or a boy scout. He is the hero of the book and the author has instilled in him certain power. Whether he be a computer genius who never leaves his house of a United States Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sargeant who, possibly, has supernatural abilities. Thanks to Craig Zerf for authoring a thoroughly enjoyable book. I will be reading #2, and possibly more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    clinton n smith

    Liked it but please do a little more research The author could have googled the marine corps motto of semper fidelis always faithful, marine corps rank structure and slang. He chose not to. He even changed In God we trust to in God is our trust. Ditto Marine Corps small arms. For the lack of research I remove two stars. That said I did like the plot. I would read the next one. I just pretended the hero was from some other country's military that I don't know anything about. Reminded me of S.M. St Liked it but please do a little more research The author could have googled the marine corps motto of semper fidelis always faithful, marine corps rank structure and slang. He chose not to. He even changed In God we trust to in God is our trust. Ditto Marine Corps small arms. For the lack of research I remove two stars. That said I did like the plot. I would read the next one. I just pretended the hero was from some other country's military that I don't know anything about. Reminded me of S.M. Stirling's Dies the Fire.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mimi Davis Hopkins

    What Would Happen if the Lights Went Out This is a very fresh and different look at an apocalyptic event. Great beginning with characters r which are very interesting and very well defined. Great storyline with a very good flow. There is no waste of words, each of the lives in this story draws an excellent picture for the readers. Loving this, now on to find d the next book in this series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Baptiste

    Good book, too many mini stories or vignettes. So far this is a good book, not excellent but good. I do not like the fact that the author portrays the marine as a non-thinking, order following idiot. Of course with first books in the series there are slow, a lot of story threads to wind up. I am not sure if they’re quite necessary. I have started to read the second book, not sure if I will give that one a higher rating but so far read this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Norm S

    5 Stars After reading Craig Zerf's Project Bloodborn series which I enjoyed very much. I decided to give Forever Man a try and I wasn't disappointed. A solar flare causing a EMP pulse. All power everywhere went dead. Master Gunnery Sgt Nathaniel Hogan heads out to do what he can in a post apocalyptic world. Not to mention they are about to be invaded by creatures only heard about in fairy tales. 5 Stars After reading Craig Zerf's Project Bloodborn series which I enjoyed very much. I decided to give Forever Man a try and I wasn't disappointed. A solar flare causing a EMP pulse. All power everywhere went dead. Master Gunnery Sgt Nathaniel Hogan heads out to do what he can in a post apocalyptic world. Not to mention they are about to be invaded by creatures only heard about in fairy tales.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Giovanni Ruiz

    This book series is great. It is about a gamma ray Pulse that disabled technology and brings magic to earth. The main character, an American marine master sergeant in Britain gains abilities. Further books describe how the world changes from a post apocalyptic world to a fantasy world. The main character is well developed, and the supporting cast is superb. A definite must read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    E. Davidson

    Surprised it’s availability to read for free Although I am not much interested in the alternate universe/Fair Folk portions of the story, I find the dystopian narrative and main character (as well as the secondary characters) quite compelling. A tad too much raw violence for my taste but narratively appropriate for the genre. I am just about to start book 2.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    The Forever Man Much better than I was expecting. Post-apocolyptic fantasy seeing a marine discovering he is something special as he makes his way across the English countryside. Would have gotten more stars of it wasn't for the stereotypical drink Irish priest who talks like a leprechaun. The Forever Man Much better than I was expecting. Post-apocolyptic fantasy seeing a marine discovering he is something special as he makes his way across the English countryside. Would have gotten more stars of it wasn't for the stereotypical drink Irish priest who talks like a leprechaun.

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