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It's been a week without power. No phones. No computers. Nothing. Whatever shred of humanity is left in people is slowly dwindling away. Gangs are forming, people are starving, and the whole country is in a free-for-all. Accompanied by his neighbor, Nelson, Mike leaves Pittsburgh and heads to his family's cabin in Ohio. For Mike the only thing worse than not making it to t It's been a week without power. No phones. No computers. Nothing. Whatever shred of humanity is left in people is slowly dwindling away. Gangs are forming, people are starving, and the whole country is in a free-for-all. Accompanied by his neighbor, Nelson, Mike leaves Pittsburgh and heads to his family's cabin in Ohio. For Mike the only thing worse than not making it to the cabin is the fear of his family not being there when he does.


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It's been a week without power. No phones. No computers. Nothing. Whatever shred of humanity is left in people is slowly dwindling away. Gangs are forming, people are starving, and the whole country is in a free-for-all. Accompanied by his neighbor, Nelson, Mike leaves Pittsburgh and heads to his family's cabin in Ohio. For Mike the only thing worse than not making it to t It's been a week without power. No phones. No computers. Nothing. Whatever shred of humanity is left in people is slowly dwindling away. Gangs are forming, people are starving, and the whole country is in a free-for-all. Accompanied by his neighbor, Nelson, Mike leaves Pittsburgh and heads to his family's cabin in Ohio. For Mike the only thing worse than not making it to the cabin is the fear of his family not being there when he does.

30 review for Broken Lines: EMP Survival

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Kurlin

    I got this book as a freebie for my Kindle and read it in under two hours -- the reason being is that this is not a full-length novel, but more like a novella. Because the story is so short there wasn't really sufficient time to fully develop the main characters nor the story; but within the brevity of the story, I enjoyed what I read and wanted the story to keep going. Unfortunately this book is part of a series and in order to read the developing story, you're forced to buy the next installmen I got this book as a freebie for my Kindle and read it in under two hours -- the reason being is that this is not a full-length novel, but more like a novella. Because the story is so short there wasn't really sufficient time to fully develop the main characters nor the story; but within the brevity of the story, I enjoyed what I read and wanted the story to keep going. Unfortunately this book is part of a series and in order to read the developing story, you're forced to buy the next installment. This seems to be a trend with many writers today and I can't say as I like it. This story is most likely classified as "science fiction" as it is about what happens after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) wipes out everything that is computer operated -- which in the 21st century is literally everything. Although after doing some quick research on EMP, it's a little alarming to discover that the possibility for this happening today is a very real probability -- so perhaps the story isn't so much science fiction as it is science prophesy. The story only deals with the first six days after the incident and society pretty much falls apart with everyone resorting to murder and mayhem in a very short amount of time. While I enjoyed the story and would really like to find out what happens to the main characters, I'm not sure if I want to invest the money for the next installment as I understand the series is a trilogy. Call me old-fashioned, but I like a book that comes to a conclusion in one book and would really prefer not to get roped into a series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I had such high hopes for this piece as I do for anything with a world is coming to an end and we must figure out how to survive now plot. Sadly, this just didn't do all it could/should have. Namely most of the work is just dialogue. I would have loved to see this more fleshed out. If you're going to introduce the concept of a solar flare, I'd like more of an understanding than "it will shut down power and cars." If you're going to talk of how neighbors go psycho once supplies run out, don't just I had such high hopes for this piece as I do for anything with a world is coming to an end and we must figure out how to survive now plot. Sadly, this just didn't do all it could/should have. Namely most of the work is just dialogue. I would have loved to see this more fleshed out. If you're going to introduce the concept of a solar flare, I'd like more of an understanding than "it will shut down power and cars." If you're going to talk of how neighbors go psycho once supplies run out, don't just have them become automatically psycho, show the progression. I found this a novel that tried too hard. It had a really awesome, fertile plot to draw from, but failed to grow into a recommendable read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pam Shelton-Anderson

    Well this was a very, very bleak and dark story. This genre tends not to be light-hearted nor would I like a story in this genre that was unicorns and rainbows, but this was very dark and now I'm a bit depressed. The most interesting part for me was seeing how the neighborhood fell apart soon after the event (not such a beautiful day in the neighborhood). What family packing to leave their home the next day does not try to take any photos? They also seemed a little to ready to just leave Mike wi Well this was a very, very bleak and dark story. This genre tends not to be light-hearted nor would I like a story in this genre that was unicorns and rainbows, but this was very dark and now I'm a bit depressed. The most interesting part for me was seeing how the neighborhood fell apart soon after the event (not such a beautiful day in the neighborhood). What family packing to leave their home the next day does not try to take any photos? They also seemed a little to ready to just leave Mike without determining what happened to him. I'm also not a fan of the story mechanism of jumping ahead to where we will be and then back to tell how we got there. I must admit that this did work a bit but I found it annoying. I also found it a bit incredible that a business guy, even as rich and powerful as this one could execute such a plot, get no real threat of push back from any existing government or military forces (which must have held since 6 months or so later power is back) but a small family group was able to confound it? The ending, while trying to be on a upbeat side, followed such devastation that it came off being quite weak. Since book 2 is a completely different group, I may read that to see if it is better. Not sure.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Be preparing. It is a short story. Electromagnetic pulse, this could happen someday. We take it for granted all we have, but if something like this happens only the prepared ones might survive.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Tanner

    This book started out incredibly strong. Instead of wasting several chapters with basically useless backstory, the author sets the scene of a normal day and then the lights go off. This gives the reader a sense of just how it might happen. One moment we are living our lives and the next chaos. I felt that every scenario that I was walking through was accurate and easily believable, even to the timelines. But, like many books in our era, this one failed to hold on to something that could have bee This book started out incredibly strong. Instead of wasting several chapters with basically useless backstory, the author sets the scene of a normal day and then the lights go off. This gives the reader a sense of just how it might happen. One moment we are living our lives and the next chaos. I felt that every scenario that I was walking through was accurate and easily believable, even to the timelines. But, like many books in our era, this one failed to hold on to something that could have been great. To me, the absolutely non-sensical poor judgement and bad decisions by characters that it was hard to imagine making such stupid decisions began the downward decline for me. If a character such as Mike Grant has prepared for years for such an event, it seems hard to imagine he did not play through some of the scenarios he would face and have made better decisions. Some of the stupidity displayed by certain characters was not a stretch, either because of immaturity or weakness, but then the fact that they never seemed to learn anything from these errors, was frustrating to say the least. Further, it seems to save on paper the author decides to eliminate certain characters in ways that just make you shake your head. It was like they decided, okay, I don’t want to write my ore about them so a piano falls on them from the 3rd story of a building (No, this didn’t happen). I thought this read was good, but could have been very good, but, in my view, authors today lack the imagination to create a real story. Instead, they tend to force situations like uncharacteristic stupidity in a character because it is easier to stick with a generic plot instead of driving an intellectual story. It is very easy to create the roller coaster of emotion by putting the main characters in danger and just going for the easy emotional impact. I think it is much harder to put together those arcs without forcing them. You can write a solid book where you get the arcs without straying from the character that you have developed for much of the book. I may read the next book in the series, but I don’t expect much. Finally, if an author states that he would like you to email him if you had issues, he should probably list an email address. I would have written this review regardless, as sometimes you need to see the good with bad.

  6. 5 out of 5

    kathleen r.

    Not even c!ose I just could not read this book. Anyone with common sense understands the concept of a world gone dark should make for some thrilling situations. This book is not really worth the read. It takes ordinary people into extraordinary events and tries to make it all work out in their favor from the start. The writing is clunky and awkward. The dialogue feels strained and immature. This is the Big Bang Theory gone amock. I read a few chapters and why. unreadable numerous ways. Gave it up Not even c!ose I just could not read this book. Anyone with common sense understands the concept of a world gone dark should make for some thrilling situations. This book is not really worth the read. It takes ordinary people into extraordinary events and tries to make it all work out in their favor from the start. The writing is clunky and awkward. The dialogue feels strained and immature. This is the Big Bang Theory gone amock. I read a few chapters and why. unreadable numerous ways. Gave it up, this is not for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tara Wowra

    Good depiction of chaos As much as I liked the characters I think it was great story telling when they were killed off. Too often, no matter how dire the circumstances become in some books the central characters survive and that is not how it would be. I will be reading the next book in the series in a few minutes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Vetter

    Devastating It happened,the EMP, Mike knee what was going on. Has to get to his dad and family. People changing , survival mode only, everyone, everything else doesn't matter. Survival of the fittest only. Kill someone and it changes you forever. All Mike wants is to keep his family safe, can he do it. Can he help stop the crazy destructive world? Devastating It happened,the EMP, Mike knee what was going on. Has to get to his dad and family. People changing , survival mode only, everyone, everything else doesn't matter. Survival of the fittest only. Kill someone and it changes you forever. All Mike wants is to keep his family safe, can he do it. Can he help stop the crazy destructive world?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Renee West

    Good Read This book was well written with a good story line, that was easy to follow. I am not a fan of books that have dozens of characters and different stories happening, the kind of book where you have to keep paging back through it to remember who's who and what's what. I am looking for enjoyable entertainment that's not a lot of work and this book is fits the bill. Good Read This book was well written with a good story line, that was easy to follow. I am not a fan of books that have dozens of characters and different stories happening, the kind of book where you have to keep paging back through it to remember who's who and what's what. I am looking for enjoyable entertainment that's not a lot of work and this book is fits the bill.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    A great story line but the author needs a little work on style and wording. Just when it got good, it ended. Not sure if I am going to read the next book in the series, will have to see if the reviews say his writing improved.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy H

    Short and predictable It was over before it even got started. Typical story of the world without electricity, one family is prepared and others aren't. Panic and violence ensues. So on and so forth. Short and predictable It was over before it even got started. Typical story of the world without electricity, one family is prepared and others aren't. Panic and violence ensues. So on and so forth.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    After an EMP blast hits the U.S., society rapidly falls apart. Separated from his family, prepper Mike Grant watches his friends and neighbors transform before his eyes. He must escape and find his family before it's too late. A great start to an exciting post-apocalypse series! After an EMP blast hits the U.S., society rapidly falls apart. Separated from his family, prepper Mike Grant watches his friends and neighbors transform before his eyes. He must escape and find his family before it's too late. A great start to an exciting post-apocalypse series!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather Bane

    This was a good read. James Hunt is a great writer and did not disappoint with this book. It’s well written and keeps your interest. I recommend reading. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tina Langford

    Broken Lives Mike lost but gained, what, everyday he fought to stay alive keep his family alive. Through the trials and tribulations. No man could understand what Mike had sacrificed. To save these United States. Read the book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erica Lucas

    Expected better The non linear timeline confused me and I do not see why a summary was in the middle of the book. Some parts were gruesome and overly detailed. Not continuing to book 2.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Red Lane

    Great story!! I liked this story and want to read more. Well written and understandable. I liked the twists and turns. The reason I know I liked it is that I did not like the way some of the story lines went. That means there were some surprises.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael Chastain

    A good read. After reading several EMP story lines this example was pretty straightforward Probably a viable depiction of what humans revert to under duress. Worth the reading time. If you have a power failure use your imagination !

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Murray

    Realistic This is one of many EMP books I have read. By far it is the most realistic. The characters you have to like, well no spoilers but it has all of the things I like in a novel. Even the violence is there but it is o k too. You need to read this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Kinda disappointing

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Toney

    This book was interesting. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jan Quinn

    This such vile gross story all the killing, the children disgusting. Won’t read any this authors books

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan C. O'Neal

    Riveting Story This is a story that could one day be reality. It kept my attention from the beginning. A family tries to survive in a world gone mad! Glad I read it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Mallard

    No one does it like Hunt No one writes EMP fiction like Hunt. The characters pull you in immediately and the action never slows. This is one of his best.

  24. 5 out of 5

    pat brockie

    Must read! A must read for those who are questioning policy during this pandemic. It makes sense to prepare an internal attack.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cyndy

    Not for the faint-hearted, I thought it was more about survival without power. This was a kill fest and I had hoped it would get better, I finished it but it was difficult.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Stewart

    Page turner This is one of the best books about this kind of thing ..and the world is on the brink of something like this

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joe Williams

    Great book plenty of detail This book took several turns and was not a book you could assume how things would turn out. I was very impressed with the development of the charactors

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Stover

    I usually tea suspense/thrillers, but enjoyed reading Broken Lines. I could see this being made into an action movie. I will definitely read other books by James Hunt!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donna Brownfield

    Good book Very good, exciting with action. I really enjoyed this book. Very sad what happened to a family in this book

  30. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    How depressing It started out a good story and writing. By the end it is one of the most depressing books I've ever read. How depressing It started out a good story and writing. By the end it is one of the most depressing books I've ever read.

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