Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Prepper fun

Only the strong will survive.
But what does it mean to be strong?


When an economic collapse leads to both gas and food shortages, power outtages, lawlessness and chaos, two men, D.J. Frost and Gabe Horne, will each have to figure out how they will face the challenges ahead in order to survive. One is prepared; one is not. But it's the choices they make that will ultimately put them on a collision course.

D.J. Frost has been preparing for this 'Smash' for years. He's stockpiled guns and ammo, has a secret cache of supplies buried outside the city, and a carefully mapped out 'bug-out' route. But things don't go according to his plan. And the way he handles each setback quickly shows his true character. D. J. Frost is NOT a lovable character.  He's not even likeable; he's selfish and manipulative and cruel. (All traits he feels he needs in order to survive.)
"Life had thrown obstacles his way, but he had overcome them. Others would not have been able to make the difficult choices he had made. They would pay for their weakness, maybe even with their lives. It was a new world and it would make hard men, men like him, to survive ... no, to thrive in it..."
 Gabe Horne, on the other hand, is completely unprepared. Still mourning the loss of his wife and son, he's so drunk when the collapse comes he doesn't even realize at first how bad everything is. But when his neighbor and her teen-age son need help, Gabe steps up. And in helping them, he ends up saving himself.
"He wondered how things could be going so well. He wasn't drinking any more, he was in love, his neighbors respected him and looked up to him. It had taken the world falling apart to put his world back together."
In Collision Course, David Crawford has written a compelling novel of survival, and of the good and bad that lies in every human being. It's action-packed and character-driven at the same time. And I really loved the preparedness aspects. There were some other things that happen along the way that I didn't love as much. But overall, this is a good read; I'm just not sure how I feel about the ending. Still...

Happy Reading!

20 comments:

  1. Sounds interesting. About the ending... is it a good one or a bad one?

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    1. It's not a bad ending necessarily...so, I didn't hate it; but I didn't love it either. And I could see why the author did what he did, I just kind of wish he'd ended it a little differently.

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  2. I love these kinds of books but I already don't like the sound of the two MCs so I'll probably give it a miss!

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    1. It's funny because I started off liking D.J. and not really liking Gabe, but then as the novel continues they switched places and I ended up really liking Gabe and D.J. not so much. :)

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  3. Survival novels continue to interest me. The first one I read as a child was Robinson Crusoe, and ever since I've been fascinated at the way people survive in drastic situations. I also like character-driven novels, but I am curious about the fact that the ending left you unsure.

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    1. It wasn't a terrible ending, it just wasn't the ending I was hoping for, I guess. But I'm with you, I really like reading about how people survive in these kinds of situations.

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  4. Good to know unprepared (and drunk) is an option because that is probably how I would have to approach the end of the world!

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  5. Hm, sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out.

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  6. Not sure if this is one for me but it would probably be an intense ride!

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    1. It is intense...and it reads fast. :)

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  7. I find 'end of the world' type scenarios captivating! I always wonder what I'd do in a similar situation. I'm a little worried hearing that you weren't thrilled with the ending. The end of a book can make or break the read for me. I am very curious about this one, though! :)

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    1. I'd be very interest to know what you think of the ending if you end up reading this book. But I'm with you, I like these kinds of books 'cause they make me wonder what I would do and if I'd be able to survive in a similar disaster. (Answer: probably not.) :D

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  8. Hi Lark, This book sounds really interesting and a great idea for a plot as well. One character, D J Frost feels he can prepare for anything life throws at him, another character didn't prepare at all. Depending on the scale of the disaster who has the better plan and can you prepare for everything in life. My guess is no.

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    1. I did like the contrast between these two characters and seeing how each coped with the growing disaster. :)

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  9. I love reading these types of survival books and this one sounds very interesting.

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    1. I love these kinds of books, too, and I thought this one was pretty good. :) Thanks for commenting!

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  10. I don't often read books like this, but I do enjoy them when I do. This one sounds good!

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