Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Book Review: EMP No Finger on the Pulse by Eric Methven


The world becomes technologically devastated following the electromagnetic pulse from a coronal mass ejection thrown out by the sun. Everyone, everywhere has been suddenly thrown back over a hundred years with no cars, computers or means of communication surviving the E.M.P.
 

Follow the efforts of a group of people as they try to make sense of what has happened to their lives. Travel with them as they try and make their way from different parts of the world to a relative place of safety, how they battle with evil yet try to retain the basis of civilisation.

My Review: 
James is Scottish, living in Co Durham with his English wife, and becomes concerned that the Millennium Bug might cause a disaster. He starts prepping and buys a new property in Argyll which he can fully adapt to his need. The bug proves to be a false alarm but the worsening world situation convinces him to make the move north permanent. Then the EMP hits and their world changes.

In the immediate aftermath, the local town of Auchterpoole falls victim to foreign thugs who decide to take over with rape and murder on their minds. The local police are under attack as they try to restore order and James is concerned about the welfare of the local people that he knows. Safe in their own home, James cannot sit and watch it all happen around him, choosing to gather like minded people and trying to fight back. Along with cops Phil and Willie they start to come up with a plan. Now they need to save the captured women from the thugs and try to get other residents to safety.

In Newcastle, James daughter Maggie is staying on a military base with her friend Gail and their kids when the disaster hits. Now they need to use motorbikes and minimal supplies to make the dangerous journey north to rejoin the rest of their family, trying to avoid running into trouble. After a few close escapes with other people, they find help in an armed convoy who are taking people north to Bridge of Allan.

In Edinburgh Brian is all alone after thugs murdered his uncle. He knows that his father Charlie in America was a radio friend of James but he has no idea how he is going to get to Argyll to find him. It is when he meets up with the convoy that he starts to have hope that there might be a sanctuary for him. Charlie and his wife Brenda escape their burning home and flee for their boat. With nowhere to go and plenty of supplies, they decide to set sail for Aucherpoole in the hope that they can find James and get word of their son Brian.

This book has everything that you would expect in an apocalypse book. There was a cast of excellent characters that you care about and are rooting for on their journeys. There is the danger from the vicious criminals who take over the town and start raping and killing people. There are the dangerous trips to get supplies and see what is happening in other towns. We are also following groups of people on the road who are travelling through danger to get to Auchterpoole.

I was so pleased to finally find a book about an EMP disaster set in Scotland, in places I had actually been to! It added a whole new dimension to my enjoyment of the book. It was also refreshing to see some Scottish language being used in the conversations which helped it feel very authentic to me. I'm just disappointed that I cannot find any follow up book or a paperback version of this one for my collection. Gutted! 
Read January 2017.
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8 comments:

  1. Ooh this does sound good. I don't think I've read a strictly EMP book but I'd like to. I'll add this one to my list. I like that it's set in Scotland too and utilizes real places.

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    1. I've got a ton of them! And lots more to read! This one is hard to get a copy of though.

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  2. I love survival stories and character dynamics. Sounds good to me.

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    1. I enjoyed it! Wish I could get more by the author.

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  3. This sounds like an exciting story. Scary concept to think about. Glad you enjoyed this one!

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    1. I love these books. I'm always thinking about what I'd do if these things happened.

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  4. Sounds like one for the reading list.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. It was a good read but not any easy book to find...

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