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Can you survive a Carrington size CME? Find out

 
Lloyd Tackitt
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Can you survive a Carrington size CME? Find out
The power goes out in your office building. As you look out your window at the interstate highway you instantly notice that all cars have stopped moving. A helicopter is spiraling into the ground. You feel your stomach churn acid, something huge has gone wrong, very wrong.


Hello: I've self-published a combination novel and survival manual. It is based on a Carrington size CME taking out the power grid, world-wide. The survival instructions might just be worth knowing some day, if not for this type of catastrophe, perhaps for another type.

The survival instructions are provided in a story style format, to show how and when they would be used.

First published on March 24, 2012 this book has 61 reviews averaging 4 stars and has sold nearly 10,000 copies on amazon alone.

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So tell us what we need to do already...LOL


Good luck with sales. I am going to look and see if I can get from iBooks.

Cheers!
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Sounds like a good read.
Good luck on the movie rights.
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This review is from: A Distant Eden (Kindle Edition)


The author says this is intended to be a combination survival manual and novel. Both are bad.

First, as a survival manual, there is a bunch advice that will get you sick or dead. As an example; "pasteurizing" water will NOT kill the spores of Giardia and, if you're in a warm climate, a whole host of other water-borne parasitic spores and eggs. Riding a bicycle without lights and full-speed on a moonless night on a road with unknown obstructions is an invitation to broken bones. Eating beans and corn as your sole diet will keep you going... until you develop scurvy in about a month. Example after wrong example; where did the author get all this?

Then I realized; it's all from books. The author read some books and became a survival "expert". Didn't check his sources, either.

It shows in the novel, too. One of the characters kills a poacher (who just killed a deer), then kills his wife and kid because "they no longer have their protector, it's the only merciful thing". After some doomsday philosophic babble, it's decided that it was the right thing to do. A few chapters later, it turns out that the protagonists have to go a kill "at least 20 deer" to thin the herd. This isn't only a moral issue (and bad moral judgments eventually have very bad consequences); these are the kind of people who are a danger to everyone. Another example: they go and attack a well-defended compound because they were spying on them and kill everyone (justification: they had slaves and were "bad"). No problems there, either; machine guns, military advice and a perfect defensive setup don't stop them because they have five SF super-soldiers who train them for a few days. And everyone they meet is either a helpless victim or an incompetent "bad" person who freezes in astonishment when they attack.

Armchair survivalist, armchair general and really, really bad neighbor if a disaster happens. But really, really sure he knows what he's doing. If you follow this advice you won't last long; if the parasites don't kill you your neighbors will.
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I wish the author had just written a straight-up guide, than attempt his pitiful attempt at incorporating a storyline. I already knew more than half of the survival tips, but there were a couple of good ones; however, the author only glossed over what they were and rarely went into technical detail. Overall, it was a waste of time and I would have been much better off putting the money towards an actual manual with detailed descriptions.
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Please do not be seduced by the underlying philosophies in this book. The author makes it plain that in an apocalyptic-type disaster the only difference between "bad" people who kill others and "good" people who kill others are that the "good" people had the foresight to prepare for emergencies, have families to protect, and cannot abide the thought of taking anyone into their little tribe unless that person has some useful skills to contribute. The author even uses one of the main characters to preach the "truth" that an apocalyptic disaster will automatically revert survivors into cavemen and that cavemen ways must prevail. Though the author does have a token Christian in the book, I don't see the need for the character as he, too, becomes "Darwinian" following the death of his family.

This book sets forth a mindset that disasters will turn everyone into mindless killing machines. All morality and compassion are to be put aside for the cause of survival. It is a dangerous mindset and if the author's prediction is one that really does come to pass upon an apocalyptic event, I'd much rather be dead than left in a world where "good" people would kill me because I have few survival skills to add to their tribe and because I would be seen as a draw on their supplies.

If you want to read a book that puts a less amoral spin on community following a disaster, try "Lights Out." Not only are the characters believable, but a compassionate humanity manages to thrive and survive in the midst of disaster. In the meantime, let's hope none of us lives next to the type of "good" people the author describes in A Distant Eden. We wouldn't last a day at the hands of such self-absorbed, murderous thugs.
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I went into this with a open mind, particularly after reading the author's introduction. My mistake. The author is very up-front when he mentions the "minuses" of his particular style of writing. Unfortunately I discovered this was much like a mechanic saying "This is my first day..." while tearing apart your transmission.

"...a cross between fiction and a survival instruction manual" should read "...a cross between fantasy and a litany of survival hyperbole while invoking images of "Camping with the Manson Family".

The writing was bad, even with the author's disclaimer at the forefront: One-dimensional good-guys who are incapable of making bad decisions or mistakes and zero-dimensional bad guys who are only capable of bad decisions and mistakes, which usually are merely the result of being within effective rifle range of the "good" guys. And of course, every survival group must have a Rambo-style super-soldier with reflexes "six-times faster than the average person" and, incidentally, the Army's top hand-to-hand fighter to boot! Really? Can I order one for my survival kit? That is belayed a tiny bit by the bad-guys having the 7-foot tall "champion all time cage fighter" (How did he get here?!).

The author's first-hand knowledge of the military certainly doesn't show. (Note: The author's bio states that he joined the Army in 1971, "... one of the few volunteer soldiers of the era...". I would submit that volunteers compromised 75-80% of US military during the Vietnam era (1964-1975).)
All the secondary soldiers are carbon-copy clones and automatons with no personal moral codes or ethical thoughts: Not a one has any family anywhere else they might want to get to or are even concerned about? And pasting all soldiers as cold-blooded killing machines capable of turning their own weapons on desperate, starving civilians without the slightest moral objection or even consideration is a major slam to the U.S. Military and something I personally take offense to.

As a survival instruction manual, this is way below par. The techniques mentioned are not really going to help anyone. And there is a lack of logical thought behind them. For instance: I am just curious why someone who has been planning for this exact situation all his life would wait until after the event to make a fish trap from bamboo when good quality metal ones could be purchased before hand? Boggles the mind... .

Otherwise, the whole "mindset" thing is just ludicrous. Agreed, mindset is the most important part of survival. However, the author's definition of mindset takes what we would assume to be well-adjusted members of society and turns them into homicidal sociopaths whose actions are tempered only by paranoia and itchy trigger-fingers. It appears the author feels that the only method to survive is to kill everyone you meet simply based on the assumption that they are as maladjusted as you. In one instance, the main character drives like a maniac toward a police officer waving him down. The officer then justifiably draws his service weapon, so the main character murders him without a second thought. All before anyone really knows what is really going on. Another character (identified as a good Christian(??)) murders a woman and child and self-justifies it as a mercy killing since their "provider" was killed moments earlier after "poaching" a deer (ironically in order to feed his family) from a herd that had to be thinned out anyway.

If the author is to be taken seriously as a survival "expert", it in a way confirms the suspicions of some that "survivalists" or "preppers" (the new popular term) are crack-pots who need to be watched carefully.

I would recommend "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen
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absolute self absorbed rubbish. I never write reviews but the deluded principle of survival at all cost including killing children is too hard to stomach. that sort of logic has in the history of man lead to terrible things and must always be challenged for the hollow tripe that is.
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The entire story wreaks of self gratuitous masturbation. It is clear the author thinks highly of himself and his "survival skills", and probably wrote the book exactly for that reason and none other. At least that's my best educated guess to the reasoning for this vomit on a page. It's not even a story, it's closer to a manfisto of how the author would like to see the world and how his imagination can arrouse himself. Case and point... all women are now "liabilities", frail and incapable of anything other than eating and spreading their legs apperently (completely dependant on men 100%). I imagine you have to be a big ol' man to be able to use a firearm and provide for yourself. Also it's apperent that cold blooded murder is fantastic to the author as well, and finds it to be, not only delightful, but that everyone should join in. A few serious critiques: Solar power and UV is not the end all be all. Digging holes... takes awhile and is actually quite laborious. Having the attitude of shooting innocent people could and will backfire into something normal people know as "revenge", something very dangerous to be on the other side of and not helpful for survival. I know it's convenient to have situations in which the characters clean up so tidely but in a real situation going around killing people will be risky and just bad manners. I'm on chapter 17 and had to put the book down as I could feel my IQ dropping with every page. Not everyone is going to be okay with cold blooded murder (the woman and child). Not to mention: the fact that they are a woman and child doesn't make them inferior and incabable of taking care of themselves.
Women can pull a trigger, gather food, purify water just as well as men. I know the author was going for the whole "men are great; women suck" and the "them vs. us" (preppers, survivalists, country people, blue collared republicans vs. city people, people who mock preppers..ect) thing...which leads me to think this book is basically venting that he feels picked on. The thing about that is what if some of those people shot in cold blood were preppers or people in transit to where they had made preperations? What I'm saying is; with the trigger happy killing... how would any of the characters know that they weren't killing an ally? Killing a deer on someones property is not the same as stealing from a garden. Noone actually owns wild deer...even if they're on your property how can anyone know it's YOUR property and that it's still actually occupied? I could understand if someone shot another for stealing from an obvious garden, but murdering a woman and child for eating what another man innocently provided is just rude. In an apocalyptic scenario, I will be hunting deer and I won't care who's property it is unless it literally says "trespassers will be shot and killed". This whole story is garbage and I want to end my "review" with this one question to the author: Did you buy stock in solar cookers or something? Get off it already.
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ROFL

some of those reviews were harsh

If anyone wants some good free well researched post apocaliptic fiction

try Jerry D Young,s stories

[link to www.jerrydyoung.com]
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Looks interesting.
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The book's topic really makes some people mad. Some just don't like my writing, and that's ok, that's life.

But, some of the responses are way beyond just not liking the writing. Some of them are down right nasty.

The critiques that were quoted above are a good example. Unfortunately some of them also contain factual inaccuracies. As in the pasteurization one.
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The book's topic really makes some people mad. Some just don't like my writing, and that's ok, that's life.

But, some of the responses are way beyond just not liking the writing. Some of them are down right nasty.

The critiques that were quoted above are a good example. Unfortunately some of them also contain factual inaccuracies. As in the pasteurization one.
 Quoting: Lloyd Tackitt


In this day and age it's especially hard to put oneself "out there". Just remember some criticism is most likely warranted but there are so many people these days that just either want to play expert or put others down for no other reason than being nasty.

I don't have a reader and I don't even know if I could download to a pc, but I would pay 99cents to read the rest of it.
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The book's topic really makes some people mad. Some just don't like my writing, and that's ok, that's life.

But, some of the responses are way beyond just not liking the writing. Some of them are down right nasty.

The critiques that were quoted above are a good example. Unfortunately some of them also contain factual inaccuracies. As in the pasteurization one.
 Quoting: Lloyd Tackitt


In this day and age it's especially hard to put oneself "out there". Just remember some criticism is most likely warranted but there are so many people these days that just either want to play expert or put others down for no other reason than being nasty.

I don't have a reader and I don't even know if I could download to a pc, but I would pay 99cents to read the rest of it.
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best of luck op

ill look it up
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ONE SECOND AFTER ONE SECOND AFTER ONE SECOND AFTER. Way better book about the whole thing except cause is emp. Same difference.Good read. Everyone should read it. Kind of sets the stage. One Second After.
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The book's topic really makes some people mad. Some just don't like my writing, and that's ok, that's life.

But, some of the responses are way beyond just not liking the writing. Some of them are down right nasty.

The critiques that were quoted above are a good example. Unfortunately some of them also contain factual inaccuracies. As in the pasteurization one.
 Quoting: Lloyd Tackitt


In this day and age it's especially hard to put oneself "out there". Just remember some criticism is most likely warranted but there are so many people these days that just either want to play expert or put others down for no other reason than being nasty.

I don't have a reader and I don't even know if I could download to a pc, but I would pay 99cents to read the rest of it.
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You can download a pc reader from amazon for free, and it works well on their books. I did that and pick up a lot of cheap and sometimes free books from them that way. Although the ereaders are better, they don't give you eyestrain, it's not bad at all.

The odd thing is that after a really nasty review, the sales go up for a couple of days. After a really good review the sales don't wiggle up or down.
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The book's topic really makes some people mad. Some just don't like my writing, and that's ok, that's life.

But, some of the responses are way beyond just not liking the writing. Some of them are down right nasty.

The critiques that were quoted above are a good example. Unfortunately some of them also contain factual inaccuracies. As in the pasteurization one.
 Quoting: Lloyd Tackitt


In this day and age it's especially hard to put oneself "out there". Just remember some criticism is most likely warranted but there are so many people these days that just either want to play expert or put others down for no other reason than being nasty.

I don't have a reader and I don't even know if I could download to a pc, but I would pay 99cents to read the rest of it.
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iamwith

best of luck op

ill look it up
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^^^point made
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The book's topic really makes some people mad. Some just don't like my writing, and that's ok, that's life.

But, some of the responses are way beyond just not liking the writing. Some of them are down right nasty.

The critiques that were quoted above are a good example. Unfortunately some of them also contain factual inaccuracies. As in the pasteurization one.
 Quoting: Lloyd Tackitt


In this day and age it's especially hard to put oneself "out there". Just remember some criticism is most likely warranted but there are so many people these days that just either want to play expert or put others down for no other reason than being nasty.

I don't have a reader and I don't even know if I could download to a pc, but I would pay 99cents to read the rest of it.
 Quoting: D'Light


You can download a pc reader from amazon for free, and it works well on their books. I did that and pick up a lot of cheap and sometimes free books from them that way. Although the ereaders are better, they don't give you eyestrain, it's not bad at all.

The odd thing is that after a really nasty review, the sales go up for a couple of days. After a really good review the sales don't wiggle up or down.
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Thanks. I may do that.

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