As summer kicks into high gear, most readers find themselves looking for good books that can take them on an adventure as they relax in the back yard or on the family vacation.
Alternatively, people living the self-reliance, preparedness lifestyle often approach their reading with a dual purpose: escape and education. In this case, the first book of the “Going Home” series by Angery American will certainly grab readers and keep their attention.
Despite the fact that these books are best sellers, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical of “Going Home” at the outset. The author’s pseudonym was clearly a message, and the idea of another survival travelogue worried me (it is one of the genre’s most popular settings). But after I delved into A. American’s novella “Charlie’s Requiem” (more on that in later post), I realized this is a talented writer that can not only hold your attention, but can cause heart palpitations and visceral emotions as you dive into his work.
“Going Home” for many, including this reporter, may also strike close to home on a daily basis.
Morgan Carter is like millions of people who are concerned about the threats to civilization and their daily lives. He often must travel for a living. And like many, he endures light-hearted grief from his family as he packs his “get home” bag for every business trip.
How many preppers deal with that as they pack their car for travel, and include their survival gear as insurance for the way home?
Of course, it’s when an EMP goes off that his devotion to living prepared seems as if it will pay off for him and his family. Unfortunately, he’s about 250 miles from home.
The story clearly focuses on the long trek home and Carter’s unwillingness to let anything stop him as he struggles to reach his family.
Along the way, Carter’s trek is wrought with danger.
He faces many threats that unfortunately are considered normal: thieves, desperate individuals, and local sickos who use the catastrophe for their own gains in personal wealth and control of the less powerful.
Carter uses his wits and military training to overcome the challenges at hand, and in doing so shows that his greatest strength is his sense of honor. He’s simply a guy that does the right thing.
In addition to the challenges, he collects a few friends along the way. Readers will particularly love Thad and Sarge for reasons that will unfold with the storyline.
No spoilers here, but suffice it to say that in this world reduced to survival and savagery nothing compares to the deeper threat Carter and his group discover, and that’s when readers will realize we all need friends like Thad and Sarge.
It wasn’t long ago when the leader of the free world was surrounded by politicos that believed a catastrophe should never go to waste, and it is this mindset that American effectively delves into.
Readers will do well to keep a notepad nearby as “Going Home” offers a lot of good information and ideas to consider for one’s personal situation.
But what is most important is that the book is well written and will keep readers turning the pages.
By the time the apex of the story is reached, readers like this one will realize the hook has been set and the summer reading list decided. One down, seven more to go.
Good thing summers are long here.