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The Night the Lights Went Out (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

John Eider

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A freak electrical storm sweeps over Britain, knocking out power lines in its wake. Without the National Grid, Britain is in left in the dark - no lights, no heat, no electricity...

Three months later, from among the British refugees now scattered across northern France, a nation itself rocked by the crisis, a young soldier is recruited for a mission that takes him back home.

This is his story, as he ventures back to find his homeland ravaged, its population scattered, and civilisation on the brink. This is a tale of an alternative future, set in a Britain at once recognisable and massively altered.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 750 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 233 pages
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009TSXLOG
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 In the Dark in England 11 août 2013
Par Nyssa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
An electrical power outage caused by a magnetic storm of charged particles similar to one that hit Quebec in 1989 has taken out the electric grid including most of the power transmission infrastructure throughout Scotland and England. Those Britons who lived near the coast and had access to boats fled to France in a reverse Dunkirk. The rest of Britain was left in chaos without power or transportation.

Worried that the many hidden civil defense posts and bunkers might fall into the wrong hands, three months into the disaster the Army sends out undercover teams of men across England to inspect and neutralize any outposts they might find that are still functional. One such team is made up of Private Crofts and an officer named Wareing. This story is Crofts' chronicle of their mission and its aftermath as they hike across eastern England.

As with many similar stories of this genre, various forms of a breakdown of order and social structure are described as well as a success story or two as the population attempts to survive in their new reality. Things get quite grisly at times as the pair of soldiers find themselves up against everything from a mass murderer to a pack of wild dogs as they go about their mission.

I found that I had to take the electrical grid outage portion of the story as a literary device used as a setup for the premise and environment of the rest of the story. While I can buy into the idea of a catastrophe that might take out the infrastructure and throw things into such a mess for the short term, I found it difficult to believe that the situation would go on without a massive effort to restore the electrical grid within months of the event. To have the whole country still in a state of disrepair years later is simply unfathomable, especially given that most of Europe and the rest of the world was untouched by the disaster and was in a position to send both the hardware and experts to aid in the recovery. Certainly the other countries would have done more to help than send food packages or volunteers to help on the farms. Wouldn't they at least have tried to re-boot the major cities or industrial areas at some point?

I also had to question why suddenly the Army or Government-in-Exile thought that these Cold War bunkers might be a threat to national security after lying idle and not being maintained for decades. Would a thirty year old code book really still be in use? On the other hand, if the communications equipment in the bunkers was still working, couldn't it have been used in this time of emergency to help organize the population? Why smash a radio receiver? This scenario just didn't pass the smell test to me. There were too many other pressing concerns and needs at the time in this post-electric country to have wasted Army personnel and efforts on such missions. Mark it off as another literary device used to get Crofts out and about to observe the countryside.

Despite the liberal use of devices to get to where the author wanted us to go, the story of Crofts' travels and observations are interesting in order to see the "what if" of possible directions where a previously ordered society might go to survive. If you can get past the roadblocks of reasonable doubt, there's an entertaining story in here of struggle, survival, and duty.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 intense and satisfying 6 septembre 2013
Par J. Gunnar Grey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Of all the books I've read this year, this is one of the most difficult to rate and classify. It's an intense read, densely written, heavy and realistic; but at the same time it's hopeful and light on its feet. The ending is left open, as if for a sequel, but because of the realism factor there's no other way it could possibly have ended.

The climax is strong and satisfying, but the denouement and falling action drag on a bit. It's possible the story would be stronger with a couple thousand words chopped off the end; but it wouldn't be the same book and the effect on the reader would be neither as heavy nor as hopeful.

The characterization is excellent. The author could use a professional copy editor or at least a good proofreader, and there are some sentences where I never did figure out a satisfactory meaning. But even when it threw me out of the story, there was never any question but that I'd dive back into it.

If you like post-apocalyptic fiction without the tired tropes of nuclear holocaust or zombies, well, I've read worse. Much worse. And I guess that answers the how-many-stars question: this story will stay with me. Knock off one for the lack of proofreading and the questionability of those ending chapters, then let's say four stars and one contented if wondering reader.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyed it 25 avril 2014
Par A simple guy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I got this for free and finally got around to reading it. After reading it I would have paid for it. Took me awile to get into it but I am glad I stuck with it. Interesting plot lne and I like the different setting. Not your normal U.S. city gone bad story. Worth the time.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Concept 11 avril 2014
Par Forbery - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Enjoyed the story and wanted to read to the end. Ending was a little bit disappointing but a good read overall
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Read 25 mars 2014
Par Ghoose - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Although I am pretty sure it wouldn't happen this way if at all, I like the writing of this book more than the story itself. I read it all the way through and found it pretty interesting and it captured my imagination to a degree as it did make me fear for the characters. I would say a good book, but not excellent.
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