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by Wilson Harp
In a flash of searing light, the world changed. A massive solar
flare has crippled the modern world and brought chaos and destruction. David
Hartsman is stuck in the remote farm town of his youth on what was expected to
be a short visit to check on his ailing parents. While his wife and his
daughter are hundreds of miles away at home in Chicago, David must face the
dangers associated with his own survival and the pressures of not being with
his family. In a worldwide catastrophe, every struggle is personal.
EMP follows a familiar theme.There is something , in this case a EMP Spike, that burns
out all modern electronics.Now
everyone is back to basics.David
Hartsman is at the small town where his parents live when it happens and this
is his story and the story of how the town survives.The story is interesting with enough tension and danger to
keep everything moving.Mixed with
that are the things that have to be done to survive. This is a easy book to
read and in spite of the theme one that leaves you feeling good.I did wonder if there will
be another book to follow.David
still had issues to be resolved so maybe we will meet him again.
The days had turned warmer and the rains had come
to a stop. The fields were planted with the food that would allow us to
survive, and everyone anxiously awaited the first harvest of lettuce and beans.
Anything other than radish and turnip soup seasoned with a little green onion
and boiled squirrel.
I walked past one of the fields and waved at the
boys. Two of them carried rifles and several others had sharp spades. Those
with the rifles were scanning the edges of the field making sure no rabbits
came in to eat the precious crops. Those with spades walked along each row,
making sure no moles or other burrowing varmint was making itself at home.
The boys waved back and went back to their vigilant
I shook my head as I thought about what Lexi would
say if she had seen this. She was afraid of guns. She never grew up around them
and did not like them. I didn’t care one way or another. To me, they were just
another tool. One I grew up with, but found no particular joy in using. It was
like a hammer. Lexi was afraid of them and didn’t want one in the house, so I
acquiesced to her demand.
But now they were needful things. The right tool
for the right job. At night, the dogs were set free in the field and the snares
were set along the edges. But in the daytime, a stray rabbit taken with a .22
meant not only saving our crops, but more meat in our stew.
AUTHOR Bio and
Harp is a writer based out of the American Midwest. As a military brat, he traveled
and met people from many cultures and backgrounds. Exposure to so many
different views has led him to an appreciation of an eclectic collection of
music, film and literature.
sense of wonder at stories and folklore started young and continues to this
day, often affecting the themes and ideas in his writing. In his works you will
find the old fashioned ideas of virtue and honor as the lifeline that pulls
many of his characters through the situations they often find themselves.