by E.E. Borton
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Without - Book 1
Publisher: Legacy Road Publishing (November 24, 2013)
Publication Date: November 24, 2013
Print Length: 328 pages
The apocalypse came as a whisper.
Mother Nature had been sending signs for three years, but most didn’t pay attention until she pulled the plug on everything. Nobody will forget where they were and what they were doing at 8:13 on that morning. They’re all still waiting for 8:14. Well, at least the ones that have made it so far.
He was stuck in Atlanta traffic, making his way to work, when the world fell silent. His car, his radio, his phone, his watch, anything that needed a spark, a battery, or an outlet died. The silence didn’t last long and neither did she. He didn’t know if the yellow sundress was the first to die, but he does know that she wasn’t the last. Not even close.
As aircraft fell out of the sky, panicked drivers lost control in the fast lane, and pace makers stopped keeping their rhythms, he got out of his car and popped the trunk. Most didn’t pay attention, but he did. And he knew what was coming.
Three years earlier during the first city-wide blackout in Atlanta, he lost his Samantha to cowards who were never caught. Those looking to take advantage didn’t hesitate, wreaking havoc at every opportunity. It took less than an hour after the event for society to start its disintegration.
He made a promise to himself never to feel that helpless again. He wasn’t a soldier or a cop, but he was one of the few that did have a plan. Get out of the city, get away from people, and don’t hesitate.
May God have mercy on their souls, because he won’t.
Without by E.E. Borton (Without, #1)
Had Mother Nature finally taken her revenge on humanity’s excesses that raped her world? There were warnings, but nobody listened…until it was too late and the world was thrust into survival mode. Now one man will journey hundreds of miles to the only place he thought he could feel safe, his childhood home.
E.E. Borton’s chilling WITHOUT is the saga of one man’s journey through the chaos of a world gone feral as he remembers the man he used to be, the life he used to have and discovers the man he has become and the life he has to re-define.
This post-apocalyptic tale is not filled with super-human feats, it is a story of survival, of the devolving of humanity into less than animals, as well as the heights of compassion and loyalty and love that mankind can rise to.
Told through the heart and mind of one solitary man determined never to feel helpless again, we witness an accidental hero being created. We live through the actions he takes to save innocent strangers, as well as his realization that one can never truly go home and no man is an island. We may not agree with all of his actions, but in their totality, we can say, this man deserves to live, even as it becomes apparent that we have not yet been told his name, it is clear he represents humanity trying to do the right thing, survive with dignity.
WITHOUT is not a typical post-apocalyptic tale, there are no rapid-fire car chases, but there is evil lurking in the shadows, inhumane humans, brutal acts and heartbreaking results. E.E. Borton has taken a slice of a fantasy world, and condensed it down to one man’s journey, but it is amazing to travel alongside this once ordinary man!
Dark, gritty, violent, but written so well, E.E. Borton had me from page one, through that last page where hope in a future seemed possible.