I definitely want to read the other books! I knew about Travelers but didn’t know about the other one. I’ll have to look it up.
Spoiler Alert Below!!!
I really liked reading and learning about calculating food calories and amounts of food per person, even getting down to the details of grain and production in greenhouse plots. Also liked reading about some of the tactics used, such as what Chad employed while traveling cross country to get to the Homestead. And I thought the makeshift “armor” the Latigos used with the bulldozer and frontend loader in the final battle was brilliant, but the makeshift trash-bag-gasoline mix to counter at least the front one was more so. Makes me wonder if the author actually saw something like that in real life during one of his overseas missions.
There were other important lessons the book had, too, such as the need for clean water and how quickly a drinking water source can get contaminated. And then of course there is the main lesson of the need to be prepared for such an event, such as with food storage.
But I thought the book also deserves a bit of critiquing, as much as a book of fiction like this can be critiqued to begin with. For one, I thought the collapse came way too quick. It’s possible a major societal collapse could occur like that, but given the scenarios provided, my uneducated guess is that it would take much longer than that. There are other things worth critiquing if we decide to belabor that issue, but I’m guessing the author may have wanted to place his audience into the apocalyptic stage relatively quickly in the story in order to bring about all the gory details of life in the new chaos that befell our once great and comfortable society.