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Lights Out

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

A great TEOTWAWKI read.

A well written novel that grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go till the last page. In the survival genre of novels, I've come to expect a glut of survival information poorly integrated into a so-so story. This novel is different. It has an entertaining plot a...
A well written novel that grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go till the last page. In the survival genre of novels, I've come to expect a glut of survival information poorly integrated into a so-so story. This novel is different. It has an entertaining plot and characters with surprising depth. This book doesn't vacillate between a story and a survival gear catalog as so many of the survival novels do. In most instances it seamlessly integrates the survival tips and tricks into the overall story. It also doesn't trade entertainment for realism. The story is credible but you probably won't be as fortunate as these characters if a scenario like this ever occurs. My anticipation level was high from beginning to end. Although I didn't want to, I did have to put the book down on occasion because it is a long story, but I couldn't wait to pick it up again. Don't expect a survival guide. This might make it a disappointing read for some, but for the average person looking for a great 'end of the world as we know it' novel, you will not be disappointed. I look forward to the next installment by this author. If his follow on books are as good as his debut novel he should have a long and successful career as a novelist.

posted by 5650359 on July 1, 2011

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7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Possibly one of the worst books I've ever read.

I can say without question that this is one of the most poorly written books I've ever read. If I didn't have a personal rule to "finish what I started," I would have given up on this amateurish attempt at literature within the 1st 100 pages. I'll get the positive out o...
I can say without question that this is one of the most poorly written books I've ever read. If I didn't have a personal rule to "finish what I started," I would have given up on this amateurish attempt at literature within the 1st 100 pages. I'll get the positive out of the way, because it won't take long. The story/premise is decent, right up the alley of post-apocalyptic fetishists, especially if you're of the god, guns & guts sect. I say decent, but nowhere near great, and far from engaging.

But the writing, good god the writing. It's awful. I'm talking flat-out awful. Absolutely wooden dialogue, and roughly 650 pages worth of simplistic, monotonous descriptions. Over and over again. If thick paragraphs describing the mundane day-to-day thought processes of the protagonist, Mark Turner, sound exciting to you, then by all means spend your money on this. But the difference between a great novel, and say, this, is the author's ability to advance the story with an effective, balanced mix of narrative storytelling, and dialogue that actually matters to the story. "Lights Out" does neither. Add to that the author's tendency to completely forego anything resembling plausibility and you get "Lights Out." For example, we're supposed to believe that the main character & his best friend were able to supply an entire community with all the tools, ammo, weapons, food, gas, etc. with ONE MONTH'S PAY?! I'm sorry, but they worked in an office, not the starting lineup for a pro sports franchise. I guess the action/gunfight scenes are done fairly well, but are sentence after sentence of can-only-appeal-to-2nd-Amendment-rights-diehards details about ammunition & weapon really necessary?

Do yourself a favor, skip this tripe. William Forsythe's "One Second After" is 1 billion times better, deftly executed, and a tremendous telling of a very scary scenario. "Lights Out" is aptly titled, because this will put you to sleep. Awful. Negative 40 stars.

posted by NotOneStraw on December 21, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    Fair book, but it drags out and id t Fair book, book takes too long to get into. Didnt keep my attention

    Not the best, fair at most, and is not very realistic or excited

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Worth Reading

    The plot portrays a realistic situation of what would happen in a long term national disaster. There always the good people who undertake their own responsibility for themselves and others who need help. Then there are plenty of bad people. The novel implies the need for weapons held by private citizens in order to defend themselves from the bad people when government breaks down. Although no one having guns would work, but that is not realistic and it only takes a few in the hands of the bad people.

    The plot is good, not much in depth character development(this is not a Hemingway book) and the writing style is very simplistic( Mark drives to Jim's house. Mark says hello Jim. Jim says hello Mark.)

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    Posted February 19, 2012

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