Lights Out [NOOK Book]

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Downloaded from the internet over three million times, this exciting, action-packed, survival story is finally available in book form. Lights Out chronicles the challenges of Mark “Karate Man” Turner when the lights go out over most of the free world. He must find in himself the ability to unite his family, friends, and neighbors if any of them are to survive the harsh reality that everyday life becomes when the veneer of civilization is stripped away.
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Lights Out

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Overview

Downloaded from the internet over three million times, this exciting, action-packed, survival story is finally available in book form. Lights Out chronicles the challenges of Mark “Karate Man” Turner when the lights go out over most of the free world. He must find in himself the ability to unite his family, friends, and neighbors if any of them are to survive the harsh reality that everyday life becomes when the veneer of civilization is stripped away.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012585653
  • Publisher: Halffast Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 598
  • Sales rank: 38,508
  • File size: 698 KB

Meet the Author

David Crawford is an avid outdoorsman who likes to hunt, fish, hike, off-road, and shoot. He is a third degree black belt with the American Society of Karate where he teaches children and adults. Residing in San Antonio with his wife, he is the father of two, and is working on his next novel.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

    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 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.

    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    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 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.

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    A must read: a fiction book you can both enjoy and use

    The scenario of this book is what happens in 1 community after a "pulse" (presumably an EMP-type) hits the entire US and probably other countries as well. While that level of damage may not be likely in reality, the premise of the book is still highly useful at examining how society and individuals might react. Even a regional natural disaster could bring on many of the circumstances highlighted here. During the read, examples are used of ways in which people were prepared to take care of themselves, intermingling good & bad decisions. For example, even some people who thought of themselves as "preppers" stockpiled something they were worried about, but did not think of some simple items or ideas. It leaves you thinking of choices you might make at home, and how much effort you do (or do not) want to put into being prepared for things ranging from a 3-day power outage to a loss in the distribution of food and medicine. There is also a constant underlying theme showing that cooperation with a variety of people is necessary. When I first started the book, I didn't expect to enjoy the writing. There are technical weaknesses and the writing is sometimes simplistic or cliche. But for whatever reason, it became a book I could not put down after just a few chapters. Even Tom Clancy novels don't do that for me anymore.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Again, I see reviews complaining about a survival story being to

    Again, I see reviews complaining about a survival story being too far to
    the Right. To me, that is reality: Libs are not likely to survive
    without the government's protection and handouts. This story would be
    ten times better if it were edited and half as long. There is a lot of
    flab in the story that slows down the pace. I enjoyed the read overall,
    but wished a good editor had taken a sharp knife to it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Great story, great info. Gripping!

    How will you and your neighbors survive if the world as we know it ends? This is the story of Mark "The Karate Man" Turner, and that of his family, friends and neighbors. This should be in everyone's library.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    A Page Turner!

    I couldn't put this book down. Usually authors of books that try to entertain you and teach you something at the same time fall flat and never find the kind of balance David Crawford found with Lights Out. The characters are instantly engaging and somehow familiar. They remind me very much of people I actually know. I got it on my NookColor (Much much better than the Kindle, by the way) and wasn't even half way through when I ordered the hard copy. I mean, what if the lights go out and I can't use my Nook?? Gasp! ;o) Can't wait for his next work!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2011

    Outstanding !

    Gripping read! Not to be missed!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2011

    great read

    if you have heard of this book then you already know.

    if not it is a must read.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Suspensful and Well Written

    One of my favorite books, not just in the Genre, but in general. I can't recommend this book enough. Easy to read, interesting story lines and characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    The author was a bit too descriptive, and a lot of it wasn't nee

    The author was a bit too descriptive, and a lot of it wasn't needed. The same point could have came across with a lot less of a description. The last third of the book was much better, glad I stuck with it, but it oculd have done better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Great Read

    This book is really good, I did not want it to end. Hope to see a sequel or movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    A great story! Already a classic in the genre. Only giving 4 s

    A great story! Already a classic in the genre. Only giving 4 stars because the Nook version requires an editing job. Spelling and grammer errors throughout I assume from rushing to eBook format.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Rightwing tripe

    I quit reading at page 36 when the author declared some ridiculous politics. Only conservative protestants who keep their women at home with the kids are worthy survivor types apparently. No better than looney Left Behind crap. Read One Second After for a better, more technically accurate take on the same subject without the rightwing nonsense.

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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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 September 26, 2011

    Liked a lot!!

    Course I'm into survivalist books anyway, but this one was VERY good; probably one of the best I've ever read except for "Wolf and Iron" by Gordon Dickson. If you like these type of books. you should like this one very much. I can't help but think we'll be in this type of situation before too many more years go by.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Excellent book!

    Highly recommended. Good plot, believable characters. Realistic scenario. One of the better books in this genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Great story

    Great character development. Believable and eye oening situation. Must read for those who read apocolyptic novels. A+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Great book

    Realistic, smart, lots of plot twists, and almost a better ending than the city of ember(series) ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    NEEDS TO BE READ

    NEEEDS TO BE READ BY EVRYONE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    ENJOYED THE BOOK LEARNED A FEW THINGS SORRY IT ENDED.
    WISH MR. CRAWFORD WOULD WRITE MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS ONE.

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