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Posted June 30, 2014
Posted June 24, 2014
Whether traveling through a tunnel with a "creature" after them or Tanner fighting one in a barn, Samantha is learning about survival...In the future she will have to count on the bond that is building between her and Tanner...After visiting his home town, and learning that the woman he loved has been killed by government "hooligans",Masson and Bowie set off in hot pursuit...I cannot wait for Mason and his father, Tanner, to meet up...Peaceful or not, what a reunion that will be...i love these SHTF type stories...Arthur Bradley has become my favorite authorWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2014
This is the third book in the series and, consistent with the title, has the primary characters and their supporters confronting and meting out justice to those inflicting harm on others. It also moves the characters further towards what will be a reckoning with the forces which have been manipulating for their own ends the chaos following the pandemic. Although Marshall Mason Raines and his father, Tanner Raines, have not yet gotten together, the stage is set for their combined efforts to meet the threat.
The vice president continues to search for Samantha, the young daughter of the president. That search has resulted in the murder of Marshall Raines girlfriend. Under the mentoring of Tanner, Samantha continues to develop the character and skills needed to survive. Marshall Raines finally reaches the US Marshall training center, only to discover that it has been decimated by a chemical attack with everyone present murdered. He then watches as a mercenary group arrives to remove a stockpile of weapons. Shortly thereafter, the president is assassinated and the manipulative and dangerous vice president is sworn in as president. When Marshall Raines confronts elements of the mercenary group he discovers that the general who ordered the attack may be connected to the vice president (now president) and begins his quest to identify those responsible and impose retribution.
The series continues to be a fun read as the primary characters develop and demonstrate resolve and creativity as they survive and move through the devastated country.
Posted May 29, 2014
One of the best series I've read recently. Very captivating, really enjoy the values of the main characters. It takes all kinds to make this world and Bradley pulls together a pretty diverse set of characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2014
Arthur T. Bradley’s - The Survivalist “Judgment Day”
I received my copy of “Judgment Day” and immediately placed it in my brief case to enjoy during my next business trip. A few days later I found that I didn’t have internet connectivity during my return flight from San Francisco and Boston, so rather than playing a couple of movies on my iPad, I pulled out “Judgment Day” the third installment of The Survivalist series, and I’m glad I did. As expected, “Judgment Day” continued right where “Anarchy Rising” left off, continuing the story line and providing captivating anticipation that just doesn’t let you put the book down, and I didn’t put it down until I finished it just before landing in Boston. Although I was sad that I completed the book in one sitting and would have to wait for the next installment, I found that it was the shortest six hour flight that I’ve ever taken and my Mom was happy to inherit the book as she too was waiting to read it.
Thanks Arthur, Great Read!
Posted April 8, 2014
Definite page turner. As the series progress each book builds on the intensity and plot of the previous. Love the plot and storyline, writing style, and the descriptive way is written in. Feel like you are there watching the action unfold right in front of you. Will make a great basis for an amazing TV series. Don't miss out, start reading it today, and you'll be ready for the next one this summer it looks like. eWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2014
This is the 3rd in Bradley's Survivalist Series, and like the other two, excellent. Firstly, it is very, very well written. Characters and story line(s) very believable, and picks up where Frontier Jusice ends. If you are a thriller-fiction fan, you will love all of these. If you are a prepper, lots of useful information as well. I can't wait for next one, and highly recommend this one. It would also make a super tv series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2014
Fast-paced, action-packed sequel!
The Survivalist (Judgment Day) is a worthy successor to the first two books in this series, The Survivalist (Frontier Justice) and The Survivalist (Anarchy Rising). In this third book, Dr. Bradley continues the dual story lines chronicling the respective adventures of Deputy Marshall Mason Raines and his fiercely loyal dog Bowie, as well as Mason's ex-convict father, Tanner Raines and Tanner's young traveling companion, Samantha Glass, as they make their separate ways north through a post-apocalyptic eastern United States. In his quest to avenge a heinous attack on the Federal Marshalls' training facility in Georgia, Mason battles unscrupulous mercenaries, corrupt government agents, and his own desire for revenge, yet manages to remain a just, if stern, lawman. Meanwhile, while journeying north to New York State to fulfill a dying man's last wish, Tanner and Samantha encounter challenges of their own, including a malevolent biker gang, satanists, and mutated victims of a pandemic SuperPox virus. Along the way, Tanner teaches Samantha several valuable survival skills, which she soon puts to very good use! Surprising plot twists involving the highest levels of government lend added excitement to the narrative and lay the ground work for the next 'installment' in the series, which is due out in the Summer of 2014. Although this book can be read on its own, you'll enjoy it even more if you have read the first two books in the series. I highly recommend them all!
Posted April 2, 2014
I enjoyed "The Survivalist (Judgement Day)". The book was broken into three different groups taking place in the same time period.
It showed the struggles of Mason Raines, a Deputy Marshal along with his dog Bowie. Tanner Raines, Mason's father and Samantha, the president's daughter and the trials they have. In addition, the president of the United States and what is happening in the political arena is discussed. This book is fast paced and filled with adventure. "The Survivalist (Judgement Day)" breaks down each adventure into a chapter and moves to another chapter describing another person's challenges. The people are portrayed as heroes and using action as well as planning dealing with the events.
The book describes the action scenes graphically. This provides strong realism and gives a real sense as what a SHTF world would be like. Through out the book there are drawings depicting a scene. The drawings give a better understanding and are very detailed. I am looking forward to the next book. The only improvement would be if the author had a recap chapter on how the world become such a disaster.
Posted March 25, 2014
The Survivalist (Judgment Day) by Dr. Arthur T. Bradley
Luckily I started this book on a cold, rainy weekend because once I began reading, I couldn’t put it down! Dr. Bradley has really found his fiction voice and his characters have taken charge and are in full control of the storyline. He also manages to throw some practical preparation lessons in there, too, in keeping with his earlier nonfiction books but you hardly realize you’re learning something new. “Madness Rules” is part four, due out this summer, and I cannot wait!
Posted March 20, 2014
Ever wonder what TEOTWAWKI could look like? Ever wonder how you might handle it? Reading the Survivalist series by Arthur Bradley, could scare the crap out of you, or reading the series could inspire you to take action and prepare in some way. The books are informative with nuggets of preparedness information skillfully woven into the story.
Judgment Day did not disappoint. Well, maybe in just one way... I want to know what's going to happen next! What other situations will Mason and Bowie and Tanner and Samantha encounter?
I'll just have to wait until summer for the next installment.
Posted March 19, 2014
I really enjoyed this installment in the series and am looking forward to the next one. This series continues to build on the foundation established in the first book. The characters are very likeable and I find myself reading these books as fast as I can since I can hardly put them down. Like other reviewers said the pace in this book is fast and it is very entertaining.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 17, 2014
Mr. Bradley outdoes himself!
I started reading Judgement day with interest to learn of the continuing story of the Main Characters, Mason, Tanner and Samantha.
Things proceed with new adventures and troubles for them. You have to keep reading to find out what happens next. Then about two thirds the way through the book things don't go very well! There are 2 chapters in which a series of explosive events you don't even see or suspect are coming that hit you like a truck! I think this is the best book so far in the series being number three! This is a must read book for the people who have or have not read books #1 and #2, both very good in their own right. Now I'm hooked I have to wait for book #4 to see if Mason can accomplish what he wants to do! We all have to wait for Book #4 to see what happens!
Great job Mr. Bradley!
Posted March 15, 2014
If you’re reading this review you’re probably already familiar with Dr. Arthur Bradley’s post-apocalyptic series The Survivalist. If not, go buy the first two books, Frontier Justice and Anarchy Rising right now. And while you’re at it, buy this one too because it’s the best of the three. Building on the foundation of the first two episodes, Judgment Day follows the story of US Marshall Mason Raines as he stumbles onto a plot to take over the remnants of the federal government. In a parallel story arc Mason’s father who tries to shepherd the President’s daughter to safety while government plotters scheme to capture her for leverage against her mother. Having introduced the characters and the story line in the first two books, the pace of Judgment Day is considerably faster; it’s pretty much non-stop action. With lots of shooting, which most of you will probably enjoy.
Like the first two books, while it contains a few useful survival/preparedness tips, Judgment Day is good enough to stand on its own without having to lower your literary standards as is necessary to enjoy most other books in the survival genre. The plot in the books in The Survivalist series is entirely believable and all are extremely well written. I’ve read a lot of survival-related fiction and this series is the best of the breed.
Having enjoyed the first two books, my decidedly non-prepper wife was eager for me to finish Judgment Day quickly so she could read it. She didn’t have to wait long, and once she started it she pretty much read it straight through. You will too. Which leads to a warning: by all means buy this book, but do not start it if you have something you need to do in the next few hours (like sleep). You’ve been warned! :-}
Posted March 10, 2014
This is a great continuation of the story line. The author takes some bold steps with the characters (no story disclosures in this review). I respect the authors style and character development. I will certainly continue to read this series to keep up with the plot. Thanks to the author for his efforts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2014
This third in the series continues the high standard set in the first two. This is a "can't put it down" type of book. If you are looking for Shakespeare or other high end literature this is not it. If you want a good read while learning useful tips on surviving when society's structure has crumbled this is it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2014
I received a copy of this book to review and was very eager to learn where the 3rd book would take our characters. Judgment Day first of
all doesn't spend as much time delving into the minor characters or giving us vignettes of how various people are reacting to the
plague -- time has passed and focusing on immediate survival isn't as much an issue as strategic long-term survival. The book
instead focuses on the major characters and how they fare using whatever means suit them. We got some really great
survival tips, as always, in this book and some good common sense and strategic thinking examples through the characters.
The characters are growing through the challenges. I would have liked one of the significant emotional story lines to be beefed up
and more integrated into the character who suffers a loss -- that treatment was thoughtful but lacked depth that would have satisfied
me. Yet, and this is a big yet, it was also in keeping with the stoic nature of the character to treat the event with less fanfare and less
emotional and experiential detail. We always want to know there is a tender side that persists in these tough fellows but realistically
it's impossible to see in many. As always, Dr. Bradley incorporates all the dramatic elements for a good story and to whet our appetites
for another. And, as expected, he spelled "judgment" correctly. That alone is worth 5 stars in today's world but he earned those 5 by
writing yet another good installment and not by his excellent spelling.
Posted March 3, 2014
Monsters, Marshals, and Mayhem - what fun!!, March 2, 2014
What a mix - action, suspense, horror, romance, bad, bad guys, super heroes, even a few monsters! Who wouldn't like that!?! The heroes are good looking, dashing, and brilliant (and did I mention, they're father and son, Kal-el?). Some of the things they face, get through and pull off, in the real world? Forget it! But who cares? This is fun! Two fisted good fun. Even the dog is perfect! And It all works - really well.
Strengths - fast action, good (to excellent) dialogue, laugh out loud humor (in a PA novel? Yep). Bonus points: Prepping, survival info tucked in (not on - as in weighing down) the story. The characters are well thought out, like the story. It quickly passes the suspension of disbelief problem and doesn't drown in long political sermons, rambling philosophical or technical (firearm, gear) monologues (gag). But the book(s) make me suspect that Dr. Bradley rides towards a Libertarian outlook. Like Louis L'Amour he's able to blend stereotypical characters (like, good guys are always good looking, the good gals all pretty, the bad guys just awful etc etc), and a go go plot, all at the same time.
Cons - Not many. Dr. Bradley starts off this volume (3rd in a series) right about where he left off in #2. If you haven't read the others, you may be a bit lost. IMO Bradley would have done well to give us a short (perhaps two, three paragraph) intro/review. Ideally there would be one in each successive book. Sometimes the derring do gets right on the edge of "too much" and that all important "suspension of disbelief" falters. But so far, Bradley pulls it off.
Please note, I received a complementary review copy of this book. That said, as a fan of Post Apocalyptic literature, this book and the series is, IMO, among the very best of the genre. Can't wait for the next one! Buy yourself this book, you'll love it!
Posted March 3, 2014
Not too long, not too short. Perfect.
Dr. Bradley's fiction writing skills keep getting better and better. This latest in his Survivalist series delivers a well-written, well-paced tale about how our country might evolve through a pandemic and the aftermath. Full of twists and surprises, good character development, and so much more. I can't wait for the next book in the series, which is due out this summer.
Posted March 1, 2014
This is yet again another stellar addition to The Survivalist series. It is so easy to get deeply invested in each character and turn each page with the intense desire to learn what will happen next. You live each moment of the books as if you were there. Once it draws you in and there is no turning back.
Dr. Bradley has outdone himself and I can't wait for the next installment.
In the mean time I am off to order my Supergrade!!