Bob thought he had a great plan to make easy money. The Mayan's had an ancient prediction that the world would end in 2012. As the date loomed near, the superstitious people of the world would begin to fear for their lives! Desperate to survive, Bob knew they would be willing to pay anything if someone could guarantee their safety. Bob was an RCMP officer as was his oldest son. His youngest son was a mechanic and all were fighters as well as hunters. His wife and daughter in law were tough and smart. Who wouldn't hire them to keep them safe when the world ends? It was a great idea, especially when, as Bob put it, "There is no way in hell the world will end in 2012!" Bob had no reservations about taking these people's money as, from his point of view, these people would be paying for peace of mind knowing that they, and their families, would be taken care of when the world ends. A fair transaction as it would allow them to live in peace until the world ends, like the security one has knowing their house or car is insured. And when the world didn't end, and these people inevitably demanded their money back, Bob would remind them that, as per their contract, all sales are final! Bob and his family would be set for life! Well Bob's plan was working, and he and his family were getting rich beyond any hopes they had earlier. It would have been perfect except for one small problem that Bob never imagined would be possible, 2012 actually happened and disaster struck! Now Bob and his family are in a scramble for their lives. Will they make it to safety? Even if they managed to survive the end of the world, what happens to survivors when there are no laws, no rules, and no one to hold them accountable for their actions?
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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite We all look back at the panic surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar in the year 2012 with derision, contempt, or laughter. 2012: It Actually Happened explores a fictional future of what happened if 2012 actually happened in the way that the ancient Mayans predicted. Bob Dowd plays with the ideas of one con-man bent on deceiving those too gullible to keep from succumbing to the panic of the end of the world. He runs a lucrative business insuring those people with something akin to "end of the world insurance." Bob thinks he will be sitting pretty when the world doesn't end, but then...unimaginably...it does. Now Bob and his family have to fight off the end of the world and also all the people he promised to help. The dystopian wake that follows is intriguing, fascinating, and not just a little tongue-in-cheek. This book was a little hard to place at first. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to be taking things seriously or laugh along with Bob as he tricked countless idiots into handing him their life savings. As it turned out, 2012: It Actually Happened is a pretty fun read. It's funny and thrilling in turns, all revolving around this seemingly average guy who you want to hate (he's a con man after all!) but you really can't help but eventually like as he fights to get his family through an apocalypse he was too arrogant to prepare for. Bob Dowd is new to me as an author, and I really enjoyed his style and plot choices!