The world's financial system is collapsing and this crisis is being used to begin the coup in America that will finally end the "American Experiment".
Two related groups of prepared citizens have run to their survival retreats, one in southern Ohio, the Compound, and the other in eastern Kentucky, the Farm, with the intention of hiding until they know if the coup is successful, or if everything simply goes out of control. The Compound is commanded by a retired Marine Lieutenant General known by his Seal Team name, Iceman. The Farm is commanded by his older son, a retired Marine Colonel known also by his Seal Team name, Mack. Both groups share the same goal, to survive whatever is about to happen.
Over the first week they quietly watch as things begin to deteriorate both in America and around the world. Because the government has terminated the internet and cell phones while actively monitoring all land telephone lines, along with controlling all television signals, their information sources are limited to the CB radio and shortwave radio signals. Nevertheless, these signals are sufficient to allow the real truth to be told. A nuclear war has started in the Middle East and, in America; massive riots have begun in the cities. Then, as they watch everything irrevocably slide out of control, someone, somewhere makes a mistake.
In the mid-70's the first space based kinetic energy weapons platform was put into space. This system, along with its sister systems that were put into space by the other major powers, consists of platinum rods with a guidance package and a booster rocket. They are designed to impact the earth's surface with a force roughly equal to that of a forty megaton hydrogen bomb, only without the radiation.
Because of the limited amount of time available to respond if these platforms were attacked all of the major powers had made their systems automatic and computer controlled. Whatever happened that caused these systems to fire the result was that in less than an hour over half of Earth's population die's as the kinetic energy weapon systems rain tens of thousands of missiles onto the planet's surface destroying military targets, cities and infrastructure everywhere.
With the electrical grid destroyed, along with most major cities, all military bases, and the supporting infrastructure of our civilization, the citizens in the Compound and the Farm now find themselves attempting to help as many survivors as possible. While they have limited supplies available to them, they still reach out to their neighbors with offers of help and the information the neighbors will need to help them to also survive what is coming.
As they experience the rapid cooling off of the planet because of the vast amount of debris thrown into the mesosphere, which is preventing the suns energy from reaching the surface, they are also fighting to keep the supplies they have accumulated from being taken by their enemies. Since they know that they are now facing a multi-year winter, loss of those supplies is nothing short of a death sentence.
When the coup began, only a few weeks before, the governments new enforcement arm, the Citizens Army for Liberty (CAL), which has nothing to do with citizens (except to discipline them), or liberty, but is an army, was introduced. With their food, military supplies, and bases destroyed along with the cities they had been in, CAL is forced to forage for the food it needs to support its men, regardless of just who they have to kill to accomplish their goal.
The citizen survivors are forced to defend themselves against the depredations of CAL while preparing for a "nuclear" winter, a multi-year winter that the world hadn't seen since the start of the last Ice Age!
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About the Author
Do I take myself seriously? Not really, even though the characters I use in my books all have a basis in reality, I have found that the passions of youth really do mellow out as one gets older.
I do take great pride in using weapons and systems that either actually exist, or are theoretically possible. Also the combat situations I describe are as accurate as I can make them.
In my book Destruction of Civilization; The Apocalypse Begins the scariest part of writing it was seeing that the preconditions necessary for the story to actually happen were happening.
As a person, I am a grandfather of 3, a father of 2 boys and a girl, have been married to the same wonderful woman for 44 years, and have made, and lost, two fortunes, but have made my third, so I stopped while I was ahead.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Anyone following the political and economic events over the past decades will find themselves immersed in a scenario that is all too real and has the potential to become fact if people don't wake up and realize this could come true. As stated in the book, what happens is the result of 'doing stupid'. The only downside were some typos and the over use of the exclamation point at the end of a lot of sentences. If you can get by these, you will find yourself immersed in the story.
First, about the reviewer: fiscally conservative, socially liberal but oppose the nanny state, engineer. Probably more of a libertarian. I've read books of the genre off and on for many years. Recent ones include 1 second after and Rohan Nation and War 2020. Before that and during the cold war On the Beach, Level 7, and others. Once you get past some of the opening rhetoric at the beginning it is a good read. It is a bit optimistic meaning it is not as dismal as 1 second after. While not a conspiracy theory buff I wondered about the relationship between the CAL (Citizens Army for Liberation) and TSA. One can also draw parallels to the Euro crises and in particular the Cyprus solutions implemented by the financial elites versus the liberal elites to some of the financial story telling in "Darth of Civilization" On the other hand one can also draw parallels to the behavior of the "conservative elites" from 2000-2008 to the under mining of personal freedoms. I will have to go back and re-read Atlas Shrugged since that is the first survivalist / withdrawal from a collapsing economic system to see if the core theme is carried forward. When you put this theme in the context of Excavating LA, Mike Davis, who is a self-profess Marxist scholar, the behavior of people during Katrina, Hurriacane Sandy, and the great Northeast Corridor power outage there is strong case made for being prepared. Read the book in this context and you find a lot of good advice. I probably should also go back and re-read Lord of the Flies. The bottom line to my way of thinking that this genre is probably closer to the truth in the long run than Orwell's 1984 or Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. I do recommend reading the book since it is a good thought provoker.
I read the revised edition and it did not have the punctuation problems reported by one of the reviewers. I've read almost everything available in the SHTF genre and this is perhaps the best, most logical storyline I've ever read. It is amazing just how accurate the Preface appears to be when it is set against what appears to be currently happening around the world today. While the story is great I was surprised when I researched the amount of damage the principle weapon system was supposed to create. Since the kinetic energy weapons are supposedly the equal of a 40 megaton hydrogen bomb what the author reported is, if anything, understated. This makes for a very scary book because so many people are completely unready for any type of disaster, either natural or man made. Tying the war into the monetary systems collapse is also ingenious. The best possible recommendation I can give this book is that it is a good read and hard to put down. If it doesn't make you think about just how ready you are then nothing will.
This book as mentioned before MIGHT have been a readable book had the author's period button worked! However, according to his writing style everything ends with an exclamation point! I doubt this was a problem with the conversion to a nook style book! The storyline is actually gripping, the storyteller is not! The punctuation was done intentionally.