Desperate Times

Desperate Times

by Nicholas Antinozzi

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The present: Black Friday arrives as an economic hurricane that sweeps the country in a single day. There is a run on dry goods where store shelves are swept bare and soon even the gas pumps have run dry. Very few people have prepared for this cataclysmic event and chaos ensues.

Ken and Patty Dahlgren have vigilantly planned for this scenario. Ken saw this coming a long time ago and has been stocking their summer-home with the supplies he believes they will need to ride out such a storm. When the dreaded day arrives, Ken is shocked to find out that Patty has invited nearly everyone she knows, including her hairdresser. Ken is angry and there is an argument, but Patty is a strong woman with a kind heart and a mind of her own. The result is a diverse caravan of refugees who quickly find out that everyone desperately wants what they have.

Jimmy Logan reports for work at Dahlgren Industries that morning, never suspecting that his world has spun out of control and is about to crash. Jimmy suddenly finds himself struggling with decisions of his own. Bill Huggins is Jimmy's neighbor, Bill is unemployed, recently divorced, and has a teenage daughter to look after. It slowly dawns upon Jimmy that he can't leave them behind. Reluctantly, he invites them along. Bill has no social skills and is regarded by many to be a complaining wind-bag, responsible for his own troubles.

Paula Peterson is Jimmy's girlfriend. She has the good looks of a runway model and the attitude of a spoiled princess. Paula hasn't been happy for a long time and her wealthy family would like nothing better than to separate the two of them. Julie Hartman is Jimmy's old flame. Julie is everything that Paula isn't and sparks are rekindled as things heat up.

Days pass and for a short time things are quiet. There is a resort next to Ken's where despite all that has happened, everyone seems to be on vacation. Ken has his people out working from sunrise to sunset, painstakingly preparing for the worst, while the group at the resort spend their days living the high-life. There is soon dissension. Some of Ken's people are lured across the fence by their leisurely lifestyle, only to find out that the other group is nearly out of provisions.

Desperate Times is a realistic look at an economic apocalypse and is ultimately the dramatic story of one man's survival. These are everyday, ordinary people and the premise could have been lifted from today's headlines. The result is a thought-provoking, entertaining read with a powerful message.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940000842683
Publisher: Nicholas Antinozzi
Publication date: 04/04/2010
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 687,364
File size: 286 KB

About the Author

Nick lives in Minnesota and spends as much time as he can writing. He believes that the literary envelope has been pushed too far and he prides himself on writing things a grandmother, or even a young teenager might stumble across, and read from cover to cover without blushing.

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Desperate Times 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
ladyn_red More than 1 year ago
Having finished this book moments ago, I am still reeling from how the events of the story could actually take the week...tomorrow. Reader beware: the content may haunt you forever. You may spend hours studying stock market trends and eonomic predictors. That being said, the characters were amazing and hooked me from the first few pages. I will definitely be loking for more books from this author.
Reader_Steve More than 1 year ago
This guy can write! Very topical and believable story about the collapse of the dollar and the ensuing chaos. Antinozzi brings vibrant characters to life and you care about what happens to them. Riveting action and tense drama make this an engaging read. Desperate Times is a great ride from a bright talent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Desperate Times is a book you won't be able to put down. Jimmy Logan and his friends face incredible odds to simply survive when the stock market suddenly collapses, prices skyrocket, and the government takes control of the air waves and people's lives. DT is edge-of-your seat suspense that will make you wonder if author Nick Antinozzi knows something the rest of us don't and leaves you desperately hoping he doesn't. Both Desperate Times and Desperate Times 2 are destined for the NY Times Best-Seller list and will leave you begging for a sequel and a movie.
HoosierJoe More than 1 year ago
This was not a terrible book by any means. But it wasn't great either. I liked the concept. And the author gives it a good effort. But you can tell this was a self publish book. It is in very bad need of editing. There are a lot of useless paragraphs. Useless dialog that goes nowhere and means little. Lots of cliches in the speech of the characters. Disjointed thoughts jumbled together in paragraphs. There is too much preachy stuff at the beginning of each chapter. Here is an example of a useless segment that an editor would likely have axed: There is a whole lot of time devoted to the survivors in the compound electing a council. Several of the characters give speeches, etc. And an election is held. Then the whole concept is dropped. The guy that owns the property is still in charge and gives orders. The whole council thing is never brought up again. A useless waste of quite a few pages. Someone else said it reads like it was written by a high schooler. And this is why. It needs polish and editing. It needs to be cuts down with 150 to 200 pages of useless baggage dropped. You can tell that the author is inexperienced. Hopefully he can build and learn his craft better.
Susan_Sherlock More than 1 year ago
Plausible chaotic end to our 'civilized society' when a total economic crash occurs. Some good guys are still good, but most humans revert to basic animalistic survival mode. The pace is steady as the story unwinds. I enjoyed it a lotl
xBeccax More than 1 year ago
I found myself talking to friends about this book as I was reading. It is so relevent to life today and the fast facts before each chapter haunted my dreams last night. This book deserves a cost and the fact that it is free is just plain shocking. I am going to recommend it to my book club members! Trust me! It is totally worth the download! Especially if you are into tear-jerking, scary, exciting, eerily realistic thrillers with excellent character and plot development! But who isn't?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a very hard time putting this book down. It may hve been free, but one of the best books I've read in quite awhile. There must be a ended too abruptly.
Firas Bargouthi More than 1 year ago
A page turner! Action packed and relevant to these times. I wish i could fine more ebooks from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So,I just finished reading this series from start to finish (including the sort story prequals) and I am really impressed. Maybe Mr. Antonizzi needs to run for pres! Seriously, I decided to write my review for the series here in the first book so that someone wanting to know if they should bother with it could get an opinion on the whole series. LET ME TELL YOU, YOU SHOULD BOTHER!! This series is extremely thought provoking. I read a review where someone read 30 pages and quit saying the book was written to spout out conservative propaganda. That is soooo not the case. The author does a fabulous job making the reader think about how ridulous BOTH extreme sides can be!!! The people in power (and some in the general population) seem to have lost all common sense in how we deal with even the most simple of issues. I read this series in four days. I just couldn't put it down. I got the first for free friday some time ago and finally got around to reading it. I am sorry it took me so long to get started! Hope to hear much more from this author!
Dillon Wyatt More than 1 year ago
Reads like a high schooler wrote it
AVID-JT More than 1 year ago
This novel is very relevant to our current world condition. EVERYONE needs to read it, just in case. Desperate Times will drive up your pulse, make you evaluate yourself and your fellow man, and tear at your heart. Fantastic writing. This should be made into a Blockbuster movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is really what would happen if the world came to an end like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was boring. The characters were unrealistic and predictable and the plot was the same as the ant vs. the grasshopper fable. I really tried to get into the story, but decided to go to the dentist and have a tooth pulled instead. Sorry, but spend your time on another book there's lots out there waiting to be discovered. Jp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book. I'm recommending it to all of my friends. My bug-out bag is by my door.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! This is the first I've read of this author, but I will certainly be watching for more from him. Can't wait to read the other two Desperate Times books, I wish I could give more that just 5 stars, it doesn't seem enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So believable its frightening particularly in our current economic times. Story is well written charachters are good and believable .interesting point of view on the morals of individuals as civilized society declines and chaos rules
tcbenson2005 More than 1 year ago
This book is very action packed and makes you keep going to the end. It is very life like and you can picture this all happening in real life. I highly recommend that people read this entire trilogy! Excellent job Nick!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you think
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an extremely good book. It really makes you think. I could barely put it down once i got started.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really well done, exciting story! The pacing is perfect, and the characters work together like any lovable, mismatched group of survivors. Antinozzi's writing is compelling, and masterful! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unable to book this down. I read it in less than 2 days and it took me even less time to read the 2nd book. I am now impatiently awaiting the 3rd in the series. I've recommended this book to several friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story - ending was a bit disappointing but expected nonetheless!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love books like this!! Can't wait to get Desperate Times 2!! Five stare rating!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written can really hope that it stays a fiction and doesn't become awarning........