The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel

The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel

by G. Michael Hopf
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The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel by G. Michael Hopf

What would you do to survive?

Young Gordon Van Zandt valued duty and loyalty to country above all, so after 9/11, he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This idealism vanished one fateful day in a war-torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past when a new reality is thrust upon him and his family: North America, Europe and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack, which causes catastrophic damage to the nation’s power grid and essential infrastructures. Everything from cell phones to cars to computers cease to function, putting society at a standstill.
With civilization in chaos, Gordon must fight for the limited and fast dwindling resources. He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors, but as the days wear on, so does all sense of civility within his community—and so he must make some of the most difficult decisions of his life in order to ensure his family’s safety. 

For readers of Going Home by  A. American, Lights Out by David Crawford, Lucifer’s Hammer by Jerry Pournelle and One Second After by William Forstchen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142181492
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: New World Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 191,131
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

G. Michael Hopf is the author of The End and The Long Road. He spent two decades living a life of adventure before settling down to pursue his passion for writing. He is a former combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and former bodyguard. He lives with his family in San Diego, CA.

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The End : A Post Apocalyptic Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Written for modern day readers as G Michael Hopf does. He doesn't dive into explaining every scenario as most writers long ago had to describe everything. Again, more modern. Hopf's characters weren't written to be likable. It's a survival situation, every decision made is to survive, not to be morally perfect. Great read, have read The Long Road and order Sanctuary.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars 'The End' is the first book in an apocalyptic science fiction series. It follows three main characters as they each personally deal with the end of the world as the know it. The first main character is Gordon Van Zandt - an ex-military family man who is now critical of the government and highly protective of his family. Secondly, we have Sebastien Van Zandt - Gordon's younger brother who is currently serving as a sniper for the United States Marines. The third character is Brad Conner - Speaker of the House of Representatives. As the United States is attacked and falls - and the entirety of their lives is turned upside down - these characters must figure out a way to survive and protect those they love, even if that means making some questionable decisions along the way. This is the first apocalyptic book that I've read in a very long time and I highly enjoyed reading about the end of the world first-hand, as it's happening - compared to postapocalyptic fiction that just recalls history and details. The overarching plot was obviously the fall of the United States and the end of the world, but the author included three subplots that intertwine to tell the tale of survival, hope, sacrifice, and family. By telling the novel in varying points of view, we are able to get inside the minds of the characters in a way that would otherwise be impossible. We get to experience their emotions and thoughts during each event that occurs, which definitely gives a deeper level to the characters and the story as a whole. The story was well written with a quick pace, lots of action, and varying characters and settings. It keeps the reader on their toes as they bounce around the globe trying to keep up with each of the main characters. I found the flow of the writing to be a bit choppy and unnatural, which didn't allow me to fully immerse myself in the book like I normally do. Due to this, I wasn't able to get as into the characters and plot, and sometimes found it hard to focus. It felt like the author was over-explaining things - people, places, situations, etc. There seemed to be too much detail in things that I felt didn't really matter to the novel overall. Other than my own issues with the writing style, this was a great start to a fast paced and adventurous series that fans of the genre will definitely want to get their hands on. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Joe05 More than 1 year ago
Get this Book! As there were no reviews here I thought that I would start things off. This is a very good read if you are into Postapocalyptic books. I might add the second in this series is just as good and book 3 is due this spring.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Nice job, Cal!
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Good story but writing style needs polishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book, can't wait to read the next!
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BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Rarely have I been so conflicted about a book and I fear it won’t get any better with the second novel. At its core, this is a strong post-apocalyptic story with tension running higher and higher with every day that passes after the EMP attack but, sadly, the plot can’t make up for the flaws in most of the characters. Put simply, the women are useless unless overrun with power madness and the men are overbearing bullies, manly men who always know best. There are exceptions, of course, Sebastian and Jimmy being the most obvious, but Gordon, as likeable and dependable as he can be, knows no boundaries to his superior knowledge. Then there’s the President of the United States who is an uncontrollable hothead and, like Gordon, will listen to no one else’s opinion. And the women? Apparently, not one is capable of lifting a finger for her own survival, much less anyone else’s, unless someone dares to threaten her child and then Mama Bear comes out. Where are all the women we see around us every day who are perfectly capable of going on supply runs, wielding a weapon with accuracy, coming to the defense of others, driving a vehicle, for heaven’s sake?? Samantha’s only roles, apparently, are to look after Hunter and Haley (perfectly understandable) and whisper sweet nothings into Gordon’s ear while Mindy is the stereotypical HOA witch. Only Simone seems as though she could be somewhat useful but her role is very limited. And this is the source of my conflict—I think the plot is really good and gives a good picture of how society would fall apart in such a situation but the characters are SO hard to care about. I understand that someone like Gordon who has a military background and experience with hostilities might be best suited to lead others in the quest for survival but it’s difficult to overlook his trigger-happiness and his inability to EVER admit he might be wrong. President Conner is easier to understand because he’s been thrust into a frightening situation he never thought could happen but it’s even more terrifying to contemplate how unwilling those surrounding him are to confront him when he insists on action that will bring our destruction even faster. Perhaps Lt. Colonel Barone is the easiest of the main characters to understand as I have no doubt some military leader somewhere would mutiny and attempt to “rule”. When all is said and done, the story is interesting enough to keep me reading so I’ll move on to the next book, The Long Road. Maybe these people will start to grow on me. At the very least, I want to see what will happen with Sebastian, Gordon’s brother, who’s trying desperately to get back to his only family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Certainly worth the read. Excited to read the second and third books.
vikingprincess1976 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this series, so far anyway. I was able to read the first 2 books back to back and I didn't stop until I finished both in record time. Will keep going with the series.
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BrandieC More than 1 year ago
I am quite a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, so I was really looking forward to reading G. Michael Hopf's The End, the first of a series following Gordon Van Zandt and his family as they try to survive following an electromagnetic pulse ("EMP") which has wiped out all modern electronics. Think the Tom Cruise version of The War of the Worlds, only with terrorists instead of aliens. As is typically the case in such stories, Gordon's background (here, in the military) has conveniently given him a skill set making him better suited than most to prepare for, and respond to, the dangers of such a world. Generally speaking, I have no complaint with this set-up; a post-apocalyptic novel in which the main character had no survival skills would be very short and probably uninteresting. However, Hopf's version is irritating for the opposite reason - it's far too long for a single book, much less a series of at least four. Hopf's author notes indicate that he is a Marine Corps combat veteran who "has studied the threat of EMP for 6 years" and has written his series "to illustrate the effects" of such an attack on the United States, and it shows. The End reads far more like a survival preparedness guide than a piece of fiction. That would be fine if the book were marketed as such, but for a reader who thinks she has picked up a novel, Hopf's writing is pedantic and repetitive. Worse yet, his view of those who are not as well prepared as he is for an EMP attack is unnecessarily insulting. I was particularly taken aback by his portrayal of Mindy, the president of the homeowners' association in Gordon's neighborhood, who rejects all of Gordon's advice because she wants to retain her "power." From the minute Hopf introduces Mindy, she is a caricature of the "HOA Nazi" many of us laugh about; here she is, speaking to her husband just after Gordon has arrived at her house to give her his explanation for the power failure: "Gerald, please take a seat. I'll just quickly tell you that Gordon has stopped by to give us his opinion on what he thinks is going on with this blackout[.]" I do not believe that anyone would speak to their spouse in such a fashion in their own home. Hopf's disdain for Mindy and the other neighbors who do not immediately fall into line behind Gordon is unrelieved by any compassion or psychological insight. The result is that Gordon himself becomes a caricature of the overly disciplined, autocratic Sergeant. I previously mentioned that Hopf's writing is repetitive. We are told that various characters are "a perfectionist [who] needed everything to look perfect," "competent and capable," and "slow [and] going unusually slowly." Events are "massive and catastrophic" or occur at "0215 in the morning." Much of his dialogue is ridiculous, particularly that involving military speakers (which is strange given Hopf's background). I admit that I have not served personally, but I know enough Navy personnel to find it hard to believe that a Gunny would say, "We're a big family here too and we must take care of our Marines when they have a legitimate issue or concern," or that, after a battle, one Marine would say to another, "Let me process what happened today and then maybe we can talk about it, but please respect me and stop asking." I could quote many more examples of Hopf's poor writing, but instead I will just conclude by expressing my regret at having agreed to review the second book in the series, The Long Road, before I read The End. As Hopf himself might say, that experience promises to be dull and boring. I received a free copy of The End through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
davea1024 More than 1 year ago
This was very well written. It was a good story line. I've read the whole series and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well thought, and the series flows well
doriMO More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this series of books. I've read all three books and am anxiously waiting for the fourth. Well written and hard to put down. Highly recommend.