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Monday, June 4, 2012

Yield by Bryan K Johnson

Yield: Book One of the Armageddia Series by Bryan K Johnson
Publisher: Bedside Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (432 pgs)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Still battling the alcoholism that got him fired, ex-fire chief Devin Bane rises above the thick clouds for an interview in Seattle and the promise of a better life.

Packing up his carry-on items for their descent into the city, Devin is blinded by a distant flash, followed by the screams and chaos of a crash landing.

Outside the plane's wreckage, a new horror surrounds him. Seattle's iconic skyline is gone.

Searching for answers as he flees through the ruins, Devin and a handful of survivors are surrounded by the most primitive side of human nature. Plunged into the darkness of a broken society, their tattered souls are each tested by the nightmares they face. Even if Devin can escape the city, a far worse danger now blocks his path back home . . . Back to his family — and the dawning of a changed world.

What would you do if nuclear war became a reality and your city was destroyed?

This author impressed me. I have read several “end of the world” books. There's only so much you can do with the storyline. Mr. Johnson’s strength lies in his character building ability. From the first few pages, you begin to feel the survivor’s fears, worry and frustration. No one is a super hero. They are all common folks who had their own family problems and they have no desire to have to lead anyone or do anything except survive. This is a very realistic reaction to something you have no way of anticipating and lack understanding on how it could have happened to you.

Devin is a firefighter looking for a new job. He has the misfortune of being on a plane that crashes and involuntarily becomes a leader. Mr. Johnston has just made him an average man who had a drinking problem and is unsure of where he is in his life. The author gives Devin a mixed bag of survivors who are all trying to adjust to the loved ones they’ve lost and what might be left behind after the explosions.

You feel the long walk, the fear that convicts will attack you, their hunger and thirst, and you also understand why they don’t really trust each other. This gives the story more impact and keeps you reading to see what the author throws at them next. It’s realistic; not everyone makes it. That makes the story have a ring of truth.

The words flow well, the horrors of war feel real, and I cried at the death of one character. Mr. Johnson grabbed my attention and kept it through the whole book. If the thought of war on our soil hasn’t touched you yet, this story will make you a believer. Why not grab a copy and settle in for a story that will chill you and yet give you hope for the future?

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