Granted, many people don’t read books as much as they used to. But for that friend or loved one who still does–you know who–consider giving that person a copy of The Pulse, by Scott B. Williams. Could it be the wake up call for a non-prepper?
The Pulse is an adventure featuring ordinary people adapting to extraordinary circumstances. The world has changed due to a giant electromagnetic pulse from the sun. Our fragile, technology-dependent electric age has come to an end.
Scott B. Williams and I talked about his book–and more–on DestinySurvival Radio yesterday afternoon. This is his first novel. He enjoys writing fiction, and he plans to write more in the future. While preppers will enjoy The Pulse, he’s hoping non-preppers will read it. And he’s getting good response.
The full title of the book is The Pulse: A Novel of Surviving the Collapse of the Grid. And survival off the grid is the key. How would you and I handle things if an electromagnetic pulse changed everything? What lengths would you go to if you’re separated from loved ones by hundreds of miles, like Artie and Casey, his college age daughter?
As the book starts out, Artie’s on a short vacation in the Caribbean while Casey’s a Tulane University student in New Orleans. Somehow they have to get back together in spite of the odds.
The Pulse is written in such a way that you’ll imagine yourself right where the characters are. They’re not super survivalists with military backgrounds and endless knowledge and survival skills.
The story’s also not a nonstop action thriller, but there are plenty of jarring dramatic moments. Suspense builds in the latter part of the book and leads to an unexpected ending.
It’s clear Scott draws on his personal background and experiences to give credibility to the story. He’s done a lot of backpacking, canoeing, kayaking and biking throughout the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean during 25 years. He’s written several books, including Bug Out and Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters.
The Pulse is an easy, enjoyable read. You’ll be surprised by the preparedness tidbits you pick up from the conversations and experiences of the characters. Scott says friends and some family members understand the value of his books on bugging out after they’ve read this one.
The down side to The Pulse is that it is rather lengthy at nearly 400 pages. But stay with it. You’ll realize it’s worth reading when you get to the end.
Though the story flows well, there’s more technical infrmation about boats than I cared to know. But one Amazon reviewer appreciated the accuracy about sailing.
A welcome addition to the book would be a few pictures or sketches. Also I think readers might appreciate a couple of maps of the geographical areas featured in the story, such as the Louisiana swamp area where significant action takes place.
Scott and I also discussed…
- Packing for a long bike trip
- General items to put in a bug out bag
- Why Scott prefers putting his own bug out bag together instead of buying a commercial kit
- Advantages of .22 caliber handguns and 12 gauge shotguns
- Advantages of traveling off road and on the water in a survival situation
The Pulse is a DestinySurvival Amazon Pick. Reviewers on Amazon.com say there should be a sequel. And Scott says there will be one someday. Meanwhile, get your copy of his novel now by clicking on the image of the book below, and you’ll be taken to the page where it’s featured. Add it to your cart to start the order process.
This is a book you’ll want to read yourself and give as a gift to others. It could be the wake up call that entices them to get prepared to live in a world where life has ended as we know it.