Could The Pulse Be a Wake Up Call for Non-Preppers?

I’ve written previously about how to entice family and friends to become preppers. An indirect approach can be the best. One way to nudge someone in a nonthreatening way might be to pass along a novel to read.

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


This novel 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. This is his first novel. He enjoys writing fiction. While preppers will enjoy The Pulse, he’s hoping non-preppers will read it. And he’s getting good response.

Life 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 not what you’d call 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.

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 this book 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 information about boats than I cared to know. But an 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

Hear all that Scott and I talked about when you listen to DestinySurvival Radio for July 26, 2012. You can check out Scott’s sites at and

Readers say there should be a sequel. (And one has been published since this was written.) Meanwhile, get your copy of The Pulse now by clicking on its title in this post. Or click on the book’s image. A new window will open to the page where you can place your order.

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.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.