The Long Road by G. Michael Hopf is the second book in his post-apocalyptic series that started with The End which I reviewed yesterday (my review). Once again I listened to the audiobook narrated by Joseph Morton. This time around I was much more used to his manner of narration and I did find his voice pleasant to listen to. I had a minor issue with words not being pronounced properly but it was minor and I do think his voice suits this type of genre.
The Long Road picks up where the last book ended. It has been a mere six weeks since the devastation hit from the super- EMP attack but life is in utter turmoil and every day is occupied with just staying alive and trying to find food and water. Everywhere you turn there are people dying, starving, and willing to kill for what they want especially the gangs but even your ordinary everyday people. It’s amazing what happens to people when they are faced with such uncertainty and no longer have the means to live safe lives.
Gordon, his wife Samantha, and their kids along with some of their neighbors from the old neighborhood have headed out on the road searching for a safer place to live and start over. I don’t want to give much away but I will say that Gordon’s brother Sebastian played a great role this time and it was nice to get to know him better. Once again there are the stories dealing with the military side of things and this novel has more violence in it with two really cruel and sadistic characters. There was also more of a story with Julia, the president’s wife and I enjoyed seeing more of her. The Long Road has an ending I won’t soon forget and from the way it ends I feel there will surely be another book at least. I sure hope so anyway!
What I found most interesting is how people react to a situation like this one and the author tells it very realistically. I could literally see this playing out in my head especially with listening to it on audio. It’s scary to imagine a world where all you knew has been wiped out and you fear for your life every single day. It’s also interesting how quickly people try to start rebuilding armies and governments to begin to reestablish control over the world again. Possibly the most frightening aspect about reading this type of genre is the very real possibility of it all happening one day.
If you enjoy the post-apocalyptic genre then you’d likely enjoy both The End and The Long Road. Once again for my readers there is foul language and violence. If that’s not your thing and it bothers you steer clear. For me it doesn’t bother me and I was completely caught up in the story.
Also be sure to pop over to my review of The End as I have a giveaway there for both books – The End and The Long Road! Click here to head on over there!
Source: Audiobook from my personal library.