The Storm - a lawless new world emerges
A month has now gone by since the EMP attack and life as we knew it in the United States is a thing of the past. Nicholas Sansbury Smith continues to tell a story about relationships and what people will do for those they care about even as the world around them crumbles. This time it is Albert Randall, Secretary Montgomery's bodyguard, who heads out into a lawless world to find his missing sister. This journey exposes us to one of the FEMA survival centers that has been set up and it shows how the remaining government forces are ill equipped to hold back the gangs and domestic terrorists that are rising in power. These same threats are being faced by Estes Park as Chief Colton and Raven do their best to survive and find a way to protect their small town.
Big things happen on the both macro and micro levels in this one as the series builds up for a big finish. Hard choices have to be made by each individual person, especially in Estes Park, and the remaining leadership of the country comtinues to struggle with the big picture decisions. Any potential progress for the country as a whole comes with a big price as entire cities must be sacrificed to save others. Trust is in short supply but it ultimately comes down to who you trust and who you don't when the world is crumbling around you. This particular point is driven home in many different ways.
Although significant events happen to the main characters in this book it is mostly set up for the series finale in the next book so don't expect much resolution here. Bronson Pinchot continues to narrate the audiobook and has hit his stride as the end approaches.