Tuesday, February 9, 2016
I am sure that I read a long post on this author on another blog. I think it might have been "Total Survivalist."
At the time I didn't pursue the issue because I had a lot of things I was juggling and it just faded from my mind.
Then recently, a post on an unrelated subject here brought it up again and there were a lot of people who really enjoyed his books.
So I bought the two above, on Kindle. Castigo Cay cost me about $6.00 and the Anthology was only about $3.00
I read the Anthology first, and I was impressed. There are a few short stories, which were not bad, but the most significant of the contents were his thoughts on where we are now as a civilization, and where we are headed. He was able to bring all the different components of life today into one integrated tapestry in a way I have never seen done before. It was impressive, and I found it to be highly motivating.
Then I read Castigo Cay. The writing was very smooth and the technical construction was nearly perfect. The editing was excellent. I will say this was one of the "darkest" novels I've ever read, to the extent that it made me feel uncomfortable. This story takes place not after a collapse, but during the course of it. It's a corrupt, dangerous society where the upper elements prey on the people at the bottom with impunity. Bracken has constructed a nightmarish scenario that does't take place in the distant future, but tomorrow.
I asked myself what I was reading it for? I read for two reasons. One, to pass the time and entertain myself. The other is to learn , to pick up ideas that might make my situation here more tenable for myself and my family. To plug gaps and identify weaknesses.
I am not sure why I read this book, but not for either of those reasons. Honestly, I'd don't know why I did. I was glad when it was finished, because some of it was unnerving, fictional or not.
I know he has three other books out that everyone I've talked to recommends. I just have to decide if they are really for me.