THE FINAL DAY by William R. Fostchen

Book Review
John Hutchinson

 

I was first introduced to William R. Forstchen with the books he co-authored with Newt

Gingrich. Together they produced the bestselling series of historical novels including VALLEY

FORGE, BATTLE OF THE CRATER and TO TRY MEN’S SOULS.

 

In 2009 Forstchen released ONE SECOND AFTER, a story of one man’s struggle to save his family

and his small North Carolina town after America is hit with a high altitude EMP that sends

America back to the dark ages. Months before publication, One Second After was cited on the

floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, alerting us all to a real weapon, which if

used by an enemy could destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. 

 

The book was an instant hit, and readers were eager to learn more about John Matherson and

the people of Black Mountain, N.C. In 2015 ONE YEAR AFTER begins one year after One Second

After ends, two years since nuclear weapons were detonated above the United States and

brought America to its knees. After months of suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths,

the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, begin to recover some of the technology and

supplies they had once taken for granted, like electricity, communications, and medicine. When

a “federal administrator” arrives in a nearby city, they dare to hope that a new national

government is finally emerging. Matherson must lead his small town and his rag tag militia

against a ruthless federal administrator with plans of a hostile takeover of Black Mountain and

its people.

 

And now in the highly-anticipated follow-up, THE FINAL DAY returns us to Black Mountain, as

the people of this small community continue to rebuild after the EMP that destroyed the

country, killing millions and leaving the survivors in a dark world, filled with fear, hunger and

hopelessness.

 

After defeating the illegitimate federal government, Matherson and his community have

returned to their task of restoring some of the technology they had taken for granted before

the EMP attack. He receives a cryptic message from his former commanding general and close

friend, and soon learns that he has been labeled a trouble maker by the new power elite base

in Bluemont, VA. The new federal government has deployed soldiers to seize control of the

surviving communities and to suppress rebellion.

 

General Bob Scales, Matherson’s old commanding officer has been tasked with bringing

Matherson in – dead or alive. As the story unwinds the power of friendship between the two

old warriors is tested as they discover some revealing truths about the new government and

the future of America.

 

THE FINAL DAY is an enthralling, action filled conclusion to the series. These post apocalyptic

thrillers clearly demonstrate how moral strength of character can lead us from the darkness.

Forstchen has created a story of warning that needed to be told, and he does so in a riveting,

entertaining, and thrilling manner.

 

Norwood Press is planning to create a special boxed set of William R. Forstchen’s trilogy. Titled

THE DAY, this three book set will include ONE SECOND AFTER, ONE YEAR AFTER, and THE FINAL

DAY. It will be housed in a custom slipcase designed to hold all three books. This special

edition will be extremely limited, so reserve your set today.

 

And don’t miss Modern Signed Books on BlogTalkRadio, as Rodger Nichols discusses THE FINAL

DAY with William R. Forstchen.

Find it at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/modernsignedbooks/2017/02/17/william-r- forstchen-

discusses-his- new-book- the-final- day– msb

John Reviews “Gunmetal Gray” by Mark Greaney

GUNMETAL GRAY (a Grayman novel) by Mark Greaney
Review by John Hutchinson, VJ Books

Mark Greaney's Gunmetal GrayWhen my daughter was a child of four she carried two stuffed animals with her wherever she went. One was Maui Bunny that arrived one Easter morning in Ka‘anapali, and the other was Forest the Bear – “Forest was a Chicago Bear, a Chicago Bear because he came from there.” She was soon to discover that in order pick anything else up she’d have to put one of the two down. So for quite awhile she passed by many new opportunities.

And so it goes with my reading preferences. My Maui Bunny and Forest the Bear are Bob Lee (Bob the Nailer) Swagger and Jack Reacher. Whenever Stephen Hunter or Lee Child release another chapter in these long running series, everything else is left sitting on the shelf.

Why am I telling you this?

I just think I may have to set one of them down and pickup someone new.

Who you ask?

Why, Court Gentry of course! None other than Mark Greaney’s Gray Man. After four successful outings, The Gray Man took a jump from paperback format to hardcover status with last year’s BACK BLAST, and returns again in GUNMETAL GRAY. Court Gentry is The Gray Man—disavowed by the CIA after a mission gone bad, Gentry has become a legend in the covert realm, quietly navigating the globe – from job to job. He tackles the tough assignments, accomplishes the impossible, and then slips away undetected. For years Gentry was marked with a kill order by the CIA, slipping through their numerous attempts to take him off the board. In BACK BLAST his reputation and place within the agency are restored as he uncovers how he went from the highest respected operative to the highest valued target.

In GUNMETAL GRAY Gentry takes on his first job since being restored to the agency. Now an operative-for-hire, he sets out to find Fan Jiang, a cyber expert, who has recently walked away from his Chinese handlers. His high stakes hunt takes Gentry across Southeast Asia to Hong Kong finding his old friend and boss, Donald Fitzroy being held hostage by the Chinese. Fitzroy has been hired by the Chinese to find Fan so that the Chinese can silence him before he aligns with the West. When Fitzroy’s first two agents disappear, Gentry is pulled in to finish the job, with Fitzroy’s life held in the balance. Racing against the clock, the Chinese and a Russian Special Forces team set on finding Fan first, Gentry faces his most challenging mission.

Mark Greaney’s is also known for the seven Jack Ryan novels he wrote working with Tom Clancy. Greaney recently announced that TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE (2016) is his last book for Clancy, as he will be focusing on the Gray Man franchise. Court Gentry will reappear next year in WEAPONIZED.

Listen as Mark Greaney discusses his books with Rodger Nichols on BlogTalkRadio’s MODERN SIGNED BOOKS.

Regardless of who you may have to put down, it is definitely time for you to pick up The Gray Man!

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