Collapse by Scott Carleton

Collapse by Scott Carleton
Publisher: Velocity House
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (120 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

What you are about to read has already happened…

Based on real-life events this part action-thriller, part cautionary tale, Collapse is the story of one man’s fight to save the ones he loves when the tenuous fibers that hold society together become strained and begin to snap.

Matt Avery is put to the test as his entire city experiences a loss of electricity, failure of lines of communication, and civilian looting and violence. With a wife, daughter, and small circle of friends in his company, Matt’s survival skills and nerve are tested as he fights to protect his home and feed his family in the wake of disaster.

Matt must make difficult life and death determinations that no one ever hopes to face. Matt has been planning for this moment for years, but now that it is upon him, does he really have what it takes to survive?

There’s nothing more unsettling than reading about a story with a plot line that’s actually happened in real life, and other parts so true to our modern society that could happen any time, and any place. In this case, what happens when a simple thing like the power goes out?

It’s a page turner, and like any good story, got me thinking about what I’d do in the hero’s situation. However, I would have felt more connection to Matt whose the point of view character if the author would have made this story longer, giving us more of a sense of who he is, husband, father etc. before the crisis begins and he has to struggle to make his way home.

Besides that I liked the dialogue and yes, it’s got very fast pacing so you find yourself reading on without putting the book down.

The cover says Book 1 so I’m not sure if Mr. Carleton intends to continue with more near disaster books or even this character, but if that’s the case, I’d certainly like to read them.

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