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Going Home (Survivalist #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,546 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
Book 1 of The Survivalist Series

If society collapsed, could you survive?

When Morgan Carter’s car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored—if it ev
Paperback, 1st edition, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Xlibris Corporation
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Sandra Wheeler I have read the whole series and anxiously await the next book in the series. The way it is written, it s so possible for it to actually happen any…moreI have read the whole series and anxiously await the next book in the series. The way it is written, it s so possible for it to actually happen any day. To believe our government would be involved in something like this is staggering but true. With all the rumors of FEMA camps, and martial law and etc. We would be foolish to not believe , at least a little bit, that this could happen. As I read this series, I noticed dozens of other books put out at about the same time with the same story line. I decided to be prepared is the most sensible thing to do. Whether and EMP ever happens or not. If you are interested in the next life after Marshall law, read these books.(less)

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Mar 02, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preppers, Florida hillbillies, big black dudes with shotguns
I seem to be on a survivalist reading kick lately, enjoying various books about TEOTWAWKI scenarios. One thing that quickly becomes apparent is that survivalist books and those who write them tend to be of a particular political bent. It is stronger in some than in others, but let's just say there are not a lot of people voting for Obama who write books about how the government is going to collapse and the key to survival is stashing guns and silver.

"A. American" is clearly making a statement wi
Apr 21, 2013 Scott rated it liked it
As a reader of a few post-apocalyptic novels, I'd have to say this is one of the best and worst I've read. I couldn't put it down and couldn't stand reading it all at the same time.

I really liked the storyline: people, in varying degrees of post-disaster preparedness, running the gauntlet to get home after an electromagnetic event wipes out the power grid. There is a lot of action and violence but not to the point of being gratuitous. The characters, both good and bad, are well drawn and they ea
Mike Whitworth
May 26, 2013 Mike Whitworth rated it it was amazing
First, let me state that there are grammatical errors, sometimes to the point of distraction. However, I loved the book. The story is gripping and, at times, hard to put down. There is a lot of detail about the gear carried and used by the protagonist. From that I learned a few things. I gave the book five stars because I am very much looking forward to reading the sequel. I think the author has talent and the potential to develop into a very well known writer.
Sep 26, 2014 Kaora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Going Home is a book about Morgan Carter, who is left stranded when technology suddenly stops. No cars, no phones, no electricity. As society collapses around him he must journey to his home 250+ miles away, where his wife and children wait for him.

This book had some pretty fundamental problems.

1. The first half of the book is written in first person. I'm not sure exactly why the author chose to do that, as half way through he starts switching between first and third person. Why even use first p
Aug 03, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of post-apocalyptic fiction, survivalists
I wasn't sure what this book was about. Once I started it, I was quickly prepared to dislike it. The politics are not mine, and I am not a prepper. The writing style isn't very good - stock characters, gratuitous swearing, frequent and unnecessary descriptions of bodily functions. Morgan, the main character is egotistical. Thad reminded me of Travis McGee, a big man with an even bigger heart. Jess is the ingenue. Sarge, well Sarge is mysterious. I was tempted to put it down for other books that ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
For all of you doomsday preppers and survivalists that are currently stockpiling all your gear in the event of a nuclear attack or government shutdown, the latest series from A. American is definitely one you will want to check out. The back cover does an exceptional job at warning the reader that this book is definitely for mature audience and I definitely applaud that. This novel reminded me of the television show Jericho, which showcased what happened when the United States fell victim from a ...more
Lisa Philipp
Feb 18, 2015 Lisa Philipp rated it did not like it
This had to be one of the worst books I've ever read. I know the author was going for a down south flavor, but the dialogue and grammar were atrocious. Terrible way to write about this subject. Others have done it much better.
Sep 03, 2013 Wayne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Liked it, hated it. I keep going back and forth as to give this one 2 or 3 stars. I ended up with 2 stars because the negatives are going to be what I take away from the book and remember when I think back on it.
This is the story of a man, named Morgan, stranded 200 miles from home when either a CME or a EMP knocks out all the power and electronics in the USA. Morgan figures out what is going on within minutes of the event and grabs his gear and sets out walking home. He has a signifigant quanti
Tina Albertson
I read this book in about a day. It is quite alarming and certainly a wake up call to those of us who think an electrical catastrophic event could never happen. Going Home gives us a time line of events that could take place should our electrical grid system ever fail. I really do believe the social structure would be impacted exactly how "a American" portrays it in this book. I'm pretty sure I need a bug out bag in my truck after this read.
Brad T.
Mar 02, 2013 Brad T. rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I see where others thought the writing was atrocious but where independent publishing is concerned this was better than a lot I've read. It could use some gentle editing but enough said, move on.

The story was great and I read most of it in one long reading binge because I couldn't put it down. I got a bunch of ideas that I need to add to my own prepping. I can't wait for book 2!
Jul 18, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Where were you when the SHTF? Hopefully not 250 miles from home.

I enjoy post-apocalyptic, survivalist, TEOTWAWKI - whatever you want to call them - books. And "Going Home" is one of the better examples of the genre.

I liked the main characters - Morgan, Thad, Jess, Sarge. I thought the characters were well drawn and I could visualize all of them with no problem.

I thought the way people acted after the EMP hit was probably pretty true-to-life, too - sadly. We see that in some people a disaster bri
Feb 07, 2013 Shad rated it it was ok
I'm giving this two stars instead of one because the story itself is good.

But God Almighty, the writing itself is atrocious. Quite frankly, I'm surprised this has an average of 4 stars. According to my Kindle I'm 83% of the way through the book. I'm not sure I'll ever manage to read the last 17%. I stopped because I'd had enough of the grammatical errors. The author flips between present and past tense almost sentence by sentence. Missing commas change complete sentence meanings ("Not long after
May 16, 2015 Terry rated it liked it
I'm not done the book yet but I will likely finish it simply because I can't leave a book half done. I have to say I am a little disappointed since I am not American nor a soldier so I don't know what half the product placement stuff actually is.

I am also waiting for a post apocalypse story about someone who isn't already awesomely stocked with every conceivable item they might need, plus the training to go with it. Who has all this stuff in their car? Seriously?
This was pretty interesting. I would recommend it to a certain type of post-apocalyptic fan and conspiracy theorist--the kind that doesn't know quality literature. They would probably think it was a GREAT book. At first I didn't think this was going to be worth a flying flip. The writing just screamed "amateur author." But, as it went along, somehow I ended up invested in the protagonist's adventure, nonetheless. Some of it was pretty good, some of it was pretty freaking terrible. The political ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Shane rated it liked it
I have made a few forays into Survival Fiction. Most of the books in this genre have had a very hard time explaining an apocalypse with no zombies; that isn't true here and the story is largely plausible. I liked the characters and enjoyed the book overall.

I did have issues with the overuse of acronyms and abbreviations. There are more in this story then in the Army Field Manual (yes I still have mine). There was also too much product name dropping; it felt like he did a merge-sort of every prep
Dec 19, 2013 Wade rated it liked it
Meat and potatoes style of writing. This is the first of a three book series that I will not complete. The story is based on an interesting political theory and the rapid collapse of society following a power outage is frightening. I had trouble finishing the book due to the writing style and the inconsistent pace of the story. I have read on other reviews that the series has been picked up by a new publishing house. This may lead to some revisions and improvements.
Chris Knight-waechter
Jun 26, 2013 Chris Knight-waechter rated it really liked it
I found this self published book and figured I'd give it a try. I believe A. American did a great job on his first endeavor. Once you get into the story line it's hard to set it down. Yes, some grammatical errors, so what. Great book, storyline and characters.
Jun 13, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it
Jan 13, 2014 Stephen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Full disclosure: I received this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Another reviewer stated it best by saying, "I couldn't put it down and couldn't stand reading it all at the same time." Yeah. That.

Going Home isn't a bad book. It really isn't. The story is the strength here. I'm not a prepper (I'm also not a fan of our current administration), but I wholeheartedly believe that this is exactly how things would shake down in the event of an actual...err, event. I don't trust our g
Matthew Cohara
Aug 16, 2013 Matthew Cohara rated it it was amazing
Amazing book!!!!
Scott Templeman
Mar 17, 2015 Scott Templeman rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book. The meat of the story, the characters, the constant tension: all great. In some ways it was a less depressing version of The Road. Some folks complained about the narrative style, it's unorthodox but easy to recognize: Morgan is the only first person character, other main characters get third person perspective (this book goes against the current and the main characters start together then branch away from each other).

Now for why this wasn't a 5 star experience
Sep 22, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
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Going Home is a story that captures the reader's attention from the beginning and keeps it throughout Morgan's journey home. The book begins with an event that changes the world as we know it by making everything go dark and leaving Morgan far from home. Being a survivalist, Morgan is more prepared than most and heads home. American introduces a strong narrator in Morgan who is prepared and ready to handle the situation and also introduces some other great characters that Morgan meets along the ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Going Home: A Novel of Survival and Surviving Home by A. American (Angery American in copyright) are two end-of-the-world survivalist/conspiracy theory novels.

In Going Home we find out that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or a coronal mass ejection (CME) has hit the USA and fried the electrical grid. Morgan Carter is 250 miles away from home and he must walk back through a land where society is collapsing. He begins traveling with Jess, a college student trying to get home) and Thad (another surv
Kathy Geiser
Aug 22, 2013 Kathy Geiser rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
It is amazing how quickly civilization deteriorates when people become desperate. This book really played into my fears of government conspiracy theories. When an EMP hits and wipes out everything that is electronic, Morgan is on a business trip and 250 miles from home. Morgan is an over the top prepper that has prepared for just about any kind of scenario. He wonders how long it will take before mankind turns back to the survival of the fittest. He gets his answer almost immediately.
Jess is a
randy hepfer
Feb 12, 2014 randy hepfer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the news telling a message of possible threats to our way of life, This story could well be our future.

I give it four out of five stars for the unique story line and the characters that most can can relate to. At the start I was looking for a little more scene description but as the story progressed I got caught up in the survival mode the main character was in and the thought this could easily happen in America. The crude language throughout was disappointing and would keep me from recomme
Jordan Barnes
Jan 09, 2014 Jordan Barnes rated it it was amazing
I have recently been into reading books of this genre, 5 in the last 2 months actually. To me picking up a new book is just like opening a box of chocolates because you never know whats going to be inside. However this is one hell of a book, with lots of awesome characters, violence, swearing, and funny moments. I have read that people didn't care for how much detail the author put into explaining all of the main characters gear and stuff, but you know what ITS A GOOD THING TO KNOW INCASE THE SH ...more
Vannetta Chapman
May 01, 2014 Vannetta Chapman rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book, especially if you like dystopian literature. In this case an EMP has changed everything, and our main character is trying to find his way home to his wife and children.

As a writer, a lot of the sentence structure, etc bothered me in this book.
HOWEVER, the story is riveting.
I plan on reading the rest of the series.

DISCLAIMER: Some language and violent scenes.
Carolyn McBride
Jan 14, 2014 Carolyn McBride rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preppers, survivalists
Shelves: preparedness
This is the story of a man stranded 250 miles from home when an EMP hits. (Electromagnetic pulse) This book cronicles the adventure he has Going Home, and the people he meets along the way.
I was lucky enough to read this story before it was published, back when it was "just a little piece of prepper fic on a board". This is a more polished and edited version.
This, and the following two books, were bought for me as a birthday gift.
Yes, in places the description is too specific, yes, sometimes it
This is a novel written for other preppers. The average person would be so bored reading about Nalgene bottles and Merrell shoes and packs with Alice straps, and what MRE is being eaten every day. The story winds up full of such details that can bore everyone but the most avid enthusiast.

The story can get very immature and juvenile at times, with rampant vulgarity, juvenile jokes and crass talk. It is written for men and teenage boys and those seriously interested in the prepper lifestyle and wh
John Johnstone
Jul 25, 2013 John Johnstone rated it liked it
An "event" leaves Morgan a keen survivalist stranded miles from home. The story describes the adventure, danger and the gear he uses during his journey home. I have rated the book with 3 stars normally it would be a 4 star book but the overuse of acronyms and branding has killed off that star. Morgan joins forces with some others also seeking to go home, building friendships and together confronting all the hurdles placed along their route. Very little background is given as to how the event hap ...more
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“Yeah, it always amazes me how quickly people turn into good little socialists when they run out of their stuff. As long as they have something, it's theirs. Let them run out, and you need to share.” 18 likes
“The point, son, is that there are two kinds of people in this country. Those that think for themselves, take care of themselves, and know they have to work for what they want in this world. Then there are those that are happy to do what they are told as long as they are fed, clothed, and given a free cell phone and place to live. As long as those in control provide for their needs, even if they aren’t to the level they want but are just enough to satisfy them, then they will paint their ass white, put their heads down, and graze with the rest of the antelope,” 4 likes
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