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Jolt: A Rural Noir

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Roberta M Roy’s Jolt: a rural noir is the passionate and thrilling story of a town’s struggle for survival in the face of a mass emigration following a nuclear disaster. Fleeing dirty bombs and a meltdown,Newcomers overrun a small mountain village in an imaginary part of the northern USA. In need of decontamination, clothing, food, water, shelter, and medical care, they tu ...more
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published February 20th 2012 by Alva Press, Inc. (first published August 20th 2011)
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Roberta Roy
Jun 27, 2015 Roberta Roy rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers interested in community, love, and survival in response to mass events
Shelves: authored
Medalist in Inspirational Fiction in the Jenkins Living Now Awards, Jolt: a rural noir is available as an eBook on Amazon.com and in book form at http://alvapressinc.com
Stephanie
Aug 24, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roberta M. Roy's, Jolt: A Rural Noir, is one of the best researched novels I have read in a long time. This is a book that you would want with you in any emergency situation, even though the story is fiction based. The information and the writing are so educational that you can see this as being a realistic event being told by the survivors for future civilians. I will admit, I got a tad side tracked by some of the flash backs, but that was such a minor issue it probable wasn't even worth mentio ...more
Rob Slaven
Jan 21, 2016 Rob Slaven rated it did not like it
I received this book free in exchange for a review but despite that I'll be completely candid about it as will quickly become evident.

The nutshell on this book is exactly what the back cover would have you believe. A disaster ensues and the pages take you carefully and ploddingly through every minute detail of what comes thereafter.

To the positive, it is obvious that the writer really knows her material. She is an expert in how such a situation would play out and she spends a painstaking amount
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Jared
Nov 18, 2015 Jared rated it liked it
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An interesting read, but at best a “fairly good book.” I’m certain that I was more disappointed by the vast differences in what the cover description led me to believe versus what actually happened in the novel. With phrases such as “forced immigrants overrun even the village of Locklee,” and “winter is coming and the infrastructure is not prepared to support this influx of families and lost souls,” I really expected an action-packed adventure that dealt with human survival on a primal level. Al ...more
Jennifer
Sep 15, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book illustrates how life as we know it can be changed in an instant by a single event. Upon reading, I was immediately transported into the lives of characters who found themselves facing extraordinary challenges in order to survive. The descriptive and detailed writing style made me feel that I was one of them, caught up in their struggles and small victories. More importantly, the book brings to light an issue which has often been ignored - the dangers of nuclear power. While seeing the ...more
Wilma
Nov 01, 2015 Wilma rated it really liked it
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I won Jolt: A Rural Noir from Goodreads giveaways. Although it is a work of fiction I found it well researched and a kind of study guide as to what to expect after a disaster, nuclear or otherwise or even a terrorist attack. There were things mentioned in it that I had never even given a thought to...like how to decontaminate people and safely get rid of their clothes, etc. Provide emergency housing, clothing and food for people who were forced away from their homes. Getting a supply of potassiu ...more
Lynda Tellekamp
Jul 09, 2011 Lynda Tellekamp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, Jolt: a rural noir, was an interesting and fascinating carpet ride into the future possibility, or likelihood, of a radiation disaster, clearly accurate and well researched. But more than that, I think it is a story about community and bravery, the social and emotional commitment to the structural well-being of the community as a whole and its response to terror. It is about the selflessness, the (often unspoken) communication, the coordination, the sacrifice, the cooperation and effo ...more
Janet Russo
Aug 08, 2015 Janet Russo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jolt: a rural noir is an exciting combination of a compelling fictional love story and riveting science fiction account of a nuclear meltdown. The book looks at some of the individual and community aspects of surviving a nuclear meltdown while simultaneously interweaving the character's stories of personal growth and love.
Janet Russo
Aug 08, 2015 Janet Russo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jolt: a rural noir is an exciting combination of a compelling fictional love story and riveting science fiction account of a nuclear meltdown. The book looks at some of the individual and community aspects of surviving a nuclear meltdown while simultaneously interweaving the character's stories of personal growth and love.
Jim
Jul 16, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it
This book was a timely reminder of the threats we face today. It deals with multiple acts of terrorism, and the people who have to deal with it. Good dialogue and much information about what people in this kind of danger have to deal with. Having open borders makes me all the more nervous, having read this.
Kathy
Feb 19, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I won this book on Goodreads.

Overall, I liked this book. The plot and the characters were mostly enjoyable. I appreciated the details of the characters building a new society. The timeline was a little hard to follow with the chapters bouncing between current time and flashbacks. The dates listed at the beginning of the chapters sometimes helped. Unfortunately, many chapters did not have dates. Some even had dates that had to be incorrect based on events in previous chapters. The lis
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Wayne
Aug 25, 2015 Wayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great story of an apocalyptic post-nuclear event. gives the reader insight into the medical and societal horrors of nuclear disaster through well built lives of the characters.. thanks GOODREADS FOR ANOTHER FREE READ
Betty Hampel
Jul 19, 2015 Betty Hampel rated it it was amazing
Well thought out. Informative. Characters believable. A truly good read.
Cat
Jan 14, 2016 Cat rated it liked it
This quick read takes you to a disaster you’d never want to experience… waiting out a nuclear fallout, in a place you’d never think would exist – a fully functioning, caring and sharing community. How these people manage the unthinkable lifts the heart and lets us see the better side of man. The information feels accurate, the characters are flawed and lovely and life goes on. Ultimately, a feel good drama to help escape your boring day of not wanting to clean house.

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Kathy
Jul 11, 2016 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I won this book on Goodreads.

Note: I read and reviewed this book months ago. I cannot find my review, and I do not remember much of it. I was confused by a few characters who appear halfway through the book, disappeared for a while, then briefly reappeared in the same place where all the other characters lived.
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ROBERTA M ROY, medalist in Inspirational Fiction in the Jenkins 2011 Living Now Awards, holds a B.A. in English from the State University at Albany, NY; an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska; a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language Association (ASHA); and a license as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Sta ...more
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