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Doomsday Diaries

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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
When Americans are alerted of an imminent nuclear attack, Luke and his parents retreat to their underground shelter, barely escaping the deadly blasts. The years crawl by, and as their supplies continue to diminish, Luke's desire to leave the shelter is further driven by his raging teenage hormones and sexual curiosity. But when the time to leave the shelter finally arrive ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published June 17th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published June 16th 2012)
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DJ Harris
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to DJ by: Aaron B. Powell

Doomsday Diaries by Aaron Powell

What if? What if this empire we have amassed really is doomed? Let’s face it, it is doomed. No empire lasts forever. Even America will end.

Don’t panic.

The world is ending. Mom is worried about saving the pictures, Dad is concerned about how to get you (and the rest of the family) to the bunker, and you are worried about saving the dog!

Are you prepared for the worst case scenario?

The Mitchell’s had to evacuate immediately, no time to scramble around the house to
Cedric Nye
"Doomsday Diaries", by Aaron B. Powell.

This book grabbed me from the start, and didn't let me go until the end.

No spoilers, the book's description tells us that there is a nuclear attack. So let us start there! BAM!! POW!! Are you awake now? Good.

America gets lambasted by nukes, and Luke's mom and dad are barely able to get the family to a fallout shelter before the blast. Years go by, and Luke grows. His father, a former U.S. Marine, teaches Luke the fine arts of combat. I say "arts" because t
Poet Gentleness
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is not exactly my kind of book, but wow! It did for me. It's very interesting and the characters are very believing. But what made me give the 4 stars is: What a turn of events!! I could have never imagine what did happen when they left the shelter!
Congratulation Aaron. Great Job!
Larry B Gray
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Doomsday Diaries” by Aaron Powell is a good book which was hard to put down. The storyline is very good and creative. The story is well developed and easy to follow. I enjoyed the way the author wrote the book as a journal.

The characters were believable and easy to relate to. I found I could put myself into the story and identify with the characters.

There is one section of the book which did not add any value to the storyline but actually distracted from it and will limit the book’s readership.
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read many books in the "End of the World" genre. Many times I feel like I am reading the same thing repeatedly. However, this book has a fresh take on the aftermath. You can tell Luke's parents are preparing him for anything-good or bad-that may happen once they leave their safe confines. I must admit I was a bit surprised by what they encountered and even shed a few tears towards the end. The author did a good job of developing the charecters. Overall a good book for summertime reading; ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Doomsday Diaries" by Aaron Powell is a thrilling apocalyptic story told from the first person perspective of Luke Mitchell, who begins the story as a 13-year-old being hurried to an underground survival shelter by his mother and father. Worldwide nuclear destruction has erupted, and their hometown of Austin was among the first cities destroyed. As they rush into their shelter several miles outside of Austin, bright lights to their rear signify the end of the world as they knew it.

The beginning
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Doomsday Diaries #1 was a very hard book to put down, so I really never did. It came to an end way to soon, all ready to dive into book 2. Going through the time living in a doomsday shelter with a mother, father, and a son. That the very disciplined father previous Military had built with money he received from an inheritance. We explore the diary of the young boy that grew to a teen, being home (sheltered)schooled, learning to play the guitar, reading, and continuing a very rigorous training p ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about an apocalypse. Luke, a 13 year old boy that is home schooled by his parents tells us the tale on first POV. The first installment of "Doomsday Diaries" describes life in a small shelter and how these characters spent their time and what happens a few days after they come out to a new world that they don't recognize anymore. And... OMG, leaves us cliff-hanging for the second installment.
Aaron Powell is a skilled author. He uses his narrative and dialogue with great ability.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This book had a concept that I have always been drawn to. Post apocalypse stories are always fascinating.
The lead up to the 5 year stay in the underground shelter was done well as was the interaction of the three characters as they lived in close contact and tried to lead a normal life.
I wouldn't have minded more detail of that section of the book.
I didn't care for the sexual content at all. It wasn't needed to make the book enjoyable.
Overall it was a quick and enjoyable read.
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Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OH DAMN this book deserved every single one of those 5 stars this book will leave you stunned, amazed and mostly speechless there are no words what a boy will do to save his parents even if he has to leave the woman he loves to do it. I am super excited to read the next story in this wonderful series
Karla Slusher
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
interesting concept. I liked it, but it was too short in some areas and too drawn out in others. it needed better balance, but despite the writing style it was a good story, it just needs cleaning up.
Edward Wolfe
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
See my review of the whole series:
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
A completely different look at the post-apocalyptic world. Characters were well written, action scenes were jam packed.

Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Darcy Leerhoff
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book series so far. A bit more sexually graphic then I expected but not offensive. Looking forward to seeing what happens next!!
I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. Especially since the author was so generous as to send me a copy of the series omnibus even after I failed to win the FirstReads giveaway. But alas, I found it to be decidedly mediocre. The plot was okay, I suppose, if nothing incredibly gripping. The characters were kind of cardboard, but not uninteresting. We get a good sense of who the main character is, his wants and dreams and so forth, because the first two-thirds of the book are presented as diar ...more
Jeff Dawson
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting concept

This isn’t your normal post apocalyptic story. Book one is written in the style of a journal. Luke and his family take refuge from the coming nuclear holocaust. His father Patrick and Uncle Grant built a shelter North of Austin, just in case the world goes nuts.

Is the pace a little slow at times? Yes, but that’s not a distraction. It allows the setting and players to be thoroughly fleshed out.

No heroics here, just the story of three family members trying to survive a world
Jeff Dawson
Interesting concept

This isn’t your normal post apocalyptic story. Book one is written in the style of a journal. Luke and his family take refuge from the coming nuclear holocaust. His father Patrick and Uncle Grant built a shelter North of Austin, just in case the world goes nuts.

Is the pace a little slow at times? Yes, but that’s not a distraction. It allows the setting and players to be thoroughly fleshed out.

No heroics here, just the story of three family members trying to survive a world
Jul 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Book starts out pretty good, urgency to get to the bunker and live in the bunker is actually pretty interesting to read. Once they open the hatch, it is downhill with frightening speed. Further you read, the worse it gets. X-files type of conspriacy theory, plot holes large enough to drive a truck through, ZERO character development, graphic sex which does not bring anything to the table. Orgy description is like a very weak ripp off of Aldous Huxley... Rating includes book 2 from the series, di ...more
Randy Harmelink
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: apocalypse
I enjoyed the first part of the book, leading up to and living in the underground shelter. However, for me the story lost all credibility when the main characters leave the shelter. Overall, the writing was good and the action sequences were interesting, but the direction the story went just left me not caring about it.

I probably won't read the sequel, especially priced at $5.99.
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