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The End

(The New World Series #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,721 ratings  ·  160 reviews
For Gordon Van Zandt life once was one of duty and loyalty to his country, so when 9/11 happened he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This youthful idealism vanished one fateful day in a war torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past but must now face a new reality thrust on him and his family. North America, Eu ...more
Kindle Edition, 442 pages
Published April 3rd 2013
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Liquid Frost
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2013
Okay folks. I read a little over a book a week and typically enjoy or suffer till the very end. However, this book - I made it to a line "16% in" and had to give up. What's the old saying - life is too short to do something you don't like? Well, reading this book falls into this category. The writing style and dialogue are very youthful. No, not in the YA sense - the talent. I love dystopain and alternative reality books - they perk me up! I also enjoy EMP that changes the world. So, this book w ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: apocalyptic
This is some of the worst drivel I've ever read. And sadly I'll read the next book just because I want to know what happens - even though the characters are so one-dimensional I've rarely seen anything close to it.

The main characters are SO perfect, SO happy and have SO fantastic families. They exchange pleasentries all the time, telling eachother how fantastic they are and how much they love eachother. All discussions end in seconds, because everyone agrees on everything.

When the shit finally h
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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*JOINT REVIEW with The Long Road by G. Michael Hopf*

I'm not going to lie to you: I KEPT EXPECTING ZOMBIES. 

It's impossible not to, what with post-apocalyptic horrors, mixed with a dwindling supply of food, mixed with intense starvation, mixed with the fact that The End and The Long Road were my very first ADULT post-apocalyptic books. I'd grown SO accustomed to the plot lines of teen books that follow the fall of the world as we know it, and c'mon, let's be honest, there's u
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I have a ton of mixed feelings about The End. I couldn’t put it down. The story is absorbing. However, there were a lot of points, especially at the beginning, where I wanted to shake the author and scream “SHOW don’t TELL”, loud and often.

There is a lot of infodumping about the characters and their points of view. Lots of exposition and not much action or dialog.

Then “the end of the world as we know it” finally happens, and the story starts to take off. Al
Karen Black
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I believe this is Mr. Hopf's first novel, and he deserves congratulations for an exceptional writing debut. If you have any interest in post-apocalyptic stories, you'll really enjoy it. If you don't have an interest, you'll probably enjoy it anyway. The book is well written and the characters are believable, as is the entire story line. Mr. Hopf takes you on a journey through the eyes of a survivor. While the book has an ending that doesn't leave the reader up in the air, it also opens the door ...more
What started off as a promising read, only went downhill. I wanted to like this so badly. It had the beginnings of a wonderful post-apocalyptic novel which I adore. This one, not so much!

The characters are all so one dimensional. They happen to have perfect lives. Being a perfect husband to his doting wife and two kids. What I didn't understand was the senseless acts of violence, murdering people all in the name to defend their supplies. The main character Gordan didn't even have the decency to
Ayala Sela
Mar 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book sucked so much ass. All the characters were strawmen or just one dimensional, all their decisions were stupid or not likely, all their conversations were badly scripted and fake. I kept reading, thinking "he can't REALLY be that lousy a writer, he must have something good in store coming ahead", but no. Turns out its a series, so no, thank you. I have walls to look at and fingernails to clip.

The fact that this book has so many glowing reviews is actually horrifying.
Curtis Macon
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Since I am an Amazon Prime member, I can "borrow" on book a month from Amazon. I came across this novel and, as I LOVE all things post-apocalyptic, how could I pass on a novel called "The End: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel"?

As soon as I figured out an EMP attack caused by a nuclear weapon explode over the U.S. was the apocalytpic event, I was reminded of One Second After. That novel tells the story of a small town after an EMP attack. The forward is written by Newt Gingrich. I am neither Republican
Gordon is former military and a prepper, now living with his family in San Diego. As terrorist attacks are on the increase across America, he considers moving his family out to the cabin in Idaho which would be less of a target. As they begin to pack, an EMP is detonated nearby and Gordon uses the initial confusion to get as many supplies into his home, working with a fellow member of his gated community Jimmy. The two men work together to try and get in what they can before the shops run out an ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't. For me personally I think it was about 100 or so pages too long. It felt like we were just rehashing over the same things, the world has changed, they needed supplies, it's violent etc etc. But I felt were we are meant to be building up our opinions of the characters and bonding with them in this terrible situation, that the endless chapters of the same situations just made me hate the characters. By the end I found myself not really caring ...more
David Francesconi
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic
The end is about an EMP blast that takes out the whole power grid of The USA, followed up by a Nuclear attack on Washington DC.This attack ruins the USA in one day.The book follows 3 story lines, the main story of Gordon Van Zandt, an ex marine who fought in Iraq, The new President of the United States and Barone, a military leader who disregards his order and takes his men to California to find family. This book covers the first 5-6 weeks after the EMP attack, jumping back and fourth from the t ...more
The kind of book, that makes one want to stockpile canned food and make emergency plans.
The basic story of an EMP wiping out a large portion of the world is not so unrealistic in comparison to other post-apocalyptic novels. While the world is slowly building and interestly so, the characters are all mostly lacking something. To be honest most of the characters come over as jerks, with Ex-marine Gorgon being extremely trigger happy.
Nevertheless, the book was still an ok and entertaining read. T
Devon Porter
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of this author, and this is a great book. If you are a fan of the post apocalyptic genre, you will enjoy this. The reader gets to know Gordon Van Zandt, a man with a military background thrown into a disaster caused by an EMP. The author takes us into some of the moral dilemmas we might face in such a situation, and he also uses some excerpts from a post collapse society in 2066, where they are chronicling the history of Van Zandt and his family and discussing the moral quandaries ...more
Mia Michalek
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this is a post apocalyptic novel at its finest. the author has taken a common EMP scenario and given what readers want. who? What? when? where? Why? we often read other books and it they have all been focused on just the survival part. now we get a series that we get to read and watch them rebuild and become a nation again. well done Mr. Hopf
Carol and Gary Curtis
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Terrific book. Great story. I did have some difficulty, in the beginning, keeping the characters straight but the story kept me going. Someday I hope to read the sequel.
StacySews AndSchools
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Starts off a bit slow and some of the dialog is a bit stilted. Other than that, this was a very enjoyable read. I can't wait to see what happens next!
John Podlaski
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The End by G. Michael Hopf has several storylines throughout the narrative and each had love/hate relationships between the characters. All in all, each scenario held immediate families in the highest regard and lead characters who would do anything possible to protect them in this end of the world as they know it.


Most of the story follows Gordon, ex-military lifer, who recognizes an EMP event having taken place and quickly rallies to garner supplies for his fam
Cindy Heaton
Jul 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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Gareth Otton
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
If you've never read one of these post-disaster survivalist novels, then you will probably enjoy this one. I can't find much wrong with how it's actually written and I'm sure under different circumstances I might have enjoyed it.

However, I have read this sort of book before... many times. This book comes with all the usual cliches including:

1 - A man who goes to crazy/inhumane extremes that are somehow justified by the plot.
2 - A complete breakdown of society where people become inhumane anim
Sep 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
*I received this copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I really wanted to like this book, however, I just could not get over the writing style. It just was not for me. I requested this book from Netgalley and received it a few years ago. This review is very late, but since I am getting back into the swing of things I wanted to review this book that I finished a few years ago.

I found the premise really intriguing and wanted to delve deeper into this story. An EMP attack on major co
Carter Phillips
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it

In the book The End by Michael Hopf, the main character Gordon, an ex marine currently residing in San Diego, California prepares for the worst. The country was just struck by an EMP and complete chaos is about to erupt. This book follows him and his brother Sebastian (a current Marine sniper) as they struggle to survive and provide for their families.

Personally, I enjoyed this book for the interesting plot line and ideas but the characters were a little shallow and nothing got very deep in

Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This wasn't fun, it felt REAL! I felt the immediate challenge of overcoming my passive social wiring if I was to survive realizing I had to take action 'right now!' if I was to grab food water guns ammo before the masses woke up. This book is on a par with William Fortschen's 'One Second After' series. Imagine the instant chaos of the entire power grid going down and the first few weeks in a place with millions of residents like SoCal totally without cars, cell phones, food, and running water (S ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
If I could have given it a 3.5 I would have but I just couldn't go as high as 4. I really like the apocalyptic genre. They also tend to be filled with a lot of ultra right wing claptrap.

Killing all those whinny, self righteous, evil fucks that tried to take his shit (Mindy and her group) was fine.

Killing the unarmed man who had just taken stuff for the hospital for his family (the same thing Gordon was doing) was too much.

Cascadia is the name of a real movement in the north west which I liked.
Jude Samson
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
The story could be more interesting but it gets lost in constant repetition and immediate contradictions. Also, for some reason the author seems to be opposed to contractions which makes the speech patterns of the fairly one-dimensional characters even more less realistic. Otherwise, it's pretty standard blah blah EMP story that's pretty generic. Forgettable characters, forgettable situations, no real merit to the story in general. If you want to kill time it's great for that but otherwise it's ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
It is what it it. A formulated post apocalyptic story which brings very little new to the table.

It does, as many have pointed out, have a right wing survivalist ethos and the characters are thinly drawn but the narrative is given most importance.

I will read the others in the series guiltily but with I'm sure much enjoyment.
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalypse
Not on the level of Bill Fortschens One Second After but pretty good.

Could do less with lovey doves husband wife stuff.

Liked the way it showed views from troops off shore, the fall of the government and a family in southern Cal
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So boring. The main character has issues with his temper and morality. And the story makes no sense. He wants to save his family, but instead procrastinates until half his allies are dead. Stupid.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good honest look at what could happen...

...if our current society in the USA experienced a crushing event such as the complete loss of the power grid. It was easy to get into the individual storylines and hard to put down. Planning on reading the next in the series.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pretty quick read, but pretty weak as a novel goes. Was the only thing I could quickly find for e-book availability at local library. I'll try book # 2 in the series to determine if the author gets any better. I would not recommend anyone actually spend real money on this.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strong, real to life characters, with real to life struggles. Great story, decently written. Honestly, I'm one of those crazies who think that this could happen any day, so I felt it was definitely worth the read and I look forward to catching up in the series.
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G. Michael Hopf is a combat veteran of the Marine Corps, a former bodyguard for the Saudi Royal family, entrepreneur, and best-selling author.
He has studied the threat of EMP for 6 years and how to best prepare in the event. He wrote The New World series to illustrate the effects our nation would suffer if ever attacked by this type of weapon. The End, The Long Road, Sanctuary and the soon to be r

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The New World Series (7 books)
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