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77 Days in September by Ray Gorham

77 Days in September (edition 2011)

by Ray Gorham

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Title:77 Days in September
Authors:Ray Gorham
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Tags:fiction, post-apocalyptic, emp, texas, montana, kindle, read in 2012

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77 Days in September by Ray Gorham



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A new and highly plausible twist on an attack on America. With an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack being launched simultaneously on two coasts by American enemies, the entire Northern Hemisphere is soon rendered powerless and incapacitated. Not your typical Armageddon where the entire world is consumed by some dire event, but the targeted and finite destruction of the American infrastructure. What ensues is a way of life to which survivors must adjust. Can our technologically dependent population learn to exist by living off the land once more? How long will it take for people who are stranded in their own homes, without transportation or electronic communication, to realize that help from the government isn't coming? How quickly does the looting and pillaging begin? Will people be safe in their own homes? Can people form small communities in their neighborhoods and learn to deal with their problems or will there be in-fighting still?

The protagonist is Kyle Tait, an electric company employee from Montana, who has been loaned to Texas to help with restoring electrical power after a hurricane there. He's been away from home for two weeks and is missing his wife and their three children. As his plane is about to take off, the EMP attack occurs. Those on board Kyle's plane are lucky because they were only feet above the runway on take off when the plane loses power and crashes back to earth. Kyle saves the man seated next to him and most onboard evacuate the plane. But they are astounded when no rescue vehicles or medical personnel are sent out from the terminal to help them. It takes almost an hour before reality sets in and they realize that help is not forthcoming.

Kyle vows to get back to his family in Montana, where his wife and children have prepared a small celebration for his return. But that will have to wait. As Kyle searches for a way to get back home, he soon accepts that he will have to walk from Texas to Montana - a distance of fifteen hundred miles - in order to reach his family. And he'll need to do it quickly as the wintry weather will most likely arrive there before he does.The remainder of the story follows Kyle's journey, at times hopeful, at times full of despair and self-doubt, as he draws on reserves of physical and mental strength he didn't know he had.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a wake up call to Americans that this sort of thing can happen and until international assistance arrives we must learn to survive as our ancestors did. The characters themselves will have you rooting for them or hating them or mistrusting them - but you will find yourself immersed in the action and losing yourself along Kyle's long journey home. ( )
  AuthorMarion | Apr 16, 2016 |
An EMP hits and a man is miles and miles away from home. This book follows his journey home to his family and all of the problems that he encounters. The book was fast-paced, thought-provoking, well-written and very enjoyable. ( )
  AlbinoRhino | Mar 21, 2014 |
A nuclear explosion sets off an EMP that cripples the entire United States.

Kyle Taitt set out to walk from Houston to his home in Deer Creek, Montana. The story switches between Kyle's walk and the struggles of his family to survive.

I thought some of the book was very good, but some of it seemed overdone somehow. ( )
  busyreadin | Apr 25, 2013 |
On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America. The blast, an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP), destroys every electrical device in the country, and results in the crippling of the power grid, the shutting down of modern communications, and bringing to a halt most forms of transportation.

Kyle narrowly escapes when his airplane crashes on take-off, only to find himself stranded 2,000 miles from home in a country that has been forced, from a technological standpoint, back to the 19th Century. Confused, hurt, scared, and alone, Kyle must make his way across a hostile continent to a family he’s not even sure has survived the effects of the attack. As Kyle forges his way home, his frightened family faces their own struggles for survival in a community trying to halt its slow spiral into chaos and anarchy.

77 Days in September follows Kyle and his wife, Jennifer, as they are stretched past their breaking point, but find in their devotion to each other the strength to carry on and try to preserve a way of life, long gone.
This is a terrific story of survival and love that ultimately prevails in the face of disaster.
The character's ring true and you find yourself engulfed in this amazing story and rooting for Kyle's journey home.
And lastly, this is the scariest book I have read in a long time, because , this can very well happen. This is not Science fiction by any means.
An EMP attack, by a single nuclear bomb is a real threat.
Just read the headlines every day.
Our country is the mosted hated, feared in various parts of the world.
And our country is not prepared for this kind of nightmare.
Highly recommended. ( )
  silversurfer | Nov 29, 2012 |
What would happen if enemies of the United States found the weaknesses in our missile defense system? How would the nation react? Ray Gorham explores this in his fictional piece, 77 Days in September.

This is a thriller novel from the moment you start reading it. There are no long pages explaining the background. The author brings you right in immediately and shows you how EMP (Electromagnetic pulse) could be dangerous and the widespread impact it could have on a nation with the right trigger. What is the trigger? An atomic explosion without the explosion. Just the shockwave would be enough to render the nation crippled without the ability to use the technology it has learned to rely on so much.

What if cell phones stopped working completely? What if all power sources were fried? What if anything technical could be deadly?

One of the things I really loved about the novel was the fact it is constant action. Even the ‘slow’ sections are not bogged down with unnecessary descriptions or background explanations. It’s as though the reader is there with the characters experiencing what they are experiencing and thinking what they are thinking.

First of all, this book is about the popular post-apocalyptic future. It’s not a political thriller or a spy thriller. This is about America facing its end.

Second, you will not find deep relationships built in this book. That’s not what the author is trying to achieve. This is an action packed adventure with the emotions and relationships enhanced only to move the story along.

Third, there are many scenarios within the story that a reader could question, but they are possibilities that a person might take if they were in that situation. Their decisions might not be the best or the right one, but it is the decision the character takes.

It’s a ‘what-if’ story that won’t leave you asking where the action is. Many scenes are one small paragraph as the author takes the reader from one place to enough to explain the impact of the EMP.

I think this is a great read for anyone looking for a unique self-published piece. It’s one that you’ll want to finish reading when you start.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of The Virtual Book Tour Cafe' and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by The Virtual Book Tour Cafe', no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely of my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides ( )
  RGraf | May 15, 2012 |
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This book is dedicated to my indescribably patient, loving, devoted and helpful wife, Jodi, and our five wonderful children, Geoff, Tyler, Jessica, Nate, and Andrew.
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Kyle worked his way down the aisle of the airplane, squeezing past the other passengers as they struggled to jam their oversized carry-ons into already too-full overhead bins.
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The world has ended

What if you are far from home?

Courage, patience, strength.

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