A Review of The Bunker: Surviving an Economic Collapse by Wayne Bosak
MORE REALISTIC THAN MOST
Finally, an apocalyptic book that shows a truer picture of human nature than any other that I’ve read. My belief is that the world is full of good people, and not everyone with a can of Mountain House is a bloodthirsty gunslinger.
In the novel The Bunker: Surviving an Economic Collapse, by Wayne Bosak, the main characters are, of course, trying to get home. They encounter many normal people who give them shelter and aid. Sure, there are the usual gangs, looters, and murderers who get put down. But rural people are correctly portrayed, at least where I live, as open and generous.
I like end-of-the-world books, but often most other ones are unreadable due to poor editing. While only finding a few errors in this one, it was not to the point of being distracting.
Now, a couple of suggestions: The names of the small towns are unbelievably corny. When writing, get a good reference book and find interesting names of towns, not bland Centerville or Cookeville. For example, Muleshoe, Tulia, Gate, Seminole, Marathon, Balmorhea, Buda, Goldthwaite, or Odessa. These are more likely town names.
Second, for so many family members trying to make their way home over many days with only a backpack and a tarp, it’s surprising that the book doesn’t delve into the night terrors of sleeping on the ground out in the country. Even though it’s winter and freezing, snow, ice, and rain don’t really much enter the story. Not to mention insects and spiders, poisonous plants, domestic livestock, rabid and feral animals or just plain inquisitive critters. In my experience, a lot of people are afraid of the dark at night under the expanse of vast sky. Just walking out the front door scares them, not to mention jumping fences to sleep in a copse.
An Enjoyable Read
All in all, the story flowed and was enjoyable. But every novel written is not “Gone With The Wind,” “War And Peace” or some other great novel. The writing style is fairly juvenile, but definitely readable.
I read this genre for two reasons, entertainment and to learn. Thanks to the author for a few hours of reading pleasure.
My take away from this book? I need a backhoe.
There will be a lot of bodies to bury.
Editor’s Note: This is an honest, independent review. Coincidentally, this book is part of the same series as The Survival Compound which is currently advertised in SurvivalBlog. None of the staff editors nor S.A. received any compensation for writing or posting this review. I did not direct or even request that S.A. write this review. It came from S.A.’s own initiative.