The last remaining oil tankeris blown up near a Russian seaport on 13 April 2030. A rural farm in Arrow Valley, New Zealand, will feel the outcome of this action shortly. A most endearing family led by the matriarch, Heather (affectionately known as Nana) has prepared her family for this type of scenario for anumber of years. Her daughter, Gen and her husband, Nat have a wonderful family of three children. Allie, Olivia and Kyle have been the recipients of “strange” gifts from Nana for many years. Little did they know that Nana’s intentions were to prepare them for life or death situations in the years to come. Crossbows, knives and even a scythe have been birthday presents bestowed by Heather and being young, the grandchildren got a lot of laughs out of them. Fast forward to crisis time and there is no laughter at their farm.Times get tougher, the people get hungrier and thus food and survival become a real issue. The destitute are on the prowl and it appears nothing can stop their advance. There is action on multiple fronts including the town, at the cave, at the farmhouse and at the place designated for the last stand. Arrows fly from the crossbows and parties on both sides suffer injuries. More advanced weaponry is also in the mix. And, one doesn’t want to mess with family members of either Gen or Nat as hell will be knocking on your door.
There is a lot of heartache with some deaths which touch everyone. The author also interjects humor to lighten the story at the appropriate time. Nat’s comment about Aladdin’s carpet comes to mind! Personally, I enjoyed reading about the flora and fauna native to New Zealand as it came to life for me. And, the addition of Neil and his “bird” were priceless! Thank goodness for Nana’s premonitions so many years ago which enabled this one family to prepare for the situation.
The characters are well defined, the plot is well written and the ending is perfect.
Most highly recommended.
AUTHORS COMMENT: Not too bad for my debut novel