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"Maybe it's always the end of the world." Fourteen different people. Six different families. Four different stories. One terrible event. This is Deconstruction. When there is no one to call, when there's nowhere to run for help, who do you turn to? When the very fabric of our society is torn apart, how would you survive? This installment follows Randall and his family thro"Maybe it's always the end of the world." Fourteen different people. Six different families. Four different stories. One terrible event. This is Deconstruction. When there is no one to call, when there's nowhere to run for help, who do you turn to? When the very fabric of our society is torn apart, how would you survive? This installment follows Randall and his family through their harrowing struggle for survival. After a series of unexplainable and disastrous acts of nature, they find themselves cut off from the rest of the world. With food and water dwindling and young children to care for, they are faced with a decision that could mean life or death. Do they venture into the unknown or wait for help that may never come?...

Title : Dust to Dust: Deconstruction Book One (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller)
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Dust to Dust: Deconstruction Book One (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) Reviews

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-01-02 09:59

    Randall and his family are at home together when the wild weather begins and try to ride it out. But when the military and other gangs of armed men start coming to the neighbourhood it is time to run-but where is it going to be safe to run to?Lets start with the good stuff. We meet Randall and his family briefly then get right into the disaster starting. I like to see the start of the events instead of going to it months or years later. The family are concerned by the rain and lightning and soon discover that electrical equipment and cars have ceased to work. I liked the family dynamic and the fact that even the younger kids were well behaved enough to follow instructions in keeping quiet when needed. Alistair was a good character-a sensible boy who pays attention to the world around him and is an asset in the crisis instead of a liabilty. I liked Randall's whole family and Greg. I found the characters to be normal and realistic, acting mostly the way people would with a lack of information.The first part of the book was concerned with what was happening with the power and the ill fated trip to the grocery store, all of which was nicely written. We then had a bit of confusion for the characters when the military moved in as it wasn't clear who they were. Greg kept calling them a militia and Randall wouldn't trust them so that gives the impression they were might not be legitimate, especially when people from the neighbourhood were vanishing at random. Later we hear that troops had been trying to evacuate the coast because of weather issues coming-so I guess those guys were real military then. Then the really bad guys with guns arrive to raid the area and the family flee to the woods, trying to avoid a rape gang and linking up with Koran. Randall and Greg witness a gang rape and have to face he decision of helping her or running to keep the family safe. I liked this whole part of the book and there was enough happening to keep the plot going. However it was around this point when I got fed up with Randall!Steve and the other guys at work talk to Randall about the weather and tease him about his bug out bag and the end of the world arriving. Randall admits to being part prepper. What I don't get is that if Randall was scared by something on TV and started a bug out bag, why is he the only person on the street who scoffs at the idea of an EMP causing the power to go out? Surely he would be accepting this BEFORE other random neighbours? And why does he have so few supplies that he has to go out for food so quickly? That seems a little confused. He doesn't seem to have any supplies that can be eaten without cooking it or an alternative cooking source. And if he is thinking about leaving, why is everything not packed ready to go just in case and WHY has he not checked his gun? I wouldn't call this guy much of a prepper at all. But that is the way he is and it was kind of amusing. It didn't make me dislike him.I liked Randall at the start because he was ordinary-out of shape, no gun knowledge, making some mistakes on prepping, not a great swimmer or sailor, just a family man who wanted to protect them even when it led to bad choices. But by the second half of the book Randall himself is the main problem because he thinks he knows better than all others and if you disagree with him he thinks you are just an idiot. A FEMA worker says it is an EMP but of course Randall knows better than him and thinks he's talking rubbish. As we get further into the book the navy man swims better than Randall so Randall sulks about it. Koran can sail the boat and knows weather, being in the navy, but Randall thinks this storm is bad and Koran must be talking rubbish about being in better conditions than the other side of the island. He is planning to dump Koran's family as soon as he works out how to sail the boat despite Koran saving him from the five men who planned to torture and kill him and his kids and rape his wife. Without Koran he wouldn't even BE on the boat and his family would be dead. He sulks because Koran thinks the trip to the base is a waste of time-it was and it put the women and Alistair in grave danger being left alone! "I guess he forgot this was my show and he didn't have to be here." He really is a whiny, immature and ungrateful man at times!The other issue for me is that there is way too much going on. I would have prefferred in depth coverage of one natural disaster instead of three at the same time. EMPS, random earthquakes, superstorms, the kidnapping of the President's daughter, military men hunting down Koran, were all a bit much in 177 pages and made for too many sub plots. To be honest the sudden addition of the kidnapping did not fit in the overall plot, wasn't given any depth and explanation, and there just seemed no point to it at all. I just don't get why it was there. It seemed to be to justify Randall's decision that Koran wasn't to be trusted. Maybe it becomes clear in later books.There were also too many unanswered questions by the end of the book which is so abrupt that it's not really an ending at all. Why did the military try to force random people out of their homes like that instead of ordering a sensible evacuation and telling people about the coming storm surge? If they were only taking people with certain skills why not tell everyone else and give them a chance to save themselves? Why did they leave some behind? Why did Randall, who didn't trust these men, then decide to take the family to the military base for answers? How did the raiders from Randall's group know anything about him or who he had with him when they fled? They were there for supplies so why follow one man for his stuff instead of staying to raid the street? When they caught Randall they seemed to know all about his wife and kids but none of the family went outside when these guys arrived-they were indoors and the gang only saw Greg! Why did Koran kidnap Ashley? How did he do it? Why did nobody recognise Ashley? How did the soldiers know Koran was coming there? What happened to Alistair? What is Mayflower? Gah! To be fair, answers on some of it like Mayflower will come in other books though I'm not sure which other questions get answered. Maybe I'm just over curious and need to chill a bit...None of this was answered by the end of the book and with book 2, 3 and 4 being different characters it looks like only the Mayflower question might be answered and that just isn't good enough for me as a reader. I want to see a proper ending with questions answered before we run off to totally new characters in the next book. But that's just me!It might sound like a lot of negatives but there are plenty positives to take from this book as well. The writer can obviously write well and there is no complicated language or complex descriptions, just basic solid storytelling. There is no waffle, he just gets straight to the point and starts the disaster plot which is a good thing as I hate longwinded and slow starts. It is a decent book to read in spite of a few issues I had with plot and character, and at no point was I going to DNF as I did want to see what happened. His characters other than the MC were good. There was plenty of action in the book and there were only a few minor spelling and punctuation issues. There was a good basis to a story but for me it just got too involved in side plots that detracted from the main story. People with more patience over Randall's character will probably enjoy the book.I wouldn't be reading on with the series personally but others might well enjoy it.

  • The Talented Miss Ripley
    2018-12-29 17:02

    50 Shades of Awesomeness!"Maybe it's always the end of the world." Four different stories, one terrible event...this is Deconstruction.In the blink of an eye, Randall and his family are ripped from their life in the suburbs and cast into a struggle for survival. A series of torrential storms turn the roads into rivers and tears apart the power grid. Unexplainable earthquakes decimate the city, cutting them off from whatever civilization remains. And that's just the beginning....Their isolated neighborhood can only protect them for so long. As society spirals into the depths, the worst of mankind lurch out of the darkness, to take what they can.In a world without answers or rules, where the costs of food and water are paid in blood, Randall must make an impossible decision. Does he risk the life of his young family and venture into the remnants of a ruined world or does he stay back and pray that help makes it before the gates fall?What a truly gritty, and hilariously funny novel! I couldn't imagine having my family pushed into what ever this new world is or has become and not having a shred of hope as to how to get out of it. I am a huge Ryan Casey and Bobby Adair fan and even without the zombies this novel was exciting. I'm eager to find out what the next book is all about!

  • Mila Ballentine
    2018-12-23 15:10

    A typical day in the life of a family of five who lives in a gated community by the ocean far from near dwellers turns sour when something happens. From then on, their electronic connection to the world dissipates and in a short span of time, what once was becomes a distant memory of what was now their new reality. Most of us, me excluded, have become too comfortable since our progression from the hunter and gatherer lifestyle. With that said, I think everyone could benefit from taking a survival class and while you’re at it, put together an “In case, bag,” you know, in case something happens! We’re too comfortable, have adapted to every new technology, and incorporated them into our everyday life. Now that they’ve become a staple in our lives, what do we do the moment all of those luxuries fade away? We fall apart, myself included. I can live without power and just about every other device except for—dare I say, having access to a computer and the almighty Wi-Fi.Simply put, I would—Lose. It! Although, I must admit that after my Wi-Fi meltdown, I would be fine. I am a former Girl Scout, for Pete’s sake, I got this! I have gone camping before and took part in the 4-H program, but more importantly, I survived Hurricane Hugo.During that taxing time, like Randall and his family, doing things bushman style felt like learning to do an old task in a new way. We lived without power and many other things that we didn't realize that we took for granted until they became useless. Like them, we acclimated to our new circumstance, but I never quite got accustomed to seeing the blue tarp when I looked up at what was once our ceiling. It was the only thing shielding us from the elements, but the worst part was that the security of having a door after the hurricane meant nothing now that all the windows were broken. Afterward, those windows had become an easy entryway for anyone who meant us harm to come in.So, I related to this story in a way that deeply affected me. For instance, one day on my way home, I removed my Kindle from my purse and began to read Dust to Dust in order to escape my surroundings, which at that time was a train filled with strangers. Unexpectedly, the hour commute home detoured to Florida. The author, Rashad Freeman successfully reeled me in so much that not even loud conversations or the timely announcements over the intercom announcing the next stop distracted me. Then something happened. Halfway through the ride and after reading five chapters, I had to fight the urge to not ugly cry on the train. Honestly, even if a reader hadn’t experienced what I have, Dust to Dust would affect them deeply too. I laughed, I nodded in agreement, and I fought back tears in a sea of strangers and as the story progressed, I became numb as most would if they encountered what Randall and his family did. That’s how you know when it’s a good book. It makes you feel things.I’d say that makes it worth the time spent reading it, especially if you enjoy dystopian, mystery, and/or thrillers. It will tide you over until you find your next book.

  • Matthew
    2018-12-21 15:45

    "It was disturbing how quickly people learned to tolerate, even accept oppression. It's little battles that are lost daily and you never even notice how far you've fallen, until you've lost everything.""From behind those trees I saw the fall of humanity. I saw the end of the world and felt broken pieces of my own beliefs crumbling to sand. I saw the end of the world and felt broken pieces of my own beliefs crumbling to sand. I saw what we were truly capable of[;] I saw mankind's deconstruction."Most post-apocalyptic novels follow a familiar formula. They begin pre-collapse with an everyday cast of characters living typical lives. Some sort of calamity occurs that throws the world into ruin and the once-ordinary people morph magically into one of three categories: the impossible, inexplicable hero, the cowering dead weight leech, and the plain vanilla I'm-just-along-for-the-ride followers.What I enjoyed about Freeman's Dust to Dust was that it bucked that traditional convention by essentially maintaining the normality of his protagonists throughout the novel. While not a traditional prepper’s novel, per se, there is an underlying element of prepper mentality but again viewed through the lens of an average citizen.The story’s pace was consistent as the protagonists perpetually faced new challenges, dangers, and obstacles along the way. The amount of time spent on each of these instances felt right and served to further the plot rather than detract from the overarching storyline. It’s a great entry point into the realm of apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic fiction and, presumably, Freeman’s other stories of a similar vein.Overall, the thing the story reminded me most of was the first season and a half of Fear the Walking Dead just without the walkers/zombies. During that run the majority of the time is spent focusing on the main character’s attempts to cope with the rapidly changing world while keeping his family safe and together. In the show, Travis’ reactions are not those of the indomitable hero but rather those of an at-times capable but mostly simply coping individual; Randall reacts in much the same way and to the same ends.This was a fast, really good read that I would recommend particularly if you’re a fan of Fear the Walking Dead.

  • Pam Shelton-anderson
    2019-01-03 11:53

    This started out OK. I kind of liked that Randall, while thinking he had some preparation, was not prepared at all (which I think would be a reality for a lot of people). He eventually became a little erratic and quite annoying as well as inept. This ended up being an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink apocalypse-unusually bad storms, an EMP, some possible artificial cause, earthquakes, Florida going to become submerged. On top of that, odd military behavior in spiriting off some folks and leaving others to die, the kidnapping of the President's daughter (really?), Koran who is at times a crack military fighter and other times "doh" and some special, secret safe haven. It was just too convoluted. I managed to finish it but doubt that I will continue.

  • Darren Dilnott
    2019-01-07 11:43

    Absolutely fantasticRashad Freeman writes my kind of post apocalyptic story. Like me he's clearly not deluded in thinking an apocalyptic event will unite everyone in a fuzzy way. Maybe that happened in the great depression, but people are greedier, selfish, and too reliant on others in this day and age. Don't expect a heart warming tale here. It's gritty, violent, and frantic. This is an ordinary man, and his family. The confusion, and terror makes characters that are relatable, facing no easy solutions.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-09 14:03

    Waste of printI read many survival stories and this is the worst. The scenarios are half baked. The characters are never did developed and I stopped half way through as the alleged hero is a complete useless person. If average people are this stupid, not many would survive. Two people die for no reason the first day and the family can't figure out an EMP but have go bags with mre meals. This book is awful!

  • Ivan Benedict
    2018-12-25 15:43

    This is an apocalypse book. The story takes place in Florida, where there are hurricanes, earthquakes, looting, raping, killing for food, etc. It is not funto read - at least not for me. The hurricanes noware too real.It's a short book and reads quickly, but I don't recommend it.

  • Robert Browning
    2019-01-07 10:04

    These types of books should have warning labels just like movies. Explicit violent sex, very foul language and digressing plots of failures or suicides should be in the description or trailer. I think though without these traits the series has great potential thus the two stars.

  • Glenda
    2018-12-22 13:53

    Great read. I loved seeing how this apocalypse began, and everyone's fight to survive. I can't wait to read more.

  • Linda Gall
    2019-01-15 12:05

    RivetingGreat doomsday book, very well written,I couldn't put it down. The plot was very believable and the ending made you wish for the next book!

  • Angela S
    2018-12-25 14:51

    Picked this up for a quick read and read the whole thing! Great action and suspense. Moving to part 2!

  • Kathy DeWees
    2019-01-13 10:59

    Really enjoyed it!1st book in a new 4 part series and this was a great start! Different premise from most but I appreciated this tale of an ordinary family with no skills.

  • Jennifer Reynolds
    2019-01-08 14:52

    Quick paced, light read! I really enjoyed reading this book. There were no details that were too gruesome and hard to digest. You never really find out what is causing all the destruction but it kinda reminded me of Fear Of The Walking Dead without the zombies...