October 27, 2016

Book Review: The Last Layover by Steven C. Bird

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

I had the pleasure of reading The Last Layover:  The New Homefront Volume 1 by Steven C. Bird as part of Survivor Jane’s preparedness books blog tour.

What is the book about?  The Last Layover is an e-book, a work of fiction in which an airline crew finds themselves in a grid down disaster while in a layover in New York City.  They must find their way back to their homes while dealing with violence, loss of infrastructure and chaos.

What I thought about the book 

I was very interested in reading the story, as the topic speaks to one of my fears:  being in a disaster while being far from home.   It was easy to place one’s self in the shoes of the characters.  I  liked the characters and agreed with their choices and actions.

The book initially covered much detail about flying and the piloting life.  While informative, I felt the background info was a bit too long.  I would have preferred more details about what caused the breakdown.  I wondered why the local police and sheriffs were strangely absent – the only detail given was they were protecting their families.  Perhaps some of the questions would be answered in the sequel.  I also felt the last part of the book seemed to be rushed, considering the hardships and roadblocks described getting from Delaware to Ohio, the trip from Ohio to Tennessee seemed to go quickly and without incident.

Overall, I thought it had a good story and I enjoyed reading it.  I thought the characters were very believable and it was easy to relate to them.  The book was fast paced and had enough action to hold my attention and I was able to finish it in a couple of days.  If you are looking for a quick and enjoyable read, I recommend you pick up The Last Layover. 

The Last Layover and its sequel, The Guardians: The New Homefront Volume 2 are available Amazon.


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2 Comments on Book Review: The Last Layover by Steven C. Bird

  1. Looks like an interesting book, I’ll add it to the list of “to read”. I rarely ever fly, prefer to drive, but I’ve put some thought into how bad it could be if an event happened while I was away from home. I usually pack my ruck, rifle, and plenty
    of food in the car to try to give me a better chance.

    • Hi Pierce, I used to like flying but I prefer driving these days, I can enjoy the ride and avoid long waits. You can pack a lot more too. Thanks for the comment!

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