Hard Way Home (Deep State Down 1) by Dana Fraser

Two strangers. Almost no chance of survival. Even less hope.

When a massive cyber breach hits every U.S. hydroelectric station just as the Gulf Coast refineries are decimated by a volatile storm, the attack knocks out the nation’s entire power supply, instantly throwing America into a deadly new dark age.

For Army veteran Cash Bishop, getting back to his family before it’s too late becomes a fight to survive in a race against time. His only ally? A brilliant energy scientist who may be the only person still alive with more things to be afraid of than the impending apocalypse.

Dr. Hannah Carter doesn’t know who’s after her or when she became a target. But getting captured is not an option. Seems the stranger she meets on her dangerous cross-country trek is the only person she can trust now to help get her home. And keep her alive.

With chaos escalating and the country on the brink of collapse, Cash and Hannah need to figure out who executed the attacks on the U.S. power grid, and why these people are so willing to kill him to get to her.

This was such a good novel depicting how fast a society can fall.

The lights went out one Thursday afternoon. That was the day everything changed. America was thrown into a new dark age where no one is to be trusted.

Keep your bible close but your guns closer.

The characters are well written and their reactions to the situations seem very realistic. My main complaint is there seemed to be almost too many characters to switch between and remember.

I loved following Cash’s journey home. I also was so very interested in finding out how Thomas Sand from the prologue fit into the overall tale.

I greatly enjoyed the premise of the novel. Post-apocalyptic stories are a favourite genre of mine. I really liked seeing how quickly everything broke down, within a week or so, and how fast people turn on each other.

Some parts of the tale were a bit graphic for me, but understandable with the storyline. I also was somewhat confused with the great hatred overall for Muslims and African Americans.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading more from this series.

I received this novel for free from Book Sirens in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Christa Wick (writing as Dana Fraser) has been hybrid publishing since 2012 in various genres. Along with her post-apocalyptic action thrillers as Dana, she’s written over fifty romance and paranormal titles as Christa and C.M. Wick, and also writes high-octane suspense fiction and urban fantasy novels under other pen names.