Review: Daunting Days of Winter by Ray Gorham


Publisher: Ray Gorham
Publishing Date:April 2014
ISBN: 9781475604214
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 3.0/5

Publisher Description: Kyle Tait, having survived the harrowing, cross-country journey home to his family, must now struggle for existence in a post-EMP world that no one could have imagined just three short months prior. Each day brings new challenges – how to fight the bitter cold, where to scavenge food for the table, how to best fend off intruders and keep their community safe.

Review: The cover art is pretty good in a low budget approach.

This was a pretty damn good post-apocalyptic novel. That is to say, it had some issues, but overall was entertaining.

Kyle is accused of raping and killing a young girl and is sentenced to death by the towns jury. It is quite a stretch in believability that a respected and contributing member of a surviving society is convicted on scant evidence. While the premise is kind of weak, this particular side-story took up a lot of the novel. It has this trial like atmosphere with endless dialogue. This kicks off Kyle’s new quest under the onus of banishment from framily. At one point Sean asks Kyle that he heard he was going east, to Idaho. As they are in Montana (Deer Creek) Kyle would need to head west.

While Kyle is banished and traveling overland, Rose (from the first novel) is on her way up north from Wyoming in hopes of getting in touch with Kyle again. This looks like a hookup made in heaven but Kyle is still attached to his frigid wife. Rose has her own set of challenges to face and makes for interesting reading.

I really liked the authors political and social voice as read through the character, Frank. Frank is ex-military and will tell you what he thinks, straight from the hip. Refreshing after reading so much PC garbage lately.

I would have enjoyed a more in depth take on prepping and existing in a post-apocalyptic environment. I think the trial dialogue could have been edited way down and the dire ramifications expounded on in a burgeoning survival community. Still, there was a lot of good info for those of us “inclined” in that direction. The author falls short on the existence and pervasiveness of illness and disease that would have impacted society. Steps taken to eliminate contact with outsiders was non-existent nor were the host of flus/infections and other illnesses associated with malnutrition and starvation. The 1,000 yard shooting accuracy and the bear attack are not believable but “that’s entertainment”.

I had fun reading this as it is more of a story rather than a Wesley Rawles “Patriots” type of novel. The author seeks to entertain, but I felt that part of the entertainment was to keep events and situations as accurate as possible with regards to a post-apocalyptic scenario. The authors take on the value of silver and gold and other commodities is good. Jennifer (Kyles wife) is a lame, whining, needy, frigid nut case that Kyle should have dumped for Rose. Frank should have been expounded upon as a character and offered a good opportunity to get into the ideals and processes of prepping. While living in a community has its benefits, it can mostly be a drain on resources that you might already have plus the added problem that people tend to suck.

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