So today, for a change of pace, a book review! Recently a new author, Andrew Baze, sent me a copy of his recent book ‘The Road Home‘ and I’ve gotten around to reading it. I enjoyed it so much that I managed to talk him into sending me two more copies, signed ones this time, to give away to my readership. More on that later.
The basic premise of the book is a father and son go away on a day hike in the Cascade Mountains. While they’re out and about, there’s a massive earthquake that causes a bunch of damage. They suffer a number of challenges on the way home, which I won’t go into in detail.
There’s a couple of side stories, one of which includes the wife and daughter back home. It all ties together nicely, and you’re not left hanging.The story overall is quite congruent, and makes sense. It’s a realistic scenario, and definitely not one of those unbelievable scenarios with Superman as a main character.
When I spoke with Andrew, he said he wrote the book to provide an introduction to using Ham Radio during emergency situations. And I think he’s done that quite well. As someone without much ham background, I was able to follow the story, and he provides a comprehensive glossary in the back that explains technical details in an easy to read and understand way.
The book is a quick and easy read, and completely kid friendly. I’d be willing to let my ten year old read it, but probably not younger, because I don’t really want too much ‘disaster can happen’ going through the younger brains. It comes in at 170 pages overall.
My overall recommendation: Pick this one up, and maybe a spare copy or two. Not only is it a good read, but it also makes a good gift for someone who you’d like to introduce to the world of emergency preparedness.
Now, on to the contest! I’m going to run this just like I run most of them. To get a ‘raffle ticket’ simply post a comment, retweet this post, post about it on your blog, and/or post about it on Facebook. If you post about it on your blog, be sure to send me a link! You CAN get more than one chance to win if you do more than one of these entry methods, so go for it!
Winner will be chosen on Nov 1 … if you win, I’ll be in touch!