Mini-Review: Surviving Chaos by Sam J Fires

When ordinary life transforms into a fight for survival, can a young woman keep the chaos from pulling her under?

Surviving Chaos: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller

Go-getting twenty-six-year-old investigative journalist Cassandra Drews just wants her miserable day to end. And desperate to put her breakup behind her, she agrees to one last face-to-face to return belongings to her ex. But when they’re nearly killed by an out-of-control car, she’s horrified when the nightmare of her relationship takes a backseat to an eruption of violence.

In the blink of an eye, an EMP attack wipes out the nation’s power and the world grinds to a stop. Surrounded by chaos, Cass is torn between tending to the injured or escaping her seething ex. 

It doesn’t take long before panic and violence erupt on the streets of Portland. Out of options, Cass has no choice but to race home, hoping to outrun a looming ice storm. Can she make it to safety before experiencing the wrath of the bitter winter storm? Or will she find herself the victim of far more than the elements in a town thrust into bedlam?

My thoughts

This is my first Sam J. Fires experience and damn Surviving Chaos is good. The story hooks you immediately. 

“This is a Friday thirteenth I’ll never forget.”

Loc. 362

There is violence, mystery, and a likable main character. Cass is strong and willing to lend a hand if necessary which is more than I can say for the general public as Fires aptly demonstrates. There was a moment or two that I had my heart in my throat since I didn’t know in what direction the story was going in…but whew Cass made it out alive.

I will say that I already hate a secondary character, or two, that we don’t get to even meet in this story. What they do to Cass sucks – never mind Daisy. It does setup Cass for an interesting experience.

Surviving Chaos is the prequel in Fires new series “End of Days”. I gotta say that Fires whetted my appetite and I can’t wait to join Cass and Daisy on their journey – perilous as it will be. (insert spooky music here (chuckle)) 

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


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Further Details:

Publisher: April 14, 2022

Cover Design: Covers by Christian

Series: End of Days Prequel; Settings: Portland, OR, U.S.

Pages: 53

Secondary characters include: non-white

Credits: Photo by Alexander Isreb on <a href=”; rel=”nofollow”></a>


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