Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, has read the signs for years. With his family and home prepared to endure an extended disaster, Alex thinks he’s ready for anything the world can throw at him. He’s not even close.

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  1. Cheryl says:

    Very thought provoking. The characters and action are quite believable. Can’t wait for more of the Fletcher’s adventures!
    After living through an ice storm without power for 5 days this recent February, we are really looking into what we need in order to be better prepared.

  2. Kaitlin says:

    These books represent my favorite series that I’ve read. I wish there would be more of Alex Fletcher! As the sister of a Marine, the fact that he was a Marine drew me in, but the storyline kept me coming back for more. Mr. Konkoly, I eagerly await more from the Fletcher family!! 🙂

  3. Steven Konkoly says:

    Thank you, Kaitlin. The Fletcher’s will return after Black Flagged 5. Please send your brother my best and thank him for being part of the greatest American tradition. Semper Fi!

  4. xplodingcobra says:

    I have to admit that as a disabled veteran, the things that you list for preparations in case of a catastrophic event make sense even to me! Although it’s very difficult to go to the basement to get whatever I might need, the fact that you show how your protagonists already have things organized in case of emergency shows that it CAN be done – even for someone like me who has difficulty walking. I have to admit also that I think that the Fletchers either have to be independently wealthy from the start of The Jakarta Pandemic or else have managed to buy things at the lowest, most rock-bottom prices that have ever been seen. The cost for weapons and ammo alone can be staggering when you start to stockpile them. Also, the costs of buying an AR or something equivalent to the modern battle rifle that can be bought on the civilian market can be quite a huge investment. Speaking as someone who spent ten years as an armorer in the Army, modifying whatever weapons you’re able to acquire can be damn helpful but once you start adding all the bells and whistles (as Charlie seems to do throughout the series) becomes VERY cost intensive. While it would be nice to have every single possible addon for your rifle, sometimes you just have to back up and go “whoa! this is getting EXPENSIVE!”

    I have to admit that id I could afford it, I’d be buying any and every possible thing available for an AR just because I love the idea of being able to change my rifle into whatever I want, sort of like a low-budget Transformer.

    Now that I just wrote all that TLDR crap, I’ll cap it off with this:

    Great books! Great story! Want more! Get to it! Will watch patiently (maybe) for more!



  5. Steven Konkoly says:

    Bill, first off…thank you for the kind words about my books. I’m really glad you enjoyed them and that they sparked some thought about prepping and survival. Yes, prepping can get expensive if you let it get out of control…heck, even acquiring the basics can be daunting, which is why I recommend a slow, planned (and patient) approach to gathering gear, food, and supplies. Not so easy when you have something like the Ebola virus breathing down your neck. You’ll love my next book, co-authored with Randall S. Powers, called Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required. I spend a lot of time talking about the expense and often times, the ridiculousness of our perceived survival needs compared to our actual needs. Ammo, guns, night vision…all VERY expensive stuff. The Fletcher’s indeed had two very generous corporate salaries supporting them when the Jakarta Pandemic hit, and they’d been stockpiling for years. Unless you have a trust fund supporting you, or are willing to raid your 401K, that’s about the only way to realistically achieve anything close to that level of readiness in terms of gear. Thanks again for commenting…I love to see readers chime in on this topic in my books. Best, Steve

  6. Cheryl says:

    Hey, Steve. Have you ever thought about writing a post-apocalyptic series from a handicapped person’s point of view? I am slightly handicapped due to a spinal cord injury & making the kinds of trips/escapes that are so common in the main stream books seem impossible for me to even consider. I’d love to be able to bug out but walking for even 5 minutes or riding a bike are not options. We did get me an adult trike but I still can’t go very far using it before I’m done. And, I don’t want to be a liability for the rest of my family. So, I feel trapped if we are unable to evacuate to a safe location before everything shuts down.

  7. RegT says:

    Steve – if you ever hear from Cheryl again, here is some info that might help her.

    Cheryl, I don’t know if it would work for you, but have you ever seen or tried a recumbent bicycle? They can be fitted with a small four-cycle motor (not as loud as two-cycle motors) such as a small (e.g. GX35NT – 35 cc) Honda engine? They are about the size of the engines on a weed-eater. I’ve got two standard 10-speed bikes with motors. You can pedal, use the engine, or both. The motors don’t hold a gallon (more like a pint or so), but these engines are supposed to go up to 200 miles on a gallon of gas and can go 20-30 mph, depending on the gears you choose.

    These are the kits I bought. I bought the first kit with one of their motors (the Subaru they offered back then) and the second kit without a motor (I bought a Honda GX35, which they now sell, for that bike):