Pulse: a small Texas town (EMP trilogy Book 3) - Book Review

Pulse: a small Texas town (EMP trilogy Book 3)

Author: David Lisenby
Genre: Fiction - Realistic
Publisher: Independently published
Date Published: December 22, 2018
ISBN-10: 1792609868
ISBN-13: 978-1792609862

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Book Review of :  Pulse: a small Texas town (EMP trilogy Book 3)


David Lisenby’s novel Pulse: a small Texas town (EMP trilogy Book 3) is the final chapter in his well-honed trilogy about survival after an electromagnetic pulse wrecks havoc on civilization.  This sequel takes up one month after the initial onset of the disaster. Lisenby lays bare the hopes, concerns, fears, desperations, and courage of the survivors of the small Texas community of Lindsey Landing as they deal with the catastrophe. He adroitly captures the way the survivors think, talk, act, and respond to their dilemma; he talks of how they band together to help each other get through the crisis.

This sequel to Lisenby’s Pulse series deals with the survivors four weeks after the EMP attack. It focuses on how destructive the electromagnetic pulse was to the electrical infrastructure and how our dependence on modern technology was a curse under such circumstances.  It illustrated how lawless our world can get under severe catastrophes, how lives can be instantly changed, and how the vision of the future can be so quickly altered. In this sequel there is a degree of dystopia with large barbaric gangs preying on communities, Lindsey Landing being one of them. The author explores “what happens next,” a question nearly all fans of his previous books would have pondered over. It is one thing to survive that first few days, but Lisenby now takes readers to the next level. He writes, “There was an insurmountable loss of life. The first to go were the weak; the sick; the infirmed. Without medical devices and a steady supply of medicine, there was no way to keep them alive.”

Lisenby presents many questions to ponder on, if you survive the catastrophe, now what do you do? What happens to our nation? Does it decline into oblivion? Do we hand off to our children and grandchildren a society left in wreckage or do we band together and start to try to rebuild? The fascinating question Linsenby presents is exactly how do we rebuild? Do we sit back and wait for FEMA to show up and rescue us and the millions of other survivors or do we take matters into our hands, roll up our sleeves and get to work?

There are some political observations made in Lisenby’s novel, Pulse: a small Texas town that demonstrates how government plays a critical role in mitigating individual and collective vulnerability during and after a disaster. A strong public policy is central to making societies more resilient to long term paralysis after major catastrophes. This is an epic story, a triumph of the imagination with a memorable plot, sharp writing, a fascinating setting and a great cast of characters that definitely keep you engaged.  There are messages here on many levels--politics, ecology, religion, family, culture, and resources in Lisenby’s imagined inhospitable world.

Reviewed by: david H

About David Lisenby


David Lisenby is just your typical family man from Small Town, USA. He grew up in God's Country, better known as Southeast Texas, in a little community called Brittonville. You can't find that on any map, but it lies between Silsbee and Caney Head to the north/south and Village Creek and the Neches River to the east/west.

He spent his early life chasing rainbows and dreaming of what was yet to come. He started writing at a very early age, having his first poem published when he was 16-years-old. You may have heard about it; it was about his becoming a Dr. Pepper addict.

After entering into adulthood (in years, not necessarily attitude), David fell into the same pattern as most adults do - work, work, work. He entered the rat race and chased his tail while trying to make ends meet.

When he was 32, he was blessed by the birth of his first child (Shadrak Otho - yes, he was born SOL). A year later, his daughter (Bethany) came along. It was at that point in time that he stopped being David and became Daddy.

One thing that never changed was his passion for writing.

Like many other members of the male species, David had a trial wife before meeting and falling in love with an absolutely amazing, inspirational lady, Marsha Reed. Not every guy is lucky enough to find a lady that he can push around and get away with it, and who can't run away from him (she's in a wheelchair due to a trampoline accident when she was 16 - so be safe if you have one).

David is blessed.

David and Marsha eventually decided to stop the rat race and try a new venture. They started a newspaper. David always wanted to be a reporter (he's a newsaholic) but didn't stand a chance since he had no experience or formal training. The only thing they could do was make their own break and create their own publication. For a decade he worked in the field and became an award-winning journalist and photographer.

Life led the happy couple in a different direction. They followed the path God had chosen for them and were fortunate to spend a year focused on their mothers, who both died in 2017.

In 2018, David decided he was ready to do what he had been saying he was going to do for a half-century; write a book. Starting on September 10, he started writing the EMP trilogy. This was his first attempt at writing fiction. On December 22 of that same year, he completed the final installment of the trilogy.

Electro: a small Texas town, Magnetic: a small Texas town, and Pulse: a small Texas town are now available on Amazon.com. David is very proud of his work and plans to continue writing until he earns his Pulitzer Prize (or sees his trilogy on Netflix).

Stay tuned.

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