Book Chat: Turbulent: A Post Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (Days of Want Series Book 1)

by T.L. Payne

A young woman must toughen up fast and remember her dad’s training in order to survive as the world evolves into chaos.

MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.



In an instant, everything stops. No lights. No phones. No transportation.

When coordinated EMP and Cyber attacks wipe out the nation’s power grid and communications, ultra-marathon runner, Maddie Langston, is forced to run for her life.

Stranded in a Chicago airport when the lights go out, Maddie is in a race against time. According to her father, she doesn’t have long before the city descends into chaos. She must leave the airport before it is too late.

Although she knows she must flee the Windy City, Maddie’s first battle is to overcome her fear of the violence she knows is coming. She’s a fighter; she just doesn’t know it yet.

The perilous journey out of the city becomes even more difficult when Maddie takes responsibility for an orphaned ten-year-old girl. Together, as chaos fills the streets, they must fight to survive in a Turbulent new world.

Would you have what it takes to survive?


In this exciting EMP apocalyptic book, there are three main characters we follow. Maddie is a young woman stranded in the Chicago airport, while her brother Zach is stuck on a school bus in Marshall, Illinois when the EMP’s were set off. Also, their mom, Beth, is in San Diego taking care of her parents.

The main focus is on Maddie. While she realizes very quickly an EMP has struck, it takes her a bit to leap into action. Her dad, a Marine, had trained the whole family regularly for disaster situations. She feels guilty at her earlier scoffing of her dad’s teachings and wishes he were with her, but he’d died previously in an accident. After fleeing the airport, Maddie joins up with a nice couple and their 10 year old daughter. Sadly, the parents are killed by thugs and Maddie is determined to keep Emma safe. She studies a map, planning the safest routes out of the city. Chicago is in chaos, filled with looting and killing. Maddie witnesses many atrocities on her journey, including a teen girl being brutally raped and left for dead.

Meanwhile, Zach and his friends are taken off the bus and given shelter at a church. Soon after, FEMA shows up and takes them to a camp. Zach regrets his hesitation in leaving the bus and heading back home. He is resistant to FEMA’s questions and therefore considered a trouble maker. Later he is put in a van, headed for another camp, one he is sure is marked for those like him. When the vehicle gets in an accident, Zach takes the opportunity to escape. He really wants to head to Chicago and look for Maddie, but knows it has surely been quarantined. Also, his sister may have left already. Instead, he decides to travel to his Uncle Ryan in Illinois.

While her children were trying to fight their way out of dire situations, Beth is worried about being stuck at her parents. She is desperate to find Maddie and Zach, but her mom is dying of cancer and her step-father disabled. The decision is made for her when her mom dies and her step-dad commits suicide.

A disgusting villain, Carl, joins the mix. He is a junky and sees opportunity when the world order disintegrates. He devises a plan to kidnap young girls to sell to a local flesh merchant. His earnings will keep Carl well supplied with drugs. After spying Maddie, he does capture her. I was really hoping she wouldn’t end up as a sex slave. Though panicked and crying, Maddie finally calms enough to remember her dad’s teachings; specifically how to get out of zip-ties. While escaping, Carl confronts her and Maddie takes him out.

This was a scary book, because it could really happen. The descriptions at the airport were poignant and what you’d expect to see once people realized their world as they know it is ending. Maddie is a strong young woman, but I can see a lot of growth in her future. Zach is unsure due to his age, but I also see him growing into a fierce young man, taking on the dangers that will erupt as the U.S. spirals downward.

Although I’ve only read one other EMP apocalyptic book, I’ve been meaning to review more. While zombie apocalypse tales are my favorite, this story has a different flavor – man, not zombies, are the enemy. A good read and the start of a new series to review. Recommended for those who love apocalyptic tales and fans of T.L. Payne.





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