June 27, 2017

Review of Pulse by L.R. Burkard


Pulse by L.R. Burkard

I was given an advanced copy of the book Pulse some time ago. The book has recently been published, so I thought I would write a review for all of you. The author has agreed to give away two copies! See the end of this article for details on how to enter.

The book follows what life is like for thee adolescent girls and their families following a pulse from an EMP. The book is written as journal entries from the girls, which I thought was interesting. One family is fully unprepared. Another family is unprepared as well, but luck seems to be on their side. The third family is a Christian family who has been preparing for something like this for some time.

Each chapter follows one of the main characters and their family as events unfold. I’ll be honest, I was a little skeptical about whether I thought I could get into the book, as I have a hard time relating to most people (I have Aspergers Syndrome), let alone a teenage girl! But it was actually a nice change from the archetypical male lead of the majority of books in this niche.

The book deals with some gritty situations that people would actually be faced with if they’re unprepared and we see an event like an EMP. Because there are three characters, each with their own chapter, there were a couple times where we reached the end of a chapter and I was really left wanting to know what was going to happen, and was a little frustrated that it was time for the other two to chime in! This is an excellent use of “leave them wanting more”.

The book has faith intertwined throughout, as the Christian family seeks the Lord on varying decisions, but I don’t think that it beats you over the head with it. I doubt that most readers of this blog would think so anyway.

There are also some action sequences, and they’re not over the top where character’s are special force ninja’s.

All in all, if you’re needing a new book, I think this one is well worth the money; I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

To enter for a chance to win one of two books, you just need to leave one comment using a valid email address when you sign up to leave comments. If you’ve already signed up and possibly left comments in the past, then you probably already have used a valid email. The author will chose the winner, and I will pass along the winners email to her. Contest ends on Friday 8/21.

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  1. richard ladner says:

    sounds like an interesting book

  2. Joel Dahl says:

    Sounds interesting

  3. Sounds like an intriguing take on prepper lit.

  4. Krista Howard says:

    I would love a copy of this book!!! Please enter me into the contest. I’ve read One Second After with the leading character a stong, dominant make but would love to read a book that is more faith-based. Thank you in advance!!!

    • Excellent, Krista! I wrote the book for precisely that reason–lots of us feel like, “I’m not Schwarzenegger, I’m not that he-man. How would I survive? What would I do?” PULSE gives three possible answers to that question. In the process, I hope it serves as a wake-up call to those who haven’t seen the need to prepare. Good luck in the drawing! To stay attuned of future giveaways, sign up for my mailing list at http://www.LRBurkard.com. Thanks!

  5. Xploregon says:

    This is exactly the kind of book I’ve been looking for- for my 14 year old daughter. I keep trying to educate her on the possibilities of a EMP, earthquake and/or civil unrest due to economic collapse but, nothing seems to “catch” with her. Knowing what she reads, I have a strong feeling that this is the book that will give her a wake up call that she can relate to and build upon.

    • I think she will relate to this book..:) My own family has sort of treated my preparing with affectionate indulgence; they don’t object to it, but they probably think I’m a little off my rocker. HOWEVER, when I asked one daughter if she was getting low on contact lenses, she revealed that she’d stowed away one box of lenses and cleaner fluid–just in case. In other words: She’s prepping! I was delighted. Good luck in the drawing. (Everyone here: join my mailing list for notice of future book giveaways. http://www.LRBurkard.com)

    • Chris Ray says:

      I think she’ll like it, and be able to relate to it better.

  6. Sounds interesting! My daughter has been looking for something new to read, and this sounds like just the thing!! I’ve read most all of the post-breakdown books, and like them, but they don’t always appeal to the female reader. Thanks!!

  7. I’m curious if the story line includes information that would be educational in preparing for this type of situation?

  8. Sounds like a good book to read. I’d love to win a copy, of course! Also, it sounds like a great read for my high school students, so I can pass it along to them or the school library when I’m done reading.

    Thanks for telling us about this book.

  9. I would LOVE to see this book in school libraries. Thanks so much!

  10. Francis Lammawin says:

    I’m so eager to read the book on a christian perspective.

  11. Francis Lammawin says:

    Plus I have a teenage daughter too.

    • Perfect! I wanted to see this type of literature from a Christian perspective, also. Not all characters in the book are Christians, but some are, and will give you food for thought as they struggle with issues surrounding preparedness. (Whether to share and with whom, and how much to share, etc.) Thanks for entering.

  12. Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ve read a good series, Holding Their Own, and tried to start another series, but it was too poorly done. This book looks fun to peruse and I’ll probably give it to my daughter. chris@brownandpatrick.com

  13. I would love to read this book.

  14. This sounds like a good way to introduce others to the possibility of a major problem without them feeling that they will have to be a super type A person.

  15. As the mother of two teen girls, I would love the opportunity to read the book and to share with my family. I think even my middle school son would be drawn into the storyline of the family trying to survive.

  16. from your review i sense that we will get three view points on issues of survival after an emp …. one with a realistic point from a prepared christian family and the other two view points that will be easy to see some valid comparisons in following each of the story lines
    … even if i do not win the book i will be looking forward to purchase at least one copy for me and one for each of my grand children
    thanks for the review … keep-n-keeping-on and always be looking up

  17. Jim Moore says:

    Always excited to hear about a new Prepper Fiction book. There have been too few with a Christian theme. I signed up for your mailing list and look forward to the adventure of a new series.

    • Excellent, thank you, Jim. I’ve been waiting to see if there’s enough interest to justify finishing the second installment. It’s starting to look like there may be. :)

  18. Not only does the book sound like an interesting read for myself but also for my 15 year old daughter who agrees that we need to be prepared as well.

  19. Tim Cooper says:

    I will likely start your series next, I enjoyed Jim (James) Rawles series because He isn’t afraid to share his faith, however I have read them all and now have now begun another series which is almost too vulgar to continue- the use of the F Bomb repeatedly on one page shows a lack of vocabulary on the authors behalf. Is this you first book in this series, or are there others? Looking forward to reading it soon, whether it is free or purchased. May God use your book to open the eyes of many who are blinded by the shrouds of complacency.

    • Chris Ray says:

      This is the first of I believe three in the series.

    • Thanks, Tim. I’ve run into the same problem and had to give up on books due to vulgarity. As of right now, I’m expecting there to be only two books–but characters have a way of surprising me and I may need to add a third to finish someone’s story, or just to bring in more possible scenarios. As I said above, I was waiting to see if there was enough interest in the Christian community to justify the time it takes to write them. Thanks for chiming in. This is encouraging.

  20. Gerald Lawson says:

    I’m always interested in reading an account of a crisis or disaster by different family members as each are impacted differently and have a view that must be applied to all planning.
    It has been a few generations since Americans depended mostly on kerosine lamps for light and windmills to pump water for their homes, and had to walk a distance to the John…at least in the rural areas where I was raised early in my life. For this reason, it won’t be as hard on us older folk to manage in a grid shutdown as it will be for others. That’s not to lessen the impact; only to explain how each generation will adjust.
    I’m hyped to read this book even if I don’t win a copy. In any good emergency or disaster plan, every aspect must be considered and assessed from different angles plus all threats analyzed before you can adequately prepare a disaster plan to fit your particular needs. I’m hopeful this book will help me as I put the finishing details on my own plan.

    • gerald — i too am of the older generation
      —— i can well remember when i was quite young visiting the john (outhouse to you younger ones reading this note) when my family used to visit my grandfather’s farm-place in rural eastern washington = oh-so-cold in the winter times and horribly hot and stinky in the summers
      ….. well at least a visit to grandpa’s were exciting times and never a dull moment for this young man …. grandpa did not even have electricity up until the summer i turned five (1949) and he did not have a complete and workable indoor bathroom until about the fall of 1954 (because of the county requirement to put in a septic tank) ……

      • Gerald Lawson says:

        Doug, I remember well the wasps in those old outhouses also. One question I always had was “why two-holers?”
        Please let’s not go back to those days!

    • Chris Ray says:

      We have lost so many skills in the last twenty or so years, that those under twenty might find life without the internet and quite difficult.

      • Well, you just hit the nail on the head, Chris! When I sent the proposal for this book to my agent, I explained the use of three teenagers as the narrators by pointing out that no one will suffer as much without gadgets as this generation–they’ve been raised on them! My own kids struggle to occupy themselves away from techno stuff–I feel sorry for them. The organization “Answers in Genesis” points out that all it takes is one generation to lose truth–about anything–they’re talking about the truth of God and creation, but we’re seeing that in such a huge way when it comes to homesteading and survival skills. Gerald, I’m not sure this book will help you with detailed instructions for your plan, but it will certainly highlight the plight of being without one!

        • Suzette TObias says:

          My family spends alot of time in Central America and I believe that they will be much better off than most people in the US because they still do alot of things the old fashioned way. Like was clothes on rocks in the river or on a scrub board – get their water from the well with a bucket – live off the land. Many of them have dirt floors and no indoor plumbing and cook over a fire. I have learned alot from them!!

          • Wow, that’s interesting, Suzette. But you’re absolutely right–it will seem primitive to us if we have to adopt any of those old methods, but for them, it’ll be life as usual. It’ll be an ADVANTAGE! (The last shall be first?)

      • Gerald Lawson says:

        You know, Chris, I think those skills were lost a lot longer than 20 years ago. I don’t find very many people around today that learned to build, construct, and modify anything to suit another plan. When we read about the necessity of having a few sheets of plywood and two-by-fours around to secure your house in an emergency, not many mention having hand tools and nails plus some good old-fashioned tarps. I still have my dad’s carpenter tool box with all those hand tools in it ready to use again in an emergency where the power tools may have to wait until the restoration of power. I learned at my dad’s side while building houses back in the forties and early fifties to plane a board, use an auger to drill a hole, and a hand-pipe threader to plumb a house….not to mention mix mortar and lay a concrete block wall without a powered mixer. I sure hope we don’t have to use those hand tools but I’m ready.

  21. I would love to read this book. It sounds informative and entertaining. The topic of dealing with the aftermath of an EMP from a Christian perspective is very intriguing. I read One Second After and it just left me feeling fearful. Prepping in our household is heavy on the defensive side and I’m working on my skills in other areas. I hope I win one of the copies! God bless you for your efforts!

  22. Cindi–My intention wasn’t to leave people fearful, so I hope you don’t come away with more of that. You sound like you’re on the right track. I DID want to give a good nudge to those who haven’t even put “prepping” on their radar. In fact, I think THEY should be fearful! God calls us to be good stewards. While we’re not supposed to live in fear, we need to remember the five foolish virgins who weren’t prepared with oil of their own. I could go on about this….but I already did that, through characters in the book.

    • Cindi–My intention wasn’t to leave people fearful, so I hope you don’t come away with more of that. You sound like you’re on the right track. I DID want to give a good nudge to those who haven’t even put “prepping” on their radar. In fact, I think THEY should be fearful! God calls us to be good stewards. While we’re not supposed to live in fear, we need to remember the five foolish virgins who weren’t prepared with oil of their own. I could go on about this….but I already did that, through characters in the book. :)

      • Thanks! I look forward to reading your book!

        • Catherine, it may not be too late as I haven’t heard from Chris about a winner, yet.
          And yes, I think this book gives a good “wake up” call to those who don’t have prepping on their radar. Just today a new review on Amazon said: “This story made me re-evaluate how prepared I am for a long-term power failure or other disaster.” I thought: “Yes!” That’s what I prayed the book would do for people. Help them see the personal need of ownership for being ready. If we CAN be better prepared–then why not be.

  23. (The repeat was intentional, because my SMILE didn’t show up the first time. Little clues like smile images matter in writing, because tone of voice is absent, and I wanted to make sure Cindi realized I wasn’t griping!)

  24. Debbie Mitchell says:

    Hey Linore! As you know, I am looking forward to reading Pulse….this review makes me want to read it even more. Hugs!

  25. Ronald Brown says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy to read then share with my daughters and grand-daughters. They understand somewhat, but still think that I just overly cautious. Trying to instruct with love and strength, with limited materials is difficult at best. This will not just be a good read, but also reinforcement for the things I have been saying for years and Biblical. Thanks for the opportunity to speak out. Best wishes for a grand blessing for publishing such a book.

    • Thank you, Ronald. I really felt as though I’d been divinely “nudged” to write this book–more than nudged, compelled. I pray it motivates people to be better prepared for any calamity.

  26. Thanks for the review, sounds like “One Second After” which I enjoyed.
    God Bless & Stay Safe!

  27. Susan Isenberg says:

    I so throughly enjoy your blog. No shoving nonsense down our throats and such a sensible format.


    P.S. I need a new book to read.

  28. Sounds like a good book…

  29. Ahhh, a relevant book indeed, one to reach the young reader and share faith as well, a book to be proud to own so one can pass it on and build anothers knowledge base while being a witness. Two thumb’s up along with the big toes…..

  30. My wife and I both read “One Second After”, and although I really enjoyed it (along with the “Going Home” series), my wife was in a state of shock for days afterwards. I’ve not recommended any more books to her since then, but I feel that this book would be MUCH more suited to her, and of course, I enjoy ALL of them. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. :)

    • Randy,
      I appreciate your thinking of your wife for this novel, but please read it first. In an aftermath of an EMP, there just can’t be all happy endings! (I used to have a tagline for writing that said, “Happy endings only!” When I write historical romance, that is true. Your wife would love my historical romances. But for this book, not everyone lives happily ever after.)
      I just don’t want to upset her!

  31. Just one question–What is the language like in the new book? It seems that in the majority of prepper novels the characters freely cuss, use the Lord’s name, and don’t mind dropping the “f-bomb.” I would love to find a prepper fiction book with clean language. I know the younger generation and society in general have potty mouths and authors try to portray characters as realistically as possible. An EMP would make anyone want to swear, I’m sure. But for me, cussing, etc. detracts from the main message. If the language is clean, then I’d love to have a copy of this book. If the language is questionable–well, I’ll wait for it to come out on DVD. I have TV Guardian, which works with close captioning and filters out bad words. Please make sure the DVD is close captioned, okay?

  32. Thank you, all. (And I appreciate a good thumb’s up, Eugene!) :)

  33. Robin Rose says:

    I really like the idea of the story being told by teenage girls in various stages of preparedness. My 18-year-old daughter is starting to understand the importance of being prepared for what is to come. I think that paying a little more attention to the news has made her realize that maybe I’m not as crazy as she thought I was. :) Being a Christian-based book is definitely a plus. I have struggled with the idea of being a Christian in A TEOTWAWKI situation and what my response should be. God will bring whatever situations He wants to bring. My job is to honor Him in those situations, but what should that look like? I am very interested to know what the author’s take is on that.

    This genre of books is turning out to be my favorite. And I think Pulse sounds like a book my daughter and I can read and discuss together. Hopefully it will help us both see where we are in our prepping, where we should be, and focus on how to get there.

  34. This sounds like a great book to read. I love that it is from the viewpoint of women. I also haven’t thought much about an EMP. I need to do more research to become better prepared for this type of event.

  35. Been waiting for a book to come along that would grab my attention enough to sit down and read. This review has me hooked. Can’t wait to get my hands and eyes working together to escape into possibilities…..

  36. Thanks, CJ and Jeff. :)

  37. J Johnston says:

    Sounds interesting. I’ve got two daughters and will definitely take a look at this book.

  38. Allen Shropshire says:

    A story from this perspective sounds like just the ticket to help those of the fairer sex to see the pdangers that face us all. It seems to be harder for them to see the obvious and easier to just fall into a normalcy bias. I could get my wife to read a book like ths while she shuns books wrtten from the typical male prepper perspective. Sign me up.

  39. Thanks, J, and Allen. You’re in the drawing. :)

  40. If I win this book my teenager daughter will be hovering over me until I finish and turn the book over to her!

  41. I think it would be an interesting read. Please enter me in the contest. Good site by the way with useful information.

  42. Frances McStay says:

    This looks just like what I need to read (and then pass on to my daughter). I am only now starting to prep, and it isn’t easy when I don’t know anyone else of this mindset. Thanks for your work in this area!

  43. I LOVE the idea of this perspective!! I have several female family members who think I am way out there with my prepping. Many years ago, I lived in Alaska in a logging camp. I experienced times when the only water we had was delivered by truck in garbasge cans to our porch, when we had to order groceries that were only delivered by barge once a week, no TV, only some radio, and on and on. It gave me a lot of insight. But today’s young people have no clue and think it an impossibility that anything like this could happen in America. Kudos to this author!!!!

  44. Suzette TObias says:

    I can’t wait to win it!

  45. Allison Carrasco says:

    Would love to win this book. It would be a good way to get my two teen and preteen girls into being more prepared.

  46. GatorGeek21 says:

    Sounds like an interesting read as there isn’t much prepping material out there focused on females. I am not sure if it would be a good fit for my wife though. 1) she is not really a Christian; 2) She is in her 40’s & 3) She only “just” tolerates my prepping nonsense….lol. Although….might be a good tool for helping her with all 3 of those things.

  47. It would definitely give her food for thought!

  48. kim amundsen says:

    There was a tv show about this senerio but never made it past 2 season called Dark Angel. Season 1 was good. Season 2 not so good. But you got the general idea. People didn’t like it because it could happen some day.

    • I’ll have to look up that show and see if I can find it. Sounds interesting. Hollywood is going to release a new series called “The Carrington Event”; named after the largest solar flare in recorded history which happened in 1859. (I talked about this on the blog, Heroes, Heroines, and History just today–the topic changes daily, but if you look it up you’ll find it. http://hhhistory.com.)
      Thanks for mentioning that show.

  49. Interesting! It can be difficult for families like ours with younger children to find a book that deals with reality without having to give them a whole new “vocabulary” nor has blood and gore on every page. We would love a copy!

  50. Cool, Beth. PULSE is YA, though–my youngest, age 12 is just about ready for it. Younger than that, I wouldn’t be sure…so preview it first. It’s a Christian book, to be sure, but it does tackle serious themes. Thanks for your interest.

  51. Roger Slack says:

    Very good possibility. Am I ready”

  52. Catherine says:

    I’m too late to enter, but the book sounds promising. I’m an “older” grandmother of 14, and my kids think I’m a little kooky. But I have a grandson who is prepping and a couple who have asked questions like “why?”. Maybe this will be an easier way to explain to them without sounding crazy or paranoid. I have been able to influence a couple of friends, but they have a long way to go. I have read a lot of this type of literature, and am looking forward to reading it.

  53. I have read allot of prepper novels. You can pretty much figure out where the story Is going
    I have never really read a Christian prepper novel. I think it would be an interesting change.

  54. This sounds like a book that would catch the interest of my pre-teen son!

  55. Sounds like a great book! Would love to read it!

  56. Wow! This might be a great book to read through with my daughters. I really like the different perspective this author gives & I love the journal entry format.

  57. Thanks for all the comments, everyone. If you didn’t win the contest here and want news of new ones, please get on my mailing list. I’ll try to send out a “heads up” whenever there’s a new one. Right now, I’m doing a two book giveaway on Goodreads. I don’t have a link at the moment, but if you’re on Goodreads, look for their current giveaways and sign up.
    To join my mailing list, just enter your email on my website in the box:
    Thanks. I wish you could All win a copy! (The kindle version is now only $5.99, instead of $6.99, if that helps anyone!)

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